Pew Sheet for January 2021
Services in church

Even though we are in the highest COVID tier 4, public worship is still allowed.
Services will continue at St Mary’s.

COVID restrictions mean that in the church building you must wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, remain socially distanced and not mingle or socialize with other worshippers.
Please DON’T come if you feel unwell.
You must book for these services

The Sunday 10am service will be made accessible on Zoom – see below for the link
To book, email or leave a message on 01730 269390 during the week before, by midday on the Saturday for a Sunday service.

If you feel unwell, PLEASE DON’T COME TO CHURCH

Services in January

Sunday 3rd January 8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
Feast of the Epiphany 10am Parish Eucharist

Sunday 10th January 10am Parish Eucharist
Baptism of Christ

Sunday 17th January 10am Parish Eucharist
Epiphany 2

Sunday 24th January 10am Parish Eucharist
Epiphany 3 4.30pm Family Teatime Service

Sunday 31st January 10am Parish Eucharist
Presentation of Christ in the Temple

The order of service and the hymn can be found on our website each week. Go to our website and click on the Sunday Service tab along the top.
Booking for services
Pre-booking is required for the Sunday 10am Eucharist (by midday on Saturday) and the Family Teatime service (by midnight the previous Thursday)
(email or leave a message on 01730 269390)
It would be helpful if you would put the service you are booking for in the subject heading eg: Sunday 3 January 10am

On some Sundays either or both the OT and NT maybe used, but the Gospel will always be used

On FRIDAY mornings (8th, 15th 22nd, 29th January) between 11-11.45am do join us on Zoom to discuss the coming Sunday’s readings – see link below
3 Jan Epiphany Isaiah 60.1–6 Ephesians 3.1–12 Matthew 2.1–12
10 Jan Baptism of Christ Genesis 1.1–5
Acts 19.1–7 Mark 1.4–11
17 Jan
Epiphany 2 1 Samuel 3.1–10 [11–20]
Revelation 5.1–10 John 1.43–end
24 Jan Epiphany 3 Genesis 14.17–20
Revelation 19.6–10 John 2.1–11
31 Jan Presentation Malachi 3.1–5 Hebrews 2.14–end Luke 2.22–40

Weekday services
Every Thursday evening at 6.00pm Holy Communion in church
Morning Prayer (8.15am) and Evening Prayer (5.30pm) are normally said in church on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The church is open for private prayer in the South Aisle on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays during the day (subject to change)

St Mary’s website.
Please check our website regularly
If you have a pastoral emergency (whatever day, it is) please don’t hesitate to contact Judith. If your situation is not urgent, however, it would be helpful if you could avoid contacting her on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The churchwardens are happy to assist with parish business on those days.

Are you sick?
If you are unwell, with the virus or anything else, please let the Parish Priest know. I may not be able to visit but there are other ways of ministering. Please don’t assume that I know

Church Warden contact details.
Win Normington: 01730 267926 Reached via:
Richard Marks: 01730 262599 Reached via

PCC members
The Revd Canon Will Hughes, the Rev’d Judith Bee, Win Normington and Richard Marks (Churchwardens), Moya Cozens, Vanessa Dowse, Greg Ford, Ian Johnston (Deanery Synod), Mary Owens (Deanery Synod), Alison Stevens, David Symmonds. Simon Nicholls, James Dryden and Katy Schwarz: PCC Secretary.
News from the pews.

PCC meeting
Thursday 21 January at 7pm via Zoom

Thank you
Thank you to everyone who stepped up to help at all our Christmas services:
churchwardens, sidespeople, those who cleaned the church between services, who decorated the church, musicians, technicians, sacristans, and YOU!

For those unable to see it all:
There was a wonderful lit up Christmas tree outside the church.
Inside the church was lit up with candles and stars.
The Zoom carol service brought the story of Christmas into our living rooms (thank you David, Alison, Charlotte and Julia and all the readers.
The nativity trail was enjoyed by many people and families (did anyone notice that the shepherds’ heads at the Five Bells were made of potatoes?!) Thank you to the talented people who created it all with enthusiasm and fun.
Our church families created a video of the nativity starring themselves which was screened on Christmas Eve afternoon (thank you Charlotte and James.)

Sadly, now we are in tier 4, our bellringers can no longer ring for our Sunday worship
Zoom services
To enable us to keep our services accessible through Zoom we need to have some volunteers to “be the host”. If you are having to access our zoom services, please would you volunteer to do this once in a while. The hard work has already been done; showing you what is required is the work of about ten minutes! If you are able to get yourself into Zoom without help, you will be capable of helping in this way! Please contact James 07826 199444 or Judith 269390 to volunteer or find out more….and thank you!

Family Teatime services
Our Covid-safe Family Teatime Services look very different but we are pleased to be able to carry on with them. They will be on Sundays 24 January, 21 February and 21 March. It is necessary to book for these services (by the previous Thursday please)

Bishop Christopher
Many of you will have heard the (sad for us) news by now that our Bishop Christopher is retiring in April. He has been our Bishop here since 2010. Please pray for him and for his wife Sally as they prepare to retire and move away

As Archdeacon Gavin moves to become Bishop of Dorchester in Oxford diocese, our Rector Will is to be Acting Archdeacon of the Meon until a new Archdeacon can be appointed. He continues to be our Rector and Vicar of Petersfield.

Neighbourcare is still operating as normal and can be contacted via Peter (01730 269034) or Kim (01730 262252). The service is currently looking for new volunteers to bolster their numbers. They have had a number of age-related retirements recently and the group would like to add some new blood to share jobs. It’s not demanding and you only ‘put your hand up’ for a job if you want to. Volunteering for NeighbourCare is a good act of Christian service, so if you think you might be able to help, please contact Peter Nixon for a chat (no obligation!): email

Post Office
The Post Office will be in the Seward Room at St Mary’s church on Fridays from 9.30am to 11.30am;
New arrangements at the Seward Room for the weekly visits include:
• people will need to follow the signage,
• wear a mask,
• use the hand sanitiser
• only one person can be served (and one waiting by the Seward Room door) at a time.

It will be Post Office only (no sales, no tea/coffee) and the toilets will not be available.

Our giving
No services in church during lockdown meant that our finances suffered (like everyone’s!) and will continue to do so for a while.
Thank you to those of you who continue to give through the Parish Giving Scheme, or by standing order.
If you would like to find out more about the Parish Giving Scheme (which is an easy and convenient way to give and includes Gift Aid) please contact our Treasurer, Ian Johnston 262293.
It is now also possible to give via GoFundMe on our website. As is usual with such websites, there is a small administration charge for its use. When you make a donation, it asks you to give a tip, which goes towards the costs of running its site. Set the tip to £0 if you don’t want to pay this!

Each month in our prayers for the community we focus on a different road, which is always advertised in this pew sheet. This month we particularly pray for the residents of Ditcham including Coulters Dean Farm

Plastic milk bottle tops
I am still collecting so please keep saving the milk bottle tops.
Monica Stokes

Our PACT foodbank in Petersfield is as necessary as it ever was. It continues to provide bags of food to people in difficulties who are referred by various agencies in the area. They are currently low on the following items: Tinned and Packet soups; Jams/spreads; Savoury treats; Small bags of sugar; Savoury/cheese biscuits; Tinned fruit; Hot chocolate; Porridge oats; Tooth brushes and paste. Goods can be left with Liz Palmer at 6 Kiln Lane (labelled cardboard box in the porch or nearby if locked) or phone 01730 266267 or email Updates about the Foodbank can be found via

Zoom links
Topic: Sunday Eucharist
Every Sunday at 10am
This link is good until the end of June
Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
Join Zoom Meeting
Or dial in on your landline – check your tariff first
0 203 481 5237 United Kingdom
Meeting ID: 827 2126 6308
Passcode: 111111

Topic: Sunday readings on a Friday!
Fridays at 11am
This link is good until the end of June
Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 846 5338 0878
Passcode: 145820
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Next edition beginning of February

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