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Dear Church Family,
What a week, we have seen the beginnings of that long spoken of possibility of a second spike, changes in the guidance for two weeks in a row, some empty shelves in the supermarket showing echoes of that time back in march we would rather forget.....
I wonder how you are feeling about it all, fed up, frightened, anxious, angry perhaps, a whole host of responses have been heard this week.
This week's readings offer something to us of course in our situation. (Philippians 2. 1-13 Matthew 21. 23-32). I was drawn this week to the reading in Philippians, Paul is writing to the church in Philippi from prison. Paul's mission and ministry was unswerving. Even from his prison cell he exhorts the people of Philippi to have the mind of Christ to love, to show compassion, to be of one accord, 'do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves'.
New restrictions may evoke all kinds of feelings within us, some we are aware of and some buried so deep we don't even know they are there. Our nation's leaders are asking us to put the welfare of one another first, before what we want to do.
Sometimes this is easy, but often it is hard, but we have God's help. Paul reminds the church in Philippi of Christ’s example, Jesus looked not to his own interests as he was sentenced to death, rather he looked to God's salvation plan, Jesus died and rose again, looking not to his own interest, but ultimately to our interests as he made a way possible for each of us to know God, to access Gods strength and grace when faced with difficult times in our lives and our communities.
We encourage you to draw on God for strength and grace in these difficult days, weeks and months ahead.
Yours in Christ
Revs Bridget, Nigel and Simon.
Please note that as from Saturday 8th August 2020 it has become a mandatory requirement for face coverings to be worn by all people attending and taking part in public worship within our buildings.
Services offered by Kidderminster Ismere Parish for the week commencing Sunday 27th September 2020
Sunday 27th September      Holy Communion                09:30 at Holy Trinity, Trimpley
                                               Holy Communion                11:00 at St Mary’s
                                               Morning Prayer and AGM  11:00  St John’s, Wolverley
Please note: there is no weekday service in any of our churches this week
Mon 28th September to Fri 25th September at 08:00 Morning Prayer - online
Mon 21st September to Fri 2nd October at 20:00  (Not on Wed) Compline led by those involved in ministry from across the team of churches - online
Wed 23rd September            Morning Prayer        10:00 at St. John’s, Wolverley
Wed 30th September Ismere @ Prayer 18:45 coffee and chat, 19:00-19:30 Prayer via Zoom - please see Facebook for a link or ask Nigel.
Saturday 3rd October 10:00 Bible Lyte – online

The Church of England has a phone line resource called Daily Hope 0800 804 8044 so if you would like a change from online you could use the telephone line instead or as well.
Please do share these resources with anyone you are in touch with, especially those not on email.
Links for online resources this week: Live on Facebook

Angela J Hayden
Parish Administrator
Kidderminster Ismere Parish
01562 751923

The Church of England has a phoneline resource called Daily Hope 0800 804 8044 so if you would like a change from online you could use the telephone line instead or aswell.

God bless you in your prayer and witness
Bishop John

Digital resources from
There are a range of new and existing Christian resources available for people to engage with at this difficult and challenging time in the life of the nation and the world:

  • Time to Pray app - everything you need for Prayer During the Day, with variations according to the day of the week and the season of the Church’s year. Download for free from Church House Publishing.

  • Daytime prayer and Night prayer service audio - building on the existing daily prayer feed, this includes daytime prayer and night prayer for each day. It will be available as a downloadable app in the coming weeks.The Church of England website under heading Prayer and Worship.

  • Live streaming services from churches - now lists hundreds of churches offering livestreams of services from across the country. Churches need to add the 'Livestream' tag to their services and events that will be broadcast. Remember to add into the description how people can watch this. You add a link to the platform you're using to stream, such as your Facebook Page or YouTube Channel. Find out more about live streaming services and events.
  • Increasing the number of training webinars - to help churches stream sermons, events and make the most of digital platforms. Sign up for free.

  • #LiveLent: Care for God's Creation - the Church of England's Lent campaign for 2020. With weekly themes shaped around the first Genesis account of creation, it explores the urgent need for humans to value and protect the abundance God has created. This daily audio content is available via the app and daily emails. Sign up for free.

  • The BBC's Daily Service and Sunday Worship - radio programmes will be using some of the themes from #LiveLent as part of their broadcasts.

  • Prayer for the day - each day the Church of England publishes audio and text of the Prayer for the Day.

  • Smart speakers – daily prayer and #LiveLent audio content can be accessed via our smart speaker apps.
Read a blog which outlines how a church can inexpensively stream a sermon, service, event or thought for the day from the vicar or member of the church in situations where people are unable to attend church.  
What will be developed in the weeks ahead?
In the days and weeks ahead, we will continue to significantly expand our output:

  • More video content – this will include video services and more films for Holy Week and Easter. In addition, we will make Holy Week audio content available.

  • A series of new reflections from Easter Day onwards – work is underway on an updated app, audio and email resources. More details to follow soon.

  • Mental health reflections – daily reflections to help people, especially at a time when they are feeling lonely, isolated or anxious.
Alongside the use of audio, app, smart speakers and social media, one of the main principles we are working to is to make as much as possible available in simple downloadable and printable formats for those who can’t easily access the technology.
                 Prayer and liturgy         
A new page has been created containing:
  • Prayers and intercessions for personal or group use
  • Special prayers for use if it isn’t possible to meet in church
  • Asimple form of prayer for the morning and evening, which can be downloaded, printed, and shared with those remaining at home or who are unable to access the Internet.
These resources are offered to help those who are struggling to find words at this difficult and stressful time, and to enable Christians to worship in solidarity with one another even if it is not possible to gather in church.
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