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Thank you for visiting us. St Saviour's is the Church of England Parish Church of Coalpit Heath, in the Diocese of Bristol.

We hope that you received our newsletter. If you did not, it means that we probably don't have your postal or email address.

We now have persmission to open for public worship, so from Sunday 5th July we will have our normal services:
8:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Special re-opening service (non-eucharistic)
6:00pm Holy Communion
The church is still open for private prayer:
Monday-Thursday & Saturdays from 8:30-9:00 & 17:00-17:30

We hope to see you then. Please use the hand sanitizer on entry and follow the arrows.

Our church is now open for Sunday services (see above)
In addition to our in-church services, Rev Lunt has prepared
on-line material for those who cannot attend: Sunday 5th July -
the Fourth Sunday after Trinity:
Sunday 5th July pdf - Audio

Two amazing pieces of news from our local churches supporting Christian Aid!:
Christian Aid Report pdf

Rev Lunt leads our service this week, Sunday 28th June -
the Third Sunday after Trinity:
Sunday 28th June pdf - Audio

We are pleased to announce that the PCC have agreed to open the church in line with Government guidance, for private prayer.
The church will be open:
Monday-Thursday & Saturdays from 8:30-9:00 & 17:00-17:30
and Sundays from 10:00-12:00.
We hope to see you then. Please use the hand sanitizer on entry and follow the arrows.

We have produced a newsletter with some updates for you. This has been sent to everyone we have email addresses for and delivered to those that we don't. If you would like to be kept updated more regularly, please ensure we have your email address.
June Newsletter pdf

Mike Swain leads our service this week, Sunday 21st June -
the Second Sunday after Trinity:
Sunday 21st June pdf - Audio

Readings and reflections from Rev. Lunt for Sunday 14th June:
Sunday 14th June pdf - Audio

In the wider news, just last week Canon Dr Mandy Ford was announced as the new Dean of Bristol Cathedral. We look forward to welcoming Mandy to the diocese and working with her. You can see her video on this link:

These are the magazine articles for July (the usual print deadline is 10th of June, so you get to read them early!)
Minister's Letter
The July Prayer
The July Calendar

The Community of the Sisters of the Church are open again, and are looking for food or money donations. You can read their letter.

Readings and reflections from Rev. Lunt for Corpus Christi, which is Thursday 11th June:
Corpus Christi pdf - Audio

Readings and reflections from Rev. Lunt for Trinity Sunday, which is Sunday 7th June:
Trinity Sunday pdf - Audio

Rev Lunt has produced the monthly articles for June that usually go in the church magazine; they can be viewed here:
Minister's Letter
The June Prayer
The June Calendar

Readings and reflections from Rev. Lunt for Pentecost, which is Sunday 31st May:
Pentecost pdf - Audio

Readings and reflections audio from Mike Swain for Easter 7, which is Sunday 24th May:
Seventh Sunday of Easter pdf - Audio

Readings and reflections from Rev. Lunt for Ascension Day, which is Thursday 21st May:
Ascension Day pdf - Audio

Readings and reflections from Rev. Lunt for Easter 6, which is Sunday 17th May:
Sixth Sunday of Easter pdf - Audio

A poster for Christian Aid Week
- poster

Readings and reflections from Rev. Lunt for Easter 5, which is Sunday 10th May:
Fifth Sunday of Easter pdf - Audio

Some 'worship at home' material from Together for Fromeside for the 75th anniversary of VE Day, 8 May:
Prayers and Readings - A Dove to display

Some readings and reflections from Rev. Lunt for Easter 4, which is Sunday 3rd May:
Fourth Sunday of Easter pdf - Audio

Some readings and reflections from Rev. Lunt for Easter 3, which is Sunday 26th April:
Third Sunday of Easter pdf - Audio

If you have any problems accessing these files, please contact Andrew on 0797 197 6544.

A connected church
- Minister's Letter

We live in a strange time, an unprecedented time of social isolation and suspension of normal activities. The panic buying in the supermarkets has shown human selfishness and insecurity, but the leaflets being posted through letter-boxes offering help for the vulnerable are a sign of unselfishness and generosity.

It is a strange time to be the church. We are so used to meeting together that we wonder what it is to be the church in our own homes, as it were. The church is oriented towards a physical presence, not just a separate building, but what we do together: praising God, confessing our sins, exchanging the peace, sharing bread and wine... It is a pity particularly at this time of year that we cannot celebrate Holy Week and Easter together. However, I have produced some leaflets for prayer and reflection for Palm Sunday, Holy Week etc., which we have put on the church website. Do make use of these in your own personal devotions.

The archbishops have written recently that the church, nationally, is making a growing range of digital resources available including weekly video broadcasts each Sunday; daily audio for prayer for the day and night prayer; webinars for churches; daily #LiveLent content; new mental health reflections; and apps and smart speaker skills. Lots of this content is also available in downloadable and printable formats. More will be added in the weeks and months ahead. The BBC is also offering services on television and radio and online which people can access and the national church is working closely with them.

Of course, not everyone has access to the internet, but a daily service is broadcast on Radio 4, Long Wave and Digital Audio (BBC Sounds), at 9.45am each day, and Choral Evensong is broadcast on Radio 3 at 3.30pm.

Although the churches are now closed for public worship and we cannot congregate at present yet still we can relate to each other and to God in an invisible way. I pray that in this time there may be a flourishing of prayer for each one of us. We have some other useful resources below.

Colin Lunt

Links you may find useful:

Some readings and reflections from Rev. Lunt for Easter:
Easter Vigil pdf, Easter Day pdf and
Second Sunday of Easter pdf - Audio .

We will be joining Bishop Viv for her services being broadcast on Maundy Thursday at 10:30am and Easter Sunday at 10:00am:
The liturgy for these services, are here: Maundy Thursday liturgy and Easter Sunday liturgy and the sermon for Easter Sunday
The services can be found on the Cathedral's Facebook and YouTube channels and on their website

Gospel Readings and Reflections for Palm Sunday and Holy Week:
Palm Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Maundy Thursday | Good Friday

Karen Bidwell has produced the schedules for this years 75th Annual Horticulturaly & Craft Show taking place on Saturday 5th September at 2pm:
Adult and child

Mary has produced some articles for the children and Mothers' Union.

Bristol Cathedral are live-sreaming their Maunday Thursday and Easter Day services. Palm Sunday service.

Colin's prayer for April.

You might like to listen to some of our past, recorded services from 2014 and 2015. Also, there are various Apps that you might like to download, such as:
Daily Prayer and Time to Pray

Colin has also produced some Coronavirus prayers.

As you prepare to celebrate Easter at home or on your own, you may enjoy an illustrated walk through the holy land, following in the steps of Jesus. With thanks to Jessica.

Gospel Reading for the 5th Sunday of Lent.

Finally if there is anything we can do to help during this time of isolation, please contact us via Colin or Andrew (882867) or other members of the church.

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