Recording the Sunday Mass at St Giles

A message from Fr Darren

Dear Friends,

A number of our congregation are still shielding and are unable to be with us at St Giles. We miss you, and want you to know that you have not been forgotten and we are holding you in our prayers and thoughts. Do keep safe.

Our thanks to Ben Shread who filmed the Said Mass on Sunday 11th October which we are sending to you, to view and hopefully feel that you can keep in touch with St Giles. To view the service on your computer, tablet or smartphone click here or on the picture below.

The recording has been edited to keep it shorter but we hope you will enjoy the Mass.

Ben is planning to film the Masses whenever he is free. It won’t be every Sunday, but we will send these to you when we can. We are experimenting with all of this so do bear with us as we seek to improve on sound quality and the Rector needing a haircut!

God bless you all

Fr Darren

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Service sheet for 18th October 2020

The Christian Community of St Giles-on-the-Hill

Sunday 18th October 2020

Luke the Evangelist

There will be a service of Said Mass today at 10.30 am. We look forward to seeing you at this Mass.
HANDS (please sanitise your hands on entering and on leaving church); FACE (face coverings are required inside church) and SPACE (please follow social distance guidelines – only sit in the areas that are marked).
NHS Track and Trace app – if you have this app please scan in using the code which is on the notice board in the porch and on the hymn book trolley.
Please arrive in St Giles only 15 mins prior to the Mass (unless you have a job to do before the service), familiarise yourself with the social distancing and other arrangements and be seated by 10.25am for the notices. Please remember to bring with you your personal copy of the white Mass booklet (or if you have not been to a service since July you will be given a copy to take home with you.) The booklet can also be downloaded as a printable pdf
here.
Fr Darren is in the porch after the Sunday Mass to say goodbye to you. After the organ voluntary go straight out to the porch (still wearing your mask until you are outside) and then into the churchyard where you can have your conversations with each other in the open air.

As Luke the Evangelist called men and women to faith in Christ so we are called today to worship Christ and share with others our faith in him.

We are continuing to include below the details of the Sung Mass which we would have been celebrating on this Sunday in normal times. However, in our Said Mass in church today there will be no hymns or other sung prayers and responses. You may like to look up the readings and the hymns below and reflect on the opening sentence of the Mass.

This week our hymns are from the New English Hymnal. You can click on the titles of the individual hymns to hear recordings. Thank you to our organist Ian Graydon for supplying these links.

The photo above shows Michaelmas daisies in the churchyard this month.

Introit Hymn 226   Hark! the sound of holy voices

Gloria

Collect
Almighty God,
you called Luke the physician,
whose praise is in the gospel,
to be an evangelist and physician of the soul:
by the grace of the Spirit
and through the wholesome medicine of the gospel,
give your Church the same love and power to heal;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

First Reading   Isaiah 35:3-6

Psalm 147 verses 1-7

Second Reading   2 Timothy 4:5-17

Gospel acclamation   Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors   I have called you friends, says the Lord,
For all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Priest   Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

All   Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel   Luke 10:1-9

Priest   This is the gospel of the Lord

All   Praise to you, O Christ

Creed

Intercessions

Offertory Hymn 415   O for a thousand tongues to sing

Communion Hymn 228   Jerusalem, thou City blest

Post Communion Prayer
Almighty God,
who on the day of Pentecost
sent your Holy Spirit to the apostles
with the wind from heaven and in tongues of flame,
filling them with joy and boldness to preach the gospel:
by the power of the same Spirit
strengthen us to witness to your truth
and to draw everyone to the fire of your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Angelus

Recessional Hymn 401   Light’s abode, celestial Salem

Next Sunday’s readings: Nehemiah 8:1-4a, [5-6], 8-12; Psalm 119:9-16; Colossians 3:12-17; Matthew 24:30-35

Rector  Canon Darren Thornton (part-time) also UEA Chaplain (day off Monday) 01603 623724  Click to email
Churchwardens  Rowena Atkinson (01603 455729) Bob Emsell (01603 439632)
Newsletter & Traidcraft  Kate Baldry (01362 695503) 
Click to email

DATES FOR OCTOBER
Sunday 25 October  Bible Sunday
Friday 30 October  All Souls’ Day Mass 10 am
Please record names of the departed on our Years Mind list at the back of Church
DATES FOR NOVEMBER – the month for remembering
Sunday 1 November  All Saints’ Day
Sunday 8 November  Remembrance Sunday
Sunday 15 November  Launch of St Giles Christmas Raffle (to be drawn on Sunday 20 December)
Sunday 22 November  Christ the King
Sunday 29 November  Advent Sunday (Advent Stewardship Campaign begins)

Church opening times for private prayer during the week:
Monday – mid morning to lunchtime
Tuesday- mid morning to 12.30pm (Mass at 12 noon)
Wednesday – mid morning to lunchtime
Thursday – mid morning to lunchtime
Friday – mid morning to lunchtime (Mass at 10.00am)
Saturday – mid morning to lunchtime
A big thank you to our volunteer church stewards for making it possible to open our sacred building for people to come in to light a candle and to pray.

NOTICES
From Fr Darren
An urgent appeal
As the furlough scheme prepares to come to an end on 31 October we have already started to see an increase in numbers of those calling at the Rectory seeking assistance from the St Giles food bank. If you can help please can you send in or pass on to the Treasurer, John Baldry, a cheque or donation towards this ministry that we offer. I am in discussion with local businesses on the estate to use food vouchers so that those requesting help can buy what they need rather than what I can give them. The vouchers can only be spent on food. Your donation to St Giles PCC will help us provide vouchers to those who call at the Rectory and those who are in need at this difficult time. It will allow people to buy fresh food including fruit and vegetables. John is happy to receive your donations (gift aided if possible, please!) on a Sunday or you may simply like to add an extra donation to your weekly offering and leave it (clearly marked for the food bank) in the collection bowl when you come to St Giles. Thank you for your help and support in ‘loving our neighbours’ within our Parish.
Weekday Masses I totally understand that some people are still anxious about returning on a Sunday, and an alternative could be to consider coming to a weekday Mass: Tuesday at 12 noon or Friday at 10am. With smaller numbers you may find it more comfortable than with a larger congregation. Safety remains paramount, and I would like to thank everyone who has come back for keeping to the rules and the recommended guidance.
Keeping the church open We have received a lovely thank you message from some people who were visiting Norwich and discovered St Giles open. They write: “My friend and I visited Norwich last weekend for a look around the medieval churches. It was a bit cold and damp so imagine our surprise and relief when we fell upon your lovely St. Giles – open, warm, welcoming and beautiful! We wish to express our thanks to those friendly Welcomers who greeted us warmly and offered helpful information about the church. Almost all the other churches were closed, with a couple of exceptions, so it was great to be able to look around inside St. Giles – a well kept and obviously well-loved church. We really believe, as you obviously do at St. Giles, that it is imperative that churches are made available and accessible to all and any who may need to enter for spiritual refreshment or comfort. Please pass on our thanks to all concerned. May God continue to bless the work of St. Giles in its locality.” We thank all our volunteers who keep the Church open. It is a vitally important ministry that we offer as we invite people to discover God in our sacred building.
Saying our prayers – thank you to those who have sent and continue to send prayer requests for me to bring to God during the daily offices. It has been a good way to keep in touch and hold you and your situations in prayer. If you have prayer requests do email me, be those prayers of needs or worries or something you want to give thanks to God for. All of our prayer requests matter to the God who has created us. As I pray for you perhaps you would be kind also to pray for me.
OTHER NOTICES
Elsie’s famous Christmas Cakes
are back and she is busy at home making them for you! Please let her know if you would like to place an order. The prices are £6.50 for the small ones and £12.00 for the larger ones.
Our thanks to everyone who has responded so generously
to our request to continue making your donations to St Giles during this difficult period for churches. You can send a cheque to the Treasurer or pay by means of a standing order from your bank. Please contact John by email for further details.
Monthly charitable giving Despite our regular offertory not coming in we are responding in faith to support our monthly charities, as chosen by the PCC for this year. Please do send in your giving to St Giles via our Treasurer John so that we can continue our donations to these charities, especially in this time when many charities are anxious about the future. The charities we have still to send our donations to this year are: The Samaritans (Feb); Water Aid (Mar); The Pilgrimage Trust (Apr); MIND (June); The Magdalene Group (July); The Children’s Society (Aug); The John Aves Education Project (Sept); The Church Army (Oct); the West Pottergate Estate (Nov); St Martin’s Housing (Dec). With increases in the Parish Share many churches no longer give to charities, but at St Giles we are still seeking to make donations (from PCC funds and donations in the charity display box) to support their work, and we can continue to do so while your giving to St Giles continues. Thank you.
Traidcraft Kate has a stock of Cards, Craft and the usual food items and if there is something specific that you are looking for, and you’d like to see the range available, then Kate can arrange a socially distanced meeting with you. The new Autumn/Winter range is now on the Traidcraft website so do take a look. Just give Kate a ring (01362 695503) or click to email and she will be only too pleased to get your order for you by delivering it to church or your home if you are not yet back at church. Don’t forget that 10% of the value of your purchases will go to St Giles (excluding sale items) For sales up to 1 October this has amounted to £2.80 from £28 worth of sales.
MORE ONLINE LINKS
The weekly newsletter will continue to be available for you to view online by clicking here. You can also receive your own copy in your email – see Just a reminder below. A note from John – emails have their own way of displaying the newsletter, and are notorious for misinterpreting the positioning of pictures in particular. Do have a word with me if you’d like to discuss this!
Our Mass booklet is available for download as a pdf file.
COVID-19 restrictions are outlined in the special St Giles web update of Friday 3rd July and in the regularly updated Church of England pages.
St Giles Twitter page shares our news, and photos day by day. Our particular thanks to Hakan for maintaining and updating this service.
The Facebook pages of Norwich City Churches and Norwich East Deanery are frequently updated including news from St Giles.
The Norwich East Deanery prayer calendar for July to October can be downloaded here.
The Norwich Diocese prayer calendar for October is also available – and you can download it to your computer by clicking here.
The Church of England’s online weekly services since 22nd March are all available to listen to here. Today’s service is from the Diocese of Blackburn and is a cross-cultural celebration of St Luke. The service is led by Revd Sarah Gill, and features contributions from the Rt Revd Dr Jill Duff, Bishop of Lancaster, and the Rt Revd Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn.
The Saving Graces interviews for the Diocese of Norwich can be found here. There are currently seven interviews to listen to, with a range of people who have experienced the last few months of the COVID-19 pandemic in very different ways.
Worship on line  We have a collection of links from our earlier pages this year on a separate links page. New links will be appearing initially in our regular weekly notice sheet.
Life, Love, and Light is a series of podcasts in which Veronica Mary Rolf reflects on the writings of Julian of Norwich, the beloved fourteenth century anchorite who received sixteen Revelations of Divine Love. Julian heard Christ tell her: “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and thou shalt see thyself that all manner of thing shall be well.”
The latest eNews from the Diocese of Norwich can be viewed here – a particularly rich issue, including links to the new Connect! Series of six booklets launched by the diocese. The booklets explore the relationship between Christian faith and some of the most pressing issues of our time: Homelessness, Modern Slavery, Waste, Food, the Refugee Crisis and the Environmental Crisis. They can be downloaded and can also be pre-ordered as printed copies.
St Giles Street has a fascinating history. On 3rd May we included links to some old photos (see item at the bottom of that page) and we are pleased to be able to complement this with a study of the history of St Giles Street since medieval times by the Norwich writer Nick Stone. His website is well worth a visit if you are interested in the history of our county and beyond, and is guaranteed to keep you browsing for hours! Another such website is Colonel Unthank’s Norwich, which is a wonderful mine of information about our lovely city over the centuries.
Just a reminder that you can also receive each new page uploaded to the St Giles website as soon as it goes live by signing up to receive the posts in your email. Scroll to the bottom of this page, type or paste your email address in the ‘Follow’ box, and click ‘Follow’. Alternatively you can ask John at church or by email to add your name to the list. Either way, you will then receive an email from WordPress asking you to confirm that you want to receive the updates. Click on the ‘Confirm Follow’ button in the email. It will open a WordPress page in your browser with the details of your setup, but you can simply close the page. (It is there just in case you want to change any of the settings listed.)

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Service sheet for 11th October 2020

The Christian Community of St Giles-on-the-Hill

Sunday 11th October 2020

Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

There will be a service of Said Mass today at 10.30 am. We look forward to seeing you at this Mass.
A reminder of the latest advice – FACE (face coverings are required unless you are exempted); HANDS (please sanitise your hands on entering and on leaving church); and SPACE (please follow social distance guidelines – only sit in the areas that are marked – the pews near the Lady Chapel are slightly more distanced – keep the social distancing when you go to chat to others in the pews).
NHS Track and Trace app – please scan in using the code which is on the notice board in the porch and on the hymn book trolley. Thank you.
Please arrive in St Giles only 15 mins prior to a Mass (unless you have a job to do before the service), familiarise yourself with the social distancing and other arrangements and be seated by 10.25am for the notices. Remember to bring with you your personal copy of the white Mass booklet that you took home when you last came to St Giles; this is for you to use at all Masses you attend during the COVID-19 restrictions. The booklet is also available for
download as a pdf file which you can print at home. Further details of the ongoing restrictions owing to COVID-19 are contained in the special St Giles web update of Friday 3rd July and in the regularly updated Church of England pages.


We gather as those called and welcomed into the presence of the living God through the grace of the Son. Let us respond to this wonderful invitation by offering ourselves in worship.

We are continuing to include below the details of the Sung Mass which we would have been celebrating on this Sunday in normal times. However, in our Said Mass in church today there will be no hymns or other sung prayers and responses. You may like to look up the readings and the hymns below and reflect on the opening sentence of the Mass.

This week our hymns are from the Celebration Hymnal. You can click on the titles of the individual hymns to hear recordings. Thank you to our organist Ian Graydon for supplying these links.

The photo above shows a poster (on our notice board outside church) which has been donated to us by a friend of St Giles.

Introit Hymn 568   Oh Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder

Gloria

Collect
Almighty and everlasting God,
increase in us your gift of faith
that, forsaking what lies behind
and reaching out to that which is before,
we may run the way of your commandments
and win the crown of everlasting joy;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

First Reading   Isaiah 25:1-9

Psalm 23

Second Reading   Philippians 4:1-9

Gospel acclamation   Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors   I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Priest   Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

All   Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel   Matthew 22:1-14

Priest   This is the gospel of the Lord

All   Praise to you, O Christ

Creed

Intercessions

Offertory Hymn 268   How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him

Communion Hymn 706   The Lord’s my shepherd

Post Communion Prayer
We praise and thank you, O Christ, for this sacred feast:
for here we receive you,
here the memory of your passion is renewed,
here our minds are filled with grace,
and here a pledge of future glory is given,
when we shall feast at that table where you reign
with all your saints for ever.

Angelus

Recessional Hymn 619   Rejoice, the Lord is King

Next Sunday’s readings: Isaiah 35:3-6; Psalm 147:1-7; 2 Timothy 4:5-17; Luke 10:1-9

Rector  Canon Darren Thornton (part-time) also UEA Chaplain (day off Monday) 01603 623724 Click to email
Churchwardens  Rowena Atkinson (01603 455729) Bob Emsell (01603 439632)
Newsletter & Traidcraft  Kate Baldry (01362 695503)
Click to email

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Today  Traidcraft Stall sadly cancelled (see notices below)
11-17 October  Prisons Week The theme is “You Are Not Alone”
18 October  Luke the Evangelist
25 October  Bible Sunday
30 October  All Souls’ Day Mass 10.00 am
Please record names of the departed on our Years Mind list at the back of Church
Church opening times for private prayer during the week:
Monday – mid morning to lunchtime
Tuesday- mid morning to 12.30pm (Mass at 12 noon)
Wednesday – mid morning to lunchtime
Thursday – mid morning to lunchtime
Friday – mid morning to lunchtime (Mass at 10.00am)
Saturday – mid morning to lunchtime
A big thank you to our volunteer church stewards for making it possible to open our sacred building for people to come in to light a candle and to pray.
NOTICES
From Fr Darren
We miss you – I do hope that everyone is keeping ok in these strange times. I realise that a good number of people are still shielding and I want you to know that we miss you at St Giles but totally understand why, at this stage, you are unable to come back. We are holding you in our prayers and you have not been forgotten. Sister Wendy Beckett says, “Nothing is lost but it is transformed.” God is holding us at this time, and for all of us some days will be better than others. Hold on to God’s love and the deep peace that he gives to us and the hope that only he can bring. Better days will return when… “there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy” (Isaiah 35:2). Take care, everyone, and keep safe.
New for this Sunday – The Gloria makes a welcome return this Sunday along with the Creed. As you know we have been treating the Sunday Mass like a weekday Said Mass in order to spend as little time in church as possible. However, lots of churches have re-introduced the Gloria and Creed so, since we have been missing these parts of the liturgy, today they make a welcome return. Also I will be in the porch after every Sunday Mass to say goodbye to you. (It’s sensible if we keep wearing face masks until you are outside the porch and into the open air of the churchyard).  Slowly, Steadily and Safely, we may get back to some normality.
Weekday Masses I totally understand that some people are still anxious about returning on a Sunday, and an alternative could be to consider coming to a weekday Mass: Tuesday at 12 noon or Friday at 10am. With smaller numbers you may find it more comfortable than with a larger congregation. Safety remains paramount, and I would like to thank everyone who has come back for keeping to the rules and the recommended guidance.
Saying our prayers – thank you to those who have sent and continue to send prayer requests for me to bring to God during the daily offices. It has been a good way to keep in touch and hold you and your situations in prayer. If you have prayer requests do email me, be those prayers of needs or worries or something you want to give thanks to God for. All of our prayer requests matter to the God who has created us. As I pray for you perhaps you would be kind also to pray for me.
OTHER NOTICES
There will now not be a Traidcraft Stall after the Mass today
Since the Covid figures are going in the wrong direction at the moment we have decided to cancel the planned Stalls. Kate has a stock of Cards, Craft and the usual food items and if there is something specific that you are looking for, and you’d like to see the range available, then Kate can arrange a socially distanced meeting with you. The new Autumn/Winter range is now on the Traidcraft website so do take a look. Just give Kate a ring (01362 695503) or click to email and she will be only too pleased to get your order for you and deliver it to you at church (or your home if you are not yet back at church). Don’t forget that 10% of the value of your purchases will go to St Giles (excluding sale items) For sales up to 1 October this has amounted to £2.80 from £28 worth of sales.
Apologies from the editorial team Last week in the newsletter the Bishop of Norwich was referred to by the wrong name. Well done everyone who spotted that undeliberate mistake, which we hadn’t picked up! Just to confirm (so that you can pray for him by name) the Bishop of Norwich is Bishop Graham Usher.
St Giles Street has a fascinating history. On 3rd May we included links to some old photos (see item at the bottom of that page) and we are pleased to be able to complement this today with a study of the history of St Giles Street since medieval times by the Norwich writer Nick Stone. His website is well worth a visit if you are interested in the history of our county and beyond, and is guaranteed to keep you browsing for hours!
Our thanks to everyone who has responded so generously to our request to continue making your donations to St Giles during this difficult period for churches. You can send a cheque to the Treasurer or pay by means of a standing order from your bank. Please contact John by email for further details.
Monthly charitable giving Despite our regular offertory not coming in we are responding in faith to support our monthly charities, as chosen by the PCC for this year. Please do send in your giving to St Giles via our Treasurer John so that we can continue our donations to these charities, especially in this time when many charities are anxious about the future. During 2020 we are supporting: The Matthew Project (Jan); The Samaritans (Feb); Water Aid (Mar); The Pilgrimage Trust (Apr); Christian Aid (May); MIND (June); The Magdalene Group (July); The Children’s Society (Aug); The John Aves Education Project (Sept); The Church Army (Oct); the West Pottergate Estate (Nov); St Martin’s Housing (Dec). With increases in the Parish Share many churches no longer give to charities, but at St Giles we are still seeking to make donations (from PCC funds and donations in the charity display box) to support their work, and we can continue to do so while your giving to St Giles continues. Thank you.
Feedback from the PCC Standing Committee please see the web post for 4 October.
MORE ONLINE LINKS
The weekly newsletter will continue to be available for you to view online by clicking here. You can also receive your own copy in your email – see Just a reminder below. A note from John – emails have their own way of displaying the newsletter, and are notorious for misinterpreting the positioning of pictures in particular. Do have a word with me if you’d like to discuss this!
St Giles Twitter page shares our news and photos day by day. Our particular thanks to Hakan for maintaining and updating this service.
The Facebook pages of Norwich City Churches and Norwich East Deanery are frequently updated including news from St Giles.
The Norwich East Deanery prayer calendar for July to October can be downloaded here.
The Norwich Diocese prayer calendar for October is also available – and you can download it to your computer by clicking here.
The Church of England’s online weekly services since 22nd March are all available to listen to here. Today’s service celebrates chaplaincy in care homes. Debbie Thrower, founder of Anna Chaplaincy, leads the service, with contributions from care home chaplains and residents, as well as a poetry reading from Bob Weighton, once the oldest man in the world.
The Saving Graces interviews for the Diocese of Norwich can be found here. There are currently seven interviews to listen to, with a range of people who have experienced the last few months of the COVID-19 pandemic in very different ways.
Worship on line  We have a collection of links from our earlier pages this year on a separate links page. New links will be appearing initially in our regular weekly notice sheet. Note: there are now 26 podcasts available at Life, Love, and Light in which Veronica Mary Rolf reflects on the writings of Julian of Norwich, the beloved fourteenth century anchorite who received sixteen Revelations of Divine Love. Julian heard Christ tell her: “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and thou shalt see thyself that all manner of thing shall be well.”
The latest eNews from the Diocese of Norwich can be viewed here and previous editions are available at the bottom of the page, also details of how to sign up to receive each new issue free in your email box.
Just a reminder that you can also receive each new page uploaded to the St Giles website as soon as it goes live by signing up to receive the posts in your email. Scroll to the bottom of this page, type or paste your email address in the ‘Follow’ box, and click ‘Follow’. Alternatively you can ask John at church or by email to add your name to the list. Either way, you will then receive an email from WordPress asking you to confirm that you want to receive the updates. Click on the ‘Confirm Follow’ button in the email. It will open a WordPress page in your browser with the details of your setup, but you can simply close the page. (It is there just in case you want to change any of the settings listed.)

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Service sheet for 4th October 2020

The Christian Community of St Giles-on-the-Hill

Sunday 4th October 2020

Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity

There will be a service of Said Mass today at 10.30 am. We look forward to seeing you at this Mass.
A reminder of the latest advice – FACE (face coverings are required to be worn in places of worship unless you are specifically exempted); HANDS (please sanitise your hands on entering and on leaving the church); and SPACE (please follow social distance guidelines as directed).
NHS Track and Trace – Those who have downloaded the app are able to use this when making a visit to St Giles. Please scan in using the code which is on the notice board in the porch and on the hymn book trolley. Thank you.

Please arrive in St Giles only 15 mins prior to a Mass (unless you have a job to do before the service), familiarise yourself with the social distancing and other arrangements and be seated by 10.25am for the notices. Please remember to bring with you your personal copy of the white Mass booklet that you took home when you last came to St Giles. This is your own copy of the booklet, for you to use during the COVID-19 restrictions. Bring it whenever you attend a Mass at St Giles and then take it home again afterwards. The booklet is also available for download as a pdf file which you can print at home. Further details of the ongoing restrictions owing to COVID-19 are contained in the special St Giles web update of Friday 3rd July and in the regularly updated Church of England pages.

Being religious isn’t the purpose of our lives. Instead we need to be people who live out the kingdom of God daily.

We are continuing to include below the details of the Sung Mass which we would have been celebrating on this Sunday in normal times. However, in our Said Mass in church today there will be no hymns or other sung prayers and responses. You may like to look up the readings and the hymns below and reflect on the opening sentence of the Mass.

This week our hymns are from the New English Hymnal. You can click on the titles of the individual hymns to hear recordings. Thank you to our organist Ian Graydon for supplying these links.

The photo above was taken in the churchyard on 28th September 2013 by Raymond Scott.

Introit Hymn 206   Christ is our corner-stone  (tune only – words here)

Collect
Almighty God,
you have made us for yourself,
and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you:
pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself,
and so bring us at last to your heavenly city
where we shall see you face to face;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

First Reading   Isaiah 5:1-7

Psalm   80:9-17

Second Reading   Philippians 3:4b-14

Gospel acclamation   Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors   My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord
I know them and they follow me

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Priest   Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

All   Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel   Matthew 21:33-46

Priest   This is the gospel of the Lord

All   Praise to you, O Christ

Intercessions

Offertory Hymn 271   Alleluya, sing to Jesus

Communion Hymn 72   My faith looks up to thee

Post Communion Prayer
Lord, we pray that your grace
may always precede and follow us,
and make us continually to be given to all good works;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Angelus

Recessional Hymn 427   O praise ye the Lord!

Next Sunday’s readings: Isaiah 25:1-9; Psalm 23; Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14

Rector  Canon Darren Thornton (part-time) also UEA Chaplain (day off Monday) 01603 623724  Click to email
Churchwardens  Rowena Atkinson (01603 455729)  Bob Emsell (01603 439632)
Newsletter & Traidcraft  Kate Baldry (01362 695503) 
Click to email

St Giles Twitter page shares our news, resources and photos day by day. Our particular thanks to Hakan for maintaining and updating this service.
The Facebook pages of Norwich City Churches and Norwich East Deanery are frequently updated with news of many Norwich churches, including St Giles – well worth taking a look.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
11 October Traidcraft Stall regretfully cancelled (see below)
11-17 October Prisons Week The theme is “You Are Not Alone”
18 October Luke the Evangelist
25 October Bible Sunday
30 October All Souls’ Day Mass 10.00am
Please record names of the departed on our Years Mind list at the back of Church

NOTICES
From Fr Darren
While you are in church your safety remains paramount to us. We are putting out some extra chairs at the back of church to try and honour the social distancing within the pews. Please only sit in the areas that are marked; remember the pews near the Lady Chapel are often available, so if you feel happier about not sitting in the main body of the church, do go and sit in those pews. Please can you remember when you chat to others who may be sitting in the same pew or nearby, to keep the social distancing between them and you. It is very easy to forget and we get closer so as to be able to hear each other BUT we must remember to keep that space! Please also try and turn up only 15 mins prior to a Mass (unless you have a job to do) and at the end of the service it is important that we do not congregate to meet and chat. Despite this being an entirely natural thing to do and something we would usually encourage at church, it is at present not allowed. After the organ voluntary it is straight outside, please. No lingering inside the church building. Do try and have those conversations outside or keep in contact with a phone call. Thank you. Thank you!
For the month of October we are following our current practice for the Masses at St Giles as we have been doing since July. All the Masses will be short Said Masses with no singing, no Sunday sheets, and no coffee after Mass. The weekly newsletter will continue to be available for you to view online by clicking here. The aim of all this is to spend less time in the church building together as we meet in bigger numbers. “Slowly, steadily and safely” are the words that Bishop Graham is encouraging us to use. We are all looking forward to the time when our normal practice can resume. We are currently required by the Government to wear face masks while in church. Please could everyone also refrain from singing along with the recorded hymns at the Sunday Mass. I know how desperate we all are to sing again but we are trying to reduce the risks and keep safety paramount. Thank you.
Weekday Masses  I totally understand that some people are still anxious about returning on a Sunday, and an alternative could be to consider coming to a mid-week Mass: Tuesday at 12 noon or Friday at 10am. Numbers mid-week are much smaller and you may find it more comfortable than with a larger crowd. Safety remains paramount, and I would like to thank everyone who has come back for keeping to the rules and the recommended guidance.
Church opening times  Our current weekly pattern of public worship is: Sunday 10.30am Mass; Tuesday 12 noon Mass; Friday 10.00am Mass.
The church is also open for private prayer at the following times during the week:
Monday – mid morning to lunchtime
Tuesday- mid morning to 2.30pm (Mass at 12 noon)
Wednesday – mid morning to lunchtime
Thursday – mid morning to lunchtime
Friday – mid morning to lunchtime (Mass at 10.00am)
Saturday – mid morning to lunchtime
A big thank you to our volunteer church stewards for making it possible to open our sacred building for people to come in to light a candle and to pray.
Summer Raffle and Sales Tables Fundraising The final figure raised from the Summer Stalls, sales of Elsie’s delicious marmalade and the Raffle was £2273.80, comprising £1234.00 from raffle and £1039.80 from sales. An incredible achievement and thanks to everyone who made purchases and donated items!
Heritage Open Days and the Bike Ride A big thank you to those who kept the church open for the Heritage Open Days and the Bike Ride. We had a good number of visitors who enjoyed coming to see our beautiful church. 52 people visited for the Norfolk Churches Trust Sponsored Bike Ride and 434 for the Heritage Open Days. We received some lovely comments about visitors experiencing peace within the church, and many congratulating us on how well the church is kept. Numbers visiting were well down on last year, especially for the cycle ride, but those who did visit appreciated the opportunity to do so.
Monthly charitable giving Despite our regular offertory not coming in we are responding in faith to support our monthly charities, as chosen by the PCC for support during this year. Please do send in your giving to St Giles via our Treasurer John so that we can continue our donations to these charities, especially in this time when many charities are anxious about the future. During 2020 we are supporting: The Matthew Project (Jan); The Samaritans (Feb); Water Aid (Mar); The Pilgrimage Trust (Apr); Christian Aid (May); MIND (June); The Magdalene Group (July); The Children’s Society (Aug); The John Aves Education Project (Sept); The Church Army (Oct); the West Pottergate Estate (Nov); St Martin’s Housing (Dec). With increases in the Parish Share many churches no longer give to charities, but at St Giles we are still seeking to make donations (from PCC funds and donations in the charity display box) to support their work, and we can continue to do so while your giving to St Giles continues. Thank you.
Saying our prayers – thank you to those who have sent and continue to send prayer requests for me to bring to God during the daily offices. It has been a good way to keep in touch and hold you and your situations in prayer. If you have prayer requests do email me, be those prayers of needs or worries or something you want to give thanks to God for. All of our prayer requests matter to the God who has created us. As I pray for you perhaps you would be kind also to pray for me. The Norwich East Deanery prayer calendar for July to October can be downloaded here. The Norwich Diocese prayer calendar for October is also available – and you can download it to your computer by clicking here.
Feedback from the PCC Standing Committee meeting held on Sunday 20 September after the Mass. Following the current guidelines, we were able to have our meeting of six people. As it was a glorious day we sat outside in the churchyard keeping the 2 metre distance rule and we had a good meeting. Items of interest for the congregation include:
1. The 2021 Parish Share will be frozen at the agreed rate for 2020 (£32,815). Owing to the unprecedented situation in which we find ourselves the Diocese has agreed not to increase the 2020 requested amount. Please do continue to give generously to the church as we seek to pay our way this year.
2. Work is needed on the clerestory where loose flints in the north wall need repointing. Quotes are currently out to tender and we hope that the work may begin next summer.
3. Vikkie Shread is going to start seeing a Diocesan Vocational Advisor as she begins to explore the next stage of her faith journey. We are all asked to hold Vikkie in our prayers as she explores what God might be calling her to do.
4. We are currently exploring ways in which we might be able to record some of the half-hour Sunday Masses so that those who are unable to get to St Giles can view the Mass on the Internet from the recording. No music or people receiving communion will be filmed, it will be only the priest. We are going to experiment with this and see if the sound and picture are of good enough quality.
5. We have been congratulated by the Bishop of Norwich for our work on the West Pottergate estate during lockdown. Bishop Graham writes…. “You are all doing incredible things and please be assured of my prayers.” The PCC received an independent review of what the church has been doing on the estate and what needs further thought and exploration. It is an encouraging read about our church connections with those who live in West Pottergate and we should all be greatly encouraged in this mission work which is sharing the Good News by words and more importantly by our actions. The PCC will continue to explore what can be done to help those on the estate who are in need.
6. At the next PCC meeting we are going to discuss Covid-19 at St Giles and review what has been done. What could have been done differently? How have we dealt with the C of E guidelines? What could we improve upon if we ever find ourselves in this situation again?
Please do pray for your PCC.
Heavenly Father, giver of all good gifts,
come with your gracious Holy Spirit and give us courage, vision, faith and a right judgement in all things.
Empower, strengthen and commission these your servants who offer themselves for your service today,
that all that we do in this council and in our church may be for the building up of your people and the glorifying of your name.
This we pray through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
OTHER NOTICES
Our thanks to everyone who has responded so generously
to our request to continue making your donations to St Giles during this difficult period for churches. You can send a cheque to the Treasurer, do a bank transfer or pay regularly by means of a standing order from your bank. Please contact John by email for further details.
There will now not be a Traidcraft Stall after the Mass on Sunday 11 October Since the Covid figures are going in the wrong direction at the moment we have decided to cancel the planned Stall. Kate has stock of cards, craft and the usual food items and if there is something specific that you are looking for and you would like to see the range available then Kate can arrange a socially distanced meeting with you. The new Autumn/Winter range is now on the website so do take a look. Just give Kate a ring (01362 695503) or click to email and she will be only too pleased to get your order for you and deliver it to you at church (or your home if you are not yet back at church). Don’t forget that 10% of the value of your purchases will go to St Giles (excluding sale items). For sales up to 1st September this amounted to £3.20 from £32 worth of sales.
The Church of England’s online weekly services since 22nd March are all available to listen to here. Today’s service celebrates ‘forgotten heroes’ of the Covid-19 pandemic. Sarah Spencer, from the Diocese of Lincoln, and Nick Shepherd, from the Diocese of Southwark, lead the service, with contributions from farmers, lorry drivers and supermarket workers.
The Saving Graces interviews for the Diocese of Norwich can be found here. There are now 7 interviews on line. Each interviewee has a story to tell. Each is regarded by others as a saving grace – someone who has brought help and healing into a testing situation, someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in order to serve those in their care. But in turn, each of them is aware of others who have been saving graces to them – colleagues, family members, God.
Worship on line  It is wonderful that there are so many ways in which we can join in worship on line, with links all over the world! We have carried a selection of links on our weekly notice page since the beginning of lockdown, and these have now been moved to a separate links page. New links will be appearing initially in our regular weekly notice sheet.
October is Black History Month and details are included in the latest Diocesan eNews here. eNews is a (usually fortnightly) e-newsletter which contains a snapshot of news, events and resources from the Diocese. It’s free to sign up to, to ensure that you don’t miss the latest information. Everyone with an active role in their church should subscribe! Previous editions of the newsletter are available at the bottom of the page here.
Just a reminder that you can receive each new page uploaded to the St Giles website as soon as it goes live by signing up to receive the posts in your email. Scroll to the bottom of this page, type or paste your email address in the ‘Follow’ box, and click ‘Follow’. Alternatively you can ask John at church or by email to add your name to the list. Either way, you will then receive an email from WordPress asking you to confirm that you want to receive the updates. Click on the ‘Confirm Follow’ button in the email. It will open a WordPress page in your browser with the details of your setup, but you can simply close the page. (It is there just in case you want to change any of the settings listed.)

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