Bollington Church News: July 2020

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Bollington Church News – June 2020

The online version of our Parish Newsletter

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Bollington Church News

Our Parish Magazine

We have for many years had a parish magazine printed for sale and distribution either monthly or (more recently) bi-monthly. It has been available to members of our congregation, but also to a wider public who do not attend St Oswald’s on a regular basis.

The COVID-19 emergency has forced us to reconsider how we we can handle the publication of “Bollington Church News” during a lock-down.

We have decided, as an experiment, to produce an online magazine, which can be read on your computer screen. It is in effect a conventional magazine layout that can be read without the need to print it out. All you need to do is download it*.

*Your normal browser may allow you to open and read the magazine, but if not you will need a pdf reader such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. This will work on both PC and Apple Mac, and is free to download and use. Other pdf readers are available. Acrobat download link here.

It probably won’t be so easy to read on the small screen of a mobile phone – this would require a fully electronic version, which is not envisaged for the time being in view of the work required to achieve it.

When you open the file, you can read it either with full page width, or with one page per screen. If you use a tablet, it will be best to view it in portrait mode so that a page will fit on a whole screen.

It is possible to print off the magazine if you wish, but please note that there are 40 pages! (It is also possible -if you really want to – to print it in booklet form, double sided, so that you can reassemble it into a conventional format).

Download your copy by clicking here.

(You may find it easier to read if you save the document to your computer and re-open it with a pdf reader.)

We will be printing a limited number of copies for those we know do not have easy access to a computer.

We would welcome feedback about this experimental online publication. In particular:

  • Would you like the online edition to continue?
  • Can we reduce the number of printed copies? (to save print costs – although for the time being we are incurring some postage charges)
  • Is there sufficient demand for a fully electronic edition, readable on any device?
  • Are there specific topics you would like us to cover?
  • Can YOU contribute any articles? (even if in note form that an editor can develop)
  • Can YOU help to produce the magazine?

Please use this feedback form to give us your views:

Thank you

Easter Vigil

Veronica sings the Exultet – the Easter Proclamation – at dusk. The only light in the church is provided by the Easter candle.

Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels! Exult, all creation around God’s throne! Jesus Christ, our King, is risen! Sound the trumpet of salvation!

Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendour, radiant in the brightness of your King! Christ has conquered! Glory fills you! Darkness vanishes for ever!

Rejoice, O mother Church! Exult in glory! The risen Saviour shines upon you! Let this place resound with joy, echoing the mighty song of all God’s people!

My dearest friends, standing with me in this holy light, join me in asking God for mercy, that he may give his unworthy minister grace to sing his Easter praises.

It is truly right that with full hearts and minds and voices we should praise the unseen God, the all-powerful Father, and his only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

For Christ has ransomed us with his blood, and paid for us the price of Adam’s sin to our eternal Father.

This is our Passover feast, when Christ, the true Lamb, is slain, whose blood consecrates the homes of all believers.

This is the night when first you saved our ancestors: you freed the people of Israel from their slavery, and led them dry-shod feet through the sea.

This is the night when Christians everywhere, washed clean of sin and freed from all defilement, are restored to grace and grow together in holiness.

This is the night when Jesus Christ broke the chains of death and rose triumphant from the grave.

The power of this holy night dispels all evil, washes guilt away, restores lost innocence, brings mourners joy; it casts out hatred, brings us peace, and humbles earthly pride.

Night truly blessed, when heaven is wedded to earth, and we are reconciled to God!

Therefore, heavenly Father, in the joy of this night, receive our sacrifice of praise, your Church’s solemn offering.

Accept this Easter candle, a flame divided but undimmed, a pillar of fire that glows to the honour of God.

Let it mingle with the lights of heaven and continue bravely burning to dispel the darkness of this night!

May the Morning Star, which never sets, find this flame still burning.

Christ, that Morning Star, who came back from the dead, and shed his peaceful light on all humankind, your Son who lives and reigns for ever and ever.


In this difficult time…

“Trust * Hope * Believe” are the words on a recent bookmark posted out to members of our congregation. As you know, sadly all places of worship nationally have been closed for public worship services in our collective effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest guidance is that church buildings may now be re-opened for public worship from 5 July onwards if it is safe to do so.
The required risk assessment has been carried out. As our building development project is still very much a work in progress, we have decided that regretfully, for the time being, it is not yet practical or safe to open our doors for private prayer nor for public worship.
However, we do encourage you to continue praying at home or out on your daily walks instead, especially following our “10 for 10” scheme together. Thank you for your ongoing patience and faithful support. We will continue to act in line with Government and Diocesan guidelines and will of course review this decision as the summer unfolds.
With love and blessings,

The following letter from Bishop Keith is clear:

Dear Friends,
A number of queries have been raised following the new government and Church of England guidance about the reopening of church buildings for public worship, in particular how the government and Church guidance is clear that this can only be done when it is safe to do so, and the requirement of the Canons for there to be public worship every Sunday.
My view is that the Canons are like the skeleton in the body; they need to be strong and tough so that the body can thrive, but the skeleton is not the whole body. The Canons remain and are there for our good and the good of the whole church. They were not designed or are able to cover every circumstance of the Church’s life; they are not the muscles, the flesh, or the bloodstream, and without the Holy Spirit they are dead. As the guidelines make clear, the priority is safety, and I want to make it clear that if anyone asks for my direction in relation to longer-term delay in the opening of buildings for public worship my view is that we dishonour the intention of the Canons unless we open safely, and I will be very sympathetic to the incumbent and PCC as I make that call.  
I hope this is helpful and enables us all to balance permissive and prescriptive well. Of course, in the Lord’s mercy, so much more has been given to us over these last weeks, especially with those who have joined our worship online. I am praying that as a diocese, we don’t miss what God has been giving to us in the responsibility we now have to reopen safely. Perhaps the time of July and August will help us in this preparing for this next stage and enable us to keep learning from what we have been through.
Can I repeat so many thanks to everyone for the resilience and endurance (even when it may have felt anything but) over these last weeks and reassert the recent message in the pastoral letter about rest, holiday and sabbath.
With love in Christ

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St Oswald’s Church building will remain closed until further notice

There will be NO PUBLIC WORSHIP SERVICES at St Oswald’s

– until further notice.

Please do let the Vicar or Churchwardens know if you are self-isolating, or if you are aware of someone else who might need us to keep in contact with them by phone for reassurance or to assist with shopping etc.
Alternatively you can contact us using the form below.
Thank you.

More information from the Church of England here.

Bollington Town Council
(volunteers can collect shopping, prescriptions, etc)
01625 786575

Macclesfield Citizens Advice Centre phone numbers:
01625 708608
07756 023416