The online version is limited to 30 pages. One of the missing pages is “Mouse makes” from Parish pump. The full version of the magazine can be downloaded here. You can (if you wish) print individual pages from the download.
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).
“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, Veronica
The following letter from Bishop Keith is clear:
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 and NO REMEMBRANCE SERVICES at the COLUMBARIUM – 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.
Some of the 300 oranges prepared for our Christingle Services this year. As in previous years, we had two separate services on the afternoon of Advent Sunday in order to safely accommodate everyone. The construction teams needed to do some quality testing on the sweets used!