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28 October: End Polio Now!

On Friday Revd Jo Richards told us about Saint Dunstan’s Church being bathed in purple light the next day to feature the Rotary’s drive to ‘END POLIO NOW!

Here are two photographs of the event. Let us hope and pray that infections will continue to fall in the remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan where polio still exists, thanks to vaccines, clean water and safe sewage. And let’s also hope and pray that opponents of the vaccine come to trust the medical staff bringing this killer disease to an end, and not murder or harm them. May they complete their task in peace.

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The art of the city

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As part of the Canterbury Festival, much pruned down this year, L’Arche Kent and others have produced an art trail or pilgrimage across the city. I’ve captured a few of the pictures, but the some of the photos are beset with reflections; if I’d used the flash it would have bounced off the windows, hiding the pictures, so here the windows are, mostly taken on a wet day.

Are we inside looking out, or outside looking in? The reflection makes a different picture to what the artists intended!

More from L’Arche Kent’s Rainbow artists, and in the next picture.

Support for the National Health Service staff with the rainbows here.

A window with a message, linked to the next, which showcases some recycled clothes. I saw the artist assembling this exhibit; he seemed to be enjoying herself and doubtless enjoyed the making of the party outfits. The arch is a ghost image from across the street.

People’s experience of being locked down. Have a good read!

Catching Lives is a local organisation for people who are homeless.

Finally the front window of L’Arche Kent itself at the Saint Radigund’s Street Office! A show of talent.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little autumn pilgrimage across Canterbury. Do keep L’Arche, Catching Lives and all struggling artists in your prayers.

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23 October, Going viral L: there are other killer diseases.

More parish life news from Rev Jo Richards.

Good morning to you all on this beautiful autumnal morning, and hope this finds you all well, as we are here.

St Dunstan’s turn’s purple! Martin Ward from Canterbury Rotary Club has written the following….

“Two of Canterbury’s Rotary Clubs will be lighting up St Dunstan’s Church this Saturday evening (24th) to mark World Polio Day.  The Canterbury and Canterbury Sunrise clubs will be bathing the walls of the ancient building in purple light between around 7.00pm and 9.00pm to help highlight this crucial worldwide health program.  Rotary throughout the world has been at the forefront at battling this crippling and life threatening disease through mass immunisation programs and health education.  The campaign is bolstered by the generosity of Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, who matches every pound raised by Rotary with two of his.  Such is the success of the project there are only two pockets; one in Afghanistan and the other in Pakistan, where the disease is still active.

Earlier on Saturday, around midday, members of the Rotary Club of Canterbury, will be planting purple crocus corms on the corner of St Dunstan’s and London Road to create an annual swathe of purple as a reminder of the End Polio Now campaign.”

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October 14, Going Viral XLVIII: heard in passing

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Scraps of conversation heard in passing can be instructive.

  • the students are back in town. I’ve no reason to believe these two young women are representative of anyone but themselves: ‘Yes, but we need to get our drinking in before we go out’.
  • The electric invalid buggy was parked at a sharp angle because the rider was taking a call on his phone: ‘I’m not that good a grandad. But it’s good to hear your voice, thanks for ringing, much appreciated, thank you, Good bye.’
  • A widowed neighbour, after a friend had helped with advice: ‘Thank you for taking time to help me. I do appreciate that. It means a lot.’

Street near Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

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Going Viral XLV: from the horse’s mouth?

Sign outside the betting shop: STAY SAFE! KEEP YOUR DISTANCE! Sounds like excellent advise to me!

These last few weeks we may seem to have forgotten and foregone our response to the corona corvid viral pest, but we are still here and safe and healthy. This sighting was worth sharing. We hope you’ve had an excellent summer with plenty of free vitamin D from the sunshine. Happy Autumn; keep safe and keep praying!

God bless,

WILL.

Photo from CD.

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Working hard in the garden

The worker bees are enjoying the sunflowers, and they don’t mind a long day in the sun. They have more stamina for the heat than I do. Come the winter, when many of these workers will die, my friend P will hang out the sunflower seed heads for the birds. As always, P’s sunflowers are taller than mine by a good metre!

Let us hope and pray that restrictions can soon be lifted and remain lifted on getting together to work the garden and share many activities that are still socially distanced and carried out wearing masks.

And let’s continue to look and see and hear and listen to what is going on around us. And Laudato si’!

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What to expect on Sunday

Saint Mildred’s church in Canterbury will be open for Sunday worship again this weekend. The phot shows how benches have been taped off to achieve social distancing.

Rev Jo wrote:

On Wednesday we cleaned St Mildred’s and prepared it for our service on Sunday, photos attached. If you intend to come, please do read the attached note, as there is  some important information regarding the service.  
The key thing is face coverings are mandatory for all worshippers, though the government has updated their guidance to advise that those leading worship, doing readings and leading the prayers are exempt from wearing face coverings for that activity, as long as social distancing is maintained, but must be worn for the distribution of communion. Last week I did wear a mask throughout, this week, I will only do so for the distribution of communion, along with a visor and gloves, as per guidance. 
Please also bring a bottle of water, as unfortunately we cannot provide refreshments, and it might be warm! 

It will feel strange, but good to be back, as it has been for us across town at St Thomas’s.

Will.

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John Hume R.I.P.

John Hume

The death has been announced of John Hume, Irish peacemaker. May he be at peace with his Lord. There’s nothing we can dd to what others have said, but the following words are from his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance Speech.

“I want to see Ireland as an example to men and women everywhere of what can be achieved by living for ideals, rather than fighting for them, and by viewing each and every person as worthy of respect and honour. I want to see an Ireland of partnership where we wage war on want and poverty, where we reach out to the marginalised and dispossessed, where we build together a future that can be as great as our dreams allow.”

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31 July, Going Viral XLIV: What to expect on Sunday

Rev Jo has shared final planning with churchwardens to allow worship to take place securely. Similar plans will have been drawn up in churches and chapels across the country and around the world, but this is What to expect on Sunday at St Dunstan’s.

Face coverings: You are advised to wear face coverings; Jo will be wearing a face mask for processing in and out, and administrating communion (along with visor) and a visor for leading and preaching. The service will all be led from the altar, inc sermon.

Arrival: Jo will be outside to welcome you; as you go in we need to take your name and number for the Government track and trace requirements. These are then locked in the safe for three weeks prior to disposing. You will then be advised where to sit

Two-metre social distance: Please always keep social distance, after the service there will be opportunity to chat outside church, keeping socially distanced. There is no coffee or refreshments after the service, you may want to bring bottle of water if warm.

Hand sanitizer: Please use hand sanitizer provided on the way in and out, you are also encouraged to bring your own to use prior to and after receiving communion

Seats: The pews are marked indicating where to sit, with ribbon cordoning off those rows that are not available. If you attend with someone from your household, do sit together. The 8.00 service will be in the Roper Chapel

Collection: The collection will not be taken, but there is a plate at the back of church for donations. We also have facility for on-line donations on our website

Peace: There is no sharing of the peace but do acknowledge from afar from your pew.

Communion will be in one kind only, the wafer. Communicants will come up a pew at a time, maintaining 2-metre distance. Jo will distribute from the ‘cross over’ with arms stretched out and ‘drop’ wafer into your hands. If you have your own hand sanitizer you are encouraged to use it prior to and after receiving communion

Singing: There is no singing during the service, though the organ will be played.

Order of Service: Please leave your Order of Service on the pew (it can self-quarantine for use in three weeks’ time), but take the bulletin with you

Leaving: Please leave the church after the service, a pew at a time, back pew first and refrain from having a chat with people until you are outside the building. Jo will leave and go straight outside with opportunity to chat then.

Recording: The 10.00 service will be live-streamed on Facebook-Live, then uploaded to YouTube, with the camara only focusing on the altar and Jo. Readings and intercessions will only be heard and no one in the congregation will be identified.

Self-portrait of St Dunstan prostrate before the Risen Lord; hope in God and praise him!

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31 July Going Viral XLIII: Home

Whilst away last week we were asked if this felt like home, and the answer is very much yes it does; What makes a home? When we moved here, we brought our home with us and left the house behind. There is that saying, home is where your heart is – and how very true that is; you take with you all those bits and pieces that mean so much, familiar things but also that sense of love, and of making it home; a place of welcome.

We had anticipated (pre-covid) having our second garden party this weekend – many of you joined us last year for Pimms on the patio and cream teas. When all this started back in March, I (foolishly ) thought – oh it will all be fine by July, we can still have our garden party! Not to be – so let’s hope for next year. This has also been an opportunity for many of us to worship at home – it has been from my study at home every week for the last four months that I have streamed the Eucharist, morning and evening prayer, and likewise John and Brian have been leading worship from their homes. Homes are very special places, places where we feel safe and secure, though remaining mindful that for some they are places where folk feel less secure and unsafe.


I am reminded of Jesus’ words Matthew 7:24-27: “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.  And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!”

God Bless, and keep safe, keep connected and keep praying. Jo🙏🙏🙏
Rev Jo Richards Rector of the Benefice of St Dunstan, St Mildred and St Peter, Canterbury.

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