It recently came to my attention that Frank Bond, a long-standing member of our congregation, neighbour and friend wrote the 'Prayer for Deliverance' below and shared it with some of our neighbours on Easter Sunday morning.

He sent me a copy last night with permission to publish it on the website; please feel free to share it with family and friends.

 

PRAYER FOR DELIVERANCE.

Most Holy Father,

On this Blessed, beautiful, Easter Day

we are praying for deliverance from

Covid-19, Coronavirus, for ourselves,

our relatives and friends in Shefford,

the United Kingdom and indeed

everyone throughout this world.

Particularly we seek protection for those

caring for all who are sick at this time,

whatever their involvement might be.

Protection for them in their place of work.

Guidance for the Government to take

appropriate and necessary decisions,

consideration of everyone to observe rules

for protection of themselves and others.

Patience of all to face future uncertainty

with courage, determination, perseverance.

Help for those in need and awareness

of any in difficulty. Forbearance for

all who are suffering, or in doubt or fear.

Sympathy and understanding at all levels.

Pleasure in remote contact with others.

Support for all industry and commerce

that our economy may recover.

Knowledge that You are still with us,

and will always keep vigil over us.

 

FH Bond, Sunday, 12 April 2020

Source: Stephen Lines; Webmaster

Watch last year's Easter day performance of the joyous sermon of Hippolytus!

And in case you didn't get it all (quite a bit of traffic noise, sorry), here's a transcript:

Pascal Sermon - HIPPOLYTUS of Rome

Are you God's friend and lover? rejoice in this glorious feast of feasts!

Are you God's servant, knowing God's wishes? be glad with your Master, share his rejoicing!

Are you worn down with the labour of fasting? now is your payday!

Have you been working since early morning? you will be paid fair and square.

Have you been here since the third hour? you can be thankful, you will be pleased.

If you came at the sixth hour, come up without fear, you will lose nothing.

Did you linger till the ninth hour? come forward without hesitation.

Even if you came at the eleventh hour? have no fear; it is not too late.

God is a generous employer, treating the last to come as he treats the first arrival.

God gives to the one and gives to the other: honours the deed and praises the intention.

Join, then, all of you, join in our Master's rejoicing.

You who were the first to come, you who came after, come now and collect your wages.

Rich and poor, sing and dance together.

You that are hard on yourselves, you that are easy, celebrate this day.

You that have fasted and you that have not, make merry today.

The meal is ready: come and enjoy it. The calf is a fat one: you will not go away hungry. There's hospitality for all, and to spare.

No more apologizing for your poverty: the kingdom belongs to us all.

No more bewailing your failings: forgiveness has come from the grave.

No more fears of your dying: the death of our Saviour has freed us from fear.

Death played the Master: but He has mastered death

Isaiah knew this would happen, and he cried: "Death was angered when it met you in the pit."

It was angered, for it was defeated.

It was angered, for it was mocked.

It was angered, for it was abolished.

It was angered, for it was overthrown.

It was angered, for it was bound in chains.

Death swallowed a body, and met God face to face.

It took earth and encountered heaven.

It took what is seen and fell upon the unseen.

O Death, where is your sting? O Grave, where is your victory?

Christ is risen and you are overthrown.

Christ is risen and evil has fallen.

Christ is risen and the angels rejoice.

Christ is risen and life reigns.

Christ is risen and not one dead remains in the tomb.

Christ is risen indeed from the dead, the first of all who had fallen asleep.

Glory and power to him for ever and ever!

Christ is risen! HE IS RISEN INDEED!

Christ is risen! HE IS RISEN INDEED!

Christ is risen! HE IS RISEN INDEED!

Video: Stephen Lines

Date: Easter Sunday, 12 April 2020

Swift BoxesThe day after the clock and bell project , another important project, also in our newly restored tower was completed - the installation of 4 Swift nesting boxes, each containing 3 nesting chambers.

Potentially this means we could eventually have a colony of 12 nesting pairs of these magnificent birds. If you'd like to learn more about swifts and what churches around the UK are doing to attract and nurture them, you can visit the Action for Swifts blog here.

The boxes are hung inside the tower windows on the east and west elevations, and can be removed and replaced in seconds to allow for cleaning and blanking off at the end of each nesting season.

The height of our tower, its clear flight lines and the proximity of our two rivers (Swifts feed on insects which hover above water) makes this a prime location to establish a colony.

Once again, we need to thank people for making this happen - Graham Bellamy from Action for Swifts for his generous help and advice, not only in the design of the nest boxes, but also in how to attract Swifts to them. (This is done using a small audio player with a timer set to play Swift calls at strategic times of the day).

Most of all though, we need to thank Theresa Brown who has driven and funded this project from start to finish.

Source: Stephen Lines

Date: 7th April 2020

Monday 6th April saw the completion of the project to restore our clock and bell, and get them working together again.

The restored bell now hangs in a custom-made bell frame which itself is supported on a substantial new steel sub-frame.

The bell is supported on bearings to allow it to swing - it now has to be 'rung' properly. Getting a clock to strike a bell which can swing is quite a challenge. If both were to happen at the same time the bell could collide with the clock's striking mechanism causing considerable damage.

The video shows the clock striking the bell at 12 noon on Monday 13th April 2020.

The new striking mechanism is equipped with a system to de-activate it and hold it safely out of the way when the bell is being rung.

So a much bigger project than most people realised. A HUGE 'thankyou' is due to the Robert Lucas Trust whose financial support has made this project happen.

Once again, Shefford's clock is striking the hour between 8am and 10pm. Long may it continue to do so!

Source: Stephen Lines

Date 12 April 2020

We have been supplied with a really useful two page leaflet packed with helpful information about the current CoViD-19 pandemic.

Community Updates Leaflet March 2020
It includes:

  • a list of places that have been closed
  • information of how to access help for mental health issues
  • 15 ways to practice Self Love to protect your wellbeing
  • local support services
  • crisis information
  • elderly and isolation

Click here to download your own copy of this (as a PDF file).

 

Source: Patricia Goulding

Date :27/03/2020

Shefford AlmsShefford Town Council have set up a dedicated support line 07923 224636 for anyone in the community who needs help during the COVID 19 crisis. The Town Council are in the process of co-ordinating local support and are working together with Churches Together, Shefford Good Neighbours and Lloyds Pharmacy, with other local businesses coming on board to offer their support daily as the crisis deepens. Some businesses are offering goods and takeaway services with free delivery (including a low-cost nutritious lunch/dinner menu), whilst others can take card payments over the phone with goods being delivered by our volunteers.

We have a group of vetted volunteers, local residents who will be working as a team to help those who need support; be that to pick up shopping, walk a dog, post a letter, pay a bill, collect a medication prescription, delivery a hot meal or just a chat over the phone. Our volunteers will be issued with ID badges and a password to share when organising delivery.

Many neighbours, relatives and friends are rallying together to help each other during these unprecedented times, however we urge everyone to be vigilant as there are some unscrupulous people who will take advantage in times of crisis; please don’t hand over bank details or bank cards to anyone, and please don’t hand over any cash unless you trust the person implicitly.

Phone 07923 224636 and if we are unable to answer straight away, please leave your name and number and someone will call you back.