Benefice Of East Bergholt & Brantham

Rev Steph
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Facebook: stmaryseastbergholt / St Michael’s Church, Brantham
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The creativity of mask makers is wonderful. I was offered the choice of a designer face mask and went for one covered in gold stars. Sadly, I have mislaid it; my face needs all the creativity it can get.

There are Camino masks with shells and waymarkers, which I love, and ones with the faces of peaceful black folk who have died tragically at the hands of the police in the USA.

It’s amazing what can be said by eye contact alone. We have also become experts at this form of interpretation as we converse with face masks carefully perched on noses under glasses, hoping they won’t fog up too quickly. Eyes can twinkle or frown. Long before masks were obligatory, we were staying in a local B&B and encountered a fellow guest who was clearly a forerunner of QAnon. She held forth over the bacon and eggs about Prince Charles being a Soviet spy. My husband and I carefully avoided making eye contact and hoped our cracking ribs were hidden by the crunching of toast.

Jesus can see through the mask too. Don’t be ashamed to tell someone you are feeling very low and need help. It is not a crime. We are here to help one another in truly difficult days.

This schedule is dependent on government guidelines at the time. If all else fails, our services can be found on YouTube. Find Constable Country Churches under the video tab.

Wednesday 3rd – 9.30am BCP Communion Service, YouTube
Sunday 7th – 2nd before Lent – 10.30am Benefice Communion Service (EB), YouTube only / 4pm Family@Church, YouTube only
Sunday 14th – Sunday Next Before Lent – 10.30am Benefice Communion Service (EB), YouTube only
Wednesday 17th – Ash Wednesday – 9.30am Imposition of Ashes & Holy Communion (EB), YouTube
Sunday 21st – Lent 1 – 10.30am Informal Service (B), YouTube only
Sunday 28th – Lent 2 – 10.30am Benefice Communion Service (EB), YouTube only

Check the website and Facebook for details and updates.

The motto is “Give What You Can, Take What You Need!”. We are looking for non-perishable food donations which will be in the church porch for people to take when they need something, and give when they can. No money changes hands. The Pantry in the Porch is for anyone who needs it.

This article runs in the February issue of the Capel edition, which you can read in full by clicking on Magazines.

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