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Serving the villages of Kensworth, Studham and Whipsnade for 37 years

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The latest coronavirus information from Central Bedfordshire Council
 
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THE PARISH LINK MAGAZINE

In the current circumstances it is not possible to deliver the printed Parish Link magazine. The May edition can be found on the Back Issues page of this webbsite where it can read or download to your device to read offline. Please consider printing it for a neighbour who enjoys reading the Link but does not have access to the internet. The June edition will appear here on 1st June.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic the churches remain closed but thanks to the Reverend Nicola Lenthall and technology you can still be involved in church life and church services on this website. Please also see the Church page for details of Family Worship and previous live-streamed services.

 

KSW WorshipLink which you can use for Home Church by yourself.

 

Seventh Sunday of Easter / Rogationtide
10am 24th May Rogation Sunday 2020 – available via YouTube on the Nicola Lenthall channel (instructions below and order of service here).
 
If you miss the service or want to worship later then go to: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRoQ3YB9ywTtcFdtEt0vmgQ/videos?view=57&flow=grid which should bring up the livestreams as well.
All our previous recorded and live-streamed services are still available on Nicola Lenthall’s YouTube channel.

A lot of people have kindly asked about Dunstable Foodbank now that the church collection points are not available and many are not getting out. The trustees of the foodbank ask those who can to consider giving financially instead. Please see here.

 

 

 

 

 

CORONAVIRUS KNITTING CHALLENGE

Could you do some simple knitting to support our critical care nurses in coping, and helping others cope with death of loved ones in these difficult times, when normal loving gestures are not allowed?

Cheryl Coomber from Studham is a critical care nurse at L&D, and she has asked for help from our community in knitting or crocheting small hearts.There are many ventilated patients in L&D at the moment, about three times the usual number. The idea is to give knitted hearts to bereaved families who have not been able to see a loved one before they die, as a token of comfort and support.

The pattern for the hearts is at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hearts-28 (and here) – the hearts can be in any colour of wool that you have available.

We do need to take special precautions in sending the hearts to Cheryl.  Yarn must be clean, and the hearts need to be put in a sealed bag, such as a freezer bag or sealed bin bag. These should be dated so that 72 hours elapse before they are opened, for safety reasons.

If you are able to help and can get to a post office you can send your hearts to Cheryl Coomber, Senior Sister, Critical Care, Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Lewsey Road Luton LU4 0DZ. 

If you are self-isolating and unable to get to a post office, I am arranging with Cheryl and the volunteer groups for the sealed bags to be collected and delivered to Cheryl. Please contact me to make arrangements.

As Cheryl has commented  ‘it is a really difficult time for the families and staff and anything that keeps us all human would help right now.’   

Thank you in advance.

JOAN BAILEY. joanmbailey@btinternet.com01582 872318

Coronavirus:
The churches, parish councils, neighbourhood schemes and the Parish Link have established the Studham, Kensworth and Whipsnade Coronavirus Support Group. If you want to help, or if you are in need or know someone who is in need you should CONTACT THIS GROUP now.
Don’t hesitate to be in touch with Reverend Nicola Lenthall for pastoral care needs or concerns as usual – 01582 872223
A message from the Bishop of St Albans:
The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
But they called on the Church to "continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable"
It means all Church of England churches are temporarily closed in line with the Government's instructions. There will also be no Church weddings or baptisms. Funerals at the graveside or in crematoriums can still take place, but only in line with the Government's instructions.
 
A message from the Reverend Nicola Lenthall:
Please see the message above from the Bishop of St Albans and do please see our new-look KSW Worship Link.
All of you remain in my prayers – and I am here to serve you all and to minister to you; to offer practical support and help and love.  If you need help or can offer help, join our group; Studham, Kensworth and Whipsnade Coronavirus Response Group, details of which can be found above.
Please keep checking this website for further information.
May God bless us and hold us all through these times, may we care for one another and pray for those in need.
Nicola
 

A message from Reverend Nigel Bibbings, Minister, South Bedfordshire Methodist Circuit:

We are sad to announce that due to the nationwide restrictions caused by the Coronavirus, for the time being our church is
not gathering for worship on Sundays. However, we continue to be very much open for business in many other ways.
We are thinking of, praying for and supporting all members of our community, particularly those who are themselves
vulnerable and/or self-isolating at this time. If there is anything that we can do to be of help to you practically, or if you have a need and would like us to pray for you or your family, please be in touch with our Minister, Rev Nigel Bibbings on 01525-872026.
We have a faithful God who loves and cares for each one of us, who we are confident will see us through this time of great turmoil. May he bless and keep you safe. Many thanks. Every blessing,
Nigel