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THE PARISH LINK MAGAZINE

In the current circumstances it is not possible to deliver the printed Parish Link magazine. Previous editions can be read on this website on the Back Issues page. The magazine can then be downloaded 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 next online version of the magazine will be the September edition. It is the intention of the editorial team that we can publish the printed version again starting with the October edition but this does depend on our many volunteers being able to deliver it. Early signs are that most volunteers are happy to do so for which we thank them.

We are now at the stage of being able to share the good news of a return to worship in the church buildings for those who are able and want to, alongside the continuation of online worship.  This began on Sunday 19th July.

The new pattern of Sunday worship from that date is as follows: 

9am online service (which also can accessed later in the day or on any other day)

10.30am service in ONE of the churches in the benefice moving in alphabetical order around the three parishes.

Next Sunday 16th August there is a 9am Online Service and a 10.30am service at St. Mary Magalene's, Whipsnade for all the benefice; We will move back to Kensworth for the following week.

We will be following government guidelines on social distancing and all hygiene measures (two metres distance where possible and hand sanitising at the entrance to the building); instructions are that you should wear a face covering.

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.

A message from the Reverend Nicola Lenthall:

Sunday morning worship in church buildings will began again from Sunday 19th July (see above).  Online worship will also continue – more information on this website and through our weekly KSW WorshipLink.  I am very grateful to our churchwardens and to Dorothy Blackburn for all their help.

 

Church buildings can now be open for private prayer, and Studham and Whipsnade churches will be open in our benefice (as they were prior to the lockdown) during daylight hours. Kensworth Church will open where possible on Sunday afternoons from 2-5pm. You are asked to observe all government guidelines and the instructions of any volunteers present in the church regarding hygiene and social distancing. 

 

Churches are also open with very strict adherence to the government guidelines for baptisms, weddings and funerals, with a maximum of 30 people allowed.  Funerals at the graveside or in crematoriums continue to take place, but only in line with the government's instructions.  For more information about any of this please contact Nicola at revnicolalenthall@btinternet.com

 

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, please see the announcement below regarding the Studham, Kensworth and Whipsnade Coronavirus Response Group which has been in operation since the outbbreak of the coronavirus. 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

Studham, Kensworth and Whipsnade (SKAW) Coronavirus Response Group
This group closed on July 31st for the time being.  It would really help if those involved either became a part of the villages’ good neighbour schemes, or allowed their data to be held digitally should the group need to re-form (if you are happy for this to happen please contact Liesa on gnstudham@hotmail.co.uk ).  Many volunteers and those in need are still in touch, which is a wonderful tribute to the group itself.
Anyone who has a new need in the current context should continue to contact
07563 135895 / gnstudham@hotmail.co.uk for the time being and they will be put in touch with the relevant group in each of the three villages.  A huge thank you to all those of you who have helped.
The Studham Good Neighbours Scheme (07563 135895) and Kensworth Community Scheme (07919 081473) would love to have more volunteers especially in light of the recent emergency.  More hands on deck makes for light work!  We are fortunate in our parishes that our neighbours already look out for each other, so our services are really only called on when it's absolutely necessary.  Please do become a volunteer if you can.  Whipsnade village is in the process of trying to organise a scheme too – if you can help with this please contact the parish council chairman Ken France on 01582 872375.  Mentoring will be offered to anyone who volunteers as group organiser.