The Church continues to be alive and active, even though for many weeks we have been unable to use our buildings for public worship. The vaccine roll-out is very encouraging, but with so many people still falling sick with COVID-19 we must continue to distance ourselves from one another to reduce the spread. For this reason the Wye Benefice churches are still not holding normal Sunday services. However, every Sunday at 10am Ravi and Nikki lead a virtual service streamed live from the vicarage. You'll need to join the Wye Virtual Church Facebook group to follow proceedings and obtain the Order of Service if you need it. The benefice website contains details of how to do this and provides information for prayer, worship, study, and community life. See: www.wyebenefice.org.uk.
The vicar/churchwardens of this church can also be contacted in an emergency by telephoning :
Rev. Ravi Holy. Phone 07930 401963. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rita Hawes. Phone 01233 627117 Email: email@example.com
Clare Hardwick. Phone 01233 623618 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips.
WYE VIRTUAL CHURCH – A message from Rector Ravi Holy.
We now have over 200 members on the Virtual church Facebook group - and obviously in many cases, only one of a married couple has joined the group but both take part in it. So I'm delighted about that and it seems people are enjoying it and finding it helpful. I'm also pleased that it's not just younger people and I have personally helped a few of our older members get onto Facebook in the last few weeks so they can be part of this. However, it takes time to do that and my efforts to ring round everyone on the parish list are proceeding surely but slowly. The group is clearly thriving - we now even have members in other towns, and even abroad - but I could nevertheless use some help getting as many people as possible into the group so please either forward this message (specifically the instructions below) to people you know who are not yet in the group, or call them and talk them through it.
To take part in Wye Benefice online services:
1. If you aren't already on Facebook, join it. This is very easy and does not require you to engage with strangers or anyone else on Facebook generally.
Simply google 'Facebook' or put www.facebook.com into your internet browser. Once you're at the Facebook main page, there will be an option to 'sign up'. This involves putting in your name and email address. You will then be sent an email containing a security code so find that and then enter the relevant code and complete the signup process.
2 Once you have a Facebook account, search for 'Wye Benefice Virtual Church' using the search Facebook function (a text box with a magnifying glass in it). You'll know you're on the right page when you see a picture of the Wye congregation standing round the war memorial on Remembrance Sunday with me in the middle but far away and Bill Jones and some scouts holding flags in the foreground.
Immediately under that picture, you should see a box saying Join group. Click that and I'll then get a request from you which I will accept immediately and then you're in!
3 The service is broadcast live at 10 am on Sundays via Facebook live. All you have to do is be looking at the group page at this time and you should see a video of me (and sometimes Nikki) playing in front of you. Or you might see a photo of one of us with the play symbol (a triangle in a circle) in which case just click on it to start playing it
If you're feeling really ambitious, you can use the comments feature to type messages that I and everyone else will see!
Please call me or speak to one of your more technically-literate friends or neighbours if you need any further assistance and hope to see you on the group soon.