Easter 2020

Easter Sunday

HE IS RISEN!
Celebrate the Saviour!

May this day, bring hope and blessings to you and your family,

with love from all at St. Albans

Our new Easter Lily board with the names of the departed we hold close, each and every day.

Holy Saturday

Help me, Dear Lord, to Enter into the sorrow and the silence of this Holy Saturday. Today no sacraments are celebrated.

Today the world waits in mourning in anticipation of the glory of new life!

Good Friday

We have one, who also was broken in ways we could never comprehend, yet he remained strong and chose to endure it all – for us.

He extends grace to remind us we don’t have to stay stuck in our struggle and pain. He holds good in store through it all, able to bring greater purpose, beauty and strength. He never intends for us to remain in the pit of our despair – for He breathes fresh life.

The power of the Resurrection gives hope for our future.

Maundy Thursday

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. John 13;34

We have already become ‘a different sort of church’ in unprecedented ways. The very place in which the body of Christ finds its identity, offers prayer, and receives solace in time of crisis—that is, the church building—is not available to us. The present situation does not negate the joy we have been granted in the resurrection, but it will be lived out this year in different ways.

COVID-19 Guidance

Last updated 24th July 2020 at 13:12

Church re-opening: with the exception of those who are ‘shielding’ on NHS advice until 1st August, it is now considered safe and permissible for a to return to church.  The latest advice from the Church of England is that face coverings are recommended when in church.
 
Wednesday Mass: Wednesday Mass at 12 noon will resume on 12th August.  We are still required to allow 72 hours between services, so until further notice there will be only one midweek Mass.
 
Recorded services: Sunday Mass will continue to be published on YouTube at 9am on Sunday until Sunday 2nd August.
 
Covid-19 testing: a testing facility has now been established in the Mildmay car park opposite the church.  It is open daily from 9am – 9pm.  We are all encouraged to ‘get tested’ so that silent carriers of the virus can be identified so as to reduce the rate of transmission.  The test involves a simple oral swap.  Please do consider attending for a test for the benefit of ourselves and others.

Last updated 4th July 2020 at 13:07

Church re-opening: public Mass will be celebrated at 10am on Sunday 12th July.  In advance of that, please note the following:

1. Please follow the directions of the stewards who will ensure that the safety and social distancing measures are observed.

2. Hand sanitiser should be used on entry and exit.

3. Please ensure that the 2m distancing rule is followed (1m if you are in the same household).  Alternate pews will be closed off to facilitate this.

4. Singing is not allowed; but there will be organ music.

5. Hymn books and Mass booklets should not be used; but the pewsheet can be if taken home.

6. People who are ‘shielding’ or in the ‘highly vulnerable’ category are discouraged from attending, but that remains a personal decision. 

7. All readings and the intercessions will be conducted by the priest.

8. The Altar Servers are encouraged to return: distancing measures will be in place.

9. There will be no ‘handed round’ collection.  Please place offerings on the plate by the main entrance. If you are giving cash, please place it in a giving envelope.

10. Face coverings are optional.

11. Communion can be received, but only the Host (no Chalice).  Please follow the direction of the priest.

12. The lavatory will be open, but please wash your hands and use the sanitiser afterwards.  Please do not flush paper towels but put them in the wastepaper basket.

13. Please refrain from unnecessary conversation at all times.

14. Please leave in silence, observing social distancing.

Last updated 25th March 2020 at 18:11

Please share this information widely, especially with those who are not on the internet or social media.

We will be distributing the pewsheet and notices to those who must stay at home and who do not have email. If anyone needs urgent pastoral care, please contact Fr Stuart on 07752 401 496.

Our earlier plan to record and broadcast services from the church can no longer happen, as even the priest is now  not allowed to offer prayers in the church building. I plan to record Sunday Masses, Palm Sunday and Holy Week and Easter services at the Vicarage and these will be posted to our YouTube channel.

You should search for S Alban’s Ilford on YouTube to find us.

Uttermost, I hope and pray that this time of difficulty will end soon. Meantime, I hold you all in my prayers.

Every blessing,

Fr Stuart


 

Last updated 24th March 2020 at 15:06


 

Last updated 22nd March 2020 at 17:50

Following the increase of cases in London over the past 24 hours, the decision has been made to close Church premises until further notice.


 

Last updated Wednesday 18 March 2020 at 18:00

Dear Friends,

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York advised yesterday that all public worship is to be suspended until further notice (with the exception of weddings and funerals). That means that there will be no weekday or Sunday masses at S Alban’s for the foreseeable future.

However, the Archbishops encourage churches to remain open at various times for people to attend for private prayer. In light of this guidance, our weekly timetable at S Alban’s will follow this pattern:

Sundays: the church will be open between 10am and 11am for private prayer and Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.

Wednesdays: the church will be open between 11am and 12 noon for private prayer and the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

Fridays: the church will be open between 9.30am and 10.30am for private prayer and the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

Saturdays: the church will be open for private prayer and hall bookings between 10am and 12 noon; there will be no Coffee Morning (but you can bring your own refreshments).

Further advice:

  1. The now customary advice about staying at home if you feel unwell in any way, and observing scrupulous hygiene, applies to anyone who might plan to visit the church. 
  1. The planned APCM and PCC meetings are deferred indefinitely. 
  1. Anyone in immediate pastoral need should contact Fr Stuart on 07752 401 496. 
  1. Please avoid the urge to panic buy essential commodities: this only harms the people most in need. 
  1. There is no need to be afraid.  If we follow the advised protocols we can help ourselves and each other to keep safe and well. 
  1. Please continue to pray for those affected in any way by this crisis and especially for those who at especial risk of falling ill.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any extra concerns or questions.

At this challenging time, I hold you all in my prayers.  Through faith and good practice we can, together, come through this unprecedentedly difficult time.

With my love and prayers, 

Fr Stuart Halstead SSC

Parish Priest, S Alban, Great Ilford


 

Last updated Tuesday 17 March 2020 at 16:50

In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice. 

Churches should be open where possible but with no public worship services taking place. Prayers can be said by clergy and ministers on behalf of everyone and churches should consider ways of sharing this with the wider community.

 

Parish Church of St Alban – 17th March 2020


 

In light of the continued increase of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the United Kingdom, our guidance is to suspend the administration of the chalice as well as physical contact during the sharing of the Peace, blessing or “laying on of hands”. We advise that all priests should:

  • Offer Communion in one kind only to all communicants i.e. the consecrated bread/wafer/host, with the priest alone taking the wine;
     
  • Suspend handshaking or other direct physical contact during the sharing of the Peace;
     
  • Suspend direct physical contact as part of a blessing or “laying on of hands”. 

If you are unwell, seek appropriate NHS advice here or call 111.

Please support our most vulnerable at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and adhere to any additional guidance provided.

 

Parish Church of St Alban – 16th March 2020

Servers Lunch 2019

We had a fantastic afternoon at Global Buffet for this years’ Servers Lunch. 

We celebrated the hard work and effort our young people put in to making Mass successful each week with their dedication.  

Please find some of our pictures below – our young people took ALL THESE!!

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Charles Whitham

 

It is with sadness to announce our Director of Music, Charles Whitham has passed away. 

Lord, you came to earth that in your power and love, we might ascend into heaven; bless those whom we love that have departed this life with the gift of life and love eternal.

For updates regarding St Albans Singers, please speak to John in church, or use the contact us form here

Walsingham 2019

Unfortunately, due to cancellations we do not currently have enough people booked on the coach to make travel by that means viable. Please consider committing to joining us. Unless we have more passengers by the end of May, we will have to consider cancelling the pilgrimage. 

Christ the King 2018

Christ the King pewsheet

Today: we welcome Brother Finnian SSF as our preacher, who will tell us about his vocation as a Franciscan.

The Grand Draw: tickets for the Grand Draw are available from Ian Greenidge.

Christmas Carol Concert: 6pm on Sunday 16th December.  Followed by mulled wine and mince pies and the Grand Draw.

St Alban’s Singers: the next concert will be given at 7.30pm on Wednesday 19th December.

Corpus Christi 2018

Corpus Christi pewsheet 2018

This Sunday: Fr Reg Bushau SSC will be our Preacher and Celebrant.  Our old friend Alan Littell will substitute for Charles on the organ.  Many thanks to them both for their help. 

Patronal Festival: this year’s Patronal Festival will be on Sunday 24th June.  The cost is £15 (children £10): please sign up with Gwen.  Please pay immediately for your place to be confirmed.  As before, preference is given to members of the congregation so please do not invite more than 2 guests (until 10th June).