We are here to worship God,
to nurture believers in Jesus Christ
and to serve the community.
St Andrew's Church, Kettleburgh stands at the end of Church Road, with farmland on one side and Church Farm and Church Cottages close by.
During the period when we cannot have physical services in our church, you may find the this link to daily and Sunday services helpful.
Responding to Coronavirus
A word from your Priest in Charge
These are challenging, and for many people, difficult times. We will find out what is really important to us as individuals and also to communities. When, in the future we look back we will realise that some things have changed, and that will include even the church. Indeed, I think that it could be a radically different church, but we don’t have to wait until the pandemic recedes.
In challenging times we are forced to look at what is important. For Christians, worship, fellowship and service to others have always been important, during this time of isolation we are going to have to re think how we do this. Although I cannot physically visit you or share in the normal village events, I will seek to be in touch with many people through e mail and telephone. Do feel free to get in touch with me for a chat or if you have concerns.
At times like these we can be overwhelmed. I am reminded of the words in Psalm 91:1-2 ‘You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.”
Yours in Christ
We are following the advice and guidance from the government, archbishops and our diocesan bishop.
These are exceptional times. The government has now instructed that all places of worship are closed. Churches have traditionally been a place of sanctuary, however, in the current pandemic, they could also be a place where the virus spreads. Our worship of God and our care for one another will continue, but not from within our church buildings.
Continuing to pray at home
Although all our churches are closed this does not mean that we can’t pray. In these challenging times when we are unable to physically meet together, we do not stop worshipping and praying. We can continue to be part of a worshipping community praying at home in unity with sisters and brothers throughout our group of churches. There are daily and Sunday services streamed from the diocese as well as brief prayer sheets for our benefice.
For those with computers and internet access:
• Morning prayer is streamed from the Bishop’s Chapel via the Bishop’s Facebook page @BishopsCofEsuffolk
• Radio 4 longwave broadcasts a daily service
• On Sunday, Songs of Praise is on BBC 1 and a morning service on Radio 4.
Throughout this crisis, many church members are setting aside time at 9.30am and 4pm each day to say their prayers in their own homes. A simple service sheet with a reading, reflection and prayers will be available on www.hachestonchurch.onesuffolk.net/servcies Even if you are unable to do this each day, on SUNDAYS the Ministry Team encourage everyone (if convenient) to find a space at home at 9.30am and read the service. This enables us to feel part of a united church at a time when we are unable to meet together.
Light a candle
We are encouraging people, every Sunday at 7pm, to light a candle and place it in their window as a sign of solidarity and hope in the light of Christ that can never be extinguished.
For those who are in self isolation it can be a disturbing time. We are working with each Parish Council and other village groups to develop a support system via telephone and e mail, to remove some of the isolation. Also, to provide practical support such as collecting and delivering groceries. Some villages have adopted ‘street wardens / contacts’ to facilitate this process.
These are very challenging times for many people, who face the possibility of the loss of jobs and livelihoods. Britain already has a large number of people who need the help and support of foodbanks. If you are able, when on your very occasional visit to a shop please continue to place an item in the foodbank collections.
Please continue to remember in prayer all those who are continuing to work for our safety and wellbeing, especially those who are providing essential services; those working in the health service, providing social care, in education and the food and retail industry.
News from St Andrew's
The first phase of our reordering project is complete. We now have a completely level access from the south porch into the nave, a flexible space around the font and a gentle slope leading towards the east end of the church. We have some new oak furniture - a storage cupboard for cleaning and flower arranging materials, and a table-height cupboard for hymn and service books.
An archaeological survey was completed as part of this work. Follow this link to read a copy.
The second phase will be to add some new doors to the south porch and to repair and open the north door opposite our main entrance.
The third part of this project is to provide toilet and storage facilities accessible from the north door.
If you would like to contribute financially to any aspect of the work which will improve access and amenity in this ancient building, please get in touch with John Bater at Church Farm. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Kettleburgh PCC’ with an accompanying note to the effect that the donation is specifically for the Fabric Fund. Any taxpayer can gift aid the donation and we can then claim the tax back on it.
If you have any concerns with safeguarding, here are some contact details:
Our Benefice Safeguarding Officer, Pam Bennett-King
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
• Childline: 0800 1111
• Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900
• NAPAC: 0808 801 0331
• Samaritans: 116 123
• Family Lives: 0808 800 2222
• National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
• Action On Elder Abuse: 080 8808 8141