3rd March 2020 - Message from Revd Sarah Dangerfield

Dear All
My thoughts are with everyone during these strange and disturbing times; with all who are unwell, with all whose work or volunteering puts them at increased risk, with all who are self-isolating, with all for whom Covid-19 brings the additional worry of job, business and money.
It was a sad day when I needed to close church buildings because for many they are special places of quiet and prayer, open seven days a week (though I fully understand and support the reasons for their temporary closure). Churchyards are however open. We hope anyone able to visit them during their daily exercise will continue to enjoy them, while also observing the necessary social distancing.
Church buildings are closed for a time, but the Church is NOT shut! Prayer continues in our hearts and homes. Each Sunday at 5.00pm the Five Alive Prays Together at Home. Please join at home with us. The service can be downloaded on a Saturday from the Five Alive website under Services and Events; https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/18646/service-and-events/events-regular/ A service for home will be available for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day.
As well as the offering of Christian worship on radio and television, the Church of England online offers a Palm Sunday broadcast at 9.00am, daily reflections for this coming week, and an Easter Day Service led by the Archbishop of Canterbury at 9.00am. These are all available on the Church of England’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thechurchofengland/.
Our cathedral also offers daily services, reflections and sacred music online https://www.facebook.com/WorcesterCathedral/.
The Five Alive Pastoral Care Team continue to offer pastoral support by telephone. Please phone either Celia Willis, Pastoral Care Coordinator, 861348, or me 861669 if we can offer pastoral support to you.
Pershore Food Bank is grateful for financial donations rather than donations of goods. This can be done by Standing Order to the account of Pershore Food Bank; Sort Code 20 98 61 Account 50714356.
I hope in this coming Holy Week you will receive strength each day, and whatever the challenges, find all the hope of that first Easter Morning.
Kind Regards,
Revd Sarah Dangerfield
Priest-in-Charge of the Five Alive Parish
Rural Dean of Pershore

Fladbury Church

The church of St John the Baptist in Fladbury is located in the village centre. It has been a site of Christian worship since monks settled here in 691AD when Ethelred, King or Mercia, made a grant of land to Oftfor the then Bishop of Worcester. The monks later moved on to found the monastery that became Evesham Abbey. No trace of the early Saxon building remains, the present building dates from the 12th century with only the base of the tower dating back to Norman times. The church was rebuilt in 1340 with significant restorations taking place during Victorian times. The tower has a ring of eight bells which were rehung on a new frame in 1991.


For more information and details of services and activities, please visit the Five Alive parish website.