The vaccination programme is being carried out by the various parts of the NHS. This is a huge logistical endeavour and partners have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to plan and prepare for vaccinating thousands of residents as soon as the supplies of the vaccine become available.

Vaccinations will be available through: 

Mass vaccination centres - The nearest regional centre to Central Bedfordshire (so far) is at Robertson House in Stevenage, the full address of which is:

Unit 6, Six Hills Way

Stevenage

SG1 2FQ

May you all be blessed by your jabs!

Robertson House Vaccination Centre

If you receive an invitation to attend this centre but you do not want to, or cannot, travel to Stevenage don’t worry you will be able to attend an appointment locally through your GP but this might take a little longer.

GPs - In Central Bedfordshire the GPs are grouped into networks (called Primary Care Networks) and each PCN will have a centre where they will vaccinate people. Some are already up and running, others will be starting to vaccinate in the coming weeks.

The latest information we have is provided below (please note this is subject to change):

Latest vaccination locations and dates

The PCNs will also be responsible for vaccinating those people who, for medical reasons, are not able to leave their homes, such as care home residents.

Community vaccination centres - Like the Mass Vaccination Centres above, these are centres which are being set up to vaccinate around 500 people per day. These are unlikely to be available for a few weeks yet. Again, invites will come to residents to book an appointment online on a priority basis.

Wait to be invited for your vaccination

The vaccination at this stage is only for those invited. Residents should not contact their GP practice, hospital or other sites to request the vaccine. Residents will be contacted when it’s the right time to come forward.

The government has set out the order in which groups of people will be prioritised for vaccinations.

The top four priority groups are the current priority. If you do not fit into one of these groups, you will not be invited for a vaccination yet. Further detail about the priority groups is available on the Government website.

Rollout priority groups

COVID-19 health advice

Source: Central Beds Council
Date: 11th January 2021

Alan Bishop of St Albans
We have just received a letter from Bishop Alan, Bishop of St Albans which we'd love to share with you.

You can download a copy of his letter here.

 

Source: Revd Roni Goodman

Date: 29th October 2020

Dear All
 
 
Rev Roni GoodmanYou will find the service and activity sheets for Sunday 18th October  - the 19th Sunday after Trinity, in the links on the Worship/Online Worship section of this website.  The sermon this week is preached for us by Keith Callard, Reader at St Mary's Church, Meppershall, and, as always this will be available via our Listen-in Worship blog and by phone on 01462 559112.
 
Our next communion service will be on Sunday 25th October - and if you would like to be there please do not forget to let me - Roni know in advance.  Please remember your Red Service Book if you have one, and your face covering.

Thank you so much for your harvest gifts which are now been taken to the Need Project. Please remember that although we celebrate harvest only once a year - the need is an all year round need!

Special Memories:   Unfortunately, this year, it is not possible to hold a service of “Special Memories”.
Instead, on Friday 30th October, the Church will be open for prayer and we will particularly remember by name those whose funerals we have been privileged to conduct in the past year.   We are inviting their families and friends to come to light a candle and spend a quiet moment with God and their memories in the Church. It is an opportunity open to all.


Do you need prayers?
We have a small group of intercessors who will continue to pray confidentially for those who ask for prayers. If being held in prayer in that way is something you would like, please talk to Roni 339962 / 07533376880 or Jenny 07379345967.
Together or apart - let us continue to hold one another in prayer at this time - and where possible to reach out in love and service.
Please let me know if there is anything more we can do for you at this time…
With my love and prayers,
Be safe, be well and God bless you,
Roni

listen in worship
As part of our mission to reach out with God's message to as many people as possible, a blog has been launched which allows you to listen to a Service or Talk from St Michael's Shefford and St Mary's Meppershall in Bedfordshire, England. This Podcast is also available by phone - please share the number with a friend who doesn't have internet - T 01462 559112.

Click here, or on the image to visit the blog.

 

Source: Andrew Goodman

Date: 14th October 2020

Patricia Goulding
Each year we are required to have a Parochial Church Meeting at which various reports are presented (mainly to do with Church finances and the state of the the church building), plus the election of people that we want to represent us.

You may be surprised to hear that the APCM is still going ahead this year, in spite of the COVID 19 restrictions.

It will be very different this year though - on a Thursday (8th October), and it will be a mixture of physical and Zoom online meeting.

We don't have times or nitty gritty details yet, but will publish them as soon as they're available. Until then, please try to keep 8th October clear in your diary.

For now, Patricia Goulding, our Churchwarden has asked me to publish various forms relevant to the meeting:

Please think and pray about how you want your Church to go forward in these challenging times - can you add your talents and experience to our future, or do you know someone who could be nurtured to unlock as yet untapped skills or talents?

 

Source: Patricia Goulding - Churchwarden

Author: Stephen Lines - Webmaster

Published: 24th August 2020

 

Dear All

Rev Roni Goodman
I hope you have been enjoying the wonderful weather this week, and not working too hard in your garden!

Our hymn of the day is Amazing Grace.

Notices:

You might like to know that St Michael’s Church is now open from 8.00am to 3.00pm on Fridays. If you are able to visit - then please do keep to the arrangements which are in place for everyone’s safety.

Please do sanitise your hands on entry - then take an “I Prayed Here” card to the place where you choose to pray and leave it there on the seat when you leave. (This tells other people not to sit where you just sat - and will help the cleaners when they come to clean!). There is also sanitising gel for you to use on leaving - through the west door at the rear of the Church.

We are looking forward to the Church being opened up for Life Events - Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals, and also for Public Worship. There has been some suggestion that this will be allowed after July 4th. However we will need time to look at Government and Church Guidance when it is published, and work out what we can manage whilst following the advice given and keeping everyone as safe as we can.

Hard as it has been not to be able to gather in the Church for worship and Holy Communion, I think it has been so hard too, not being able to gather in our Church, drinking tea and coffee, sharing news and joys, worries and woes. I am missing you terribly. For me that “fellowship” too, is a crucial part of being Church.

I think it will be a while yet before we are back to normal - whatever that means. In the meantime: Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to help you.

Be safe, keep well, God bless you.

Have a good week

Roni