25th October – Last Sunday of Trinity
God, the giver of life, whose Holy Spirit wells up within your Church: by the Spirit’s gifts equip us to live the gospel of Christ and make us eager to do your will, that we may share with the whole creation the joys of eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
Readings: Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Post Communion Prayer
God our Father, whose Son, the light unfailing, has come from heaven to deliver the world from the darkness of ignorance: let these holy mysteries open the eyes of our understanding that we may know the way of life, and walk in it without stumbling; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
For your prayers this week:-
For Marriage: Thaissia & Joshua married recently, Abi & Jack marrying in November.
For the sick: Bishop Peter, Kath Sutton & family, Dorothy Tottle, Carol McNeill, Ethan Thorne, Paul Sayer, Jean Kirk, Verity & Lydia, Diane Welding, Stuart Jamieson, Jane and others known to us.
For the departed: Richard Newcombe, John Manley, Colin Burr RIP
For anniversary of funeral: Stella Hutchins
Deanery: for the vacant parishes hoping to make appointments.
Diocesan Focus: Almighty God, your Holy Spirit equips the Church with a rich variety of gifts: grant that we may use them to bear witness to Christ by lives built on faith and love. Amen
Worldwide Church: Church in Wales
Persecuted Church: Oman
Local Community: those for whom the school holiday brings extra stress such as hungry children.
The World: Those who bear the responsibility of planning next steps as we work to combat Covid 19 and keep people safe. For progress with vaccines. For governments to work for the common good of all people.
Please continue to pray for Bryan, Kelvin & Rosie.
The Church of England – the need to repent of behaviour and structures that have caused so much harm and suffering through abuse and the will and wisdom to make changes to safeguard people in the future and to allow their voices to be heard.
Youtube – We will continue to post something on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays on our channel ‘Alfred Jewel Benefice’ and these will still be shared on our Benefice facebook and twitter feeds too. The week ahead:
Sun 25th Revd Steve – Morning Worship
Wed 28th Revd Jane H – Morning Prayer
Fri 30th Revd Jane S – Morning Prayer
Sun 1st Revd Jane – Morning Worship
Events on Zoom
If you’d like to join us for our next ‘coffee morning’ by Zoom on Wednesday 28th October at 10am for 40 minutes or so. The code will be on the email – please pass on to others who might like to attend or contact email@example.com
In addition there is the opportunity to join a short morning prayer on Fridays at 9am (about 10 minutes). The code is also included with this email.
We hope to publish a Christmas Benefice Magazine. Can all copy be sent by 1st November to Wendy please at :- firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 25th 9am Holy Communion at Moorland
9.30am Morning Prayer at Thurloxton
10.30am Holy Communion at NP
3pm All Souls Service at St Peter’s
Wed 28th 10am Zoom Coffee Morning
Online Prayer on Youtube (see notice)
Thurs 29th 9am Morning Prayer Thurloxton
Friday 30th 9am Online prayer by Zoom (see notice)
Online prayer on Youtube
Saturday 31st 10-4 Open invitation to St Mary’s to remember loved ones at All Souls
Sunday 1st 9am Holy Communion at Moorland
9.30am Holy Communion at Thurloxton
10.30am Holy Communion at NP
4pm All Souls Service at Thurloxton
Hidden Voices Bridgwater – Modern Slavery
Modern slavery is increasing and is happening everywhere. The Bridgwater Hidden Voices group are active in trying to combat this – through their direct work and through promoting ways we can spot the signs.
You can find out more at www.theclewerinitiative.org/training-and-events/2019/1/17/bridgwater-hidden-voices and on facebook – search for ‘Hidden Voices Bridgwater’
The group are currently putting together dignity bags for those who are rescued from terrible conditions and treatment. Bags don’t have to be new – could be a wash bag, handbag, small rucksack. Items to go in them include what men and women might have in their bathrooms – shower gel, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, razors, deodorant, tissues. If you would like to donate any of the above please contact Revd Jane.
Archdeacon’s Visitation This year’s Visitation by Archdeacon Simon Hill will be on Nov 16th at 7pm by zoom. This is something churchwardens and clergy attend. Churchwardens are formally sworn into their office and it is an opportunity to thank them for their service and pray for them in all they do to support the local church and their communities. The Archdeacon also gives a ‘charge’ – that is a reflection on the life of the church. Others may also attend. If you wish to do so please contact the benefice office for the zoom code.
Remembrance Sunday – North Petherton
We are aware that, sadly, St Mary’s cannot host the usual Remembrance Parade Service due to COVID 19. We are therefore going to have a more usual service at 10am on 8th November, after which we can either go outside into the churchyard to keep the two minute silence at 11am (with a bugler). For those not able to do this we can leave the doors open to the church. We are suggesting to the community that people might also like to stand on their doorsteps too in order to keep the silence together.
All Souls – traditionally at the end of October/beginning of November is a significant time for many each year as we remember loved ones. This year may be especially poignant for those who may not have been able to say goodbye as they wished to or who are experiencing grief if other ways. With this in mind across the benefice we are offering a variety of times to mark this time. At the moment this includes:
Service at St Peter’s, North Newton at 3pm on 25th October
Service at St Giles, Thurloxton 4pm on 1st November
Time for reflection (drop – in) at St Mary’s, North Petherton between 10am-4pm on 31st October