18th April – Easter 3

The Collect

Almighty Father, who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord: give us such knowledge of his presence with us, that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life and serve you continually in righteousness and truth; 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:   Acts 3:12-19

                  1 John 3:1-7

                   Luke 24:36b-48

Post Communion Prayer  

Living God, your Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in all his redeeming work; who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen

Annual Review from the Diocese of Bath and Wells

This as a video which is worth watching. The link is https://youtu.be/7VohuU1xAIQ

For your prayers this week:-

For Marriage: for those whose plans in 2021 are still uncertain

For the sick: Bishop Peter, Kath Sutton & family, Dorothy Tottle, Carol McNeill, Ethan Thorne, Paul Sayer, Jean Kirk, Verity & Lydia, Diane Welding, Stuart Jamieson, Sheila Riley, Mark, Adrian, Jane, Christine, Nigel Taylor, Ben and others known to us.

For the departed: Angie Rees, Barbara Spicer, Jack Marks, Evie Doyle, Sue Pomeroy, Margaret Farthing R.I.P

For anniversary of funeral: Alan Tizzard

Deanery: churches looking at how they can help people’s mental health as we come out of lockdown.

Diocesan Focus: Creator God, we thank you for all who help us to gather together to worship you. We give thanks for the creativity and ingenuity that has enabled us to come together in new ways over the past year.

Worldwide Church:  Church of Ireland

Persecuted Church: Saudi Arabia

Local Community: our local businesses as they gradually re-open.

The World: The people of Myanmar

Please continue to pray for Bryan, Kelvin & Rosie.

Diary

Sun 18th        Youtube pre-recorded prayer for Sunday

        4pm – Prayer via zoom

                (code attached to email or ask clergy)

        9am Holy Communion at Moorland

        9.30am Holy Communion at Thurloxton       

        10.30am Holy Communion at North Petherton

        11am Holy Communion at Durston

        11am Holy Communion at Michaelchurch

Mon 19th      7pm Thurloxton Annual Meeting on zoom

Tues 20th      2.30pm Bible Study on zoom. See separate note.

                   (code attached to email or ask clergy)

Wed 21st     Youtube pre-recorded prayer

      10am  Coffee morning via zoom

       (see code attached to email or ask clergy

Thurs 22nd

Fri 16th          9am Prayer on zoom

                   (code attached to email or ask clergy)

Sun 25th       Youtube pre-recorded prayer for Sunday     

                   4pm – Prayer for Sunday on zoom

                   (code attached to email or ask clergy for it)

                   9am Holy Communion at Moorland

                   9.30am Morning Prayer at Thurloxton

                   10.30am Holy Communion at North Petherton                   

11am Morning Prayer at North Newton

The ‘dial in’ phone service continues each Sunday – tel: 01278 554561.  This includes the gospel for the day, a reflection, a hymn and concludes with the collect.

As we come out of lockdown we are reducing our pre-recorded items from 3 times a week to 2.  From now they will be on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Bishop Peter announces his retirement

Following the announcement of his retirement please continue to pray for Bishop Peter, his family and others who are carrying extra responsibilities, especially at this difficult time.

An online message board has been set up on which people can post farewell messages for Bishop Peter. The link is:

https://padlet.com/bathwellscomms/ux82f54wqaog5rnj

Bishop Peter’s Easter message is on the home page of the diocesan website  www.bathandwells.org.uk

Deanery Synod

The next deanery synod will be at 7pm on 10th June via zoom. We will be thinking about coming out of lockdown and the issues that may arise in terms of mental health and anxieties. To help us think about how we might help and what Christians and the church can offer in terms of hope we will be joined by Corin Pilling, UK Director of Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries. The meeting will be open to those who are interested, not just deanery synod representatives.

Annual Meetings

This year’s annual meetings are being arranged and we have until the end of May to complete them. Currently set are:

Thurloxton – 7pm on 19th April

North Petherton – after the morning service on 23rd May (if you would like anything included in the annual report for 2020 please contact the office)

North Newton – 6.30pm on 23rd May

St Mary’s Church Council – Secretary sought!

The church council are praying for someone to join them and who could act as secretary and taking minutes of the meetings for us. We are a good group who, while taking our responsibilities seriously, also manage to have a bit of fun along the way.  If you think you could help please contact Revd Jane Haslam.

Bible Study after Easter

Following on from the Lent to Easter times looking at some of the Stations of the Cross, Bible Study will resume on Tuesday 20th April at 2.30pm. We will be exploring the events that took place between the Resurrection and the Ascension. More details from the clergy.

Foodbank News

It’s difficult to explain the 2020 and 2021 figures of how many people we have helped without a word of explanation.

The first lockdown started in March 2020 and benefits and furlough payments were not well organised at that time. Consequently, we experienced a rush of people asking for help. We gave food to 355 adults & 280 children, a total of 635 – way above normal figures. In March 2021 benefits and furlough payments were much better organised and we gave help to 218 adults & 130 children, a total of 348 – a much more normal figure.

During the 2021 Easter holiday, we were able to continue with giving help directly to schools. A total of 554 food parcels were collected by schools before the Easter holidays started. This was 5.4 tons of food. As before, these parcels also contained household necessities such as toothpaste, washing up liquid & sanitary products. We hope to continue to be able to do this for future school holidays, but it will depend on food and financial resources being available.

Now that furlough payments are to continue until Sept, we do not expect a rush for the next few months. We shall have to see what happens in Sept. Thanks to the generosity of the people of the Bridgwater area, we should have the resources to cope.

Thank you all for your help and generosity. Dora Hinkley

Revd Jane Sutton – Placement

Jane will be on placement at St Mary Magdalene, Taunton for the months of May and June, in order to gain further experience of parish ministry in a different place. We’ll be able to welcome her back in July!