24th October – Trinity 21

The Collect

Grant, we beseech you, merciful Lord, to your faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins and serve you with a quiet mind; 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 eve. Amen

Readings:    Last of Trinity Green

Jeremiah 31:7-9

Hebrews 7:23-end

Mark 10:46-end

Or Bible Sunday Green

Isaiah 55:1-11

2 Timothy 3:14-4:5

John 5:36b-47

Post Communion Prayer  

Father of light, in whom is no change or shadow of turning,

you give us every good and perfect gift and have brought us to birth by your word of truth: may we be a living sign of that kingdom where your whole creation will be made perfect in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

A Prayer for this Time of Vacancy for the Bishop of Bath and Wells

God of love, lead us through this time of vacancy.
Guide all those involved in the appointment process,
Give us all ears to listen, eyes to see, hearts to pray and minds to think, placing the needs of others before ourselves,
always seeking your will and your kingdom. Amen

Pew Notes – If anybody would like the Pew Notes emailed to them on a weekly basis please contact me on benefice@btinternet.com and I will add you to the list. Please pass this message on to those who may be interested. Sue

Jane Haslam’s Benefice Sponsored Walk

Thank you for all the support I received over my very wet walk around the benefice last week.  I think it really did rain all day!  The walk raised about £300, half of which will come back to the benefice and half will go to Somerset Churches Trust – a charity that gives grants to churches for repairs.  Revd Jane Haslam.

For your prayers this week: –

For Marriage: Jessica and Tim married on 16th October.

For Baptisms: for Charles Huxtable being baptised on Sunday at North Petherton and for Daisy, Harry, Jack, and Alice Habberfield at North Newton

For the sick: Kath Sutton & family, Ethan Thorne, Jean Kirk, Sheila Riley, Verity & Lydia, Diane Welding, Stuart Jamieson, Mark, Adrian, Jane, Christine, Nigel Taylor, Ben, Kath, Jess, Heather, Pam & Bob, Carolyn & family and others known to us.

For the departed: Nick Lefort, George Tildesley RIP

In our year’s mind: Gerald Sutton, Marcia Cleverley

Diocesan Focus: Heavenly Father we pray for the people and places in the Bath Archdeaconry – remembering all who live and work there. We pray for Adrian, Archdeacon of Bath that he may be strengthened to lead and encourage those with whom he works and serves.

Worldwide Church: The Extra-Provincial Churches

Persecuted Church: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Local Community: our Police Community Support Officers.

The World: wisdom as we continue to be affected by Covid.  For Parliament as policies are set that affect nationally life.

Please continue to pray for Bryan, Kelvin & Rosie.


Sun 24th      8am Holy Communion at NP (JH)

                  9am Holy Communion at Moorland (JH)

                  9.30am Holy Communion at Thurloxton (ST)

                  10.30am Holy Communion at NP (JS)

                  11am Morning Prayer and Baptism at NN (ST)

                  11am Holy Communion at Durston (JH)

                  12.15 Holy Baptism at NP (JS)

Tues 26th    9am Morning Prayer at Thurloxton

Wed 27th    9am Morning Prayer at North Petherton

                  10am Coffee morning via zoom

Thurs 28th  10.30am Holy Communion at Mary’s

Fri 29nd      9am Morning Prayer on zoom

Sunday 31st 10.30am United Benefice Service with Archdeacon Simon Hill    

              3pm All Souls at North Petherton

                  3.30pm All Souls at Thurloxton

Zoom services on 24th and 31st October

Our apologies but due to holidays and pressure of time we will not be able to host zoom services on these two Sundays. We should be back as normal in November.

United Benefice Service – All Saints Day

We will welcome the Archdeacon of Taunton, Simon Hill, to our united benefice service at 10.30am on 31st October at St Mary’s

Bible Study

Revd Steve is currently leading a Bible Study on Tuesday afternoons at 2.30pm. The theme is St. Paul’s letter to the Galations. The last two weeks of the term; 2nd and 9th November will be at 2pm due to training commitments. Do not hesitate to contact Rev. Steve or Wendy with any queries biblical or technical.


31st October – 3pm at N Petherton, 3.30pm at Thurloxton, 

7th November 3pm at St Peter’s There will also be a time set aside at Moorland Church from 3-5pm on 7th November for those who might like to drop in and light a candle and remember a loved one.

Invitations to those bereaved in 2020 & early 2021 have been sent out, but please let the clergy know if there are people you would particularly like to be remembered.


Thank you to everyone who decorated our churches so beautifully for harvest and who were so hospitable in taking part in offering harvest lunches and suppers. It was lovely to be able to get together.  The total amount raised from the supper at N Newton was £312.51 and at N Petherton £218.  Many of the donations of food from harvest were given to Bridgwater Foodbank. Thank you, everyone, for your generosity.

Festival of the Moon 2021

12 October – 3 November 2021

Welcome to the home of Wells Cathedral’s Festival of the Moon 2021 – a fantastic constellation of events surrounding Luke Jerram’s touring artwork: Museum of the Moon.


The London Handel Players – Echoes of Ellington Orchestra – Wells Theatre Festival – Dame Patricia Routledge – Ddarkside: The Pink Floyd Show – Sanctus Project

Book your event tickets now at wellscathedral.org.uk/events

Thank you

Thank you to everyone for your prayers, cards, flowers and good wishes for our granddaughter Lottie. Lottie sadly lost her fight for life in August at the age of 23!  We, as a family are struggling with coming to terms with her unnecessary death!  We had a wonderful service of thanksgiving for her life on the last day of August, a very moving and fitting occasion! 

Meanwhile we are continuing and ask you please to continue with prayers for our son Mark Sheppard!
Thank you all!                                           Jacqui and Chris.

Covid Quilt Project

Plans are afoot to make a quilt to tell our stories about Covid-19. You don’t have to be an experienced quilter to get involved. Look out for information on how you can participate, or contact Revd. Jane Sutton on 01823 491529 oralfredjewelcurate@btinternet.comThere are posters about the project in all of the churches.  From Sunday there will be boxes in our churches that can be used for dropping items for this.

COP26 – Conference

United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow: https://ukcop26.org/

During the Conference from 1-12 November we are invited to pray for the success of the conference, as well as continuing to consider what impact we have, individually and collectively, on our world and what changes we might make to better care for the whole of our creation – both now and for the future.

Creator God, give of life, you sustain the earth and direct the nations.

In this time of climate crisis, grant us clarity to hear the groaning of creation and the cries of the poor.

Challenge us to change our lifestyles.

Guide our leaders to take courageous action.

Enable your church to be a beacon of hope.

And foster within us a renewed vision of your purposes for your world, through Jesus Christ our Lord,

by whom and for whom all things were made.