9th August – Trinity 9

The Collect

Almighty God, who sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your Church: open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love and joy and peace; 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: 1 Kings 19:9-18

                   Romans 10:5-15

                   Matthew 14: 22-33

Post Communion Prayer  

Holy Father, who gathered us here around the table of your Son to share this meal with the whole household of God: in that new world where you reveal the fullness of your peace, gather people of every race and language to share in the eternal banquet of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

For your prayers this week:-

For Marriage: for those who have recently married.

For the sick: Dorothy Tottle, Carol McNeill, Ethan Thorne, Paul Sayer, Jean Kirk, Verity & Lydia, Kath Sutton and her family and others known to us.

For the departed: Philip Draycott, Mike Rowe, Joyce Hodges, Ivor Carer, Nora Rossiter, David Webber RIP

For anniversary of funeral: Barbara Brooks

Deanery: for the vacant parishes hoping to make appointments.

Diocesan Focus: We remember Mary Sumner, Founder of the Mothers’ Union. Lord we pray for all the members worldwide and thank you for their faithful service to their churches and wider communities..

Worldwide Church: Province de L’Eglise Anglicane au Rwanda

Persecuted Church: Tajikstan

Local Community: those looking for work at this time or who are fearful for their jobs.

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. The people of Lebanon

Please continue to pray for Bryan, Kelvin & Rosie.

YoutubeWe 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 9th             Revd Jane Sutton – Morning Prayer

Wed 12th        Revd Steve – Reflection on a saint

Fri 14th            Revd Jane Sutton – Morning Prayer

A Benefice Coffee Morning

If you’d like to join us for our next ‘coffee morning’ by Zoom on Wednesday 12th August 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 benefice@btinternet.com

Revd Jane Sutton’s Ordination

People are working very hard to arrange for this year’s ordination with all the guidance that has been released. As of writing, Jane’s priesting will be at 7pm on 28th September at St Andrew’s, Burnham.  Jane is only allowed four guests so parishioners will not be able to be present. However, we can still pray with her and for her and her family. The service will be recorded for us to see later.  It would be lovely if we could have a United Benefice Service the Sunday afterwards as she celebrates her first Communion but we will have to see what the COVID 19 guidance says nearer the time.

Morning Prayer booklets – for our churches

The booklets we are using today are yours to take home.  Clergy will be using these when they meet (currently online by zoom) for prayer on Fridays.  We look forward to the time when we can meet more easily in our churches for prayer and use them there. 

Something that connects Christians is using the same prayers at similar times, even when we are apart.  We invite people to take thee booklets home and use them on Fridays if possible. 

We will be aiming to get them out to all churches over the next few weeks. 

In addition we will also be printing a simpler prayer booklet for everyone that can also be used and which some might find helpful. These will be available soon too.

Visiting churches for private prayer

If you would like to visit St Michaelchurch please contact Roger Day directly.

Thank you to everyone who is making this possible so we can comply with guidance on distancing, hygiene and cleaning.

St Giles, Thurloxton remains open every day from 10-4.

St Mary’s, North Petherton continues to be open on Saturdays from 10-4. St Mary’s will not be staffed in August as we feel people are now used to the ‘system’.

Public Worship

Church Councils continue to work hard to consider all the guidance in order to return to worship safely.

St Mary’s, North Petherton will continue to have a said service (no communion) at 10.30am on 9th August.  This will help people get used to the new normal.  We hope Communion may be offered on 16th August. It will be in one kind (bread only) and

distribution will be at the chancel step for the time being (following a one way system).

St Peter and St John, Moorland will hold a service of Morning Prayer at 9am on 9th August and then will review and consider a Communion service.

St Giles, Thurloxton will have a said service of morning prayer on 9th August and may also take a little time to get used to a new system before holding a Communion service.

Please note that the Government has made wearing masks mandatory from 8th August in places of worship.

Valid exemptions include:

– those who are exempted for medical/health reasons

– those who may be leading services or events and those who assist them (although they should be worn if physical distancing is not possible)

– the bride, groom and officiant at a wedding

Please remember that masks are intended to protect other people not the wearer and they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.  Please continue to observe the guidelines displayed at churches in order to help protect each other.

Wells Cathedral – Online talks on Black Lives Matter

These 5 free talks will be available on the Wells Cathedral Website from 22nd July and on their Youtube channel

12th August – Bishop Alastair Redfern – The Gospel, Slavery and Black Lives Matter

19th August – Bishop Rose Hudson Wilkin – Protesting during the Pandemic

Not the North Newton Flower Show!

Whilst it’s sad that there won’t be a flower show this year, as it’s always good fun and great to welcome everyone and enjoy time together, cancelling it was the right thing to do in order to protect people.

Instead the Church Council are planning a low-key event for 15th August where people can bring a posy of flowers to make a display in the churchyard instead – perhaps in memory of someone. 

The show is also a key fund-raising event for the churches in North Newton. If you would usually have come (perhaps as a stallholder or to enjoy the time with family) and feel able to make a donation on the 15th the church would be very grateful – it would help meet the costs this year.

Modern Slavery

On 30th July the church remembered William Wilberforce, Olaudah Equiano and Thomas Clarkson who fought to end slavery in years past.  Today slavery is still a reality, even in this country and the Clewer Initiative is a response to fighting it today. You can find out more about it, and how you can help at: https://www.theclewerinitiative.org/news/2020/7/14/the-clewer-initiative-launches-app-to-tackle-modern-slavery-in-rural-areas

There was also a piece on Farming Today on 30th July that starts at around 5.08