5th July Trinity 4

The Collect

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that with you as our ruler and guide we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not our hold on things eternal; grant this, heavenly Father, for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen


Zechariah 9:9-12

                   Romans 7:15-25a                   

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Post Communion Prayer  

Eternal God, comfort of the afflicted and healer of the broken, you have fed us at the table of life and hope: teach us the ways of gentleness and peace, that all the world may acknowledge the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Thought for the Week

Words from Sam Wells and Abigail Kocher (taken from a Eucharistic Prayer for this Sunday, picking up themes from the Bible readings.

God of the weary and heavy-laden,

God of the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

God of the homeless and the tempest-tossed,

Bring rest to all who labour today.

Set your gentle yoke upon them, for you are gentle and humble in heart.

Be a shining golden light in the souls of all who struggle in body, mind or spirit, with demons within or without, with fears about the future or regrets about the past.

For your prayers this week:-

For Marriage: for Lorna and Steve, Lauren and Sam marrying next Saturday

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: Mike Rowe, Joyce Hodges RIP

For anniversary of funeral: Beryl Ball

Deanery: for all churchwardens and PCCs at this time of coming out of lockdown and decisions that have to be made.

Diocesan Focus: As we worship you in different ways today, Lord, we pray for Lay Worship Assistants across the diocese: for those who are finding new ways of exercising their ministry and also for those frustrated by the ways in which it has been curtailed.

Worldwide Church: United Church of Pakistan

Persecuted Church: Morocco

Local Community: for our local farmer and those who work on the land – for rain that’s needed. Those who work and live in our care homes. Please pray for Revd Jane Sutton and others whose ordinations have been postponed.

The World: Those who bear the responsibility of planning next steps as we work to combat corona Virus and keep people safe.  For great wisdom. For governments to work for the common good of all people

Please continue to pray for Bryan, Kelvin & Rosie.


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:

Sat 5th              Revd Jane S – Morning Worship

Wed 8th           Revd Jane H – Morning Prayer

Fri 10th            Revd Steve – Daily Prayer

Sun 12th           Revd Jane H – Morning Worship


We have three weddings in the benefice coming up:

11th July – Steve and Lorna at Thurloxton & Lauren and Sam at North Newton

18th July – Holly and Joseph at North Newton

Jane Sutton – Licensing

As ordinations have not been possible at this time Jane Sutton has been given a Bishop’s Licence so she can continue her ministry as a curate here (a legal requirement.) The licensing service took place over zoom and if you’d like to watch it the link and code are in the email that the pew sheet was attached to.  We continue to look forward to the time when ordinations are possible and we can celebrate Jane’s priesting.

Prayer booklets

We are aware that there are many people who are not able to access web-based resources so thank you for all that everyone is doing to keep in touch with people by phone and by responding to practical needs.

We have created some prayer booklets that we are currently sending out to people by post as this is another way we can keep in touch and encourage each other.  If you know of someone who would like one please let us know.  Revd Jane H

A Benefice Coffee Morning

If you’d like to join us for our next ‘coffee morning’ by Zoom on Wednesday 8th July at 10am for 40 minutes or so. Sue Sayer will send out the code to people. Please ask her if you’d like it: benefice@btinternet.com

Garden visits?!

Following the recent updated Government guidelines people are now permitted to gather in groups of no more than 6 in gardens, provided distancing and hygiene practices are observed (as well as the instruction not to share food/drink or enter houses).

Revd Steve, Revd Jane (S) and myself would be very happy to accept invitations to visit people where the above is possible and if people felt comfortable with this.

Please contact us if you’d like us to ‘visit’ in this way – we’d love to start seeing people again. 

North Petherton Library – Jigsaw Loan Scheme

The library have a new jigsaw loan scheme for everyone in the community – both members and non-members – but particularly for people who may be self-isolating or housebound. As these people are unlikely to be able to come to the library themselves, we are happy to deliver jigsaws to their homes. Alternatively, jigsaws can be picked up from the library on Mondays and Thursdays between 10am and 12pm. by a friend or carer – social distancing and careful hygiene are being strictly observed with all jigsaws being left untouched for at least 72 hours to avoid the risk of contamination. A current catalogue of jigsaws is displayed in the library window. For further information please contact the library.

Re-opening of Churches – private prayer

Since the Government allowed churches to open for private prayer our local church councils across the country have been carefully considering whether they can meet the stringent risk assessment requirements (social distancing, hygiene and cleaning) and therefore keep people safe. For some this will be possible and for others it may not be possible yet.


St Giles, Thurloxton is open every day from 10-4

St Mary’s, North Petherton will be open on Saturday 4th July from 10-2 (to tie in with their gift day.)

There is hand sanitiser available and clear signage too.

Re-opening will be kept under review as local circumstances allow, as well as taking into account national guidance. If you do have any questions please contact Revd Jane Haslam or Revd Steve in the first instance.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

If you do have any questions please contact Revd Jane Haslam or Revd Steve in the first instance.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

St Mary’s Church – Gift Day

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

It’s also a key fund raising event. If you would usually have come (perhaps as a stallholder or to enjoy the time with family) and feel able to make a donation at the Gift Day the church would be grateful – it would help meet the costs this year.

The church can accept cash, cheques and also has a contactless card reader. If you would like to make a donation but can’t come along please contact the clergy or you can donate through our online site:


Another way you might be able to help is by using the easyfundraising site when you buy online. If you order online through https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/c…/stmarysnorthpetherton/   

the church receives a donation when you purchase something (over 4000 businesses take part in this scheme).  Thank you!

Re-opening of Churches – public worship/weddings

This week the Government announced that churches could open for public worship and weddings from 4th July. Our PCCs are working hard at considering all the requirements and making plans as best they can.

St Mary’s, North Petherton will have a said service (no communion) at 10.30am on 19th July

St Giles, Thurloxton will have a said service of morning prayer on 2nd August,

There will be some trial and error as we return so we need to be gentle with each other.  We also need to remember that there are those who are vulnerable and/or who care for others and respect each other’s decisions.  As always, while we long to gather again for worship we need to do everything we can to keep each other safe. 

If you’d like to talk about anything to do with returning please feel free to contact the clergy. There’s also plenty you can read at: https://www.bathandwells.org.uk/supporting-parishes/ministry-support-vacancies/coronavirus-guidance-and-resources/preparing-to-open-our-buildings/

If you scroll to the bottom of this page you can find all the downloads – they are regularly being updated.

Scripture Union Leaver’s books It has been a challenging time for our local schools – both pupils and staff but they have done a wonderful job in keeping people safe and keeping learning going as much as possible, both on site and online. Families and children too have had to adapt and it’s been easier for some than for others and we continue to pray for all. Each year we have given a gift of a Leaver’s book to all year 6 pupils from the local church and this year is no different. Last week I delivered to Somerset Bridge, to North Petherton and to North Newton schools a book as a gift to each year 6 pupils. These books are a combination of fun and serious things but everything is designed to help the pupils to prepare for their move to secondary school – it is a wonderful gift to offer them.