15th May – Easter 5

Collect

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: grant that, as by your grace going before us you put into our minds good desires, so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect; through Jesus Christ our risen Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Readings

                    Acts 11:1-11

                    Revelation 21:1-6

                    John 13:31-35

Post Communion

Eternal God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life: grant us to walk in his way, to rejoice in his truth,

and to share his risen life; who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen

Pew Notes – Pew Notes can be emailed 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

Annual Meetings

Durston – 22nd May after the 11am Morning Service

Prayer for Ukraine

3-3.30pm on 15th, 22nd and 29th May – St Giles’, Thurloxton

A short summary of the events of the week, space to pray, candles to light. All welcome to drop in at any time, for as long as you want.

THE LUNCH CLUB – Thurloxton Village Hall

Last Thursday of each Month

Thursday 26th May 2022

Arrive 12.30pm

£8 Adults   £4 Children/under 5s’Free

Limited places so early booking advised by Saturday 21st May

Sue Scott.  07909 570282 or email: suerogscott@talktalk.net

Message from Jane Sutton

Jane wanted to let people know she has bought a limited-edition print by Jack Vettriano, whose paintings she loves. She wanted to pass on her thanks to everyone for this permanent reminder of her time with us in the benefice.

For your prayers this week: –

For the sick: John, 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, Carolyn & family, Mark Sheppard, Pam and Bob, Lydia-Rose, Margaret Turberville, Joan Lefort and others known to us.

For the departed: Barry Moyse, Brian Bowden, John Middleton, Graham Hooper, Dennis Wood, Mavis Palmer, Alistair Storey, Betty McKay, Mary Bradford, Carol Spencer RIP

In our year’s mind: Keith Higgins

Baptism:

Diocesan Focus: Jesus, who welcomed children to you, on National Children’s Day, help us to make our churches places that welcome children, in every aspect of church life, as they each bring their own gifts and voice.

Worldwide Church: Scottish Episcopal Church

Persecuted Church: Egypt

Local Community: All the social events coming up and those who organise them for the communities. Churches and their annual meetings. Those preparing for their weddings later in May.  Candidates following recent elections.

The World: Give thanks for those recently returned home from Iran.  The nation of Ukraine. The people of Tongo and Afghanistan, Russia and Ukraine. Wisdom as we continue. Give thanks for the return of those held in Iran to this country. Pray for justice and compassion.

Please continue to pray for Bryan, Kelvin & Rosie.

Diary

Sun 15th       9am HC at Moorland (JH)

                   9.30am Holy Communion at TH (ST)

                   10.30am Holy Communion NP (JH)                

                   11am Holy Communion MCH (ST)

                   3pm Prayer for Ukraine at Thurloxton

                   3pm Wedding rehearsal at NP

                   8.30pm Compline on zoom

Tues 17th     9am Morning Prayer at Thurloxton

                   2.30pm Bible Study on zoom

Wed 18th     8.30am Morning Prayer at NP

Thurs 19th   10.30am HC at NP

Fri 20th        9am Morning Prayer on zoom

Sat 21st            1pm Wedding at NP

Sun 22nd      8am HC at NP (JH)

                  9am HC at Moorland (JH)

                  10.30am HC at NP (MH)

                  10.30am Rogation Services in churchyard

                               Thurloxton (LW/JH). Preceeded by

                            Rogation Walk from church at 9.30am

                  3pm Rogation Service at Goodards Farm,

                                    Moorland (JH)

                  3pm Prayer for Ukraine at Thurloxton

                  5pm Wedding rehearsal at NP

                  8.30pm Compline on zoom

Rogation – 22nd May

Plans are underway for marking Rogation in the benefice.  At Thurloxton there is a possible walk followed by a service outside in the churchyard at 10.30am and a service at Goddards Farmyard at Moorland at 3pm.

Next Bishop of Bath & Wells

Bishop Michael Beasley has been announced as the next Bishop of Bath & Wells he’s spent a day travelling around the diocese, including a visit to a farm at North Newton!  Please pray for him and his family as he prepares to move to Somerset.  Here’s a little about him:

Michael is currently the Bishop of Hertford, a role which he has held since 2015. Prior to taking a fulltime role with the church, Bishop Michael was an epidemiologist, a background he was called on to use during the pandemic as a member of the Church of England’s Covid task force.

Bishop Michael is already familiar with Somerset. His wife Lizzie is from a farming family from Somerset and prior to Bishop Michael being interviewed for the role of Bishop of Bath and Wells, they both undertook a 60 mile walk around the county.

Speaking in advance of today’s announcement, Bishop Michael shared his joy in becoming the 80th Bishop of Bath and Wells and said he was looking forward to getting to know the people of Somerset. He says, “I am delighted to be coming to be the Bishop of Bath and Wells and to joining with everyone in the diocese as together we live and tell the story of Jesus.

“We have strong family connections with Somerset and I’m very much looking forward to working alongside its people, communities and churches.

“We have all been through a challenging few years. The COVID pandemic pushed us all apart. Now is the time to come back together. Our churches have an essential role in helping us rebuild communities and in facing the challenges present to us both internationally and at home.

“Jesus’s message is one of peace – a peace I’m looking forward to sharing and pursuing as I join you as your bishop.”

Before his ordination as Bishop of Hertford in the Diocese of St Albans, Bishop Michael served as Director of Mission in the Diocese of Oxford. A scientist by background, he was an epidemiologist specialising in infectious diseases of children in low-income countries.

As well as being a member of the Church of England’s Covid task force he also worked with UNICEF, the NHS, the Government and leaders of different faiths to launch vaccinaid.org which has raised more than £10 million in support of vaccination for low-income countries.

Commenting on his work on the taskforce he says, “I thought I’d left science behind but God never wastes anything! So in the last few years the skills I gained before have been of use to the Church now.”

Archdeacon’s Visitation – Wednesday 8th June

The Archdeacon of Taunton, Simon Hill, will be visiting Sedgemoor Deanery (of which we are a part) on the evening of 8th June at St George’s, Wembdon. Archdeacons visit their deaneries for an annual visitation following the time of the churches annual meetings.  It is an opportunity to worship together and to hear something of the life of faith in the church and the deanery and to encourage each other in the year ahead.  Also, during the service Churchwardens are sworn into their important office and we pray for them and all they offer so generously to the local church.  All are welcome to come along to show your support of them.  5.45-6.50pm – Light refreshments will be served and the service begins at 7pm

Evening House Group?

We have been thinking about starting a midweek house group at where people could gather to share faith, deepen the knowledge of the scriptures and pray for each other – as well as get to know each other better as fellow Christians. If this would interest you, please contact/speak to Revds Jane or Mike Haslam (01278 662429 /alfredjewelrector@btinternet.com). We’d be interested to know what days/times might work for people, as well as possible venues.

The Well 26th May, 11am-6pm at St Mary’s, North Petherton

In the last days of May we mark Rogation time – a time to focus on creation when we bless soil, seeds and water and start to pray for a good harvest later in the year.

During the day there will be different ways to focus on creation, with something for all ages.

  • Walk the labyrinth
  • Meditations on creation – including water, soil and seed
  • Be creative – whether creating something with a local green woodworker (time tba) or bring something with you (sewing/knitting)
  • A large picture to paint or paths to chalk and a story to listen to
  • Join in a 2 minute reflection and time of prayer on the hour, every hour
  • Plant marigold seeds in the churchyard
  • Come along for coffee and a chat – available all day
  • Pop in for a light lunch (1-1.45)

All are welcome to pop in at any part of the day, for as long or as short a time as suits.  Come to chat with others or to just take some time out of your day.  More information from Revd Jane Haslam 01278 662429 alfredjewelrector@btinternet.com or Lorna Hasell: woodowl@live.co.uk