THE ALFRED JEWEL BENEFICE

31st May Pentecost

STAFF TEAM

Rector: Revd Jane Haslam 01278 662429 Day off Monday

Email: alfredjewelrector@btinternet.com

Associate Vicar: Revd Steve Tancock 01278 661514. Working days currently: Sunday, Tuesday and one other

Email: ajassociatevicar@btinternet.com

Curate: Revd Jane Sutton 01823 491529

Email: alfredjewelcurate@btinternet.com

Hon. Associate Priest: Revd Mike Haslam (MH)

Hon. Associate Priest: Revd David Barge (DB)

Administrator: Sue Sayer 01278 691876

Email: benefice@btinternet.com

Website: www.alfredjewelbenefice.co.uk

Twitter: @revjanehaslam

The Collect

God, who as at this time taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Readings   

Numbers 11:24-30/ Acts 2:1-21 Acts 2:1-21 / 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13  John 20:19-23/John 7:37-39

Post Communion Prayer  

Faithful God, who fulfilled the promises of Easter by sending us your Holy Spirit and opening to every race and nation the way of life eternal: open our lips by your Spirit, that every tongue may tell of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Listening Chaplaincy Phoneline

Serving Bristol, Somerset & South Gloucestershire Run by: Faith Communities Major Emergencies Team

Tel: 0330 229 1700

8am-11pm, 7 days a week

This is a faith-based service offering support for people of all faiths & none in times of emergency, eg: for the bereaved, for those feeling overwhelmed, for those anxious about loved ones and those who may be ill, or for those who simply want someone from the faith community to talk to.Confidential – Anonymous – Caring

For your prayers this week:-

For Marriage: for those whose plans have to change at this difficult time

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

For the departed: Kelvin Haste, John Lindley RIP

For anniversary of funeral:

Deanery: For all those working to keep our church buildings in good order at this time.

Diocesan Focus: At the start of Volunteers Week, we give thanks for all those who offer their time and skills in the service of others. We pray that their generosity will bring joy.

Worldwide Church: Anglican Church of Melanesia

Persecuted Church: Vietnam

Local Community: for local businesses working out how to come out of lock down as safely as possible. 

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.

Please continue to pray for Bryan, Kelvin & Rosie.

UPDATE: Youtube + other media

We will continue to post something each day on our Youtube channel.  You can find this by going to Youtube and searching for Alfred Jewel Benefice. We will also continue to post on the Alfred Jewel Benefice facebook page too.   Here is the current plan for the week ahead:

Saturday 30th   Revd Steve – The Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth

Sunday 31st      Service for the Feast of Pentecost

Monday 1st      Revd Steve – Morning Prayer

Tuesday 2nd     Revd Jane H – Morning Prayer

Wed 3rd           Revd Jane S – Compline (at 7pm)

Thurs 4th         Revd Jane H – Morning Prayer

Friday 5th         Revd Steve – Boniface of Crediton, Bishop, Apostle of Germany, Martyr 754

Saturday 6th     Revd Jane H – Be Still : Meditation

Sunday 7th        A Service for Trinity Sunday

In June Revd Jane Sutton will be offering a more meditative time of prayer called ‘Be Still’ in which she will offer some words and images to reflect on.

If you would like to talk about anything we have said or anything that has struck you during lockdown please do contact us – we love talking about God and the impact of faith on our lives.  We are exploring ways that we might do this through zoom – perhaps a dedicated group for those who are interested.  If you’d be interested in this please also let us know.

Service for Pentecost on 31st May

This Sunday (31st) for the special feast of Pentecost we have invited Archdeacon Simon Hill to preach – he will be recording a sermon that Wendy will ‘graft’ into a service for us.  We hope that myself, Revd Jane S and Revd Steve will also be taking part.  I am grateful to Wendy for her skills and time offered as this is quite a lot to do. 

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

St Mary’s N Petherton: Donations by Envelope

These times are hard for many people and there is much to worry about. Please understand that this is not a ‘hard sell’ or an expectation but for those who have asked about making their weekly envelope donation during this time of shutdown please contact Chris Hopkins on 01278 663836.

St Mary’s is now also registered with easyfundraising, which means people can help us for FREE. Over 4,000 shops and sites will donate to the church if people use easyfundraising to shop.  All people need to do is sign up and remember to use easyfundraising whenever they shop online. It’s easy and completely FREE!  Please have a look at the site and let others know about it.  There is an option on the site to refer a friend and earn the church extra money.  Website:

www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stmarysnorthpetherton/

Alone Together Website

Sustaining ourselves through this time of uncertainty and questions is important but can be difficult.  Some monks from the Benedictine Tradition have offered a wealth of resources and reflections on living in a time of isolation  through ‘Alone Together’ – https://www.alonetogether.org.uk/.  I commend this to you – have a look at some of the films if you can.

A Benefice Coffee Morning

We had an interesting time last Wednesday for our first experiment with an online coffee morning!  Thank you to those who came along – it was lovely to chat.  We’re going to have another go this Wednesday at 10am and hope that the internet is behaving better! If you’d like to join us we’ll be gathering on Wednesday 3rd at 10am for 40 minutes or so.  Please contact us for more information if you would like to join us.

Sun 7th June is Trinity Sunday – the Sunday that completes the series of high days for a time.  Following Pentecost and the gift of the Spirit the week before the church celebrates the Trinity – one God yet known as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Following this Sunday the church enters what is known as ‘ordinary time’.  Given the particular focus of next Sunday, with Wendy’s help we hope to offer a eucharist in which many take part.               

Extract from a letter from Bishops/ Archdeacons

This email comes with our continued thoughts, thanks and prayers for you all…. We are receiving a number of enquiries about what next and we want you to know that we shall give you clear and prompt advice as it comes to us. Contrary to some media commentary, the Church of England is not dragging its feet over decisions re weddings, private prayer and the return to worship in our buildings. Archbishop Justin is a part of the Government task force which is making decisions about the next phases; and the C of E guidance, here on the diocesan website, has been prepared by the C of E Recovery group chaired by +Sarah, Bishop of London, to prepare us for the time when the Government permits us to return more fully to our buildings. It is important to reiterate that the guidance is there for your benefit and support. We would not want you to see it as requiring all of us to return to wider pastoral ministries or church buildings if that is not possible for you. Each of us needs to take seriously the restraints of our own situation and assess the risks in sensible ways. If you need to talk that through with anyone then please do consult with your deanery team or any of us… As we approach Pentecost Sunday and the great celebration of the coming of the Spirit, may you know Christ’s presence and spirit filling you anew! With every blessing.