29th March

Lent 5 / Passiontide


Rector: Revd Jane Haslam 01278 662429 Day off Monday


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


Curate: Revd Jane Sutton 01823 491529


Hon. Associate Priest: Revd Mike Haslam (MH)

Hon. Associate Priest: Revd David Barge (DB)

Administrator: Sue Sayer 01278 691876



Twitter: @revjanehaslam

The Collect

Most merciful God, who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ delivered and saved the world: grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross we may triumph in the power of his victory; 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    Ezekiel 37: 1-14

                   Romans 8:6-11

                   John 11:1-45

Post Communion Prayer  

Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters we do also for you: give us the will to be the servant of others as you were the servant of all, and gave up your life and died for us, but are alive and reign, now and for ever. Amen

Alfred Jewel Benefice Online  
Revd Mike and Revd Jane are doing (almost) daily prayers which you can find on their twitter feeds  @revmikehaslam & @revjanehaslam.  
These are also being posted on the Alfred Jewel Benefice facebook page. I am grateful to Sue Sayer who has found a way to put them on the benefice website:   Go to streamed services.  
Also on this page is the Mothering Sunday service that Revd Steve and Wendy filmed.  Whilst adhering to Government rules they will be posting more services in the weeks to come – thank you both!   
Please pass this information on to others who may appreciate this.

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 and others known to us.

For the departed: Jean Ives, Tony Barber, Sylvia Brice, John McBain, Roland Pople RIP

For anniversary of funeral: David Facey

Deanery: the parishes currently in vacancy: Puriton & Pawlett, Woolavington Cossington & Bawdrip, Athelney Benefice, St Francis

Diocesan Focus: Today we pray for all those on the year-long Exploring Spirituality Course; the leaders, the speakers and the participants as they explore contemplative spirituality and how it might impact on discipleship and mission for the 21st century.

Worldwide Church: West Malaysia 

Persecuted Church: Nigeria

Local Community: those who work in healthcare at this time

The World: Those working to combat the Corona Virus. 

Please continue to pray for Bryan, Kelvin & Rosie who we support.


We felt it was right not to try to get a magazine out for the foreseeable future.

Church during this difficult time

As you know public worship has been suspended for a season as we seek to keep people as safe as possible.  However, the church is still here.

Prayer continues

Prayer has always been our life blood as Christian people. The clergy of the benefice (and others) will be praying for the communities every day at home. If you have any particular prayer requests please let the clergy know. 

Also on the website is some ideas for Holy Week that can be used at home for prayer and reflection.  This can also be emailed to those who would like it.

We have prayer booklets we can email to you if you would like one.  Just let us know. A copy is also on our website


Local clergy have also been involved in the creation of local networks of support on behalf of the churches. We are creating lists of those who are vulnerable / self-isolating who may value a phone call from time to time. Again, please let us know.

Online worship

There are many churches that stream services and prayers on websites/social media. 

There is a daily service on Radio 4 longwave every morning at 9.45am.

Premier Christian Radio broadcasts Bible studies at intervals throughout the day.

At noon and at 2.30pm they have “worship hours” which include worship songs, prayer and Bible readings.

BBC One broadcasts Songs of Praise every Sunday at 1.15pm.

Holy Trinity Brompton church records their Sunday service each week and that recording is available until 9pm that Sunday evening.

St Martin-in-the-Fields also has online prayers and services, including eucharists

Church of England Daily Prayer:

Diocese of Bath and Wells Website has prayers and messages from our Bishops and senior clergy, as does the diocesan facebook page and twitter accounts.

Pray As You Go

24-7 Prayer

The local clergy also aim to offer something online each day via the facebook page ‘Alfred Jewel Benefice’.