23rd January – Epiphany 3


Almighty God, whose Son revealed in signs and miracles the wonder of your saving presence: renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us by your mighty power; 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


                    Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10

                   1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

                    Luke 4:14-21

Post Communion

Almighty Father, whose Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world: may your people, illumined by your word and sacraments, shine with the radiance of his glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; for he 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

Bible Study

We look forward to welcoming you all back to bible study this term.  We are commencing on Tuesday 18th January 2022 at 2.30pm.

Rita suggested that this term we may look at some of the female characters of the Old Testament.  On researching this area I encountered a most enjoyable book; 

This book contains 12 sessions on different Old Testament women, we won’t be able to do all 12 before lent but can look and see who we would like to encounter.  Wendy can order the book for you if you would like to place orders.  Before Friday Wendy will send you a code for the first session on Tuesday.

Best wishes, Steve and Wendy

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 and others known to us.

For the departed: Carol McNeill, Richard Kearle, Janet Difford, Brenda Gibbs RIP

In our year’s mind: Jean Blackburn, Dorothy Durant, Anthony Rossiter, Eveline Habberfield

Diocesan Focus: God, bless Africa – and especially our link dioceses in Zambia; guard her children – that they may have health, education and hope of fulfilment in their lives; guide her leaders – that they may show wisdom & compassion and work for the benefit of many; and give her peace, for Jesus Christ’s sake.

Worldwide Church: Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui

Persecuted Church: Libya

Local Community: children and young people and staff as schools and colleges return to term time.

The World: The people of Tongo and Afghanistan, Russia and Ukraine. Wisdom as we continue to be affected by Covid.  For Parliament as policies are set that affect national life. Those working to combat climate change. For people risking their lives fleeing from persecution and violence and those who lose their lives doing so, often at the merciless hands of people smugglers. Pray for justice and compassion.

Please continue to pray for Bryan, Kelvin & Rosie.


Sun 23rd       10.30am United Benefice service at St Mary’s       

Tues 25th      9am Morning Prayer at Thurloxton

                   2.30pm Bible Study on zoom

Wed 26th      9am Morning Prayer at NP

                   10am Coffee Morning on zoom

Thurs 27th    10.30am HC at NP

                    PM Durston PCC at ST John the Baptist

Fri 28th         9am Morning Prayer on zoom

Sat 29th         10.30-12pm Thurloxton Coffee Morning in the

                    Village Hall        

Sun 30th        8am HC at NP (ST)

                    9am HC at Moorland (JH)

                    10.30an HC at NP (JH)

                    11am  HC at Durston (ST)

                    11am Morning Prayer at NN (DW)

                    3.30pm Taize Service at Thurloxton (LH/JH)

Deanery Synod on Thursday 17th February, 7pm

The next deanery synod will be on 17th February and by zoom, given Covid at the moment and the dark evenings too. At the meeting Charlie Peer, Head of Mission Support and Ministry Development will be joining us to update us on Enabling Ministries.  Whilst all are welcome to Synod, churchwardens and pcc members particularly invited to join and to hear about this important development in the life of the diocese. It pre-dates Covid but obviously Covid and its financial implications also has a bearing on it too.  The zoom code will be available nearer the time and it is also possible to phone in. For more information please speak to the clergy.

Archdeaconry Days 2022: God calls…everyone, everywhere

We are really looking forward to joining with people from across the diocese for the 2022 Archdeaconry Days, God calls… everyone, everywhere between Sunday 6 and Saturday 12 February.  If you haven’t yet signed up, then please do so using the link that can be found at this website page: https://www.bathandwells.org.uk/faith/everyday-faith/god-calls-everyone-everywhere/

When you sign up you will have the chance to access all of the following:

The Calling Podcast devised and hosted by young people in the diocese, talking to a range of people about their sense of calling.

Call to Worship Sunday 6 February at 3pm.

We have made the difficult decision to move this event online. We are disappointed not to be able to gather in person, but have concluded that this is the wisest and most responsible option. A zoom link will be forwarded to you in the week prior to the event, Bishop Ruth will join us for worship on the theme of calling. We hope that there will be representatives from every benefice at this event so do encourage people to sign up.

Stories of God’s Call Monday 7 to Friday 11 February A short video will be released each day, featuring people from across the diocese talking about their experience of calling. Each video will focus on particular questions and encourage everyone to reflect. Each day there will also be some simple written materials for those not able to access the videos and to give suggestions for reflection

Called Together Saturday 12 February

Online Archdeaconry Gatherings to celebrate and reflect together at the end of the week. You are welcome to sign up to any of the sessions and the relevant zoom link will be forwarded in the week prior to the event. 10am to 11am hosted by the Archdeacon of Bath, 11.30am to 12.30pm hosted by the Archdeacon of Wells, 2pm to 3pm hosted by the Archdeacon of Taunton

We know from past experience that these days are a rich part of our life together: helping to deepen our connection to each other and to God and helping us to reflect beyond our own individual experience. We hope to see you and other members of your church at the service and gatherings and look forward to hearing your reflections on how you understand God’s call to you.

Jane Sutton’s last service

Jane has completed her curacy training with us over the last 2 1/2 years and so will now be returning to her home benefice of Athelney to share in ministry there. We will say goodbye to her at a United Benefice Service on 23rd January at 10.30am, to which all our welcome.

Taize Service – 30th January

Everyone is welcome to the Taize service at 3.30pm at St Giles’ on 30th January. It’s a lovely quiet meditative way of worship. 

Save the Date – North Petherton Church Fete

We really hope the fabulous fete will return this year on Saturday 25th June.  We could do with more people to help organise it and run it on the day.  Please let Dora or Jane know if you could offer some time.  There is a planning meeting at 10am on 7th February in the Church Rooms too.

Link Magazine

The February issue of the magazine will be out shortly. If you or anybody you know would like to subscribe and are not currently on the list please contact benefice@btinternet.com or any one on the PCC in your parish. The cost is £5 for the year which consists of 10 issues.