3rd July – St Thomas

Collect

Almighty God, you have broken the tyranny of sin and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts whereby we call you Father: give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that we and all creation may be brought to the glorious liberty of the children of God; 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     

(St Thomas)                                     

                        Habakkuk 2:1-4

                        Ephesians 2:19-end

                        John 20:24-29

(St Peter – 29th June)   

                    Ezekiel 3:22-end/Acts 12:1-11

                    Acts 12:1-11/1 Peter 2:9-end

                    Matthew 16:13-19

Post Communion

O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining and whose power we cannot comprehend: show us your glory as far as we can grasp it, and shield us from knowing more than we can bear until we may look upon you without fear; through Jesus Christ our Saviour. 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

Prayer for Ukraine

We have been meeting together in recent weeks at 3pm on Sundays to pray for Ukraine and we would like to encourage people to join in. With this in mind we are focussing now on praying at this time but at home. Please join us for a few minutes at 3pm each week to pray. There are suggested prayers to use in our churches.

United Benefice Service on 31st July

The UB Service at the end of July will be at Moorland at 10am on 31st July.

For your prayers this week: –

For the sick: John, Kath Sutton & family, Ethan Thorne, Jean Kirk, Sheila Riley, Verity & Lydia, Diane Welding, Paul, Stuart Jamieson, Mark, Adrian, Jane, Christine, Nigel Taylor, Ben, Kath, Jess, Heather, Carolyn & family, Mark Sheppard, Pam & Bob, Rosemary, John, Santolo, Mondli Khumalo, Kelly and her family, Ann & Edwin and others known to us.

For the departed: Ivor Biggs, Goody Scriven, Janet Hill, Dorothy Tottle, Pearl Seymour, Daisy Wensley RIP

In our year’s mind: Lilian Finch

Baptisms: Rosie Thompson being baptised on 3rd July

Weddings: Oliver and Jodie, Jade and Arron, Elisha and Matt

Diocesan Focus: Thomas the Apostle. Almighty God, as we begin a Week of Prayer for Young People, we pray for the many children and young people in homes, churches and schools across our diocese. Help us as we seek to serve, bless and share your story with them.

Worldwide Church: The Anglican Church of Tanzania

Persecuted Church: Morocco

Local Community: Those sitting exams at the moment and waiting for results.

The World: Those suffering from gun violence in the United States. The people of Afghanistan, Russia & Ukraine. Pray for our government and the difficulties we face in this country.

Please continue to pray for Bryan, Kelvin & Rosie.

Diary

Sun 3rd        9am HC at Moorland (Patronal Festival) (JH)

                  10.30am HC at NP (JH)

                  9.30am HC at Thurloxton (ST)

                  11am HC at Durston (ST)

                  No Compline today

Tues 5th      9am Morning Prayer at Thurloxton

                  11am Standing Committee Thurloxton

                  2.30pm Bible Study on zoom

Wed 6th      8.30am Morning Prayer at NP

Thurs 7th    10.30am HC at NP

Fri 8th         9am Morning Prayer on zoom

Sun 10th      8am HC at NP (ST)

                  9am HC at Moorland (ST)

                  10.30am Morning Worship NP (DW)

                  11am HC at NN (ST

                  6.30pm Evening Prayer at Thurloxton (ST)

        No Compline today

Evening House Group

Thank you to those who expressed an interest in an evening house group.  Following a get together last week we agreed to begin meeting on Thursdays from 14th July from 7pm at the Rectory Rooms.  More information will follow on what we might begin by looking at. If you couldn’t make our get together but are interested, please contact Revd Jane.

Confirmation

There will be a Confirmation Service in Sedgemoor Deanery at 7pm on Tuesday 11th October at St Mary’s Bridgwater. If anyone is interested in being confirmed please speak to Revd Jane or Steve. Confirmation is the service in which those baptised as babies or children can make their own promises about faith and be confirmed by the Bishop.

3-9th July – Week of prayer for young people

Everyone is invited to set aside a few minutes each day at midday to pray for young people. There’s more information about this in our churches with guides to what to pray each day.

Safer churches

For many people churches are not seen as safe places due to some of our history and we want to change this. One way of doing this is to get together and consider how we can do all we can to change this.   We know that online resources aren’t possible for many and so, with this in mind, Mike Haslam is offering two opportunities for people to get together and he will take us through things it’s good for us to think about. All PCC members and those in ‘official’ roles are asked to take part.

  1. North Petherton Church Rooms – Wednesday 17th August 9.30-12.30
  2. St George’s, Wembdon Parish Centre – Saturday 15th October 9.30-12.30.

Please make a note of these times and we’ll ask people a little nearer to let us know which they might be able to come to. (This will be offered to those across the deanery too for whom online is also difficult).

Thanks to Bishop Ruth

We have been invited to send in some words of thanks that will form a book to be given to Bishop Ruth in the autumn, by way of a thank you for all she has carried over the last 2 years, firstly with Bishop Peter being ill and then following his retirement. If you would like to contribute anything please email Revd Jane or speak to her directly. Thank you.

Toogood diaries

Recently I had the pleasure of welcoming Miss Sheila Batten to St Mary’s, a descendent of Revd J J Toogood, who was Vicar here from 1836-1850. It was lovely to show her around. She left with the church his complete diaries that covered his time here – a real gift. I hope to publish some of his writings in due course.  You can see a little more about this day by going to our youtube channel where there’s a short film, kindly made by Antony Jones of the Local Film Company. (Go to youtube and then search for Alfred Jewel Benefice.  The film is entitled diaries.)

St Mary’s
Thank you to everyone who so generously donated goods, cakes, craft items, time and energy to our, resumed, annual Fete, on 25th June. We had a wonderful afternoon and it was so lovely to welcome so many people. In addition we made just over £2000.

Covid Quilt assembly

We had a productive gathering recently to make a plan about putting the quilt squares together and are grateful for the experience offered to us by Pat (an experienced quilter).  Pat has recruited some WI members to help too and there will be a further gathering in the Church Rooms at 10am on Monday 18th July 10-12 to work on this further. If you couldn’t join us before you are welcome to come along.

Revd Jane’s Birthday I am having an informal party on 20th August at the Rectory from 3pm onwards to mark the second anniversary of my 50th birthday – all are welcome for as long or as short of a time as you wish – bbq, food, drink and doubtless some 80s music in the background!