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Benefice of Watchet and Williton

Sunday 29th March 2020.

THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT

‘Faith in him who suffered on the cross’

This ‘Passion Sunday’ marks the beginning of the two weeks of Passiontide (Latin passio – suffering) leading up to Easter. The Church commemorates the sufferings of our Lord during the last days of his earthly life. In some churches crosses, pictures and statues are veiled to emphasize the solemnity and sadness of this time. 

 

 

 


.....and there is plenty of sadness  and solemnity at this time but we believe in Resurrection and New Life through Christ which we will celebrate in new ways in two weeks time.

Collect of the Day.

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 forever                  Amen.

 

Dear Friends,

As I drove to the crematorium yesterday all was much quieter than usual but the sun shone and spring was in the air - wonderful signs of new life all around. The strangest thing about the funeral service was that everyone had to sit apart - not just strange but incredibly sad and difficult for a grieving family who need to be together.

As a church we need to find new ways of being together when our churches are closed and there can be no public worship - and I strongly believe that we must be creative and find ways of including those who do not have access to the internet. This week I have attached two documents which are Agape services that we could all use at home on Sunday if we choose to. An Agape service is an act of remembrance when we think of The Last Supper. As the introduction to one of them makes clear no consecration takes place and you do not need a priest and children can take part.

We could use one of these services at home at the time when we normally worship on a Sunday so we will be worshipping with others who attend "our" service. Next week I hope we will post copies out to members of the congregation who do not have access to the technology. Perhaps too, we could include these prayers in our services:

 

‘Keep us, good Lord,
Under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
Be with those who care for the sick,
And lift up all who are brought low;
That we may find comfort
Knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
In Christ Jesus our Lord                           Amen’

Loving God, We pray for all those who are suffering because of the corona virus, may they know your healing power. When we are afraid for ourselves and our loved ones, give us your strength and courage. When we feel alone and isolated, reassure us with a sense of your presence. Give wisdom to those in authority and may our community work together for the good of all. We give thanks for those who care for others and ask you to bless them in all they do. We ask this in the name of Jesus, healer and physician.            Amen.

I have also included below an image that Margaret Tatham forwarded to people; for me it says it all!

God bless you all and keep you safe at this time,

Clive.

Today's Worship.

 

Holy Communion and Evening Prayer will be said for and on behalf of our communities at Holy Cross and St. Peter's Church.

 

Please join your congregation by saying one of the attached Agape services at the time you normally worship.

 

Further information about online resources can be found on the Diocesan website at: https://www.bathandwells.org.uk/

 

Or tune in to one of these:

Sunday

8.10am                 Sunday Worship               Radio 4

1.15pm                 Songs of Praise                 BBC1

3.00pm                 Choral Evensong              Radio 3

 

In a letter to clergy the Archbishops said:      "The BBC is also offering services on television and radio and online which people can access and we are working closely with them. This will be especially helpful for clergy who do not feel confident in streaming services themselves. No one should be under pressure to stream worship or feel guilty if they can’t"

 

Today's Gospel Reading:                   John 11.1-45.

 

Foodbank

From Monday 30 March until further notice, the Quantock Foodbank will be open Monday to Friday but mornings only from 9:30 – 12:30.

This is to ensure that:

those who kindly support us by delivering donations may choose which day is most convenient
those agencies who collect parcels for clients will have more access days.

 

Collections

While our churches are closed and we are unable to worship together the bills for our churches continue to come in so please do consider how you can continue to give each week. If you give by direct debit that need not change. If you give by envelope please place what you can each week into the envelope and bring it along when we return to church. If you give by placing your offering in the plate then please put what you can in an envelope and bring it along when we return to church.

We do of course understand that if you are unable to work at the moment that you may need to reduce what you give.

 

Keeping in touch.

The Benefice would like to be able to keep in touch with you during the present crisis. If you are happy for us to do that through 

email 

phone 

hand delivery

please confirm which numbers and addresses you would like us to use.

Thank you.

 

Church Buildings.

You may have heard that church buildings have to be kept locked and may not be used because of the risk of spreading the corona virus. We would be very grateful if your daily exercise should take you past one of the church buildings in either parish if you would report anything suspicious to our church wardens.

 

Please pray that God will bring healing and encouragement in body, mind and Spirit to those suffering from ill-health, depression, frailty or are concerned about this challenging time.

Jesus raises Lazarus.
John 11

From Thru-the-Bible Coloring Pages for Ages 4-8. © 1986,1988 Standard Publishing.
Used by permission. Reproducible Coloring Books may be purchased from
Standard Publishing, www.standardpub.com, 1-800-323-7543.

 

We take Safeguarding very seriously in our Benefice and our Safeguarding Officers are Sara Hempshall and Anne Gilbert. They can be contacted initially by ringing 07961 268411 and by e-mail on annegilbertsafeguarding@outlook.com

 

 

 

Please keep in touch.

 

Clive:               01984 631005 / clive.gilbert@btinternet.com

Kathryn:         01984 633568 /Kathryn.flenley@btinternet.com

Benefice Website                   www.watchetandwillitonbenefice.com

 

LOOK OUT next week for ways we suggest that we can still celebrate Easter as Church.

 Benefice of Watchet and Williton

Sunday 29th March 2020.

THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT

‘Faith in him who suffered on the cross’

This ‘Passion Sunday’ marks the beginning of the two weeks of Passiontide (Latin passio – suffering) leading up to Easter. The Church commemorates the sufferings of our Lord during the last days of his earthly life. In some churches crosses, pictures and statues are veiled to emphasize the solemnity and sadness of this time. 

 

 

 


.....and there is plenty of sadness  and solemnity at this time but we believe in Resurrection and New Life through Christ which we will celebrate in new ways in two weeks time.

Collect of the Day.

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 forever                  Amen.

 

Dear Friends,

As I drove to the crematorium yesterday all was much quieter than usual but the sun shone and spring was in the air - wonderful signs of new life all around. The strangest thing about the funeral service was that everyone had to sit apart - not just strange but incredibly sad and difficult for a grieving family who need to be together.

As a church we need to find new ways of being together when our churches are closed and there can be no public worship - and I strongly believe that we must be creative and find ways of including those who do not have access to the internet. This week I have attached two documents which are Agape services that we could all use at home on Sunday if we choose to. An Agape service is an act of remembrance when we think of The Last Supper. As the introduction to one of them makes clear no consecration takes place and you do not need a priest and children can take part.

We could use one of these services at home at the time when we normally worship on a Sunday so we will be worshipping with others who attend "our" service. Next week I hope we will post copies out to members of the congregation who do not have access to the technology. Perhaps too, we could include these prayers in our services:

 

‘Keep us, good Lord,
Under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
Be with those who care for the sick,
And lift up all who are brought low;
That we may find comfort
Knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
In Christ Jesus our Lord                           Amen’

Loving God, We pray for all those who are suffering because of the corona virus, may they know your healing power. When we are afraid for ourselves and our loved ones, give us your strength and courage. When we feel alone and isolated, reassure us with a sense of your presence. Give wisdom to those in authority and may our community work together for the good of all. We give thanks for those who care for others and ask you to bless them in all they do. We ask this in the name of Jesus, healer and physician.            Amen.

I have also included below an image that Margaret Tatham forwarded to people; for me it says it all!

God bless you all and keep you safe at this time,

Clive.

Today's Worship.

 

Holy Communion and Evening Prayer will be said for and on behalf of our communities at Holy Cross and St. Peter's Church.

 

Please join your congregation by saying one of the attached Agape services at the time you normally worship.

 

Further information about online resources can be found on the Diocesan website at: https://www.bathandwells.org.uk/

 

Or tune in to one of these:

Sunday

8.10am                 Sunday Worship               Radio 4

1.15pm                 Songs of Praise                 BBC1

3.00pm                 Choral Evensong              Radio 3

 

In a letter to clergy the Archbishops said:      "The BBC is also offering services on television and radio and online which people can access and we are working closely with them. This will be especially helpful for clergy who do not feel confident in streaming services themselves. No one should be under pressure to stream worship or feel guilty if they can’t"

 

Today's Gospel Reading:                   John 11.1-45.

 

Foodbank

From Monday 30 March until further notice, the Quantock Foodbank will be open Monday to Friday but mornings only from 9:30 – 12:30.

This is to ensure that:

those who kindly support us by delivering donations may choose which day is most convenient
those agencies who collect parcels for clients will have more access days.

 

Collections

While our churches are closed and we are unable to worship together the bills for our churches continue to come in so please do consider how you can continue to give each week. If you give by direct debit that need not change. If you give by envelope please place what you can each week into the envelope and bring it along when we return to church. If you give by placing your offering in the plate then please put what you can in an envelope and bring it along when we return to church.

We do of course understand that if you are unable to work at the moment that you may need to reduce what you give.

 

Keeping in touch.

The Benefice would like to be able to keep in touch with you during the present crisis. If you are happy for us to do that through 

email 

phone 

hand delivery

please confirm which numbers and addresses you would like us to use.

Thank you.

 

Church Buildings.

You may have heard that church buildings have to be kept locked and may not be used because of the risk of spreading the corona virus. We would be very grateful if your daily exercise should take you past one of the church buildings in either parish if you would report anything suspicious to our church wardens.

 

Please pray that God will bring healing and encouragement in body, mind and Spirit to those suffering from ill-health, depression, frailty or are concerned about this challenging time.

Jesus raises Lazarus.
John 11

From Thru-the-Bible Coloring Pages for Ages 4-8. © 1986,1988 Standard Publishing.
Used by permission. Reproducible Coloring Books may be purchased from
Standard Publishing, www.standardpub.com, 1-800-323-7543.

 

We take Safeguarding very seriously in our Benefice and our Safeguarding Officers are Sara Hempshall and Anne Gilbert. They can be contacted initially by ringing 07961 268411 and by e-mail on annegilbertsafeguarding@outlook.com

 

 

 

Please keep in touch.

 

Clive:               01984 631005 / clive.gilbert@btinternet.com

Kathryn:         01984 633568 /Kathryn.flenley@btinternet.com

Benefice Website                   www.watchetandwillitonbenefice.com

 

LOOK OUT next week for ways we suggest that we can still celebrate Easter as Church.

 aph here.