8th January 2021 – Following a joint PCCs meeting this morning, we have decided that, given the current situation with COVID,
both churches will suspend public worship for the immediate future.
Both churches will remain open for private prayer on Sundays and Wednesdays.
Friday 15th January at 09:38
We the season of Epiphany is one of those rather counter-intuitive times. Here we are, the celebrations of Christmas over, the January “blues” beginning to take hold.
For the secular world it’s a bit of a “downer” as they say.
Yet for the church, this is a time of wonder, amazement, excitement and “wow.”
Because this is the time we think about God’s glory being revealed, of Jesus coming among us as both human and yet fully divine, and showing us a glimpse of who God is.
The Cambridge dictionary defines epiphany as “a moment when you suddenly feel that you understand, or suddenly become conscious of, something that is very important to you.”
This week we continue to explore those moments in the Bible when people suddenly felt they understood more.
We will be looking at the experience of Eli, Samuel, Philip and Nathaniel – 4 very different people, yet each experienced an epiphany.
This is also a time for us to ask God to help each of us understand more about Him, and to become more conscious of Him in our own lives.
We continue with our “virtual” services and midweek activities – see below.
We now have a wider team of people who are supporting the technological side of this.
Very many thanks to everyone who helps with enabling us to worship in this way.
St Petroc’s PCC Wednesday 20th 6.30pm – just a reminder that St Petroc’s next PCC meeting is this coming Wednesday.
This will be held virtually and a zoom link will be sent nearer the time.
Sunday Jan 17th Morning Worship at 9.30am by zoom and telephone:-
Telephone:- The phone number to call:0203 481 524
Enter the meeting ID: 854 2111 1777# when asked for ID press # to continue; Password is: 682526#
Zoom:- 854 2111 1777, password CHURCH
Wednesday Thought for the Week 10am by zoom and telephone (see website)
St Petroc’s PCC 6.30pm by zoom and telephone
Friday Morning Prayer 9am by zoom and telephone (see website)
Let’s continue to pray for our NHS and care staff who are facing such challenging times.
In particular, let us remember our Health centre staff, our care homes and their staff, all those health and social care staff working in the community, and all those living in our villages who work in health and social care.
We also remember all those working with children and their families and who provide such important support at this challenging time.
And any others who work so hard to keep us safe and support us in and through these difficult times.
Holy God, we remember all those who are working to keep things going:
those working in the NHS and those around it helping to keep things working,
those keeping our streets clean and collecting our rubbish,
those harvesting, delivering and selling the food in our shops,
those keeping us secure and our utilities functioning,
those looking after the children of key workers,
those helping to care for the elderly and vulnerable,
clergy of all religions seeking to minister in difficult times…
God in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.
Wishing you all God’s blessings and know you are in my heart and in my prayers
Thursday 10th December at 12:00
Christmas service and events
This will be a special Christmas for many reasons – and we have some special events and services lined up – some new things, some different things.
Please do look at our website for all the details:- https://www.stpetrocsandstmarys.org.uk
Some of our services have a change to their times over Christmas itself, and some need booking as thanks to COVID our numbers are limited.
You can book via the website, and there is also an option to book via the telephone by calling David Brett on 07795546958 or 01364 72405 – please only use these numbers if you cannot book via the website – thank you.
A few things to highlight:-
- Church Carol Service and nativity play at Pennywell Farm – on 17th Dec at 6pm – all welcome but please book as numbers limited
- Carol singing in the churchyard – on 20th Dec at 3pm – just turn up, dressed warmly for a short time of carol singing – keeping socially distanced
- Christingle by zoom – on 24th Dec at 4pm – details on website, just zoom in
- Nativity Stones 11th-25th Dec – Very soon stones painted with characters or objects from the Christmas story will be appearing around the village. The aim is to find the stones and take them along to the church, where, near the larger lych gate you will find a small stable waiting to receive them. Alternatively, if people want to take them home to create their own nativity set, they’re welcome to do so.
- Nativity Treasure Hunt 18th-25th December – scenes from the nativity will be appearing in windows and gardens around the village. You’ll be able to find the treasure hunt map, quiz and full instructions on the website.
- Christmas Eve and Christmas day services – please note that the service times have changed for this year, and that you will need to book a place due to limitations on numbers. Please go to our website for details
Full schedule of services and events is below, and we look forward to seeing you there.
Wishing you all God’s blessings at this Christmas time
|St Petroc’s||St Mary’s|
|13/12/20||9.30 Holy Communion (z)||11.15 Christingle|
|17/12/20||6pm Carol service – Pennywell Farm*||6pm Carol service – Pennywell Farm*|
9.30 Morning worship (z)
3pm Carol Singing – churchyard
|22/12/20||3pm Carol singing churchyard|
|23/12/20||4pm Blue Christmas service – zoom||4pm Blue Christmas service – zoom|
4pm Christingle – zoom
6pm Christmas Eve Holy Communion *(z)
|25/12/10||11am Family Communion * (z)||10am Family Holy Communion|
|27/12/20||9.30 Year End service (z)||11.15 Year End service|
|3/1/21||9.30 Family Service (z)|
*Requires booking – please see:- https://www.stpetrocsandstmarys.org.uk
(z) – will be available by zoom as well