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Dear Friends
Next Sunday we celebrate Trinity Sunday. Preaching on the Trinity is always something of a challenge – how can we communicate and understand something that is outside our full comprehension?
I will be doing my best at our Family Service, but it will inevitably be imperfect. For those of us who need to understand things fully, the Trinity is a challenge.
3 in 1 and 1 in 3 – how is that possible without reducing our understanding of God to a series of images and metaphors that are always inadequate?
Therein lies a fundamental truth about our faith – so much of it is mystery and cannot be understood strictly by our reason.
God is not limited to our ways of thinking and seeing the world.
How can the created fully understand or comprehend the Creator? But that shouldn’t stop us trying!
So over this week you might want to think what the Trinity means to you, how you understand who God is.

But don’t be put off if you end up with more questions than answers on this one. Celebrate the fact that our God is so much more than we can ever think or even imagine – let that thrill and excite you, but also make you wonder that such a God should love each one of us so much.
On a different issue, we all know that life is very difficult for some folk at present both here and overseas.
This is particularly true in countries already struggling with poverty and infrastructure issues. As you know for nearly 20 years a South Brent based registered charity, the Kambeng Trust, (www.kambengtrust.org) has been supporting education and healthcare, and delivering aid in response to emergencies, in a village of a similar size to ours in rural Gambia, West Africa.

Due to coronavirus lockdown, these villagers are facing starvation – a far greater risk to life than the virus.
Two thirds of the village are without their usual means to provide food for their families, and are in desperate need.

There is further information available on the News section of our website, including how to support the Trust if you so wish. Whilst this is not a charity that we have ties with as a church, I wanted to draw this to your attention, as it is something that the community as whole has been supporting.

Here is our diary for the week, and I look forward to seeing you at one or all of the events and services:-
Sunday Family Service 9.30am
Telephone service 11.15am
Tuesday Thought for the Week 10.00am
Wednesday Coffee Morning 10.30am
Friday Morning Prayer 9.00am

Wishing you all God’s blessings and know you are in my heart and in my prayers
buddyRev Gina

Wednesday 3rd June 2020 at 15:30

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Friday 22nd May 2020 at 13:30

Dear friends
It was lovely to have so many people sharing in our Morning Service on Ascension Day.
Our next festival is only ten days away – Pentecost Sunday. Ascension and Pentecost are closely linked – and not just in chronology.
Of course Pentecost comes after Ascension, because Jesus had to ascend to the Father in order for the Holy Spirit to come.
Ascension Day is both an end – the end to Jesus’ life here on earth; and a beginning – of the Holy Spirit working through the people of God to help mould us into one body, the Church.
The risen Lord is no longer with us in person; we are now Christ’s new body here on earth, filled with His life through the Holy Spirit.

Just think about that for a moment. What an incredible message. On the one hand – what a responsibility we have to be Christ’s body.
But in case that feels a bit overwhelming, we don’t have to do this on our own – in fact we would (and sadly do) make a complete mess of it when we go it alone. Instead the Holy Spirit is with us to guide and teach us.
On the other hand what an amazing thing for God to entrust His message and witness to this mixed bag of people who call themselves church; and what encouragement we have knowing that we are not alone in our walk with God, but the Spirit walks with us.
So there is a lot to think about in these ten short days between Ascension and Pentecost.
One way the Church of England is encouraging us to think about these things is through Thy Kingdom Come – asking us to seriously think about praying as we do in the Lord’s prayer that Hiss Kingdom will come, and in particular to pray for 5 people we know asking that they may come to know God and His love for themselves.

So this year, let’s spend some time thinking over those words “Thy Kingdom Come” and what they mean for us.
This week we have our usual pattern of activities. However there is one change – on Tuesday, we will be holding out Thought for the week in the Diocese 24/7 prayer room! What that means is that we are hosting an hour of prayer (although we will be doing some discussion on the week’s readings at the start so we don’t lose out on that.) Others from around the Diocese might join us.

We will be thinking particularly about what Thy Kingdom come means for us and the world.
Do join us.
This coming week our diary is as follows, service sheets and details can be found on our website: https://www.stpetrocsandstmarys.org.uk/worship/


Sunday 9.30 Morning service by zoom

10.30 Children’s’ service by zoom

11.15 telephone service

Tuesday 10.00 Thought for the week – Thy Kingdom Come Prayer room

Wednesday 10.30 Coffee morning by zoom

Friday 9.00 Morning Prayer by zoom

Know that you are in my heart and in my prayers,
Rev Gina

buddy

Friday 14th May 2020 at 16:10
Dear friends
How time flies! Next Thursday 21st we will be celebrating Ascension Day, the day when Jesus finally left the disciples to go to the Father. Can you imagine how confused, sad and perhaps scared they must have been, they had gone through so much in the past days and weeks, much of which was spent in fear and their own form of lockdown.
And now Jesus has left them for good. But of course we know that He hadn’t left them completely, because on Sunday 31st we celebrate Pentecost, when Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be with the disciples.
And of course the Holy Spirit is with each one of us, helping and guiding us through each day, being Christ’s presence with us.
How comforting to know that we are not alone to face the uncertain future.

This year we will of course be celebrating these two important festivals differently to other years. But nevertheless, there will still be celebrations and a call for us to spend the time between Ascension and Pentecost thinking for ourselves what it means for God’s Kingdom to come – not just in the future, but in the here and now.
The Church of England has a campaign called Thy Kingdom Come (TKC) which invites us all to pray between Ascension and Pentecost that this will happen in our world.

There are a number of opportunities and resources available for us all to think and pray at this time.

  1. 24-10 Prayer

The Diocese has opened up a 24 hour virtual prayer room and has invited churches and groups to sign up for slots. I have taken the liberty of book our churches into the prayer room for our Tuesday Thought for the Week slot – so on the 26th 10-11am we will be hosting the prayer room – please do put this in your diary and support. More details to follow

  1. Pray and Care

At the heart of TKC is praying for 5 friends to discover the hope and love of Christ.
This year the encouragement is not only to pray for 5 people but also to show them Christ’s love. If you would like to know more about this have a look here https://www.thykingdomcome.global/stories/prayer-and-care

As we pray for the needs of our nation and neighbours and give action to our prayers please don’t ease up on committing to pray for 5 people you know. I think this is an inspirational video by Archbishop John Sentamu about the power of praying for 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gxdt2JbxUGM-

  1. Families Praying at Home

People are producing fantastic new resources to help us pray in our homes during lockdown.

The CofE has produced this booklet. https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-04/Prayer%20Book%20Digital%202%20April_0.pdf

Faith at Home is a Church of England initiative to help people pray at home, in schools and churches and they did a big launch this week.
They are going to be uploading lots of material in the coming weeks. Take a look here – https://www.churchofengland.org/faith-action/faith-home

Prayer Spaces in Schools has relocated to homes and are producing more and more great resources to help households pray. https://www.prayerspacesinschools.com/prayer-spaces-at-home

We will be holding a Morning Prayer service at 9am on Ascension day – more details to follow.

This coming week our diary is as follows:-

Diary for the w/c 17/5/20
Sunday

9.30 Morning service by zoom

10.30 Children’s service by zoom

11.15 telephone service

Tuesday  

10.00 Thought for the week

Wednesday 
10.30 Coffee morning

Thursday
9.00 Morning Prayer (Ascension day)

Friday
9.00 Morning Prayer

Service sheets and details can be found on our website: https://www.stpetrocsandstmarys.org.uk/worship/

Wishing you all God’s blessing

Know that you are in my heart and in my prayers

Rev Gina

buddy

Friday 8th May 2020 at 14:10

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Rattery War Memorial beautifully decorated for VE 75th anniversary.

Friday 8th May 2020 at 13:10
Dear friends

It’s been great to see so many people at our various events, and how expert everyone is becoming in using the technology – who would have thought we would be “livestreaming” and holding virtual coffee mornings. It just shows that we can adapt and change, and we can find ways to come together to be church. As wonderful and beautiful as our church buildings are, church is at its heart about the people of God.

It’s also been fun seeing inside people’s homes – and on a couple of occasions around their gardens, though that has left a few of us feeling a bit travel sick as the camera swings all over the place. But it’s been great to allow each other into our homes in this way, a sense of hospitality and welcome.

There are some things we need to try hard not to lose as we begin to emerge from this strange place we find ourselves in. They may be different for each of us. I was recently asked the question by one of our Bishops – “what will you miss most when we emerge from lockdown?”

I think that’s a question worth asking each one of us. It’s very easy to think about what we miss now from pre-lockdown – going out for coffee, meeting and visiting folk, the sea. We all have our list. But what will we miss from now? It may be the lack or rush and racing around all day; having more time to “be”; long walks; talking to complete strangers out walking in a shared sense of camaraderie.

And can we ask the same question about how this time has affected our relationship with God. Has it brought us closer; have we used any of this time to explore our faith further; what will we miss in terms of our walk with God at this time?

The question needs to be followed by a “so what?” So what will we do to make sure that we don’t lose some of the positives we have experienced, or the insights we have gained, or the relationships we have made, or our deeper understanding of God? This is something we might all want to consider over the coming week. What is your answer?

This week we have another busy diary, so please do join us at any of our events, all are welcome.

Diary for the w/c 10/5/20

Sunday
9.30am Morning Service

10.30am Children’s Service

11.15am Telephone Service

Tuesday           10am Thought for the Week

Wednesday      10.30am Coffee Morning

Friday               9am Morning Prayer

Know that you are in my prayers and in my heart

Rev Ginabuddy

Thursday 30  April 2020 at 12:45

Dear friends

What a change from just a few days ago when we were basking in amazing sunshine. I have just got back from walking Buddy, and both he and I are decidedly damp. So much for waterproof trousers in downpours!

The rain, whilst very welcome by gardeners and farmers, means that for many people the challenges of lockdown are more pressing. So its good to be able to keep in touch during this time. Our various services and weekday activities are really helping with this. We had almost 100 people join one or other of our services last Sunday, which is fantastic. Our new Thought for the Week on Tuesday also proved popular and a great opportunity to come together to discuss the Sunday bible passage and share insights, thoughts and learn from each other. Our Wednesday coffee morning is great fun and a chance to just chat about anything. This week we managed to link those on the zoom meeting with someone on the telephone – so don’t let lack of the internet put you off.

In keeping with our need to continue to grow in Christ, and not to limit our worship to Sundays, we are introducing a short zoom service of Morning Prayer every Friday from 9-9.30am, starting on May 8th. Access details on the website.

This Sunday in both our Family service at 9.30am and Telephone service at 11.15am we will be thinking about Jesus as the Good Shepherd. In fact the Sunday is sometimes referred to as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” It’s called that after the Gospel reading for the day which is John 10 1-10. It is also known as Vocations Sunday, the day for churches to encourage everyone to reflect, discover and recognise God’s call to them. The service sheet, access details and reading will be available on the website.

So in keeping with the theme, I am asking those coming to the Family Service, to bring something related to sheep if you can. Be as creative or literal as you like, though possibly not real sheep!

It will be very timely to be reminded that Jesus is our Good Shepherd, who cares for us and guides us, particularly in these challenging times. When everything else seems so uncertain, we can trust in His care and love.


I am the door of the sheepfold by Malcolm Guite

Not one that’s gently hinged or deftly hung,

Not like the ones you planed at Joseph’s place,

Not like the well-oiled openings that swung

So easily for Pilate’s practiced pace,

Not like the ones that closed in Mary’s face

From house to house in brimming Bethlehem,

Not like the one that no man may assail,

The dreadful curtain, The forbidding veil

That waits your breaking in Jerusalem.

 

Not one you made but one you have become:

Load-bearing, balancing, a weighted beam

To bridge the gap, to bring us within reach

Of your high pasture. Calling us by name,

You lay your body down across the breach,

Yourself the door that opens into home.

 

Wishing you all God’s blessing, and know that you are in my prayers and in my heart

 

Rev Ginabuddy


Diary for this week:-

Sunday

9.30am Family Service – Zoom

11.15am Telephone Service

Tuesday

10-11am Thought for the Week

Wednesday

10.30-11.30am Coffee Morning

Friday 

9-9.30am Morning Prayer

Friday 24  April 2020 at 14:30

Dear friends

Its another lovely sunny day as I look out of the study window.  We are in many ways very blessed here. Like everyone else I’m very conscious of the Government preparing us that it may be some time before we can meet together as we used to. So that has made me think about the need to develop a way of being church in this “new normal” that is more than just on Sundays, as great as that is. We need to continue to grow as Christians, and use the time we have to help us do this, which for many of us is more time than we used to have now we no longer have all that “stuff” to fill up our days. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we each emerged from this strange period having learned more and developed more as Christians.

One of the ways to do this is to develop what is often called a “rule of life”. What this means is a pattern to our days that firmly includes time for God. Maybe it’s a time we set aside each day for some prayer, or reading the Bible, or listening to a service on radio, or reading a book that teaches us something more about God, or watching a catch up service from the ever growing collection that is now available on You tube etc.

But there is also a sense of developing a pattern for us as a Church community that is more than just our worship on Sundays, although this is a key part. So I am planning on introducing a new mid-week opportunity for us to come together and learn and grow, or “discipleship” as some might call it.

This is a Thought for the week – an opportunity to discuss the main Bible passage that will have been the basis of my sermon on the previous Sunday. It doesn’t matter if you weren’t able to join the Sunday service, just zoom in and join the discussion. It will be an informal group, open to all and will be held weekly on a Tuesday from 10-11am starting on April 29th. I am going to ask different people to lead this each week, to help us think through some of the issues.

In addition we are starting a zoom Children’s Service each Sunday at 10.30-11am. This begins this Sunday 26th, and will be a service for and by our children. It is open to all children.

So our church week is now beginning to develop a pattern! Here it is, and do let me know if there are other things going on that need to be added into the weekly diary. This diary will appear on the home page of our website so everyone knows what is going on.

Sunday

  • 9.30 Zoom Morning Service
  • 10.30 Zoom Children’s Service
  • 11.00 Telephone Morning Service NB the time for this will move to 11.15am from May 3rd

Tuesday

  • 10.00 Zoom Thought for the week

Wednesday

  • 10.30 Coffee and chat

I would really encourage us all to take the opportunity this unusual time offers us to seek to learn and grow, both as individuals and as a church.

Wishing you all God’s blessings, and know that you are in my heart and in my prayers

Rev Gina (and Buddy!)

Tuesday 21  April 2020 at 15:00

EASTER 2020
A new poem by English poet, singer-songwriter, Anglican priest, and academic, Malcolm Guite
 
And where is Jesus, this strange Easter day?
Not lost in our locked churches, anymore
Than he was sealed in that dark sepulchre.
The locks are loosed; the stone is rolled away,
And he is up and risen, long before,
Alive, at large, and making his strong way
Into the world he gave his life to save,
No need to seek him in his empty grave.
 
He might have been a wafer in the hands
Of priests this day, or music from the lips
Of red-robed choristers, instead he slips
Away from church, shakes off our linen bands
To don his apron with a nurse: he grips
And lifts a stretcher, soothes with gentle hands
The frail flesh of the dying, gives them hope,
Breathes with the breathless, lends them strength to cope.
 
On Thursday we applauded, for he came
And served us in a thousand names and faces
Mopping our sickroom floors and catching traces
Of that virus which was death to him:
Good Friday happened in a thousand places
Where Jesus held the helpless, died with them
That they might share his Easter in their need,
Now they are risen with him, risen indeed.

Friday 17  April 2020 at 16:00

Dear friends

Lockdown is with us for a bit longer. I know these are challenging times and we all miss meeting up with each other, popping round to friends, chatting away to folk me meet in the villages without having to shout across the road. But it is for a season, as they say. It is good to connect with people every now and again in whatever way we can. Last night I joined with everyone else to clap, bang pots, ring bells and goodness knows what else for all those in the NHS and social care and wider who are caring for us all. I found it a very moving way of connecting with my neighbours, as well of course as showing appreciation. Connection matters.

We also as Christians need to keep connected – with each other and importantly, with God. We had a great example of this when we held our first Zoom Coffee Morning on Wednesday with 16 people joining in. It was something of a first for us all, but it was great fun and so good to catch up – as well as getting a sneaky peek inside each other’s houses!

Our services on Easter Sunday were a great encouragement as almost 100 people gathered together to celebrate our risen Lord. We met with each other, and we met with God. What was particularly good was that the children/young people joined with us and played such an important part in our worship.

I am conscious that for some people this lack of connection is particularly difficult. If you are finding it hard going and would value a chat with someone, please do let me know or alternatively contact our Parish Visitors who are there to support members of the Church and can be contacted at:- parishvisitors12@gmail.com

Our services this Sunday 19th April, the second Sunday of Easter, are as follows:-

9.30 am Zoom Morning Service

11 am Telephone Morning Service

 Full details and service sheets can be found on our website:-  https://www.stpetrocsandstmarys.org.uk/ 

I’m looking forward to seeing and speaking with many of you on Sunday, as we come together again to connect with each other, and importantly, as we meet and connect with God

Know that you are in my heart and my prayers

Gina

Monday 13  April 2020 at 14:05
coffee mornings

We are starting Coffee mornings via Zoom, which will take place from 10.30am to 11.30am on Wednesdays.
Open to all..


Joining details are below:
Join Zoom Meeting via link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/683929315?pwd=bEQ5U3c0SGFIcUt2QVM0a1h3eTNPdz09

Or go into Zoom, and add the meeting details to join.

Meeting ID: 683 929 315
Password: 287815

Monday 13  April 2020 at 14:05
coffee mornings

We are starting Coffee mornings via Zoom, which will take place from 10.30am to 11.30am on Wednesdays.
Open to all..


Joining details are below:
Join Zoom Meeting via link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/683929315?pwd=bEQ5U3c0SGFIcUt2QVM0a1h3eTNPdz09

Or go into Zoom, and add the meeting details to join.

Meeting ID: 683 929 315
Password: 287815

Thursday 9  April 2020 at 15:35
light a Candle

Light a candle

Every Sunday at 7pm we are being invited to light a candle in a window of our homes  as a sign of God’s presence with us at this time.
Here is a prayer you might want to use this Sunday. HERE

Thursday 9  April 2020 at 15:35
light a Candle

Light a candle

Every Sunday at 7pm we are being invited to light a candle in a window of our homes  as a sign of God’s presence with us at this time.
Here is a prayer you might want to use this Sunday. HERE

Thursday 9  April 2020 at 13:15

Dear friends,
I’m sitting in my study on Maundy Thursday watching a squirrel running across the top of the fence as if it were a tight rope.
The sun is shining and it looks so beautiful outside. Yet we all know that things are not quite as they seem.
Coronavirus has changed for all of us so much about our lives – the things we took for granted such as being able to go out and about at will, visiting friends, doing shopping etc.
Now these things seem much more precious by the fact we can no longer do them. Hopefully this won’t be for long, but until then, the world is looking and feeling very different.
I am something of an optimist in case you hadn’t realised it. But as we approach Easter, the underlying message is not so much of optimism as it is of hope.
The two are very different. Optimism is as much about your personality – some people are naturally glass half full people.
Optimism can, at the wrong time or expressed in the wrong way, be downright annoying.
Optimism can be sadly misplaced. No Easter is about hope. Hope is facing the realities of life, and finding deep within us a security and resilience.
Hope lives fully in the mess and reality that is life, but sees beyond it and into it. Ours is a hope that is based not on ourselves and who we are, but on God and who He is, as revealed in Jesus.
It is a hope that is firm and on the strong foundations of our God, who is faithful and is our fortress and our rock.
Through the tragedy of Good Friday and the wonder of Easter day, God offers us this hope – forgiveness and a life lived with Him both in the here and now and more fully after death. At this time of uncertainty, to have this hope is very precious.
So whatever we are facing in terms of our own situation, let’s hold on to this hope, for the God who calls us is faithful 1 Thessalonians 5v24
We have a number of services this Easter, when we can come together and remember and give thanks for all Jesus has done for us, the reason for our hope.
Details of each service, together with the order of service can be found on the website.
Services are as follows:- Maundy Thursday – 6.30pm Zoom service.
Good Friday – 10am Telephone service 11am Zoom service
Easter Sunday – 9.30am Zoom service 11am Telephone service
I look forward to joining with you during this Easter period to remember and celebrate the Easter message of hope for us all.

Know that you are in my heart and in my prayers With all God’s blessings Gina

Tuesday 7  April 2020 at 14:20

Sheila has designed a poster and put it up in her window.
Others may want to do the same, the idea is to fold over the bottom then unfold it on easter day.
many thanks
Gina
Download Here

Weds 1st April 2020 at 16.05

Dear friends
I hope everyone is well and adjusting to our new way of life. Having Buddy means I have to take him for a walk each day. It has amazed me to meet several people I have never seen before who are out taking their exercise. We are truly blessed that the weather has been so good.

A huge “thank you” to everyone who joined our first Zoom service on Sunday. It was a lovely occasion, and so good to be able to see everyone and have a real sense of being the body of Christ together. If nothing else, this current situation reminds us all how important relationships are. A particular thank you to John Gower who kindly hosted our service, and did such a great job. We will be bringing the recording of the service “in house” this Sunday, and Rob Brighouse, Annemarie Kendall and I are going to learn how to do it. So be warned! Once we have mastered it this Sunday, I plan to set up a Wednesday morning prayer service at 9am starting Wednesday 8th April. We will also be holding weekly Coffee and Conversation sessions. Watch this space.

This coming Sunday, which is Palm Sunday, we will hold our zoom service at 9.30am, with a telephone service at 11am for those who can’t join by zoom. Details of how to access both will follow.

For our Palm Sunday service we won’t be having palm crosses as we usually do, so I am asking everyone to make their own palm cross!!! We can hold a “bring and show” during the zoom service, and I will bless them as we would normally do. So take out your creative side, and set to work making a palm cross! Well its better than endless reruns on daytime TV.

Next week is Holy Week, though it may seem rather different in terms of our celebrations as we “zoom” our services.
These will be:-

  • a Good Friday Service at 11am;
  • on Easter day a Family friendly Easter Service at 9.30 where I hope our children will join us.

Sending you all my love, and as ever you are in my prayers and in my heart

Love from Gina (and Buddy)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information from Devon County Council

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Friday 20 March 2020 at 14:10

For those of you without internet access, Our teleconference service will start next Sunday 29th, and details will be publicised.

Friday 20 March 2020 at 12:30

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby will be taking a service on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship at 8am on Sunday March 22nd

Tuesday 17 March 2020 at 16:50
In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice.