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Friday 7th August at 14:27

Dear Friends,

Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid Matthew 14 v26

Another week has gone by already! I’ve been struck this week by how fast the weather has changed, and how strange it is that whilst part of the country has basked in sunshine, we seem to have sloshed around in rain.
It is rather like that in life sometimes – the speed with which life can go from sunshine and everything being so positive, to suddenly feeling there are challenges at every turn.
Our faith can sometimes feel like that too – one moment we are feeling so close to God, all seems so positive in our spiritual life, and then we  find ourselves questioning, feeling distant from God, feeling afraid, alone.
We all experience this.
The challenge is how we hold on to our faith despite of all that is happening around us.
Someone once helpfully reminded me that my faith is not based on my feelings – whether I feel happy or sad does not change the basis of my faith – that God loves me, and will be with me even when I don’t feel or sense it myself.
I find that reassuring, that no matter how I feel, God is!

This week we will be celebrating out first Holy Communion at St Petroc’s since lockdown, which will be a wonderful occasion.
There will be some slight changes in terms of logistics, so please bear with us as we sort these out.
For those who can’t join us physically, please do still join the service, and make a “spiritual communion” even if you can’t take actual communion.

Finally just to let everyone know that the funeral service for Geraldine Gould will be on August 19th at 12pm at St Petroc’s.
Whilst only family can attend the service, if other would like to pay their respects, the plan is for the funeral cortege to process through the village from Geraldine and Noel’s house, starting at about 11.45.
So if you would like to line the street, appropriately socially distanced, please do so, and put the word out, as Geraldine was such an important part of the village.

Diary for the week:

Sunday:             Holy Communion 9.30am

Telephone:-            The phone number to call:0203 481 5240

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  10.00am

Friday:             Morning Prayer  9.00am

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

Rev Ginabuddy

O give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 136

Thursday 30th July at 16:52

Dear Friends,

The sun has returned for the moment and reminds us that we are well and truly in summer. It seems incredible that August starts on Sunday.

As the first Sunday of the month, we will be holding a Family Service at St Petroc’s and everyone is very welcome to join us in person, by zoom or by telephone – see below for details.

It was wonderful to be able to worship together in person last Sunday, and simultaneously join with those on zoom and phone.

Whilst inevitably the new restrictions such as social distancing and face coverings made things seem a little different, there was a strong sense of thankfulness that we could worship again in the church, and an awareness of how much we have come together as the body of Christ in our villages over the lockdown period.

I am incredibly grateful to the fantastic group of people who have been working so hard to make all this possible. As so often happens with new ventures there were some teething problems, particularly with the sound for some of our zoom and phone friends.

We are working hard to resolve the issue – so please bear with us, we will get there, and hopefully the experience this week will be better for those who struggled to hear. Patience is a great virtue they say, so please do stick with it.

On Monday 3rd August I will be conducting the funeral service for Alan Thomas Jones, a regular and committed member of St Petroc’s. Sadly because of government limits on the numbers of those who can attend the service itself, members of the church are not able to come – it will be family only.

However, the family have said that if anyone does want to pay respects as the funeral cortège pass, please congregate, appropriately socially distanced, in the vicinity of the Packhorse for 11.45am.

Such events remind us that this life is time limited, but God, through what Jesus has done for us, promises us eternal life with Him.

What an incredible promise, something we need to hold on to and give thanks for – a hope that gives meaning in this life and an assurance of an eternal future.

Bless the Lord O my soul, and all that is within me bless HIs holy name.
Psalm 103.

Diary for this week:
Sunday 9.30am Family service – at St Petroc’s, by zoom and phone
Wednesday 10am. Thought for the week – zoom
Friday 9am. Morning Prayer – zoom

Know that you are in my heart and in my prayers

Rev Gina

Friday 24th July at 14:57

Dear Friends

I was glad when they said to me “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122

It will be wonderful to be able to worship together this Sunday at St Petroc’s – I know it is something we have been looking forward to for a long time. What will be particularly good is that we will be worshipping together in different ways – we hope that we those who are physically present in the church will be joined by those who will be worshipping by zoom and telephone. What is particularly encouraging is that this will mean that some people who have not been able to join us physically for some time will be able to join us again, albeit virtually, and we hope to welcome some people who have joined us since we went into lockdown. We look forward to returning to St Mary’s in the future.

This past 3 months has taught us all so much. One of the really positive aspects has been how the church has increasingly seen itself as the people of God, and how we have come together as a community. I am so grateful for all the support and encouragement we have given to each other during this time. The key now is not to lose this as we begin to return to the church buildings.

There will be some changes for those coming to St Petroc’s. Here are a few as advanced notice:-

  • The service will start at 9:30am
  • Please remember to bring a face covering as we have been strongly advised to wear these in the church – and I would very much encourage us to follow the government advice on this.
  • We will be recording contact details of those attending for test and trace This is voluntary and you can opt out if you wish – just let the person on the door doing this know. We will only keep the information for 21 days and then destroy it. Further details will be available in the church.
  • We will be asked to use a hand sanitiser as we come in.
  • We will need to sit appropriately socially distanced. Please could you follow the directions of the stewards, and sit where they suggest, as we have carefully marked out pews to ensure safety. We will also need to avoid crowding when coming in or going out, so again stewards will be on hand to help with this.
  • Sadly there will be no singing, but Richard will be back playing the organ which will be wonderful.
  • Everyone will be given an order of service which we would ask you take away with you to dispose of safely.

Can I thank everyone who has worked so hard to enable us to open safely, firstly for prayer and now for worship. You each know who you are, as to mention people by name may lead me to leave someone out by mistake. My very real thanks to each of you – and for all you will continue to do.

Please could people zoom and telephone in a bit before the start of the service so we can sort out the technicalities. The details for zooming in and dialling in are as follows:-

Telephone:-      The phone number to call:0203 481 5240

Enter the meeting ID: 854 2111 1777#  when asked for ID press # to continue

Password is: 682526#

Zoom:-              854 2111 1777, password CHURCH

One final change to our diary. Whilst we will continue with our zoom Wednesday Thought for the week and Friday Morning prayer, we will be stopping our Tuesday Coffee Morning from this week. It has been a lovely time to meet, but it has run its course for now in this form.

Here is this week’s diary:-

Sunday             Morning Service  9.30am

Wednesday       Thought for the Week  10.00am

Friday               Morning Prayer  9.00am

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

Rev Gina

O give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 136

Wednesday 8th July at 15:30

Dear friends

We are slowly being able to enjoy some of the things we have been without for so long. Coffee shops and a haircut are, as you know, on my priority list. I have managed to indulge in the first, and am looking forward to the second later this week I hope! I don’t know about you, but I am seeing things with slightly different eyes. I am certainly appreciating so much more many of the things I took for granted and enjoying simple things such as a stroll up Totnes High Street. I realise not everyone is able to enjoy these new freedoms just yet, but for those of us who can, I hope, like me, you are finding that you are experiencing them afresh.

We do have a habit of taking things for granted and not fully appreciating things. Sadly we do the same with God. Too often our faith is consigned to the left overs of our time and attention, and we forget the Holy and Almighty God who we are privileged to call Father. I am very conscious that I can too easily fill my days up with busyness and “stuff” and God can so easily get pushed out. Or I take all I have for granted, and forget to give thanks for all I have and enjoy. The recent lockdown and subsequent lifting has brought this home a little more. I have some dear friends who, for serious health reasons, are shielding and are unable for the foreseeable future to enjoy social outings or leave their house for anything other than essential things. Spending time with them (appropriately socially distanced) has brought home to me just how much I have to be thankful for, and how I need to reassess some of my priorities – maybe you are feeling the same?

Sunday services in church

One thing many of us have missed I know is not being able to meet and worship in our churches. It has been wonderful to meet by zoom and on the telephone. But we look forward to returning to our churches as and when it is right for each of us. I am aware however that a number of people will not be able to return to our church buildings immediately, and for others, coming physically to church is not possible. For this reason we are clear that we will not be opening the church buildings for public worship until we can ensure that we can offer in parallel a service via zoom and telephone for those who need to continue worshipping with us in this way.

In order to give us enough time to make sure we can do this properly we are proposing that our first service back in St Petroc’s will be on July 26th at 9.30am and will be available to join simultaneously via zoom and telephone.

Thereafter  we will have one service a week at St Petroc’s at 9.30am, with a proposed pattern each month as follows:-

1st Sunday                     Family Service

2ndand 4th Sundays         Holy Communion

3rd Sunday                   Morning Worship

5th Sunday                    Morning Worship/special service

At St Mary’s, we will be holding one service of Holy Communion a month to start with, beginning at 11.15am on August 23rd.

Changes to the times of our mid-week pattern of meetings

We will continue to hold our zoom meetings during the week:- Thought for the week – though this will move to a Wednesday at 10am from Wednesday 22nd ; our Coffee morning at 10.30 which will move to a Tuesday starting on the 21st; our Friday Morning Prayer at 9am. A diary outlining the changes is set out below.

I hope you will agree that what I have outlined will help us to continue to develop and enjoy the very real sense of community and fellowship as the body of Christ in this place that so many of us have experienced through coming together in some way to worship and grow together.

The psalm for the coming week tells us that “Your word is a lantern to my feet and a light upon my path.” May this be true for each of us as we continue our journey together and with God.

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

Rev Gina

Diary w/c July 12th and July 19th

July 12th                                   

Sunday           Morning Worship 9.30am                      
                        Children’s service 10.30am                   
                        Telephone service  11.15am                  

Tuesday            Thought for the Week  10.00am            

Wednesday       Coffee Morning  10.30am                      

Friday               Morning Prayer  9.00am  

July 19th – New mid-week pattern

Sunday.         Morning Worship 9.30am
                        Children’s service 10.30am
                         Telephone service  11.15am

Tuesday         Coffee Morning  10.30am

Wednesday   Thought for the Week  10.00am

Friday              Morning Prayer  9.00am

Thursday 2nd July at 14:00

This coming Sunday is Family Service by zoom at 9.30.
The service sheet is attached If you are able or would like to, please could you make a house – out of paper, lego, anything at all – though not life size thanks!!!
Here is a You Tube clip on how to make one out of paper of it helps How to make a paper house:- CLICK HERE looking forward to seeing everyone God bless

Friday 19th June 2020 at 14:40
Dear Friends

As we slowly return to “new normal” all of us I am sure are realising that some things will feel very different. We will all miss something, and it will be different for each of us. I miss enjoying a coffee in the morning in a cafe with Buddy after a long walk. My hair reminds me that I definitely miss the hairdresser!  One thing I know we have all missed is not being able to go into our churches.

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!” Psalm 122 v1. Well the great news is that both St Petroc’s and St Mary’s will be opening this coming week for individual private prayer. The times of opening are as follows:-

St Petroc’s: Wednesdays and Saturdays on 24th, 27th, 1st and 4th from 10am – 1pm; thereafter 9.30am-4pm

St Mary’s: Saturdays on 27th from 10am – 1pm; thereafter 9.30am-4pm

We have arranged the inside of the churches to allow people to come in to pray as safely as possible. Please do adhere to social distancing and hand hygiene. Also, there will be parts of the church that are partitioned off to reduce the amount of cleaning etc. Very many thanks to all those who are making it possible for us to reopen our churches in this way.

There are some things that we definitely want to change. The recent stark reminders of our human prejudice and intolerance, particularly in the area of race, are something for us all to think about. Jesus hated hypocrisy; He loved to spend time with those who so many in society marginalised. St Paul reminds us that “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”. Galatians 3 v28. At our Children’s Services we are thinking about how God loves everyone equally – to Him there is no difference, or as someone said “He has enough love to go around, with lots left over.” It is so sad that we find it so difficult to do the same.

This Monday 22 June at 11.00am (Windrush Day) bishops, clergy, cathedrals and parishes across the church of England are being encouraged to keep a two-minute silence to lament the suffering of the Windrush Generation and wider issues of racism in society. I would ask that you think about taking part in this and wherever you are stopping and asking God to forgive us for our own intolerance, and to help each of us reflect His love more in our attitudes and behaviours.

Here is our diary for the week, please do check the website for further details. You will also find a new page with lots of resources for prayer.

Saturday
SPARKS by zoom 4 pm

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

Rev Gina

Saturday 13th June 2020 at 16:10

Giving to St Petroc’s

If you are one of our donors who uses freewill or gift aid to donate to church  and would like to make a BACs transfer during the present lockdown period you can do so using the following information

Sort Code: 60 – 21 – 48

Account No. :  59050144

Account Name: The PCC of St. Petroc’s Church South Brent

Please reference all transfers with your name

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.