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Friday 27th November at 13:10

Dear Friends

Happy New Year! No I haven’t gone mad – this Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent, marks the beginning of a new Church year.
It hardly seems possible that we are in Advent already – what happened to this year! And what a year it has been.
It will certainly stay in our memories.
Unlike the secular New Year, we don’t have a tradition of promises at the beginning of a new Church year.
But I want to suggest we do something different this year.
The promise I want us all to think about is not a promise we will be making.
Rather it’s a promise that someone else has already made – and which we I encourage us all to remember and think about at this time:-

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8 

As we go into a new church year, let’s hold onto that promise. Whatever lies ahead for us as individuals and as a church, God will be with us.
In His promise is our hope and that hope is secure.
What a great note on which to start the New Year!

 

Notices

  1. Advent Course

During Advent we will be doing a 4 week Advent Course entitled Light in the Darkness, and this begins this Wednesday Dec 2nd 10-11am on zoom or phone (zoom and phone details will be the same as for Thought for the week on the website.) It continues on Wednesdays Dec 9th, 16th, 23rd.

 This course aims to help us reflect, at the darkest time of the year, on our calling to be Lights for Christ.  We’ll consider what that means and looks like; how that light may shine more brightly at the close of this year. Traditional Advent themes are present, but not the major focus of this course. 
Its main aim is to help us reflect on our experience during an extraordinary year which is now drawing towards its close. 
In doing so, we also look forward as we enter a new season and New Year. 

Please do join us if you can and explore what it means to be Light in darkness.

  1. Churches and the new tiers

From December 3rd, Devon will be in the new coronavirus tier 2. This means that we will be able to go back into church to worship, which is wonderful.
However it also means that we cannot mix when in church – the official wording is that we cannot interact with anyone outside our household or support bubble. We will be doing all we can to make everyone feel welcome and at home when they come to church, but inevitably it will feel strange not being able to interact as we usually do.
This is only for a season, as they say, and soon we hope we will be able to mingle and mix more. Our wonderful sides-people do a great job, and please do help them by following the government guidance – thank you.

This means that our first service back in church will be on 6th December 9.30 at St Petroc’s, which will be a Family Service to celebrate the second Sunday of Advent. You can also join by zoom or phone as before.

  1. Help wanted please!

Can I thank all those people who work so hard to make our services happen – both physically and by zoom and phone.
It is no mean feat, and they are a fantastic group.
Thank you to those people who have already volunteered to join the group and learn the ropes. However we do need more help so if there is anyone else who feels they could offer to help to support on Sound desk, Zoom filming & Zoom hosting please do let me know.
Don’t worry if you don’t know how to do these things already – you will be taught!

In addition, thanks to David Brett, we have a wonderful website for St Petroc’s and St Mary’s.
It is something we can be truly proud of, and is an important way of communicating with people. David has been doing everything himself, and it would be good to find some additional help for him. If there is anyone who has WordPress and Elementor skills to provide occasional support to David that would be very much appreciated. Please let me know

  1. December services

We are still working through what is possible to do this year – particularly over Christmas. Whatever happens, things will be different to other years.
But rather than look back to what has been in the past, let’s enjoy the difference, and celebrate the fact that we can still worship together, and that the real message of Christmas – Christ coming to earth amongst us for our salvation, has not, and will not change, no matter what goes on around us.

  1. Comfort and joy

The Church of England campaign for this Advent and Christmas is called “Comfort and Joy.” Comfort in the knowledge that despite all that is going on around us, God is with us, and offers us the comfort of a sure hope and His presence.
Joy in the amazing fact that God loves us so much that Jesus came into the world as a baby to save us.

There are a range of resources available to explore at:-  www.churchofengland.org/ComfortAndJoy

One resource is a series of daily reflections, beginning on Christmas day and ending 2nd January, encouraging us to look with fresh eyes at how the truth of Christmas might shape our lives in these extraordinary times.

 

Diary for the week

Sunday            Morning Worship at 9.30am

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

                        Songs of Praise at 5pm – zoom and phone details as for morning worship

 

Wednesday    Advent Course “Light in the Darkness” – 10.00am  zoom – see website

 

Friday             Morning Prayer  9.00am zoom – see website

 

 

Services for the next two weeks

6th December              St Petroc’s Family Service 9.30am

13th December            St Petroc’s Holy Communion 9.30am

                                    St Mary’s Christingle 11.15am

 

 

God of comfort and joy,

May we know your presence with us today

and bring your gentle, joyful love to others,

this Christmas and always. Amen

 

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

Rev Gina

buddy

 

Sunday 8th October at 14:35

Ivybridge Youth for Christ Newsletter

Ivybridge Youth for Christ Newsletter: HERE

Friday 6th October at 19:00

Dear Friends

 ‘Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer’ (Romans 12.9).

As we begin our second lockdown I am very mindful that with evenings drawing in, with the weather being somewhat variable, this may be a challenging time for many of us. Keeping in touch – with each other and with God, is so important at times like this.
Our faith offers us hope in times of uncertainty, light at times of darkness.
This is not a matter of head in the clouds, but more our feet being firmly placed on God, our Rock, and in whom we can trust and depend when everything else seems so uncertain.

As you will know our churches are closed for public worship during the period of lockdown. However they are open for private prayer, with appropriate hygiene precautions. St Petroc’s is open 9.30 – 4pm on Sundays and Wednesdays; and St Mary’s from 9.30 – 4pm on Sundays.

Our services will now be held on zoom and telephone at 9.30am each Sunday, and will be a service of Morning Worship. We will use the same service sheet as we have been for Morning Worship. Full details are on the website.

This Sunday we will have a service of Morning Worship by zoom/phone at 9.30am.
There will then be a short Act of Remembrance in the churchyard at 10.45 for 10.50.
We will be zooming this service, so it will be available to join virtually.
The government have asked us to discourage people from attending in person, so we do need to manage numbers very carefully.
Could I therefore respectfully ask you to consider whether you need to attend this in person but rather could join this by zoom/phone on this occasion, and/or stand on your doorstep for the 2 minute silence.

Our weekday meetings will also continue by zoom/phone – do join us at our Wednesday Thought for the Week at 10am and our Friday Morning Worship at 9am. Details are on the website. We are also considering whether to restart our weekly Coffee Morning that we held during the last lockdown. Can you please let us know if you would like this to happen.

 

A Call to Prayer for the Nation

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting us all to share in 28 days of prayer for the

Nation. They are asking all of us, wherever we are, to pray daily at 6pm for a specific area of national concern. Cathedrals and churches across the country have been invited to ring a bell as a call to prayer, and we will be endeavouring to ring a bell at St Petroc’s.

 

A simple seven-day cycle of prayer has been designed, with a specific focus of prayer for each day:-  HERE

 

Here is the link to a simple prayer booklet which you can print out HERE

 

Further resources will be shared on social media with the hashtag: #PrayerForTheNation.

 

Diary for the week

Sunday             St Petroc’s Morning Worship at 9.30am

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

 

Act of Remembrance 10.50am – by zoom/telephone if possible – the same zoom/telephone details will apply as for Morning Worship

 

Wednesday       Thought for the Week  10.00am  zoom – see website

 

Friday               Morning Prayer  9.00am zoom – see website

 

 

Finally, our thoughts and prayers are very much with those people and places around the world which are suffering so much at present – we think of the continuing situation with coronavirus and for all those in the caring professions,
for policy makers and politicians, for those who are ill and those who are anxious; for all those struggling with poverty,
unemployment, mental and physical ill health and their carers; for University students and school children and their teachers; and any in our villages who are struggling at this time for whatever reason.

 

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

buddyRev Gina

Friday 16th October at 14:35

Dear Friends

Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 

I recently had a lovely chat with a friend I have known for most of my life.
We phone each other regularly and on this occasion were musing over how long we have been friends, and some of the ups and downs of life we had been through together.
There is something rather special about those people who have known us for a long time, and who have faithfully accompanied us on our life’s journey.
This week the Old Testament lesson reminds us that God Himself accompanies each one of us on our journey.
Sometimes we are very aware of Him, other times He may seem distant or even to feel absent.
No matter what we may feel, or what we go through, He will be with us.
Sometimes His presence, or glory as the Old Testament puts it, is very apparent, sometimes it’s not, but our God is faithful and is with us, whether we realise it or not. What an incredible and comforting thought to hold onto this week.

This week’s notices:-

  1. St Petroc’s emails

It seems that some people may not be getting St Petroc’s emails at the moment – which includes being sent the Dear Friends letters.
If you know of anyone in this situation, can you ask them to let us know as we are checking what has happened, but need to know who seems to be affected.

  1. Volunteers

Thank you so much to those who have volunteered to help us set up a team of people to help zoom our services – its great to have people come forward.
If there is anyone else willing to offer, its not too late to do so!

We still need more volunteers to help with our children and young people’s work.
This is such important work for us, but is very much in need of some additional support.
If you feel able to offer your help, or would like to chat about what this might mean, please do let me know.

 

Diary for the week

Sunday       Morning Worship St Petroc’s 9.30am

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  10.00am  zoom

Friday                     Morning Prayer  9.00am zoom

Services for October:-

25th October           St Petroc’s Holy Communion 9.30am followed by APCM

                                  St Mary’s Holy Communion 11.15am followed by APCM

 

Finally, our thoughts and prayers are very much with those people and places around the world which are suffering so much at present – we think of the continuing situation with coronavirus and for all those in the caring professions, for policy makers and politicians, for those who are ill and those who are anxious; for all those struggling with poverty, unemployment, mental and physical ill health and their carers; for University students and school children and their teachers; and any in our villages who are struggling at this time for whatever reason.

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

Rev Gina

buddy

Sunday 27th September at 11:55

Here are some pictures at the ordination service of Laura and Mark at St Lukes today 27th September.

Friday 8th May 2020 at 14:10

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Rattery War Memorial beautifully decorated for VE 75th anniversary.