PARISH NEWSLETTER

SUNDAY 1st NOVEMBER 2020

ALL SAINTS' DAY

Today, this morning we celebrate all the Saints of God, and this afternoon commemorate all the souls of our loved ones who have died

As Christians, we are used to praying. Prayer is the life-breath of our relationship with God and is of enormous benefit, both to ourselves and for those for whom we pray. We stand within a tradition in which prayer is not just for the living, but is also for the dead, the ‘departed’. Indeed, we pray for them at every eucharist just as we pray for the living. We rightly understand that with the Saints, with the living and the departed, we are all part of one community, the Church.

This Week:

Sunday 1st November 2020 10.00am the Parish Eucharist for All Saints Day at S Michael's Stokenham

In addition this Eucharist will also be streamed via our website  www.stmichaels-stokenham.co.uk / www.stmartins-sherford.co.uk Check the time of the broadcast there.

Sunday 1st November 2020 4.00pm Commemoration of All Soul's Requiem Eucharist S Michael's Stokenham. If you are coming to this service and wish us to read out the  name of your loved one and light a candle for them please telephone LyndaTrout on 01548 580489 before the service.

S Martin's Sherford will be also open today from 10.00am – 4.00pm for private prayer.

Wednesday 4th November: 10.00am said celebration of the Eucharist at S Michael's with time to rest apart from the 'busyness' of our lives for prayer and reflection.

 

Forthcoming Sunday Services:

NEXT SUNDAY 8TH NOVEMBER:

S MICHAEL'S STOKENHAM: 10.55 ACT OF REMEMBRANCE AND EUCHARIST FOR REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

ST MARTIN'S SHERFORD : 10.55 ACT OF REMEMBRANCE AND EUCHARIST FOR REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

SUNDAY 15TH NOVEMBER: 1100 PARISH EUCHARIST FOR THE PATRONAL FESTIVAL OF ST MARTIN OF TOURS AT S MARTIN'S SHERFORD

SUNDAY 22ND NOVEMBER (CHRIST THE KING)  10.00 THE EUCHARIST AT S MICHAEL'S STOKENHAM

Please keep in your prayers those elected to serve on the District Church Council of S Martin's Sherford:

Deputy Churchwardens: Juliet Towell and Judy Dix

DCC members: Peter Boult, Liz Davies, Peter Hadley, Liz Marshall, Juliet Towell, Judy Dix

Deanery Synod member:Juliet Towell

Preparing to come to church:

Please try not to arrive more than 15 minutes before the service. Numbers are limited by social distancing, so it is 'first come first served'!

 

·         If you are attending church with someone from your household, then please do sit together. Your ‘group/bubble’ must however be two metres from your neighbour. Individuals must please sit 2 metres from each other. You will be asked to sit in a particular pew.

·         If you fall into the ‘extremely clinically vulnerable’ group you will need to make your own decision as to whether you come to church or not, based on your health and safety needs.

·         When you arrive in church, your name will be recorded and kept for track and trace purposes, so that if anyone should report they are having symptoms of COVID-19 after attending a church service we know who was there.  This information will be destroyed after 21days.  Please complete the consent form for this on entry to the Church or use the QR code if you have the NHS Test and Trace App.

·         Face masks are required.

·         We are sorry but we cannot allow dogs in Church  

 

It has been really wonderful to see so many of you returning to public worship and also being prepared to travel between our two lovely churches to attend services at both. It makes our Parish feel even more united!  We continue to look forward to being able to sing our praises and have live music at some point but do not know when this might be possible yet.

 Morning and Evening Prayer: Said daily at 9.00am & 6.00pm by Fr Michael with prayers for Parish and People. Please join him at these times in your homes. You might like to use the Form of Morning and Evening Prayer for Ordinary Time which is available on the website, or your own Book of Common Prayer.

'Daily Hope' is a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers. Now that we have begun public worship again and have the streamed service online, the weekly reflection has come to a natural end.  But those unable to join us in either way can access this free telephone line to hear hymns, daily prayers and reflections: 0800 804 804

Our prayers this week for:


Alison Shaw our Rural Dean....thanksgiving for the lives and prayers of all  the saints...the homeless and refugees...carers...the work of Christian Response to Eastern Europe...Members of Parliament & politicians...the depressed and anxious... those we will commit to God's keeping this afternoon... all departed parishioners and priests of this Parish.. .our home communicants...all who have asked our prayers including the sick and among them  Gill and Trevor Moore, Bobby Parsons, Dick Lloyd, Gill Mickel, Keith and Jackie Rollinson, Katherine Yandell, Jamie Cooke, Andrew Graner, the Ward Family...and Marjorie Godden...those who have died and those whose anniversaries we keep at this time and among them  Elsie Coleman, Iain Stewart, Malcolm Whittington, Barbara Sagan, Stanley Shelley, Miriam Breesde, Edward Lethbridge, Raymond Mosely, Edward Perraton, Susan Booth, Geoffrey Best and Vic Flawn

Christian Response to Eastern Europe – Shoe boxes

CR2EE are a Christian based charity seeking to show love and care to those in Eastern Europe who are less fortunate than ourselves.
The objects of the charity are to provide relief to disadvantaged and vulnerable people living in Eastern Europe through the support of donations received from individuals and organisations in this country.
Help is given by supporting families, churches and medical organisations through financial gifts, taking Humanitarian aid and medical supplies, and setting up projects to provide long term benefits and independence. It is also given through arranging for special medical diagnosis and treatment here in the United Kingdom.
In practice the charities main areas of work are Romania and Moldova.

Moldova is one of Europe's poorest countries. A bad harvest and the effects of the pandemic has made things a lot worse.  This Devon based charity is arranging to deliver shoeboxes full of practical gifts and treats for children young people and elderly people in need.  If you feel able to fill a shoebox  or get together with another or others to do so, please contact Isabelle Warren who can give you all the information you need!

 

Prayer for us to pray for growth in our Churches for this week:

 

God of Mission, Who alone brings growth to your Church, Send your Holy Spirit to give Vision to our planning, Wisdom to our actions, And power to our witness. Help our church to grow in numbers, In spiritual commitment to you, And in service to our local community, Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Visiting & Home Communions

 

I have begun visits and home communions again. I do however want folk to feel safe about this. I will wear a face mask and bring Holy Communion in a sealed container. I will sanitise my hands before I give Holy Communion.  I may have to limit the duration of my visit a little. It will still be good to visit our home communicants again as they are very much part of our congregation.  I will ring you beforehand to make sure you are happy about my visit. If you know of anyone who might like to have a visit please do let me know? 

 

If you would like to contact me about any personal or pastoral matter please do so, I should be very happy to help you. Please leave a message on my phone 01548 580908 or send me an email. Next week I shall be working in the Parish on Tuesday 3rd November and Wednesday 4th November.

 

Your Church remains here for you, please know we are praying for you, for those in need, and for all those you love.  Please do get in touch if there is anyone or anything I can pray for or if I can help you in any way.

 

With my prayers and very best wishes

 

Fr Michael

Priest in Charge: Fr Michael Berrett, The Vicarage, Stokenham, Kingsbridge, Devon  TQ7 2ST  01548 580908  priest@ssbparish.co.uk

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