Sunday 26th April 2020
3rd Sunday of Easter
Vicar: Revd TERESA TAYLOR 01179093078 email@example.com
Church Warden CHRIS LLEWELLYN firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Warden ROGER LONG email@example.com
Lay Minister: BARRIE FLEET firstname.lastname@example.org
Lay Minister RICH HARRIS Rich.Harris@bristol.ac.uk
Lay Minister JANE HUZZEY email@example.com
Lay Minister: JACKIE LONG firstname.lastname@example.org
Lay Minister: DAVID MILES email@example.com
Parish Office: VENETIA RODGERS 0117 9561016 firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Website & FB: TERRIE WALKER-SMITH http://www.stjameschurch.co.uk
New Testament: Acts 2: 14a, 36-41 New International Version (NIV)
Peter Addresses the Crowd
14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.
Acts 2:36-41 New International Version (NIV)
36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
Gospel Reading: Luke 24: 13-35 New International Version (NIV)
On the Road to Emmaus
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
19 “What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
- Luke 24:13 Or about 11 kilometers
The Collect for the Third Sunday of Easter
Risen Christ, you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope: strengthen us to proclaim your risen life and fill us with your peace, to the glory of God the Father, Amen
We pray for all those who we know who have underlying health issues and for all those who are required to self-isolate at this time.
We pray especially today for: Sophie, Doreen, Pat, Karen, Sue, David, Liz, Bev, Erin, Caroline, Sophie, Chris, Pauline, Pat, Pete, Peggy, Iris and John
We remember those recently departed this life and give thanks today for the life of David Harper (Teresa’s neighbour )and Sue Hannant (member of Holy Trinity Kingswood). We especially pray for Sylvia Harper and Pete Hannant and their families at this time of extreme sadness and difficulty.
MESSAGE FROM REVD TERESA TAYLOR
Alleluia Christ is Risen!
Join with us for worship from around 9.30am this Sunday; when we will have an informal Holy Communion and will be joined by the voice of Revd. Jillianne Norman as we listen to a meditation around Mary Magdalen.
Watch our website and FB page in the coming days as some thoughts for the day will also continue to be posted as well as our regular Sunday worship.
As we continue to live through the Covid 19 pandemic, life will be looking very different for each of us and also how we fill our days as a new “normal” becomes our daily pattern.
I pray for each of us that there may be space and opportunity where God may bless us in a unique way at this time.
I have reflected a little on what it means to be spending so much time at home. For me it means I have tidy desk drawers at last and know where to find most things easily now! It also means my freezer is helpfully going down. But for me it also means that home is a place where I feel safe, so long as the TV isn’t on too much. And on the occasions when I leave home it is a good welcoming place to come home too. It affords me warmth, comfort security and pleasant surroundings, in this I acknowledge I am very privileged and fortunate and that many in our world are having to cope with Covid 19 without these home comforts we so often take for granted. Please be encouraged to pray for areas of the world where the struggle against this disease will be overwhelming and for generous resources to be made available in this time of economic uncertainty.
This sense of feeling at home, in my home, reminds us of something on our faith journey.
As we live out our lives with all of their trials and uncertainties, especially at the moment, our faith is our spiritual home, an anchor and it is a promise of what will ultimately be, beyond life in this world. It is a life we are in part invited into already, but the best is yet to come. One of the signs of this new life is the sense of fellowship and communion when we are together, especially in the breaking of bread. This is why we find it so hard to be apart physically as the Church. However, we are joined by the Holy Spirit and we are one in the Holy Spirit, so however hard we find it not being together, the reality is we are together in our shared love and commitment to Jesus. As we come to our screens to worship week by week let us give thanks for the gift of our faith and for each other, brothers and sisters in Christ.
For many years I have loved this Celtic blessing from the Northumbria community, but it seems even more relevant in these current days.
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,
wherever He may send you.
May He guide you through the wilderness,
protect you through the storm.
May He bring you home rejoicing
at the wonders He has shown you.
May He bring you home rejoicing
once again into our doors.
With every blessing, Teresa ><>
If during these weeks of isolation either you yourself or you become aware of someone else with a pastoral or practical need, please do let one of the leadership team know.
If you live in Emersons Green or Lyde Green, you may well have received a leaflet through the door that has been put together by community groups listing various help numbers.
St. James is included within the leaflet, if you would be prepared to be a responder to help someone in need do let me know and I will aim to match any requests we receive with appropriate help.
Our subscription list for the Newsletter is growing, if you hear of others who would like to receive this please ask them to email the Parish Office asking them to subscribe.
Our pastoral teams are now set up and appear to be working well. If again you are uncertain who your team leader is, do please email me and I will sort it for you.
I am aware of course that there are many other friendships and informal contacts that members have with each other and in this time of isolation I would encourage you to increase these contacts. It is important for those living alone, but also I am aware it can also be very stressful for families at the moment juggling working from home, home schooling, entertaining children and not always being able to easily get the essential supplies for family living – a friendly contact from outside the family may well be appreciated.
If you are wondering what to do with your planned giving envelopes, that you would normally put in the collection plate, then they may be put through the letterboxes of Sylvia, Chris Llewellyn, Roger or Teresa. If you need further details please phone one of us. At present it is easier to pay in cheques than cash. If you would like to write a cheque then please print clearly “PCC Mangotsfield – Reserve Account”. Easier still, if you are willing, to change your giving to a standing order. To do this please contact Roger.
WE WELCOME YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE NEWSLETTER
As there are not many events to promote in the newsletter at this time, we wondered if you might like to contribute to the newsletter in other ways?
Perhaps you could share some of the activities that have been occupying you ‘in lockdown’. For example, you might let us know your experiences of: working as a key worker or from home; home-schooling; volunteering locally; or your experience of self-isolating or communicating remotely with friends and family.
You might like to share some resources or activities that you have found inspiring such as: books; radio; tv; quizzes or games. Please let us know what you found interesting / inspiring about these resources.
You might be learning new skills or spending more time being creative: sewing; knitting; woodworking; drawing and painting; gardening or cooking or practising musical instruments or singing along to your favourite music. Do send photos of your activities so that we can put these in the newsletter.
You could just simply share your thoughts and reflections at this time. We would love to hear from you, Teresa and Venetia
MESSAGE FROM THE BRISTOL BRANCH OF CHRISTIANS IN SCIENCE
I hope you are all variously coping with lockdown. We are of course suspending our speaker meetings until covid-19 restrictions are lifted, but they are not cancelled, only postponed. Our discussion group is meeting online – please contact me for details. You can of course also explore our online archive of talks at http://www.outsideecho.com/christians-in-science.php
For those of you who have time on your hands, an exciting opportunity has come up for online training in science communication.
We have just been approached by the God and the Big Bang project who are looking to recruit and train science communicators to go into schools to help students realise how science, far from being an obstacle to faith, can positively help us all reach a deeper appreciation of God. CiS have a close relationship with this project, so we highly recommend these people!
The text of their email is below. Please scroll down and reply directly to their email below.
Yours in Christ, Christina Biggs, CiS Bristol local group leader
Email from the God and the Big Bang project:
Are you studying or working in the science field? Would you like to explore the big questions of science and faith? Do you want to enhance your communication skills?
God and the Big Bang is looking to develop a new generation of able science-faith communicators. We love giving students and scientists the opportunity to be trained to effectively communicate on the topics surrounding science and faith which most interest them.
Travelling all over the country, God and the Big Bang gives 10-18 year olds the opportunity to discuss, discover and debate big questions surrounding science and faith through interactive workshop days.
Our teams of science-faith communicators aim to equip young people with the all-important tools they need in order to form their own opinions and engage in rational, exciting, well-reasoned and thought-provoking discussion about the place for science in God’s world.
For each workshop day, we pay our speakers an honorarium fee of £150, as well as covering the expense of any travel, overnight stays and meals.
God and the Big Bang are hoping to recruit and train lots of new speakers online during this season so that we can come back next academic year bigger and better than before.
If you’d like to get involved please get in touch: email@example.com
UPDATE ON SEWING SCRUB CAPS FOR THE NHS
Thank you for the interest shown in making scrub caps for the NHS, please note though that I received an email last Friday evening to say that no more scrub caps are needed at present. However there are other projects such as Scrub Hub Bristol UK who may be glad of your help, either in making scrubs or with donations of material or cash. Please could those of you who work for the NHS or in the Care sector, let us know of any other organisations needing similar help or resources. Thanks, Venetia
As the bulk of the Parish Magazines are delivered by hand by members of our church, and following guidelines from the Church of England that this form of delivery should cease during the current situation with Coronavirus, it has been decided that production of our magazine will be suspended for the foreseeable future. As the April edition of the magazine had been printed but not distributed prior to this decision being made, this edition will be published on the St. James Church website.
Those who have paid the yearly fee in advance will be compensated when the duration of non- production is known. Derek Turner (Magazine Editor)
LATEST MESSAGE FROM THE RESOUND FOODBANK (DATED 21ST APRIL)
Dear foodbank friends and supporters,
First please let us say thank you so much for all your support over the past few weeks. It has been simply amazing to see how the community has responded and pulled together at a time when, to be quite frank, we could all be hiding ourselves under the duvet! We have had almost everything we need – whenever some stocks start to run a bit low someone turns up with a big box of whatever we were short of!
We moved over, temporarily, to home deliveries last week. We are just getting ourselves familiar with that new way of working which has been an interesting new challenge, that coupled with being much busier than usual. (2 – 3 time busier and growing.) We seem to be feeding around 60 – 70 people each week; this isn’t the number of vouchers but the number we feed. We’re seeing up to 20 vouchers weekly but that figure is rising.
So our appeal this week is for your continued donations of long life items: tinned meats (hot and cold), tinned fruit, UHT meat, rice – or anything that will sensibly make a nice meal.
We are also appealing for disposable gloves and hand sanitiser. We don’t have any gloves for the volunteers and no individual sanitiser for our drivers. If you could help even with a single bottle or pack that would be so appreciated. Drop offs can be made to Resound Monday – Thursday 10am – 12pm (call 0117 3050969 first) and Fridays 9am – 1pm.
Finally, we have all the boxes and tape we need for the moment – thank you to everyone who has brought that. If we don’t use all the boxes up we will invite you all to the best ever junk modelling session once lock-down is over!
Bless you all for your kindness and care for your neighbours. With all good wishes,
Claire Collins and Steve Riches, Resound Foodbank Joint Co-ordinators
Resound, Blackhorse Road, Mangotsfield, Bristol BS16 9BP Tel: 0117 So3050969
ST JAMES CHURCH BUILDING UPDATE
DAC have approved our choice of new chairs and the application is now with the Chancellor for final legal approval. We would be grateful for individual sponsorship of chairs which will be in the region of £180.00 each – precise details to follow when we have the full approval. Teresa
Please send anything you wish to be included in the 3rd May newsletter to the church office by 11am, Friday 1st May, to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on the office answerphone: 0117 956 1016 Thanks, Venetia.