Sunday 2nd August 2020

8th Sunday after Trinity

Vicar: Revd TERESA TAYLOR      01179093078

Revd. Canon  PETER HUZZEY                       


Church Warden  ROGER LONG            

Lay Minister: BARRIE FLEET                        

Lay Minister   RICH HARRIS                          

Lay Minister JANE HUZZEY                           

Lay Minister: JACKIE LONG                          

Lay Minister: DAVID MILES                        

Parish Office: VENETIA RODGERS 0117 9561016

Church Website & FB: TERRIE WALKER-SMITH   


New Testament:  Romans 9: 1 – 5, New International Version

Paul’s Anguish Over Israel

I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit— I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race, the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises.Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised![a] Amen.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 14: 13 – 21, New International Version

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

The Collect for the Eighth Sunday After Trinity

Lord God, your Son left the riches of heaven and became poor for our sake:

when we prosper save us from pride, when we are needy save us from despair,

that we may trust in you alone; through Jesus Christ our Lord, 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, Pam, Colin (Shirley N’s brother) and Kelly

Following on from the news of the death of Peggy Lane, Teresa will be taking her funeral on the morning of August 11th. It will be a family only funeral due to limited numbers, but please remember and give thanks for Peggy’s life on that morning especially. Our thoughts and prayers are with her daughter Denise and other members of the family at this time.


Join with us for worship from around 9.30am this Sunday by going to St James Mangotsfield Facebook page and follow the link to the service. You can also find St James Children’s Church Digital.

COFFEE TIME AT ST. JAMES                                 

We meet at 11.30am each Sunday via Zoom

If you would like to join us for a coffee, please send an email to stating your name and that you’d like to join us for coffee. Each week you will receive an email from with the link to this week’s session.


Despite all our new technology for communication, sometimes nothing beats a face to face conversation.

     Weather permitting, my garden allows for socially distanced meeting, so if anyone is in need of a chat or prayer do please get in touch. Teresa ><>


As you will see form the update to St. James and the commencement of services next weekend it has been a very busy few days for members of the Leadership Team.

     As we are about to face more changes with our worship pattern and the prospective move back into the church building, I have found myself pondering on all that has happened this past year. Thinking about it has made me quite breathless, it will certainly be a year that will go down in history as memorable both in the life of St. James and in the Taylor household too. There have been extreme highs and plenty of lows as we have travelled through the Covid 19 pandemic, church re-ordering and other things as well. A few weeks ago, when preparing Sunday worship, I re-visited the hymn “Rock of Ages” and was struck afresh by some of the words:

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save me from its guilt and power.  
Not the labour of my hands
Can fulfil Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All could never sin erase,
Thou must save, and save by grace.  
Nothing in my hands I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress,
Helpless, look to Thee for grace:
Foul, I to the fountain fly,
Wash me, Saviour, or I die.  
While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

Particularly : Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
                           Let me hide myself in Thee;

and:              Nothing in my hands I bring,

                            Simply to Thy cross I cling;

How precious faith has been in these recent months, when so much of what is familiar has been stripped away. Time and again we can come to Jesus the Rock and find shelter and security, we can come empty handed, just as we are and simply cling and find our ultimate security and find in the words of Julian of Norwich written around 1393

“but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”

With every blessing, Teresa ><>


There has been much work done  behind the scenes to move things on.

     The mortgage deed has now been signed on behalf of St. James PCC and also by Bristol Diocese, so we await further information, but hopefully the loan will be with us very soon now.

     Please pray for a key Zoom meeting on Monday morning when we seek to find a way forward to get the final testing and commissioning of the building complete. As soon as that has been achieved we will be able to move back to St. James for worship.

Resuming Worship at St. James

 At the last PCC meeting it was agreed to resume some worship from 9th August. Initially this will be in the Church Hall, until we can move back to church.

The pattern for August will be:

Sunday 9th August            8.00 Holy Communion

            16th August         10.30 Holy Communion

            23rd August           8.00 Holy Communion

            30th August         10.30 Morning Worship with focus on Healing.

There will be limited capacity but we are aware that not everyone will initially feel confident to return.

     If we find we are reaching capacity then we will organise a booking system, so August will be a month of trialling this new way of providing worship.

     We hope that soon after, depending on the current advice, we may be able to offer both 8.00 and 10.30 services, but need to work out the logistics of cleaning between services etc.

St James Church Hall Mangotsfield and Covid-19

You are all very welcome to join us for the services at St James church hall.

For your safety the church has put the follow steps in place:

  • Please wait at the door until invited in. Your name and contact detail i.e. phone number will be requested for Track and Trace.
  • Please remain at 2m distance from others both inside and outside the church.
  • Face masks must be worn at all times inside the building.
  • Once you have chosen your seat please do not change seats or move the seat. You will find the service book and notice sheet on your chair. At the end of the service please leave the service book on your seat and take the notice sheet home. Do not hand them back to the sidesperson.
  • Children are welcome but must remain with an adult at all times and not wonder around. There are no creche facilities.
  • Unfortunately, under the present guidance there can be no public singing.
  • If you are 70+ and /or ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ you are very welcome but must take your own decision as to whether to attend.
  • The toilet will be available. Please sanitise your hands (and your child’s hands) before entering the toilet and wash hands for 20 seconds before leaving the toilets.
  • The collection will be a retiring collect. You are encouraged to make a bank transfer. Details of the bank account will be in the notices.
  • At the end of the service please leave with a 2m separation with others. Please do no wait around inside the church building.


Thank you to all who have continued to give so generously to the regular work of St. James over the past difficult weeks. Understandably our giving has reduced as we are not able to take weekly collections and some may have difficulty getting offerings to us. Although the building is closed we do have overheads for both the Church and Hall and we are committed to pay our Parish Share to the Diocese, which is also struggling at this time. The Diocese supports us in so many, often unseen ways, such as LLM training, paying for DBS checks, general training and events and a source of support and advice to parishes to name but a few.

    Please would you search your hearts at this time about a regular commitment financially to St. James. If you would like to give regularly or alter the amount you give, our Giving Officer is Roger Long, please have a word with him about the easiest way to give. For some there may be reduced income at the moment and if this is the case and your regular giving is a burden please come and talk to one of the Leadership Team. Alternatively for some there may have been a bit of an underspend in the last few months with holidays not taken, less meals out etc., if this is the case, would you consider giving an extra one off to the work of St. James, maybe as a thanksgiving as we begin to emerge from our lock down.

    Thank you too to those who are giving to our separate re-order fund, your gifts are being well used and we thank God for them. The Reorder team met recently and looked at how we can re-open St. James in the not too distant future – the conversations have begun and we will give a fuller update soon.


As the August shopping list has not yet been sent, please refer to the July list.

Shopping List July 2020

Please can you help us by donating any of the following: –

  Tinned Mince Meat & Onions

  Tinned Mackerel/Sardines/Pilchards

  Tinned Macaroni Cheese

  Tinned Vegetables (Carrots, Green/Broad Beans, Mushrooms)

  Beans with Sausages

  Jars of Fish/Meat Paste

  Peanut Butter

  Chocolate Spread

  Chocolate Biscuits (KitKats, Penguins etc)

  Snack Bars (Mars, Marathon etc)

  Disposable Razors

  Toilet Rolls


Please send anything you wish to be included in the 9th August newsletter to the church office by 11am, Friday 7th August, to . Please note that while I am working from home and until the church hall is open again, my parish office hours are usually from 9.30am – 3pm (lunchbreak approx. 1-1.30pm) on Fridays. Thanks, Venetia