Sunday 3rd May 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: 42-end. New International Version (NIV)
The Fellowship of the Believers
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Gospel Reading: John 10: 1-10 New International Version (NIV)
The Good Shepherd and His Sheep
10 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.
7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
The Collect for the Fourth Sunday of Easter
Risen Christ, faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep: teach us to hear your voice
and to follow your command, that all your people may be gathered into one flock,
to the glory of God the Father, Amen
SUNDAY 3rd MAY WORSHIP
Join with us for worship from around 9.30am this Sunday, when we will be joined by Jane and Peter Huzzey
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.
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, John and Iris
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!
I don’t know if you are like me, but in this current pandemic situation I find myself oscillating between feeling very productive in one moment and “getting on” with things nicely and then (perhaps after hearing something on the news or receiving a concerning phone call or email) I can begin to feel overwhelmed with the whole scenario. I then have thoughts such as “how are we going to get out of this” and a sense of “what can I do in this situation when I feel so powerless”.
Two things have helped me this week, the first is the inspirational story of Capt. Tom Moore, who reached his 100-year milestone this week. What started out as a very simple idea to walk one hundred laps of his garden, really as recommenced exercise following hip surgery, has just mushroomed into the massive fundraising event it has become, raising over £32 Million for the Covid 19 effort and Capt. Tom has been embraced by our nation. However, this started out as a very simple notion, to raise £1,000 with a few laps of his garden! We get to hear about such actions when they suddenly get gripped by media attention and become more widely known, however there are so many simple acts from generous hearts that go unnoticed except by a few. We are all capable of these…a small donation to a cause close to our hearts, an act of kindness to a neighbour, a phone call to someone at home alone, a letter and of course, as many prayers for people as we can fit in. They may not get the celebrity status and notice of some, but they are no less valuable and just as equally noticed by God. The important question is to ask God what he is “asking me to do” and respond by doing what we can do.
The second thing that has helped me, is living each day as a new and separate entity.
Jesus tells us to worry only about each current day and live out that day, we cannot change the past or look into the future (Matthew 6: 25-34). This is particularly relevant as we think about Covid 19 and our future response both as a nation and globally; we are learning more about this virus and how it behaves almost on a daily basis. In a sense, at the moment, we need to let tomorrow look after itself and live for today.
I found this reflection about living for the moment from the Northumbria Community very helpful:
Hurry is an unpleasant thing in itself, but also very unpleasant for whoever is around it. Some people came into my room and rushed in and rushed out and even when they were there they were not there – they were in the moment ahead or the moment behind. Some people who came in just for a moment were all there, completely in that moment.
Live from day to day, just from day to day. If you do so, you worry less and live more richly. If you let yourself be absorbed completely, if you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
With my continuing prayers for you all,
Please note that in last week’s newsletter the account details were incorrect. It should have said Reserve Fund and not Reserve Account
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 Fund“. Easier still, if you are willing, to change your giving to a standing order. To do this please contact Roger.
The good news is that the money raised so far is now £8,100. This is an amazing effort made by so many and maybe in these strange times of being at home, you might even have some more ideas about how to grow this figure even more. David Miles is doing exactly that and is willing to consider taking commissions for his artwork. Any other ideas would be welcomed. God Bless and stay safe. Sally Sibley
Can you find 30 books of the Bible hidden in this passage?
|This is a most remarkable puzzle. It was found by a gentleman in an airplane seat pocket, on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu, keeping him occupied for hours. He enjoyed it so much that he passed it on to some friends. One friend from Illinois worked on this while fishing from his John-boat. Another friend studied it while playing his banjo. Elaine Taylor, a columnist friend, was so intrigued by it, she mentioned it in her weekly newspaper column. Another friend judges the job of solving this puzzle so involving that she brews a cup of tea to help her nerves. There will be some names that are really easy to spot. That’s a fact. Some people, however, will soon find themselves in a jam, especially since the books ae not necessarily capitalised. Truthfully from answers we get, we are forced to admit it usually takes a minister or scholar to see some of them at the worst. Research has shown that something in our genes is responsible for the difficulty we have in seeing the books in these paragraphs. During a recent fundraising event, which features this puzzle, the Alpha Delta Phi Lemonade booth set a new sales record. The local paper, the Chronicle, surveyed over 50 patrons who reported that this puzzle was one of the most difficult they had ever seen. As Daniel Humana humbly puts it, “the books are all right here in plain view, hidden from sight”. Those able to find all of them will hear great lamentations from those who have to be shown. One revelation that may help is that books Timothy and Samuel appear without their numbers. Also, keep in mind, that punctuation and spaces in the middle are normal. A chipper attitude will help you compete really well against those who claim to know the answers. Remember, there is no need for a mass exodus, there really are 30 books of the Bible lurking somewhere in these paragraphs waiting to be found.|
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
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
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
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
Please send anything you wish to be included in the 10th May newsletter to the church office by 11am, Friday 8thMay, to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on the office answerphone: 0117 956 1016 Thanks, Venetia.