Sunday 17th May 2020
6th Sunday of Easter
Vicar: Revd TERESA TAYLOR 01179093078 firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Warden CHRIS LLEWELLYN email@example.com
Church Warden ROGER LONG firstname.lastname@example.org
Lay Minister: BARRIE FLEET email@example.com
Lay Minister RICH HARRIS Rich.Harris@bristol.ac.uk
Lay Minister JANE HUZZEY firstname.lastname@example.org
Lay Minister: JACKIE LONG email@example.com
Lay Minister: DAVID MILES firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Office: VENETIA RODGERS 0117 9561016 email@example.com
Church Website & FB: TERRIE WALKER-SMITH http://www.stjameschurch.co.uk
New Testament: Acts 17: 22-31 New International Version (NIV)
22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.
24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’[a] As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’[b]
29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
Gospel Reading: John 14: 15-21 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
The Collect for the Sixth Sunday of Easter
Risen Christ, by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples: help your Church to obey your command and draw the nations to the fire of your love, to the glory of God the Father, Amen
SUNDAY 17th MAY WORSHIP
Join with us for worship from around 9.30am this Sunday.
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 Sally.
MESSAGE FROM REVD CANON PETER HUZZEY
Alleluia Christ is Risen!
Another day in lockdown heaven! How are you coping? I have mixed feelings. On one level, I still can’t quite believe it is happening. At the same time, I’m monitoring my alcohol intake and step count, and watching my waistband expand and my hair grow. More significantly, I’m missing my grandchildren and really looking forward to being back with my Church family. This is all part of the negative effect of this ghastly virus. It has also meant I have no excuse not to do all those little jobs that I have been putting off. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people painting their houses, repairing fences and tending gardens.
But, on the other hand, life is so very much harder for so many other people. Definitely a subject for earnest prayer. I need to remember those who are ill, who have succumbed to the virus, who are anxious for their health or job, as well as those who are caring for the sick and who are carrying on with vital work on our behalf.
Paradoxically, I have found that time spent on phone calls, emails and zoom sessions (thanks, Jane), has brought me much closer to many people than would normally be the case if we were meeting on Sundays. The enforced isolation and uncertainty also throws me back upon God, learning to rely on him more deeply. The apostle Paul wrote ‘I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…through him who gives me strength’ (Philippians 4:12,13). Perhaps we are all beginning to discover that truth.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK
It goes without saying that raising funds for Christian Aid Week will be particularly challenging this year, at a time when money is needed more than ever to support the world’s poorest and most deprived communities. The following is taken from their website:
As this virus spreads across the world, love rises up in response. You’ve already shown incredible kindness to your neighbours. Now is the time to reach out to your neighbours both near and far.
Your love protects. From storms, from drought, and now from coronavirus. Your love protects our global neighbours battling the spread of this illness. Your love protects. With soap, clean water and medical supplies.
By supporting us this Christian Aid Week, you can reach out and protect more of your neighbours today
Please click on the link below for information about the work of Christian Aid and find out how you can donate to Christian Aid week.
I still have some plants for sale for Christian Aid. If you are interested in any of the following, please contact me on the office email address or phone number for a list of prices and pictures of the plants. I have the following: Red/ orange sunflowers, scented sweet pea plants (mixed colours) and Nasturtiums (orange/ yellow mix).
There will be other plants available in June, when we hope to be able to have a plant sale at the church in aid of church funds. More information to follow. Thanks, Venetia
FACE MASKS FOR SALE FOR CHURCH FUNDS OR CHRISTIAN AID
I have made some cotton face masks with elastic ear straps and a filter pocket. If you would like one I would ask for a contribution either to the Church Reorder Fund or to Christian Aid. To see photos of the masks or to place an order, please contact me on the office email address or phone number. Thanks, Venetia
Please note that in the newsletter three weeks ago 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.
MAY MESSAGE FROM THE RESOUND FOODBANK
Dear friends and supporters, thank you so much for your amazing and generous support especially over the past few weeks. We are adapting to our new delivery schedule although we find one week we are very busy and the next less so. It’s hard to gauge so it’s keeping us on our toes.
Just to say, we have all the cardboard boxes we need for the moment, thanks for donating, but no more please!!
We are always at the foodbank preparing our deliveries on Friday mornings. We would like to suggest that if you wanted to bring donations in to Resound, Friday mornings would be a really great time for both us and, hopefully, you to bring food along. We will place some large boxes outside for popping in donations between 9am – 1pm. Resound is also open Mondays and Wednesday mornings between 10am – 12pm
CRYPTIC CLUES OF NEW TESTAMENT
Set by Jane Huzzey
|1||He was not easily understood by Thomas Hardy|
|2||This has no ales|
|3||It’s not glossy, cut some wood|
|4||The queen’s consort partly got an answer to a circle’s measurements|
|5||Paul and Mary lost a friend|
|6||A violent play by Shakespeare lost its surname|
|7||Rosemary lost a lot in a patriarchal environment|
|8||Plays a part|
|9||MP in hole|
|10||She doesn’t have anything to do with making beer|
CRYPTIC ANSWERS OF OLD TESTAMENT BOOKS
set by Jane Huzzey last week Some are easier than others!
|1||Can he see over me?||Isaiah|
|2||Madoc, – Wilson, – Rendell,||Ruth|
|3||Alley has an energy||Malachi|
|4||Old Ford is nearly an exclamation||Zephaniah|
|5||Do you dare to be this?||Daniel|
|6||Recurring ringing of ‘phone||Chronicles|
|7||In favour of action words||Proverbs|
|8||Spoilt her Jamie||Jeremiah|
|9||Sounds like a chemical compound||Esther|
|10||Steam lit anon||lamentations|
MESSAGE FROM AGE CONCERN
During this difficult time with the Covid-19 crisis we at Age UK South Gloucestershire want older people to know that we are still here and we are open to support them in whatever way we can. Our Telephone advice line – 01454 411707 is open Monday – Friday from 9:30am – 1:00pm and our advisers are able to support older people who may be anxious about the current and future situation. Pauline Sandell, Information and Advice Manager
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
Please send anything you wish to be included in the 24th May newsletter to the church office by 11am, Friday 22nd May, to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on the office answerphone: 0117 956 1016 Thanks, Venetia.