Sunday 17th May 2020

6th Sunday of Easter

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: Acts 1: 6-14 New International Version (NIV) 6

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas

12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk[a] from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

Gospel Reading: John 17: 1-11 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Prays to Be Glorified

17 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

6 “I have revealed you[a] to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of[b] your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.

The Collect for the Seventh Sunday of Easter (Sunday after Ascension Day)

Risen Christ, you have raised our human nature to the throne of heaven: help us to seek and serve you, that we may join you at the Father’s side, where you reign with the Spirit in glory, now and for ever, Amen


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.


I don’t know about you, but one thing I miss because we cannot use St. James is meeting together after the service for tea, coffee and bread pudding! Many members of our church take that opportunity to stay behind and talk, it provides a great opportunity to spend time with people who are visiting us. Our weekly service on facebook and youtube at 9.30 a.m. are going well but the coffee after the service isn’t quite the same if you are on your own! So what can we do about it? Well, lots of you use Zoom, so, why do we not all meet up there after the service on Sunday for coffee around 11.30 a.m!

If you would like us to join us for coffee – starting Sunday 24th May – send an email to In the email write your name and also a brief note saying you would like to joint us for coffee. Each week look out for an email from that email will include a link and the password to get into that week’s coffee meet up. Look forward to meeting you all via Zoom. Chris Taylor


‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension Day (21 May) and Pentecost (31 May) for more people to come to know Jesus. Praying for people to come to know the love, hope and peace found in Christ is at the heart of Thy Kingdom Come. Here is the link to the page: By signing up, a daily reflection will be sent via email or phone app. We are also encouraged during this time to select and pray daily for particular people we know to come to faith.


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, John and Sally.

We remember and give thanks for the life of Iris Taylor, Chris’ Mum and we pray for Bill her husband and the rest of the Taylor family at this sad time.

We also give thanks for the lives of Mavis Weare and David White and pray for their families at this sad time.


This year I have been particularly moved by Revd Jillianne’s reflection on the account of Jesus’ ascension into heaven, as imagined through the eyes of St. John. If you haven’t viewed it yet I do commend it to you on our YouTube channel and via Facebook. Two things moved me particularly, firstly a reference to Jesus physically embracing John and this being portrayed also in the photographs accompanying the reflection. This touched my heart as I realised how much I am now missing natural physical contact, the embrace of my children, the hug of a church family member or even the simple handshake, but it is more than that it is the sign of how physically distanced we are the present time and it strikes at the core of who we are, created to be relational, as God is relational in the persons of the Holy Trinity.

The second thing that was brought home to me was the awful grief the disciples must have experienced as Jesus vanished from their sight, gone in that moment from their everyday world. We have recently lost a close family member (Chris’ Mum) and are in the in-between time of a death and the funeral and in many ways are also surrounded by the grief of so many others at this painful time in our nation and indeed around the whole world. Grief is raw for so many and of course not wanting to minimise that, I do believe the actions of the disciples as they waited in the in-between time of the ascension and Pentecost some 10 days later, can serve as a good template for us when we find ourselves in the difficult situations of these present days. On the mount before Jesus left they were instructed to return to Jerusalem and wait and after Jesus was hidden from their sight, two angels appeared and basically told them not to dwell on what had happened, but to look forward……….Jesus would return.

And difficult as it must have been, in obedience to Jesus, they did return to Jerusalem and there they joined with the women and other believers and set about praying, constantly we are told, and not only that, but they set about prayerfully selecting a replacement for Judas in their leadership team; they carried on with the necessary business. Not a bad role model for us to follow in these current days:

• Obedience to God

• Looking forward to better times

• Constant prayer

• Maintaining normality as much as we are able to (hooray for PCC via Zoom!)

And of course, we know the completion of the story, the Holy Spirit was sent, received and today continues to empower, teach, guide and comfort Jesus’ followers. This we will celebrate next week at Pentecost!


I, personally, say a huge ‘Thank You’ to all who have given in any way to our Re-Ordering Project. It hasn’t been an easy time but the end is in sight and the Church will be transformed and beautiful.

BUT, because of this, the General Church Funds have suffered considerably. We didn’t have any fundraising events last year and now of course we cannot go to church in the usual way. I am getting envelopes (thank you all) but plate giving has obviously come to a full stop. Can I urge you, if you possibly can, to send your offerings to me, Roger, Chris Llewellyn or Teresa (with a little bit extra if you can afford to) to help us get back on our feet again. We still have bills to pay and our account is suffering. Should you be willing to give but cannot get it to me please email the church office and your message will be passed on to me. Sylvia


Last week, for the first time since lockdown, Ian and I went out in the car and had a wonderful walk on the Wiltshire Downs. The countryside was spectacular with flowers everywhere. We saw a beautiful bright blue flower, new to us. When we looked it up later, we found out that is was Milkwort. Apparently, Milkwort has a connection with Rogationtide and used to be woven into garlands to carry in Rogation Day processions. When we lived in Pucklechurch, we revived the annual ‘beating the bounds’ walk around the parish boundary on Rogation Sunday. In rural parishes, over four days before Ascension Day, the parish boundaries were walked (‘beating the bounds’) and the crops blessed, invoking protection against plague, fires and wild beasts. We would do a “recce” of the route with secateurs, which were often necessary to make the footpaths easier to walk. May 17th was Rogation Sunday this year and so we decided to walk the Mangotsfield parish boundary. We walked from church to the bottom of Pomphrey Hill and braved the Cycle Path (those of you who have walked it lately will know what it’s like) to the end of Charnhill Drive. We then walked up to Page Park and along Hillhouse Road. When we reached Westerleigh Road we walked as far as The Folly pub, past the lakes in Lyde Green and along (we think) the Parish boundary until we rejoined the Cycle Path and completed the circuit. We didn’t walk the actual boundary, but got as close as we thought we could. We walked just over 5 miles on a beautiful afternoon and we didn’t need secateurs! Helen & Ian Wills


There will be plants available on 13th 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 I have now sold out of all the cotton face masks I made. If I obtain more materials and make some more, I will let you know. Thanks, Venetia


Dear friends and supporters,thank you so much for your wonderful, continued support at this current time. Things are ticking over well here, we are probably seeing double our usual number of customers than usual but thanks to the generosity of you and the local community we seem to always have more than enough. I am 100% sure those receiving the food have been blown away and blessed by your generosity. We frequently get a call after our Friday deliveries have been made by people almost in tears by what they have received. It really is the best part of our day!

As mentioned before we don’t need any more boxes as we have plenty. However, we are getting very short of sturdy plastic supermarket carrier bags. If you have a surplus of clean bags then we would appreciate these. As usual the best day of dropping anything off is Friday between 9am – 1pm. Monday and Wednesday mornings there may also be someone at Resound but please call the office first to check (0117 3050969).


All the family may be able to contribute to these answers. Answers all begin with ‘J’

1 The third son of Noah

2 A grandson of Abraham

3 He led the children of Israel around the walls of Jericho

4 He had a very strong friendship with David

5 A wicked queen married to Ahab

6 A prophet whose name has come to mean a miserable person who expects the worst to happen

7 The 4th gospel in the new Testament

8 A fisherman with a brother called John

9 He provided a tomb for Jesus’ body

10 Jesus was crucified outside of this city


set by Jane Huzzey last week

1 He was not easily understood by Thomas Hardy Jude

2 This has no ales Thessalonians

3 It’s not glossy, cut some wood Matthew

4 The queen’s consort partly got an answer to a circle’s measurements Philippians

5 Paul and Mary lost a friend Peter

6 A violent play by Shakespeare lost its surname Titus

7 Rosemary lost a lot in a patriarchal environment Romans

8 Plays a part Acts

9 MP in hole Philemon

10 She doesn’t have anything to do with making beer Hebrews


As you know, we can’t come together this summer at beautiful Boughton House… So, this summer, let’s ‘make life more like Greenbelt’ by gathering around the hashtag #GBWildAtHome. There’s absolutely no obligation but it’s all here when you want it, and you can dip into it once or twice a week, or dive deep down every day. Let’s see if we can translate the conspiracy of hope we conjure in the fields each August into the digital space; into something that can still bind and connect us, still move and inspire us, to be the change we want to see in the world. To live as generously, creatively, justly and lovingly as we dare in these strange times.


Please send anything you wish to be included in the 31st May newsletter to the church office by 11am, Friday 29thMay, to or leave a message on the office answerphone: 0117 956 1016 Thanks, Venetia.