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Sunday 7th June 2020

Trinity Sunday

Vicar: Revd TERESA TAYLOR      01179093078   revtmt@blueyonder.co.uk

Revd. Canon  PETER HUZZEY                                 peterhuzzey67@gmail.com

Church Warden CHRIS LLEWELLYN            chrisllewellyn56@hotmail.com

Church Warden  ROGER LONG                      roger.long67@virginmedia.com

Lay Minister: BARRIE FLEET                                  barriefleet@tiscali.co.uk

Lay Minister   RICH HARRIS                                    Rich.Harris@bristol.ac.uk

Lay Minister JANE HUZZEY                                     jane.huzzey@gmail.com

Lay Minister: JACKIE LONG                                    jac.long67@gmail.com

Lay Minister: DAVID MILES                                  dbmiles@blueyonder.co.uk

Parish Office: VENETIA RODGERS 0117 9561016 stjamesmango@gmail.com

Church Website & FB: TERRIE WALKER-SMITH         http://www.stjameschurch.co.uk   

Readings

New Testament:  Romans 5:1-8 New International Version (NIV)

Peace and Hope

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 9: 35-10:8 New International Version (NIV)

The Workers Are Few

35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

10 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.

These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

The Collect for the First Sunday After Trinity

God of truth, help us to keep your law of love and to walk in ways of wisdom, that we may find true life in Jesus Christ your Son, Amen

PRAYERS

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, Diana, John, Sally,  Colin (Shirley N’s brother) and Kelly

We give thanks for the lives of Michael Totterdell, Charles Cox and Peter Bull and pray for their families at this sad time.

SUNDAY 14th JUNE WORSHIP

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.

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.

COFFEE TIME AT ST. JAMES

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 am 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 moderator@stjamesmangotsfield.com 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 coffee@stjamesmangotsfield.com that email will include a link and the password to get into that week’s coffee meet up. If you run into problems getting on to Zoom etc. do let Teresa know by phone or email.  Look forward to meeting you all via Zoom.   Chris Taylor

MESSAGE FROM REVD TERESA TAYLOR

Last week, Trinity Sunday, we looked at the persons of the Trinity through the eyes of the icon painter Rublev.

One lasting impression I have of that icon is how “at home” the three figures in the icon are with each other and of the love and peace that exudes.

In “lock down” we have all had plenty of opportunity to be “at home”. For some of us that has been with others, spending much more time together, for others it has been living solo.

I wonder what your home has meant to you in these past weeks. For me I have been taken back to that same sense of my pre-school years, where apart from the occasional trip out to shops, church or an outing, everything happened at home. Home was where every meal (except for an occasional picnic or visit to family), entertainment and most sleeps of the year were had and where clothes were made. Home was my world and it was a place that was always safe and welcome to return to. Over the years with changes in routines and life style, for many, home has become a place to return to after busy days of work, activity and recreation, a place to sleep refresh ready for the off again.

The Covid Pandemic has given us an opportunity to spend quality time in our homes, be it with others or on our own and for most of us to really appreciate the comfort and safety of our four walls. It has also brought an opportunity to bring God into our home in new and fresh ways such as St. James@Home and all sorts of other programmes such as Zoom,  FaceBook and Childrens’ Digital Church.

For a long while, until it became too faded, we used to have a plaque on our wall that read:

Christ is the Head of this House, 

The Unseen Guest at every meal, 

The Silent Listener to every conversation.

I want to pose the question, as we continue through this testing time, what place does Jesus have in our homes, how welcome is he both in our houses and our hearts? How might we all grow in hospitality to our blessed Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

TOILET TWINNING

Your PCC has made a donation to the Toilet Twinning project run by Tear Fund. Our reorder project started off being about the provision of a toilet, hence it’s original name “spend-a-penny”. It was always our intention to make some appropriate gift, as many other churches have done.

Toilet Twinning  helps fund projects in poor communities to provide  basic toilets, have access to clean water and learn about hygiene – a vital combination that saves lives. 

Our donation has been linked with the following three projects:

  • a block of 4 toilets for a church at Ndola, Zambia
  • a block of 4 toilets within a community at Mwandiga, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • a block of toilets at a refugee camp at Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh

The refugee camp is currently the largest in the world, following an influx from Myanmar with a  large number of Rohingya, the Muslim minority group.

We have been sent 3 framed photos , one for each project. They are about 10 by 8 inches and could be hung in our new toilets?  Roger Long

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For more information,  Toilet Twinning have their own website.

WARNING ABOUT FRAUDSTERS

One of our congregation was phoned by someone claiming to be from her debit card company and wanting her card details. She wisely put the phone down on them. There are a number of different fraud schemes operating at present. If contacted, don’t panic and check with your bank or building society. Remember the fraudster may be holding your line open and then pretending to be whoever you are ringing so, if possible, use a different phone. Call the police. Be safe.

A PLEA FOR GENERAL CHURCH FUNDS AND TO HELP KEEP YOUR TREASURER SANE!

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 or leave an answerphone message on 0117 956 1016 and your message will be passed on to me. Sylvia              

Resound Foodbank                                            

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Resound Shopping List June 2020

Tinned Mince Meat & Onions

Tinned Stewing Steak

Tinned Chicken in Sauce 

Tinned Stew/Casserole

Fray Bentos Pies

Tinned Cold Meats (Ham, Spam, Corned Beef etc)

Tinned Mackerel/Sardines/Pilchards

Tinned Macaroni Cheese

Tinned Carrots

Tinned Green/Broad Beans

Tinned Mushrooms

Jars of Fish/Meat Paste

Angel Delight

Female Shower Gel

Female Shampoo

Toothpaste

Adult Toothbrushes

SISTERS OF THE CHURCH FOOD DONATIONS

Last week I was talking to Sister Teresa at the Sisters of the Church in St. Pauls, who are putting many food parcels together at the moment.   

They have completely run out of tinned fruit and are very low on tinned vegetables.

I would be happy to take a donation to them. If anyone would like to donate any tins you would be welcome to drop them at the Vicarage or give me a call and I will come and collect from you. Thanks, Teresa.  PS Standing order donations to the ‘ Sisters of the Church’ for their work are gratefully received.  Thanks, Venetia

NEWSLETTER AND CHURCH OFFICE PHONE

Please send anything you wish to be included in the 21st June newsletter to the church office by 11am, Friday 19th June, to stjamesmango@gmail.com . Please note that the answerphone at the church office should be working again. Thanks, Venetia