Week beginning Sunday 3rd July 2022

“Go on your way. See, I am sending you out.”

Luke 10:3

Greetings dear friends,

This week Christians across the world have celebrated the festival of the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul. Peter’s confession that Jesus was the Messiah led Jesus to say to him: ‘On this rock I will build my church.’ Peter as the pre-eminent Apostle represents all of us as God’s people – as the one who originally received the authority of Jesus to build his church that we now belong to. If you have ever been to Rome you may have seen the awesome statues of the Apostles on top of St Peter’s Basilica, with St Peter standing holding the keys of the kingdom in the square in front.

Petertide has therefore traditionally been a time when ordinations happen – when people who have responded to the call of God, begin their ministries within his church.

Bishop Viv will celebrating two service of ordination this weekend, and we are delighted that a few of our friends from this benefice will be among the candidates!

  • On Saturday 2nd, Revd Diane will continue to the next stage of her ordained ministry by being ordained as a Priest, and
  • On Sunday 3rd, Sharon Gleed and Sarah Heywood will begin their ordained ministry by being made Deacons and will then go on to serve as Curates in their new parishes.

We wish them every blessing and joy and as they enter into this new phase of their ministries!

With all that said, there is a slight change to our pattern of worship this weekend to allow people from both congregations the space to go to the Cathedral for these wonderful services if they would like to. The main thing to be aware of that there will be no morning service at St Mary’s this weekend.

Our services this Sunday 3rd July, are therefore:

  • 10.30am Holy Communion at All Saints with Rev Janey
  • 6.30pm (said) Holy Communion at St Mary’s with Rev Lizzie

In the week ahead, we have:

  • Wednesday 6th July – 9.00am Celtic Morning Prayer at All Saints
  • Thursday 7th July – 10.00am Holy Communion at St Mary’s when Rev Diane will celebrate her first Holy Communion as a Priest

Next Sunday 10th July, we have:

  • 8am Holy Communion at All Saints with Rev Janey
  • 10am Holy Communion at St Mary’s with Rev Janey
  • 10.30am All Age Holy Communion at All Saints with Rev Diane and Rev Lizzie

Lots to celebrate!

As Diane, Sharon and Sarah enter into new stages of their life and ministry, we are reminded in the readings this week that God calls all of us to take part in his work and ministry in the world – Jesus’ words “Go on your way. See, I am sending you out” are for each on of us to respond to.

The words from the hymn ‘Go forth and tell’, by James Seddon, put this call so beautifully and clearly,

Go forth and tell! God’s love embraces all;

he will in grace respond to all who call:

how shall they call if they have never heard

the gracious invitation of his word?

Go forth and tell! O church of God, arise!

go in the strength which Christ your Lord supplies;

go till all nations his great name adore

and serve him, Lord and king for evermore

May you know afresh God’s call, invitation, grace and strength as you seek to serve him and draw others into his all-embracing love.

Rev Janey

Week beginning Sunday 26th June 2022

Welcome to all who are new to our churches and I hope that everyone new and old (and anywhere in between) finds something in our worship this week that will inspire, delight and challenge. 

Cafe Church on Sunday at All Saints is a chance to come together and examine the Christian faith in ways which are relevant today. Taking some wisdom from a book by Graham Tomlin we are looking a bit more closely into “What is love exactly? And Why Love isn’t and is all that we need!” There is a quote that struck me from the book

If we know that we are loved, we can somehow cope with almost anything. If we feel ourselves to be unloved or unlovable, even the greatest riches, successes or triumphs can seem hollow

Drawing on deep biblical wisdom allows us to explore what love means in different shapes and sizes, how being loved or knowing of Gods love can be transformative and life giving, and can be the rock on which many have stood to bravely to weather and marvel at the storms of life. Cafe Church begins at 10.30am with coffee and tea and a bite to eat so we have a chance to meet and get to know each other.

St Marys has a fully sung Holy Communion and there is St Marys Kids – a Sunday school for 4+ – allowing parents a chance to worship in the main service and children to have an age appropriate bible story, craft and fun.

There is also a said Holy Communion for early risers at All Saints at 8am

Part of our witness to Christ and service to community and neighbour are the different ways in which we support people in Fishponds. On Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons in the summer holidays we are hosting families and children at the All Saints Family Cafe. We need people to help in a variety of different ways from welcoming people, playing games and making crafts to helping with the food preparation and service. If you would like to do this over the summer then please fill in the google form below.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1cU5Isym_4-A9BJA72bmC_XTrgUbJgOynfhGVx5d2V4O_Mg/viewform?usp=sf_link

WORSHIP SUNDAY 26th JUNE 2022

  • 8am – Holy Communion – All Saints
  • 10am – Sung Holy Communion with St Marys Kids – St Marys
  • 10.30am – Cafe Church – “Why Love is and isn’t all you need”

We have worship as well as groups that meet during the week as follows – please pray for Revd Diane who is to be ordained priest on Sat 2nd July in this benefice and also Sarah Heywood and Sharon Gleed who will be ordained deacon on Sunday 3rd July.

THE WEEK AHEAD

Tuesday 28th 10.30 – Music for Toddlers

Wednesday 29th  09.00 – Celtic Morning Prayer at All Saints Church 

Thursday 30th  10.00 – Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church 

Saturday 2nd  15.00 – Rev. Diane to be ordained Priest 

Sunday 3rd  10.30 – Sharon Gleed and Sarah Heywood to be ordained Deacon

10.30 – Holy Communion at All Saints Church

18.30 – Said Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church

I leave you with some challenging words from CS Lewis about love to reflect on this week

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”

Week beginning Sunday 19th June 2022

This Sunday, at St Mary’s, we have an opportunity to continue our reflections on what it means to believe in one God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This idea was born out of and continues to be reinforced by the Church’s experience of God. We believe in and know God, the transcendent Father, creator and sustainer of all that is, above and beyond and greater than all creation. We believe in and know God, the incarnate Son, the image of the unseen God and model of what it means to be truly human. We believe in and know God, the Holy Spirit, God with us, giving us God’s strength and leading us on in God’s mission. But we also firmly and truly believe that there is only one God. This is the mystery of the Trinity, that Christians have pondered, reflected on, and discussed since the early church. There is one God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

This Sunday, at St Mary’s, we have two very different opportunities to help us with this. At 10.00 am, we have creative church, where we will be exploring the Trinity and other names for God in our craft activity. At 6.30 pm, we have Trinity Choral Evensong, with music to lift us above our limited human understanding to contemplate the mystery of God. 

At All Saints, at 10.30 am, at our communion service, we will be reflecting on Jesus’ meeting with the Gerasene demoniac in the tombs by lake Galilee and what this tells us about how God wants us to relate to those, who are on the fringes of society.

This gives us the following services for Sunday 19th June 2020.

10.00 am – St Mary’s – Creative Church

10.30 am – All Saints – Holy Communion

6.30 pm – St Mary’s – Evensong

This coming week we have our usual midweek services, with Celtic Moring Prayer on Wednesday at All Saints and Communion on Thursday at St Mary’s. In addition, there is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Steven Purvis’ ordination as St John’s at 2.00 pm. This will start with a sung Holy Communion, which will be followed by refreshments in St John’s Hall. Next Sunday we have our usual fourth Sunday pattern with a said Communion and Café church at All Saints and Holy Communion at St Mary’s. 

Therefore, the services for the coming week are as follows:

Wednesday 22nd 9.00 am – All Saints – Celtic morning prayer

Thursday 23rd 10.00 am – St Mary’s – Holy communion

Saturday 25th – 2.00 pm – St John’s – Celebration for Steven Purvis

Sunday 26th – 8.00 am – All Saints – Holy Communion (said)

10.00 am – St Mary’s – Holy Communion

10.30 am – All Saints – Café church

One date for the diary, that is coming up very quickly, is Diane’s ordination as priest. This will take place on Saturday 2nd July at 3.00 pm in Bristol Cathedral. All are welcome, but it would help the cathedral to plan the seating if you let Lizzie know if you are intending to come, so the cathedral have some idea of numbers. Please pray for Diane and her future ministry among us.

As we turn away from the annual flow of the church seasons from Christmas to Pentecost and start into ordinary time, let us pray that God will draw us into the truth we need to know and so we may experience and reflect his love.

Holy God, faithful and unchanging: enlarge our minds with the knowledge of your truth, and draw us more deeply into the mystery of your love, that we may truly worship you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Yours in Christ

Mark

Week beginning Sunday 12th June 2022

“We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1

Greetings dear friends on this Trinity Sunday,

Trinity Sunday celebrates how in the coming of the Holy Spirit, God is revealed to us as a relational God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It’s a relationship of equality, unity and love. And the joy for us as God’s people is that, through Jesus, we are invited to step into and take part in that ‘divine dance’. As our reading from Romans says, ‘we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.’

As God’s beloved people of peace, we are gathering in different ways this coming Sunday 12th June:

• 8.00am Holy Communion with Rev. Lizzie (All Saints)

• 10.00am Holy Communion with Rev. Lizzie (St Mary’s)

• 10.30am Messy / Muddy Church with Rev. Janey and Elisa (All Saints)

And in the week ahead:

• Wednesday 15th – 9.00am Celtic Morning Prayer at All Saints

• Thursday 16th – 10.00am Holy Communion at St Mary’s

Next Sunday 19th June, we have:

• Creative Church at St Mary’s Church at 10am

• Holy Communion at All Saints at 10.30am

• Choral Evensong at St Mary’s at 6.30pm

I finish with a beautiful prayer of peace taken from the church’s liturgy for Trinity Sunday:

Peace to you from God our heavenly Father.
Peace from his Son Jesus Christ who is our peace.
Peace from the Holy Spirit, the life-giver.
The peace of the triune God be always with you.

May you know this week that depth of peace which unites us all in love to God, through Jesus and in the power of the Spirit.

Every blessing,

Revd Janey

Week beginning Sunday 5th June 2022

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people, and kindle in us the fire of your love!

What a happy coincidence that Pentecost and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee should collide in an extravaganza of celebration and thanksgiving. This opening Gospel Sentence – a prayer to the Spirit – captures particular words linked to our thanksgiving for our Queen Elizabeth II. The word ‘faithful‘ lies at the heart of the Queen’s 70 years of service.

Fire reminds us of the Beacons we have seen lit across the UK and the Commonwealth to celebrate her Jubilee. Of course, fire and wind are two of the key symbols signalling the arrival of the Holy Spirit, who breathes the fire of love into hearts and binds us together across our differences.

I pray that the joy and harmony and love you have experienced during this weekend will flow into the weeks and months ahead. Echoing stirring words from her Majesty’s Jubilee Message, may the Holy Spirit embolden us as individuals and as churches to ‘look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm’.

On this first Sunday in the month SUNDAY 5th June the following services are

10.00 – St.Mary’s: Open Church – Theme: Jubilee.

Reading: Leviticus 25:1-23. There will be reflection and discussion on the topics of Liberty, Ownership and Sabbath.Come and join in the conversation, led by Revd Janey

10.30 – All Saints: Holy Communion for Pentecost with Revd Lizzie, and Revd Diane preaching

Readings: Romans 8:14-17, Acts 2:1-21, John 14: 8-17;25-27

12.30 – St. Ambrose Whitehall: East Bristol Churches Jubilee Shared Lunch at 12.30pm

14.30 – followed by 2.30pm Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen at St Ambrose

18.30St Mary’s : Holy Communion for Pentecost as above, with Revd Lizzie and Revd DIane

THE WEEK AHEAD

Wednesday 8th June 09.00 – Celtic Morning Prayer at All Saints Church

Thursday 9nd June 10.00 – Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church

Sunday 12th June 8.00 – Holy Communion at All Saints Church

10.00 – Sung Holy Communion St Mary’s Church

10.30 – Muddy Church at All Saints Church

19.15 – Generations at All Saints

Looking ahead: SAVE THE DATES: Ordinations

Revd Diane Simms will be ordained Priest Saturday 2nd July at 3pm

Sharon Gleed will be ordained Deacon on Sunday 3rd July at 10.30am.

Everyone is welcome to both these services at Bristol Cathedral.

No booking required, just let Lizzie know if you intend to come.

Diane writes: ‘The examples of Christian love and service I have witnessed in faithful people across All Saints and St.Mary’s have inspired and continue to inspire my calling to serve God with you together in Fishponds as your priest. Thanks be to God!’

Note of thanks

A special thank you to Amy Goodwin, Andrew Cooper, Flo Weston and their volunteer teams for their generous planning and hosting of Jubilee parties at both churches

Week beginning Sunday 29th May

This weekend we sit at a pivotal moment and point in our Christian story. We mark the time between the Ascension of Jesus and the Feast of Pentecost. I have often wondered about this time and the “gap” of days that we seem to have between one feast and the other – was that really needed and necessary? It can feel like a time of waiting that I often find difficult as I am so used to going from one thing and straight into the next. Yet perhaps this space in time that Ascension time gives us is a real gift. In many ways it is the Ascension that marks a moment of completion. Just as God embraces our humanity at Christmas. Jesus here brings back to God that humanity that he has shared with us. We are and have been and will continue to be invited into the love of God through his Son. Alleluia

 

There is lots to celebrate and give thanks for in the parishes this week

 

  1. We offer our congratulations and prayers to Laura and Paul married this Saturday at St Marys, and also to their children Vienna and Roman who are to be baptised at the same time during that service.

 

  1. We also look forward to welcomingTransforming Lives for Good (TLG) to our benefice service at All Saints at 10.30am. Both our churches have been working with Transforming Lives for Good over the last year to place adult mentors into our local primary school Fishponds Academy. Each mentor works alongside a child to help them to flourish and grow in confidence and skills. Come along and hear about that incredible partnership and mission

 

This is a fifth Sunday in the month and so on SUNDAY 29th May is a BENEFICE SUNDAYand so the following services are

 

8am – Holy Communion – All Saints

10.30am – Holy Communion Benefice Sung Service – All Saints

6.30pm – Ascension Evensong – St Marys

 

This week we have 2 sets of readings for our different services as we celebrate both Ascension Sunday and also us the readings from Easter 7 at our different services. Please find attached the weekly sheets and also the Roots materials for this week and the readings.

 

The week ahead also looks full of worship and fellowship together with a number of Jubilee celebrations

 

THE WEEK AHEAD

 

Wednesday 1st: 09.00 – Celtic Morning Prayer at All Saints Church

Thursday 2nd : 10.00 – Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church

Saturday 4th: 10.30-2.30 – Jubilee Saturday Lunches Celebrations

Sunday 5th: 10.00 – Open Church at St Mary’s Church

10.30 – Holy Communion at All Saints Church

12.30 – East Bristol Churches Shared Jubilee Lunch with a Service of Thanksgiving.

18.30 – Pentecost Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church

 

Ascension Sonnet
We saw his light break through the cloud of glory
Whilst we were rooted still in time and place
As earth became a part of Heaven’s story
And heaven opened to his human face.
We saw him go and yet we were not parted
He took us with him to the heart of things
The heart that broke for all the broken-hearted
Is whole and Heaven-centred now, and sings,
Sings in the strength that rises out of weakness,
Sings through the clouds that veil him from our sight,
Whilst we our selves become his clouds of witness
And sing the waning darkness into light,
His light in us, and ours in him concealed,
Which all creation waits to see revealed.
Malcolm Guite – “Sounding the Seasons”

Blessings

Lizzie

Week beginning Sunday 22nd May

In this Sunday’s readings we continue our journey through the Acts of the Apostles, with an excerpt from Paul’s second missionary journey. Paul and his companions had travelled up from Antioch and was hoping to visit the towns on the west coast of what is now Turkey. Luke tells us, however, that the Holy Spirit prevented him from following that route. Instead, they followed an inland route. As they reached the port of Troas, which is on the northwest coast of modern Turkey, Paul had the vision that we hear about in today’s reading. In response to the vision, Paul and his companions took a ship to Neapolis and then went to Philippi, the leading city of the area. It is at Philippi that a chance meeting with the influential and wealthy Lydia led to the start of a thriving Christian community in the city.

Paul’s journey had not gone according to his plan, but he had kept his heart and mind open to where God wanted him to go. By listening to the Holy Spirit, Paul had adapted his plans to what God had in store for him and his mission became fruitful in ways he had not imagined.

As we plan the next steps for our church communities, like Paul, we need to remain open to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. In worship, prayer, and bible study, but also in those chance meetings along the way, we need to be listening out for where God is pointing us. Pandemic lockdowns have disrupted church life in many ways, but they have also given us opportunities to think about different ways of being God’s church. Like Paul, not everything will go as we expect, but if we trust in God and listen for the what the Holy Spirit is saying, then amazing and wonderful things can happen in ways we never expected.

On the subject of amazing and wonderful things, the Café Service at All Saints this Sunday is our second based on Graham Tomlin’s book Why being yourself is a bad idea. This Sunday we will be reflecting on why wonder is the beginning of wisdom. This will explore how we react to the enormity and complexity of creation and how our faith in God’s love leads from fear of the unknown to a sense of awe and wonder.

This Sunday we also have an 8am said communion at All Saints and a 10am communion at St Mary’s. this gives the following services for Sunday 22nd May:

8.00 am – All Saints – Holy Communion (said)

10.00 am – St Mary’s – Holy Communion

10.30 am – All Saints – Café Service

This week we have our normal midweek services. Next Sunday, 29th May, we have a benefice service at All Saints for Ascension Day. There will be no 10 am service at StMary’s that day, but there will be evensong at 6.30 pm. This gives the following services for the coming week:

Wednesday 25th – 9.00 am – All Saints – Celtic morning prayer

Thursday 26th – 10.00 am – St Mary’s – Holy Communion

Sunday 29th – 8.00 am – All Saints – Holy Communion (said)

Sunday 29th – 10.30 am – All Saints – Benefice Holy Communion

Sunday 29th – 6.30 pm – St Mary’s – Evensong

Psalm 8 reflects on the majesty of creation and how small and insignificant we are with respect to all God has created. Yet is also reminds us of the responsibility God has given to us, insignificant as we are, to care for his world, for animals, domesticated and wild, the birds and all that lives in the sea.

  1. O Lord our governor,
    how glorious is your name in all the world!
  2. Your majesty above the heavens is praised
    out of the mouths of babes at the breast.
  3. You have founded a stronghold against your foes,
    that you might still the enemy and the avenger.
  4. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars that you have ordained,
  5. What are mortals, that you should be mindful of them;
    mere human beings, that you should seek them out?
  6. You have made them little lower than the angels
    and crown them with glory and honour.
  7. You have given them dominion over the works of your hands
    and put all things under their feet,
  8. All sheep and oxen,
    even the wild beasts of the field,
  9. The birds of the air, the fish of the sea
    and whatsoever moves in the paths of the sea.
  10. O Lord our governor,
    how glorious is your name in all the world!

 

This is a great responsibility, which we can only meet if we truly embrace that sense of awe and wonder with a true humility of heart. Let us pray that God will grant us that combination of awe and humility that the Old Testament refers to as the fear of God. Because as the Psalms and Proverbs remind us, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

God bless

Mark

Week beginning Sunday 15th May

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

John 13:34-35

Greetings friends,

What a commandment we have been given! Not one that starts with a foreboding ‘Thou shalt not’, but one which starts with LOVE.

As we have been loved by God, so Jesus tells us to love others in the same way – it’s a love that’s sacrificial, humble, full of grace and truth. This is to be the hallmark of who we are as the people of God.

As God’s beloved people we’re gathering in different ways this coming Sunday 15th May, the Fifth Sunday of Easter:

10.00am at St Mary’s – Creative Church making Jubilee Bunting

10.30am at All Saints – Holy Communion

6.30pm at St Mary’s – Evensong with Revd Lizzie

And in the week ahead, we have:

· Wednesday 18th May – 9.00am Celtic Morning Prayer at All Saints

· Thursday 19th May – 10.00am Holy Communion at St Mary’s

Next Sunday 22nd May, there will be

· 8.00am – Holy Communion at All Saints

· 10.00am – Holy Communion at St Mary’s

· 10.30am – Café Church at All Saints

Famous writer and poet, Helen Steiner Rice takes her inspiration from these verses of John’s gospel for her poem: Love One Another As I Have Loved You.

"Love one another as I have loved you"
may seem impossible to do -
but if you will try to trust and believe
great are the joys that you will receive...
For love makes us patient, understanding and kind,
and we judge with our hearts and not with our mind...
For as soon as love enters the heart's open door,

the faults we once saw are not there anymore,
and the things that seemed wrong begin to look right
when viewed in the softness of love's gentle light...
For love works in ways that are wondrous and strange,
and there is nothing in life that love cannot change,
and all that God promised will someday come true
when you love one another the way he loves you.

May these words inspire you this week to live out that wonderful commandment to love others as God has loved us, and may that love so shine from you that others see and know that you are His.

Every blessing,

Revd Janey

Week beginning Sunday 8th May 2022

This weeks readings take us deeper into the meaning of Easter, and what it can mean to be a Christian. We return not to the end of John’s gospel but in the middle of it. Chapter 10 finds Jesus in Jerusalem for the Jewish Feast of Dedication. Here he speaks to his followers about the relationship that binds God to his people, using the imagery of shepherd and sheep. The sheep “Listen to my voice. I know them. They follow me”. Those are three big things to unpack. How do we hear God? How do we understand what is being said? How do we discern what God might be saying to us as individuals and as collective communities and as a Church?

What Jesus assures his friends is that he knows them. We are known to God. That can be both comforting and uncomfortable often.

Finally we are assured that we have someone to follow. We do not have to furough this path alone or for the first time, there is someone who goes ahead of us. For me this week that has been a huge comfort.

This week we worship together in the following ways.

8am – Holy Communion – All Saints

10am – Sung Holy Communion – St Marys

10.30am – Muddy Messy Church – All Saints

St Marys also has its APCM after the 10am service this week so please join us for our Annual General Meeting to vote for your PCC and Churchwardens.

THE WEEK AHEAD

Wednesday 11th 09.00 – Celtic Morning Prayer at All Saints Church

Thursday 12th 10.00 – Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church

Sunday 15th 10.00 – Creative Church at St Mary’s Church

10.30 – Holy Communion at All Saints Church

18.30 – Evensong at St Mary’s Church

Our Collect Prayer for this week to reflect and pray with

Almighty God,

whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life:

raise us, who trust in him,

from the death of sin to the life of righteousness,

that we may seek those things which are above,

where he reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen

Looking forward to being with God and people this weekend in different ways

Blessings

Lizzie

Week beginning Sunday 1st May

Excitement is growing as the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee inches closer and plans for colourful and joyful celebrations are getting underway. I wonder if any of your friends or family members have taken part in The Queen’s Green Canopy?- a scheme which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”. Trees are the longest living organisms on planet earth and therefore a fitting tribute to her Majesty’s long and loyal service and sign of her faithfulness.

Growing Older is the focus of this Sunday’s Open Church at St.Mary’s at 10am. The Bible graphically describes different facets of old age- both gains and losses. On the one hand faithful disciples are ‘Like a tree planted by streams of water with leaves that do not wither (Psalm 1:3) and ‘in old age they will continue to bear fruit and be vigorous and in full leaf.’ (Ps.92.14). Conversely, old age may result in decreasing autonomy – something Jesus alludes to when giving Peter a window into his later life. In this Sunday’s Gospel Jesus tells Peter: ‘When you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go. (John 21:18). You are warmly invited to come and add your voice to the conversation on valuing and supporting older people and those who care for them, in response to Jesus’ teachings.

This Sunday follows our usual pattern for the first Sunday of the month as follows:

10.00am St.Mary’s Open Church Rev. Diane Simms and Andrew Cooper

10.30am All Saints Holy Communion Rev. Lizzie Kesteven

6.30pm St.Mary’s Holy Communion Rev. Lizzie Kesteven and Rev. Diane Simms

We have our usual midweek services :

Wednesday 4th May Celtic Morning Prayer at All Saints 9am

Thursday 5th May Holy Communion at St. Mary’s 10am

Saturday 7th May Review of Service Patterns at St.Mary’s 10am-12

Revd Lizzie writes: “The review will be a chance for information sharing , discussion and listening. All Saints will also get a similar opportunity later in the year as we look to shape our patterns and worship in a way that feels most connecting to the community as a benefice and as parishes. As we do this then please pray for the churches that we may be open to listening to God and each other as well as those who we seek to share God’s love with.”

Looking ahead to Services next Sunday 8th May

08.00 – Holy Communion at All Saints

10.00 – Holy Communion at St.Mary’s (followed by Annual Meeting APCM)

10.30 – Messy Muddy Church at All Saints

During this Easter season we rejoice and proclaim the risen Lord and we give thanks for the new creation that the resurrection holds out to us all in hope. With this in mind, the lectionary recommends us to focus our prayers on gratitude for God’s creation and our responsibility to care and tend his garden. So to close, here is a prayer that has been written for the tree planting ceremonies for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. May it remind you, whatever your age, to look out for those ‘tiny shoots of green grace’ that are bearing fruit in the ‘backyards of ordinary lives’ (Eugene Peterson).

God our creator,
by your gift the tree of life
was set at the heart of the earthly paradise.
We thank you for the trees being planted
to remind us of our Queen’s long and loyal service.
As the tender saplings grow stronger day by day,
fill our hearts with the joy of the salvation
which your Son Jesus Christ won for us on the cross,
who is alive and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.
Amen.

Every blessing,

Revd Diane