St Osyth Parish Church and Coronavirus

Services

The Church is sadly once again closed for services etc until further notice due to high Coronavirus cases in the village and locality. There is a weekly filmed short service instead – click here to view this weeks. 

The church will remain  open daily for private prayer & for the receipt of Food Bank donations

Contact Information:

Vicar: Revd. Sharon Miles          Tel:  01255 822055 – e mail revdsmiles@hotmail.com

Please note Sharon’s day off is on Wednesday

For Admin & Weddings/PCC Secretary only  Tel: 01255 821362 (ansaphone) 

or email stosythparishchurch@hotmail.com (Admin only)

weddings.stosythchurch@hotmail.com      pcc.stosythchurch@hotmail.com

 For more up to date information use  www. stosythparishchurch.co.uk

or on Facebook.com/stosythparishchurch

Pew Sheet 17.1.21.

St Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 17th January 2021

 2nd  Sunday of Epiphany

 There will be NO  11 am service this Sunday,

17th January or in the coming weeks.

We have recorded a short service – consisting of the
Collect, Readings, Intercessions, Sermon and Prayers click here to view

The Bible Readings

Rev. 5. 1-10

John 1. 43-end

Today’s Gospel

John 1. 43-end

The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”

Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida.  Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.

“Come and see,” said Philip.

When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”

“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”

Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.”  He then added, “Very truly I tell you you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”

For our prayers at home this week

  • Lynda continues with her second course of treatment, the unpleasant side effects are still there, so please pray for her.
  • Graham is in much need of our prayers as unfortunately he is back in hospital with a blood clot on his kidneys, which is still bleeding. Dawn says he is being very well looked after and awaits a further scan today.
  • Please at this time pray for the people in our village who have Covid 19, some of whom are members of our Church family. Please Lord keep them safe at this very worrying time and bring them through.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayer support – Sunny, John, David, Seany, Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominee and Jane Eade.
  • We remember all who have died recently and we hold their families in our prayers – Peter, Johnny Austin, Sarah Williams and Jan Kramer.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff and pupils of St Osyth School, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those living and working in Western Promenade, Wick Lane, Wick Road, Wigboro Wick Lane, Willow Avenue and Withrick Walk.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

A Prayer for our Time and Intercessions.

A Prayer for our Time –  17th January 2021

Dear God,

We give thanks that there has been a world wide endeavour to develop vaccines and vaccination programmes to counteract the effects of Covid-19.  Vaccines, which usually take many years to produce have been developed.  We praise the co-operation and collaboration of many people to enable this to happen.  It is with a grateful heart that we give thanks that some of the most vulnerable in our society have received the two doses and this will enable them to live with less anxiety.

Intercessions

We give thanks that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip have been vaccinated and happy to share this information with us. 

We pray that leaders will listen and be guided in the correct path to take.

We give thanks to all those workers who are continuing to work in challenging and unpredictable and ever changing conditions. We ask you to bless them and enable them to continue. 

We pray that you will pour out your spirit on us all and especially those who are struggling with the imposition of further Lockdown conditions, whether it be loss of social interaction, lack of the ability to meet and care for loved ones or those who have lost their jobs and do not know the way forward.  We ask that you inspire them with faith and hope and that a new path will be clear for them.  

We are thankful that despite the low light and cool temperatures we know that the shortest day has passed and soon there will be signs of spring which will lighten our hearts.  We will be able to see new growth and new beginnings. 

We ask that you fill us with your holy spirit to keep us strong in faith which will encourage us to continue with hope in our hearts.  

Let the light put an end to  the darkness, in the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. 

Amen. 

Nicky Underwood

~~NOTICES~~

Thank You!

We all know how a phone call can lift our spirits.

You will remember that during the previous lockdown’s, regular phone calls were made to those people on our Electoral Roll. Fortunately, those who made the calls are happy to do so again.

Do let me know if there is anything I can help with or if for some reason you are not receiving calls. Many thanks to all the callers.

Sharon

To The  Church Family

I know it is a challenge being in another Lockdown and with no Church Services allowed at this time we can feel a little distanced from each other. We have recorded a short service – consisting of the Collect, Readings, Intercessions, Sermon and Prayers (please see link below) and will continue to do so over the coming weeks. It will, hopefully, help us to keep that sense of being a worshipping community.

This week’s link to the worship video. It will be on the website and facebook too.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1h1Mce1Tnp7a2xCn22wt1j10Pk3KZYdbj/view?usp=sharing

 

Do take care and every blessing.

Sharon

 

Prescription Deliveries

Just to inform you:

“In what are again difficult times for many, Boots have very kindly agreed to deliver prescriptions at no cost to any resident of the Parish, over the age of 70 and those who are shielding, who cannot collect their own prescription”. Boots telephone number is 01255 820396.

Thank you to Boots – it saves a great deal of anxiety for many – we are very grateful.

 

Infection Rates and Keeping Safe

It is worryinjg to know that in the week ending on the 8th January there were a further 111 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in St Osyth and Jaywick.

So please keep safe.  This virus is spread by close contact, keeping 2 metres apart when you are outside, and staying at home will protect ourselves, protect others and the NHS.

There is light we do know at the end of this dark tunnel.

Winner of the best decorated Shop Window

 The Parish Council invited all the shops and businesses in the village to decorate their windows over the Christmas Period.  It was felt that having a competition would bring some festive cheer to the village, following what was such a difficult year.  And indeed it did, it was really lovely to see the windows and frontages festooned with Christmas decorations.

Alan Goggin, our Essex County Councillor, did the judging for us on one rather cold and dark evening just before Lockdown. 

His decisions were:

                        First prize                  – Naglotec

            Highly Commended – L & K Funeral Directors

            Highly Commended – The Crossroads Sandwich Bar

            Highly Commended – NACO

St Osyth Church had a Commended and we didn’t actually enter!  However it was indeed richly deserved and thank-you to Robert Simion and Philip Smith who put up all the lights – a big job and we are very grateful.

Thank you to Alan Goggin for doing the judging, Martin Walsh, Church Treasurer and Finance Officer of the Parish Council, for having the idea and to all our shops and businesses for participating – it was a lovely start to the Christmas Season.

Christmas Angels

The Angels have now been removed from the fir tree.  Again we say thank-you that the many kind donations raised £737.33 for Church funds.  Our Treasurer, Martin Walsh, tells us in the five years that Peter and Jennifer have been doing this they have raised a grand total of £2,387.10 for the Church.  A grateful thank-you to them both and to Jim and Jill, Robert and Heather who always lend their support.

Salvation Army

Thank you to everyone who is continuing to support the Salvation Army, if the Church is shut please do leave your gifts in the porch.

A Fantastic Total

Many of you will know that when Dollar and Meena of the Nisa Stores charge customers 5p for plastic bags, that money goes into a special column on their spread sheet to be given to the Church.  Each quarter we are given a bank transfer for the amount charged.

For the year 2020, the charging for plastic bags has meant that the Church has received £2628.90!  As it is a personal gift from Dollar and Meena as they actually buy the bags, it attracts Gift Aid, this means that in all the Church will have received £3285.90!  In a year when opportunities for fund raising and Church attendance have been few, this wonderful financial gift is truly appreciated.

Thank-you Dollar and Meena from us all.

Thought for the Weekend!
Your life becomes a masterpiece when you learn to master the peace.

Pew Sheet 10.1.21.

St Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

“SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 10th January 2021

 The Baptism of Christ

1st Sunday of Epiphany

The Bible Readings

Acts 19. 1-7

Mark 1. 4-11

There will be NO  11 am service this Sunday,

10th January or in the coming weeks.

We have recorded a short service – consisting of the
Collect, Readings, Sermon and Prayers (please see page 2 for link)

Today’s Gospel

Mark 1. 4-11

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.  Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals.  I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.  And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.  And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

For our prayers at home this week

  • Graham and Sunny are now well on their road to recovery – we give thanks that our prayers have supported them during and after their operations.
  • Lynda begins her second course of treatment, please remember her in your prayers as the side effects are not pleasant.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff and pupils of St Osyth School, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those living and working in The Priory, Third Avenue, Three Acres, Tunstall Close, Tower Estate, Tyler Avenue (Clacton), Wall Street and Warren Lane.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: John, David Seany, Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Jane Eade.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

~~NOTICES~~

To The  Church Family

Please do make sure that you look after yourselves during this exceptionally cold spell.

I know it is a challenge being in another lockdown and with no Church Services allowed at this time we can feel a little distanced from each other. We have recorded a short service – consisting of the Collect, Readings, Sermon and Prayers (please see link below) and will continue to do so over the coming weeks. It will, hopefully, help us to keep that sense of being a worshipping community.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/13ffj4iIkHvozYCbB-n0Lcoi6mRYj0INw/view?usp=sharing

Do take care and every blessing.

Sharon

KEEPING SAFE

During this lockdown the Church is open every day for private prayer from 8.30am to 4pm.  Please do come in and light a candle if you would like to. To keep you safe from this highly transmissible virus please put on the disposable gloves which are in the porch before you enter the Church. When leaving please place in the bin provided.

 Christmas Angels

The Angels have now been removed from the fir tree.  Again we say thank-you that the many kind donations raised £737.33 for Church funds.  Our Treasurer, Martin Walsh, tells us in the five years that Peter and Jennifer have been doing this they have raised a grand total of £2,387.10 for the Church.  A grateful thank-you to them both and to Jim and Jill, Robert and Heather who always lend their support.

Salvation Army

Thank you to everyone who is continuing to support the Salvation Army, if the Church is shut please do leave your gifts in the porch.

A Fantastic Total

Many of you will know that when Dollar and Meena of the Nisa Stores charge customers 5p for plastic bags, that money goes into a special column on their spread sheet to be given to the Church.  Each quarter we are given a bank transfer for the amount charged.

For the year 2020, the charging for plastic bags has meant that the Church has received £2628.90!  As it is a personal gift from Dollar and Meena as they actually buy the bags, it attracts Gift Aid, this means that in all the Church will have received £3285.90!  In a year when opportunities for fund raising and Church attendance have been few, this wonderful financial gift is truly appreciated.

Thank-you Dollar and Meena from us all.

Thought for the Weekend!
Life and time are the world’s two teachers.  Life teaches us to make
good use of time while time teaches us to value life.

Pew Sheet 3.1.21.

St Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 3rd January 2021

 2nd Sunday of Christmas

 There will be NO  11 am service this Sunday,

3rd January or in the coming weeks.

The Bible Readings

Eph. 1. 3-14

John 1. (1-9)

Today’s Gospel

John 1. (1-9)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.  He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

For our prayers at home this week

  • Good news, Kelly and baby Logan are reunited and all is well.
  • Please continue to keep Lynda, Graham and Sunny in your prayers as they mean a great deal.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff and pupils of St Osyth School, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those living and working in St Clair’s Drive, St Clair’s Road, St Clere’s Hall Lane, St John’s Road, Stanmore Way and The Bury.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: John, David Seany, Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Jane Eade.
  • We remember all who have recently died and we hold their families in our prayers – Violet Hewitt, Jim Barnett, Marjorie Talbot and Terry O’Dell (Junior).
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

 ~~NOTICES~~

To All the Church Family

I am sure that this is not going to be a surprise to any of you, but I must let you know that because of the steep rise in Coronavirus infections there will not be any services in St Osyth Church in the coming weeks.

The Church will still be open for private prayer. However, if you go to the Church during the day and find the door locked it is because there are people cleaning inside.

If you do visit the Church, please do be sure to sanitise your hands and only touch the items you need to.

I do wish you all a Healthy and a Happy New Year, I also pray that it is a good year for those we care about but have not been able to see over this Christmas Season.

Do take extra care and look after yourselves and those you care about.

Every blessing

Revd Sharon

 

Carol Singing in Cowley Park
Carol Singing on Sunday, 20th December in Cowley Park with the Salvation Army Band was a great event. The weather was kind to us – cold but dry, there were just under 200 people present, we sang carols to the music provided by The Salvation Army Band and raised an amazing £783.  That total was rounded up to £800 and a cheque is winging its way to The Salvation Army, to help with the amazing work they do. Thanks to everyone who supported this event.

What an amazing result!

On Saturday, 19th December we held a Lucky Dip/Gift Donation Morning in the Church.
There was a Cake Stall that raised £203
The Jarbola raised £59
The Donations raised £1,735
Coming to an amazing Total of £1,997
Many thanks to all those who made the morning happen and the amazing
generosity of all who made donations.

You will see an amazing number of Christmas Angels on the tree in front of the Church, this year, not only have they allowed so many people to remember those important family members and friends who will always have a place in our hearts, but they have also raised the amazing sum of £737.33.Christmas Angels

Thought for the Weekend!

Prayer is a state of mind where an amazing exchange happens!
We hand over our worries to God, and He hands over His blessing to us.

Pew Sheet 27.12.20.

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

“SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 27th December 2020

 John, Apostle and Evangelist

The 1st Sunday of Christmas


We have decided NOT to hold services over the Christmas period

 (Midnight Mass, Christmas Morning and Sunday 27th December).

The Bible Readings

Gal. 4. 4-7

Luke 2. 15-21

Today’s Gospel

Luke 2. 15-21

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”  So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.  When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child;  and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

For our prayers at home this week

  • Positive news from Sunny, saying each day brings improve ement, so a warm thank-you for our prayers.
  • Graham continues to improve following his operation although he tires easily so please keep him in your prayers.
  • Our prayers are with Kelly who gave birth to baby Logan on Monday, Logan is poorly in hospital and Kelly can’t be with him as she has tested positive for Covid.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff and pupils of St Osyth School, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those living and working in Seaview Road, Parade and Terrace, Seawick Road, Second Avenue, South Close, Spring Hill and Spring Road.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: John, David Seany, Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Jane Eade.
  • We remember all who have recently died and we hold their families in our prayers – Violet Hewitt, Jim Barnett, Marjorie Talbot and Terry O’Dell (Junior).
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizensat this time.

 Thank you for our prayers from Lynda

I would sincerely like to thank everyone for their prayers, care and support since starting chemotherapy treatment in August.

I now await further results and planning the next phase of treatment.

 My Husband and I send best wishes to you and hope that 2021 will be a much kinder year for everyone,

Thank you, 

Lynda, Parish Council Office.

 ~~NOTICES~~

Carol Singing in Cowley Park
Carol Singing last Sunday afternoon in Cowley Park with the Salvation Army Band was a great event. The weather was kind to us – cold but dry, there were just under 200 people present, we sang carols to the music provided by The Salvation Army Band and raised an amazing £783.  That total was rounded up to £800 and a cheque is winging its way to The Salvation Army, to help with the amazing work they do. Thanks to everyone who supported this event.

Christmas Services

It is with a very heavy heart, that I must tell you that following the emergence of the new variant of Corona Virus which has a much higher risk of transmission (71%) and discussions with Sonia, the Standing Committee  and Helen & Andy Brown – who were going to take the Christmas Morning Service.

We have decided not to hold services over the Christmas period

(Midnight Mass, Christmas Morning and Sunday 27th December).

I know this is a real blow to everyone, but our decision has not been made lightly but based on the information provided by the Government, the Church of England, and the need to keep our village and church family safe. 

What an amazing result!

Last Saturday we held Lucky Dip/Gift Donation Morning in the Church.

There was a cake stall that raised £203

The Jarbola raised £59

The Donations raised £1,735

Coming to an amazing total of £1997

Many thanks to all those who made the morning happen and the amazing

generosity of all who made donations.

Christmas Angels

You will see an amazing number of Christmas Angels on the tree in front of the Church this year, not only have they allowed so many people to remember those important family members and friends who will always have a place in our hearts, but they have also raised the amazing sum of £737.33

I do wish you all a happy Christmas and a healthy New Year!

Every Blessing

Rev’d. Sharon

Decorating the Church

Thanks to all those who helped to decorate the church morning. Together with the Christmas Tree it really is ‘beginning to look a lot like Christmas!’  Many thanks.

If anyone would like anything included in the Pew Sheet please send to Monica monmarharv@gmail.com by 8.30am on the Friday morning.  Thank you!

Thought for the Weekend!

The art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time,
but also to leave unsaid the wrong things at a tempting moment!

Pew Sheet 19.12.20.

St Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 20th December 2020

 The 4th Sunday of  Advent

Holy Communion Service at 11am

 

The Bible Readings

Rom 16. 25-end

Luke 1. 26-38

Christmas Services

Midnight Mass, Christmas Eve at 11.30pm.

Christmas Day Family Service 10am – led by Helen and Andy Brown.

Today’s Gospel

Luke 1. 26-38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.  And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”  But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”  Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”  The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

For our prayers at home this week

  • Positive news from Sunny, saying each day brings improve ement, so a warm thank-you for our prayers.
  • Graham continues to improve following his operation although he tires easily so please keep him in your prayers.
  • Our prayers are with Kelly who gave birth to baby Logan on Monday, Logan is poorly in hospital and Kelly can’t be with him as she has tested positive for Covid.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff and pupils of St Osyth School, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those living and working in The Quay, Priory Park, Pump Hill, Rectory Road, Rochford Road, Roman Way, Rose Gardens, Rouses Lane, Row Heath and Saxon Way.  
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: John, David Seany, Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Jane Eade.
  • We remember all who have recently died and we hold their families in our prayers – Violet Hewitt, Jim Barnett, Marjorie Talbot and Terry O’Dell (Junior).
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

 Thank you for our prayers from Lynda

I would sincerely like to thank everyone for their prayers, care and support since starting chemotherapy treatment in August.

I now await further results and planning the next phase of treatment.

 My Husband and I send best wishes to you and hope that 2021 will be a much kinder year for everyone,


Thank you, 

 Lynda, Parish Council Office.

 ~~NOTICES~~


Carol Singing in Cowley Park

This year we cannot have our Carol Singing in the Church, so we are moving to Cowley Park and the Salvation Army Band will be joining us!

It will start at 3.15pm on Sunday, 20th December. We are expecting it to last about 45 mins.

We do hope that you will join us, and the collection will of course go to the Salvation Army. It will be great to be able to sing together, the first time since March, especially as it will be Christmas Carols with the Salvation Army Band! 

We look forward to seeing you there. Please do maintain social distancing and stay within your bubbles. It’s been a very long time since we sang outside so do wrap up warm!

Church Christmas Gift Shopping List

As with recent years we are asking if you would like to buy a gift towards the running of the Church. There is a list of items that regularly get used over the year. Please select what you would like to gift, put your money in the envelope provided and write on the front of the envelope the item you are giving. Place it in the collection box as you leave church. Next week you will see a tag on our ‘Christmas Gift’ Tree with your gift on it.

Decorating the Church

Thanks to all those who helped to decorate the church on Friday morning. Together with the Christmas Tree it really is ‘beginning to look a lot like Christmas!’  Many thanks.

New Lighting

If you have been in Church recently you will have noticed just how bright it is. It was essential, because of safety reasons, that we replaced the Church lighting at a cost of £2850 – coming from our Church’s Trust Fund. I think it looks amazing!

Stop Press – Our New Lighting!

Really good news, Dollar nominated the Church to be the very fortunate recipients of £1,150.00 which comes from Nisa’s charity called ‘Making a Difference Locally’.  They donate 1p into a fund each time customers purchase a Co-op product in the Nisa Stores.  We are indeed fortunate that the amount spent by customers can now be used to help towards the £2,850.00 which it has cost the Church to pay for the new lighting.

Christmas Services

There will not be a Thursday Morning Communion on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve – it will begin again on 7th January 2021 at 10am.

Midnight Mass, Christmas Eve at 11.30pm.

Christmas Day Family Service 10am – led by Helen and Andy Brown.

Revd Sharon will be at Great Bentley.

Christmas Cards
You are more than welcome to hand out your Christmas Cards at Church but those you cannot hand deliver must go home with you. We have been advised that minimum paperwork should be left out because of Corona Virus.

Cake Stall and Christmas Angels THIS Saturday,

 19th December inside the Church 10am – 12 noon

THIS SATURDAY, 19th DECEMBER
between 10am and 12 noon
CAKES , ANGELS and LUCKY DIP PRIZES
Come and walk round the inside of the Church.
Buy a lovely homemade cake.
See the wonderful prizes for the LUCKY DIP DRAW
and if you haven’t been able to make a donation towards

 our beautiful Church upkeep you will be able to make one.
The draw is on Sunday 20th after the morning service.
Choose an Angel that you can write your own message on
to remember a loved one. It will then decorate the tree in front of the Church.
Please wear a mask, keep 2 metres away from anybody who isn’t in your

household or bubble and exit the Church through the door in the Church room.

More details of the Lucky Dip and how to make a donation can be found on  www.stosythparishchurch.co.uk

I do wish you all a happy Christmas and a healthy New Year!

Every Blessing
Rev’d. Sharon

If anyone would like anything included in the Pew Sheet please send to Monica monmarharv@gmail.com by 8.30am on the Friday morning.  Thank you!

Thought for the Weekend!

The beauty of Christma

St Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 13th December 2020

 The 3rd Sunday of  Advent

Holy Communion Service at 11am

 

The Bible Readings

1 Thess 5. 6-24

John 1. 6-8, 19-28

Today’s Gospel

John 1. 6-8, 19-28

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.  He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.

This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”  He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”  He said,

“I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’”
as the prophet Isaiah said.

Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.  They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah,  nor Elijah, nor the prophet?”  John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know,  the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.”  This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

For our prayers at home this week

  • It was so very good to see Graham in Church on Sunday looking his usual cheerful self. Please pray that his recovery continues to move forward.
  • Please continue too to keep Lynda in your prayers as she waits for the result of her scan; always a difficult time.
  • Sunny, having had her operation, came out of hospital on Tuesday, she reports ‘the pain is SO much less’ and is very thankful and relieved. Please pray that her good recovery continues to move forward positively.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff and pupils of St Osyth School, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those living and working in Norman Way, North Wall, Oakmead Road, Old School Close, Park Chase, Park Road, Point Clear Road and Priory Close.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: John, David Seany, Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Jane Eade.
  • We remember all who have recently died and we hold their families in our prayers – Violet Hewitt, Jim Barnett, Marjorie Talbot and Terry O’Dell (Junior).
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

The Lord is Coming

All Creation Sings it

A reflection by Rt Rev Peter Hill

Sadly, though understandably, we will not be singing Christmas Carols in any of our services over Christmas, at least not inside our church buildings anyway.

It is very hard for a Welshman not to sing in worship or anywhere else! I have to admit that very occasionally I have caught myself beginning to sing a hymn or worship song in church recently, even though it is prohibited!  Singing hymns is of course not everybody’s cup of tea. The story goes that C.S Lewis hated singing hymns and always used to leave services at his parish church in Oxford as the last hymn began. An old acquaintance of mine is tone deaf.  I have been tempted to tell him he is not called to sing, but he loves to.

All this takes me back to an occasion in the first year of my curacy in Nottingham, when after a morning service at which I preached, a parishioner came up to me and gently said, ‘Peter, don’t go to your grave with the music still in you,’ and then simply walked off. The penny suddenly dropped, and I realised he could tell that I was holding back in my sermon.

The deeper truth here of course is not just about preaching sermons or singing hymns. Rather it is finding those vocations that are buried deep within us and we have not recognised, fulfilled, or cherished before God. I’m not just talking about the possibility of a total change in direction, your life‘s work or calling here, though that could be!  Rather it may simply be some gift or talent that God has given you but yet lies buried deep within. You know it’s there, but you have never had the guts or time to acknowledge it or let it out.

Maybe the time is now.  Don’t delay writing those poems, penning that story, painting those landscapes, making that pilgrimage, declaring that love or whatever….

The book of Psalms is full of encouragement to sing God’s praises e.g. Psalm 92:1-4, Ps 96: 1-2. In Isaiah 42:10-17 we are encouraged to sing the Advent song, for the Lord is coming – all creation sings it, the sea, the people along the coast, in the desert and from the mountain top, whatever the circumstances. Even in this time of coronavirus we are called to sing God’s praises, to express ourselves through God’s gifting.

The Lord wants you to flourish with his abundant life, to fulfil the potential he has put within you, whatever it is. Please don’t go to your grave with that music still in you, however you feel today!

Even though the day be laden
and my task dreary
and my strength small,
a song keeps singing
in my heart.
For I know that I am thine.
I am part of thee.
Thou art kin to me,
and all my times
are in thy hand.

+ Peter

 ~~NOTICES~~

An Early Christmas Tree

This is such a different year which is why we are having the tree decorated this early in December.  It will also have the lights turned on every day when the Church opens at 8.30am and they will remain on until the Church is locked.  We are hoping that when people come into Church during the day and see the tree alight and ready for Christmas they will feel supported and hopeful about the time ahead.

Thank-you to the Christmas Tree Team

On Monday afternoon Stuart Byers very kindly, as indeed he has done for many years, put the Christmas tree into the stand.  This was followed on Tuesday morning by Peter Harvey, Derek Woodrow, Tom Grantham and Jennifer Ford arriving to put on all the decorations.  They have done a fantastic job and the tree looks great.  Special thanks to Jennifer who went up and down the ladder remarkably nimbly as Tom said she was ‘great’. Thank-you to them all, we are really grateful.

Carol Singing in Cowley Park

This year we cannot have our Carol Singing in the Church, so we are moving to Cowley Park and the Salvation Army Band will be joining us!

It will be at 3.15 on Sunday, 20th December.

We do hope that you will join us, and the collection will of course go to the Salvation Army. It will be great to be able to sing together, the first time since March, especially as it will be Christmas Carols with the Salvation Army Band!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Church Christmas Gift Shopping List

As with recent years we are asking if you would like to buy a gift towards the running of the church. There is a list of items that regularly get used over the year. Please select what you would like to gift, put your money in the envelope provided and write on the front of the envelope the item you are giving. Place it in the collection box as you leave church. Next week you will see a tag on our ‘Christmas Gift’ Tree with your gift on it.

Decorating the Church

The church will be decorated, with greenery and candles, in the morning Friday 18th December. Volunteers welcome.

New Lighting

If you have been in church recently you will have noticed just how bright it is. It was essential, because of safety reasons, that we replaced the church lighting at a cost of £2850 – coming from a Trust Fund. I think it looks amazing!

Christmas Services

Midnight Mass, Christmas Eve at 11.30pm.

Christmas Day Family Service 10am – led by Helen and Andy Brown.

Revd Sharon is at Great Bentley.

Christmas Cards
You are more than welcome to hand out your Christmas Cards at Church but those you cannot hand deliver must go home with you. We have been advised that minimum paperwork should be left out because of Corona Virus.

Cake Stall and Christmas Angels on Saturday,

 19th December inside the Church 10am – 12 noon

NEXT SATURDAY, 19th DECEMBER
between 10am and noon
CAKES , ANGELS and LUCKY DIP PRIZES
Come and walk round the inside of the Church.
Buy a lovely homemade cake.
See the wonderful prizes for the LUCKY DIP DRAW
and if you haven’t been able to make a donation towards

 our beautiful Church upkeep you will be able to make one.
The draw is on Sunday 20th after the morning service.
Choose an Angel that you can write your own message on
to remember a loved one. It will then decorate the tree in front of the Church.
Please wear a mask, keep 2 metres away from anybody who isn’t in your

household or bubble and exit the Church through the door in the Church room.

More details of the Lucky Dip and how to make a donation can be found on  www.stosythparishchurch.co.uk

If anyone would like anything included in the Pew Sheet please send to Monica monmarharv@gmail.com by 8.30am on the Friday morning.  Thank you!


Thought for the Weekend!

Some flowers blossom best in the sun,
others do well in the shade. 
Remember.

.… God puts us where we grow best.

Pew Sheet 6.12.20.

St Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 6th December 2020

 The 2nd Sunday of  Advent

The Bible Readings

2 Pet 3. 8-15a

Mark 1 1-8

Today’s Gospel

Mark 1 1-8

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.[b]

As it is written in the prophet Isaiah

“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,

    who will prepare your way;
the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
    ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
    make his paths straight,’”

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.  Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.  He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals.  I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

For our prayers at home this week

  • Lynda is awaiting the results of her scan and to hear about future treatment; please keep her in your prayers.
  • Sunny today, (the 4th December), will be undergoing her operation, please pray for her during her recovery time.
  • We do hope that Graham had his operation and is now beginning his recovery. Please remember him in your prayers.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff and pupils of St Osyth School, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those living and working in Meadow View, Mersea View, Mill Street, Nassau Road, New Way, Newton Gardens, Newton Way and Norman Close.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: John, David Seany, Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Jane Eade.
  • We remember all who have recently died and we hold their families in our prayers – Violet Hewitt, Jim Barnett, Marjorie Talbot and Terry O’Dell (Junior).
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time

 ~~NOTICES~~

In Church on Sunday 6th December

We look forward to welcoming you all into Church on Sunday at 11am.  It will be very good to see you.

A Letter from Rev’d. Sharon

Dear All

I think we can all say that this year has been like no other! The effect of Corona Virus on families and communities has been enormous.

As a worshipping community our Church has unfortunately been closed for 23 weeks this year, we have not been able to hold weddings or baptisms and like many other charities this year, we have had to cancel all of our usual fund raising activities that are essential to keep our church running.

We love the fact that the Church in St Osyth is very much part of the community and plays a real part in village life, not just for the key Christian Festivals of Christmas and Easter but for school and village activities like Saturday morning ‘Pop in’, School visits and worship, Concerts, Fayres, Quizzes and being that quiet space that welcomes daily visitors.

We also have a duty to protect the fabric of this historic and architecturally important building and ensure it is in good safe order for current use and for future generations.

With no Christmas Fayre we are appealing for donations. As a thank you for your donation we will put your name in a ‘lucky dip’ draw. There are several great prizes, and your generosity will help us bridge the shortfall created by Covid cancellations.

To donate please choose from the following:

Cash – please put in an envelope and put through the letterbox in the Vicarage, The Bury. Please include your name and address for the draw.

Cheques – please make payable to ‘St Osyth PCC’ and place in the letterbox in the Church Porch or post to the church. Please include your name and address for the draw.

Bank Transfer – to St Osyth PCC, sort code 20-21-73, account number 60777250, please put your name and ‘lucky dip’ after it on the bank form.

St Osyth Parish Church Just Giving page which you can access through the Church Website (see below).

To make life easy here are easy links to the front page of the Church website where you can find a link through to the page giving full details of the Lucky Dip and all payment details. Press control and click.

ST.OSYTH CHURCH – Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul (stosythparishchurch.co.uk)

This includes a link through to the Just Giving pages but if you want a quick link here they are!!

St Osyth Parish Church – JustGiving

Or  Facebook if you click on here you will get a picture of the church – click on that and the full just giving page will come up!! 

 Many thanks, we really do appreciate your help and generosity.

Every Blessing

Rev’d. Sharon

An Early Christmas Tree

This is such a different year which is why we are having the tree decorated this early in December.  It will also have the lights turned on every day when the Church opens at 8.30am and they will remain on until the Church is locked.  We are hoping that when people come into Church during the day and see the tree alight and ready for Christmas they will feel supported and hopeful about the time ahead.

Thank-you to the Christmas Tree Team

On Monday afternoon Stuart Byers very kindly, as indeed he has done for many years, put the Christmas tree into the stand.  This was followed on Tuesday morning by Peter Harvey, Derek Woodrow, Tom Grantham and Jennifer Ford arriving to put on all the decorations.  They have done a fantastic job and the tree looks great.  Special thanks to Jennifer who went up and down the ladder remarkably nimbly as Tom said she was ‘great’. Thank-you to them all, we are really grateful.

Carol Singing in Cowley Park

This year we cannot have our Carol Singing in the cCurch, so we are moving to Cowley Park and the Salvation Army Band will be joining us!

It will be at 3.15 on Sunday, 20th December.

We do hope that you will join us and the collection will of course go to the Salvation Army. It will be really lovely to be able to join together to finally sing and for it to be Christmas Carols.

Postage stamps

Used stamps continue to be collected for EDS.  Please trim the stamps leaving a ½ inch border. There is a labelled collection box for the stamps on the table inside the Church. Thank you.

Cake Stall and Christmas Angels on Saturday,

 19th December outside church 10am – 12 noon

On Saturday December 19th there will be a cake stall in front of the Church between 10am and12  noon. Do come and visit us. Besides the lovely cakes and produce, you will be able to buy your Christmas Angel to write your fond memories on. The Angels look lovely decorating the tree in front of the Church. The prizes for the Lucky Dip draw will be on show and you will be able to make your donation to church funds.

If you would like to make a cake to sell on the stall please see Sue White or Lesley  Grimwood.

More details of the Lucky Dip and how to make a donation can be found on  www.stosythparishchurch.co.uk

A Suggestion from Danny Wright

 With Advent fast approaching and the situation as it is I would recommend a good Advent read. It is a book by Stephen Cottrell titled ‘Walking Backwards to Christmas’. It is available from SPCK Publishing ISBN 978-0-0281-07147-0. Perhaps it will help approach Christmas in these trying times. 

Thank you very much Danny for sending this in.

If anyone would like anything included in the Pew Sheet please send to Monica monmarharv@gmail.com by 8.30am on the Friday morning.  Thank you!

 Thought for the Weekend!
If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. 
If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone!

Pew Sheet 29.12.20.

St Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 29th November 2020

 The 1st Sunday of  Advent


The Bible Readings

1 Cor 1.3-9

Matt 13. 24-end

Today’s Gospel

Matt 13. 24 – end

“He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field;  but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away.  So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well.  And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’  He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them.  Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”

For our prayers at home this week

  • Lynda now awaits a scan on Thursday and is building up her strength having completed all six cycles of chemotherapy; please pray for her each day.
  • Sunny will be undergoing the long awaited operation on her hip on 4th December – please keep her in your prayers, both for the operation and for her recovery.
  • Graham arrived at hospital for his operation only to discover that he was not booked in! We can only imagine the mental anguish that he went through.  The operation is now set for Tuesday, 1st December – please do pray for him that all goes well this time.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff and pupils of St Osyth School, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those living and working in King’s Close, Lee Wick Lane, Lilac Avenue, Links Road, Lodge Farm Lane, Longfields, Lydia Drive, Manfield Gardens and Maypole Drive.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: John, David Seany, Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Jane Eade.
  • We remember all who have recently died and we hold their families in our prayers – Violet Hewitt, Jim Barnett, Marjorie Talbot and Terry O’Dell (Junior).
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

 The Season of Advent and Our Advent Wreath

The Advent season begins in church this week, the 4th Sunday before Christmas. Each Sunday is represented by a coloured candle on the outside of our wreath which signifies a different person or group of people and there is a white candle in the middle.

The wreath is decorated with evergreens – a symbol of everlasting life and the circle represents God’s eternity and unity.

As we light a candle each week, we will be remembering the relationship between God and his people. The first candle is for the Patriarchs of old who followed God into the Promised Land, the second candle is for the Prophets who foretold the coming of the Saviour, the third candle is for John the Baptist who prepared the way and announced the coming of Jesus and finally the forth candle is for Mary the Mother of Jesus. The final candle, the white candle in the middle of the wreath is to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

 Obviously because of restrictions, this Sunday I will be lighting the candle and saying the prayer for Advent 1 on my own. I am however very much looking forward to seeing many of you in Church on 6th December at 11am for Advent 2.

Do take care and see you next week.

Every Blessing       Sharon

~~NOTICES~~

There will be a Communion Service on Thursday at 10am and Sunday Service of Holy Communion at 11am

The change in Government restrictions means that we can be back in Church from Thursday 3rd December, so I am pleased to say there will be a Communion Service on Thursday at 10am and our Sunday Service of Holy Communion will be at 11am.

I am very much looking forward to seeing you back in Church – don’t forget your face coverings.

See you soon.

Every Blessing

Sharon

 

A Project Successfully Completed!

Many of us have now seen the new Weathervane proudly in place at the top of the Church Tower.  It has been much admired and can be seen from a good distance away which is great.

If you haven’t managed to see it do look at the Church website stosythparishchurch.co.uk  as you will see the Weathervane high above the ground as filmed by a drone!  Darren, a resident of Point Clear, rang last week to ask permission to fly his drone over the Churchyard.  After a number of searching questions, it was agreed that he could do it.

Those of us who have seen the views of the Weathervane, taken by the drone, are really impressed.  Darren also used his drone to film inside the church and it shows, to great advantage, how beautiful it is.

Very many thanks to Darren, it was lovely to watch.

The Weathervane put in position on Monday, 9th November 2020

 For more pictures and a piece written by Ivy Jacobs please look below at last week’s pew sheet.

The Church will be closed on Tuesday, 1st December
and Friday, 4th December

The Church will be closed on Tuesday, 1st December and
Friday, 4th December to enable the floor to be cleaned and polished.

A Suggestion from Danny Wright

With Advent fast approaching and the situation as it is I would recommend a good Lent read. It is a book by Stephen Cottrell titled ‘Walking Backwards to Christmas’. It is available from SPCK Publishing ISBN 978-0-0281-07147-0. Perhaps it will help approach Christmas in these trying times. 

Thank you very much Danny for sending this in.

If anyone would like anything included in the Pew Sheet please send to Monica monmarharv@gmail.com by 8.30am on the Friday morning.  Thank you!

Thought for the Weekend!
Life is not a race, but a journey to be savoured each step of the way.  Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift.  That’s why it’s called the present.

Pew Sheet 22.11.20.

St Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 22nd November 2020

 Christ the King

The Sunday next before Advent

The Bible Readings

Eph. 1. 15-end

Matt 25. 31-end

Today’s Gospel

Matt 25. 31 – end

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory.  All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;  for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’  Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?  And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing?  And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’  And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,  you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’  Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’  Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’  And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

For our prayers at home this week

  • Lynda has now completed her 6th and final cycle of chemotherapy – she will have some weeks of recovery, so please pray for her as she recovers her strength.
  • Graham has his next operation this Friday, 20th November, so please pray for him and his swift recovery.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff and pupils of St Osyth School, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those living and working in Frowick Lane, Golding Way, Greenland Grove, Heath Road, Highbirch Road, Honeypot lane, James Gardens, Johnson Road and Kincaid Road.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: John, David Seany, Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Jane Eade.
  • We remember all who have recently died and we hold their families in our prayers – Jim Barnett, Marjorie Talbot and Terry O’Dell (Junior).
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

 

The Diocese of Chelmsford send ‘Reflections’ every week written by senior members of the Church.  We share this one with you as we are not able to have a service this week

 

Whoever wants to become great among you, must be your servant. A reflection by Rt Rev Peter Hill

Well, it’s been a momentous week internationally. We have the real possibility of an effective vaccination against coronavirus, President Trump continues to refuse to concede the US presidential election to Joe Biden and our own 10 Downing Street has seen an internal upheaval.

The week ahead looks equally momentous internationally and locally. Apparently we have 6 days for our political negotiators to resolve the gridlock on an acceptable deal for us and the EU to part company in an ordered manner; and this Wednesday and Thursday sees the final stages of national discernment for our next diocesan bishop for this Diocese of Chelmsford.

All of this needs our committed prayer support, and especially for our six diocesan representatives on the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC) who are directly part of that episcopal discernment process (see below). But it also reminds us that leadership in any sphere of life is a complex and demanding business.

Holy Scripture is quite clear that we should honour and pray for our leaders, however they have been chosen and appointed: ‘I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.’ 1 Timothy 2:1-2. (See also 1 Peter 2:17 and Romans 13:1). I have to honestly admit that I have not been diligent in this. It seems to me that now is the time for all of us to commit to pray fervently for those in authority over us in any shape of form. The current challenge from our C of E bishops to pray for the nation at 6pm every evening through this November lockdown includes Friday prayers for national and local leaders (https://www.churchofengland.org/resources/call-prayer-nation). Please join in.

In our church leader appointments, we who are Christian must continually be open to surprise as we pray for the Holy Spirit to call and anoint our overseers, teachers, priests, and pastors. ‘Leader’ is not a word that the scripture favours for the church. Jesus’ preferred word was ‘servant’. His challenging and searching words to his disciples when they were jockeying for the best places at the table in his coming kingdom were these: ‘Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.’ Mark 10:43-44. In Christ’s kingdom, every step up is also a step down in the service of God and others. We are not about status, but service. Bishops and priests in the church of God always remain deacons!

So as we pray for the crucial discernment of our next diocesan bishop this week, let us pray for someone who, in the words of Pope Gregory the Great in the 6th century, will be a ‘servant of the servants of God’. And in so doing let’s pray that the Holy Spirit will indeed give insight and wisdom to the CNC, which includes our own:

Ms Michelle Tackie (General Synod)

Mr Evans Ofoajoku (Churchwarden Church of the Good Shepherd Collier Row)

Canon Christine Horton (Lay Chair Chelmsford South Deanery)

The Revd Canon Paul Harcourt (Vicar All Saints Woodford Wells)

Canon Robert Hammond (Lay Chair of Diocesan Synod and General Synod)

The Ven Elwin Cockett (Archdeacon of West Ham)

Do pray for them in particular.  +Peter

 

~~NOTICES~~

 A Project Successfully Completed!

Many of us have now seen the new Weathervane proudly in place at the top of the Church Tower.  It has been much admired and can be seen from a good distance away which is great.

If you haven’t managed to see it do look at the Church website stosythparishchurch.co.uk  as you will see the Weathervane high above the ground as filmed by a drone!  Darren, a resident of Point Clear, rang last week to ask permission to fly his drone over the Churchyard.  After a number of searching questions, it was agreed that he could do it.

Those of us who have seen the views of the Weathervane, taken by the drone, are really impressed.  Darren also used his drone to film inside the church and it shows, to great advantage, how beautiful it is.

Very many thanks to Darren, it was lovely to watch.

The Weathervane put in position on Monday, 9th November 2020 

The Weathervane about to be put in place!
Taken from a nearby bedroom window!

In place at last! What an achievement, mission accomplished!

The Ground Crew – watching and waiting to receive all the equipment down from the Tower!’

The Tower Crew with their supporters. Great relief and pride that the weather vane is safely in place.

 

Weathervane in Memory of Richard Jacobs, written by his wife Ivy

As many of you will have seen the Weathervane is now on the Tower of our Church.  Born in St Osyth, Richard lived in the village and was a local fisherman. Many people attended his funeral in 2016 and the donations in his memory were given to the Church.  A Quiz Night was also held in the village to add to this, as extensive structural work was needed in the Tower to support a Weathervane. Our local Blacksmith Tiny was asked to make the Weathervane and with photographs and interpreting the image I envisaged, he has so expertly produced the Weathervane you now see and of which I am so proud.  Peter Tidy and his Team who had put in an enormous amount of time planning and working on the supporting structure within and on the Tower then ensured its safe installation where we see it now. There are so many people who contributed to this project in many different ways and I thank them all. I will write in St Osyth News in due course to thank them more specifically and tell more of Richard and the Mariner and how the Weathervane came about.

Ivy Jacobs

 Thought for the Weekend!
The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause!

Pew Sheet 15.11.20.

St Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 

 15th November 2020

 

 2nd Sunday before Advent

The Bible Readings

1 Thess 5. 1-11

Matt 25. 14 – 30

Today’s Gospel

Matt 25. 14 – 30

“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.  The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents.  In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.  After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them.  Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’  His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’  And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’  His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’  Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed;  so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’  But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter?  Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest.  So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents.  For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.  As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

For our prayers at home this week

  • Lynda begins her 6th and final cycle of chemotherapy on Monday, so please keep her in your prayers.
  • John too continues to need of our prayers.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff and pupils of St Osyth School, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those living and working in Deeping Walk, Dumont Avenue, Earls Hall Drive, Eastern Promenade, Fanny’s Lane, First Avenue, Flag Hill and Fourth Avenue.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: David Seany, Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Jane Eade.
  • We remember all who have recently died and we hold their families in our prayers – Marjorie Talbot, Terry O’Dell (Junior) and Carole Silcock.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

 The Diocese of Chelmsford send ‘Reflections’ every week written by senior members of the Church.  We share this one with you as we are not able to have a service this week

In the year of drought…  A reflection by the Very Rev Nicholas Henshall

 Today’s reflection is written by the Dean of Chelmsford, the Very Rev Nicholas Henshall.

Armenian Holocaust Day, Addis Ababa 1985: in the shabby church the lights round the Madonna were broken and the deacon had forgotten his robes. The tiny community, left behind by shifting patterns of global trade, gathered to mark the catastrophe of their nation 70 years before. We had been invited simply because we could provide a musician for the party afterwards. But the signs were not propitious.

And then they began to sing – into the darkness of the evening, into the darkness of their experience, into the darkness of their history. They sang praise and praise transformed them. Praise made them look and feel different. Praise claimed the ground for a different future. Lament and hope walked hand in hand and pointed the way.

The Christian temptation is sometimes to speak nice but ineffective words of false consolation into the depths of people’s human experience. People come to Jesus bleeding. And we do too. The words we say and the liturgies we shape need to be accessible enough to welcome people across complex thresholds and deep enough to address their real needs.

In the context of the current pandemic, I would suggest that lament and hope are at the heart of the contribution we have to offer as we seek to be present as interpreters of people’s experience. This is territory we know and gifts we have to share. Good Friday and Easter Day are, after all, not too separate events but a single, saving event. That is why the early Christians knew nothing of our “Holy Week” but brought the whole narrative together in a single celebration.

Through lockdown and beyond two Old Testament texts have spoken to me more than any others. The first is simply the title of the Book of Numbers, which we found ourselves reading here at the Chelmsford Cathedral back in April. In Hebrew, the titles of the books are simply the opening words, so Numbers is “In the Wilderness”. As we journeyed with the people of Israel on a series of borderlands, fighting battles, trying to see the shape of the future, even encountering Balaam’s talking donkey, “in the wilderness” helped – and continues to help – to form the narrative of our experience in the deepest sense.

And the second text is these extraordinary words from Jeremiah. These are written in the context of the overwhelming catastrophe of the Exile, the event that re-shaped the Jewish people and the shape of the Hebrew Bible for ever. They are precisely words of lament and hope for this second lockdown:

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,

whose trust is the Lord.

They shall be like a tree planted by water,

sending out its roots by the stream.

It shall not fear when heat comes,

and its leaves shall stay green;

in the year of drought it is not anxious,

and it does not cease to bear fruit.                Jeremiah 17.5-8

Back in Ethiopia in 1985, in that terrible year of drought, the Bishop of Gondar led a great pilgrimage of hope. He said to the gathered pilgrims on their journey “there is no place so dark that we cannot sing praise”. That is why Maximilian Kolbe sang praise in Auschwitz. That is why the Armenians sing praise on their holocaust day. That is why – as Luke and John tell us explicitly – the risen Christ is still wounded. In the year of drought, the tree is not anxious.

With my thanks and best wishes to all of you.

Nicholas

 

~~NOTICES~~

 We are now in Lockdown, so the Church is only open for funerals, private prayers, or to leave food for the Salvation Army Food Bank.

There will NOT be a weekly virtual service during this time, but hopefully we will be back in Church in December counting the days down to Christmas.

Every Blessing

Rev’d. Sharon


The Virtual Remembrance Service

 On last week’s Pew Sheet I explained how the planning and filming of the Service was made possible by so many people willingly giving their time to ensure it could happen.

We are aware that it was watched by many people, including the Bishop of Colchester and the Archdeacon of Colchester, both of whom thought it was ‘great’ and were particularly impressed with the ‘poppy decorations, inside and out’.

Thank-you to those who have said how much they enjoyed it, their comments certainly makes it all worthwhile.  On Wednesday Helen put the ‘two minute silence’ from the Virtual Service on Face book and quite unbelievably 1.4k people have viewed it!  As she said it is ‘so good for the profile of the Church, as it shows it’s still active in the community’.

Once again thank-you to everyone who made it all possible including Dianne Pile.   When she knew that we were filming it on the Wednesday she emailed to ask at what time.  Dianne takes the rubbish out ready for the bin collection on Thursday and she wanted to avoid being in Church during filming!  How kind is that?

Sonia

 A Project Successfully Completed!

The new Weathervane is now proudly in place at the top of the Church Tower!  It finally was put there last Monday – the weather conditions were perfect and the team took full advantage of it.

There will be photographs and more information on next week’s Pew Sheet.  Meanwhile as you walk through Church Square look up and admire a unique Weathervane, made with consummate skill by Tiny, our Blacksmith, and supported by a team of people, headed by Peter Tidy, who did so much to ensure that it could be put in place on the Church Tower in the centre of our village.  Thank-you to them all.

Sonia

 Thought for the Weekend!
Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.

PCC Meeting
The PCC Meeting scheduled Thursday, 26th November at 7pm in the
Church has now been cancelled until further notice.

Pew Sheet 8.11.20.

St Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 

“SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 

8th November 2020

 3rd Sunday before Advent

The Bible Readings

1 Thess 4. 13 – end

Matt 25. 1 – 13

Today’s Gospel

Matt 25. 1-13

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.  Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.  When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them;  but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.  As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept.  But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps.  The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’  But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us;  you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’  And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut.  Later the other bridesmaids  came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us.’  But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’  Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

For our prayers at home this week

  • Marjorie sadly died on Tuesday, 3rd  She died very peaceably at home surrounded by her family.  Our thanks and prayers are very much with them at this time.
  • Lynda has not been having an easy time with her fifth cycle of chemotherapy, so please pray for her.
  • John too continues to need of our prayers.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff and pupils of St Osyth School, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those who have not been able to join us in Church but are worshipping at home, all those living and working in Colchester Road, Colne View, Colne Way, Cow Lane, Dairy Farm Meadow, Daltes Lane, D’Arcy Road and Dead Lane.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Jane Eade.
  • We remember all who have recently died and we hold their families in our prayers – Marjorie Talbot, Terry O’Dell (Junior) and Carole Silcock.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

 ~~NOTICES~~

As we have now begun this month of lockdown, I thought I should remind you that the church is now only open for funerals, for private prayer or to leave food for the Salvation Army Food Bank. 

There will not be a weekly virtual service during this time, apart from a virtual Remembrance Day Service this Sunday, (details of front page of this website) but hopefully we will be back in church in December counting down the Sundays to Christmas.

Please do take care of yourselves and stay safe.

Every Blessing

Rev’d. Sharon

 

 

Remembrance Sunday

8th November 2020

A Virtual Remembrance Service was filmed in St Osyth Church on Wednesday, 4th November.  The service is available on St Osyth Church website: stosythparishchurch.co.uk and the Church Facebook Page: St Osyth Parish Church.

The service was timed so that if you view it on Sunday at 10.50am, the 2 minutes silence will be at 11 o’clock.

‘Where there is a will, there is a way’

This saying was very much proved after Saturday’s announcement of a lockdown beginning on Thursday, 5th November.  As many of you know an Outdoor Remembrance Service was planned to be held in the Churchyard.   However in view of the impending lockdown, the decision was taken by the St Osyth Branch of the Royal British Legion and the Church that we should not now be planning for our outdoor service.

A Virtual Remembrance Service was then discussed and actioned and many people willingly helped and supported us to enable it to happen.  The plan was to film it on Wednesday having it ready for Sunday, 8th November.  We knew it had to be done before lockdown. Our thanks go to so many people who supported us in filming the Service.

  • Colin of Entrac Printers who produced the Service Order for Wednesday instead of Friday.
  • Brenda Lord who ensured that the flowers/poppy arrangements were ready in the church for filming on Wednesday.
  • The War Memorial being cleaned by Richard Barlow days ahead of when it had been planned.
  • Peter Tidy and Heather Morton rehearsing carrying their Standards with Rev’d. Sharon, as did Neil who spoke the words of The Exhortation and the Kohima Epitaph at the rehearsal on Tuesday morning.
  • Hilary Worn playing the alto recorder and she and Allison Bond rehearsing singing the National Anthem in the Chancel.  As they said they hadn’t played an instrument or sung in months!
  • Robert Morton who joined us for the rehearsal and read the lesson and Jim Bligh who ensured all the wreaths were delivered ahead of time and then stood by during the filming to assist those who were laying wreaths.
  • Helen Brown watching the rehearsal and positioning the cameras ready for the filming on Wednesday.  She was joined by sister Laura on the second camera.

It did all come together on Wednesday morning with those who were laying wreaths very prepared to attend the filming instead of what had been planned for Sunday – we really could ask no more.

The Church and the Royal British Legion wanted to have a Remembrance Service and to be able to share it with the many, many people for whom such a service matters a very great deal.

It was filmed with care, dignity and respect in Remembrance of those ‘who lost their lives on active service in all conflicts, from the beginning of the First World War to the present day’  Please share in the Act of Remembrance on Sunday 8th November which was held in St Osyth Church.

We are very grateful to all those who made this Service

possible.  A special thanks to Helen for not only filming

the service but compiling and editing it too.  She has done

a fantastic job. 

A big thank you to you all.                                                                                                               Rev’d. Sharon and Sonia

 

Help I’m Leading a Service!

A few days ago I received the following email from Michelle Wood who is P.A. to the Bishop of Colcherster.  It is self explatory.  Sharon and I would be very pleased if some members of our congregation signed up to join any or all of the sessions.  It would be a good way of seeing if this is a form of ministry which you might enjoy exploring further.  If you do decide to participate do please let us know.

Thank you.                                                                                          Sonia

Dear Churchwarden,

As you know, the Diocese of Chelmsford has no central authorisation scheme for those who lead (non-Eucharistic) worship; churchwardens may lead morning worship, morning prayer or a Service of the Word, and churchwardens or incumbents can authorise any other member of the congregation to do so, whether online or offline. However, we have not always been as good as we should be at training and equipping those who lead worship, and we are determined to make this an area of strength for the Diocese.

With this in mind, I am delighted that Helen Bent, Head of Ministerial Training at the Royal School of Church Music, has agreed to lead a day entitled “Help, I’m Leading a Service!” on Saturday November 14, by Zoom. I attach a timetable; the day is on a “come when you can, leave when you like” basis, and no one need feel guilty if they join for only one or two sessions, though I hope many people will stay for the whole day. The Zoom link is below – if anyone needs assistance in advance with using Zoom, either via the internet or a landline, they can contact Caroline Harding, our Lay Ministry Adviser on charding@chelmsford.anglican.org, or Andy Griffiths, our interim Director of Mission and Ministry on agriffiths@chelmsford.anglican.org.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/95948784736?pwd=NExld1BsT0h6T1BvMlZ0Z0JiVVp4UT09

Meeting ID: 959 4878 4736

Passcode: M&M

Could I ask you to forward this e-mail to anyone in your parish (other than clergy and LLMs/Readers) who either leads worship now, or is likely to do so in future? There is no need to respond to me about this, no cost, and no obligation for anyone to register in advance, but it would help with planning if anyone planning to attend contacts charding@chelmsford.anglican.org or agriffiths@chelmsford.anglican.org to let them know.

Many thanks.

With warmest wishes,

The Colchester Office

Tel: 01206 576648

Email: MichelleWood@chelmsford.anglican.org

Web:  www.chelmsford.anglican.org

Worship Online Training Day – Chelmsford Diocese, via Zoom
Sat 14 November 2020 10.30 – 4.00

Worship in exile to worship in the Promised Land

Led by The Revd Helen Bent, RSCM Head of Ministerial Training in partnership with Praxis

Provisional Programme

Session

Content

Tools

10.30 – 10.45 am

Log in time and chat

 

10.45 -11.00 am

Welcome and Opening Worship

Virtual choir hymn
+ PPT liturgy on shared screen

11 am – 11.45 am

Session 1 ‘The church has left the building’
What happens when normal patterns are disrupted?
Lessons from the Bible
Re-imagining the church as the people of God

PPT
Handout

12 noon – 12.45 pm

Session 2Worshipping from a place of vulnerability’
The importance of lament
Lessons from Lockdown
Worship with restrictions and limitations

PPT
Handout

12.45 – 13.00 pm

Reflective Worship

YouTube link

13.00 – 13.45 pm

Lunch Break (remain logged in)

13.45 -14.00 pm

Alternative Worship

14.00 – 14.45 pm

Session 3 ‘Upside down Christmas’
Expectancy violation
Lessons in time and space
Discovering treasures old and new

PPT
Handout

15:00 –

15.45 pm

Session 4 The shape of the ‘new normal’
Preparing for the now and not yet
Lessons in generosity and grace
Moving forward together

PPT
Handout

15.45 – 16.00 pm

Closing Worship

Music track
+ PPT liturgy

 

PCC Meeting
There will be a PCC Meeting for all PCC Members on Thursday, 26th November at 7pm in the Church.

Thought for the Weekend!
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today Iam wise, so I am changing myself.

Pew Sheet 1.11.20.

Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

  1st November 2020

 All Saints Day

Holy Communion Service 11am

The Bible Readings

1 John 3. 1-3, Matt 5. 1-12

Today’s Gospel

Matt 5. 1-12

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him.  Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

For our prayers at home this week

  • Marjorie is enjoying being home, but is still not well, so please think of her and keep her in your prayers.
  • Lynda has begun her 5th cycle of chemotherapy, it is going to be a difficult time, so please pray for her.
  • John too is doing as well as can be expected but the chemotherapy is difficult to get through, he too is in need of our prayers.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff and pupils of St Osyth School, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those who have not been able to join us in Church but are worshipping at home, all those living and working in Castle Way, Chapel Lane, Chisbon Heath, Church Square, Clacton Road, Clay Lane, Clinton Close, Club Parade and Cockett Wick Lane.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Jane Eade.
  • We remember all who have recently died and we hold their families in our prayers. Terry O’Dell (Junior) and Carole Silcock.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

 ~~NOTICES~~

 Help I’m Leading a Service!

A few days ago I received the following email from Michelle Wood who is P.A. to the Bishop of Colcherster.  It is self explatory.  Sharon and I would be very pleased if some members of our congregation signed up to join any or all of the sessions.  It would be a good way of seeing if this is a form of ministry which you might enjoy exploring further.  If you do decide to participate do please let us know.

Thank you.                              Sonia

Dear Churchwarden,

As you know, the Diocese of Chelmsford has no central authorisation scheme for those who lead (non-Eucharistic) worship; churchwardens may lead morning worship, morning prayer or a Service of the Word, and churchwardens or incumbents can authorise any other member of the congregation to do so, whether online or offline. However, we have not always been as good as we should be at training and equipping those who lead worship, and we are determined to make this an area of strength for the Diocese.

With this in mind, I am delighted that Helen Bent, Head of Ministerial Training at the Royal School of Church Music, has agreed to lead a day entitled “Help, I’m Leading a Service!” on Saturday November 14, by Zoom. I attach a timetable; the day is on a “come when you can, leave when you like” basis, and no one need feel guilty if they join for only one or two sessions, though I hope many people will stay for the whole day. The Zoom link is below – if anyone needs assistance in advance with using Zoom, either via the internet or a landline, they can contact Caroline Harding, our Lay Ministry Adviser on charding@chelmsford.anglican.org, or Andy Griffiths, our interim Director of Mission and Ministry on agriffiths@chelmsford.anglican.org.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/95948784736?pwd=NExld1BsT0h6T1BvMlZ0Z0JiVVp4UT09

Meeting ID: 959 4878 4736

Passcode: M&M

Could I ask you to forward this e-mail to anyone in your parish (other than clergy and LLMs/Readers) who either leads worship now, or is likely to do so in future? There is no need to respond to me about this, no cost, and no obligation for anyone to register in advance, but it would help with planning if anyone planning to attend contacts charding@chelmsford.anglican.org or agriffiths@chelmsford.anglican.org to let them know.

Many thanks.

With warmest wishes,

The Colchester Office

Tel: 01206 576648

Email: MichelleWood@chelmsford.anglican.org

Web:  www.chelmsford.anglican.org

Worship Online Training Day – Chelmsford Diocese, via Zoom
Sat 14 November 2020 10.30 – 4.00

Worship in exile to worship in the Promised Land

Led by The Revd Helen Bent, RSCM Head of Ministerial Training in partnership with Praxis

Provisional Programme

Session

Content

Tools

10.30 – 10.45 am

Log in time and chat

 

10.45 -11.00 am

Welcome and Opening Worship

Virtual choir hymn
+ PPT liturgy on shared screen

11 am – 11.45 am

Session 1 ‘The church has left the building’
What happens when normal patterns are disrupted?
Lessons from the Bible
Re-imagining the church as the people of God

PPT
Handout

12 noon – 12.45 pm

Session 2Worshipping from a place of vulnerability’
The importance of lament
Lessons from Lockdown
Worship with restrictions and limitations

PPT
Handout

12.45 – 13.00 pm

Reflective Worship

YouTube link

13.00 – 13.45 pm

Lunch Break (remain logged in)

13.45 -14.00 pm

Alternative Worship

14.00 – 14.45 pm

Session 3 ‘Upside down Christmas’
Expectancy violation
Lessons in time and space
Discovering treasures old and new

PPT
Handout

15:00 –

15.45 pm

Session 4 The shape of the ‘new normal’
Preparing for the now and not yet
Lessons in generosity and grace
Moving forward together

PPT
Handout

15.45 – 16.00 pm

Closing Worship

Music track
+ PPT liturgy

 

Service Times

Please don’t forget that we will be going back to our original service time of 11am from this

Sunday 1st November.

 

All Souls

You are invited to come into Church on Saturday  31st October to light a candle for your ‘loved one’ and add their names to the list – I will give thanks for all those on the list and  remember them in my special All Souls Day Prayers.  The Church will be open from 8.30am till 4.30pm.

Sharon

 Remembrance Sunday, 8th November 2020

St Osyth Parish Church and St Osyth Royal British Legion

On Sunday 8th November 2020 there will be a

Remembrance Service held outside in

the Church Grounds at 10.50am

For the safety of those attending there will be no

vehicle access to Church Square, there will be

parking in front of The Priory.

Please make sure you wear a face covering and

comply with

social distancing rules.

There will be a retiring collection for the Royal British Legion.

 

A Big Thank-You

We really do owe a very grateful vote of thanks to John Wright, who used to work in St Osyth Post Office, as he completely cleared and took to the tip all the mess and clutter left by Wesley, who as many of you know, was resident in a tent in the churchyard for about a month.

It was certainly not the pleasantest of jobs and his kindness in doing it has been much appreciated.

Shoeboxes
If you would like to take part in the Shoebox appeal you can collect a box to fill, or drop individual items, at the butcher’s. They’re being collected week of the 9th November.

PCC Meeting
There will be a PCC Meeting for all PCC Members on Thursday, 26th November at 7pm in the Church.

Thought for the Weekend!
Many ot life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.

Pew Sheet 25.10.20.

Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 

“SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 

25th October 2020

 

The Last Sunday after Trinity

Holy Communion Service 10am

The Bible Readings

1 Thess. 2. 1-8

Matt 22. 34-end

Today’s Gospel

Matt 22. 34-end

When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.  “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”  He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the greatest and first commandment.  And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: “What do you think of the Messiah?  Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying,

‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
    until I put your enemies under your feet”’?

If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?” No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.


For our prayers at home this week

  • Marjorie is now home, after 21 days in hospital!  Please keep her in your prayers as she is still not well.
  • For Lynda the 5th cycle of chemotherapy is close, so please pray for her at this difficult time.
  • John too is doing as well as can be expected but the chemotherapy is difficult to get through, he too is in need of our prayers.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff and pupils of St Osyth School, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those who have not been able to join us in Church but are worshipping at home, all those living and working in Beacon Way, Belair Estate, Bentley Road, Bishops Drive, Botanical Way, Botany Lane, Broadstrood, Brook Vale and Bypass Road.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Jane Eade.
  • We remember all who have recently died including Carole Silcock.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

 

~~NOTICES~~

All Souls

You are invited to come into Church on Saturday  31st October to light a candle for your ‘loved one’ and add their names to the list – I will give thanks for all those on the list and  remember them in my special All Souls Day Prayers.  The Church will be open from 8.30am till 4.30pm.

If you are at Church this Sunday, the lists will be ready to add names to. It would be really helpful if you could add your names on Sunday, as it will with help with social distancing on Saturday. Thank you. 

Sharon

Service Times

Please don’t forget that we will be going back to our original service time of 11am from Sunday 1st November.

 

A Big Thank-You

We really do owe a very grateful vote of thanks to John Wright, who used to work in St Osyth Post Office, as he completely cleared and took to the tip all the mess and clutter left by Wesley, who as many of you know, was resident in a tent in the churchyard for about a month.

It was certainly not the pleasantest of jobs and his kindness in doing it has been much appreciated.

Harvest

The Collection for the Salvation Army on 11th October raised £240 – many thanks to everyone!

Shoeboxes
If you would like to take part in the Shoebox appeal you can collect a box to fill, or drop individual items, at the butcher’s. They’re being collected week of the 9th November.

Thought for the Weekend!
Take the first step in faith.  You don’t have to see the whole staircase – just the first step.

Pew Sheet 11.10.12.

Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

“SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 11th October 2020

 The 18th Sunday after Trinity

Harvest Festival

The Bible Readings

2 Corinthians 9. 6-end

Luke 17. 11-19

Today’s Gospel

Luke 17. 11-19

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ When he saw them, he said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, ‘Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’ Then he said to him, ‘Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.’

For our prayers at home this week

  • Lynda’s fourth cycle of chemotherapy has begun and life is difficult, please remember her in your prayers.
  • Marjorie is comfortable in Colchester Hospital and is awaiting the results of tests, please pray for her at this anxious time.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff and pupils of St Osyth School, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those who have not been able to join us in Church but are worshipping at home, all those living and working in Western Promenade, Wick Lane, Wick Road, Wigboro Lane, Wigboro Wick Lane, Willow Avenue and Withrick Walk.
  • We remember those who have died recently and their families.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Jane Eade.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

 ~~NOTICES~~

Celebrating Harvest 

We will be Celebrating Harvest TODAY 11th October (Corona Virus Style).

The Salvation Army have been in touch and explained that they have ‘a stock holding in our warehouse of 3 times what we would normally have at this time of year.’

They have asked if we could make a cash donation this year to support their work. We will therefore give the collection that day to the Salvation Army.

I am letting you know now so that those of you who use the giving scheme might remember to bring some money with you.

Thank you.

Sharon

 

 Holy Communion Service every Sunday at 10am

Although Rev’d. Sharon is only able to lead our Communion Service every fortnight at the moment, we are really fortunate that the Rev’d. Guy Thorburn will lead the Service on the weeks Sharon is not with us during October.

This means there will be a Communion Service in St Osyth Church every Sunday at 10 am – please do join us.

Any queries please contact Sonia,  820648.

 

APCM 
The APCM will be held after the morning service on Sunday 11th October. We hope many of you will be able to stay to take part in this meeting, information packs including the Parish Report will be available in church from this Sunday, please take one per household.  

If you have any questions please email me on: pcc.stosythchurch@hotmail.com 

Thank you 

Helen 

Electoral Roll

Due to the cancellation of the APCM in April, the Electoral Roll needs to be revised again ahead of the APCM on 11th October.

If you are already on the Electoral Roll and wish to remain you do not need to do anything.  New people are invited to apply to be added to the roll. To do so you need to be over 16 years, baptised and a regular worshipper at the Church. To apply, please complete a form; they will be at the front of the Church and in the Church Room so you can get one as you come into church or as you leave. A box will be displayed in the Church Room for completed forms. 

If you wish to be removed from the Electoral Roll please contact the

PCC Secretary: pcc.stosythchurch@hotmail.com

 

Thought for the Weekend!
Treat your friends as you do your pictures and place them in their best light.

Pew Sheet 4.10.20.

Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

“SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 4th October 2020

 The 17th Sunday after Trinity

The Bible Readings

Phil. 3. 4b-14

Matt 21. 33-end

Today’s Gospel

Matt 21. 33-end

“Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country.  When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce.  But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another.  Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way.  Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’  But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.’  So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.  Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”  They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.”

Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures:

‘The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord’s doing,
    and it is amazing in our eyes’?

Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.

When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them.  They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.

For our prayers at home this week

  • Graham and Dawn thank you for your prayers for Graham during his long period of illness. He had his operation last week and is now beginning to resume a ‘normal’ life.  There is so much to say thank-you for.
  • Lynda begins her fourth cycle of chemotherapy – please continue to pray for her at this difficult stage of her treatment.
  • Please pray for Marjorie Talbot, until recently a regular attendee at our services. She is very ill in Colchester Hospital and is in need of our prayers and to be in our thoughts. 
  • Continue to pray for John that all continueds to move forward positively.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff and pupils of St Osyth School, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those who have not been able to join us in Church but are worshipping at home, all those living and working in The Priory, Third Avenue, Three Acres, Tunstall Close, Tower Estate, Tyler Avenue (Clacton), Wall Street and Warren Lane.
  • We remember those who have died recently and their families.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Jane Eade.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

 ~~NOTICES~~

Celebrating Harvest 

We will be Celebrating Harvest on 11th October (Corona Virus Style).

The Salvation Army have been in touch and explained that they have ‘a stock holding in our warehouse of 3 times what we would normally have at this time of year.’

They have asked if we could make a cash donation this year to support their work. We will therefore give the collection that day to the Salvation Army.

I am letting you know now so that those of you who use the giving scheme might remember to bring some money with you.

Thank you.

Sharon

 

Holy Communion Service every Sunday at 10am

Although Rev’d. Sharon is only able to lead our Communion Service every fortnight at the moment, we are really fortunate that the Rev’d. Guy Thorburn will lead the Service on the weeks Sharon is not with us during October.

This means there will be a Communion Service in St Osyth Church every Sunday at 10 am – please do join us.

Any queries please contact Sonia,  820648.

 

There will be NO St Osyth Day Service this year

Due to the present Covid 19 restrictions being in place, we are unfortunately not able to hold our traditional St Osyth Day Service in St Osyth Priory on 6th October this year.

 

APCM 
The APCM will be held after the morning service on Sunday 11th October. We hope many of you will be able to stay to take part in this meeting, information packs including the Parish Report will be available in church from this Sunday, please take one per household.  

If you have any questions please email me on: pcc.stosythchurch@hotmail.com 

Thank you 

Helen 

Electoral Roll

Due to the cancellation of the APCM in April, the Electoral Roll needs to be revised again ahead of the APCM on 11th October.

If you are already on the Electoral Roll and wish to remain you do not need to do anything.  New people are invited to apply to be added to the roll. To do so you need to be over 16 years, baptised and a regular worshipper at the Church. To apply, please complete a form; they will be at the front of the Church and in the Church Room so you can get one as you come into church or as you leave. A box will be displayed in the Church Room for completed forms. 

If you wish to be removed from the Electoral Roll please contact the

PCC Secretary: pcc.stosythchurch@hotmail.com

St. Osyth Parish Church 

Synopsis of PCC meeting held on 14th September 2020 

Under guidance from the Archdeacon and following Covid-19 safety measures, the PCC were able to meet for the first time since February.

It has been a difficult year for the church financially without being able to hold our usual fundraising events. However we have been able to continue to meet our Parish Share and the deficit should be cushioned by the surplus we raised last year. 

Since we last met the Sound System has been installed, this have proven to be very timely due to the current restrictions on handling paper. It will provide lots of opportunities for the church in terms of audio and visual capabilities.  

The PCC agreed to change the lighting in the church to LED bulbs which will be much more environmentally friendly and cost effective for the church.  

As you are aware, safety measures have been put in place to make the church a covid-secure meeting place. Services have had to be limited to meet the requirements and we have been fortunate that a priest has been found for the Sunday’s that Rev’d Sharon is at Great Bentley so we are able to worship together every week. This will impact on some of our usual services and celebrations and notice of changes will be published in the Magazine. 

The immense project of restoring the weathervane is approaching completion, the PCC is keen to see the finished piece and thanks everyone involved for their efforts. 

If you would like to join the PCC for the coming year please complete a nomination form found at the back of the church, we’d love to welcome new faces to support Rev’d Sharon and the churchwarden in the running of the church. There are 6 meetings a year, held at the church at 7pm. If you would like more information please email the PCC secretary. pcc.stosythchurch@hotmail.com 

Thank you from Jane
Thank you so very much to everyone who sent me a birthday card for my 60th birthday last weekend. For the Harry Potter fans amongst you Tiny said it was like living at ‘Privet Drive’ with the cascade of envelopes that came through the door over one particular hour!!  I had a total of 40 cards which absolutely blew me away and made my day into the spectacular memory it is rather than the sad and isolated one I had feared. I can’t thank my ‘Church Family’ enough and can’t wait to see you all again once it is safe for me to do so.

My fondest wishes to you all – Jane Eade

Thought for the Weekend!
The first and most important step towards success is the feeling that we can succeed.

Pew Sheet 27.9.20.

Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 27th September 2020

 The 16th Sunday after Trinity

Today’s Gospel

Matt 21. 23-32

When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?”  Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things.  Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’  But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.”  So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

“What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’  He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went.  The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go.  Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you.  For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.

For our prayers at home this week

  • Graham’s operation was scheduled for 25th September – we remember him in our prayers at this time.
  • The third cycle of chemotherapy has been really tough for Lynda. We continue to hold her in our prayers at this difficult time.
  • John’s family say a big thank-you for our prayers as he continues with his course of chemotherapy.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff and pupils of St Osyth School, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those who have not been able to join us in Church but are worshipping at home, all those living and working in St Clair’s Drive, St Clair’s Road, St Clere’s Hall Lane, St John’s Road, Stanmore Way and The Bury.
  • We remember those who have died recently and their families.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Jane Eade.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

 

~~NOTICES~~

Celebrating Harvest 

We will be Celebrating Harvest on 11th October (Corona Virus Style).

The Salvation Army have been in touch and explained that they have ‘a stock holding in our warehouse of 3 times what we would normally have at this time of year.’

They have asked if we could make a cash donation this year to support their work. We will therefore give the collection that day to the Salvation Army.

I am letting you know now so that those of you who use the giving scheme might remember to bring some money with you.

Thank you.

Sharon

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the present Covid 19 restrictions being in place, we are  unfortunately not able to hold our traditional St Osyth Day Service in St Osyth Priory on October6th this year.

Thank you from Jane
Thank you so very much to everyone who sent me a birthday card for my 60th birthday last weekend. For the Harry Potter fans amongst you Tiny said it was like living at ‘Privet Drive’ with the cascade of envelopes that came through the door over one particular hour!!  I had a total of 40 cards which absolutely blew me away and made my day into the spectacular memory it is rather than the sad and isolated one I had feared. I can’t thank my ‘Church Family’ enough and can’t wait to see you all again once it is safe for me to do so.

My fondest wishes to you all – Jane Eade

Holy Communion Service every Sunday at 10am

Although Rev’d. Sharon is only able to lead our Communion Service every fortnight, we are really fortunate that the Rev’d. Guy Thorburn will lead the Service on the weeks Sharon is not with us.

This means there will be a Communion Service in St Osyth Church every Sunday at 10 am – please do join us.

Any queries please contact Sonia,  820648.

St. Osyth Parish Church 

Synopsis of PCC meeting held on 14th September 2020 

 

Under guidance from the Archdeacon and following Covid-19 safety measures, the PCC were able to meet for the first time since February.

It has been a difficult year for the church financially without being able to hold our usual fundraising events. However we have been able to continue to meet our Parish Share and the deficit should be cushioned by the surplus we raised last year. 

Since we last met the Sound System has been installed, this have proven to be very timely due to the current restrictions on handling paper. It will provide lots of opportunities for the church in terms of audio and visual capabilities.  

The PCC agreed to change the lighting in the church to LED bulbs which will be much more environmentally friendly and cost effective for the church.  

As you are aware, safety measures have been put in place to make the church a covid-secure meeting place. Services have had to be limited to meet the requirements and we have been fortunate that a priest has been found for the Sunday’s that Rev’d Sharon is at Great Bentley so we are able to worship together every week. This will impact on some of our usual services and celebrations and notice of changes will be published in the Magazine. 

The immense project of restoring the weathervane is approaching completion, the PCC is keen to see the finished piece and thanks everyone involved for their efforts. 

If you would like to join the PCC for the coming year please complete a nomination form found at the back of the church, we’d love to welcome new faces to support Rev’d Sharon and the churchwarden in the running of the church. There are 6 meetings a year, held at the church at 7pm. If you would like more information please email the PCC secretary. pcc.stosythchurch@hotmail.com 

 

APCM 

The APCM will be held after the morning service on Sunday 11th October. We hope many of you will be able to stay to take part in this meeting, information packs including the Parish Report will be available in church from this Sunday, please take one per household.  

If you have any questions please email me on: pcc.stosythchurch@hotmail.com 

Thank you 

Helen 

 

Electoral Roll

Due to the cancellation of the APCM in April, the Electoral Roll needs to be revised again ahead of the APCM on 11th October.

If you are already on the Electoral Roll and wish to remain you do not need to do anything.  New people are invited to apply to be added to the roll. To do so you need to be over 16 years, baptised and a regular worshipper at the Church. To apply, please complete a form; they will be at the front of the Church and in the Church Room so you can get one as you come into church or as you leave. A box will be displayed in the Church Room for completed forms. 

If you wish to be removed from the Electoral Roll please contact the

PCC Secretary: pcc.stosythchurch@hotmail.com

Pew Sheet 20.9.20.

Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

“SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

20th September 2020

The 15th Sunday after Trinity

The Bible Readings

Phil 1. 21 – end

Matt 20. 1-16   

The Collect

Lord God, defend your Church from all false teaching and give to your people knowledge of your truth, that we may enjoy eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Today’s Gospel

Matt 20. 1-16

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.  After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.  When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace;  and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.  When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same.  And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’  They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’  When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’  When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage.  Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage.  And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’  But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?  Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you.  Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me?  Or are you envious because I am generous?’  So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”


For our prayers at home this week

  • Graham waits for his operation on the 25th September, please pray for him during this time.
  • Lynda has begun her third cycle of chemotherapy, so far the results are promising, we do give thanks in our prayers for this.
  • Please continue to pray for John that all continues to move forward positively.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff and pupils of St Osyth School, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those who have not been able to join us in Church but are worshipping at home, all those living and working in Seaview Road, Parade and Terrace, Seawick Road, Second Avenue, South Close, Spring Hill and Spring Road.  
  • We remember those who have died recently and their families.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Jane Eade.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

 

~~NOTICES~~

 

Although Rev’d. Sharon is only able to lead our Communion Service every fortnight, we are really fortunate that the Rev’d. Guy Thorburn will lead the Service on the weeks Sharon is not with us.

This means there will be a Communion Service in St Osyth Church every Sunday at 10 am – please do join us.

Any queries please contact Sonia,  820648.

Electoral Roll

Due to the cancellation of the APCM in April, the Electoral Roll needs to be revised again ahead of the APCM on 11th October.

If you are already on the Electoral Roll and wish to remain you do not need to do anything.  New people are invited to apply to be added to the roll. To do so you need to be over 16 years, baptised and a regular worshipper at the Church. To apply, please complete a form; they will be at the front of the Church and in the Church Room so you can get one as you come into church or as you leave. A box will be displayed in the Church Room for completed forms. 

If you wish to be removed from the Electoral Roll please contact the

PCC Secretary: pcc.stosythchurch@hotmail.com

Thursday Morning Communion Service 

Thursday Morning Communion Service will be held every Thursday  at 10am.  Please join us if you can.

Salvation Army

Thank you to everyone who is continuing to support the Salvation Army, if the Church is shut please do leave your gifts in the porch.

Pew Sheet 13.9.20.

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 13th September 2020

 The 14th Sunday after Trinity

The Bible Readings

Rom. 14. 1-12

Matt 18. 21-35   

 The Collect

Merciful God, your Son came to save us and bore our sins on the cross: may we trust in your mercy and know your love, rejoicing in the righteousness that if ours through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Today’s Gospel

Matt 18. 21-35

Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?”  Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.

“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.  When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him;  and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made.  So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’  And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt.  But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.  Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’  And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt.  So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”


For our prayers at home this week

  • Lynda begins her third cycle of chemotherapy on Monday, please hold her in your prayers.
  • Graham’s operation has been moved to the 25th September, please pray for him as he continues to wait.
  • Please pray for John that all moves forward positively.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff and pupils of St Osyth School as the new term gets under way, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those who have not been able to join us in Church but are worshipping at home, all those living and working in The Quay, Priory Park, Pump Hill, Rectory Road, Rochford Road, Roman Way, Rose Gardens, Rouses Lane, Row Heath and SaxonWay.     
  • We remember those who have died recently and their families – especially at this time Nick Lee.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Jane Eade.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

 

~~NOTICES~~

 PCC on Monday 14th September

There is a Meeting of the PCC on Monday 14th September at 7pm in the Church.

 Thursday Morning Communion 

It was good to restart the Thursday Morning Communion last week. If you might feel safer with a smaller congregation then please do join us on a Thursday  at 10am.

Salvation Army

Thank you to everyone who is continuing to support the Salvation Army, if the Church is shut please do leave your gifts in the porch.

A 60th Birthday

It is Jane Eade’s 60th birthday on Saturday, 19th September, she would be so thrilled to receive cards marking this special birthday, particularly so as she has not been outside since before Lockdown and is finding life difficult.  If you are able to help her celebrate, please pop a card through her door at 15 Longfields.  Thank you.

The above item won’t be on the Pew Sheet Jane receives!

Pew Sheet 6.9.20.

Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 6th September 2020

 The 13th Sunday after Trinity

 The Bible Readings

Rom. 13.8 – end

Matt 18. 15-20   

 The Collect

Almighty God, you search us and know us: may we rely on you in strength and rest on you in weakness, now and in all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Today’s Gospel

Matt 18. 15-20

Reproving Another Who Sins

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.  But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses.  If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.  Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.  Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”


For our prayers at home this week

  • Please continue to hold Lynda in your prayers.
  • John, saw his Consultant this week, who said ‘we are not there yet, but we are getting there’. A comforting update as he is having his second course of chemotherapy.
  • It was so good to welcome Dawn and Graham in Church last Sunday, please pray for him as he waits for his operation on Friday, 11th
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those living and working in Norman Way, North Wall, Oakmead Road, Old School Close, Park Chase, Park Road, Point Clear Road and Priory Close.
  • We remember those who have died recently and their families – especially at this time Nick Lee.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie, Sienna, and Jane Eade.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

 

~~NOTICES~~

 

On the 6th SEPTEMBER, the Archdeacon of Colchester, The Venerable Ruth Patten, will be taking the Communion Service in our Church at 10am.

Thursday Morning Communion 

It was good to restart the Thursday Morning Communion this week. If you might feel safer with a smaller congregation then please do join us on Thursday  the 10th at 10am.

 PCC on Monday 14th September

There is a Meeting of the PCC on Monday 14th September at 7pm in the Church.

Salvation Army

Thank you to everyone who is continuing to support the Salvation Army, if the Church is shut please do leave your gifts in the porch.

A 60th Birthday

It is Jane Eade’s 60th birthday on the 19th September, she would be so thrilled to receive cards marking this special birthday, particularly so as she has not been outside since before Lockdown.  If you are able to help her celebrate, please pop a card through her door at 15 Longfields.  Thank you.

The above item won’t be on the Pew Sheet Jane receives!

 

Produce Stall in aid of Hope @Trinity, the Methodist run Centre

Produce stall, 10am on 12th September at Caldew Cottage, The Green, Great Bentley (Southside, turn down the green after the Plough). All edible produce welcome. In aid of Hope @Trinity, the Methodist run centre which helps the homeless and those in need in Clacton.  They are reopening shortly. 

We hope you can support this worthy charity.

Mary Maskell

Pew Sheet 30.8.20.

Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 

 30th August 2020

 The 12th Sunday after Trinity

 The Bible Readings

Rom. 12.9 – end

Matt 16. 21 – end

 The Collect

God of constant mercy, who sent your Son to save us: remind us of your goodness, increase your grace within us, that our thankfulness may grow, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Today’s Gospel

Matt 16. 21 – end

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.  And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.”  But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

The Cross and Self-Denial

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.  For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?

“For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done.  Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

For our prayers at home this week

  • Please hold Lynda in your prayers as she begins her second cycle of chemotherapy.
  • John, who is having his second course of chemotherapy, is seeing his consultant this week, please pray for him and the outcome.
  • Please pray for Graham as he waits for his operation on Friday, 11th
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those living and working in Meadow View, Mersea View, Mill Street, Nassau Road, New Way, Newton Gardens, Newton Way and Norman Close.
  • We remember those who have died recently and their families – especially at this time Nick Lee.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie, Sienna, and Jane Eade.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

 ~~NOTICES~~

 There WILL BE a service in our Church on the 30th August at 10am.

 On the 6th SEPTEMBER, the Archdeacon of Colchester, The Venerable Ruth Patten, will be taking the Communion Service in our Church at 10am.

Holy Communion in Church

There are a number of things we need to do to make it a safe experience for everyone attending. 

Special arrangements during the Corona Pandemic

  • Everyone must wear a facemask or covering
  • As you enter church please sanitise your hands
  • Please follow social distancing rules at all times
  • At this time, we cannot sing in church
  • The Peace will be shared verbally
  • There will be a collection box in the Church Room for a retiring collection as you leave
  • We cannot spend time together socially after the service
  • You must fill in a Track and Trace form

Receiving Communion

  • Please remain in your seat until you are invited to move
  • There will be only 2 worshippers receiving communion at a time – when invited please stand just behind the markers
  • We are only allowed Communion in one kind, please extend your hands to receive the wafer
  • Please return to your seat using the one-way system indicated

Leaving the Church

  • Please make sure that you have filled in a Track and Trace form and leave it in the Church room as you leave
  • Please leave the Church through the Church room

Thank You and Keep Safe and Well.

Rev’d. Sharon

Pew Sheet 23.8.20.

Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 23rd August 2020

 The 11th Sunday after Trinity

The Bible Readings

Rom. 12. 1-8

Matt 16. 13-20

 The Collect

God of glory, the end of our searching, help us to lay aside all that prevents us from seeking your kingdom, and to give all that we have to gain the pearl beyond all price, through our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Today’s Gospel

Matt 16. 13-20

Peter’s Declaration about Jesus

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven.  And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.  I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”  Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

For our prayers at home this week

  • Please pray for Nick’s family, particularly Sarah and Simon, as they like us, continue to mourn his loss. A Memorial Service will be held for Nick when times are ‘normal’ again.
  • Please continue to hold Lynda in your prayers as her rigorous course of chemotherapy begins again on Monday; it has been a difficult time.
  • Graham had a successful pre-op check and his operation is now scheduled for Friday, 11th Please hold him in your prayers.
  • John continues to react well to his chemotherapy – his family thank you for your prayers.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those living and working in King’s Close, Lee Wick Lane, Lilac Avenue, Links Road, Lodge Farm Lane, Longfields, Lydia Drive, Manfield Gardens and Maypole Drive.
  • We pray for all those who have died recently and their families who mourn their loss.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie, Sienna, and Jane Eade.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

 ~~NOTICES~~

 There will be NO SERVICE in Church on the 23rd August; it will be a Spiritual Communion.

There WILL BE a service in our Church on the 30th August at 10am.

On the 6th SEPTEMBER, the Archdeacon of Colchester, The Venerable Ruth Patten, will be taking the Communion Service in our Church at 10am.

Holy Communion in Church

There are a number of things we need to do to make it a safe experience for everyone attending. 

Special arrangements during the Corona Pandemic

  • Everyone must wear a facemask or covering
  • As you enter church please sanitise your hands
  • Please follow social distancing rules at all times
  • At this time, we cannot sing in church
  • The Peace will be shared verbally
  • There will be a collection box in the Church Room for a retiring collection as you leave
  • We cannot spend time together socially after the service
  • You must fill in a Track and Trace form

Receiving Communion

  • Please remain in your seat until you are invited to move
  • There will be only 2 worshippers receiving communion at a time – when invited please stand just behind the markers
  • We are only allowed Communion in one kind, please extend your hands to receive the wafer
  • Please return to your seat using the one-way system indicated

Leaving the Church

  • Please make sure that you have filled in a Track and Trace form and leave it in the Church room as you leave
  • Please leave the Church through the Church room

Thank You and Keep Safe and Well.

Rev’d. Sharon

Foundation Course in Pastoral Care

We have received the following information from the Chelmsford Diocese and are circulating
it on the Pew Sheet for anyone who is interested:

                   Many people offer Christian pastoral care in parishes

We aim to give confidence to those carers, to help them to feel valued and to provide some
training to keep everyone safe – both carers and those they care for. We believe there are
people who would like to develop their skills and perhaps become part of a Christian pastoral
care team in their parish or parishes.  If you know who these people are please let them know
about the foundation courses in pastoral care that we are planning for September 2020.

ALL courses on zoom, accessible via laptop, smartphone or I pad.

We are running a short course which is appropriate for anyone who provides care informally
or more formally.

Either:   10 Tuesday   evenings from September   8th to November 10th, 7pm to 9.30pm

or:          10 Thursday evenings from September 10th to November 12th, 7pm to 9.30pm.

Below is a link to the relevant page on the website where more details and the application
form can be found.

 https://www.chelmsford.anglican.org/lay-ministry/pastoral-assistant

 We ask you to provide a letter of support from your church leader.

 More information from Di Hardy: dhardy@chelmsford.anglican.org 01245 294449

or Judy Cecil: jcecil@chelmsford.anglican.org

Pew Sheet and Notices 16.8.20.

Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 

“SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 

16th August 2020

 The 10th Sunday after Trinity

The Bible Readings

Rom. 11. 1-2a, 29-32

Matt 15. 21-28

 

The Collect

Lord of heaven and earth, as Jesus taught his disciples to be persistent in prayer, give us patience and courage never to lose hope, but always to bring our prayers before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Today’s Gospel

Matt 15. 10-20

Things That Defile

Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, “Listen and understand:  it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.”  Then the disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?”  He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted.  Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind.  And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.”  But Peter said to him, “Explain this parable to us.”  Then he said, “Are you also still without understanding?  Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?  But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles.  For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander.  These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.”

 

Matt 15. 21-28

The Canaanite Woman’s Faith

Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon.  Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.”  He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”  But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.”  She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”  Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

For our prayers at home this week

  • Nick died in the St Helena Hospice on his birthday, Friday 14th Pray for him and for Sarah and Simon who were with him when he died.  They have lost both their parents in the last three years.  Wendy and Nick served our Church and the village faithfully for many years.  We have missed Wendy, now Nick, it is a very sad time for the Church Family and the community.
  • Please say special prayers this week for Lynda as she begins a rigorous course of chemotherapy. She does not live in our Village but has been a kind and compassionate friend to many of our residents over the years.
  • Rev’d. Sharon is waiting for an appointment with her doctor to hear the result of her scans, please add her to your prayers.
  • Please continue to pray for John as he continues to react well to his chemotherapy.
  • On Tuesday Graham goes for a pre-op check, please pray for a successful outcome.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those living and working in Frowick Lane, Golding Way, Greenland Grove, Heath Road, Highbirch Road, Honeypot Lane, James Gardens, Johnson Road and Kincaid Road.
  • We pray for all those who have died recently and their families who mourn their loss.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie, Sienna, and Jane Eade.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

 

~~NOTICES~~

 

There will be NO SERVICE in Church on the 23rd August; it will be a Spiritual Communion.

There WILL BE a service in our Church on the 30th August at 10am.

 

On the 6th SEPTEMBER, the Archdeacon of Colchester, The Venerable Ruth Patten, will be taking the Communion Service in our Church at 10am.

 

Holy Communion in Church

I am incredibly pleased to tell you that this Sunday, 16th August there will be a 10am Holy Communion Service in St Osyth Parish Church.

There are a number of things we need to do to make it a safe experience for everyone attending. 

Special arrangements during the Corona Pandemic

  • Everyone must wear a facemask or covering
  • As you enter church please sanitise your hands
  • Please follow social distancing rules at all times
  • At this time, we cannot sing in church
  • The Peace will be shared verbally
  • There will be a collection box in the Church Room for a retiring collection as you leave
  • We cannot spend time together socially after the service
  • You must fill in a Track and Trace form

Receiving Communion

  • Please remain in your seat until you are invited to move
  • There will be only 2 worshippers receiving communion at a time – when invited please stand just behind the markers
  • We are only allowed Communion in one kind, please extend your hands to receive the wafer
  • Please return to your seat using the one-way system indicated

Leaving the Church

  • Please make sure that you have filled in a Track and Trace form and leave it in the Church room as you leave
  • Please leave the Church through the Church room

Thank You and Keep Safe and Well.

Rev’d. Sharon

 Foundation Course in Pastoral Care


We have received the following information from the Chelmsford Diocese and are circulating
it on the Pew Sheet for anyone who is interested:

                   Many people offer Christian pastoral care in parishes

We aim to give confidence to those carers, to help them to feel valued and to provide some
training to keep everyone safe – both carers and those they care for. We believe there are
people who would like to develop their skills and perhaps become part of a Christian pastoral
care team in their parish or parishes.  If you know who these people are please let them know
about the foundation courses in pastoral care that we are planning for September 2020.

ALL courses on zoom, accessible via laptop, smartphone or I pad.

We are running a short course which is appropriate for anyone who provides care informally
or more formally.

Either:   10 Tuesday   evenings from September   8th to November 10th, 7pm to 9.30pm

or:          10 Thursday evenings from September 10th to November 12th, 7pm to 9.30pm.

Below is a link to the relevant page on the website where more details and the application
form can be found.

 https://www.chelmsford.anglican.org/lay-ministry/pastoral-assistant

 We ask you to provide a letter of support from your church leader.

 More information from Di Hardy: dhardy@chelmsford.anglican.org 01245 294449

or Judy Cecil: jcecil@chelmsford.anglican.org

Special Thanks

Our thanks to Tony O’Reilly who volunteered to come in and clear the cobwebs high up over the Nave Altar.  While doing this he cleaned the windows next to the cobwebs.  The colour of the stained glass, now that it has been cleaned, is quite beautiful.  Do look up at the windows when you are next in Church; I hope it gives you as much pleasure as it did me.

Tony’s gesture in doing this is very kind and much appreciated.  Sonia

A Volunteer Please

We are still looking for a person to take over the writing of the Notices from August onwards.  If you are interested in doing this please talk to Sharon.  Thank-you.

Pew Sheet and notices 9.8.20.

Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 9th August 2020

 The 9th Sunday after Trinity

The Bible Readings

Rom. 10. 5-15

Matt 14. 22-33

 The Collect

Gracious Father, revive your Church in our day, and make her hold, strong and faithful, for your glory’s sake in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Today’s Gospel

Matt 14. 22-33

Jesus Walks on the Water

 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.  And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”

Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind,] he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

For our prayers at home this week

  • Rev’d. Sharon is waiting for the results of her two scans, please pray for her as she waits to hear.
  • Nick has, as he says, ‘good days and bad days’, so please keep him in your prayers.
  • John is reacting well to his chemotherapy so please pray that this continues.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those living and working in Deeping Walk, Dumont Avenue, Earls Hall Drive, Eastern Promenade, Fanny’s Lane, First Avenue, Flag Hill and Fourth Avenue.
  • We pray for all those who have died recently and their families who mourn their loss.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie, Sienna, and Jane Eade.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

~~NOTICES~~

 Holy Communion in Church

I am incredibly pleased to tell you that on Sunday 16th August there will be a 10am Holy Communion Service in St Osyth Parish Church.

There are a number of things we need to do to make it a safe experience for everyone attending. 

Special arrangements during the Corona Pandemic

  • Everyone must wear a facemask or covering
  • As you enter church please sanitise your hands
  • Please follow social distancing rules at all times
  • At this time, we cannot sing in church
  • The Peace will be shared verbally
  • There will be a collection box in the Church Room for a retiring collection as you leave
  • We cannot spend time together socially after the service
  • You must fill in a Track and Trace form

Receiving Communion

  • Please remain in your seat until you are invited to move
  • There will be only 2 worshippers receiving communion at a time – when invited please stand just behind the markers
  • We are only allowed Communion in one kind, please extend your hands to receive the wafer
  • Please return to your seat using the one-way system indicated

Leaving the Church

  • Please make sure that you have filled in a Track and Trace form and leave it in the Church room as you leave
  • Please leave the Church through the Church room

Thank You and Keep Safe and Well.

Rev’d. Sharon

 Special Thanks

Our thanks to Tony O’Reilly who volunteered to come in and clear the cobwebs high up over the Nave Altar.  While doing this the cleaned he windows next to the cobwebs.  The colour of the stained glass, now that it has been cleaned, is quite beautiful.  Do look up at the windows when you are next in Church; I hope it gives you as much pleasure as it did me.

Tony’s gesture in doing this is very kind and much appreciated.

Sonia

Continuing the Story of the Weathervane

Once again the intrepid team have been up on the top of the Tower, now preparing the structure for the installation of the Weathervane.  The installation is some weeks away as much work has to be done.

The photograph on the front of the Pew Sheet shows Peter Tidy preparing to work on the remaining piece of the original steel mast which has to be refurbished.  The flaking rust was removed and the  remaining rust has been neutralised  with chemicals and treated with a galvanic paint. It is now ready to form the “location anchor point” for the new structure which is currently being manufactured by our village Blacksmith, Tiny.

These photographs, taken on the top of the Tower, show the team hard at work renovating the wooden support structure.

The remaining member of the team, Robert Morton is the ground crew.

Les Jones and Andy Harper

Les Jones, Peter Harvey, Jm Bligh and Andy Harper

(Sorry Jim and Andy for mistakes in your names last week!)

Jim Bligh and Peter Harvey

 

A Volunteer Please

We are still looking for a person to take over the writing of the Notices from August onwards.  If you are interested in doing this please talk to Sharon.  Thank-you.

Pew Sheet 2.8.20.

Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of St Osyth

of the Benefice of St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 2nd August 2020

The Eighth Sunday after Trinity

The Bible Readings

Rom. 8. 12-17

Matt 14. 13-21

 The Collect

Lord God, your Son left the riches of Heaven and became poor for our sake:  when we prosper save us from pride, when we are needy save us from despair, that we may trust in you alone; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Today’s Gospel

Matt 14. 13-21

A Feeding the Five Thousand

Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.  When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick.  When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”  Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”  They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.”  And he said, “Bring them here to me.” T hen he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.  And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.  And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

For our prayers at home this week

  • Rev’d. Sharon has had her two scans and now awaits the results, please pray for her during this waiting time.
  • Please pray for Nick too, he is suffering from fatigue and is now in his hospital bed at home.
  • Please continue to hold Graham in your prayers as he continues to improve, but possibly not as quickly as he would like!
  • Please continue to pray for John, who is not a member of our Church, but is in need of our prayers as he undergoes chemotherapy again.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those living and working in Colchester Road, Colne View, Colne Way, Cow Lane, Dairy Farm Meadow, Daltes Lane, D’Arcy Road and Dead Lane.
  • We pray for all those who have died recently and their families who mourn their loss.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie, Sienna, and Jane Eade.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time. 

~~NOTICES~~

 Planning for Services in Church

We are moving forward with our planning for the first communion service on the 16th August at 10am.   Rev’d. Sharon will shortly be sending guidelines as to the procedures which we will have to follow when we attend the services.

Initially they will be held in our Church every fortnight, with Sharon on alternate Sundays at Great Bentley.  On the Sundays when we do not have a communion service there will be a Virtual Morning Prayer Service. These will be recorded on the previous Monday as now.  By having a service in Church on alternate Sundays, it will mean that Sharon will be able to hold the Christening services which were booked, but of course have had to be cancelled because of Lockdown.

Church of England guidelines inform us that after a service has been held, the Church either has to undergo a deep clean or must be kept locked for 48 house.  Hence why on alternate Sundays, when there is no Communion Service, there will be a Christening.

It was agreed by the two Churchwardens, Wendy King, Lay Reader for Great Bentley and Sharon that we will hold a meeting on the 15th September to keep the organisation under review.

Continuing the Story of the Weathervane

Once again the intrepid team have been up on the top of the Tower, now preparing the structure for the installation of the Weathervane.  The installation is some weeks away as much work has to be done.

The photographs above include one of Peter Tidy preparing to work on the remaining piece of the original steel mast which has to be refurbished.  The flaking rust was removed and the  remaining rust has been neutralised  with chemicals and treated with a galvanic paint. It is now ready to form the “location anchor point” for the new structure which is currently being manufactured by our village Blacksmith, Tiny.

The other photographs, taken on the top of the Tower, show the team hard at work renovating the wooden support structure.

Les Jones, Andy Harman,, Jim Blyth , Peter Harvey, Peter Tidy

The Sanitising Table

The sanitising table is now an important adjunct on the entry into our Church.  Many thanks to Brenda who continues to put fresh flowers on it regularly as a welcome to all those visiting the Church.  A small gesture but much appreciated.

Saying Goodbye

The Year 6 pupils at our Church of England School said goodbye to each other and to the staff on Wednesday as they prepared to move to secondary school in September.

It was the first time that they had been together for many months.  At a very much unrehearsed service because of the circumstances, they read to us the happy and funny memories of their time at St Osyth School.  It was so good to listen to them.

Rev’d. Sharon said a prayer and gave a blessing.  The Head teacher Mark Carter Tufnell then talked to the children about ‘moving on’.  He gave them six very important ‘life messages’ to take with them, which hopefully will support them in the years to come.

Afterwards the parents, carers, visitors and children had a barbecue.  It really was lovely to watch the young playing together afterwards.

All in all it was such a happy occasion, made possible by the staff who ensured that it was a unique occasion for the Year 6 pupils at a very unusual time in their lives.  Our thanks to the staff and our good wishes to the young people as they move forward to the next stage of their education.

The Special Lockdown Edition of St Osyth Magazine

We do hope that you have enjoyed the special edition of the magazine – so many of our residents contributed to it.  It was particularly good to have the wonderful rainbow cover and the photographs in the centre – many thanks to the sponsors who made it possible.

The August magazine is very much a social history of our village during Lockdown.

Special Thanks

Our thanks to Tony O’Reilly who volunteered and has come in to clear the cobwebs, which annoy so many of us, on the windows above the Nave Altar.  His gesture is very kind and much appreciated. 

A Volunteer Please

We are still looking for a person to take over the writing of the Notices from August onwards.  If you are interested in doing this please talk to Sharon.  Thank-you

Pew Sheet 26.7.20.

Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 26th July 2020

 The Seventh Sunday after Trinity

The Bible Readings

Rom. 8. 26-39

Matt 13. 31-33, 44-52

 The Collect

Generous God, you give us gifts and make them grow: though our faith is small as mustard seed, make it grow to your glory and the flourishing of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Today’s Gospel

Matt 13. 31-33, 44-52

The Parable of the Mustard Seed
He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

The Parable of the Yeast
He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”

Three Parables
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad.  So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Treasures New and Old
“Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

For our prayers at home this week

  • Please pray this week for Rev’d. Sharon as she has to have two scans. The recovery from illness her been slow and the scans will hopefully pin point any causes for concern.
  • Please pray for Nick who has just had a hospital bed delivered to his home. He is enjoying the many things that it is able to do!
  • Pray too for Graham who is recovering slowly and continues to say that ‘it is all going in the right direction’. Pray too for Dawn who has been a stalwart support for Graham throughout the past months.
  • Please continue to pray for John, who is not a member of our Church, but is in need of our prayers as he undergoes chemotherapy again.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those living and working in Castle Way, Chapel Lane, Chisbon Heath, Church Square, Clacton Road, Clay Lane, Clinton Close, Club Parade and Cockett Wick Lane.
  • We pray for all those who have died recently and their families who mourn their loss.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie, Sienna, and Jane Eade.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

 ~~NOTICES~~

 Our Sanitising Table

On the front of the Pew Sheet is a photograph of our sanitising table as you enter the Church.  Many thanks to Brenda, who puts fresh flowers on it regularly as a welcome to all those visiting the Church.  A small gesture but much appreciated.

Saying Goodbye

The Year 6 pupils at our Church of England School said goodbye to each other and to the staff on Wednesday as they prepared to move to secondary school in September.

It was the first time that they had been together for many months.  At a very much unrehearsed service because of the circumstances, they read to us the happy and funny memories of their time at St Osyth School.  It was so good to listen to them.

Rev’d. Sharon said a prayer and gave a blessing.  The Head teacher Mark Carter Tufnell then talked to the children about ‘moving on’.  He gave them six very important ‘life messages’ to take with them, which hopefully will support them in the years to come.

Afterwards the parents, carers, visitors and children had a barbecue.  It really was lovely to watch the young playing together afterwards.

All in all it was such a happy occasion, made possible by the staff who ensured that it was a unique occasion for the Year 6 pupils at a very unusual time in their lives.  Our thanks to the staff and our good wishes to the young people as they move forward to the next stage of their education.

Planning for Services in Church

Planning is moving ahead.  Should you go into Church you will see that many of the chairs are in unusual positions, please do not move them!  We are working out how many people we can safely accommodate in our building.

We are hoping that on Sunday, 16th August we will have our service together.  Guidance will be given and shared by us all.  The Church is being cleaned on Saturday as an early preparation.

Let us hope that shortly there will be a joining together for our first service in many months.  It is such a very good thought.

Such Good News

Many of us will remember praying for Helen, daughter of Jenny and Derek, as she underwent first a major operation and then radiotherapy and chemotherapy.  It was such a very difficult time for all of the family and Helen was on our prayer list for many weeks.

She received a phone call and a letter this week informing her that a recent MRI scan shows no sign of the residual or recurrent disease.  This is such good news.  However she still has need of our prayers as she recovers from both her treatment, which was very invasive, and the side effects.

We give thanks that Helen is moving forward and now has some Peace of mind.

Taking Down the Weathervane

The Weathervane which has been up on our tower for many years has finally been taken down.  Looking at the rusting metal support it was not a moment too soon!

A fantastic team led by Peter Tidy, of Jim Blyth, Robert Morton, Andy Harper, Les Jones and Peter Harvey took just over 1½ hours to do this.  Originally the thought was that we would have to hire cranes, access platforms etc. etc. at eye watering prices.  Peter’s very practical manual plan was a fantastic achievement.

Very many thanks to them.  Everything taken down was taken to Tiny the Blacksmith and a new weathervane designed by him will be crafted.  It has been given by many people in memory of Richard Jacobs, as the Weathervane will be a facsimile of the fishing trawler he used for many years.

We very much look forward to seeing it up on our tower.

Once again many thanks to the team – they certainly can feel proud of what they achieved.

 

A Volunteer Please

I have been writing the Notices for the Pew Sheet for a number of years and would now like to relinquish this task.  I plan to finish at the end of July.

Therefore there is a need for a volunteer to take this on.  Please do consider it as the communication of information is so important to us all.

Please ring me on 01255 820648 if you would like to discuss it further.

Sonia

The Salvation Army Foodbank

The Salvation Army continues to need many items.  For those who would like guidance we understand that tinned fish and meats, in fact most tinned foods would be gratefully received.

Thank-you to everyone who delivers food into the Church.

Pew Sheet 19.7.20.

Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 19th July 2020

 The Sixth Sunday after Trinity

The Bible Readings

Rom. 8. 12-25

Matt 13. 24-30, 36-43

 The Collect

Creator God, you made us all in your image: may we discern you in all that we see, and serve you in all that we do: through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Today’s Gospel

Matt 13. 24-30, 36-43

The Parable of Weeds among the Wheat

He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field;  but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away.  So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well.  And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’  He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’  But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them.  Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”

Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!

For our prayers at home this week

  • Graham is back home and recovering well from his major operation. He says that ‘it is all going in the right direction’ which is excellent. Please continue to hold him in your prayers.
  • Nick looks well and is working on the Church Gift Aid forms; we do owe him so much for the work he has done for the Church over many years. Please do pray for him as he lives with his illness.
  • Please continue to pray for John, who is not a member of our Church, but is in need of our prayers as he has to undergo chemotherapy again.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those living and working in Beacon Way, Belair Estate, Bentley Road, Bishops Drive, Botanical Way, Botany Lane, Broadstrood, Brook Vale and Bypass Road.
  • We pray for all those who have died recently and their families who mourn their loss.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie, Sienna, and Jane Eade.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

 ~~NOTICES~~

 Planning for Services in Church

The Standing Committee met in Church on Friday and much was discussed about ensuring that we keep everyone safe during an actual service.  We are very much hoping that we will meet again in mid August.  Very fortunately we have a large Church and we are able to come in through one door and exit through another!  Receiving the ‘Host’ should not cause us any problems from an organisational point of view either.  There will be lots of guidance both written and verbal to help prepare ourselves for coming together again as a Church Family.  A really lovely thought.

Such Good News

Many of us will remember praying for Helen, daughter of Jenny and Derek, as she underwent first a major operation and then radiotherapy and chemotherapy.  It was such a very difficult time for all of the family and Helen was on our prayer list for many weeks.

She received a phone call and a letter this week informing her that a recent MRI scan shows no sign of the residual or recurrent disease.  This is such good news.  However she still has need of our prayers as she recovers from both her treatment, which was very invasive, and the side effects.

We give thanks that Helen is moving forward and now has some Peace of mind.

Taking Down the Weathervane

The Weathervane which has been up on our tower for many years has finally been taken down.  Looking at the rusting metal support it was not a moment too soon!

A fantastic team led by Peter Tidy, of Jim Blyth, Robert Morton, Andy Harper, Les Jones and Peter Harvey took just over 1½ hours to do this.  Originally the thought was that we would have to hire cranes, access platforms etc. etc. at eye watering prices.  Peter’s very practical manual plan was a fantastic achievement.

Very many thanks to them.  Everything taken down was taken to Tiny the Blacksmith and a new weathervane designed by him will be crafted.  It has been given by many people in memory of Richard Jacobs, as the Weathervane will be a facsimile of the fishing trawler he used for many years.

We very much look forward to seeing it up on our tower.

Once again many thanks to the team – they certainly can feel proud of what they achieved.

 

A Volunteer Please

I have been writing the Notices for the Pew Sheet for a number of years and would now like to relinquish this task.  I plan to finish at the end of July.

Therefore there is a need for a volunteer to take this on.  Please do consider it as the communication of information is so important to us all.

Please ring me on 01255 820648 if you would like to discuss it further.

Sonia

The Salvation Army Foodbank

Thank-you to those who continue to give generously.  Please do remember that the need is there when you are shopping, and put a few extra items in your shopping basket.  It will be much appreciated.

Thank-you.

Pew Sheet 12.7.20.

Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 12th July 2020

 The Fifth Sunday after Trinity

Welcome to our Spiritual Communion

Sunday, 5th July

 The Bible Readings

Rom. 8. 1-11

Matt 13. 1-9, 18-23

 The Collect

Almighty God, send down upon your Church the riches of your Spirit, and kindle in all who minister the Gospel your countless gifts of grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Today’s Gospel

 Matthew 13:1-9
The Parable of the Sower

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea.  Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach.  And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow.  And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up.  Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil.  But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away.  Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.  Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.  Let anyone with earslisten!”

Matthew 13:18-23
The Parable of the Sower Explained

“Hear then the parable of the sower.  When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path.  As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;  yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away.  As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing.  But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

For our prayers at home this week

  • We pray again for Graham Syrett, who having made good progress, has this week had to undergo a major operation and has been in critical care. He is still very ill, and has need of all our prayers.
  • Nick is in good spirits, but please continue to remember him in your prayers.
  • This week a special prayer for John who is having to undergo chemotherapy again.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those living and working in Abbots Gardens, Allen Way, Alpha Road, Barrack Lane, Beach Road, Beach Road (Lee over Sands) and Beacon Heights.
  • We pray for all those who have died recently and their families who mourn their loss.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie, Sienna, and Jane Eade.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

 ~~NOTICES~~

 Celebrating Our First Spiritual Communion on Sunday, 5th July

This was such a very special occasion for all of us.  No, we were not actually in Church, but we were listening to the words of the Communion Service and seeing Sharon say them.  We heard and saw the Bible being read and the Intercessions spoken.

It was tremendously reassuring and comforting, and hopefully is providing the bridge between the Church being locked and all of us being able to attend a service in Church.

Many people have said how much they enjoyed the service and Helen has reported that there were 108 hits – amazing.

We owe her a great deal of gratitude as she records it in separate parts and then puts the whole service together with the words for us to read and join in.  It is then sent to Gary at Great Bentley, who is an IT Consultant, to put on a restricted channel on YouTube.

There are times when technology is wonderful, especially when we are blessed with people who can use it for our benefit.

Many thanks to them both, Helen and Gary.

This week the service will come from Great Bentley.

Planning for Services in Church

The Standing Committee is meeting in Church on Friday, 17th July.  We will be discussing the arrangements which will have to be put in place so that we can begin to have services in Church, hopefully in the middle of August.

The Church is Open for Private Prayer and Reflection

Again the Church has been well visited, I have had to replenish the sanitiser.  Please when you come in, take sensible precautions to prevent cross infection.

A Volunteer Please

I have been writing the Notices for the Pew Sheet for a number of years and would now like to relinquish this task.  I plan to finish at the end of July.

Therefore there is a need for a volunteer to take this on.  Please do consider it as the communication of information is so important to us all.

Please ring me on 01255 820648 if you would like to discuss it further.

Sonia

The Salvation Army Foodbank

Thank-you to those who continue to give generously.  Please do remember that the need is there when you are shopping, and put a few extra items in your shopping basket.  It will be much appreciated.

Thank-you.

Pew Sheet 5.7.20.

Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 5th July 2020

The Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Welcome to our Spiritual Communion Sunday, 5th July

Today’s Gospel

Matthew 11. 16-19, 25-end

“But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;     we wailed, and you did not mourn.’

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

At that time Jesus said, “I thank] you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.  All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

For our prayers at home this week

  • Please continue to hold Nick in your prayers
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those living and working in Western Promenade, Wick Lane, Wigboro Lane, Wigboro Wick Lane, Willow Avenue and Withrick Walk.
  • We pray for all those who have died recently and their families who mourn their loss.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Graham, Sienna, and Jane Eade.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

 ~~NOTICES~~

The Benefice celebrates its first Spiritual Communion in Church

https://link.edgepilot.com/s/143713f6/8LFxoqUdLEmgW1yIBQ3tWA?u=https://youtu.be/1QKk00-gVsg

Above is a link to our first Spiritual Communion that you will be available to view from 10am on Sunday 5th July.  It was recorded and filmed in St Osyth Church on Monday, 29th June. I have been fortunate enough to see a preview and although we are viewers and not participants, it somehow was enormously reassuring and comforting to hear the words of the Communion Service again.  We do hope that you too will feel that reassurance, until such time as we can open the Church for services.

Guidance has now been received from the Church of England about the opening up of the Church for services.  The one puzzling issue is that they are saying we should adhere to “social distancing of at least 2 metres or 1 metre with risk mitigation (where 2 metres is not viable) between households”.  Not too sure how that will work and the assumption of many is that it would be 1 metre not 2!

There are a number of issues which will have to be considered and risk assessments done before August, when it is hoped we will be able to be participants, but for the host only, in a communion service.

Grateful thanks to Helen who put all the service together…………

The following was put on the Pew Sheet last Sunday and it is being repeated in case it was missed and it does give important information about the planning and organisations of service, at least for this month.

Lifting of More Restrictions

It was announced on Tuesday that many places, including places of worship, can open from Saturday, 4th July.

Reverend Sharon is anticipating that both St Osyth Church and Great Bentley Church will be open for services sometime in August.  We are awaiting detailed guidance for doing this from the Church of England.  Until then a Spiritual Communion is planned.  This will be the Communion Service that we have on a normal Sunday led by Sharon but it will be recorded and filmed and will be sent to us via the web.  The difference will be that we of course will not be present in church.

The plan is that the service will one week, be filmed in St Osyth and the following week in Great Bentley.  Each church, when the service is filmed in their church, will use their own reader and Intercessor.  The revised Rota to cover the new organization is being sent out with the Pew Sheet.

The first of the Spiritual Communion Services will be held in St Osyth on the 5th July, filming and recording will take place on Monday, 29th June.  The reader will have to be in Church at 2.30pm and the Intercessor at 2.45pm.  The remaining parts of the service will be filmed after that.

Helen Brown has volunteered to do all the filming and will put it together for us.  This is a huge commitment on Helen’s part and we are enormously grateful to her.  The recorded service will then be sent to all those on the Pew Sheet, together with a copy ready for the following Sunday.  The suggestion is we may all like to participate at 10am on Sunday morning, but that is of course up to the individual.

The Service probably will happen for just a few Sundays until we are all together again, but it will be enormously uplifting to hear the familiar words of the Communion Service once again.

The Church is Open for Private Prayer and Reflection

The Church has been well visited this week and many candles lit.  Do pop in, but please take sensible precautions to prevent cross infection.

A Volunteer Please

I have been writing the Notices for the Pew Sheet for a number of years and would now like to relinquish this task.  I plan to finish at the end of July.

Therefore there is a need for a volunteer to take this on.  Please do consider it as the communication of information is so important to us all.

Please ring me on 01255 820648 if you would like to discuss it further.

Sonia

The Salvation Army Foodbank

 Thank-you to the many people who have been taking food into the Church; it is really very generous.  It is so good at this time that we as a Church and a community are thinking of those in need. 

Pew Sheet 28.6.20.

Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 28th June 2020

 The Third  Sunday after Trinity

THE CHURCH IS OPEN FOR US ALL!

Bible readingsadings

Rom. 6. 12-end

Matt 10. 40-end

 The Collect

God our saviour, look on this wounded world in pity and in power; hold us fast to your promises of peace won for us by your son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Rewards

“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward;  and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous;  and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple – truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”

For our prayers at home this week

  • Please continue to hold Nick in your prayers
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those living and working in The Priory, Three Acres, Tunstall Close, Tower Estate, Tyler Avenue (Clacton), Wall Street and Warren Lane.
  • We pray for all those who have died recently and their families who mourn their loss.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Graham, Sienna, and Jane Eade.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time. 

NOTICES for 28.6.20.

The Church is open for Private Prayer

A number of people have been into church for prayer, for a time of reflection and to light a candle.  It is so good that at last this can happen.

Please continue to take sensible precautions when you go into church to prevent cross infection.

Lifting of More Restrictions

It was announced on Tuesday that many places, including places of worship, can open from Saturday, 4th July.

Reverend Sharon is anticipating that both St Osyth Church and Great Bentley Church will be open for services sometime in August.  We are awaiting detailed guidance for doing this from the Church of England.  Until then a Spiritual Communion is planned.  This will be the Communion Service that we have on a normal Sunday led by Sharon but it will be recorded and filmed and will be sent to us via our website.  The difference will be that we of course will not be present in church.

The plan is that the service will one week, be filmed in St Osyth and the following week in Great Bentley.  Each church, when the service is filmed in their church, will use their own reader and Intercessor.  The revised Rota to cover the new organization is being sent out with the Pew Sheet.

The first of the Spiritual Communion Services will be held in St Osyth on the 5th July, filming and recording will take place on Monday, 29th June.  The reader will have to be in Church at 2.30pm and the Intercessor at 2.45pm.  The remaining parts of the service will be filmed after that.

Helen Brown has volunteered to do all the filming and will put it together for us.  This is a huge commitment on Helen’s part and we are enormously grateful to her.  The recorded service will then be sent to all those on the Pew Sheet, together with a copy ready for the following Sunday.  The suggestion is we may all like to participate at 10am on Sunday morning, but that is of course up to the individual.

The Service probably will happen for just a few Sundays until we are all together again, but it will be enormously uplifting to hear the familiar words of the Communion Service once again.

The Magazine returns in August – Hurrah!

It will be so good to have our church magazine being delivered again especially now after three months of absence.

It will however be rather a differently produced magazine as because of social distancing it very much affects its organisation and production.  However the Editorial Team is working with Sharon, to produce the magazine.  Monica will be happy to receive articles for the magazine.

Andy Brown who manages the advertising has, with Helen, been ringing all our advertisers, very much hoping that they want to advertise again.  It would appear that many are happy to do so.  This is really important as it is the advertising that enables us to produce the magazine at no cost to the residents.

Janine, who manages the distribution, has been in touch with the wonderful people who deliver the magazine and to date there are no difficulties.

As it is a special magazine there will be photographs taken during lockdown, acting as reminders of that time.

We will be inviting all our regular contributors to write their monthly articles.  There will have been no clubs or organisations meeting, but they too will be invited to inform us of things which they may have done to support their members.

We will, of course, welcome articles remembering possible ‘golden moments during lockdown’ and possibly some not so golden moments!

It will be a reflective magazine in many ways as we look back on a time, like no other, that any of us have experienced.  But it will also very much celebrate the community of St Osyth that did so much to help those who, at that time, needed support.  We did indeed ensure that the acts of kindness did not run dry during those 12 weeks.

If you would like to submit an article for the August magazine – please send it to Monica (stosythparishmag@gmail.com).  The Deadline Date is Friday, 10th July.

The Salvation Army Foodbank

 The foodbank grocery container is back inside the Church.  Please do bring items in to support the much needed foodbank, the Church is open.

Thanks to Dollar and Meena of the Nisa Stores

During the months of March, April and May Dollar, as he has done in previous months, makes a surcharge of 5p if people need a plastic carrier bag.

Last week a BACS payment of £221.80 (from the Point Clear Store) and £558.00 (from the St Osyth Store) making a total or £779.80 was paid into the Church bank account from the sale of plastic bags.  As Dollar personally pays for the bags it makes them eligible for Gift Aid.  So Nick Lee who applies for our Gift Aid payments will be requesting a further £194.75 from the Treasury, so making the gift of £974.75 from Dollar and Meena to the Church.

This is extremely generous and kind and gives us, at this time, much needed funds.

A warm thank-you to them both.

Pew Sheet 21.6.20.

Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

21st June 2020

The Second Sunday after Trinity

The Church Door is Open for us all!!

 

The Bible Readings

Rom. 6. 1b-11

Matt 10. 24-39

 The Collect

Faithful Creator, whose mercy never fails: deepen our faithfulness to you and to your living Word, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Today’s Gospel

Matthew 10:24-39

“A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!

Whom to Fear

“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops.  Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.  Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.

“Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.

Not Peace, but a Sword

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.

For I have come to set a man against his father,
and a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;

 and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;  and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.

For our prayers at home this week

  • Nick is enjoying his garden and the birds who visit – we say thank-you in our prayers that he is able to enjoy this time.
  • Pray for our village and our residents, the staff, residents and visitors of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; all those living and working in St Clair’s Drive, St Clair’s Road, St Clere’s Hall Lane, St John’s Road, Stanmore Way and The Bury. For our children and their teachers who are now in school and pray that they are kept safe.
  • We remember Dr Mirza and Rev’d. Denis Hart who have died recently.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Graham, Sienna, and Jane Eade.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

 ~~NOTICES~~

The Church is open for Private Prayer

It is such good news that the Church is now open as usual every day from 8am – 4pm for reflection and prayer.

Sensible precautions have been taken to prevent cross infection – please ensure that you use the sanitiser, disposable gloves and paper towels as is necessary.

The Magazine returns in August – Hurrah!

It will be so good to have our church magazine being delivered again especially now after three months of absence.

It will however be rather a differently produced magazine as because of social distancing it very much affects its organization and production.  However the Editorial Team is working with Sharon, who has the technical knowledge of using a programme called Publisher, to produce the magazine.  Monica will be happy to receive articles for the magazine.

Andy Brown who manages the advertising has, with Helen, been ringing all our advertisers, very much hoping that they want to advertise again.  It would appear that many are happy to do so.  This is really important as it is the advertising that enables us to produce the magazine at no cost to the residents.

Janine, who manages the distribution, has been in touch with the wonderful people who deliver the magazine and to date there are no difficulties.

As it is a special magazine there will be photographs taken during lockdown, acting as reminders of that time.

We will be inviting all our regular contributors to write their monthly articles.  There will have been no clubs or organisations meeting, but they too will be invited to inform us of things which they may have done to support their members.

We will, of course, welcome articles remembering possible ‘golden moments during lockdown’ and possibly some not so golden moments!

It will be a reflective magazine in many ways as we look back on a time, like no other, that any of us have experienced.  But it will also very much celebrate the community of St Osyth that did so much to help those who, at that time, needed support.  We did indeed ensure that the acts of kindness did not run dry during those 12 weeks.

If you would like to submit an article for the August magazine – please send it to Monica (stosythparishmag@gmail.com).  The Deadline Date is Friday, 10th July.

The Salvation Army Foodbank

 The foodbank grocery container is back inside the Church.  Please do bring items in to support the much needed foodbank, the Church is open.

Thanks to Dollar and Meena of the Nisa Stores

During the months of March, April and May Dollar, as he has done in previous months, makes a surcharge of 5p if people need a plastic carrier bag.

Last week a BACS payment of £221.80 (from the Point Clear Store) and £558.00 (from the St Osyth Store) making a total or £779.80 was paid into the Church bank account from the sale of plastic bags.  As Dollar personally pays for the bags it makes them eligible for Gift Aid.  So Nick Lee who applies for our Gift Aid payments will be requesting a further £194.75 from the Treasury, so making the gift of £974.75 from Dollar and Meena to the Church.

This is extremely generous and kind and gives us, at this time, much needed funds.

A warm thank-you to them both.

Pew Sheet 14.6.20.

Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 14th June 2020

 The First Sunday after Trinity

The Church Door is now Open for us all

 The Bible Readings

Rom. 5. 1-8

Matt 9. 35-10.8

 The Collect

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.

Please if you know anyone who would like to receive the Pew Sheet, ask for their email, and send it to Monica and they will be added to our mailing list.

Today’s Gospel

Matthew 9. 35-10.8

The Harvest Is Great, the Labourers Few

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness.  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send our labourers into his harvest.”

The Twelve Apostles

Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness.  These are the names of the twelve apostles:  first Simon, also known as 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 Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.

The Mission of the Twelve

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions:  “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.  Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons.  You received without payment; give without payment.

For our prayers at home this week

  • Sharon is back to full health and we say a grateful thank-you prayer for this.
  • Nick has good days and bad days, let us pray that the good days are more than the bad. Currently he is working on preparing our Gift Aid Claim ready for submission!
  • Sue and her family, who are Mel and Tina’s friends, are restored to health and thank us for our prayers.
  • We remember Dr Mirza, Rev’d. Denis Hart, Derek Watts and Jack Whittle who have died recently.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Graham, Sienna, and Jane Eade.
  • Pray for our village and our residents. For our children who have returned to school; pray that they are kept safe.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

 So many Acts of Kindness in Our Time

Looking back now on 12 weeks of lockdown it really was all so very surreal.  There are many aspects of it we will remember, but hopefully the memory that will remain with us all for a long time, is the many acts of kindness that have been done by so many people to help and support others.

  • At the beginning of Lockdown a resident having read that the Parish Council and the Church were going to deliver groceries and prescriptions, emailed to say if money was needed to cover expenses, she and her husband were happy to help.  What a very kind thought and gesture.
  • Over thirty volunteers have been actively involved in organising and delivering prescriptions and groceries to the elderly and vulnerable in the village to date:

779 deliveries of groceries comprising of 1948 bags/boxes and

645 prescriptions have been delivered.

What a total and a commitment by all these volunteers!

  • Many of our Church family have been ringing people on a weekly or fortnightly basis just to check that they are coping and whether help is needed. Again an act of kindness.
  • Others have been putting their skills to very good use by making scrubs for the NHS.
  • Last but by no means least are the two friends who have set up, in the phone box opposite the Priory, a free larder of food for those in need.  What has been so very kind is not only their generosity but the number of people who have popped along and put additional items of food in the phone box larder.

The two friends regularly go and check it, ensure it is tidy, that items are organised ready and if necessary topped up for people to take if they have a need.

The kindness shown in organising it and all the people who are giving food, and continue to do so is really exceptional.

All of us having read these acts of kindness and there are many more, know that in St Osyth, during this difficult and unprecedented time, the reserves of human kindness have not run dry.

We have much to be thankful for.

Notices

Good News – The Church is Open for Private Prayer!  Yes!

“At last” we hear many of you say!  It has been a strange time not only having any of our church services but also of course not being able to go into Church for a time of quiet reflection and prayer.

However as from Monday, 15th June, from 8am – 4pm the church will be open again as usual.  We will be taking sensible precautions of course to prevent cross infection.  There will be a table in front of the door with a sanitizer, disposable gloves and paper hand towels, all these to be used to keep you safe.

The church and the floor will be cleaned on Saturday morning in readiness for Monday.

Final piece of good news – there will be a magazine in August!  How very pleasing that is.

 

A Letter to Residents

This week the elderly and vunerable residents who have used the delivery service for prescriptions and groceries received a letter from the Parish Council and the Church informing them that these deliveries will cease after Friday, 19th June.

We are delighted that so many elderly and vunerable residents have used the service.  However the Government’s recent announcement to ease lockdown means that everyone can now get out more and relatives who have had to stay away can now meet up and help each other.  Many of our volunteers too are returning to work in accordance with the new guidelines.

However before making the decision to stop delivering we made extensive inquiries to ensure that the residents who still needed help and support can access it.  There is a great deal of help available now, which is so different from when we started delivering prescriptions and groceries on 23rd March.

All the information that we had gathered was put into a letter, as it was decided it was essential that everyone should receive a paper copy of the information.  This meant that nearly 300 envelopes had to be addressed, the letter and grocery list had to be put into these and stamps stuck on, plus of course all the photocopying that had to be done.  It was quite an exercise in team work.  The heroes over the two days who did this, all in their own homes were:

                                                Pat Smith                                 Danny Wright

                                                Linda Collins                            Sue Butters

                                                Lesley Grimwood                    Dianne Pile

                                                Jennifer Ford                           Chris Pile

Aided by Councilors Pat Quy, David Cooper and Neil our Clerk.

They were all absolutely brilliant, agreed to help with alacrity and quite understanding the need for a speedy turnover.  It was felt that it was really important that the residents had the information as soon as possible and Royal Mail played their part, posted 2nd class Monday morning, arrived on Tuesday. Wow!

It was all very impressive.  Thank-you to them all.

 

Pew Sheet 7.6.20.

Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 7th June 2020

 Trinity Sunday

Vacancy in See, Day of Prayer, 7th June 2020

 A Prayer for Discernment

God of provision and care,

discernment and knowledge;

lead us in your love,

empower us by your Spirit

and equip us with your gifts;

give us hearts full of love for all people,

minds open to the signs of the times

and wisdom to know how to respond

to the voice of your calling.

We ask this through Him whose coming is certain,

Whose day draws near, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Very Rev’d. Nicholas Hemshall, Dean of Chelmsford

 

The Bible Readings

Corinthians 13. 11 to end

Matt 28. 16-20

 The Collect

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 every.

Today’s Gospel

Matthew 28:16-20
The Commissioning of the Disciples

 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

For our prayers at home this week

  • Sharon has had an active week with seven meetings on Zoom; it is all good. Please continue to prayer for her as she moves forward happily and positively.
  • Nick is home from hospital, our prayers were answered, we continue to pray for him.
  • We remember Dr Mirza, Rev’d. Denis Hart, Derek Watts and Jack Whittle who have died recently.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Graham, Sienna, and Jane Eade.
  • Pray for our village and our residents. For our children who have returned to school; pray that they are kept safe.       
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

Thank-you for giving your views

Thank-you to those who have already commented on the all important questions asked of us by the Chelmsford Diocese Vacancy in See Committee.  It would be good to receive more, so that we and Great Bentley can send a united view.

We have included the questions again on the Pew Sheet so that you can give your response.  Please do participate.

Appointing the Next Bishop of Chelmsford in Our Time

The process is underway to discern who God is calling to be the next Bishop of Chelmsford and as part of that process the Diocesean ‘Vacancy in See Committee’ want to hear what we all think.

We are reminded by them that everyone of us has an active part to play in seeking God’s wisdom and care for those responsible for the discernment process, and those whom God is calling for this crucial role of service in the life of our Diocese.

We are being invited to have a say in the process by responding to a selection of questions which have been printed on the sheet.  These may be used for forming your own responses.  If it is helpful please give your views under each question and please email either to Sharon (revdsmiles@hotmail.com) or Sonia (sonia.grantham@me.com). If you are unable to complete the consultation in this way, please ring Sonia for a paper copy (01255 820648) or pop into the Church porch and there will be some there.  These, when completed, can be placed in the box in the Church porch.

Equally you may wish to complete an ‘online’ submission by emailing chelmsford.anglian.org and search for ‘Help identify the Next Bishop of Chelmsford’.

It would be good to put together a collective response from the Benefice to these all important questions.  This has to be with the Diocese by the 4th July. To enable us to collate the responses could your views, either on the Pew Sheet, or on pieces of paper (either is fine) be put in the box in the Church Porch by Wednesday, 17th June.

 Please do respond, the appointment of Bishop of Chelmsford is so important to our Diocese.

Any difficulties please contact Sharon 01255 822055 or Sonia 01255 820648.

Help Identify the Next Bishop of Chelmsford

 1.Can you tell us what you value most about the Church in your community as well as across Esssex and East London?  Please think carefully about what the Church means and provides to you personally and to the wider community within our parish, benefice and the diocese as a whole.

  1. What challenges does the Church face in East London and Essex as we seek to share the Good News of Jesus? Please think of any constraints or issues, whether they be personal, local or in the Diocese, that act as restraints on the spreading of the ‘Word’ and of our faith.
  1. What wider issues would you like our next Bishop of Chelmsford to be passionate about? Please think about things that concern you or others that you know of, that you feel the Church should be more identified or involved with.
  1. What qualities, skills or leadership will our next Bishop of Chelmsford require? Please think about the role and responsibility of our next Bishop and what you would expect that individual to have in their armour in order to meet and fulfil those requirements.
  1. What kind of person will our next Bishop of Chelmsford need to be (particularly as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic)?  Please think about the nature of the role being undertaken, the circumstances under which it is being undertaken and what we expect that individual to deliver.
  1. What else would you like to tell us? Please think about any concerns about or for the Church and its future, the wonderful work it is currently undertaking, its financial stability, the shortage of clergy and the responsibility of lay people within the Church etc.

This is our opportunity to have a say and shape the outcome of the selection process.  Please participate, this is an important decision for our Diocese.

Pew Sheet 31.5.20.

Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 

“SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 

31st May 2020

DAY OF PENTECOST (Whit Sunday) 

Vacancy in See, Day of Prayer, 7th June 2020

 A Prayer for Discernment

God of provision and care,

discernment and knowledge;

lead us in your love,

empower us by your Spirit

and equip us with your gifts;

give us hearts full of love for all people,

minds open to the signs of the times

and wisdom to know how to respond

to the voice of your calling.

We ask this through Him whose coming is certain,

Whose day draws near, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Very Rev’d. Nicholas Hemshall, Dean of Chelmsford

The Bible Readings

Acts 2. 1-21

John 7. 37-39

 The Collect

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father, ignite in us your holy fire; strengthen your children with the gift of faith, revive your Church with the breath of love, and renew the face of the earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For our prayers at home this week

  • Sharon continues to work from home and reads both Morning and Evening Prayer in Church. We say prayers and thanks that she is moving forward so positively.
  • Please continue to pray for Nick, who is in hospital, hopefully only for a short time.
  • We remember Dr Mirza, Rev’d. Denis Hart, Derek Watts and Jack Whittle who have died recently.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Graham, Sienna, and Jane Eade.
  • Pray for our village and our residents. For those children and staff returning to school on 1st June, pray that they are kept safe.  
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers who are so important to the welfare of our country and its citizens at this time.

 Appointing the Next Bishop of Chelmsford in Our Time

The process is now underway to discern who God is calling to be the next Bishop of Chelmsford and as part of that process the Diocesean ‘Vacancy in See Committee’ want to hear what we all think.

We are reminded by them that everyone of us has an active part to play in seeking God’s wisdom and care for those responsible for the discernment process, and those whom God is calling for this crucial role of service in the life of our Diocese.

We are being invited to have a say in the process by responding to a selection of questions which have been printed on the sheet.  These may be used for forming your own responses.  If it is helpful please give your views under each question and please email either to Sharon (revdsmiles@hotmail.com) or Sonia (sonia.grantham@me.com). If you are unable to complete the consultation in this way, please ring Sonia for a paper copy (01255 820648) or pop into the Church porch and there will be some there.  These, when completed, can be placed in the box in the Church porch.

Equally you may wish to complete an ‘online’ submission by emailing chelmsford.anglian.org and search for ‘Help identify the Next Bishop of Chelmsford’.

It would be good to put together a collective response from the Benefice to these all important questions.  This has to be with the Diocese by the 4th July. To enable us to collate the responses could your views, either on the Pew Sheet, or on pieces of paper (either is fine) be put in the box in the Church Porch by Wednesday, 17th June.

 Please do respond, the appointment of Bishop of Chelmsford is so important to our Diocese.

Any difficulties please contact Sharon 01255 822055 or Sonia 01255 820648.

Help Identify the Next Bishop of Chelmsford

1.Can you tell us what you value most about the Church in your community as well as across Esssex and East London?  Please think carefully about what the Church means and provides to you personally and to the wider community within our parish, benefice and the diocese as a whole.

  1. What challenges does the Church face in East London and Essex as we seek to share the Good News of Jesus? Please think of any constraints or issues, whether they be personal, local or in the Diocese, that act as restraints on the spreading of the ‘Word’ and of our faith.

  1. What wider issues would you like our next Bishop of Chelmsford to be passionate about? Please think about things that concern you or others that you know of, that you feel the Church should be more identified or involved with.

  1. What qualities, skills or leadership will our next Bishop of Chelmsford require? Please think about the role and responsibility of our next Bishop and what you would expect that individual to have in their armour in order to meet and fulfil those requirements.

  1. What kind of person will our next Bishop of Chelmsford need to be (particularly as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic)?   Please think about the nature of the role being undertaken, the circumstances under which it is being undertaken and what we expect that individual to deliver.

  1. What else would you like to tell us? Please think about any concerns about or for the Church and its future, the wonderful work it is currently undertaking, its financial stability, the shortage of clergy and the responsibility of lay people within the Church etc.

This is our opportunity to have a say and shape the outcome of the selection process.  Please participate, this is an important decision for our Diocese.

 

Pew Sheet 24.5.20.

Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 

“SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 

24th May 2020

7th Sunday of Easter

The Bible Readings

Acts 1.6-14

John 17. 1-11

 The Collect

Risen ascended Lord, as we rejoice at your triumph, fill your Church on earth with power and compassion, that all who are estranged by sin may find forgiveness and know your peace, to the glory of God the Father.

Today’s Gospel

John 17 v 1-11
Jesus Prays for His Disciples
After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify men your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.

For our prayers at home this week

  • Sharon is back at her desk and we say thank-you in our prayers that she is now well enough to begin work.
  • Having had his procedure Nick continues to enjoy eating and is enjoying too sitting in his new garden, we say thank-you in our prayers that he can do this.
  • We continue to remember Sue and her family in our prayers as they all continue to recover from coronavirus.
  • We remember Dr Mirza, Rev’d. Denis Hart, Derek Watts, Jack Whittle and Sylvia Colmer who have died recently.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Graham, Sienna, and Jane Eade.
  • Pray for our village, the residents, visitors and staff of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; the pupils, staff and administrators of our school, for those working at school and children of key workers, and those working at home: all those living and working in Seaview Road, Parade and Terrace, Seawick  Road, Second Avenue, South Close, Spring Hill and Spring Road.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers at this time, NHS staff, scientists and the government.

An Historical Thought for Our Time

 On Tuesday, 12th May, it was the annual International Nurses Day when the work and dedication of nurses is celebrated.  On that day in hospitals up and down the country many received posies of flowers in recognition  and thanks for their contribution to the nursing profession.  To receive a posy they had to be nominated by colleagues, so there were many very pleased and proud nurses on 12th May.

International Nurses Day is celebrated on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who was the founder and pioneer of modern nursing.  We all know her as ‘The Lady with the Lamp’, from when she was making her rounds of wounded soldiers in Scutari Hospital during the Crimean War.  But it was her work afterwards that laid the foundations of professional nursing with the establishment of her nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital.

It was this  work during the Crimean War, when ten times more soldiers died from infections than battle wounds, which reinforced her belief that strict hygiene procedures must be in place to prevent infection.  She implemented  hand washing and other strict hygiene practices in the Crimean War hospitals.  It was this experience which influenced her later career when she advocated that sanitary living conditions were of great importance in combating disease and infection.

So we come to the link between Florence Nightligale and coronavirus, when some 150 years later we are again having the importance of thorough hand washing reinforced.  Remember when a few weeks ago we were singing ‘Happy Birthday to You’ as a measure of how long it took to get our hands really clean!

So the message from Florence Nightingale  in the 19th century is the same as that from NHS England now which was, and is, practice strict hygiene to keep germs at bay and to fight infection!

NOTICES – See below

Notices 24.5.20.

 Help Identify the Next Bishop of Chelmsford

The process to determine who the new Bishop of Chelmsford will be has now formally began.  ALL members of the Church living within the Diocese of Essex and East London are being invited to have a say in the process, by responding to a selection of questions designed to indicate what we are looking for in a new Bishop and our expectations of the successful candidate.

As the present situation does not allow for meetings Sharon and I are using the Pew Sheet, so that we as a congregation, can participate by responding to the questions being asked of us by the Chelmsford Diocese Vacancy in See Committee.

Time is of the essence, as even despite the coronavirus, our response is required by the deadline of 4th July 2020.

To help us meet this deadline the questions being asked are listed below for our initial thoughts.  We would suggest that these are read and to give us all time to consider, think and pray, we will in the Pew Sheet for 31st May, produce them again with spacings so you can fill in your responses on line or print and send by mail or answer via the Diocesan website.

1.Can you tell us what you value most about the Church in your community as well as across Esssex and East London?  Please think carefully about what the Church means and provides to you personally and to the wider community within our parish, benefice and the diocese as a whole.

  1. What challenges does the Church face in East London and Essex as we seek to share the Good News of Jesus? Please think of any constraints or issues, whether they be personal, local or in the Diocese, that act as restraints on the spreading of the ‘Word’ and of our faith.
  2. What wider issues would you like our next Bishop of Chelmsford to be passionate about? Please think about things that concern you or others that you know of, that you feel the Church shuld be more identified or involved with.
  3. What qualities, skills or leadership will our next Bishop of Chelmsford require? Please think about the role and responsibility of our next Bishop and what you would expect that individual to have in their armour in order to meet and fulfil those requirements.
  4. What kind of person will our next Bishop of Chelmsford need to be (particularly as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic)?  
  5. Please think about the nature of the role being undertaken, the circumstances under which it is being undertaken and what we expect that individual to deliver.
  6. What else would you like to tell us? Please think about any concerns about or for the Church and its future, the wonderful work it is currently undertaking, its financial stability, the shortage of clergy and the responsibility of lay people within the Church etc.

    During this process we are asked to pray for discernment.  The Rev’d. Nicholas Hemshall writes:

    ‘Everyone of us has an active part to play in seeking God’s wisdom and care for those whom God is calling to be considered for this crucial role of service in the life of our diocese’.

    Please pray for:

    The life of our great and diverse Diocese, and for all the communities we seek to serve from

    Clacton-on-Sea to Canning Town; from Southend to Saffron Walden.For a deepening of our love for God and of our service in God’s world.

    For our church communities and all the places where God’s People gather.

    For God’s provision and care for all those responsible for calling the 11th Bishop of Chelmsford.

    For those God is preparing to respond to that call.

     This is our opportunity to have a say and shape the outcome of the selection process.  Please participate, this is an important decision for our Diocese.

     

    Salvation Army Food Bank

    Thank-you to those who are still able to drop items into the porch. As some members of our church are self isolating and cannot do this, but still would like to donate, they are ringing Nisa/Premier Stores. They then state the sum of money that they want to spend and request that a box/bag of ‘essentials’ is delivered to the Church Porch by the Parish Council volunteers.

    The system works really well.

    We have been informed by the Salvation Army that there is a 250% increase in parcels given out this April compared with April 2019.

    Please do support the Food Bank, in any way that is possible for you. Thank-you.

 

Pew Sheet 17.5.20.

Peter and Paul

The Parish Church of

St Osyth

of the Benefice of

St. Osyth and Great Bentley

 “SERVING GOD THROUGH

LOVE, WORSHIP AND WITNESS”

 17th May 2020

6th Sunday of Easter

 The Bible Readings

Acts 17.55-end

John 14. 15-21

 The Collect

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.

Today’s Gospel

John 14 v 15-21

 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

 “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”


For our prayers at home this week

  • We say thank-you in our prayers again this week that the Rev’d Sharon is moving positively towards making a full recovery.
  • We say thank-you too that Nick had a successful minor operation and is now enjoying food again!
  • We continue to remember Sue and her family in our prayers.
  • We remember Dr Mirza, Rev’d. Denis Hart, Derek Watts, Jack Whittle and Sylvia Colmer who have died recently.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Helen, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Graham, Sienna, and Jane Eade.
  • Pray for our village, the residents, visitors and staff of Five Stacks and Vyntoner House; the pupils, staff and administrators of our school, for those working at school and children of key workers, and those working at home; all those living and working in The Quay, Priory Park, Pump Hill, Rectory Road, Rochford Road, Roman Way, Rose Gardens, Rouses Lane, Row Heath and Saxon Way.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers at this time, NHS staff, scientists and the government.

Ascension Day Service

There will be an Ascension Day Service from All Saints Church Walton, via their You Tube Channel. It will be on both our Church web site and our Facebook page with the link. It can be accessed at any time on

Ascension Day, 21st May.

For Notices see below

A Bedtime Story for Our Time

The Great Realisation

By Tom Roberts

“Tell me the one about the virus again, then I’ll go to bed.”

‘But my boy, you’re growing weary, sleepy thoughts about your head.

‘Please!  That one’s my favourite. I promise just once more.

‘Okay, snuggle down my boy, though I know you know full well.

The story starts before then, in a world I once dwelled.

‘It was a world of waste and wonder, of poverty and plenty.

Back before we understood why hindsight’s 2020.

‘You see the people came up with companies to trade across all lands. But they swelled and got bigger than we ever could have planned.

‘We’d always had our wants, but now it got so quick.  You could have everything you dreamed of in a day and with a click.

‘We noticed families had stopped talking. That’s not to say they never spoke.  But the meaning must have melted and the work life balance broke.

‘And the children’s eyes got squarer and every toddler had a phone.

They filtered out the imperfections but amidst the noise, they felt alone.

‘And every day the skies grew thicker, till we couldn’t see the stars.

So we flew in planes to find them while down below we filled our cars.

‘We’d drive around all day in circles.  We’d forgotten how to run.

We’d swapped the grass for tarmac, shrunk the parks till there were none.

‘We filled the sea with plastic cause our waste was never capped.

Until each day when you went fishing, you’d pull them out already wrapped.

‘And while we drank and smoked and gambled, our leaders taught us why,

It’s best to not upset the lobbies, more convenient to die.

‘But then in 2020, a new virus came our way.

The Government reacted and told us all to hide away.

‘But while we were all hidden, amidst the fear and all the while,

The people dusted off their instincts, they remembered how to smile.

‘They started clapping to say thank you, and calling up their mums.

‘And while the car keys were gathering dust, they would look forward to their runs.

‘And with the sky less full of planes, the earth began to breathe.

And the beaches brought new wildlife that scattered off into the seas.

‘Some people started dancing, some were singing, some were baking.

We’d grown so used to bad news but some good news was in the making.

‘And so when we found the cure and were allowed to go outside,

We all preferred the world we found to the one we’s left behind.

‘Old habits become extinct, and they made way for the new.

And every simple act of kindness was now given its due.

‘But why did it take a virus to bring the people back together?’

Well, sometimes, you got to get sick, my boy, before you start feeling better.

‘Now lie down, and dream of tomorrow, and all the things that we can do.

And who knows, maybe if you dream strong enough, make some of them come true.

‘We now call it the Great Realisation, and yes, since then there have been many.

 ‘But that’s the story of how it started, and why hind sight’s 2020.’

Notices for 17.5.20.

A Coincidence that is almost Unbelievable!

At 10.45am on the 8th May, Victory in Europe Day, a small group of Royal British Legion members walked from Church Square to the War Memorial, observing the 2m rule as they did so.  All the Remembrance tributes that had been planned had had to be cancelled, but for all them commemorating V.E. Day by saying a prayer, laying a wreath and observing the 2 minute silence at the War Memorial was a tribute that was

important for them to pay.

However as they approached the War Memorial, they saw that watching them were two policewomen carrying clipboards  As the group continued to walk towards them, we can only imagine their thoughts as they knew what they were doing was not within

the Government’s guidelines!

One of the policewomen greeted them with

the chilling words:

‘You do realise that we could arrest

you all for what you are doing?’

It was agreed that they did.

We are happy to report that good old British common sense prevailed, as it was only too obvious that the Royal British Legion members wanted to pay their respects and commemorate an event which marked the end of the War in Europe.  This was then carried out in the War Memorial Garden with great dignity by the members with the agreement of the police.

Afterwards they were to discover that the two policewomen were in fact by the War Memorial because they had had a report that a motor bike was lying in the shrubbery on the other side of the railings! Sure enough it was there among the greenery!  The bike had obviously approached the bend coming from the crossroads, hit the kerb and the bike had taken off into the War Memorial.  We do not

know what happened to the rider.

It was a sheer coincidence that the police were gathering evidence at 11am that morning.  But when one considers all the other times of that day and the next when they could have done this, but were doing it when the intrepid group of Royal British Legion members were approaching the War Memorial, against all the rules, it is almost unbelievable!

However it will remain as one of the ‘Golden Moments’ of the Lockdown in the annals of the Royal British Legion and village history.

So many of us have smiled and really enjoyed this story!

Salvation Army Food Bank

Thank-you to those who are still able to drop items into the porch. As some members of our church are self isolating and cannot do this, but still would like to donate, they are ringing Nisa/Premier Stores. They then state the sum of money that they want to spend and request that a box/bag of ‘essentials’ is delivered to the Church Porch by the Parish Council volunteers.

The system works really well.

We have been informed by the Salvation Army that there is a 250% increase in parcels given out this April compared with April 2019.

Please do support the Food Bank, in any way that is possible for you. Thank-you.

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