St Osyth Parish Church and Coronavirus

Good news!  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.

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. See pew sheet for 5.7.20. below for details.

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 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.

Pew Sheet 10.5.20.

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”

 10th May 2020

 5th Sunday of Easter

 The Bible Readings

Acts 7.55-end

John 14. 1-14

 The Collect

Risen Christ, your wounds declare your love for the world and the wonder of your risen life: give us compassion and courage to risk ourselves for those we serve, to the glory of God the Father.

Today’s Gospel

John 14 v 1-14

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God;[a] believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?[b] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”[c] Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also.[d] From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. 12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me[e] for anything in my name, I will do it.


For our prayers at home this week

  • We say thank-you in our prayers this week that the Rev’d Sharon feels that she is now moving positively towatds making a full recovery.
  • Please continue to pray for Nick as he now awaits a procedure to clear a blockage in his bile-duct.
  • Please pray for Sue, a friend of Tina’s since childhood, who has recently lost her husband, and as both she and her son are in hospital with coronavirus. At home Sue’s daughter and granddaughter have the virus. We remember all the family in our prayers.
  • We remember Derek Watts, Jack Whittle and Sylvia Colmer who have died recently.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Nick, Helen, Pamela, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Graham, Sienna, Peter, Pamela 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 Norman Way, North Wall, Oakmead Road, Old School Close, Park Chase, Park Road, Point Clear Road & Priory Close
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers at this time, NHS staff, scientists and the government.

A Speech for Their Time.

King George VI Broadcast on May 8th 1945,

Victory in Europe (VE) Day

Today we give thanks to Almighty God for a great deliverance. Speaking from our Empire’s oldest capital city, war-battered but never for one moment daunted or dismayed – speaking from London, I ask you to join with me in that act of thanksgiving.

Let us remember those who will not come back: their constancy and courage in battle, their sacrifice and endurance in the face of a merciless enemy; let us remember the men in all the services, and the women in all the services, who have laid down their lives. We have come to the end of our tribulation and they are not with us at the moment of our rejoicing.

Then let us salute in proud gratitude the great host of the living who have brought us to victory. I cannot praise them to the measure of each one’s service, for in a total war, the efforts of all rise to the same noble height, and all are devoted to the common purpose.

Armed or unarmed, men and women, you have fought and striven and endured to your utmost. No-one knows that better than I do, and as your King, I thank with a full heart those who bore arms so valiantly on land and sea, or in the air, and all civilians who, shouldering their many burdens, have carried them unflinchingly without complaint

With those memories in our minds, let us think what it was that has upheld us through nearly six years of suffering and peril. The knowledge that everything was at stake: our freedom, our independence, our very existence as a people; but the knowledge also that in defending ourselves we were defending the liberties of the whole world; that our cause was the cause not of this nation only, not of this Empire and Commonwealth only, but of every land where freedom is cherished and law and liberty go hand in hand.

So let us resolve to bring to the tasks which lie ahead the same high confidence in our mission. Much hard work awaits us both in the restoration of our own country after the ravages of war, and in helping to restore peace and sanity to a shattered world.

To that, then, let us turn our thoughts to this day of just triumph and proud sorrow, and then take up our work again, resolved as a people to do nothing unworthy of those who died for us, and to make the world such a world as they would have desired for their children and for ours.

This is the task to which now honour binds us. In the hour of danger we humbly committed our cause into the hand of God and he has been our strength and shield. Let us thank him for his mercies and in this hour of victory commit ourselves and our new task to the guidance of that same strong hand.

For NOTICES see below.

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Notices for 10.5.20.

V.E. Day 8th May

We have been very grateful for the lead that Great Bentley has taken for the past weeks in preparing services for us all to participate in across the Benefice.

This Sunday, as we commemorate VE Day on the 10th May we are using the service written by the Diocese of Chelmsford with input and organisation by Sharon and Gt Bentley members.

The 75th anniversary will this year have an added poignancy as on the 8th May many of us will be standing in our own front gardens at 11am for the 2 minute silence and possibly having a picnic in the same place during the afternoon. It is sad to be commemorating this momentous occasion in this way and it was not what was planned.

However more commemorations and celebrations are planned for the 15th and 16th August for both

VE Day and VJ Day.

On the Pewsheet for this week, there are extracts from the speech made to the Nation by King George VI on the 8th May. This time is is very much:

‘A Speech for Their Time’

Commemorating the immense stoicism and sacrifice shown by our forefathers; it is impressive.

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’ are delivered to the Church Porch by the Parish Council volunteers.

The system works really well.

A little story that will make you smile and admire

Recently in telephone conversation with a resident, we were talking about how happy and prepared people were to help in the difficult situation we all find ourselves in at the present time.

She followed this up with the information that she had volunteered to make scrubs. I was very impressed. She then said

‘Well actually after I volunteered I realised that I hadn’t used my sewing maching in years, but I was determined to have a go. I have to admit my first attempt at making the tunic would most definitely not have passed ‘quality control!’

But the next four were fine’

She then added to my complete amazement

‘I am now starting on making the trousers with pockets. I have never made trousers before in my life, but I am following the instructions I found on YouTube and so far they are looking good!!’

Writing this now I still feel the complete admiration I felt then for a person determined to have a go at doing something that they knew might be difficult, because they were wanting to make an active contribution at this difficult time. It is so impressive, although I expect the person telling the story doesn’t think so at all!

The thought of making trousers with pockets completely overwhelms me!

Pew Sheet 3.5.20.

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”

 3rd May 2020

 4th Sunday of Easter

The Bible Readings

James 1.17-21

John 16.5-15

John 10. 1-10

 The Collect

Risen Christ, faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep:

Teach us to hear your voice and to follow your command, that all your people may be gathered into one flock, to the glory of God the Father.

A Plea for our Time – Be kind to yourselves parents

I hope this letter finds you well and coping with the constant changes that the world has suddenly thrown at us, forcing us to use any coping mechanisms necessary to get through each day of lockdown however we can. In my 20 years of teaching, this is, without doubt, the hardest thing I have done. It would make logical sense to think that dealing with 30 children in a classroom would be a good deal easier than dealing with just two at home but logic does not dictate in this regard. The underlying message and point I want to stress is just to know that you are not alone; you are a good parent, and a good person, and you are doing what you can and what you need to do in order to keep your sanity intact. Isolation with children who need physical stimulation is both physically and mentally draining, so remember to be kind to yourselves.

I was a great parent before I had kids. I would make both quiet and unfair judgements about parents in shopping centres, restaurants, and play areas about the way they raised their kids and how I “would never allow my child to get away with behaviour like that”. I was a teacher and obviously I knew all the answers and dispensed the most remarkable advice to whomever would listen. After my daughter was born, I quickly realised that I knew very little about raising children. The funny thing is, the older they get, the less I understand.

I have a three-year-old daughter and a one-and-a-half-year-old son. I simply adore them both. They are the best part of my life, so why do I find myself “clock watching”, counting the minutes to bath and bedtime from the second I hear my son barking orders to relieve him from the confines of his cot at 05h 15 in the morning?

The lockdown has been tough on all of us. My kids are watching far too much television, which is something that I am terrified to admit to, but it is a new normal. My daughter and I still count, build puzzles, colour-in, bake, play “Elsa and Anna” (I am always Anna), and play hide-and-seek. After that has finished and only an hour has passed, I realise that I still have 6 hours of this left. Please remember to breathe and to take each day one at a time. Although it may not feel like it, this, too, shall pass!

We need to bear in mind that our kids are also faced with a situation and they do not have the requisite skills to cope effectively. It is vital that we try our utmost to remain both mindful and patient. If we do run out of patience and mindfulness escapes us from time to time, we need to allow ourselves the space to make these mistakes and forgive ourselves. Our children will catch up on their schoolwork, they will forge their friendships yet again, and they will come through this as better people. Children will forgive you for telling them off from time to time. It’s ok! Let’s also allow them room to make mistakes, knowing that they can return to a safe space in our welcoming and forgiving arms.

So be kind to yourselves. When you are kissing them goodnight at the end of the day that could have been better, be gentle to yourself, be gentle on them, and try again tomorrow.

Written by a teacher in South Africa.

Today’s Gospel

John 10 v 1-10

10 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 


For our prayers at home this week

  • We pray for the Rev’d Sharon on her road to recovery.
  • Please hold Nick fast in your prayers as his chemotherapy had to be cancelled on Tuesday and he awaits the results of a scan. He has a real need of our prayers.
  • As does Sue, please pray for her as she struggles in hospital with coronavirus, having just lost her husband a few weeks ago. Sue is an old friend of Mel and Tina’s, who are self isolating and can do little to practically support their friend.
  • We remember Jack Whittle and Sylvia Colmer who have died recently.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Nick, Helen, Pamela, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Graham, Sienna, Peter, Pamela 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 Meadow View, Mersea View, Mill Street, Nassau Road, New Way, Newton Gardens, Newton Way, & Norman Close
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers at this time, NHS staff, scientists and the government.

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

For NOTICES please see below.

Notices for 3.5.20.

It seems a lifetime ago when the Parish Magazine was delivered to every home in St. Osyth with the distinctive orange cover. Its delivery was so timely, as we were able to inform everyone what was being put in place to support the elderly and vulnerable in our Parish at the beginning of the lockdown.

Since then, from Monday 23rd March through to 30th April, there has been a total of 460 deliveries of groceries which is approximately 1150 bags/boxes devlivered to people’s doors. We have had 370 prescription requests delivered to to 285 residents throughout the Parish, some 13.1 square miles.

Such an achievement.

We have so much to be thankful for that over 35 volunteers are enabling us as  a village to support the elderly and vulnerable, the majority of whom are self isolating. The Spirit of Community which has arisen in the past few weeks is truly remarkable and we are so grateful for it. We are also enormously grateful that we have a Church/Parish Magazine that is delivered to all our residents and as I said its delivery at this difficult time was so timely as it has enabled us to respond to a real need.

Thank you to so many people.

Salvation Army Food Bank

They are in desperate need of food, particularly powdered milk and instant mashed potatoes.

Please do drop items into the Porch, when taking your daily exercise.

The Rainbow and the Promise

Many of you will have read last week of the teamwork that went into producing the Rainbow and the Message outside the porch in the churchyard. There have been so many positive responses to it, so a big thank-you.

If you look at the photograph this week, you will see two small additions. One is the story of the rainbow and the message it gave in Old Testament times and the message it is giving us all now. The other is an acknowledgement to the four young girls and their mum Helen, who made the rainbow. They saw their names, when they were out, and were so pleased.

Thanks to all the Brown family.

V.E. Day 8th May

A request was made recently to the Bishop of Colchester on behalf of the St. Osyth Branch of the Royal British Legion that two members be allowed to enter the church, go up the Bell Tower and hoist the Union Flag.

Bishop Roger advised against it, so there will be no flag flying on the 8th May when we would have been celebrating/commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe. This we understand will now happen on 15th/16th August.

As a Benefice we are planning a service which will be sent to you via email, when  we will remember the many thousands of those who contributed so much at home and abroad to ensure we all enjoy the freedom we have today.

Pew Sheet 26.4.20.

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 April 2020

 3rd Sunday of Easter

The Bible Readings

1 Pet 1. 17-23

Luke 24. 13-35

 The Collect

Risen Christ, you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope: strengthen us to proclaim your risen life and fill us with your peace, to the glory of God the Father

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

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

Today’s Gospel

Luke 24. 13-35

This is only part of the reading, please do look up the whole text in your Bible.

 13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. ……  30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us[f] while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33 That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34 They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

A thought for our time

Written by Andy Brown

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, you may have noticed the sudden appearance of rainbows in windows near where you live. It has become a symbol of hope for people, and a way of lifting our spirits in this difficult time.

The rainbow was a symbol which God gave humanity shortly after the flood of Noah.

At the end of the global flood, God had preserved Noah and his family on the Ark. God made a covenant with humanity and all of the living creatures of the Earth, that He would never again destroy all flesh with a flood. God said that the rainbow would be a token between us and God of this promise.

So the rainbow in the sky is a reminder of God’s covenant. When God makes a promise, He means it.

Rainbows are an impressive sight. Whenever the sun and rain collide, you will often hear people mention a rainbow, and scanning the skies to find one. When they appear, bright and crisp above us, they can be breath-taking. God’s glory goes far beyond this.

Focus on that rainbow. It has a specific promise behind it, and yet also symbolises the very glory of God. Take the time to praise Him for His glory this day and always and the Hope we have in Him.

For our prayers at home this week

  • Please continue to hold Nick in your prayers as he begins his course of chemotherapy.
  • Continue to pray too for the Rev’d Sharon on her road to recovery.
  • We remember Sylvia Colmer who died recently.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Nick, Helen, Pamela, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Graham, Sienna, Peter, Pamela 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 King’s Close, Lee Wick Lane, Lilac Avenue, Links Road, Lodge Farm Lane, Longfields, Lydia Drive, Manfield Gardens & Maypole Drive
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers at this time, NHS staff, scientists and the government.

Notices for 26.4.20.

The Sharing of Services

We do hope that many of you have been able to join in the services that have been put together by members of Great Bentley Church. We are grateful to the members of our Intercession Team who are now planning and writing the prayers each week for us. Sharon has written her sermon for Sunday. My goodness we really are moving forward together in our use of technology!

A Rainbow and a Promise in the Churchyard

There was such a positive response to the Easter photograph of the lilies, the crosses and the little plants, that thinking of the impact its message had, the thought occurred ‘was there a further message that our church could share?’

The obvious answer was of course a RAINBOW and the message would be HOPE and PROMISE. The team work that has enabled us to do this has been tremendous. The majority of it conducted by telephone and by the use of our allowable daily exercise! We thought you would enjoy reading the sequence of actions and events!

  • Sonia – thought and a plan!
  • Consultation between Sharon and Sonia.
  • Helen and her girls crafted a lovely rainbow.
  • Dianne and Chris – by the use of Goggle and inspirational thinking, found the letters for Hope and Promise in rainbow colours!
  • Neil – Clerk to the Parish Council, laminated the individual letters.
  • Sue Butters – cut the vegetation of the dead daffodils in the planters so the lovely sunshine yellow pansies could be part of the message.
  • Sue Roche – who has been locking and unlocking the Church Porch door for all of this time – and Sonia, put up the rainbow letters.
  • Peter Tidy provided the hooks and plastic ties for the rainbow so it could be hung.
  • Jerry, the Butcher, Helen’s Dad, put the rainbow in position having finished work.
  • Helen reorganised the material on the rainbow and it was all done.

The symbol and message of Hope and Promise is there for us all to reflect on through either a photograph or a daily walk.

Hopefully it will lift residents’ spirits and morale as they look at it and it will bring a smile too.

Salvation Army Food Bank

Please if you can when taking your daily exercise, do drop items into the Porch for collection for the Food Bank. They really are in desperate need of powdered milk and instant mash potatoes.

Thank you

Rev’d Sharon

Sharon continues to improve and is making progress. Once again she thanks you for all your good wishes and concern and says

‘Take care and Every Blessing’

A Big Thank-you

As Churchwarden I would like to say a really big thank-you to Helen, our PCC Secretary. During the past three weeks she has really ‘gone the extra mile’ in doing all the typing, that I have given to her, so the pastoral scheme could be put in place and in doing additional things when suggested to her (like a Rainbow!). The thoughtful care and the time she has given to church members and friends in all that she has done is so much appreciated. How fortunate we are.

Update on Coronavirus (Covid-19). from the Parish Council and St. Osyth Church Monday 20th April 2020.

It seems a lifetime ago when the Parish Magazine was delivered to every home in

St. Osyth with the distinctive orange cover.  Its delivery was so timely, as we were able to inform everyone what was being put in place to support the elderly and vulnerable in our Parish at the beginning of the lockdown.

Since then there has been 307 grocery deliveries consisting of 767 bags/boxes delivered to front doors and 242 prescriptions.  These figures will be much higher by the time this update is published.

Getting all this organised initially was a challenging undertaking, but with much help and the goodwill of so many, it has fulfilled its undertaking on the orange cover of the magazine to deliver groceries and prescriptions to the elderly and vulnerable.

There are over 30 volunteers who do this, headed by two co-ordinators, one for groceries and one for prescriptions, all of whom as they have told us have discovered new parts of our Parish!  It might be of interest to know that in fact the Parish of St. Osyth covers 13.1 square miles, we are the largest in the Tendring District. 

The back up team take the telephone prescription requests in the Parish Office and these are organised onto a spreadsheet and sent to the St. Osyth Pharmacy, highlighting urgent requests.  A team of volunteers usually 3 each day, arrive at the Pharmacy at 4.30 pm to begin the delivery; the maximum in any day has been 22.

Groceries are initially phoned in to the Nisa and Premier Stores and a co-ordinator informs the rota volunteers how many deliveries they will be making.  The maximum in any day has been 25 deliveries undertaken after 4.00 pm.

To achieve the efficient organisation and delivery of both the prescriptions and groceries there are in fact over 35 volunteers.  All of whom give their time to help those in need.  The Parish Council, the Church and the residents are enormously grateful to them all.

In addition to the deliveries made by our volunteers we are aware that many of our residents are looking out for each other.  Neighbours, both young and old are ensuring that nobody is going without food, household essentials and medication.

The Spirit of Community which has arisen in the past few weeks is truly remarkable and we are all so grateful for it.  We have all certainly recognised that: 

“Alone, we can do so little, together we can do so much!”

St. Osyth residents are proving that.

Thank you.

With best wishes,

St. Osyth Parish Council and St. Osyth Church.

For a service from Gt Bentley including intersessions from Nicky Underwood of St Osyth please click here 

Pew Sheet 19.4.20.

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 April 2020

 2nd Sunday of Easter

The Bible Readings

8am Holy Communion, 1 Pet 1. 3-9,

John 20. 19-end

Parish Communion, 1 Pet 1. 3-9,

John 20. 19-end

 The Collect

Risen Christ, for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred: open the doors of our hearts, that we may seek the good of others

and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace, to the praise of God the Father.

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

Today’s Gospel:

John 20. 19-end

Jesus and Thomas

24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin*), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’

26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ 27Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ 28Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ 29Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’

The Purpose of This Book

30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31But these are written so that you may come to believe* that Jesus is the Messiah,* the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

For our prayers at home this week

  • Nick was to begin his chemotheraphy this week, unfortunately he arrived at the hospital, had his temperature taken and because it was up he was sent home. Such a disappointment. Please pray for Nick, tht next Tuesday his chemotherapy can begin.
  • Continue to pray too for the Rev’d Sharon on her road to recovery.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Nick, Helen, Pamela, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Graham, Sienna, Peter, Pamela and Jane Eade.
  • We remember all who have recently died including Yrina Morgan-Kendall and Graham Rouse.
  • 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 Frowick Lane, Golding Way, Greenland Grove, Heath Road, Highbirch Road, Honeypot Lane, James Gardens, Johnson Road & Kincaid Road.
  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers at this time, NHS staff, scientists and the government.

A Prayer for our time

Written by Nicky Underwood

Dear God,

We give thanks for our glorious spring weather and that we are surrounded by the sounds of nature helping us to appreciate, and value, the beauty of the earth.  It is helping to bring a feeling of calm in these uncertain times where normal routines have been turned upside down. We are blessed to be able to be hear the myriad of birdsong and the buzz of bumble bees, honey bees and other insects as they continue their normal routine whilst the  hectic hustle and bustle of our modern life has stopped – for four weeks, leaving towns, streets, holiday resorts, and roads eerily quiet – as we face Lockdown due to the presence of the biological agent COVID-19.

In these difficult times of self-isolation, changed work status – being sent home from school or university; with the home being our permanent makeshift environment for work, hobbies and entertainment,  we are thankful it is spring: A time of hope. As we look around us we see new beginnings; the wonder of plants growing from small dried seeds, flowers blooming, trees blossoming all in great profusion. We are thankful for gardens that this is a sanctuary we can enjoy looking out on and being in.   We pray that the spring helps us in our self-isolation, to keep in good spirits and able to face the reality of COVID-19. 

We thank you for the unexpected blessings that have occurred during this time such as:families suddenly having time together; time to be more creative in preparation of meals; time to contact friends and family by writing, emailing, phoning and through Social media and time to try something new.  

Great Lord of love and wisdom, we praise you for the blessing of love.  We give thanks that we are able to share this love with family friends and those in need. We celebrate that this love is sweeping the nation and hope that it will give a fresh understanding to what is important to us now and in the future. 

In St. Osyth, in ages past, we had a princess who gave her life to be a nun, to care and to heal, then monks followed in her footsteps to continue to care for the health and education of the community.  We give thanks that St. Osyth, its parish and its Benefice with Great Bentley, is a place where great work still continues. We are blessed that we are part of a community where the individuals with diverse talents and skills are working together to enable care and kindness to be spread among us.  Let us rejoice that there are people actively working to help the vulnerable know that there are people out there who are willing to help and care about them. 

Let the golden moments shine to stamp out the darkness, in the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. 

Amen. 

 See below for Notices.

 

 

 

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~~NOTICES FOR 19.4.20.~~

Easter

It was indeed a very different Easter for us all, but there was much to be thankful for. We do hope that many of you were able to take advantage of the service from Great Bentley with intercessions written by Danny, and our sermon from the Rev’d Sharon. How good it was to read that and our thanks to her.

We hope that you were able to access the photograph of the crosses, the little pots of flowers and the lovely arrangement of Easter lilies sitting in the mound outside the porch. Hopefully people saw it on their daily exercise and took comfort from the fact that is was there and the message it was sending.

A Big Thank-you

As Churchwarden I would like to say a really big thank-you to Helen, our PCC Secretary. During the past two weeks she has really ‘gone the extra mile’ in doing all the typing, that I have given to her, so the pastoral scheme could be put in place. The thoughtful care and the time she has given to church members and friends in all that she has done is so much appreciated. How fortunate we are.

Salvation Army Food Bank – A Big thank-you to Premier Stores!

Please if you can when taking your daily exercise, do drop items into the Porch for collection for the Food Bank. They really are in desperate need of powdered milk and instant mash potatoes.

We owe grateful thanks to Premier Stores, as last week when told of the need of items for the Food Bank they donated a trolley full of food. All in all it weighed 70kgs and as Danny said, in this time of shortage it ‘was well appreciated!’

Thank you to them and to those who are leaving items.

 Email Addresses

Please if you know anyone who would like to receive the Pew Sheet, ask for their email, and send it to Helen and they will be added to our long list. It is such a good way of keeping everyone in touch.

Grateful thanks from the Rev’d Sharon

The care, concern and affection that has been shown to Sharon during her recuperation has been much appreciated. She apologises if she has not responded to your messages, but she still tires easily. However progress is undoubtedly being made, albeit slowly.

Sharon sends her goodwishes to everyone and says:   Take Care and Every Blessing

Pew Sheet for Easter Sunday 2020

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 April 2020

 EASTER DAY

 The Bible Readings

8am Holy Communion, Acts 10. 34-43,

John 20. 1-18

Sung Communion, Acts 10. 34-43,

John 20. 1-18

 The Collect

God of glory, by the raising of your Son you have broken the chains of death and hell: fill your Church with faith and hope; for a new day has dawned and the way to life stands open in our

Saviour Jesus Christ.

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

Facebook.com/stosythparishchurch

 Today’s Gospel

John 20:1-18

6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.
But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look[a] into the tomb; 
and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew,  “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.
For our prayers at home this week

  • In our prayers we say thank you that the Rev’d Sharon is now out of hospital. Be with her Lord on her slow road to recovery.
  • A very special prayer for Nick Lee who begins chemotherapy next week. Nick has been part of our Church family for many years and he has played an active part in the managing of our finances for nearly all of that time.
  • Pray for those in need of healing and long term prayerful support: Nick, Helen, Pamela, Chisato Takaya, Peggy, Nina Hatchett, Dominie and Graham, Sienna, Peter, Pamela and Jane Eade.
  • We remember all who have recently died including Yrina Morgan-Kendall and Graham Rouse.
  • 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 Deeping Walk, Dumont Avenue, Earls Hall Drive, Eastern Promenade, Fanny’s Lane, First Avenue, Flag Hill & Fourth Avenue.

  • Pray for those affected by the coronavirus.
  • Pray for those who are key workers at this time, NHS staff, scientists and the government.

~~NOTICES~~

Happy Easter to you all

This Easter will be like no other, our Church is not open, but

‘the church is not the building. The Church is people and God’s people are at work in the community, worshipping God in other ways by praying and serving others. Some are doing this by staying home to keep others safe; some by working in a key role to keep things running, some are helping others and some as volunteers’

Revd Caroline Beckett,

Closed Door, Open Hearts.

There is however much on both our Church Website (www.stosythparishchurch.co.uk) and on our Church Facebook page (Facebook.com/stosythparishchurch) to support us all in our prayers and worship this Easter Week. Please do use it, and thanks to Allison and Helen for keeping both of our sites up to date for us.

Easter Sunday Sermon

From Sharon

Sharon is recovering slowly from her serious infections, but is far from fit. She has been advised to pace herself carefully, so she does not overdo it and impede her recovery.

However she is determined that she will be writing an Easter Sunday sermon which will be published on the website and the Facebook page. That will be special for us all, so a big thank you to her.

Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Chris and Dianne Pile, ready for Good Friday and while taking their daily exercise, will be placing the three small crosses on the mound outside the porch with three little pots of flowers in front. Brenda will be placing a bowl of Easter Lilies behind the crosses. For this year, that will be our only visual reminder of the joy and new life that Easter brings.

A photograph will be taken to share with everyone.

Easter Flowers

A message from Brenda

Thank you everyone who has contributed to the Easter lily and Flower Fund. You will know that the Church is now locked for the foreseeable future, we will not be able to have flowers in Church for Easter Sunday. I have contacted those who have given money directly to me and have organised a refund. If you have posted envelopes through Rev’d Sharon’s door, I can not as yet contact you, but I will in the near future.

Many thanks, Brenda.

Please support the Food Bank

Please continue to support the Food Bank, they are in real need. The pick up will now be on a Thursday.

The door into the porch is open from 8am-4pm, so if you are daily exercising please leave item/s in there.

A big thank-you.

 To read A Prayer for our Time Click here

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