Weekly Newsletter: Ordinary 17 (26th July 2020)

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Dear <<First Name>>

This is the weekly noticesheet for the week beginning Sunday 26th July – Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The noticesheet is attached below. I hope you will find it a useful ‘heads-up’, even while we are locked down.

Our Preacher this Sunday is Dr Kate Wells  who is studying for the Priesthood at Cranmer Hall, Durham and who has been on a virtual placement with us. Dr Kate is studying at Cranmer Hall in Durham, where Fr Simon recently completed his MA. The Quiz of Quizzes
on Zoom 31st July at 7.30pm FREE QUIZ (because there are no prizes, it’s just for fun)
BASED UPON lots of other quizzes…

Click here to Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtcOusqD0sEtPrKNz7tbJezR3RMDZIP01y

and you will get the login details.

Private Prayer at S. Anne’s
Thanks to a number of volunteers we will be making S. Anne’s Church available for Private Prayer only twice a week. This has to be under supervision and with everyone’s commitment to social distancing and the safety of others.

The Church will be open on

Mondays          5pm to 7pm
Thursdays        2pm to 4pm
  Prayer Trees There are Prayer Trees at S. Anne’s, S. Mary’s and S. Edwards. Please bring along a ribbon, piece of string, a luggage label with a prayer written on it to tie to the trees: an outward witness of the Church and a safe(r) place for prayer. What Next? The PCC met on Thursday 16th July to discuss what the Parishes wanted to do for reopening. The Doodle Poll showed a majority of people wanted worship to remain online for the time being.

In order to comply legally, a resolution was passed asking for the Bishop to authorise keeping our Churches closed for Public Worship until the end of August. The Bishop has indicated his expectation that Churches would be open for September, and so it was agreed that we would adopt the second most popular option in September.

Recognising that many were still anxious to attend church but some were desperate, there would still be a full broadcast service at 10.30am and then a Said Mass (still to be confirmed at either 9.30am or 11.15am) rotating between S. Mary, S. Edward and S. Anne. This Low Mass would be a simple 30min Mass with Sermon but no music or singing. Full Social Distancing protocols would be implemented and communion would be in one kind only. The PCC will meet again in August to finalise arrangements for September which will include the need to book attendance (there will be a Max of 30 at each Mass) and the closure of pews to ensure safe social distance (so no, you won’t necessarily be able to sit in the pew you normally do).

The Bishop of Exeter has directed that when we do meet together for the Low Mass, Masks must be worn. See this document

Face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.

The Broadcast Mass at 10.30am on a Sunday on Twitch and Youtube will continue.  
This week

We will be broadcasting the Mass for Spiritual Communion from S. Anne, Glenholt We are using Twitch. Anyone can access Twitch on their phone, tablet or computer browser and you don’t need an account to watch it, although if you register a free account, you can even “chat” which I would like to use as a source for prayer, and perhaps after the worship is over, fellowship. The more subscribers the better service we can deliver (we need fifty for the next level).

Simply visit


and you will see our services, including past ones. These will also be available once uploaded to the previous Facebook Page and our YouTube channel for you to catch up on.

The YouTube Channel will be run simultaneously this week on


(I know some people have had Twitch issues, so this might help, I have used a short link here because we don’t have enough YouTube subscribers to get a custom name – we need a thousand!)

After Mass there will be Virtual Coffee on Zoom at: https://bit.ly/3hniKX7

Yes, there will always be problems and glitches, particularly at the start of worship (my propensity for pushing the wrong button remains an issue) but bear with me and this slightly less than tech-competent priest will get the worship flowing

Parish WhatsApp Group
if you’d like to be kept in the loop through WhatsApp, we have Parish Group – reminders, links, prayers and communications as well as the odd good cartoon… click here to join

The Services
Mass is offered on Thursday at 10.30am (replacing MP for that morning) and Sunday at 10.30am

If you miss the actual time, you can replay it at your convenience.

Sunday services include hymns specially recorded by Sarah and readings recorded at home by members of our Churches (volunteers always welcome). All Masses have a short sermon, and even though we are not together, we engage in Spiritual Communion with the Lord. All of the words are on screen and the readings as usual are further down this email bulletin. At the bottom of this email are details of a rota for readings and intercessions: all voices are welcome, please contact me if you would like to do one.

Each weekday there will be Morning Prayer at 9am and Evening Prayer at 5.30pm .

You can say the Morning and Evening Prayer with me, and I have begun putting the words on screen for you to follow or say along with me.

For those who don’t have Internet… (can you please pass this on)
We can now enable non-internet users to access our worship. Anyone can call 0333 011 0616 and enter code 262 6330# to be able to listen to our worship.

Calls are LOCAL RATE which on many phone or mobile tarrifs are effectively free, but I advise you to check with your phone/mobile supplier if you are unsure. The Sunday Mass takes less than an hour.

I am pleased that someone has started to use this facility. Please tell others. Please tell when you are checking up on those you know have no Internet (because if I ask it’ll look a little intimidating),

Bible Study and Prayer will gather us together on a video conference platform called Zoom (www.zoom.us).

It is easy to sign up for a free account and you can download an app for phone, tablet (Apple or Android) or on your PC or Mac to make it happen. Although you can connect over phone data, you get more out of it if you connect your phone/tablet/computer to your home WiFi otherwise you can get choppy audio and video sometimes.

To join these gatherings on Wednesdays at Noon – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/714047787

For the next few weeks we will be looking at Theories of Atonement at the Noon group – what does the Cross and Resurrection mean, what does “Christ died for our sins” signify? All are welcome to join this group.

7.30pm – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/138949074 For the next few weeks the 7.30pm group will be studying the Psalms using Psalms – Prayers of the Heart which is only £2.99 on Kindle see https://www.amazon.co.uk/Psalms-Prayers-Heart-LifeBuilder-studies-ebook/dp/B01ICDEYTO/

These locations will not change.

If you get lost with all this information, it’s all on the Parish Diary: https://www.roborough.org.uk/diary/
 and the Broadcast page https://www.roborough.org.uk/broadcast/

To get good notice of these things, can I encourage you to “Like” and “Follow” the Parish Facebook Page (S. Cecilia and S. Anne also have their own FB pages as well, but the worship links and reminders will be on the main page) to get notifications and please encourage others you know who might not have subscribed to this newsletter to do so as well as connect on Facebook.

Please let me know if you yourself or you become aware of anyone around you who needs a Priest to call them. I may have been forced as a result of my diabetes to be self-isolating, but I am still here to serve. I am slowly working round calling people, but you can always call me first, just to chat and perhaps to pray.

My email is:         fr.simon@rundell.org.uk
My number is:      07976 802123
(I also use WhatsApp so if you want to contact me by that, use my phone number)

Please pass all this information on to others: keep our network strong my friends, call those in our church communities and keep me informed of the needs of the community so I can serve them,

Stay safe. Keep praying. And of your charity, please pray for me also.

Yours in Christ

  Foundation Governor We need a fourth Foundation Governor who will help to ensure the distinctive nature of our Church School. Bickleigh Down is a significant part of our mission here in this Parish, and the Foundation Governors are drawn from the Church. It is a voluntary position, and a vital part of ensuring the flourishing of our School which has a really good reputation for quality and its pastoral care which both come from its Christian ethos.

If you want to know more about what it entails: the reading, the meetings, the training which is offered then please speak with our existing Governors: Wendy Round, Janet Liddicoat or Alan Hawking and they can give you the honest insight into this rewarding and important role in society.

Please consider this, and then contact Fr Simon Reflection July 26th 2020  Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Matthew 13:44-52

What is our greatest treasure, something for which we would sell everything we own? Do we ever dream what we would do if we won the lottery? In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells two short parables about the kingdom of heaven being like a treasure hidden in a field or a pearl of great value, and challenges our response to this kingdom.
What is the kingdom of heaven or the kingdom of God? The catechism explains: “The kingdom of God lies ahead of us. It is brought near in the Word incarnate, it is proclaimed throughout the whole Gospel and it has come in Christ’s death and resurrection… it is in our midst in the Eucharist… The kingdom of God means Christ himself’ (The Catechism para 2816). Both the people described in the parables were searching: the treasure in the field was hidden and probably took some effort to find; the merchant was looking among many pearls to find the one of great value and this probably needed concentration and a discerning eye. We are encouraged to seek the presence of Jesus in our daily lives: ‘seek first his kingdom and his righteousness’ (Matt 6:33), ‘Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you’ (Matt 7:7).
What they find is of enormous value for they both sell everything they own to acquire it: this is their chance of a lifetime. We can ask ourselves, how much do we treasure Jesus and our life with him?
The words: ‘sells all that he has’, can seem a little frightening to us at first, but it is important to note that the man is full of joy (Matt 13:44). Contrast this with the rich young man Jesus met who was unable to give away all he possessed and ‘went away sorrowful’ (Matt 19:22). What we are asked to do is to give first place in our hearts to Jesus and to lay down anything which may interfere with this. This may mean ‘selling’ some of our time in order to meet Jesus in prayer; ‘selling’ the temptation to do unnecessary work or shopping and make Sunday a special day for rest, worship of God and time with our families; it may mean ‘selling’ our approval from friends and colleagues in order to be honest or chaste in our relationships. All these things can be done with joy when we realize how great the treasure we receive in exchange.
Let us pray…
Lord, you are our treasure, the delight of our souls, our life, salvation, refuge and hope. Help us to hold nothing back, but to embrace you wholeheartedly Amen.
  Prayer Lists Those sick in mind, body or spirit:
Ken; Laura; Nicola; Sue; Ron; Karen; Alice; David; Ozzie; Jason

We give thanks to God for the news that Fox is now Cancer-free and that Fletcher has been in remission from Cancer for a whole year.

We pray for all those affected by the Coronavirus worldwide and for the staff who are caring for them.

Pray for the Souls of the Recently Departed
Colin Parry

Those whose year’s mind occur around this time
Carl Rugman, David Welch, Mervyn Hunt, Ian Webster

Those whom we love and see no longer and those who have no-one else to pray for them

+Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord
and let light perpetual shine upon them

May they rest in peace
and rise in glory

we join our prayers with the whole company of heaven as we seek the intercession of Our Lady, sayng

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, 
The Lord is with thee.
(Luke 1:28)
Blessed art thou among women, 
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
  (Luke 1:42)
Holy Mary, Mother of God, 
pray for us sinners now, 
and at the hour of our death.

  Mass Card for Ordinary Time (Sundays and Thursdays) Sunday Readings   Sunday 26th July 2020: Ordinary 17, Year A  
Entrance antiphon
God is in his holy dwelling; he will give a home to the lonely, he gives power and strength to his people. 
The Collect
God our Father and protector,
without you nothing is holy,
nothing has value.
Guide us to everlasting life
by helping us to use wisely
the blessings you have given to the world.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Kings 3:5,7-12
A reading from the first book of Kings
The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and said, ‘Ask what you would like me to give you.’ Solomon replied, ‘O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in succession to David my father. But I am a very young man, unskilled in leadership. Your servant finds himself in the midst of this people of yours that you have chosen, a people so many its number cannot be counted or reckoned. Give your servant a heart to understand how to discern between good and evil, for who could govern this people of yours that is so great?’ It pleased the Lord that Solomon should have asked for this. ‘Since you have asked for this’ the Lord said ‘and not asked for long life for yourself or riches or the lives of your enemies, but have asked for a discerning judgement for yourself, here and now I do what you ask. I give you a heart wise and shrewd as none before you has had and none will have after you.’
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Romans 8:28-30
A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans
We know that by turning everything to their good, God co-operates with all those who love him, with all those he has called according to his purpose. They are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of his Son, so that his Son might be the eldest of many brothers. He called those he intended for this; those he called he justified, and with those he justified he shared his glory.
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Gospel Acclamation Jn15:15
Alleluia, alleluia!
I call you friends, says the Lord,
because I have made known to you
everything I have learnt from my Father.
Matthew 13:44-52
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Glory to you, O Lord
Jesus said to the crowds, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off happy, sells everything he owns and buys the field.
‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one of great value he goes and sells everything he owns and buys it.
‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea that brings in a haul of all kinds. When it is full, the fishermen haul it ashore; then, sitting down, they collect the good ones in a basket and throw away those that are no use. This is how it will be at the end of time: the angels will appear and separate the wicked from the just to throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.
‘Have you understood all this?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ And he said to them, ‘Well then, every scribe who becomes a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out from his storeroom things both new and old.’
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ
Communion Antiphon: 
O bless the Lord, my soul, and remember all his kindness. [Psalm 102:2]
Prayer of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Prayer after Communion: 
we receive the sacrament
which celebrates the memory
of the death and resurrection of Christ your Son.
May this gift bring us closer to our eternal salvation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Since lockdown, of course people have been unable to give in the usual way on the plate, which places us in a particularly difficult situation. But.. the Church of England is rich – why do I need to give money to my Parish Church? If we had a pound for every time I’ve heard that, I wouldn’t need to be writing this part of the newsletter! Certainly, on paper, the Church of England has massive assets… and no money. The assets are virtually all Churches: from beautiful historic medieval buildings to modern churches built in a housing estate – it certainly looks good on paper, but these often historic, significant buildings can’t be sold off and the responsibility for its maintenance falls to the local community, often small in number and in the current COVID-19 lockdown unable to gather in Church for health reasons. The responsibility of maintaining our 4 churches here on the edge of Dartmoor falls to us, and that includes the cost of the Vicar, so we are expected to pay almost £40,000 a year to the Diocese (between the Parishes of Bickleigh and Shaugh Prior) as well as ongoing maintanence costs to the Churches and the Churchyards: if you wonder why the grass of the Churchyard isn’t cut quite as often as you might like it – we simply can’t afford it. Since the lockdown, nearly 80% of our collections have disappeared because the plate simply isn’t there any more. So I am asking you, if you are a regular giver, an occasional visitor, a local resident or a friend of our parish from further afield, to please consider helping us by making a regular or a one-off donation online. As you know, we have Card Machines in Church, and the same providers of this have a giving screen For S. Mary’s, S. Anne’s and S. Cecilia, click here For S. Edward’s, click here You can also choose to add Gift Aid if you are a taxpayer, which as you know makes a significant different to your giving. In the medium term, we are asking you to transfer to a Direct Debit giving (just like you pay for your Gas Bill). Just download, print and complete and send to the Treasurer listed at the top of the right form for you. For Bickleigh Parish please use this form: For Shaugh Prior Parish please use this form: Thank you very much for your support in this difficult time. I need your readings! Date Week Reading 1 Reading 2 Intercessions 26/07/2020 Ordinary 17 Karen Chris Carpenter Alan Preacher: Kate (Ordinand) 02/08/2020 Ordinary 18 Janet Katie Jones Kate (Ordinand Preacher: Frank 09/08/2020 Ordinary 19 Samantha Lou Jo C Preacher: Fr Matt 16/08/2020 Ordinary 20 Ann P Dawn Ruth 23/08/2020 Ordinary 21 Frank Zoe Alan 30/08/2020 Ordinary 22 Helen Janet Lou 06/09/2020 Ordinary 23 Alan Chris Carpenter Frank 13/09/2020 Ordinary 24 Chris Crosby Samantha Jo C 20/09/2020 Ordinary 25 Dawn Karen Ruth 27/09/2020 Ordinary 26 Chris Carpenter Anne P Alan 04/10/2020 Ordinary 27 Katie Jones Zoe Lou 11/10/2020 Ordinary 28 Janet Jo C Frank Take part in this Sunday’s service – sign up to help I would like as much as possible to involve people in our online Sunday worship. There are 4 ways to help: send in a voice recording send in a video send me some text (ie. write intercessions as normal and email them to me for me to read out) send me a photo or picture that you’ve drawn Doing a reading: To take part in the readings, figure out how to record your voice on your phone using the built in voice recorder or using Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger (my WhatsApp phone number is 07976802123 ) or record a video using the camera in your phone of you reading. I’d welcome all kinds of voices recorded as sometimes I mix them all up together. You don’t have to have your face on screen if you don’t want it, as I will probably use just the audio. When you’ve made the recording click on ‘share’ and email it to fr.simon@rundell.org.uk Doing the intercessions: Write some intercessions for me to read out – email them to me or record yourself reading them and send me the recording. Help with illustration: Send me a photograph, a picture of a drawing or painting or send me a piece of artwork on the theme set for that day. Please send me your contributions by Saturday lunchtime at the very latest for inclusion in Sunday’s service. Keeping in contact:   Fr Simon can be contacted day or night on 07976 802123 We don’t use a landline for anything. If you see an 01752 number for the parish clergy or office, it won’t work. Your clergy are here for you. If you are a little lonely or down, need some help, advice, spiritual counsel or prayer. Or even if you just want a cup of tea with someone –  If you are in hospital and want a visit call Fr. Simon. Although he has many gifts, being psychic isn’t one of them, so unless you ask for him to visit, he won’t know you would like one.
Other methods of contact: eMail: simon@rundell.org.uk
Twitter: @frsimon Carrier Pigeon and smoke signals also gratefully received Post Address The Vicarage,
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