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 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.
We will be broadcasting the Mass for Spiritual Communion from S. Edward, Shaugh Prior. The Bishop and the Government still has not allowed there to be a congergation present, so it will remain broadcast online for the time being.
Although you might be reading about pressure to open the Churches for private prayer, the age and health profile of our congregations and volunteers will make this (and we are by no means ready nation-wise for it to happen) difficult to implement, as it requires regular cleaning and antibac-ing surfaces and I don’t think we are able to do so until all is properly safe. Some people have kindly volunteered to staff a Church for perhaps an hour a day on a rota. If you are willing please let me know, and we can see what we can do. The Risk Assessment from the CofE is quite daunting but I am working through it and will consult with the PCC (meeting on Tuesday) on this.
When the time comes that the Bishops declare other churches are able to be open for prayer I have been considering making an outdoor prayer installation on and by a tree in each of S. Anne, S. Edward and S. Mary which will be considerably safer and yet prayerful.
Your safety is paramount to me, alongside giving you the spiritual support, teaching and consolation you need during these difficult times.
While public worship has been suspended we are offering worship, prayer and Bible Study online. 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).
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
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
7.30pm – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/138949074 These locations will not change.
We will also have some Prayer Groups if someone can suggest a good date/time.
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: email@example.com
My number is: 07976 802123
(I also use WhatsApp so if you want to contact me by that, use my phone number)
There may be some members of our community that you know who don’t have access to the Internet. Can I ask you to remind them that I can be called (I’ve tried to get as many people as I can on the phone, but there must be some people I have missed) and if they would like access to worship the Church of England has started Daily Hope.
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
A message from Fr Michael Ellis… Fr Simon has told me of your thoughts and prayers for me during this recent time of Covid19 which very nearly claimed my life. Your concerns have warmed my heart and your prayers I have no doubt aided my recovery from the acute phase, which has been one of the worst experiences in my life.
I am now with Ulla in Sweden (caught here through my illness and travel restrictions), rehabilitating, and am slowly and surely on the recovery road, learning to walk, dealing with fatigue and breathlessness and allowing the hoarseness to heal.
Thanks be to the Lord for his presence, protection, healing and grace, for my recovery from this illness which had a 95% risk of death, is nothing short of a miracle.
Ulla and I look forward to being among you once more later this year. Until then we send our love. God bless you all.
Fr Michael. PCC Meeting Agenda For members of the two Parish PCCs, a meeting will be held on Tuesday 23rd June at 7pm over Zoom (apologies for the date change)
Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81107534191?pwd=ZGNtakNObGdqQ0dLQ1U1NDF3VzFWdz09
Meeting ID: 811 0753 4191
It woud be useful if PCC members would have a look at this document (pdf) from the diocese regarding reopening
and this Risk Assessment template (Word Document).
Prayers Apologies Minutes of the Last Meeting Matters Arising Reopening the Churches for Private Prayer Risk Assessment Rota to open S. Anne’s Prayer Station outside S. Anne, S. Mary and S. Edward Diocese roadmap towards reopening, including Baptism, Funerals and Weddings Worship Offering Online Financial Position and ability to meet Parish Share obligations S.Mary S. Edward Envelope giving, alternatives during church closures Fabric of the Closed Churches Safeguarding AOB Sunday Reflection Sunday June 21st 2020
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus made promises to his disciples to encourage them to persevere in following him. But he warned them to remain faithful to him if they wished him to fulfil his promises to them: ‘So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven’ (w. 32-33). Jesus would fulfil his promises only if they remained faithful to him. How were the disciples to remain faithful to Jesus? By relying on his promises. It was not beyond them.
Jesus’ first promise was that good would triumph over evil, that in the end the light would triumph over the darkness: ‘nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known’ (v. 26). Jesus’ death on the cross has conquered evil and so good will triumph in the end. Therefore, however difficult things are for us, however unfair or unjust our situations are, in the end good will defeat evil. Evil will not have the last word.
Jesus’ second promise was that our soul, the innermost part of every human being, can never be destroyed by either Satan or death. Our soul will survive physical death: ‘do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul’ (v. 28). The death of our body will not be the end of our existence. Our immortal soul is in the hands of God: it is inviolable, protected by God from all harm and destruction. How encouraging to those who are facing death, persecution or even martyrdom is that promise of Jesus!
Jesus’ third promise is that we are always under God’s care and protection. God knows everything that is happening to us: ‘the hairs of your head are all numbered’ (v. 30). We are very precious to God: ‘Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows’ (v. 31). These great promises of Jesus give us hope, confidence and trust. They give us the strength to remain faithful in our following of Jesus. Try to remember these promises and frequently recall them to your mind. Stand steadfast in them!
Let us pray…
Lord Jesus. We trust your promises for your words are spirit and life! Strengthen us to remain faithful to you in all the circumstances of Ife, Amen
Prayer Lists Those sick in mind, body or spirit:
Laura; Nicola; Howard; Sue; Ron; Fletcher; Karen; Alice; David; Fox; Jason
We continue to pray for Michael Ellis,Priest for his continued recovery.
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
Those whose year’s mind occur around this time
John Costello, Gordon Morris
+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 21st June Ordinary 12 Year A
God is the strength of his people. In him, we his chosen live in safety. Save us, Lord, who share in your life, and give us your blessing; be our shepherd for ever. (Psalm 28:8-9)
Father, guide and protector of your people,
grant us an unfailing respect for your name,
and keep us always in your love.
Grant 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.
A reading from the prophet Jeremiah
I hear so many disparaging me,
‘“Terror from every side!” “Denounce him! Let us denounce him!’
All those who used to be my friends watched for my downfall, ‘Perhaps he will be seduced into error. Then we will master him and take our revenge!’ But the Lord is at my side, a mighty hero; my opponents will stumble, mastered, confounded by their failure; everlasting, unforgettable disgrace will be theirs. But you, O Lord of Hosts, you who probe with justice, who scrutinise the loins and heart, let me see the vengeance you will take on them, for I have committed my cause to you. Sing to the Lord,
praise the Lord, for he has delivered the soul of the needy from the hands of evil men.
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans
Sin entered the world through one man, and through sin death, and thus death has spread through the whole human race because everyone has sinned. Sin existed in the world long before the Law was given. There was no law and so no one could be accused of the sin of ‘law-breaking’, yet death reigned over all from Adam to Moses, even though their sin, unlike that of Adam, was not a matter of breaking a law.
Adam prefigured the One to come, but the gift itself considerably outweighed the fall. If it is certain that through one man’s fall so many died, it is even more certain that divine grace, coming through the one man, Jesus Christ, came to so many as an abundant free gift.
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Gospel Acclamation Jn1:14,12
The Word was made flesh and lived among us:
to all who did accept him
he gave power to become children of God.
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: ‘Do not be afraid. For everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the daylight; what you hear in whispers, proclaim from the housetops.
‘Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; fear him rather who can destroy both body and soul in hell. Can you not buy two sparrows for a penny? And yet not one falls to the ground without your Father knowing. Why, every hair on your head has been counted. So there is no need to be afraid; you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows.
‘So if anyone declares himself for me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven. But the one who disowns me in the presence of men, I will disown in the presence of my Father in heaven.’
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ
The eyes of all look to you, O Lord, and you give them food in due season. [Psalm 145:15]
Prayer of Spiritual Communion
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
Lord, you give us the body and blood of your Son
to renew your life within us.
In your mercy, assure our redemption
and bring us to the eternal life
we celebrate in this eucharist.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
I need your readings! Date Week Reading 1 Reading 2 Intercessions 28/06/2020 Ordinary 13 Dawn Zoe Alan 05/07/2020 Ordinary 14 Ann P Helen Lou 12/7/2020 Ordinary 15 Jo C Janet Ruth 19/7/2020 Ordinary 16 Dawn Chris Crosby Kate (Ordinand) 26/7/2020 Ordinary 17
Preacher: Kate (Ordinand) Karen Chris Carpenter Alan 02/8/2020 Ordinary 18 Janet Katie Jo C
Others have put their names forward and will appear on the rota for subsequent weeks 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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