Glenholt parishioners enjoy pancake and games fundraiser (from the Plymouth Herald, 7th March 2014)

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Glenholt parishioners enjoy pancake and games fundraiser   Plymouth HeraldPARISHIONERS got to know each other over pancakes and games at a recent Glenholt church fundraiser.

More than 60 people turned up at St Anne’s church on Sunday raising £250 in the process .

The money will be poured back into the parish’s outreach programme which seeks to welcome new members of the growing community.

Parish priest Fr Simon Rundell led a game of “Hallelujah”, an adapted version of the game “Beetle”.

Participants swapped tables after each round to help newcomers get familiar with more established faces.

“It was a very simple thing but it really worked,” said Fr Rundell.

“Children as young as four-years-old and ladies in their 90’s were playing together.

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“And then of course we ate a shed load of pancakes.”

He added: “Glenholt is a community which is under transition with a lot of new houses and new blood and new families coming in.

“St Anne’s does some amazing stuff with some great outreach to those that do not have any church contact.”

Regular groups at the church include a Tuesday lunch club and Silver Service every fourth Sunday at 4pm, which Fr Rundell described as a “fresh expression of church for older people.”

With grateful thanks to Patrick Daly @thepatrickdaly who has now written two very good articles on what we do here.

Pancakes and Beetle Drive

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Sunday 2nd March 2014 – a full church at S. Anne’s as well played a variation of Beetle and ate a shedload of pancakes. Lou had been tossing pancakes from 10am until 3pm so there were plenty to choose from. All ages got involved in the games and much fun was had by all…

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My tweet Lord! Plymouth priest says Twitter is key to spreading Christian message

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My tweet Lord! Plymouth priest says Twitter is key to spreading Christian message Plymouth Herald

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A SOCIAL media-savvy priest says using Twitter is just the latest example of the Church using every means possible to engage with the public.

Fr Simon Rundell, team rector of the Roborough parish, was an early disciple of the micro-blogging website Twitter.

Counting Archbishop of York John Sentamu and Prime Minister David Cameron among his 2,100-plus followers, he believes using social media is not so different from when Christians took to the printing presses in the 15th century.

“It is about using every means necessary to communicate with people at home and abroad,” he said.

“I have always been interested in using social media and technology as a means of spreading the gospel.

“The very first thing that was ever published on the printing press was the holy scriptures. It has always been seen as so important that we share it in any way possible.

“It is about sharing it in places it might not be heard. I wouldn’t tweet anything I wasn’t prepared to preach from the pulpit.”

And Fr Rundell says it allows him to be far more responsive as a priest. He has been known to take prayer requests over Twitter while on the move serving his parishes in Bickleigh, Shaugh Prior, Glenholt and Woolwell.

“It is better than the answer-phone machine in the vicarage. In fact, I’ve stopped using the answer-phone,” he explained.

“The ‘vicarage study’ is an old concept. It all comes into me on my smartphone now. It allows parish ministry to be based in the community.

“I wouldn’t say I’m modern. I’m a man in my 40s but these are means by which human contact can be made.

“We shouldn’t forget that most people, including the elderly, have mobile phones and the internet. It is how they contact their grandchildren in Australia.”

The Teignmouth-born former intensive care nurse tweets under the name @frsimon, a unique user-name which is testament to how early he signed-up to the social media website.

“I haven’t got Stephen Fry’s numbers but a couple of thousand followers isn’t too bad,” he added.

And Fr Rundell has not restricted himself to the medium of social media. He appeared on the television quiz show Mastermind in January last year armed with his specialist subject – Monty Python.


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Handcrafted by Margaret Welch and completed by Lou Rundell, the centrepiece of our Children’s Christingle Services on Christmas Eve are done!

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Third Sundays Next Year

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On the third Sunday of the month, worship is held in churches around our parishes, giving us the opportunity to share worship and fellowship. All are welcome. For more information please visit
Third Sundays - 2013


Sunday 15th December


S. Mary the Virgin, Bickleigh

Sunday 19th January


S. Edward, King & Martyr, Shaugh Prior

Sunday 16th February


S. Anne, Glenholt Road, Glenholt

Sunday 16th March


S. Cecilia, Bickleigh Down CofE Primary School, Woolwell

Sunday  27thApril

(4th Sunday/Low Sunday)


S. Mary the Virgin, Bickleigh

Sunday 18th May


S. Edward, King & Martyr, Shaugh Prior

Sunday  15th June

Trinity Sunday


S. Anne, Glenholt Road, Glenholt

Sunday 20th July


S. Cecilia, Bickleigh Down CofE Primary School, Woolwell

Prayers before the Blessed Sacrament, 10th November 2013

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Blessed, Praised, Hallowed and Adored, be Our Lord Jesus Christ on his Throne of Glory.

And in the most holy sacrament of the altar

Lord Jesus Christ, present before us in the most holy sacrament of the altar
you are the sun that always rises but never sets.
You are the source of all life,
creating and sustaining every living thing.
You are the source of all food, material and spiritual,
nourishing us in both body and soul.
You are the light which dispels the clouds of error and doubt
and goes before us every hour of the day,
guiding our thoughts and our actions.

May we walk in your light,
Be nourished by your food,
be sustained by your mercy,
and be warmed by your love.

Erasmus, 16th Century


At this time of Remembrance, we pray for those afflicted by war, enmity and oppression. We pray for those who seek to bring peace, aid and justice, praying especially for Her Majesty’s Forces serving throughout the world.

O most sacred redeemer,
Give us wisdom to recognise you,
Intelligence to understand you,
Diligence to seek you,
Patience to wait for you,
Eyes to see you,
Hearts to meditate on you
And lives to proclaim you,
Through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ Our Lord.

Benedict of Nursia 6th C

We pray for those affected by natural disasters, especially the people of the Philippines. We pray for this parish: praying that we might be Christ’s hands and feet, eyes and lips so that through our ministry and witness, Christ may be known in this Parish.

Let everyone be struck with fear,
The whole world tremble,
And the heavens exult
When Christ, the Son of the living God,
Is present on the altar [in the hands of a Priest!]
O wonderful loftiness
And stupendous dignity!
O sublime humility!
O humble sublimity!
The Lord of the universe,
God and the Son of God,
So humbles Himself
That he hides Himself
For our salvation
Under an ordinary piece of bread!

See the humility of God, brothers and sisters
And pour out your hearts before Him
Humble yourselves
That you may be exalted by Him!
Hold back nothing of yourelves for yourselves,
That he who gives himself totally to you
May receive you totally!

Francis of Assisi, 13th C

We pray for the needs of this Community, for the sick and the dying, for the burdened, the afflicted and the anxious. We hold them in our hearts and up to you, Lord and most especially we pray for those who have no-one else to pray for them. We pray that God’s healing hand will come upon them and bring each light, refreshment and peace.


We envelop our adoration and intercession with a litany of divine praise: please repeat each petition after me…

Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her spouse most chaste.
Blessed be God in His angels and in His Saints.


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