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St. Mary's Church Marshfield

Advent

As the second lockdown ends, the Churches in Marshfield Benefice are delighted to offer ministry and worship using both weekly online gatherings (see Sunday Service with a Difference)  and once again  services in our four village churchesDetails of the Christmas services can be found here together with information about our booking system for Marshfield’s Carol Services and Midnight Communion; these will be livestreamed and accessible through Zoom for those who prefer to take part at home.  Join Zoom Meeting

We have carried out thorough risk assessments in each of the churches in full compliance with both Government and Church of England guidelines as we want to ensure  we provide a warm welcome and a safe worship experience! You can read the Parish Risk Assessment St Mary’s Marshfield here as an example of the measures taken in all four of our churches.

This is an unsettling time with unexpected challenges including ongoing separation from loved ones, plus job and income uncertainties. If you would like to talk with someone or ask for prayer the Ministry Team are available  by telephone or email.  Do contact us.

  • Rev. Sally Wheeler 01225 892180, marshfield.benefice@gmail.com
  • Rev Lynne Godfrey 01249 446734, lynne.rev@sky.com
  • Mike Strathdee 01225 891001, strathdees@outlook.com
  • Aurea Hart 01225 891453, aurea.hart@gmail.com
  • Andrew Gammie 01225 892392, agammie@gmail.com
  • Charles Keen  01225 892446, cwlkeen@gmail.com

Our Resources page provides a number of online resources including service sheets, prayers and advice for those getting married, plus the latest on funeral advice and resources.

Finally, the Church of England website also has lots of resources and news

Rev. Sally Wheeler

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A Sunday Service with a Difference

You can join our weekly 10.30am services plus our monthly Breakfast Church and Church@4pm services (see our Service dates here) by following the instructions below.

To join us from a smartphone or tablet you’ll first need to download the Zoom app from your App Store.  If you’re joining us from a desktop computer or laptop, the Zoom software will automatically download when you first join the service.  Further guidance for installing Zoom can be found here.

Simply join us by clicking the link below on Sunday at 10.30am.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 659 348 7054

Password: 145703

Resources to help you to explore the themes of today’s service with your children are available here.

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Gift Sunday, 6th December (13th for Cold Ashton)

Our Benefice Churches will be supporting the Sisters of the Church in Bristol. The Sisters have already sourced the food for their Christmas parcels, so they are asking us to focus on gifts to go in them.

• Gifts for adults: please note that gifts for men are the greater priority

• Men: gloves, warm scarves, hats, socks and especially toiletry sets

• Ladies: gloves, warm scarves and hats, socks and individual toiletries

• Children: ARGOS VOUCHERS or money for these. The Sisters will provide £15 in Argos vouchers for every child in need; this then enables parents to choose their own child’s gift.

If you are unable to attend a Gift service but would like to contribute –Marshfield: please drop off monetary donations and Argos vouchers to the Vicarage.  Please leave other gifts in the box within St Mary’s.

Tormarton: gifts should be left in the church during the week before the service or contact Janet Wells, the PCC Treasurer (01454 218549).

West Littleton local arrangements in place     

Cold Ashton: Gifts to be collected at the Carol Service 13th December

Advent Carols by Candlelight

At 6.00pm Sunday 6th December 2020 from St Mary’s Church, Marshfield, join us for a candlelit service celebrating the Advent Season and the re-opening of our church for worship.

The church is fully Covid safety compliant. Face coverings must be worn in the church.

The event will also be streamed live on YouTube.

Safeguarding Policies

The PCC takes the safety of everyone within the church very seriously and expects that everyone will work within the church safeguarding policies.

Our safeguarding policy and principles can be found below, alongside useful contact numbers and a code of conduct for church members.

Marshfield Benefice Safeguarding Policy 2019

Safeguarding Useful Contacts

Safeguarding Principles

Code of Conduct for Church Members

 

Marshfield Church Porch Mini Larder

For anyone in need, we are providing a mini larder in the church porch, containing tinned and dried food.

Take what you need, no need to ask.

Those who can, please contribute when you are able and leave in-date food items in the box.

Reflections Now Available Online

For those of you that may have missed our Sunday Zoom Services, the reflections are now available on our Resources page, alongside prayer leaflets, our monthly prayer diary, and other online resources.

Sally

Thought for the Day

Click here to read a regular thought for the day, by David Spence.

Thank you David for these uplifting daily reflections.

Thought for the Day Archive – May 2020

Thought for the Day Archive – April 2020

Communion

Jesus said, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’  John 6.35

Many of us have missed gathering for communion during the strict lockdown, but now that churches can be open with safety measures in place, we are able to offer Communion services again. These will be simple said services at 9am around the Benefice and the dates are on the Calendar. At present the communion will be with bread only and the cup will be taken by the priest alone on behalf of the those present.

You may not feel able yet to join a physical so please continue to use the prayer for spiritual communion below and know that we are all still part of one Body in Christ wherever, and however, we are able to worship. 

Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits you have given me, for all the pains and insults you have borne for me. Since I cannot now receive sacramentally, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart. O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother, may I know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day. Amen.   

Lord Jesus Christ you said to your disciples,  ‘I am with you always’.  Be with me today, as I offer myself to you.  Hear my prayers for others and for myself and keep me in your care.  Amen.

O God, help me to trust you, help me to know that you are with me, help me to rest in the knowledge that nothing can separate me from your love revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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