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St. Mary's Church Marshfield

Passover Experience

On Maundy Thursday at 7.00pm we will have a virtual Passover Experience for those who would like to take part.

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.

Simply join us by clicking the link below on Thursday at 7.00pm.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 659 348 7054

Password: 145703

Here are a few items you might like to prepare in advance so that you can join in with the virtual meal. If not, just enjoy the spectacle!

Each person taking part will need a plate and a glass. These other items can be shared if there is someone in your household joining with you!

  • Red wine or grape juice or blackcurrant to drink (we down a few glasses, so do have a bottle or jug nearby!)
  • A candle
  • A small bowl of water and towel for the symbolic’ handwashing’ (something we have become experts in since covid19)
  • A small bowl of salted water for dipping food in
  • Some flat bread – pitta, a cracker or a water biscuit will be fine
  • Some parsley or lettuce
  • Some horseradish – if you have any and a spoon to serve
  • Some treats you’ll enjoy eating – they could be authentically middle-eastern like dates, apricots, figs, nuts, or just cakes!

If you want to go for all the details you could have some nice cushions for your comfort!

This will all make sense on Thursday and the Passover experience will last about 40 minutes, with an opportunity for reflection at the end.

There is a service sheet to download here which you can print off it you would like, but the words will all be on the screen.

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For news of our Eco Church journey and the care of the churchyard in particular check out our latest Eco Church Newsletter.

Cold Ashton Devotional Service

On Good Friday at 12.00noon come and join Mike Strathdee for a Devotional Service via Zoom.

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.

Simply join us by clicking the link below on Friday at 12.00noon.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 659 348 7054

Password: 145703

Thought for the Day

Good morning

We often sing the song “Ascribe greatness to our God the rock…”, words inspired by Moses’ words in Deuteronomy 32 v 4.

“I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God. He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God, who does no wrong, upright and just is He.” (v 3 & 4)

and he goes on…”He shielded him and cared for him, he guarded him as the apple of his eye….”

Let’s reflect on that – God views us as “the apple of his eye”….

Moses goes on to illustrate that from nature – when the parent eagle is wanting to encourage its youngster to fly, it makes the nest uncomfortable and “pushes it out” – BUT it then closely accompanies the youngster, hovering over it, and, if it shows any signs of weakening or not coping, it swoops below it with its huge wings outstretched to bear it up again and back to safety. And so, Moses goes on…

“like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads out its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions, so the Lord alone led him” (v 11)

In the words of another old hymn, “we rest on thee, our shield and our defender! we go not forth alone against the foe; strong in thy strength, safe in thy keeping tender, we rest on thee, and in thy name we go.”

Love and blessings to you all

David

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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

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.     After the Prayer of St Richard of Chichester

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.

A Sunday Service with a Difference

We plan to host an act of corporate worship via Zoom at 10.30am each Sunday.

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.

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

Join Zoom Meeting

We’ll be following a short service for Palm Sunday which you may wish to download and print beforehand.

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

Meeting ID: 659 348 7054

Password: 145703

Foodbanks

There will be an increased need for foodbanks with the negative impact on people’s livelihoods caused by the Covid 19 outbreak. The homeless are still homeless, but those who were vulnerable before will be added to by those newly facing hardship. You can offer support in two ways: either give direct to the Bath Foodbank via their website, or drop off food in a carrier bag on Janet and Jeremy Warren’s gate in Green Lane which they will store and take to the project  from time to time.

A Message from Sally

While churches are now closed even for personal prayer, we need to encourage ways to pray at home. The prayer services available on the Resources page can be printed out double-sided and provide you with a 10 minute prayer leaflet for every day of the week.

I am moved by all the efforts of our village community to ensure those who are self-isolating and vulnerable can have essentials delivered and have seen remarkable care and thoughtfulness in developing ways to help others.

Jesus called us ‘to love our neighbours as ourselves’, and this is something being put into practice around the Benefice.

I am praying regularly for you all, and for all in authority, in healthcare and key work, as well as those who are anxious, or ill as this health emergency unfolds.

May God grant us patience, protection and healing.

Rev. Sally Wheeler

COVID-19 Update

In compliance with the Governments directive to stay at home, our church buildings are now closed and church meetings and events are suspended until further notice.

Thankfully the church consists of  ‘the people of God’ and not the buildings. The Church in Marshfield is still very much ongoing, but in a different way.

This is an unsettling time with unexpected challenges including separation from loved ones,  job and income uncertainties. If you would like to talk with someone or ask for prayer, any of the Ministry Team would be pleased to hear from you 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

While gathered worship is suspended, prayer and service continue in creative ways.  We can pray wherever we are, using our own words or more formal prayers. If your daily exercise takes you past the church porch you will find printed prayer services for you to use at home.

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, including a livestreamed service planned for Sunday morning. Enjoy finding and listening to worship online try some of the the Bethel and Hillsongs worship, or google your favourite hymns or songs and sing along to them!

Please check back here regularly, where additional online content and resources will be made available soon.

Rev. Sally Wheeler

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