Newsletter 7th February


Second Sunday before Lent, 7th February 2021


‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’ John 1.1. A picture by Revd Jess. See below for details.


We’re now entering a short period of green Ordinary Time before we begin the purple season of Lent, from Ash Wednesday (17th February). The PCC has decided that we’ll continue to worship only online throughout February. But we hope that we’ll be able to resume in person services during March if the lockdown eases.

This Sunday we have an all age service of the Word. We’d love for our families to join us all as we focus on the reading this week from Proverbs in the Old Testament and think about wisdom. What is it and how do we find it? These are questions that are important for us all, no matter what our age.



Almighty God,

give us reverence for all creation

and respect for every person,

that we may mirror your likeness

in Jesus Christ our Lord.



Proverbs 8.1,22-31, Psalm 104.26-37,
Colossians 1.15-20, John 1.1-14




Tea and Fellowship at 4pm helps us stay in touch during these winter months. Thank you to Judy Short for hosting these gatherings – just what we need during lockdown! Make yourself a cuppa and join on this Zoom link.

Join Tea and Fellowship -   CLICK HERE


Meeting ID: 876 6771 6499

Passcode: 843226



Lent Courses 2021

This year our Lent course will take place on Zoom. The five week course has been produced by the Diocese of Exeter and addresses questions like:

Where is God in the pandemic? How can I stay hopeful? Do I really love my neighbour? How can I worship when I can’t sing? There will be a time for prayer, for personal sharing and discussion. We read scripture, and watch filmed personal stories.  We think about our own stories, and how we will shape and tell them. There are three groups running over five weeks, all beginning the week of 22nd February. Your group leaders are Revd Jane, Canon Tony and Judy Short.

Mondays at 7.30pm

Wednesdays at 3.30pm

Fridays at 3.30pm.

If there is sufficient demand we might run an extra session at another time. If you’d like to sign up for one of the groups please email Revd Jane indicating your preferred group time. Email:

Each session lasts 75 minutes.  If you’d like to have a look at the excellent resources that have been produced visit:

Lent Course 2021 | Diocese of Exeter (

We do hope you will decide to join us for this important time of spiritual growth together during the season of Lent.

Bible Art

Revd Jess writes about her art (see the top of this newsletter) This is such a wonderful reading, it's hard to begin to do it justice ... but the thought that was going through my mind was the relationship with the Trinity ... God spoke and there was light, then God spoke and there was ... but the God who was speaking was the god in three Persons ... so I have tried to show a tiny part of his creation ... Earth, moon, and sun. And the breath of God - which brings light and life - emanating from the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The main problem with this image is that, in order to show how all three Persons were involved, and are involved, in creation, I have ended up implying separateness, whereas the three are one.

Church Quiz Night


We’re delighted to be offering a church online quiz night this week! Thanks to Martin Devereux for masterminding this event.  You will be put into a team on arrival. Here’s the Zoom link.

Meeting ID: 891 6552 7188
Passcode: 688048


‘Bob’s Cards for Sale’

A variety of cards for sale. All cards £1 each. Sold safely from my car boot, at my address or your address (Locally only).

Please email:

To make arrangements for purchase. All proceeds to the Good Shepherd.  Bob Caffyn.


World Day of Prayer 2021

Build on a Strong Foundation

Prepared by women of VANUATU

FRIDAY 5th MARCH, 2.00pm


Buckingham Road

It would be appreciated if those who are able make a donation to WDP via the website, even if unable to attend the service. There is also a great deal of interesting information on the website.

Covid secure guidelines will be followed at the service. Please wear a face mask. It is hoped that the service might be recorded for those unable to attend.

Pre booking is essential (numbers limited to 30.)

Either tel. 01273 463592           

or email:



Our February magazine is now out and attached to this email. Thank you to Adam and all contributors for another great issue.


And finally…

Pop into church whilst you are out on a walk to see The Tree of Life banner on display, made by the talented Chris Diebel.

My hours as Associate Vicar are half time and my working days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and also Sunday mornings. Please do get in contact if you need any prayer or support. Blessings and prayers for you this week.

Revd Jane Email: Tel: 079355 38085.


Services this Week

Sunday, 7th February

10am – All age Service of the Word on Zoom with Revd Jane.


We ask you to join 15 minutes before the service if you’re

new to Zoom. You’ll need a laptop, desktop, tablet or

smartphone with built in camera and to be connected to

the internet. You don’t have to buy any new software or

register for Zoom services. You click on this link and then

follow the prompt. This is the same link each week.

 Click here LINK


Meeting ID: 839 0035 2820

Password: 057057


There is a second option to join by dialling in on a

telephone, either landline or mobile. You won’t have video

connection, but you will be able to hear the service and

speak. You dial 0203 4815240 and follow the prompts. The

meeting ID and password are as above.


Alternatively from 3pm you can watch parts of the service

later on Facebook or our You Tube page.


Our You Tube page CLICK HERE


Our church Facebook page CLICK HERE



Tuesday, 9th February

9.30am - Informal Holy Communion

on Zoom with Revd Peter.

Click link here.

Meeting ID: 843 7389 6633

Passcode: 901329


Thursday 11th February

7pm Celtic Evening Prayer on Zoom

Click here LINK

Meeting ID: 835 3982 3953

Password: 589147


Friday 12th February

8am – Meditation with Morning

Prayer on Zoom

(No password is needed for this one)  Click here LINK

Evening Prayer

This is said at 5.30pm from St Marys via Zoom on Monday and Wednesday, at 5.30pm. If

you want to attend contact Canon Ann for the

link. Email:


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