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Dear Friends,


I trust this finds you all as well as possible and in the very best of spirits.  It will come as no surprise that this will be the last such email from myself, I've lost count as to how many(!) although doubtless via your church wardens there will be others.  The church wardens, of course, being in charge of matters during the interregnum.


UPDATE


If I've lost count of these emails likewise I've lost count as to how often at this point hopes of announcing a 'move on' in our limited restrictions have been dashed.  Of course in the wider picture and in terms of what really matters our in-church protocols are slight, even though they do impact on what we treasure.  I note that, as I type, since last week Wem's rate has risen by 300+ and Weston's close on the same (919 and 774 respectively).  It can only be wise and caring to keep with our current protocols now so well established, these may be quickly accessed by way of   reminder at www.wemcofe.co.uk   Doubtless across the benefice the church wardens and PCs will keep the situation under close review.


SUNDAY PUBLIC WORSHIP - 3 OCT 18TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 


Wem Parish Church

08:00 - Holy Eucharist

09:45 - Joint Benefice Holy Eucharist (with homily and hymn music) 


Please note there will be no morning service in Weston or Lee on this Sunday.


THIS SUNDAY:  THE EIGHTEENTH AFTER TRINITY


LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL


You may follow our Cathedral services for this Sunday by clicking on the above and following the necessary links -  many of you do and find this extremely helpful, if you haven't do have a 'visit'.


08:00 - Holy Eucharist (traditional language)

10:30 - Choral Eucharist, for the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity (also Harvest Thanksgiving)

17:30 - Choral Evensong


OR


Access the Church of England website to find details of this week's service which you can also watch during the week, it is available from 09:00.   This week:


09:00 - 'Harvest Thanksgiving Service of the Word.'  "Do not worry about your life." - Matthew 6:25  This week's service considers God as a generous provider, even in challenging circumstances.  A Harvest service.



THIS SUNDAY on BBC


Radio Four:  08:10 - Sunday Worship.  'Renewed and eternal hope.'  From Croydon Seventh Day Adventist Church, exploring renewed and eternal hope amidst the uncertainties of life.


BBC ONE:  14:15 - Songs of Praise.  "60th Anniversary."  Westminster Abbey hosts a 60th birthday edition with special guests and favourite hymns.  Past and present presenters join together for this special edition.


Please find attached the readingsHomily and 'Live the Word' for this Sunday (courtesy of Redemptorist Publications).  My sincere thanks to Mike Farmer for so diligently helping with these over the past year and a half.  Also find attached our Local Prayer Diary and the Diocesan Prayer Diary.


NEXT SUNDAY 19th AFTER TRINITY 


Wem:

08:00 - Holy Eucharist

09:45 - Holy Eucharist (with homily and hymn music).


Weston:

09:30 - Morning Prayer (with homily and hymn music).


Please note Lee are encouraged to join with Weston or Wem this morning.


FUTURE BULK EMAILS


Hopefully these emails, or at least this system, is a good, tried and tested way of disseminating information quickly and effectively.  If however, you do not wish to continue receiving these - last call - please let myself or Sylvia or Phoebe know asap.


SUPPORT TO AFGHAN REFUGEES


No apologies for another post of the following, courtesy of Katherine Murray


there is a collection point in Shrewsbury for items needed to support evacuee families from Afghanistan being settled in our area. It's in an industrial unit, 11A Centurion Park in Harlescott, (behind Wickes). They are asking for all kinds of household items (bedding, towels, kitchen equipment) as well as suitable clothing, baby equipment, toiletries, toys etc (but not food). I wonder if you might make this known


ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI - 4 OCT


4 Oct (Mon this year) is the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi.  One of the most revered Christian figures of any age, he was born in Assisi in either 1181 or 1182, the son of a cloth merchant.  After a rebellious youth and following imprisonment during a war with a neighbouring city he became a changed man devoting himself to the Gospel.  Itinerant he was inspired to devote himself to a life of poverty, preaching, peace and love amongst the poor of his day.   His simple way attracted other followers and in time his order was founded and grew quickly inspired by his example and devotion, the Franciscan Order being founded in 1209.  Francis is known for his love of the Eucharist and his fellows, he once preached: 'Your God is of your flesh, He lives in your nearest neighbour, in every man.'  At his death on the evening of 3 Oct 1226 his order had spread throughout western Christendom.   Surely a good day to pray and reflect on St Francis' famous prayer:


Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace; 
Where there is hatred, let me sow love; 
Where there is injury, pardon; 
Where there is doubt, faith; 
Where there is despair, hope; 
Where there is darkness, light; 
And where there is sadness, joy.


O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console; 
To be understood, as to understand; 
To be loved, as to love; 
For it is in giving that we receive, 
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, 
And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.


THANK YOU - ALL


If I were to begin to thank all who have done so much to help in my time in Wem, Lee and Weston this would be an enormous email such has been the support given me from the very beginning right through until now.  This is a special benefice with some very special people within it, my articulacy fails me as I try to even think about how to express my gratitude let alone put this in words.  All I can say is - my absolute heartfelt thanks.  Thank you.


THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK


For all that has been, Thanks. To all that shall be, Yes.

Dag Hammarskjold














With my every good wish, take care and God bless,


Nick


N P Heron

Rector of Wem, Lee Brockhurst and Weston-under-Redcastle

01939 232550


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Dear Friends


Please find below the Benefice Services for the next 2 Sundays.


SUNDAY 10th October: 19th AFTER TRINITY 


WEM

08:00 Holy Eucharist

09:45 Holy Eucharist (with homily and hymn music).

15:00 Mayor’s Civic Service

WESTON

09:30 Morning Prayer (with homily and hymn music).


Please note Lee are encouraged to join with Weston or Wem this morning


SUNDAY 17th October: 20th AFTER TRINITY

 

WEM

08:00 Extended Communion

09:45 Holy Eucharist   


WESTON

0:930 Holy Eucharist


LEE

11:15 Holy Eucharist   


Please find attached the ReadingsHomily and 'Live the Word' for this Sun (courtesy of Redemptorist Publications). Also find attached our Local Prayer Diary and the Diocesan Prayer Diary.


For on line services please visit Lichfield Cathedral  or the Church of England web sites.  


ON THE BBC THIS SUNDAY


BBC Radio 4:

08:10 - Sunday Worship.   A service for Mental Health Day.


BBC1:

13:15 - Songs of Praise.  A 24 hour event in Coventry bringing together the city’s different religions.


BBC Radio 3:

15:00 Choral Evensong from Winchester Cathedral.


On Monday each week at 4:15pm there is a Zoom Prayer Meeting. You are welcome to join this group. Please contact Sue McLeod via eMail at: susandmcleod@btinternet.com for an invitation.












Sybil Farmer

PCC Lay Chair

SS Peter & Paul’s Church, Wem


 

Dear Friends,

 

"Tina and myself are absolutely delighted and overwhelmed at the extent of your generosity and kindness as we move on.  The gift from the parishioners of Wem, Weston and Lee is massive and the thoughts and best wishes that went with this mean more to us than we can possibly say.  Thank you.

 

It is also very important to us to thank the church wardens and those closely involved for their absolute awareness, consideration and sensitivity in how they impeccably handled the nature of the farewell.  This was spot on at every level.  Both careful and cautious and utterly loyal to my wishes.

 

With our heartfelt thanks for so many individual and collective kindnesses during all our time in the benefice - exemplified and summed up by your wonderful parting gift, flowers, cards and thoughts.

 

With every good wish and take care."

 

With very many thanks,

 

Nick

N P Heron

Reverend


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Dear Friends


Please find below the Benefice Services for the next 2 Sundays.


SUNDAY 17th October: 20th AFTER TRINITY

 (see below for more information about Extended Communion)

WEM

08:00 - Extended Communion with Reserved Sacrament

09:45 - Holy Eucharist  


WESTON

0:930 - Holy Eucharist


LEE

11:15 - Holy Eucharist


SUNDAY 24th October: 21st AFTER TRINITY

(see below for more information about Extended Communion)

WEM

08:00 - Holy Eucharist

09:45 - Holy Eucharist  


WESTON

11:00 - Harvest Festival  


LEE

11:15 - Extended Communion with Reserved Sacrament


Extended Communion with the Reserved Sacrament is intended as a means of facilitating regular reception of Holy Communion. In this service the Reserved Sacrament (previously consecrated by a Priest) is distributed by suitably trained lay people with the approval of the Area and Diocesan Bishops. Extended Communion indicates that the lay person “extends” the Communion, celebrated within the Benefice by our Priests, across the whole Benefice.


The liturgy for Communion by Extension can be found here.


If you wish for further information, please find attached ‘Guidelines on Communion from the Reserved Sacrament’ and ‘Ad Clerum on Communion from the Reserved Sacrament


Please find attached the ReadingsHomily and 'Live the Word' for this Sunday (courtesy of Redemptorist Publications). Also find attached our Local Prayer Diary and the Diocesan Prayer Diary.


For on-line services please visit Lichfield Cathedral and/or the Church of England web sites.  


ON THE BBC THIS SUNDAY


BBC Radio 4:

08:10 - Sunday Worship from Ely Cathedral


BBC1:

13:15 - Songs of Praise celebrates the black community’s influence on faith and music of the UK.


BBC Radio 3:

15:00 - Choral Evensong from King’s College Cambridge


A message from Mike Cotterell  mikeccotterell@gmail.com 


Please pray for a Mission. In the first two weeks of November I will be leading a small team running two, four day teaching conferences, first in Aweil and then in Wanyjok, South Sudan. 100 and 150 people from all over these very remote dioceses will come together learn how to use the ‘Rooted in Jesus’ discipleship training material. After this their Bishops expect them to form small learning groups in their villages. This programme has been successfully run in many African Countries over 20 years, and led to enormous Church growth. Check out Rooted in Jesus here  If you would like to receive more information and to receive prayer requests and updates of the mission please email me before I go on 30th Oct. 

Thanks Mike Cotterell



On Monday each week at 4:15pm there is a Zoom Prayer Meeting. You are welcome to join this group. Please contact Sue McLeod via eMail for an invitation.










Sybil Farmer

PCC Lay Chair

SS Peter & Paul’s Church, Wem


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Dear Friends


Please find below the Benefice Services for the next 2 Sundays.


SUNDAY 24th October: THE LAST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

(see below for more information about Extended Communion)


WEM

08:00 - Holy Eucharist

09:45 - Holy Eucharist  


WESTON

11:00 - Harvest Festival


LEE

11:15 -  Extended Communion


SUNDAY 31st October: ALL SAINTS SUNDAY


WEM

08:00 - Holy Eucharist

09:45 - Holy Eucharist - Joint Benefice Service


Extended Communion with the Reserved Sacrament is intended as a means of facilitating regular reception of Holy Communion. In this service the Reserved Sacrament (previously consecrated by a Priest) is distributed by suitably trained lay people with the approval of the Area and Diocesan Bishops. Extended Communion indicates that the lay person “extends” the Communion, celebrated within the Benefice by our Priests, across the whole Benefice.


The liturgy for Communion by Extension can be found here.


If you wish for further information, please find attached ‘Guidelines on Communion from the Reserved Sacrament’ and ‘Ad Clerum on Communion from the Reserved Sacrament


Please find attached the ReadingsHomily and 'Live the Word' for this Sunday (courtesy of Redemptorist Publications).   Also find attached our Local Prayer Diary and the Diocesan Prayer Diary.


For on-line services please visit Lichfield Cathedral and/or the Church of England web sites.


ON THE BBC THIS SUNDAY


BBC Radio 4:

08:10 - Sunday Worship - A Haven for an Emperor:- An Ethiopian Orthodox Sunday Worship featuring excerpts from Bath Abbey


BBC1:

13:15 - Songs of Praise Aled Jones visits Anglesey’s Church Island, a holy place for 1000 years.


BBC Radio 3:

15:00 - Choral Evensong from Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace


This year we will not be holding our All Saints and All Souls Days Services at SS Peter and Paul’s.  You may wish to join the on-line services at Lichfield Cathedral, both days’ services can be found on the Lichfield Cathedral web site


A message from Mike Cotterell  mikeccotterell@gmail.com 


Please pray for a Mission. In the first two weeks of November I will be leading a small team running two, four day teaching conferences, first in Aweil and then in Wanyjok, South Sudan. 100 and 150 people from all over these very remote dioceses will come together learn how to use the ‘Rooted in Jesus’ discipleship training material. After this their Bishops expect them to form small learning groups in their villages. This programme has been successfully run in many African Countries over 20 years, and led to enormous Church growth. Check out Rooted in Jesus here  If you would like to receive more information and to receive prayer requests and updates of the mission please email me before I go on 30th Oct. 

Thanks Mike Cotterell


On Monday each week at 4:15pm there is a Zoom Prayer Meeting. You are welcome to join this group. Please contact Sue McLeod via eMail for an invitation.










Sybil Farmer

PCC Lay Chair

SS Peter & Paul’s Church, Wem