Sunday, August 14, 2022

Sunday Worship podcast and other news: Aug 14

 



Dear friends

Join us for worship online, on the phone or in the building today. 

with best wishes
Anne Le Bas


Online
Worship podcast     Order of service
You can also access this podcast by phoning 01732 928061


In the church building today - Aug 14
10 am  All Age Worship
6.30pm Evensong

During the week
Monday             No talking village on Aug 15, 22 or 29 as Deniz cafe is closed for a holiday.

Wednesday       10.30 am Lavender Fields Holy Communion (sorry residents only at the moment) 
                         
Friday                9.30am Morning Prayer in Church
                           10.30-12.30 Friday Group in the church hall

Next Sunday 
10 am   Holy Communion
6.30pm Evensong

Trinity 9
Psalm 82, Luke 12.49-56
Christ surrounded by figures taunting him as he is crowned with thorns.Today's Gospel is a tough one, in which Jesus predicts that following his way will lead to division and trouble. He isn't saying that we should engineer conflict, however, but that it is inevitable if people challenge injustice. He points forward to his own crucifixion, which will be the inevitable result of him standing up for the poor and oppressed. 
The reading asks us to consider how often we prefer to fit in with those around us if we feel that speaking out will make us isolated or unpopular. 

Hieronymus Bosch's picture "Christ crowned with thorns" is also sometimes entitled "Christ mocked". He is surrounded by figures representing the powers of his age, as he is crowned with thorns. They are all focussed on him, caught up in their cruelty, encouraging one another, but he looks straight out of the picture at us. If he could speak to you, what would he be saying, and what would you respond? 

ALL AGE IDEAS

Today's Gospel reading tells us that sometimes doing the right thing might make us unpopular.

  • Are there times when you have seen other people - perhaps your own friends - doing something wrong?
  • What did you do about it? 
  • How do you feel when someone challenges you and tells you you have done something wrong?
  • Draw a picture of the world as you think God would want it to be. How can you help to make it like that?

ROAD CLOSURE
KCC have said that School Lane will be closed to traffic from Aug 19 for 10 days. This may affect you if you are planning on driving to church next Sunday, so please be aware of this. There will be diversions in effect, but they may take you a long way around, so allow extra time to get here!

Some Community news from Marion on behalf of Seal Know Your Neighbours
Marion says: Thank you to those of you who have put your names forward offering your help throughout the year with various tasks that are community related. As you know (because I have banged on for some months now, requesting new blood), we are desperately looking for a team of people to take over the organisation of Christmas lights, among other tasks. I am making a list, and we will hold a little get together, probably after the summer holidays, as I'm aware many of you will have school aged children so will be busy before then! Please keep nagging your friends, and come along and join the working parties - just please let me know of names, email addresses and/or telephone numbers.

PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO MONDAY TALKING VILLAGE ON AUG 15th, 22nd or 29th as Deniz' cafe will be closed for a well-earned holiday. You can still drop in for a chat at Friday Group in the church hall each week though!

SEAL LIBRARY has various activities on for children and adults over the summer
Among these are
Animal origami next Thursday 10:30-12:15pm with Nicole.
The Summer Reading Challenge for children with Gadgeteers is still going strong and it is not too late to sign up and take part. 

Storytime begins again on Friday Sept 2 from 10.30-11am, for pre-school children with an adult hosted by our own Jenni Pascoe. Sessions are free and you don't need to book. 

The Library is looking for volunteer/s to help with the Home Library Service specifically with visits to Lavender House. If anyone is interested again, please either pop into the library, email the librarian, Jillian, at seallibrary@kent.gov.uk or give her a call 03000 413131  

Kemsing walking group invites anyone to join them. They meet the last Thursday of the month at 10.30am , for a 4 mile walk then have a pub lunch. If you are interested contact francesfish1@gmail.com or phone 01732 760007 / text on 07749240456. 
AND - FOR THOSE THAT WOULD PREFER A LITTLE LESS EXERCISE
Another Kemsing group, EVERY STEP COUNTS, run by Martin and Yvonne Watt, takes place on Friday mornings from 10.30 each week (rain or shine)!. The group meets in the Kemsing village car park, and walk the common field, which takes about half an hour. They then take coffee in The Bell, where Yvonne passes around a jug for voluntary contributions. If this sounds more like your level, just turn up in Kemsing Village car park for 10.30am any Friday morning and you will be added to the group. All welcome, including dogs!

SEAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL FARM has various open days during August, with a chance to walk the goats around the woodland, stroke the pigs or talk to the chickens. See the website www.sealcommunityschoolfarm.co.uk for more information. 

Sunday, August 07, 2022

Worship podcast and other news: August 7

 



Dear friends

Join us for worship online, on the phone or in the building today. 
This is just a brief newsletter today, as I have just returned from holiday, so it will take me a while to catch up!

with best wishes
Anne Le Bas


Online
Worship podcast     Order of service
You can also access this podcast by phoning 01732 928061


In the church building today - Aug 7
10 am  Holy Communion 
6.30pm Evensong

During the week
Monday             2-3.30pm Talking Village in Deniz Cafe in the High Street

Thursday          11am Funeral: Simon Waite
                         
Friday                9.30am Morning Prayer in Church
                           10.30-12.30 Friday Group in the church hall

Next Sunday 
10 am   All Age Worship
6.30pm Breathing Space Holy Communion

Trinity 8
Genesis 15.1-6, Luke 12.32-40
Today's readings focus our thoughts on the generosity of God. Can we trust his promise that it is our heavenly Father's "good pleasure to give us the kingdom."? 

ALL AGE IDEAS

In today's Old Testament story, Abraham looks up into the starry sky and God asks him to count the stars if he can. God says he will give him "as many descendants as there are stars in the sky" - that is what Abraham most longs for.
 

  • Make some stars, and write some prayers on them. 

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Sunday Worship podcast link and other news: July 17



Dear friends

Join us for worship online, on the phone or in the building today. 

with best wishes
Anne Le Bas


Online
Worship podcast     Order of service
You can also access this podcast by phoning 01732 928061


In the church building today - July 17 Trinity 5
10 am  Holy Communion
3-4.30pm Messy Church
6.30pm Evensong

During the week
Monday             2-3.30pm Talking Village in Deniz Cafe in the High Street
                                                
Friday                10.30-12.30 Friday Group in the church hall

Sunday 24th July  (no worship podcast or newsletter)
10 am  Morning Worship (not communion)
6.30pm Evensong

Sunday 31st July (no worship podcast or newsletter)
10.00 am Holy Communion (led by Revd Harriet Johnson)
6.30pm Evensong

Trinity 5
Genesis 18.1-10a, Luke 10.38-end


Today's readings give two different pictures of hospitality. Abraham welcomes three mysterious strangers who turn up as he is resting at the entrance to his tent. Martha invites Jesus into her home. Both work hard to provide for their guests, but while Abraham spends time with his visitors, Martha is not only too busy to sit down with Jesus, but angry that her sister Mary does. Today's sermon explores why that might be, and what Martha's reluctance to spend time listening to Jesus might mean. A clue - it isn't just to do with how many carrots there are still to peel...

ALL AGE IDEAS

In today's Gospel story, Martha finds it hard simply to sit and listen to Jesus and is cross with her sister who does. 

  • When you have visitors, what do you think is the most important thing to do? What makes you feel welcome when you visit someone else?


There are lots of ways of spending time with God, welcoming him into our lives. Prayer is one - just talking and listening to him. We can also see God's hand in his creation, so you could spend some time out of doors, exploring the world around you. The Bible also says we can find him in one another, and that when we care for others we care for him.

  • What ideas do you have for stilling and calming yourself when you feel flustered? 

We will be exploring ways of doing this at Messy Church today - we will be under the shade of the trees in the vicarage garden. 

CHURCH AND COMMUNITY NEWS
There will be no worship podcasts or newsletters on July 24 and 31 as I will be on holiday. Kevin and Jess will be leading non-eucharistic services in church on July 24, and the Revd Harriet Johnson will preach and preside at Holy Communion on July 31. Many thanks in advance to them. 
If you would like to join in with online worship from the Church of England during this time, you can find it here
Online worship from the C of E is also available by phone on 0800 804 8044

MESSY CHURCH takes place this Sunday, from 3 -4.30pm, and will be in the vicarage garden (in the shade of the trees!) on this occasion. Come and join us! It is for all ages, and is a very informal mix of craft, activity, worship and tea. There won't be a Messy Church session in August, so the next one after this will be on Sept 17.

COVID is still with us! As I am very aware, having just had it, Covid is still around, and there has been a surge in cases locally recently. While we believe that the measures we are taking to guard against transmission at Sunday services are adequate, we would like to remind people that it is really important not to come to church if you think you may have covid, even if you are on a rota for something! Mask wearing isn’t mandatory any more, but please feel free to wear one if you would like to to protect yourself and others. I will continue to wear a mask to distribute communion.

TALKING VILLAGE
Monday afternoons between 2pm and 3.30 in Deniz's on the High Street. Buy a cup of tea or coffee and join us on the Talking Village table, for a chat and to make new friends, or catch up with old ones!
Saturdays - On the first Saturday of each month in Seal Library from 10.15-11.15am. Join us for a coffee whilst out browsing for your library books.
At both these venues, there will always be two hosts to welcome you, and we look forward to meeting with you and getting to know each other better.

 
SEW TO PRINT
Sew to Print - Summer Holiday Workshops in Seal for children 8years +
10.30 - 2pm at Seal Church Hall on:-
19th July and 5th August - Foraging and making botanical dyes
3rd August - Bookbind a sketchbook and make natural ink
4th August - Decorate a t shirt/bag or make a scrunchy.
Places are limited so to book contact via Instagram or at sew2print@gmail.com
Sophia - BA Hons Textiles, Montessori Teaching Diploma, Forest School Leader.OTHER COMMUNITY NEWS - For more community news from Marion Gilchrist, check out the Know Your Neighbours blog. 
https://knowyourneighbours.blogspot.com/ or email marionjgilchrist@gmail.com to ask to be put on her mailing list.

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Sunday worship podcast link and other news: July 10

 



Dear friends

Join us for worship online, on the phone or in the building today. 

with best wishes
Anne Le Bas


Online
Worship podcast     Order of service
You can also access this podcast by phoning 01732 928061


In the church building today - July 10 Trinity 4
10 am  All Age Worship
6.30pm Breathing Space Holy Communion

During the week
Monday             2-3.30pm Talking Village in Deniz Cafe in the High Street

Wednesday     10 am Zoom Church
                                                  
Friday                9.30am Morning Prayer in Church
                           10.30-12.30 Friday Group in the church hall

Saturday            1pm: Baptism 

Next Sunday
10 am  Holy Communion
3-4.30pm Messy Church
6.30pm Evensong

Trinity 4
Luke 10.25-37Van Gogh's picture shows the injured man being lifted onto the horse by the Samaritan, while in the background the Priest and the Levite are seen walking away into the distance.
Today's Gospel reading is the famous story of the Good Samaritan. The idea of a "good" Samaritan would have been a surprise to Jesus' mainly Jewish audience. Samaritans and Jewish people didn't get on at all. They were closely related, ethnically and religiously, but that only seemed to make the differences more prominent and significant to them. The idea of being helped by a Samaritan would not only have seemed unlikely, but may have been rather unpalatable to many people. But if you are in a desperate situation, then what matters is that you are helped, not who helps you. 
Jesus story challenges us on many fronts, but in today's sermon, I suggest that there may be more to it than a simple, moral lesson...

Van Gogh's picture (right)  shows the injured man being lifted onto the horse by the Samaritan, while in the background the shadowy figures of the Priest and the Levite are seen walking away into the distance. It is clearly an effort to lift the man up, and Van Gogh emphasizes the physical awkwardness of this act of compassion. This is no easy task, but the Samaritan is determined to help. 



ALL AGE IDEAS

The story of the Good Samaritan asks us to think about who we feel closest to. It is easy to love, and be loved by, people we like, who are like us - our family and friends, for example - but what about those who are different? What is it like to be them? What might they need from us, and what might we need from them?

  • Who helps you? You could make a card to say thank you to them, or do something special for them.
  • How do you feel about people helping you? Are there times when it is difficult to accept help?
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY NEWS
 

Many thanks to all who helped at our Strawberry Tea last week - it was a great success, and raised £379. Special thanks to Rosemary Pattullo for organising this event.

MESSY CHURCH takes place next Sunday, from 3 -4.30pm, and will be in the vicarage garden on this occasion. Come and join us! It is for all ages, and is a very informal mix of craft, activity, worship and tea.

COVID is still with us! As I am very aware, having just had it, Covid is still around, and there has been a surge in cases locally recently. While we believe that the measures we are taking to guard against transmission at Sunday services are adequate, we would like to remind people that it is really important not to come to church if you think you may have covid, even if you are on a rota for something! Mask wearing isn’t mandatory any more, but please feel free to wear one if you would like to to protect yourself and others. I will continue to wear a mask to distribute communion.

TALKING VILLAGE
Monday afternoons between 2pm and 3.30 in Deniz's on the High Street. Buy a cup of tea or coffee and join us on the Talking Village table, for a chat and to make new friends, or catch up with old ones!
Saturdays - On the first Saturday of each month in Seal Library from 10.15-11.15am. Join us for a coffee whilst out browsing for your library books.
At both these venues, there will always be two hosts to welcome you, and we look forward to meeting with you and getting to know each other better.

 
SEW TO PRINT
Sew to Print - Summer Holiday Workshops in Seal for children 8years +
10.30 - 2pm at Seal Church Hall on:-
19th July and 5th August - Foraging and making botanical dyes
3rd August - Bookbind a sketchbook and make natural ink
4th August - Decorate a t shirt/bag or make a scrunchy.
Places are limited so to book contact via Instagram or at sew2print@gmail.com
Sophia - BA Hons Textiles, Montessori Teaching Diploma, Forest School Leader.OTHER COMMUNITY NEWS - For more community news from Marion Gilchrist, check out the Know Your Neighbours blog. 
https://knowyourneighbours.blogspot.com/ or email marionjgilchrist@gmail.com to ask to be put on her mailing list.

Sunday, July 03, 2022

Sunday Worship podcast link and other news: July 3

 



Dear friends

Join us for worship online, on the phone or in the building today. 

with best wishes
Anne Le Bas


Online
Worship podcast     Order of service
You can also access this podcast by phoning 01732 928061


In the church building today - July 3 Patronal Festival: St Peter & St Paul
10 am  Holy Communion 
2pm      Baptism: Connie Stupple
4-6pm   Strawberry Tea in the Church hall
6.30pm Evensong

During the week
Monday             2-3.30pm Talking Village in Deniz Cafe in the High Street

Wednesday      Good Book Club in the Church hall
                           5-5.30pm Children's Choir
                           7.15-8.15 pm Choir
                         
Friday                9.30am Morning Prayer in Church
                           10.30-12.30 Friday Group in the church hall

Next Sunday
10 am   All Age Worship
6.30pm Breathing Space Holy Communion

The feast of St Peter and St Paul
Philippians 1.1-13, Matthew 16.13-19The Virgin sits with the infant Christ on her lap, as Peter and Paul kneel on either side of her
What do we give thanks for in one another and in ourselves? How do we see God at work in us? As we celebrate our Patron Saints, Peter and Paul, we think about the way they answered these questions in their own lives.  
The picture on the right, from the workshop of Dirk Bouts (d. 1475) shows an image that could never have been seen in real life. Mary sits with the infant Jesus on her lap, while St Peter, on the left, and St Paul on the right, kneel beside her. We can tell which saint is which, because St Peter's keys lie on the floor in front of him, and St Paul's sword rests on the wall behind him. It either represents his death by beheading, or the sword of the Spirit - the word of God - which he wrote about. 
St Paul holds out a carnation to Jesus, which is a symbol of the crucifixion.
In reality, Jesus was probably the same sort of age as Peter and Paul, so they would have never seen him as a baby, and Paul probably never saw him in the flesh anyway! The picture was designed to draw people into prayer, however, imagining themselves with these great saints of the church drawing close to Jesus and Mary. 

ALL AGE IDEAS

St Paul wrote the words we hear in our first reading today when he was in prison and thinking about the Christians in Philippi who he was writing to. "I thank my God every time I remember you..." 

  • Think of the people you know - your friends and family. What do you give thanks for when you think of them? Write their names and the things you think of when you think of them. 
  • How could you let them know what they mean to you? Perhaps you could write a letter or phone or text them to tell them what you especially give thanks for about them.  
  • I wonder what other people give thanks for when they think of you? What do you hope it might be?
  • What do you think God feels about you?
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY NEWS
 

PATRONAL FESTIVAL STRAWBERRY TEA
Come and join us for our Patronal Festival Strawberry Tea on July 3 from 4-6pm in the church hall and vicarage garden. 
Tickets are: adults £8, children £4, family ticket £20 - pay at the door on the day

FIRST COMMUNION. We will be welcoming some of the children in our church community for their first communion during the 10 am service this morning (and some who can't make it today at future services). Please pray for them.


COVID is still with us! As I am very aware, having just had it, Covid is still around, and there has been a surge in cases locally recently. While we believe that the measures we are taking to guard against transmission at Sunday services are adequate, we would like to remind people that it is really important not to come to church if you think you may have covid, even if you are on a rota for something! Mask wearing isn’t mandatory any more, but please feel free to wear one if you would like to to protect yourself and others. I will continue to wear a mask to distribute communion.

TALKING VILLAGE
Monday afternoons between 2pm and 3.30 in Deniz's on the High Street. Buy a cup of tea or coffee and join us on the Talking Village table, for a chat and to make new friends, or catch up with old ones!
Saturdays - On the first Saturday of each month in Seal Library from 10.15-11.15am. Join us for a coffee whilst out browsing for your library books.
At both these venues, there will always be two hosts to welcome you, and we look forward to meeting with you and getting to know each other better.

 
SEW TO PRINT
Sew to Print - Summer Holiday Workshops in Seal for children 8years +
10.30 - 2pm at Seal Church Hall on:-
19th July and 5th August - Foraging and making botanical dyes
3rd August - Bookbind a sketchbook and make natural ink
4th August - Decorate a t shirt/bag or make a scrunchy.
Places are limited so to book contact via Instagram or at sew2print@gmail.com
Sophia - BA Hons Textiles, Montessori Teaching Diploma, Forest School Leader.OTHER COMMUNITY NEWS - For more community news from Marion Gilchrist, check out the Know Your Neighbours blog. 
https://knowyourneighbours.blogspot.com/ or email marionjgilchrist@gmail.com to ask to be put on her mailing list.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Sunday worship podcast link and other news: June 26

 



Dear friends

Join us for worship online, on the phone or in the building today. 

with best wishes
Anne Le Bas


Online
Worship podcast     Order of service
You can also access this podcast by phoning 01732 928061


In the church building today - June 26 Trinity 2
10 am  Holy Communion and Baptism: Adam Lee
2pm      Baptism: Jude Fitzsimons
6.30pm Evensong

During the week
Monday             2-3.30pm Talking Village in Deniz Cafe in the High Street

Wednesday      No Zoom Church
                           5-5.30pm Children's Choir
                           7.15-8.15 pm Choir
Thursday          8pm PCC meeting in the church
                         
Friday                9.30am Morning Prayer in Church
                           10.30-12.30 Friday Group in the church hall

Next Sunday:  Patronal Festival
10 am   Holy Communion 
2pm      Baptism
4-6pm   Patronal Festival Strawberry Tea
6.30pm Evensong

Trinity 2
Galatians 5.1, 13-25, Matt 13.31-34
Orthodox icon showing Jesus telling the parable of the mustard seedToday's sermon explores the idea of freedom, and what it means in the context of living in community.  

ALL AGE IDEAS

In today's first reading, St Paul tells people that they should bear the "fruit of the Spirit" - of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
 

  • Share a piece of fruit that you like. What do you like about it? 
  • If you were a fruit tree, what kind of fruit tree would you like to be?
  • Jesus said that God's kingdom was like a tree which sheltered the birds of the air. Look around outside. Can you see birds nesting or roosting in the trees. Do they like some more than others?
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY NEWS
 

PATRONAL FESTIVAL STRAWBERRY TEA
Come and join us for our Patronal Festival Strawberry Tea on July 3 from 4-6pm in the church hall and vicarage garden. 
Tickets are: adults £8, children £4, family ticket £20 - pay at the door on the day
Please sign up on the list at the back of church if you would like to come, so that we have some idea of numbers for catering.
Could you help to set up for this event on the day?  We are particularly looking for people who can help move chairs and tables, and set up a gazebo, as many of those on the events team are feeling their age! Please volunteer for this if you are reasonably young and fit! We need you!

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION.  There will be a First communion preparation session after the 10 am service today.


WOULD YOU LIKE TO DISCUSS FAITH WITH OTHERS? Why not join one of our home groups? They meet on Tuesday evenings (contact Babs Bartholomew or Wivine Turner) or Thursday mornings (Contact Kelly Durrant or Marion Gilchrist).

TALKING VILLAGE
Monday afternoons between 2pm and 3.30 in Deniz's on the High Street. Buy a cup of tea or coffee and join us on the Talking Village table, for a chat and to make new friends, or catch up with old ones!
Saturdays - On the first Saturday of each month in Seal Library from 10.15-11.15am. Join us for a coffee whilst out browsing for your library books.
At both these venues, there will always be two hosts to welcome you, and we look forward to meeting with you and getting to know each other better.

 
SEW TO PRINT
Sew to Print - Summer Holiday Workshops in Seal for children 8years +
10.30 - 2pm at Seal Church Hall on:-
19th July and 5th August - Foraging and making botanical dyes
3rd August - Bookbind a sketchbook and make natural ink
4th August - Decorate a t shirt/bag or make a scrunchy.
Places are limited so to book contact via Instagram or at sew2print@gmail.com
Sophia - BA Hons Textiles, Montessori Teaching Diploma, Forest School Leader.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Sunday Worship podcast link and other news: June 19

 

Please note. There will be no Messy Church or Evensong today, as Anne has Covid.


Dear friends

Join us for worship online, on the phone or in the building today. 

with best wishes
Anne Le Bas


Online
Worship podcast     Order of service
You can also access this podcast by phoning 01732 928061


In the church building today - June 19 Trinity 1
10 am  Holy Communion - preacher and celebrant Revd. David Fox-Branch, vicar of Westerham 
NO MESSY CHURCH OR NO EVENSONG TONIGHT


During the week
Monday             2-3.30pm Talking Village in Deniz Cafe in the High Street

Wednesday      10am Zoom Church
                           5-5.30pm Children's Choir
                           7.15-8.15 pm Choir
                         
Friday                9.30am Morning Prayer in Church
                           10.30-12.30 Friday Group in the church hall

Next Sunday 
10 am   Holy Communion & Baptism: Adam Lee
2pm      Baptism: Jude Needham
6.30pm Evensong


Trinity 1
Isaiah 65.1-9,  Galatians 3.23-end, Luke 8.26-39
Medieval manuscript. The healed demoniac sits peacefully, while a man from the city comes out to berate Jesus for healing him. Today's Gospel passage tells the story of a man afflicted by what we would now call mental illness, but which was thought of as demonic possession in the time of Jesus. The fact that he calls himself "Legion" , the word for the largest unit of the Roman Army, is probably significant. Many of the occupying Roman forces were stationed in Galilee, and the local people were forced to support them - the herd of swine who drowned themselves in the lake may have been intended for the Romans. It was an area where there were constant reminders that the people were under oppressive and brutal rule, and some commentators have speculated that this man may have had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - that the terror the Roman soldiers had brought into his area had scarred him. In recent times we have seen the effect on Ukrainian people trapped in areas occupied by Russian troops, subject to brutality and powerless in the face of it, which perhaps brings home the trauma that affects all those who live in occupied territory.
The area in which this man lived, Gerasa, was on the other side of the Sea of Galilee from the mostly Jewish areas where Jesus usually lived and had grown up. It was an area called the "Decapolis", a predominantly Gentile, non- Jewish, area, so it was already a place which respectable Jewish people might have wanted to avoid. But Jesus goes there, entirely unafraid, bringing healing and peace to this man, but causing anxiety to the townspeople - the destruction of the swine is a threat to them economically, and might even bring down the wrath of God on them.
The illustration on the right, from a medieval manuscript, is unusual in that it pictures not the moment of exorcism, but its aftermath. "Legion" sits in the bottom left corner, "clothed and in his right mind", as the Gospel says, and even wears a halo - he is sent by Jesus to "declare how much God has done for you", and does so, bearing witness to Jesus. 
He is at peace, but the man hurrying from the town to berate Jesus about the loss of the pigs is definitely not. When people are healed, or wrongs righted, it can cause ripples that affect those who may have profitted from the status quo. 



ALL AGE IDEAS

How do you calm down when you feel upset? What helps you to feel peaceful?

Make a calm down bottle.

Take an empty plastic water or juice bottle.
Put a small amount of glitter, sequins or other small things in it - any bits of coloured plastic would work.
Top it up with water, and add one or two drops of washing up liquid - not more than that!
Screw the top on very tightly - you could put some tape around it to make extra sure it won't leak. 
Shake it up and then watch the glitter settle. How does it make you feel to do that?

CHURCH AND COMMUNITY NEWS
 

PATRONAL FESTIVAL STRAWBERRY TEA
Come and join us for our Patronal Festival Strawberry Tea on July 3 from 4-6pm in the church hall and vicarage garden. 
Tickets are: adults £8, children £4, family ticket £20 - pay at the door on the day
Please sign up on the list at the back of church if you would like to come, so that we have some idea of numbers for catering.
Could you help to set up for this event on the day?  We are particularly looking for people who can help move chairs and tables, and set up a gazebo, as many of those on the events team are feeling their age! Please volunteer for this if you are reasonably young and fit! We need you!

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION.  There will not be any  First communion preparation today, as Anne has Covid. There will be a session next Sunday, and we will think about how to make up the missing session.  


WOULD YOU LIKE TO DISCUSS FAITH WITH OTHERS? Why not join one of our home groups? They meet on Tuesday evenings (contact Babs Bartholomew or Wivine Turner) or Thursday mornings (Contact Kelly Durrant or Marion Gilchrist).

TALKING VILLAGE
Monday afternoons between 2pm and 3.30 in Deniz's on the High Street. Buy a cup of tea or coffee and join us on the Talking Village table, for a chat and to make new friends, or catch up with old ones!
Saturdays - On the first Saturday of each month in Seal Library from 10.15-11.15am. Join us for a coffee whilst out browsing for your library books.
At both these venues, there will always be two hosts to welcome you, and we look forward to meeting with you and getting to know each other better.

 
OTHER COMMUNITY NEWS - For more community news from Marion Gilchrist, check out the Know Your Neighbours blog. https://knowyourneighbours.blogspot.com/ or email marionjgilchrist@gmail.com to ask to be put on her mailing list.

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Sunday worship podcast link and other news: June 12




Dear friends

Join us for worship online, on the phone or in the building today. 

with best wishes
Anne Le Bas


Online
Worship podcast     Order of service
You can also access this podcast by phoning 01732 928061


In the church building today - June 12 Trinity Sunday
10 am  All Age Worship
6.30pm Breathing Space Holy Communion


During the week
Monday             2-3.30pm Talking Village in Deniz Cafe in the High Street

Wednesday      10.30 am Lavender Fields Holy Communion
                           5-5.30pm Children's Choir
                           7.15-8.15 pm Choir
                         
Friday                9.30am Morning Prayer in Church
                           10.30-12.30 Friday Group in the church hall

Saturday           10.30am Baptism: William Norman
                       
Next Sunday 
10 am   Holy Communion 
3 - 4.30pm Messy Church
6.30pm Evensong


Trinity Sunday
Icon of the trinity, with the Father, Son and Spirit gathered round a table.Proverbs 8.1-4,22-31, Romans 5.1-5, John 16.12-15
Today, on Trinity Sunday, we explore the idea of the Trinity, and in particular, Rublev's famous icon of the Trinity, and how it can draw us into prayer and action. 

ALL AGE IDEAS

Look at the picture above. It's a painting of the Holy Trinity - God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. The first Christians felt that when they met Jesus, they had met the God they had known about in the Jewish Scriptures they had grown up with. Then, after Jesus had ascended into heaven, they had an experience of the Holy Spirit, the sense that God was near them, helping them. They felt just like they had when Jesus was with them. The idea that God was three persons but one God grew slowly, but is very important to Christians. In Rublev's picture, the three persons of the Trinity are sitting and talking to each other (the Father is on the left, with a gold cloak over his blue tunic, the Son is behind the table, dressed in a brown tunic, the colour of the earth he came to save, and the Spirit is on the right, dressed in green, which is the colour of growth, because the Spirit helps us to grow. 
The fourth side of the table , facing us, is open though, as if they are inviting us to come and join them.

  • If you could step into the picture and sit down with the Trinity, what would you want to talk to them about? Would you have any questions to ask them? I wonder what they would say?
  • You could draw a picture of the same scene with you in the picture. 
  • Can you make a plait with three strands out of ribbons or string. Learn how to make a plait, and think about the idea of the Trinity as you do so. You could tie bits of string, ribbon or cloth into it as you plait it to represent your prayers, or the people who are special to you, weaving them into the love of God. 
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY NEWS
 
Congratulations to Jess and Josie Bartholomew-Smythe...Jess and Josie Bartholomew-Smythe in the conservatory at St Julians, after their wedding on Saturday4th June
Josie and Jess (Jess is Babs Bartholomew's daughter) were married last week at St Julian's, and I was delighted that they invited me to be there as a guest.  Sadly we aren't allowed, by Church of England and civil law, to marry same-sex couples in church (yet!), but it was a great joy to be able to join them for this very joyful ceremony, and to wish them well in their marriage. Many congratulations Jess and Josie! 





And to Tom and Abbey Lawrie...
Abbey and Tom leaving the church.Tom and Abbey (who sings in our choir) were married this time last year, when we weren't allowed to sing in church or have parties, so they came back yesterday, near the date of their first anniversary, for a service of thanksgiving and blessing. A happy day was had by all. 











MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED TO MAKE SEAL'S JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS SUCH A SUCCESS.
Children and adults playing with a parachute at the Big Lunch on the Recreation Ground
We had a great  time last weekend celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Thank you to all who worked so hard on this, especially Marion Gilchrist, Barbara Martin and Annie Fish, Frances Fish, who organised the Garden Safari, and David Williams who put on such an interesting history exhibition. 
You can see some more photos and a round up here


PATRONAL FESTIVAL STRAWBERRY TEA
Come and join us for our Patronal Festival Strawberry Tea on July 3 from 4-6pm in the church hall and vicarage garden. 
Tickets are: adults £8, children £4, family ticket £20 - pay at the door on the day
Please sign up on the list at the back of church if you would like to come, so that we have some idea of numbers for catering.


FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION.  If you are interested in your child preparing to receive Holy Communion, there will be sessions after church (at around 11.15 am) today and on19 and 26 June.  We hope to admit them to communion at the Patronal Festival on July 3


WOULD YOU LIKE TO DISCUSS FAITH WITH OTHERS? Why not join one of our home groups? They meet on Tuesday evenings (contact Babs Bartholomew or Wivine Turner) or Thursday mornings (Contact Kelly Durrant or Marion Gilchrist).

TALKING VILLAGE
Monday afternoons between 2pm and 3.30 in Deniz's on the High Street. Buy a cup of tea or coffee and join us on the Talking Village table, for a chat and to make new friends, or catch up with old ones!
Saturdays - On the first Saturday of each month in Seal Library from 10.15-11.15am. Join us for a coffee whilst out browsing for your library books.
At both these venues, there will always be two hosts to welcome you, and we look forward to meeting with you and getting to know each other better.

SEAL HISTORY GUIDE BOOKS
Deniz's coffee shop still has some copies of our Seal Historical Guided Walk books for just £5 a copy. All proceeds go to the Seal Village Fund. A perfect time to walk around our beautiful village and see it through new eyes!

 
OTHER COMMUNITY NEWS - For more community news from Marion Gilchrist, check out the Know Your Neighbours blog. https://knowyourneighbours.blogspot.com/ or email marionjgilchrist@gmail.com to ask to be put on her mailing list.