Sunday, February 25, 2024

Sunday worship podcast link and other news from Seal Church: Feb 25

 

 

Dear Friends
Listen to today's worship podcast by clicking on the picture above. 

Anne Le Bas


Worship Online
Worship podcast - Click on picture above
Order of service

You can also access this podcast by phoning 01732 928061

DONATE TO SEAL CHURCH HERE all contributions gratefully received to keep the church thriving!

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

This week: 
Wed    No Zoom Church this week- sorry!
            4.30-5pm Children's Choir
            7.15 pm Adult choir practice
Thurs   10-11.30am Lent Group in the church hall
Fri        No morning prayer this week
            10.30am Friday Group in the Church Hall

Next Sunday
10 am Holy Communion 
6.30pm Evensong

Lent 2
In today's Bible readings from Genesis 17 and Mark 8 the writers invite us to look back at situations where people had to face up to powerlessness and despair. Like much of the Bible, these passages were written with a specific audience in mind, people who were going through hard times. The old stories remind them that they aren't the first people who have struggled, and that the love of God which kept their ancestors going is still there for them. 
  • Do you have favourite books which you reread or recall, which help you in difficult times?
  • What is it about those stories which makes a difference to you?
  • Looking back at your life, how have you been aware of the presence and the love of God (through others? through the Bible? in nature?...) Do you intentionally seek out those things when life is difficult? 
All Age Ideas

In the Gospel reading today, Jesus tries to tell his friends that he will soon be arrested and killed. He has been saying and doing things that challenge the unjust Roman rulers of his land, so it should have been obvious that this would happen. His friends don't want to believe it, though. They think that being God's son means that nothing bad can happen to him, and Jesus knows that when they see him being crucified, that will make them doubt whether he really was who he said he was. It will only be after he has risen from the dead that they will start to understand. 
Sometimes when something sad or bad happens we can think that God doesn't love us, or that it is our fault, but that's not true. God always loves us and is with us, whether life is easy or hard. 
The stories in the Bible remind us of that. 
  • What is your favourite book? Why do you like it so much?
  • Are there books you read or videos you watch when you are feeling sad or upset to make you feel better? 
  • Think of the things that make you feel happy. Make a book and write or draw them in it so that you can read it when you are feeling sad.
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY NEWS FROM SEAL

BARBARA ARNOLD'S MEMORIAL SERVICE will take place on Tuesday March 26th at 12.30 in Seal Church, following a private family cremation. It is a little way off, but please put the date in your diary if you would like to come. Everyone is welcome.

CONFIRMATION
I am planning to organise some confirmation preparation with a view to taking candidates to a Confirmation service at St Giles Farnborough on Sunday June 16 at 4pm. I would need to meet with candidates a number of times for some preparation – in a group if possible, but otherwise one to one. If you would like to be confirmed, please let me know as soon as possible. This will be the last opportunity to be prepared and presented for confirmation before I retire.

FUN QUIZ NIGHT FOR ST PETER AND ST PAUL CHURCH SEAL SATURDAY MARCH 23RD 6.45 for 7pm SUPPER AT SEAL CHURCH HALL.
Please join us for a fun evening of quizzing, eating and drinking, not to mention laughing! The tickets include a light supper of baked potatoes with various fillings ,salads followed by apple pie. We ask you to bring your own drinks and glasses, along with yourselves and - most importantly - your sense of fun! Why not get up a team of 6 people and enjoy a cheap evening out. If you don't come in a team, don't worry - you can easily join another group! The tickets are a bargain at just £ 10  per adult and £5 for children in full time education, and can be booked through Ann Frow 07939 431183    or by emailingl marionjgilchrist@gmail.com

SEAL KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS MEET AND GREET PLUS SEAL VILLAGE FUND AGM
On Saturday March 16th, there will be an opportunity,
to find out just what goes on in our village. We try to have an annual session, where new residents, or anybody who wishes to know more about village organisations, can come along, have a chat, coffee and cake, and meet those who run the local groups. We will be in the Village Hall between 11.30 and 1pm, along with information for you to glean. Do, please join us.

SVF AGM
Around 20 minutes of this session, is taken up with the Seal Village Fund AGM, where you can see our accounts, and where your money has been spent, and how this year's funds are being allocated. 
If you belong to a local, non profit making organisation, have a specific project for this year, and need a small grant towards this, please make your bids before March 1st. Please contact Becky Watson, the SVF Secretary, for more information. If you have received funding oin excess of £400 over the past 2 years, from this source, other organisations will be prioritised. 

REGULAR VILLAGE ACTIVITIES
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 - First Saturday of each month in Seal Library from 10.15am-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.

FRIDAY GROUP
Meets each Friday morning in the Church Hall between 10.30 and 12.30   Coffee, chat, by all means, bring your crafting with you but mostly, enjoy the company.

SEAL TIDDLERS
 In Seal Church Hall £2 per session pre schoolers and parents/Carers Monday mornings 9.30-11.30 tea drinks snacks for children art activities singing. Term time only.

SEAL OVER 60S
As from March, the cost of the over 60s meetings will be increased to £5 per head. (It has to be said though, that this is still excellent value for a great tea, and often very interesting speakers or entertainment.)

 

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Sunday Worship podcast and other news from Seal Church: Feb 18

 

 

Dear Friends
Listen to today's worship podcast by clicking on the picture above. 

Anne Le Bas


Worship Online
Worship podcast - Click on picture above
Order of service

You can also access this podcast by phoning 01732 928061

DONATE TO SEAL CHURCH HERE all contributions gratefully received to keep the church thriving!

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

This week: 
Wed    10.30 am Lavender Fields Holy Communion
            4.30-5pm Children's Choir
            7.15 pm Adult choir practice
Thurs   10-11.30am Lent Group in the church hall
Fri        9 am Morning Prayer in Church
            10.30am Friday Group in the Church Hall

Next Sunday
10 am Holy Communion 
6.30pm Evensong

Lent 1

Kevin is preaching today, on the first Sunday of Lent. The Gospel reading, as always on this Sunday of the church's year, features the story of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness, but each year the story is taken from a different one of the three Gospels which tell the story. This year it is the turn of the Gospel of Mark. Like much of Mark's Gospel the story is short and to the point. Mark's was the first of the Gospels to be written and it is thought that Luke and Matthew drew on it, and filled out some of Mark's stories with extra detail. While Mark tells us that Jesus went into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan, he doesn't tell us of three specific temptations, as the other Gospels do. It is left up to our imaginations to think what questions might be in Jesus' mind as he contemplated the ministry that was about to begin. Mark does tell us, though, that "he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him". The wilderness was, as our English word suggests, a place where wildness reigned, a haunt of wild beasts, evil spirits, and wild people too - bandits and outcasts. Jesus didn't go there to have a bit of peace and quiet, he went to the frontline of the battle with evil, to a place where he knew life would be tough, just as he did all through his ministry. But Mark's little detail that "the angels waited on him" tells us something important. Even there "where the wild things were" to paraphrase the famous children's book (below) God was too. The messages of Satan, trying to pull Jesus off the course his Father called him to, were set in contrasts to the messages of God - 'angelos' is Greek for 'messenger'. 
  • Where and what are the "wild beasts" and "angels" in our lives, the voices that pull us down, or lift us up?
  • How can we make sure we are listening to right voices? 
All Age Ideas
MESSY CHURCH IS THIS AFTERNOON FROM 3-4.30pm in the church hall


Today we hear the story of Jesus spending 40 days and nights in the wilderness. The Bible tells us that the wilderness was a place where there were "wild beasts", dangerous creatures like lions and snakes. I wonder how it felt to be there on his own for such a long time?
The story comes just before Jesus starts on his work of telling people about God, healing and helping, challenging the people who ruled his land but  who weren't treating people fairly. He knew that would be a difficult and dangerous thing to do. In the wilderness, he was thinking and praying about how to do this work. He could try to be a military leader, or push people around, like other leaders in his world. He could try to dazzle people with tricks, or just give them whatever they wanted, to make himself popular. But he knew that wasn't what God wanted. He wanted him to show people how to love one another. . 

I think that the "wild beasts" weren't just the lions and snakes, but also his own fears about the future.
The story says, though, that there were angels in the desert too - God's messengers reminding him that God was with him - and that helped him to make the right decisions. 

Do you know the story by Maurice Sendak called "Where the Wild Things Are"? It is in the video below.
I often think of that story when I hear of Jesus' time in the wilderness, another place "where the wild things were". In the story, the "wild beasts" are really in Max's imagination. They stand for all the wild feelings he was having that night - his anger and feeling of being out of control. In the end, though, he realises that he needs and wants to be where people love him. Like the angels who come to Jesus, his mother has come to him, with his supper "and it was still hot!"
  • Do you ever feel tempted to do things that you know are wrong or might hurt someone else?
  • What helps you not to do those things, or to put them right if you have done them?
  • Who are the helpers in your life, the people like those angels who you know will always love and care for you?
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY NEWS FROM SEAL

BARBARA ARNOLD'S MEMORIAL SERVICE will take place on Tuesday March 26th at 12.30 in Seal Church, following a private family cremation. It is a little way off, but please put the date in your diary if you would like to come. Everyone is welcome.



Have you completed our  ECOCHURCH SURVEY yet?
We will be closing the survey at the end of the week, so please fill it in - there are just 10 questions, and it doesn't take long. It will be very helpful to us to know what people are already doing to "go green" at home, and what our priorities are. 

LENT COURSE
We had a good first session of our Lent Course this week, thinking about the question of how we tell, and hear, the Good News of God's love here at Seal Church - next week we go on to the next Mark of Mission, and ask where and how we teach and learn our faith here. If you aren't coming along to the sessions, you can download a copy of the course booklet here. You are also more than welcome to send me your reflections on how you would answer those questions about how we see the Five Marks of Mission at Seal Church, so that I can include them in the collection of responses coming from the Lent Group. 

REFLECTIVE LENT WALK Sat Feb 24 10.30amtext on poster as in message
"God of Silence" Lent Eco Walk, with readings and prayers at beginning and end  of a walk in silence. Finishing with refreshments at Kemsing Deli (not so silent!)  Meet at the Lychgate at 10.30am . Contact Babs Bartholomew for more information

SEAL KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS MEET AND GREET PLUS SEAL VILLAGE FUND AGM
On Saturday March 16th, there will be an opportunity,
to find out just what goes on in our village. We try to have an annual session, where new residents, or anybody who wishes to know more about village organisations, can come along, have a chat, coffee and cake, and meet those who run the local groups. We will be in the Village Hall between 11.30 and 1pm, along with information for you to glean. Do, please join us.

SVF AGM
Around 20 minutes of this session, is taken up with the Seal Village Fund AGM, where you can see our accounts, and where your money has been spent, and how this year's funds are being allocated. 
If you belong to a local, non profit making organisation, have a specific project for this year, and need a small grant towards this, please make your bids before March 1st. Please contact Becky Watson, the SVF Secretary, for more information. If you have received funding oin excess of £400 over the past 2 years, from this source, other organisations will be prioritised. 


COMING EVENTS
The Church Events Team have been busy planning events for the first part of 2024. 

HERE ARE THE PLANS SO FAR:-
ECO CHURCH EVENTS INCLUDING VEGANUARY LUNCH AND WALKS ON ALTERNATE SATURDAYS THROUGHOUT LENT(MORE DETAILS BELOW).
MOTHERING SUNDAY CAKE SALE
QUIZ NIGHT MARCH 23RD
ZAMBRA WAY GARDEN PARTY AND SALE JUNE 22ND
PATRONAL FESTIVAL CELEBRATIONS JUlY 7th -PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE
TEA FOR 2 IN VILLAGE GARDEN BETWEEN AUG 5TH AND 12TH
RETURN OF THE GLORIOUS LITTLE GARDEN TEAS/LUNCHES
THANKSGIVING SUPPER IN OCTOBER
HARVEST ECO ACTIVITIES FOR HARVEST.

Please watch this space for more detailed information nearer the time.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
Marion Gilchrist says "Thanks to those of you who have come forward to volunteer to organise the lights for Christmas 2024. WE WILL SOON HAVE A LITTLE GET TOGETHER TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESSES THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. tHERE IS STILL ROOM FOR PEOPLE TO HELP OUT - PARTICULARLY IN AN ADMIN ROLE."

REGULAR VILLAGE ACTIVITIES
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 - First Saturday of each month in Seal Library from 10.15am-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.

FRIDAY GROUP
Meets each Friday morning in the Church Hall between 10.30 and 12.30   Coffee, chat, by all means, bring your crafting with you but mostly, enjoy the company.

SEAL TIDDLERS
 In Seal Church Hall £2 per session pre schoolers and parents/Carers Monday mornings 9.30-11.30 tea drinks snacks for children art activities singing. Term time only.

SEAL OVER 60S
As from March, the cost of the over 60s meetings will be increased to £5 per head. (It has to be said though, that this is still excellent value for a great tea, and often very interesting speakers or entertainment.)

 

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Sunday Worship podcast link and other news from Seal Church: Feb 11

 

 

Dear Friends
Listen to today's worship podcast by clicking on the picture above. 

Anne Le Bas


Worship Online
Worship podcast - Click on picture above
Order of service

You can also access this podcast by phoning 01732 928061

DONATE TO SEAL CHURCH HERE all contributions gratefully received to keep the church thriving!

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

This week: 
Wed    10 am Zoom Church
            No Children or Adult Choir this week (half term)
            8pm Ash Wednesday Communion
Thurs   10-11.30am Lent Group in the Church Hall
Fri        9 am Morning Prayer in Church
            10.30am Friday Group in the Church Hall

Next Sunday
10 am Holy Communion
6.30pm Evensong
 

Sunday before Lent
2 Corinthians 4.3-6, Mark 9.2-9

The Gospel reading for the Sunday before Lent is always the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus, a story told in Matthew, Mark and Luke's Gospel. This year, we hear Mark's account.
Today's sermon explores this strange story, of an experience which can't be explained or even conveyed in all its fullness. "You had to be there", we often say of experiences we are trying to relate to others, and that is true of this experience. It is something which is "ineffable", beyond our human ability to understand or talk about. But maybe that's the point. God can't be explained or pinned down, but his love can be experienced, known and shown in our lives.
All Age Ideas
Today's Bible story tells of a time when Jesus closest friends saw him shining with light at the top of a mountain, with Elijah and Moses, who had lived long before, talking to him. They couldn't understand it or explain it, but they knew it was a sign that God loved Jesus and was working through him. 
  • You could play a game, describing something without saying what it is, and see how long the other person takes to guess it.

What do we find it impossible to explain?
In the video above, a man who was born blind, who has never seen colour, asks passers-by to explain it to him. They really struggle!
  • How would you explain what blue or red or green are to someone who had never seen them?
  • How would you tell someone what love is - that's something you can't see either
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY NEWS FROM SEAL

BARBARA ARNOLD RIP
I am sorry to have to pass on the news that Barbara Arnold, who was known and loved by so many of us in Seal Church and village, died on Friday morning at the grand age of 103. She was a very pecial lady who touched many lives. There will be a service at Seal to give thanks for her life, and I will let you know the date when I have it.

COMPLETE OUR ECOCHURCH SURVEY HERE! 

LENT COURSE - cancellation of Zoom course
Lent begins on Feb 14, Ash Wednesday, and our Lent course stars the following day, on Thursday 15th from 10- 11.30am in the church hall. I can fit a couple more people into the sessions, but it is nearly full. I had planned to offer the course on Zoom, but there has been very low take up for this, and I have also had to fit in some meetings in my role of Area Dean, so have sadly decided to cancel the Zoom session. Anyone who wants to follow the course themselves can download a copy of the course booklet here. 


GOLDEN WEDDING Hilary and Jim Curtis
After our 10 am service today, Hilary and Jim Curtis invite us all to share in some refreshments to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary as we gather for our normal post-service coffee. Congratulations to Hilary and Jim, and many thanks!


SEAL KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS MEET AND GREET PLUS SEAL VILLAGE FUND AGM
On Saturday March 16th, there will be an opportunity,
to find out just what goes on in our village. We try to have an annual session, where new residents, or anybody who wishes to know more about village organisations, can come along, have a chat, coffee and cake, and meet those who run the local groups. We will be in the Village Hall between 11.30 and 1pm, along with information for you to glean. Do, please join us.

SVF AGM
Around 20 minutes of this session, is taken up with the Seal Village Fund AGM, where you can see our accounts, and where your money has been spent, and how this year's funds are being allocated. 
If you belong to a local, non profit making organisation, have a specific project for this year, and need a small grant towards this, please make your bids before March 1st. Please contact Becky Watson, the SVF Secretary, for more information. If you have received funding oin excess of £400 over the past 2 years, from this source, other organisations will be prioritised. 


COMING EVENTS
The Church Events Team have been busy planning events for the first part of 2024. 

HERE ARE THE PLANS SO FAR:-
ECO CHURCH EVENTS INCLUDING VEGANUARY LUNCH AND WALKS ON ALTERNATE SATURDAYS THROUGHOUT LENT(MORE DETAILS BELOW).
MOTHERING SUNDAY CAKE SALE
QUIZ NIGHT MARCH 23RD
ZAMBRA WAY GARDEN PARTY AND SALE JUNE 22ND
PATRONAL FESTIVAL CELEBRATIONS JUlY 7th -PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE
TEA FOR 2 IN VILLAGE GARDEN BETWEEN AUG 5TH AND 12TH
RETURN OF THE GLORIOUS LITTLE GARDEN TEAS/LUNCHES
THANKSGIVING SUPPER IN OCTOBER
HARVEST ECO ACTIVITIES FOR HARVEST.

Please watch this space for more detailed information nearer the time.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
Marion Gilchrist says "Thanks to those of you who have come forward to volunteer to organise the lights for Christmas 2024. WE WILL SOON HAVE A LITTLE GET TOGETHER TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESSES THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. tHERE IS STILL ROOM FOR PEOPLE TO HELP OUT - PARTICULARLY IN AN ADMIN ROLE."

REGULAR VILLAGE ACTIVITIES
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 - First Saturday of each month in Seal Library from 10.15am-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.

FRIDAY GROUP
Meets each Friday morning in the Church Hall between 10.30 and 12.30   Coffee, chat, by all means, bring your crafting with you but mostly, enjoy the company.

SEAL TIDDLERS
 In Seal Church Hall £2 per session pre schoolers and parents/Carers Monday mornings 9.30-11.30 tea drinks snacks for children art activities singing. Term time only.

SEAL OVER 60S
As from March, the cost of the over 60s meetings will be increased to £5 per head. (It has to be said though, that this is still excellent value for a great tea, and often very interesting speakers or entertainment.)

 

Sunday, February 04, 2024

Sunday Worship podcast link and other news: Feb 4

 

 

Dear Friends
Listen to today's worship podcast by clicking on the picture above. 

Anne Le Bas


Worship Online
Worship podcast - Click on picture above
Order of service

You can also access this podcast by phoning 01732 928061

DONATE TO SEAL CHURCH HERE all contributions gratefully received to keep the church thriving!

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

This week: 
Wed    10 am Good Book Club
            4.30-5pm Children's Choir
            7.15 pm Adult choir practice
Fri        9 am Morning Prayer in Church
            10.30am Friday Group in the Church Hall

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

Second Sunday before Lent

Today in church some of our Eco Church team will be launching a survey to try to help us all think about what we are doing to help the environment - you can find out more and complete the survey here. This links with the theme of the readings today, in which we hear of God's delight in his creation, and his love for it, which was so great that he came in Jesus - the Word made Flesh - to share in the life of the world. Today's sermon explores this and asks us what we think about the material world, and our own material bodies as part of it.

The reading from the Book of Proverbs (Proverbs 8. 22-31) paints a picture of Wisdom - the personification of God at work in the world, often identified with Jesus, or with the Holy Spirit - dancing at the making of the world, a wonderful image of joy at the variety of creation. Jan Brueghel's picture of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden captures some of that variety. Brueghel (whose "Adoration of the Kings" we looked at through  Lent, was taken under the patronage of Cardinal Borromeo, the Archbishop of Milan, who had a private zoo with many exotic animals in it (being an Archbishop is not what it once was...) Brueghel had obviously taken maximum opportunity to paint these animals, many of which came from the Americas, still fairly newly discovered by Europeans. Click on the picture to zoom in and see how many you can find. 
All Age Ideas
Today's readings from the Bible help us to think about the wonderful world we live in, and God's love for it.
The picture above is called Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, but it's quite hard to spot Adam and Eve (they are in the background) because of all the animals and birds the painter, Jan Brueghel, has painted. 
Can you spot...?
Two guinea pigs
A porcupine
Some cats climbing a tree
A bird with red legs
Two camels 
  • Which are your favourite animals in the picture?
  • You could make a picture full of your favourite animals, like Brueghels. You could set it in a different landscape - the desert, the ocean, the North Pole...?
  • Spend some time outside today and see what you can find. Can you find something natural in every colour of the rainbow?
  • One of the ways we thank God for the world around us is to take care of our environment. What do you do in your family to care for the world?
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY NEWS FROM SEAL

COMPLETE OUR ECOCHURCH SURVEY HERE! 

LENT COURSE - cancellation of Zoom course
Lent begins on Feb 14, Ash Wednesday, and our Lent course stars the following day, on Thursday 15th from 10- 11.30am in the church hall. I can fit a couple more people into the sessions, but it is nearly full. I had planned to offer the course on Zoom, but there has been very low take up for this, and I have also had to fit in some meetings in my role of Area Dean, so have sadly decided to cancel the Zoom session. Anyone who wants to follow the course themselves can download a copy of the course booklet here. 

The Candlemas lunchThank you to all the team who organised our Candlemas Veganuary lunch last week. We had a delicious meal with lots of different contributions from those who came. The spread! Lots of different vegan dishes


GOLDEN WEDDING Hilary and Jim Curtis
After our 10 am service next week, Hilary and Jim Curtis invite us all to share in some refreshments to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary as we gather for our normal post-service coffee. Congratulations to Hilary and Jim in advance, and many thanks!


SEAL KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS MEET AND GREET PLUS SEAL VILLAGE FUND AGM
On Saturday March 16th, there will be an opportunity,
to find out just what goes on in our village. We try to have an annual session, where new residents, or anybody who wishes to know more about village organisations, can come along, have a chat, coffee and cake, and meet those who run the local groups. We will be in the Village Hall between 11.30 and 1pm, along with information for you to glean. Do, please join us.

SVF AGM
Around 20 minutes of this session, is taken up with the Seal Village Fund AGM, where you can see our accounts, and where your money has been spent, and how this year's funds are being allocated. 
If you belong to a local, non profit making organisation, have a specific project for this year, and need a small grant towards this, please make your bids before March 1st. Please contact Becky Watson, the SVF Secretary, for more information. If you have received funding oin excess of £400 over the past 2 years, from this source, other organisations will be prioritised. 


COMING EVENTS
The Church Events Team have been busy planning events for the first part of 2024. 

HERE ARE THE PLANS SO FAR:-
ECO CHURCH EVENTS INCLUDING VEGANUARY LUNCH AND WALKS ON ALTERNATE SATURDAYS THROUGHOUT LENT(MORE DETAILS BELOW).
MOTHERING SUNDAY CAKE SALE
QUIZ NIGHT MARCH 23RD
ZAMBRA WAY GARDEN PARTY AND SALE JUNE 22ND
PATRONAL FESTIVAL CELEBRATIONS JUlY 7th -PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE
TEA FOR 2 IN VILLAGE GARDEN BETWEEN AUG 5TH AND 12TH
RETURN OF THE GLORIOUS LITTLE GARDEN TEAS/LUNCHES
THANKSGIVING SUPPER IN OCTOBER
HARVEST ECO ACTIVITIES FOR HARVEST.

Please watch this space for more detailed information nearer the time.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
Marion Gilchrist says "Thanks to those of you who have come forward to volunteer to organise the lights for Christmas 2024. WE WILL SOON HAVE A LITTLE GET TOGETHER TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESSES THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. tHERE IS STILL ROOM FOR PEOPLE TO HELP OUT - PARTICULARLY IN AN ADMIN ROLE."

REGULAR VILLAGE ACTIVITIES
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 - First Saturday of each month in Seal Library from 10.15am-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.

FRIDAY GROUP
Meets each Friday morning in the Church Hall between 10.30 and 12.30   Coffee, chat, by all means, bring your crafting with you but mostly, enjoy the company.

SEAL TIDDLERS
 In Seal Church Hall £2 per session pre schoolers and parents/Carers Monday mornings 9.30-11.30 tea drinks snacks for children art activities singing. Term time only.

SEAL OVER 60S
As from March, the cost of the over 60s meetings will be increased to £5 per head. (It has to be said though, that this is still excellent value for a great tea, and often very interesting speakers or entertainment.)

 

Friday, February 02, 2024

Candlemas podcast: Feb 2

 

 

Dear Friends
An extra podcast this week, to celebrate the Feast of Candlemas. 
If you still have your Christmas decorations up (our crib is still up at the vicarage), now is the moment to take them down as we say goodbye to the Christmas season and turn our thoughts towards Lent and Easter!
There will be the usual podcast on Sunday.

Anne Le Bas


Worship Online
Worship podcast - Click on picture above
Order of service

You can also access this podcast by phoning 01732 928061

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Sunday worship podcast and other news from Seal Church: Jan 28

 

 

Dear Friends
Listen to today's worship podcast by clicking on the picture above. In today's podcast, Kevin is preaching on the readings for the fourth Sunday of Epiphany. Our Sunday morning service in church will celebrate the feast of Candlemas, and there will be a podcast of worship for this feast available on Feb 2, the official day of the feast, with a sermon from me. I will send out a link on Thursday. So - a "Buy One, Get One Free" week at Seal!

Anne Le Bas


Worship Online
Worship podcast - Click on picture above
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You can also access this podcast by phoning 01732 928061

DONATE TO SEAL CHURCH HERE all contributions gratefully received to keep the church thriving!

In the church building today
10 am Holy Communion for Candlemas, followed by Vegan "Bring and Share" Lunch
6.30pm Evensong

This week: 
Wed     (No Zoom Church this week - 5th Wednesday) 
            4.30-5pm Children's Choir
            7.15 pm Adult choir practice
Fri        9 am Morning Prayer in Church
            10.30am Friday Group in the Church Hall
Sat       10.30-12.30 Listening course in the hall

Next Sunday
10 am Holy Communion 
6.30pm Evensong

An Eleventh century fresco showing Jesus standing between two groups of people, with a man lying on the floor in front of him whom he has healed.Epiphany 4
Kevin's sermon today on the readings for the fourth Sunday of Epiphany (Deuteronomy 18.15-20, Rev 12.1-5a, Mark 1.21-28) are full of mystery, and fairly bizarre too. They include visions of God which terrify those who see them, and, in the Gospel, what is described as an exorcism in the synagogue at Capernaum. The Fresco on the right depicts the scene, and you can see the poor many who is being healed lying on the ground, with an astonished crowd looking on. 
  • We can feel a bit embarrassed by the stranger bits of the Bible, but these stories remind us that there are things in life which are beyond our ability to understand. How do you feel about these readings? 
All Age Ideas

In today's Gospel reading, people listen to him teaching in the local synagogue (a gathering place like a church). They are very surprised because he seems such a good teacher, who helps them understand the Bible. They didn't know how he had learned all the things he was talking about. 
They are even more surprised when he heals a man who is ill.
Jesus is a big surprise!
  • Do you like surprises? What is the biggest surprise you have ever had?
  • Are there some surprises that aren't so good?
  • Jesus was a good teacher. What do you think a good teacher is like? What do they do that makes them good at teaching? You could make a card to give to a teacher at your school who you think is a good teacher.
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY NEWS FROM SEAL

LENT GROUPS
Yes – Lent is really just a few weeks away! (Ash Wednesday is on Feb 14 - service at 8pm). There will be two Lent discussion groups this year, on Thursday mornings from 10 – 11.30 am in the church hall, starting on Feb 15, and on Monday evenings on Zoom at 7.30pm, starting on Feb 19. We will be following a course I have written called “What on earth is the Church for?”  There will be five sessions, focusing on the “Five Marks of Mission” – signs that a church (or an individual) has a healthy Christian life. We will explore how we tell our stories of faith, learn about faith, care for others, challenge injustice, and treasure all of God’s creation? I hope this course will enable us to reflect on the life and mission of Seal Church, and be helpful as we prepare for the next phase of Seal Church’s life. Sign up sheets are at the back of church, or email me to book a place (places are limited, so don't delay! The Thursday morning course is almost full) 

CANDLEMAS VEGANUARY LUNCH Today at 12 noon. Everyone is welcome to this vegan lunch, organised by our Eco Church team. 

SEAL KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS MEET AND GREET PLUS SEAL VILLAGE FUND AGM
On Saturday March 16th, there will be an opportunity, to find out just what goes on in our village. We try to have an annual session, where new residents, or anybody who wishes to know more about village organisations, can come along, have a chat, coffee and cake, and meet those who run the local groups. We will be in the Village Hall between 11.30 and 1pm, along with information for you to glean. Do, please join us.

SVF AGM
Around 20 minutes of this session, is taken up with the Seal Village Fund AGM, where you can see our accounts, and where your money has been spent, and how this year's funds are being allocated. 
If you belong to a local, non profit making organisation, have a specific project for this year, and need a small grant towards this, please make your bids before March 1st. Please contact Becky Watson, the SVF Secretary, for more information. If you have received funding oin excess of £400 over the past 2 years, from this source, other organisations will be prioritised. 


COMING EVENTS
The Church Events Team have been busy planning events for the first part of 2024. 

HERE ARE THE PLANS SO FAR:-
ECO CHURCH EVENTS INCLUDING VEGANUARY LUNCH AND WALKS ON ALTERNATE SATURDAYS THROUGHOUT LENT(MORE DETAILS BELOW).
MOTHERING SUNDAY CAKE SALE
QUIZ NIGHT MARCH 23RD
ZAMBRA WAY GARDEN PARTY AND SALE JUNE 22ND
PATRONAL FESTIVAL CELEBRATIONS JUlY 7th -PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE
TEA FOR 2 IN VILLAGE GARDEN BETWEEN AUG 5TH AND 12TH
RETURN OF THE GLORIOUS LITTLE GARDEN TEAS/LUNCHES
THANKSGIVING SUPPER IN OCTOBER
HARVEST ECO ACTIVITIES FOR HARVEST.

Please watch this space for more detailed information nearer the time.

REGULAR VILLAGE ACTIVITIES
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 - First Saturday of each month in Seal Library from 10.15am-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.

FRIDAY GROUP
Meets each Friday morning in the Church Hall between 10.30 and 12.30   Coffee, chat, by all means, bring your crafting with you but mostly, enjoy the company.

SEAL TIDDLERS
 In Seal Church Hall £2 per session pre schoolers and parents/Carers Monday mornings 9.30-11.30 tea drinks snacks for children art activities singing. Term time only.

SEAL OVER 60S
As from March, the cost of the over 60s meetings will be increased to £5 per head. (It has to be said though, that this is still excellent value for a great tea, and often very interesting speakers or entertainment.)

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
A little reminder, that Marion Gilchrist is looking for a small team to help out with the organisation of the Christmas lights for next year and beyond please. Thank you to those who have come forward, but more volunteers needed please.

 

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Sunday Worship Podcast and other news from Seal Church: Jan 21

 

 

Dear Friends
Listen to today's worship podcast by clicking on the picture above. 

Anne Le Bas


Worship Online
Worship podcast - Click on picture above
Order of service

You can also access this podcast by phoning 01732 928061

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

This week: 
Wed      10 am Zoom Church
             4.30-5pm Children's Choir
             7.15 pm Adult choir practice
Fri        9 am Morning Prayer in Church
            10.30am Friday Group in the Church Hall
Sat       10.30-12.30 Listening course in the hall

Next Sunday Candlemas
10 am Holy Communion followed by Vegan lunch together
6.30pm Evensong

Epiphany 3
Today's Gospel story is set at a wedding in Cana, near Nazareth. We don't know who the happy couple were, but Jesus and his mother have been invited, along with others of his disciples, so perhaps they are part of the extended family. When the wine runs out, Mary asks Jesus to help (or to be more accurate, she volunteers him...) The miracle he performs, turning water into wine, seems like an odd one. We can understand healing miracles, where someone's suffering is at stake, but this is 'just' a matter of social embarrassment. In Jesus' society, though, where family honour was very important, failing to offer generous hospitality (weddings could last a week!) would have brought lasting shame on this family. The story reminds us that the things that really matter to us don't always seem like big things to others, but are big things to us. 
  • What is on your heart and mind today? 
  • Tell God about it.
All Age Ideas

In today's Gospel reading, Jesus turns water into wine at a wedding party. In the time of Jesus, not having bought enough to give to people would have disgraced the family. Their neighbours would have never forgotten it. Jesus doesn't think that drinking lots of wine is a good thing, but he does care that this wedding party is something the family will remember with joy, not shame. God is generous, and he wants us to be generous to others too. 
The picture I have included below is by a painter called Veronese. It is his idea of what the wedding at Cana might have looked like, but he has set it in his own time - about 500 years ago - and I think he has made it a bit grander than it was!
Have a close look at the picture - you can click on it to get a larger version. 
Can you find....
  • Jesus and his mother, Mary
  • the couple getting married
  • some musicians
  • five dogs (one of them is high up, and another is on a table...)
  • A cat
  • The servant pouring the water which has changed to wine.

No one is taking much notice of the servant - they are too busy enjoying themselves! -  but he realises something strange has happened!
The Wedding Feast at Cana, by Paulo Veronese
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e0/Paolo_Veronese_008.jpg
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY NEWS FROM SEAL

MESSY CHURCH TODAY Jan 21  3-4.30pm
Come and join us this Sunday afternoon for Messy Church in the church hall. Crafts, story, worship and tea for all ages. You don't have to have a child or be a child to come along. Free.

LISTENING SKILLS COURSE
Listening matters, whether we are helping someone in need, or just listening to one another. Brush up on your skills in a free two session course led by Sue Buddin, who has worked for Relate. Sat Jan 27 & Feb 3 from 10.30-12.30 with a comfort break in the middle. Contact Sue on 01732 760990 to book a place.

PCC report

At our PCC meeting last Thursday we discussed, among other things, what might need to be done to look after the church's worship and pastoral care once I have retired - there will be a gap before another vicar is appointed, and although visiting clergy will lead services, the "home team" will need to help to keep things going. If you would like to help as part of a team to plan for this, please let me know. 

LENT GROUPS
Yes – Lent is really just a few weeks away! (Ash Wednesday is on Feb 14 - service at 8pm). There will be two Lent discussion groups this year, on Thursday mornings from 10 – 11.30 am in the church hall, starting on Feb 15, and on Monday evenings on Zoom at 7.30pm, starting on Feb 19. We will be following a course I have written called “What on earth is the Church for?”  There will be five sessions, focusing on the “Five Marks of Mission” – signs that a church (or an individual) has a healthy Christian life. We will explore how we tell our stories of faith, learn about faith, care for others, challenge injustice, and treasure all of God’s creation? I hope this course will enable us to reflect on the life and mission of Seal Church, and be helpful as we prepare for the next phase of Seal Church’s life. Sign up sheets are at the back of church, or email me to book a place (places are limited, so don't delay! The Thursday morning course is almost full) 

CANDLEMAS VEGANUARY LUNCH Sunday Jan 28 at 12 noon. Everyone is welcome to this vegan lunch, organised by our Eco Church team. 
Poster: veganuary lunch, Sun Jan 28, 12 noon, If you can bring some vegan food to contribute, that would be very welcome.
The Church Events Team have been busy planning events for the first part of 2024. 

HERE ARE THE PLANS SO FAR:-
ECO CHURCH EVENTS INCLUDING VEGANUARY LUNCH AND WALKS ON ALTERNATE SATURDAYS THROUGHOUT LENT(MORE DETAILS BELOW).
MOTHERING SUNDAY CAKE SALE
QUIZ NIGHT MARCH 23RD
ZAMBRA WAY GARDEN PARTY AND SALE JUNE 22ND
PATRONAL FESTIVAL CELEBRATIONS JUNE 30TH
TEA FOR 2 IN VILLAGE GARDEN BETWEEN AUG 5TH AND 12TH
RETURN OF THE GLORIOUS LITTLE GARDEN TEAS/LUNCHES
THANKSGIVING SUPPER IN OCTOBER
HARVEST ECO ACTIVITIES FOR HARVEST.

Please watch this space for more detailed information nearer the time. Helpers are always wanted for events, so please do come forward and volunteer if you can help. 
 

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Sunday Worship Podcast link and other news from Seal Church: Jan 14 2024

 

 

Dear Friends
Listen to today's worship podcast by clicking on the picture above. 

Anne Le Bas


Worship Online
Worship podcast - Click on picture above
Order of service

You can also access this podcast by phoning 01732 928061

 

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

This week: 
Wed      4.30-5pm Children's Choir
             7.15 pm Adult choir practice
Fri        9 am Morning Prayer in Church
            10.30am Friday Group in the Church Hall

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

Epiphany 2
Today's readings feature people who seem to be having a hard time hearing and seeing what later seems obvious to them - Nathanael, called to follow Jesus, and Eli and Samuel, who fail to recognise the voice of God at first. 'Epiphany' literally means 'revelation' or 'shining forth', and all three need something to reveal the truths they need to hear. 
  • Have you ever realised something which you later think should have been obvious to you? What prevented you seeing it sooner? 
All Age Ideas

One of today's Bible readings tells the story of Eli and Samuel. When he was still a small boy Samuel came to live at the Temple where people came to worship God, with Eli, the elderly priest who was in charge of the Temple. One night, after Samuel had gone to bed, he heard a voice calling his name. He thought it was Eli, so he got up and went to him to ask him what he wanted. Eli was puzzled. He hadn't called Samuel, so he told him to go back to bed. Once again, Samuel heard the voice calling, and went to Eli. I expect Eli was probably getting a bit irritated - how would your mum or dad feel if you keep getting up? But he just told Samuel to go back to bed again. For a third time Samuel heard the voice and went to Eli. This time Eli realised what was happening. He told Samuel that it was God calling to him - it had been a long time since Eli or anyone else had heard God's voice - and said that if he heard the voice again he should say "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening." Samuel went back to bed, and, sure enough, God called to him again. Samuel answered as Eli had told him, and God gave him the message he wanted him to hear. 
Later on Samuel became an important prophet, who sometimes challenged the kings of his country when they did things that were wrong. People - even important people - listened to him, because they knew he listened to God. 
  • How do you decide whether something is right or wrong? Who do you listen to? 
  • Spend some time being very quiet today. What can you hear? If you listen outside, can you hear any birds, or the sound of the wind? What is your favourite sound?
  • Listening isn't just about physically hearing things. People who are deaf 'listen' by watching, perhaps lip reading or watching sign language, and people with good hearing sometimes don't really listen at all. If we are going to 'hear' what we need to, we have to pay attention! Are there times when you don't pay attention to what you are being told? I wonder why that is?
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY NEWS FROM SEAL

CHOIRS  Our Adult and Children's choirs are now in full swing again, and meet every Wednesday in term time - 4.30-5pm for Children's Choir (fun singing with Anne!)  and 7.15-8.15 for Adult choir.
We always welcome new singers - young or old, so do get in contact if you'd like to join us. 

MESSY CHURCH Jan 21  3-4.30pm
Come and join us next Sunday afternoon for Messy Church in the church hall. Crafts, story, worship and tea for all ages. You don't have to have a child or be a child to come along. Free.

CANDLEMAS VEGANUARY LUNCH Sunday Jan 28 at 12 noon. Everyone is welcome to this vegan lunch, organised by our Eco Church team. 
Poster: veganuary lunch, Sun Jan 28, 12 noon, If you can bring some vegan food to contribute, that would be very welcome.
The Church Events Team have been busy planning events for the first part of 2024. 

HERE ARE THE PLANS SO FAR:-
ECO CHURCH EVENTS INCLUDING VEGANUARY LUNCH AND WALKS ON ALTERNATE SATURDAYS THROUGHOUT LENT(MORE DETAILS BELOW).
MOTHERING SUNDAY CAKE SALE
QUIZ NIGHT MARCH 23RD
ZAMBRA WAY GARDEN PARTY AND SALE JUNE 22ND
PATRONAL FESTIVAL CELEBRATIONS JUNE 30TH
TEA FOR 2 IN VILLAGE GARDEN BETWEEN AUG 5TH AND 12TH
RETURN OF THE GLORIOUS LITTLE GARDEN TEAS/LUNCHES
THANKSGIVING SUPPER IN OCTOBER
HARVEST ECO ACTIVITIES FOR HARVEST.

Please watch this space for more detailed information nearer the time. Helpers are always wanted for events, so please do come forward and volunteer if you can help. 
 
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