Sunday, September 19, 2021

Sunday Worship podcast link and other news: Sept 19

 

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


In the church building
10 am   Holy Communion
4pm      Outdoor Church (weather permitting) 
6.30pm  Breathing Space Holy Communion


During the week
Wednesday@10 am Zoom Church - please email sealpandp@gmail.com for the link
                         5pm  Children's choir
                         7.15 pm Choir
Friday              9.30 am Morning Prayer in Church 

                             10.30-12 noon   Friday Group in the church hall
Saturday          1 pm Memorial service

Trinity 16

In today's Gospel reading, Jesus realises that an argument has broken out between his disciples as they have walked along the road. When he asks them what it is about, they are silent, but he knows that at the heart of it is a conflict about which one of them is "greatest". 
In the sermon, I explore what this might mean and how we might reflect on our own hunger to win arguments, and come out on top in disputes. 
Jesus' response to his disciples is to take a small child in his arms and tell them that the most important thing they can do is to learn to welcome "such as these" - those who are small, apparently insignificant and often needy. 
Jesus holds a small child by the hand as his disciples look on in disbeliefThe picture on the right is a depiction of this incident by the German artist Fritz von Uhde (1848-1911). He was the son of a Lutheran pastor, and often painted Biblical scenes set in the context of the German villages and landscapes he knew. In this picture, we see the disciples portrayed as local villagers. The man in the centre of the group of disciples looks at the other man with a somewhat sceptical smile, as if to say "What is Jesus going on about now? What does this little child have to teach us?" The child stands bathed in sunlight, as if she has been brought into a spotlight, however, while the disciples stand in the shadows.

  • In response to this story, we might like to ponder who we find it hard to make time and space for in our lives, and why that is.


ALL AGE IDEA
 

  • Talk about how it feels to be made welcome and how it feels when we aren't.
  • How do you think the child in the picture above might have felt when Jesus came to talk to her and hold her hand?
  • Make a "welcome" sign to go by the door in your home so that people coming in can see it.
STORY OF THE WEEK – Mark 4.1-9
The stories of the week which I will be including here each week, will also feature in our Wednesday @10 sessions. These will alternate between Good Book Club (1st Wed in church hall), Zoom Church (2nd, 4th & 5th Weds online), and Lavender Fields Communion (3rd Wed), but you are welcome to follow along whether you can join us in person on Wednesdays or not.
In Paul’s letter to the Romans, he describes God’s work of salvation not just (or even mainly) in terms of the individual, but as something which affects the whole of creation. In Christ, God restores everything, and creation “groans” as if it is in labour, bringing a new world into being. The signs of this new birth should be able to be seen, says Paul, in the lives of the Christian community, the “first fruits” of this new creation.
  • How has your faith changed you?
  • What are the fruits you can see in your own life?
  • How do you think we can listen to the world “groaning” for change in our own age?

More resources for  reflection during Creationtide can be found here. https://bit.ly/38msy0o
 
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY NEWS

PCC REPORT At our PCC meeting last Thursday we heard updates on the installation of the new boiler (hopefully to be completed in the next week or two), and the transformation of the north aisle and back of the church. As always we discussed safeguarding, which is a standing item on the agenda, and I reported on some changes to the processes for safer recruitment and safeguarding training. We also discussed how we might handle some of the big services and events in the coming months, like All Souls, Remembrance and the Christmas services. Much remains uncertain and depends on what happens with Covid, but the PCC is committed to trying to find safe and creative ways of marking these important moments in the year.
 
PEW MOVING NEXT WEEK. We need to move some of the church pews, in order to complete the transformation of the north aisle and the area around the new tea station. As some of the pews we are moving are very long and heavy , we plan to do this next Sunday (26th) after the 10 am service, enlisting any able bodied people who can help (please do not attempt this if you have back problems or any other issues which might make it dangerous for you!) If you can help, we would be very grateful.
 
SCARECROWS. It’s that time again! Join in our Scarecrow Festival this year – no competition, just a bit of fun. There is no competition this year - just a bit of fun! Plan, design and display your scarecrow outside your home, or another agreed space in the village. Please contact Marionjgilchrist@gmail.com if you are stuck for ideas of where to display. Then - email her the address of where your scarecrow will be residing and his or her name. Marion will compile a list so that people can walk and hunt the scarecrows!
 
OVER 60S HELP NEEDED   The Over 60s meet every 2nd Sat of each month and several of those wishing to take part depend on volunteer drivers getting them there and back.  Could you spare a couple of hours 3 or 4 Saturday afternoons a year to help transport? Please contact Barbara Martin on 07775861562. 
Revd Canon Anne Le Bas

For more community news from Marion Gilchrist, check out the Know Your Neighbours blog. https://knowyourneighbours.blogspot.com/


 
Would you like us to pray for you?
Email your prayer requests to:
sealchurchprayer@gmail.com
Your email will be read by Anne Le Bas and Kevin Bright, the Vicar and Reader of Seal Church who will hold you in their prayers. Please tell us if you would like us to contact you.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Sunday worship podcast link and other news: Sept 12

 

Dear friends

Join us for worship online, on the phone or in the building today. Please note that there will be no Outdoor Church 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
10 am   Holy Communion

2pm     Baptism

No Outdoor Church this afternoon 

6.30pm Evensong

During the week
Wednesday@10 am Lavender Fields Holy Communion (sorry, no outside visitors to this service for the time being).
Friday 9.30 am Morning Prayer in Church 


Trinity 15

Isaiah 50.4-9a, Mark 8.27-38

Kevin Bright is preaching today, and is reflecting on  the Gospel reading, which focusses on the relationship between Jesus and Peter - a relationship which wasn't always straightforward. Peter discovered things about himself which were challenging.

Peter meeting Jesus carrying his cross as Peter tries to leave Rome.The picture I've chosen to go with this Sunday's Gospel reading is actually one which was inspired by a later legend about Peter and Jesus. The Gospels don't tell us how Peter died, but tradition says that he eventually went to Rome. According to the legends, Peter could see that he was in danger, and decided to run away from Rome, and his impending death. As he headed out of Rome on the Appian Way, he had a vision of Jesus, heading into the city. "Where are you going?" asked Peter ("Quo vadis?" in Latin, which is the title often given to images of this moment.) "I am going to Rome to be crucified again", said Jesus. Shamed by the knowledge that he was abandoning his mission and ministry - he had lost his courage when Jesus was arrested and denied knowing him, and now he seemed to be doing  so all over again - Peter turned around and went back to Rome, where he was eventually executed by the Emperor Nero. Some legends say he was crucified upside down, not feeling worthy to be crucified in the same manner as Jesus, although in reality it was unlikely he would have had a choice in the matter. 
Annibale Carracci (1560-1609) captures the moment when Peter is challenged by Jesus, who looks straight at him. Peter seems to recoil, and is trying to avoid Jesus' gaze. The artist invites us to consider our own reactions. What do we do when faced with the choice between doing what is right and doing what is convenient or comfortable for us? 


ALL AGE IDEA

  • Draw a picture of a cross, or make one on out of sticks, lego or whatever else you have around. There are some ideas here https://www.pinterest.co.uk/ajlebas/good-friday/  Jesus tells his disciples that they must "take up their crosses". He means that following him and doing the right thing will sometimes feel difficult. 
  • Talk about times when doing the right thing feels difficult for you.
STORY OF THE WEEK – Mark 4.1-9
The stories of the week which I will be including here each week, will also feature in our Wednesday @10 sessions. These will alternate between Good Book Club (1st Wed in church hall), Zoom Church (2nd, 4th & 5th Weds online), and Lavender Fields Communion (3rd Wed), but you are welcome to follow along whether you can join us in person on Wednesdays or not.

Jesus’ story of the sower who sows his seed on various different types of soil is one of his best known. Jesus uses this story drawn from the experience of sowing seeds, which everyone would know, to help his disciples think about the way that God’s word takes root (or doesn’t) in people’s lives.
 
  • Have you experienced times when your faith has felt as if it is struggling, on stony ground, choked by other distractions, withering for lack of care?
  • How does the “ground” of your life feel at the moment?
     
More resources for  reflection during Creationtide can be found here. https://bit.ly/38msy0o
 
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY NEWS

Many thanks
 to Lise and Andrew Michaelides for organising our "Ride and Stride" efforts this year. Some of us did a short, but good walk, across the valley to Kemsing, and St Edith's well and church, enjoying coffee and pastries at Kemsing Deli! More pictures here. Thank you, too, to those who provided refreshments in Seal Church will were much appreciated by visitors here. 

There will be a PCC meeting this Thursday (16th) on Zoom at 7.30pm.
 
SEAL CHOIR got off to a great start last week, with 17 members, some of whom were new. If you would like to join us, please get in touch. We are moving the time of this forward to 7.15pm (to 8.15pm) from this week onwards. As we rebuild the choir after Covid we are keen to encourage any new members to come and join us. You don’t have to be a brilliant singer, or have any prior knowledge of music to join in – we welcome all comers and will help you learn to read music if that is something you struggle with. We also welcome those who can’t commit themselves regularly, but might be able to help out for special services. Please contact Philip Le Bas philiplebas@gmail.com to find out more.
THE CHILDREN’S CHOIR has also restarted and is meeting on Wednesday afternoons from 5pm in the church hall.
 
SCARECROWS. It’s that time again! Join in our Scarecrow Festival this year – no competition, just a bit of fun. Plan, design and display your scarecrow outside your home, or another agreed space in the village. Please contact Marionjgilchrist@gmail.com if you are stuck for ideas of where to display. Then - email her the address of where your scarecrow will be residing and his or her name. Marion will compile a list so that people can walk and hunt the scarecrows!
 
OVER 60S HELP NEEDED   The Over 60s meet every second Saturday of each month and several of those wishing to take part, are dependent on volunteer drivers getting them there and taking them home at the end of the session.  Could you spare a couple of hours 3 or 4 Saturday afternoons a year to help transport? Please contact Barbara Martin on 07775861562.

For more community news from Marion Gilchrist, check out the Know Your Neighbours blog. https://knowyourneighbours.blogspot.com/


Revd Canon Anne Le Bas
Would you like us to pray for you?
Email your prayer requests to:
sealchurchprayer@gmail.com
Your email will be read by Anne Le Bas and Kevin Bright, the Vicar and Reader of Seal Church who will hold you in their prayers. Please tell us if you would like us to contact you.

Sunday, September 05, 2021

Podcast worship link and other news: Sept 5

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
10 am   Holy Communion
4pm      Outdoor Church in the churchyard (weather permitting)
6.30pm Evensong


During the week
Wednesday@10 am Zoom Church (email sealpandp@gmail.com for the link)
Friday 9.30 am Morning Prayer in Church 


Trinity 14
Isaiah 35.4-7a, Mark 7.24-37

Today's Gospel reading is a puzzling and a tricky one to interpret. A Gentile Syro-Phonecian woman comes to Jesus to beg for him to heal her daughter. This all takes place in the Phonecian seaport of Tyre, a rackety and multi-cultural place, an unlikely place for a respectable Jewish man to be. Jesus seems taken aback by the woman's request, and at first seems to send her away. But she persists, and he quickly recognises that he should do as she asks. 
This story is paired with another, in which Jesus heals a man who is deaf and has a speech impediment. In both stories, themes of hearing and speaking emerge. Who do we listen to and who do we fail to hear? Who do we allow to speak and who do we silence?


ALL AGE IDEA

  • Think about hearing. Be very quiet for a minute. What can you hear around you right now? What sounds do you like? What sounds don't you like?
  • Think of something good to say about those who live with you (or about a friend) and say it to them! 
STORY OF THE WEEK – Psalm 148
The stories of the week which I will be including here each week, will also feature in our Wednesday @10 sessions. These will alternate between Good Book Club (1st Wed in church hall), Zoom Church (2nd, 4th & 5th Weds online), and Lavender Fields Communion (3rd Wed), but you are welcome to follow along whether you can join us in person on Wednesdays or not.

In this Psalm the Psalmist calls all creation to praise God.
  • How do you think a “sea monster” might give praise to God?
  • What might the praise of a “fruit tree” look like?
  • How can we praise God not only in our words, but in the whole of our lives?
More resources for Creationtide can be found here. https://bit.ly/38msy0o
 
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY NEWS
 
RIDE AND STRIDE The annual “Ride and Stride” in support of Kent’s historic churches (including our own) will be taking place next Saturday- 11 Sept. A group will be doing a short walk to Kemsing Church , led by Andrew and Lise Michaelides, and there may be the possibility that I will lead a longer walk, continuing to Wrotham and Borough Green (about 7 miles), and then returning by public transport (or your own private arrangements for lifts) if there is a demand. If you would like to join us on either the short or the long walk please let me know and I will give you more details.  
Refreshments. If anyone could contribute sandwiches, cakes or biscuits so that we can provide refreshments for anyone visiting Seal Church as part of the Ride and Stride, please contact Lise Michaelides 07570 125115
 
SEAL CHOIR will be starting to rehearse again on Wed Sept 8th at 7.30 pm in church. As we rebuild the choir after Covid we are keen to encourage any new members to come and join us. You don’t have to be a brilliant singer, or have any prior knowledge of music to join in – we welcome all comers and will help you learn to read music if that is something you struggle with. We also welcome those who can’t commit themselves regularly, but might be able to help out for special services. Please contact Philip Le Bas philiplebas@gmail.com to find out more.
THE CHILDREN’S CHOIR will also be restarting its new term on Wed Sept 8th, at 5pm in the church hall.
 
SCARECROWS…We will be holding our scarecrow festival again this year, from mid- September to mid-October. It isn’t a competition, just a bit of community fun, and the more scarecrows we have the better!  If you have nowhere to display your scarecrow in the village, we can find you a space! Please contact Marion Gilchrist or me if you want to know more. If you are going to display a scarecrow, please let Marion know where he or she will be residing for the month (or part of it). She will then circulate a list so that people can do a village walk and spot them all!

For more community news from Marion Gilchrist, check out the Know Your Neighbours blog. https://knowyourneighbours.blogspot.com/


Revd Canon Anne Le Bas
Would you like us to pray for you?
Email your prayer requests to:
sealchurchprayer@gmail.com
Your email will be read by Anne Le Bas and Kevin Bright, the Vicar and Reader of Seal Church who will hold you in their prayers. Please tell us if you would like us to contact you.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Sunday worship podcast link and other news : August 29

 

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
10 am   Holy Communion
4pm      Outdoor Church in the churchyard (weather permitting)
6.30pm Evensong


During the week
Wednesday@10 am Good Book Club in the church hall
                       2 pm  Funeral: The Revd. Keith Blackburn (places limited so booking essential if you would like to come - please see below) 
Friday 9.30 am Morning Prayer in Church 


Trinity 13
James 1.17-end, Mark 7.1-8, 14-15, 21-23, 

Today's readings are both, in their different ways, about how we can know ourselves and love ourselves as God loves us. 
The Letter of James was written by an early Christian leader, possibly one of Jesus' own brothers, who became the leader of the church in Jerusalem, though this is disputed. He urges people to look at themselves as God looks at them, in the light of his love. 
In the Gospel, Jesus urges his hearers not to simply "play act" their faith. It is not about looking good on the outside, simply doing the things which were traditionally thought to be signs of purity and respectability, but about letting God change our hearts. 

Narcissus by Caravaggio. A beautiful young man stares at his own reflection in a still pool of water.The picture on the right is by Caravaggio, and its subject is the Greek legend of Narcissus, a beautiful youth who saw his own reflection in a pool of water - the only kind of mirror many people would ever encounter - and promptly fell in love with himself. He couldn't tear himself away from his reflection, and eventually died still gazing at himself. In his place, the flower which bears his name sprung up - narcissus being the botanical name for the daffodil. 
Caravaggio's picture might help us to think about what we feel when we look at ourselves, and how we feel about the whole business of self-reflection. Do we regard it as dangerous "navel-gazing", encouraging the "narcissism" which Narcissus embodied, or is it something which can be useful to us. How do we make sure that we are looking at ourselves with the eyes of God, neither judging ourselves too harshly nor overlooking the things which need our attention? 


ALL AGE IDEA

  • Look in a mirror and try to draw what you see. 
  • Write under your self-portrait "God loves me".
  • Talk about what it feels like when you know that people love you.
STORY OF THE WEEK – Genesis 1
The stories of the week which I will be including here each week, will also feature in our Wednesday @10 sessions. These will alternate between Good Book Club (1st Wed in church hall), Zoom Church (2nd, 4th & 5th Weds online), and Lavender Fields Communion (3rd Wed), but you are welcome to follow along whether you can join us in person on Wednesdays or not.

This month we’ll be looking at a selection of stories suggested for the season of “Creationtide” running up to harvest (Oct 10)
We start with Genesis 1, one of several accounts of Creation in the Bible. It was not meant to be a scientific account of the beginning of the world, but rather a meditation on what kind of creator we believe in and about his creation.
  • What do you notice about this story?
  • What do you think it tells us about how we should live?
More resources for Creationtide can be found here. https://bit.ly/38msy0o
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY NEWS
 
REVD KEITH BLACKBURN R.I.P
Keith Blackburn's funeral will take place in Seal Church on Wednesday Sept 1 at 2pm. Numbers will be limited in order to make the service as Covid-safe as possible. If you would like to attend, please contact me, preferably by email, to let me know and I will add you to the list if there is still room. 
 
SEAL CHOIR will be starting to rehearse again on Wed Sept 8th  at 7.30 pm in church. As we rebuild the choir after Covid we are keen to encourage any new members to come and join us. You don’t have to be a brilliant singer, or have any prior knowledge of music to join in – we welcome all comers and will help you learn to read music if that is something you struggle with. We also welcome those who can’t commit themselves regularly, but might be able to help out for special services. Please contact Philip Le Bas philiplebas@gmail.com to find out more.
THE CHILDREN’S CHOIR will also be restarting its new term on Wed Sept 8th, at 5pm in the church hall.
 
PEWS FOR SALEChurch pews
As the Tea Station now occupies the area where the Children’s Chapel was, we are removing the pews in the North Aisle to re-establish a “pray and play” area there. This means we have some six-foot pews for sale! (We will be able to put folding chairs in the area if we need extra seating for special services.) If you would like to make an offer for one, we are asking £325 (or nearest offer) for each pew. Please contact Sally Thompson to find out more. They are being snapped up fast, so don’t delay if you want your little piece of Seal Church!


SCARECROWS…
We will be holding our scarecrow festival again this year, from mid- September to mid-October. It isn’t a competition, just a bit of community fun, and the more scarecrows we have the better!  If you have nowhere to display your scarecrow in the village, we can find you a space! Please contact Marion Gilchrist or  me if you want to know more.
 If you are going to display a scarecrow, please let Marion know where he or she will be residing for the month (or part of it). She will then circulate a list so that people can do a village walk and spot them all!
 
RIDE AND STRIDE
The annual “Ride and Stride” in support of Kent’s historic churches (including our own) will be taking place on Saturday 11 Sept. A group will be doing a short walk to Kemsing Church, led by Andrew and Lise Michaelides, and there may be the possibility that I will lead a longer walk, continuing to Wrotham and Borough Green, and then returning by public transport (or your own private arrangements for lifts) if there is a demand. If you would like to join us on either the short or the long walk please let me know.

SEAL HISTORY WALK SUN SEPT 26th

There will be a history walk around Seal on September 26th. These guided walks, by local historian, David Williams, are very interesting. There are just a few spaces left on this walk, so if you would like to join in  and learn the history of some of our village buildings, please let Marion Gilchrist know soon. The cost is just £5 per head, but numbers are limited for safety reasons.

Those of you that have already booked, will be contacted by the end of next week with starting venues, timings, etc.

Revd Canon Anne Le Bas
Would you like us to pray for you?
Email your prayer requests to:
sealchurchprayer@gmail.com
Your email will be read by Anne Le Bas and Kevin Bright, the Vicar and Reader of Seal Church who will hold you in their prayers. Please tell us if you would like us to contact you.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Sunday Worship link and other news: August 22

 

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
10 am   Holy Communion
4pm      Outdoor Church in the churchyard (weather permitting - which it may not today!)
6.30pm Evensong


During the week
Wednesday 10 am Zoom Church - email sealpandp@gmail.com for the link
Friday 9.30 am Morning Prayer in Church 


Trinity 12
Joshua 24.1-2a, 14-18,  John 6.56-69
Today's Gospel reading is the last in a series  in the lectionary for this season which focus on John's version of the story of the Feeding of the 5000. It all started so well, with a free lunch provided in the middle of nowhere when Jesus multiplied a little child's gift of five loaves and two fishes, but then people started to realise that there was more to following him than just turning up for the bread. He was calling them to a radical new way of life, which would feed them with life forever.  
In the Old Testament Reading, Joshua offers the people of Israel a radical choMosaic of loaves and fishesice too. Who will they follow? Whose laws will they obey? The God who has brought them across the desert, or the gods of the people they are now surrounded by. 
Both readings challenge us to think about what gives us life, what really matters.




ALL AGE IDEA

Think about the things which help you to keep going when you feel down or discouraged.
Draw a picture of them or make a list and keep it somewhere where you can see it.
If there are people on your list, why not let them know how much they matter to you.

CHURCH AND COMMUNITY NEWs
 
REVD KEITH BLACKBURN R.I.P
I am sorry to have to pass on the news that Revd. Keith Blackburn, my predecessor as vicar here at Seal, died early last week at the College of St Barnabas, a retirement home for clergy in Lingfield. Many people will remember him, as I do, with fondness and appreciation for his ministry here. The date for his funeral, which will take place at Seal, has not yet been fixed, and there will be limits on numbers able to attend, as the family want it to be as Covid-safe as it can be, but I will let you know more about the arrangements when I have them. I am sure you will want to hold Keith’s family in your prayers at this sad time.
 
ARRANGEMENTS FOR WORSHIP We will sing a hymn at the beginning of the 10 am service inside the church. The final hymn will be sung outside as before, unless it is raining. Please keep your masks on to sing!
I am also now offering the option of receiving a wafer which I will briefly dip in the communion wine immediately before giving it to you. If you would rather just have the wafer, please shake your head at me before I dip it. There is no pressure to receive the wine in this way if you would rather not!
 
SEAL CHOIR will be starting to rehearse again on Wed Sept 8th  at 7.30 pm in church. As we rebuild the choir after Covid we are keen to encourage any new members to come and join us. You don’t have to be a brilliant singer, or have any prior knowledge of music to join in – we welcome all comers and will help you learn to read music if that is something you struggle with. We also welcome those who can’t commit themselves regularly, but might be able to help out for special services. Please contact Philip Le Bas philiplebas@gmail.com to find out more.
THE CHILDREN’S CHOIR will also be restarting its new term on Wed Sept 8th, at 5pm in the church hall.
 
SCARECROWS…
We will be holding our scarecrow festival again this year, from mid- September to mid-October. It isn’t a competition, just a bit of community fun, and the more scarecrows we have the better!  If you have nowhere to display your scarecrow in the village, we can find you a space! Please contact Marion Gilchrist or  me if you want to know more.

 
RIDE AND STRIDE
The annual “Ride and Stride” in support of Kent’s historic churches (including our own) will be taking place on Saturday 12 Sept. A group will be doing a short walk to Kemsing Church, led by Andrew and Lise Michaelides, and there may be the possibility that I will lead a longer walk, continuing to Wrotham and Borough Green, and then returning by public transport (or your own private arrangements for lifts) if there is a demand. If you would like to join us on either the short or the long walk please let me know.
Revd Canon Anne Le Bas
Would you like us to pray for you?
Email your prayer requests to:
sealchurchprayer@gmail.com
Your email will be read by Anne Le Bas and Kevin Bright, the Vicar and Reader of Seal Church who will hold you in their prayers. Please tell us if you would like us to contact you.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Sunday Worship podcast link and other news Aug 15


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

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


In the church building
10 am   Holy Communion
4pm      Outdoor Church in the churchyard (weather permitting - which it may not today!)
6.30pm Evensong


During the week
Wednesday 10 am Zoom Church - email sealpandp@gmail.com for the link
Friday 9.30 am Morning Prayer in Church 


The feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Galatians 4.4-7, Luke 1.46-55
Today's sermon explores what the Bible has to say about the Virgin Mary, and how her story has been interpreted by later traditions. It asks what it might mean for us that Jesus was "born of a woman" as St Paul says in Galatians 4.4.

One of my favourite pictures of the Annunciation, when Mary discovers she will bear the Son of God is this one, by Antonello da Messina. There's no angel, just Mary, reading the Scriptures and somehow, inwardly, realising that God is calling her. 



ALL AGE IDEA

Look at the picture on the right.
What do you think Mary might be feeling or thinking?
What do you think she would want to say to you?
What do you want to say to her?

Perhaps you could draw your own picture of Mary. I wonder what she would look like or be doing.

CHURCH AND COMMUNITY NEWs
 
ARRANGEMENTS FOR WORSHIP FROM AUG 15. Having digested the responses to the survey I put out a few weeks ago (you can see the results on the noticeboard) and consulted with the PCC, I have decided that we should try singing a hymn at the beginning of the 10 am service inside the church. The final hymn will be sung outside as before, unless it is raining. Please keep your masks on to sing!
The other change you will see today at communion is that I will be offering the option of receiving a wafer which I will briefly dip in the communion wine immediately before giving it to you. If you would rather just have the wafer, please shake your head at me before I do it!
The responses to the survey indicate that on the whole, people want to proceed with caution in reinstating some other aspects of our worship, so we won’t be shaking hands at the Peace for a while and ask you still to wear a mask unless you are exempt and socially distance wherever possible.
Arrangements for evening services will remain the same for the moment. 
I will keep all arrangements for worship under consideration and we plan gradually to introduce more music and restart the choir from September.
 
FOODBANK DONATIONS
Lise thanks everyone for their donations for the foodbank. Keep up the good work!
Donations welcome of Tuna, Tinned peas, Tinned tomatoes , Tinned custard, Jars of curry sauce, Tinned beef casserole, Tinned corned beef. Please, nothing too close to the sell by date.”
Please either leave food in church or deliver it to Lise at 2 Copse Bank, Seal. You can also donate cash – please drop it in to Lise or donate directly to the Foodbank bank account. The bank details are:  sort code 60-19-02
Account no 30272920.
 
FRIDAY GROUP - This group is meeting weekly on Fridays from  10.30 – 12 noon in the Church hall . Come along and join them for an informal natter.

Anne Le Bas

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From Marion at Know Your Neighbours 

This week, we have a fund raising scheme for Seal Church to tell you about. Patrick Coffey, a very talented local cabinet maker, has some hand made Windsor chairs, he would like to sell, with the proceeds to go to the church. In all, there are 4 carvers and 2 side chairs. These chairs have never been used. They are made of locally resourced timber - mostly ash and a couple have natural elm seats. They are all finished in natural wax.
We feel the fairest way to sell these, is to give as many as possible, the opportunity to bid for these, by email, and the person bidding the most for each item, will be able to purchase. The closing date for this 'silent auction', will be Friday September 3rd.
Along with these chairs, , there is also a guidewheel for the tenor bell, which was replaced in the church approximately 20 years ago. So, you will be purchasing a piece of local church history. Please bid on these items by emailing marionjgilchrist@gmail.com , and I will give an update each week until September 3rd. There will be a reserve price on each item, so please do not bid below £50 per chair, or £100 for the guidewheel. I look forward to hearing from any interested party.

 











REMINDERS:-
THE PAVILION RESTAURANT AT WILDERNESSE HOUSE, is now open as below:- These hours will change again, after the launch, but in the meantime -

Their opening hours are as follows:-

Mondays and Tuesdays - closed
Wednesdays and Thursdays - 11am - 6pm.
Fridays and Saturdays - 11am - 8pm
Sundays - 11am - 3pm.

Outside business hours, please email bookings@thepavilionrestaurant.co.uk, or leave a message on 01732 445690. There is a sample menu on the Wildernesse House website.

HISTORY WALKS WITH DAVID WILLIAMS.

If you would like to book a place on David Williams' history talk around Seal for September 26th, please contact me by emailing marionjgilchrist@gmail.com

SEAL SCHOOL COMMUNITY FARM

The open days are now available to book by using the following link. If you know of anybody who would love to visit the farm, but has no internet access, please put them in touch with Marion, and she will help them book.
Book here
https://www.sealcommunityschoolfarm.co.uk/

This is excellent value at just £4 per adult and £2 per child. A great way to get some insight into this amazing school project.

Our library in Seal is back! We welcome Gillian, our new librarian, who is keen to get all the normal activities back up and running!
Opening hours - Tuesdays 2pm - 5pm, Thursdays 10am - 1pm, Fridays 10am-3pm and Saturdays, 10am - 2pm.

We are hoping to resume Talking Village from September, in Deniz's on the High Street every Monday afternoon from 2-3pm. Please come and buy and drink and join everybody there for a chat. More information to follow soon! If you were a host, and can no longer do this, please let me know, and equally, if you feel you could join up with one other person, to be present once every 6 weeks to welcome others, Marion would love to hear from you too!

Any unused laptops for use of Seal School learners - please contact Marion and she will collect and deliver to Derek for cleansing and prep for use. (Thank you as always Derek).

Church Hall bookings - Maggie Fox - 01732 762840
Village Hall bookings - Gerry Froggat - 01959 522545

Friday Group - Meets at 10.30-midday on Friday mornings in Seal Church Hall. Please pop in for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat. Masks still being worn unless exempt.

Recipes for Lockdown Recipe Book - please send to me via this email address.

Dance For Fun Classes - Village Hall - 10.30am - contact Luci 07748 008431.

Short Mat Bowls Tuesday evenings Village Hall - contact Alan Davies jandadavies@hotmail.co.uk or call into the Village Hall at 6.15pm on a Thursday evening.

If you are planning, or already running, some activity in Seal, that you would like to share with us, please contact me, and I will do my best to spread the word.
We are hoping to get some welcome cards printed to welcome people into the village as they move in to their new homes. This may take a while, but as always - 
If you have new neighbours, or are aware of new people moving into the village, please mention KYN and ask if they would like to be added to the circulation list.

Meanwhile, have a great week.
Best Wishes,

Marion (On behalf of Seal Know Your Neighbours).
marionjgilchrist@gmail.com
Would you like us to pray for you?
Email your prayer requests to:
sealchurchprayer@gmail.com
Your email will be read by Anne Le Bas and Kevin Bright, the Vicar and Reader of Seal Church who will hold you in their prayers. Please tell us if you would like us to contact you.

Sunday, August 08, 2021

NO OUTDOOR CHURCH TODAY - AUG 8 - OWING TO THE WEATHER

 NO OUTDOOR CHURCH TODAY - AUG 8 -

OWING TO THE WEATHER

Sunday Worship podcast and other news Aug 8

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
10 am   Holy Communion
4pm      Outdoor Church in the churchyard (weather permitting - which it may not today!)
6.30pm Evensong

Trinity 10 
1 Kings 19.4-8, John 6.35, 41-51

Today's Gospel reading continues the series of readings following the story of the Feeding of the 5000, but the Old Testament Reading, the focus of today's sermon, tells part of the story of the aftermath of the Old Testament Prophet Elijah's contest with the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. Elijah - or, to be more precise, Elijah's God - won, but the victory created more problems than it solved....



CHURCH AND COMMUNITY NEWs
OUTDOOR CHURCH TODAY. The weather forecast looks very wet for this afternoon, so it is unlikely Outdoor Church will take place today. Please check on the website at lunchtime, however, for any updates.
 
MATT BELL
Some of you will know that Matt has been planning to move up to Yorkshire for some time, and this is now imminent. I know you will all want to join me in wishing Matt and Helen well for their move, and thank Matt for all the work he has done for Seal Church, as churchwarden, PCC Secretary, Parish Safeguarding Officer and as a much valued member of the choir. You will leave a large hole, Matt, and we will all miss you!
 
FOODBANK DONATIONS particularly needed. A message from Lise Michaelides. “The Foodbank in Sevenoaks is hoping that local churches, from whom comes most volunteers and donations, could have a school holidays drive for extra donations. We always run low in the summer just as families miss free lunches for their children. Donations welcome of Tuna, Tinned peas, Tinned tomatoes , Tinned custard, Jars of curry sauce, Tinned beef casserole, Tinned corned beef. Please, nothing too close to the sell by date.”
Please either leave food in church or deliver it to Lise at 2 Copse Bank, Seal. You can also donate cash – please drop it in to Lise, or donate directly to the Foodbank bank account. The bank details are:  sort code 60-19-02
Account no 30272920.
 
ARRANGEMENTS FOR WORSHIP FROM AUG 15. I will be consulting with the PCC this week about arrangements for worship from next Sunday (Aug 15) but I hope that it may be possible to sing a hymn inside at the beginning of our service (so that anyone who feels anxious about singing in church can simply wait outside until the hymn is over. We will continue to sing our final hymn outside, so that all can join in. It may also be possible for us to begin to share refreshments after church, using our splendid new Tea Station at the back of church, but this will depend on those who man it feeling able to do so. As always we will proceed with caution, and I hope that we will all remain very aware of those who are more vulnerable to infection and ensure that everyone feels safe. While we can’t insist on people wearing face coverings we do ask people to continue to wear a face mask unless they are medically exempt, out of consideration for others, and we hope that people will still maintain a safe distance from one another.
 


FRIDAY GROUP - This group is meeting weekly on Fridays from  10.30 – 12 noon in the Church hall garden, or inside if necessary. Come along and join them for an informal natter in the sunshine (we hope…)

Anne Le Bas

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From Marion at Know Your Neighbours
Hopefully you are managing to enjoy some summer activities now, despite our lack of summer weather.

This morning, we held this month's 100 Club draw at Friday Group in the Church Hall. We were, once again, playing with 64 numbers, which gives a 1st prize of £100 and 2nd prize of £60, and puts £160 into the Seal Village Fund. Each number costs £5 each calendar month, which is generally paid by standing order.
The winners are:-
1st prize no 6 Carol McColl
2nd prize no 62 Den Buddin
Congratulations to them, and should you wish to take part in this monthly draw, please contact me via this email address, and I will send you the terms and joining instructions.

Further to our update of last week - I served up some duff information (surely not)! I do believe I have it right now - SO - 
THE PAVILION RESTAURANT AT WILDERNESSE HOUSE, isn't only open to the public on Sundays! These hours will change again, after the launch, but in the meantime -

Their opening hours are as follows:-

Mondays and Tuesdays - closed
Wednesdays and Thursdays - 11am - 6pm.
Fridays and Saturdays - 11am - 8pm
Sundays - 11am - 3pm.

Outside business hours, please email bookings@thepavilionrestaurant.co.uk, or leave a message on 01732 445690. There is a sample menu on the Wildernesse House website.

HISTORY WALKS WITH DAVID WILLIAMS.

As I explained last week, all places for the walk on September 12th are booked, but I am taking names for a provisional list for a walk on September 26th. Just email me, and I will add you to the list, and contact you in a few weeks time to confirm.

SEAL SCHOOL COMMUNITY FARM

The open days are now available to book by using the following link. If you know of anybody who would love to visit the farm, but has no internet access, please put them in touch with me, and I will help them book.

We are open and live for booking!
Please see the NEW farm website and book from there.
https://www.sealcommunityschoolfarm.co.uk/

This is excellent value at just £4 per adult and £2 per child. A great way to get some insight into this amazing school project.

REMINDERS:-

Our library in Seal is back! We welcome Gillian, our new librarian, who is keen to get all the normal activities back up and running!
Opening hours - Tuesdays 2pm - 5pm, Thursdays 10am - 1pm, Fridays 10am-3pm and Saturdays, 10am - 2pm.

We are hoping to resume Talking Village from September, in Deniz's on the High Street every Monday afternoon from 2-3pm. Please come and buy and drink and join everybody there for a chat. More information to follow soon! If you were a host, and can no longer do this, please let me know, and equally, if you feel you could join up with one other person, to be present once every 6 weeks to welcome others, I would love to hear from you too!

Any unused laptops for use of Seal School learners - please contact me and I will collect and deliver to Derek for cleansing and prep for use. (Thank you as always Derek).

Church Hall bookings - Maggie Fox - 01732 762840
Village Hall bookings - Gerry Froggat - 01959 522545

Friday Group - Meets at 10.30-midday on Friday mornings in Seal Church Hall. Please pop in for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat. Masks still being worn unless exempt.

Recipes for Lockdown Recipe Book - please send to me via this email address.

Dance For Fun Classes - Village Hall - 10.30am - contact Luci 07748 008431.

Short Mat Bowls Tuesday evenings Village Hall - contact Alan Davies jandadavies@hotmail.co.uk or call into the Village Hall at 6.15pm on a Thursday evening.

If you are planning, or already running, some activity in Seal, that you would like to share with us, please contact me, and I will do my best to spread the word.
We are hoping to get some welcome cards printed to welcome people into the village as they move in to their new homes. This may take a while, but as always - 
If you have new neighbours, or are aware of new people moving into the village, please mention KYN and ask if they would like to be added to the circulation list.

Meanwhile, I'm sure some of you are looking forward to the predicted heatwave for summer 2021!
Best Wishes,

Marion (On behalf of Seal Know Your Neighbours).
marionjgilchrist@gmail.com
Would you like us to pray for you?
Email your prayer requests to:
sealchurchprayer@gmail.com
Your email will be read by Anne Le Bas and Kevin Bright, the Vicar and Reader of Seal Church who will hold you in their prayers. Please tell us if you would like us to contact you.