Sunday, May 22, 2022

Worship podcast link and other news

Dear friends

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

with best wishes
Anne Le Bas

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

In the church building today - May 22 Easter 6
10 am  Holy Communion
11.15 am Annual Parochial Church Meeting
6.30pm Evensong

During the week
Monday             9.30 -11.30 pm Seal Tiddlers in the church hall - parent and toddler group
                           2-3.30pm Talking Village in Deniz Cafe in the High Street

Wednesday      10 am Zoom Church
                           5 - 5.30 Children's Choir
                           7.15 - 8.15 pm Choir
Thursday           8pm Ascension Day Holy Communion

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

Next Sunday
10 am   Holy Communion & Baptism
6.30pm Evensong

Easter 6
Acts 16.9-15, Rev 21.10, 22-22.5, John 14.23-29
Kevin is preaching today, and explores what it means to know the peace of  Christ.

The first reading today tells the story of Lydia, who is described as a "dealer in purple cloth". She meets St Paul, and becomes a Christian, and the leader of a church that met in her home. The purple cloth she bought and sold was made by dying plain cloth with dye made out of the shells of a tiny sea creature called a murex. It took a lot of sea shells to make enough dye, so purple cloth was very expensive, and only worn by really important people. Purple is still a colour associated with royalty - it is one of the theme colours for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. It is also associated with luxury, which is why Cadbury's chocolate comes in purple wrappers!
Lydia was probably quite wealthy and important, but she found the most valuable thing in her life when she heard the story of Jesus. 


  • Have a "purple spotting" adventure around your home or out on a walk. How many purple things can you find? How does purple make you feel? Do other colours make you feel different or remind you of other things?
  • Colours are mostly made from chemicals now, but they always used to be made from natural things, plants, rocks or sea shells. Have a go at dying some cloth or painting on some paper with colour made from things in your home or garden You could use cold tea or coffee to dye things, stain things orange with orange peel, or see what colours you can make by squashing leaves or flowers, fruit and vegetables.  But please check with an adult that they are safe for you to pick and use before you do so - for example, foxgloves are poisonous!
  • Talk about Lydia - what do you think she might have found so exciting about the story of Jesus that she decided to become a Christian?
SOME PERSONAL NEWS Unfortunately, my mother, Iris, died in the early hours of this morning, having suffering a bleed on the brain after a fall in her care home last week. My brother and I have both been able to be with her over the last few days as her life was drawing to a close, and my brother was with her when she died. She was 90 last week, and had dementia, so her death was not unexpected and, although sad, we are very much at peace over this news.
As I am sure you will understand, however, this will mean that I won't be around at some points in the coming week or so, as we do all that needs to be done following a death and take some time and space to grieve. Church life will continue, as far as possible, as normal, but I would appreciate not being disturbed for anything other than essential business this week. The Ascension Day service on Thursday at 8pm will be led by Rev Adie McCall - I am very grateful to her for stepping in - but I will be conducting this and next Sunday's services myself, and the APCM this morning.

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION.  If you are interested in your child preparing to receive Holy Communion, there will be sessions after church (at around 11.15 am) on June 12,19 and 26.  We hope to admit them to communion at the Patronal Festival on July 3

Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting and Meeting of Parishioners to elect churchwardesn will be today in church after the 10 am service.  The Annual Report is available here.

JUBILEE LUNCH AND PARTY ON THE REC – SUNDAY JUNE 5. 12 -4pm. Games, crafts, and other free fun! Bring a picnic and come and join us for a village celebration. 

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

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

Deniz's coffee shop still has some copies of our Seal Historical Guided Walk books for just £5 a copy. All proceeds go to the Seal Village Fund. A perfect time to walk around our beautiful village and see it through new eyes!
OTHER COMMUNITY NEWS - For more community news from Marion Gilchrist, check out the Know Your Neighbours blog. or email to ask to be put on her mailing list.

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