Sunday, June 12, 2022

Sunday worship podcast link and other news: June 12

Dear friends

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

with best wishes
Anne Le Bas

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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