Sunday, July 03, 2022

Sunday Worship podcast link and other news: July 3


Dear friends

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

with best wishes
Anne Le Bas

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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