Lammas Service, East Knoyle - 1st August 2021

Lammas LoafThe Benefice will be holding a special Eucharist service on Sunday 1st August 2021 to celebrate Lammas, the beginning of the harvest. Details of the service are as follows:

  • Where: The Barn at Moors Farm, East Knoyle, Shaftesbury, SP3 6BU (by kind permission of the Reading family)
  • When: 11.00 am on Sunday 1st August 2021

Click here to see a map showing the location of Moors Farm.

Please do come and join us to thank God for our daily bread - all are most welcome.


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - December 2020

Remember to keep those requests coming in and also to tell us of any answers to The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427), Julia (tel: 01747 829166), or Theresa (tel: 01747 829188).

Prayer of the Month
Two prayers this month - the first I pray every year about this time, and the second is one which I find reminds me about how I should behave towards others!!

May the joy of the angels,
the eagerness of the shepherds,
the perseverance of the wise men,
the obedience of Joseph and Mary,
and the peace of the Christ child
be ours this Christmas.
Amen

This Prayer is adapted from one written by Richard Baxter sometime in the late 1600’s:

Keep us O Lord, while we pass our way on earth,
in a mind and heart seeking for you.
Keep us aware of your teaching and help us to put it into practise
so that we use the gifts and talents we were born with for the benefit of others. Help us, we pray, to be aware of your presence and your love
so that we want to share it with our friends, families and neighbours.
Amen


Rogation Sunday Walk & Service - 9th May 2021

HoundPlease join us on Sunday 9th May 2021 to walk the Sedgehill Loop (approximately 3 miles) meeting at Sweetwell Farm, Sedgehill, SP7 9JB for a 9.00 am start. The walk is both buggy and dog friendly.

The 10.30 am Rogation Eucharist service will be held following the walk in a barn at Sweetwell Farm by kind permission of the Drake family.

Straw bales will be available for seating but please do bring along your own chair if preferred!

Please feel free to just join us for the Eucharist service at 10.30 am if the walk is not for you.

Click here for a map showing the location of Sweetwell Farm.

We look forward to welcoming you to Sedgehill!


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - November 2020

Do keep asking for prayers and do please let the Minister know at the beginning of a Service if you wish them to pray for someone in the Intercessions. We tend to be careful about saying names unless someone has asked.

Prayer requests and Thanksgivings please to The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427), Julia (tel: 01747 829166), or Theresa (tel: 01747 829188). Perhaps you have a special “Thank-you to God for the memory of a loved one”. Remember that we shall be celebrating their time with us at our All Souls Service.

Prayer of the Month
Sometimes we need to have a little time just to ourselves, and sometimes we can use that time to think about God and our own lives.

Loving God,
Here I sit and wait,
Thinking about life
And this wonderful world around us.
I sit in quiet hope that you will come
To water the barren fields of my life.
To make my life blossom
With flowers and fruit like the earth you created
Be with me day by day I ask,
Help me to live
A life which is a Blessing to others.
Amen


Ride+Stride - 11th September 2021

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Are you looking to raise money for maintenance/repairs to your church?

Why not join Ride + Stride on Saturday 11th September 2021?

Taking part in Ride + Stride is an excellent way to combine raising a bit of money for church repairs and maintenance with spending an enjoyable day out exploring the local area on foot, bike or horseback, and visiting some of Wiltshire’s rich heritage of churches and chapels.

Wiltshire Ride + Stride (or its predecessor the Great Cycle Ride) has been going since 1984 and has raised over £1.5 million for the county’s churches. Half of all money raised goes to your own church, and the other half is used by the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust to award grants to churches with special maintenance needs.

You don’t have to be young and super-fit: just strolling between one church and another can constitute participation in Ride + Stride, and most sponsors are generous enough to reward even the shortest of journeys. For the more competitive, however, there are cash prizes for the best achievers, including several for under 16-year-olds, and parishes which mobilise large numbers of participants can compete for the Brooke Cup (plus £500) and Junior Group Cup for the under-18s (plus £100).

Anyone can join in on 11th September 2021. Plan a route that suits your energy levels or get ideas from http://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/things-to-do/activities/cycling . The chances are very high that you will enjoy the day!

Information and sponsorship forms are available from Wiltshire Historic Church Trust - https://www.wiltshirehistoricchurchestrust.org.uk/ride-stride/

Wiltshire's Ride+Stride is supported by the National Churches Trust.


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - June 2021

Please do let us know if you would like us to pray for you. Contact any of us: The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427), Julia (tel: 01747 829166), or Theresa (tel: 01747 829188).

I was reminded of the following hymn as we had it at Rogation. It is by Folliott Sandford Pierpoint and is something we usually think of as a hymn, but it is good to be reminded that many hymns are simple prayers. This month, in addition to singing it at our Service, why not use it as a prayer:

For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies.
Christ our God, to thee we raise,
This our sacrifice of praise.

For the beauty of each hour,
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale and tree and flower,
Sun and Moon and stars of light.
Christ our God to thee we raise,
This our sacrifice of praise.


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - March 2021

We continue to pray as usual so please do keep your requests and news coming. Contact any of us: The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427), Julia (tel: 01747 829166), or Theresa (tel: 01747 829188).

Prayer Of The Month

Two Prayers for you this month:

The Collect Or Special Prayer For Mothering Sunday

God of compassion, whose son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary,
shared the life of a home in Nazareth,
and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself;
strengthen us in our daily living
that in joy and in sorrow
we may know the power of your presence
to bind us together and to heal;
through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

A Prayer for Help

God, our Heavenly Father,
You know our lives are filled with many dangers and temptations,
You also know that we are often weak
and we fail to resist those very temptations.
Give us strength and courage we pray.
Support us when things seem so hard.
Wrap us in your loving arms and keep us safe.
Amen.


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - May 2021

We continue to pray as usual so please do keep your requests and news coming. Contact any of us: The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427), Julia (tel: 01747 829166), or Theresa (tel: 01747 829188).

Prayer Of The Month

We will soon be in the Season of Pentecost when God sent His Holy Spirit to help us to follow the teachings of Jesus. We are very human and we often fall short of what we know God would like us to be, so here is a Prayer to help us to be like Jesus in just one simple way:

God our Heavenly Father,
Grant us Your Spirit we pray, so that day by day kindness may colour all we do,
that our lives may reflect the Spirit of Jesus, who was kind to all.
He loved the good and the bad, rich and poor, friend and stranger,
and by doing that He helped them to see that God is Love.
Help us to follow in His footsteps. Amen

A Prayer For Peace In Our Troubled World by Frances Paget

Almighty God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed;
kindle, we pray , in the hearts of all men, the true love of peace;
and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom,
all those who have power in the nations of the earth;
that in peace and tranquility your kingdom may grow,
till the whole earth is filled with the knowledge of your love.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - February 2021

Do continue to ask for prayers and let us know if there is any way we can help. Contact any of us: The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427), Julia (tel: 01747 829166), or Theresa (tel: 01747 829188).

Prayer Of The Month

Our prayer for this month is a reminder that we need God’s guidance and help:

Heavenly Father,
We remember with gratitude,
The light of the star which drew them on;
those wise men, travelling with their gifts
for a fellow wise man , and a king.

We believe that light draws us on;
Draws us to Jesus, Light of the World,
Draws us to give ourselves.

And the Light that is Jesus,
also gives us light;
it shows us the way,
it shines before us to encourage us.
This is light; true light; the LIght of the world;
the light that is a way of peace, hope, justice and forgiveness;
The Light that is Love in a darkened world;
and the way to God, Father of us all. Amen


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - September 2021

We continue to pray as usual so please do keep your requests and news coming. Contact any of us: Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427), Julia (tel: 01747 829166), or Theresa (tel: 01747 829188).

In view of the terrible situation in Afghanistan and the difficulties around the world caused by climate change, we have so much to be thankful for at this Harvest Season. This month's prayer reminds us to remember those who are suffering deprivation.

This month's Prayer of the Month is by Lilian Cox:

We dare not ask you bless our harvest feast
Till it is spread for poorest and for least.
We dare not bring our harvest gifts to you
Unless our hungry brothers share them too.

Not only at this time Lord' every day
Those whom you love are dying while we pray.
Teach us to do with less and so to share
From our abundance, more than we can spare.

Now with this harvest plenty round us piled,
Show us the Christ in every starving child.
Speak, as you spoke of old in Galilee,
"You feed, or you refuse, not them but me!"
Amen.


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - October 2020

Although we do not meet regularly just now there are still several of us who are committed to praying regularly for those in need so please do continue to give us your requests. Contact any of us: The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427), Julia (tel: 01747 829166), Theresa (tel: 01747 829188) or the Rev’d Kevin (tel: 01747 828551).

Prayer Of The Month

This Prayer is by Canon Frank Topping and is for forgiveness. I am sure we shall all resonate with this! I certainly did.
Lord,
Why is it so difficult,
To make peace with each other?
No wonder there are wars.
Is it pride that holds my mouth tight shut,
A childish feeling
that I am not the one who should apologise?
It wasn’t my fault?
In these flare ups
What does it matter whose fault it is?
The only thing that matters is love and harmony.
Lord, turning my back in anger is weakness,
It reduces me as a human being.
Give me the courage,
the stature,
to say I am sorry
Amen