Pews News – 19 September 2021

† St Andrews
Proclaiming Christ in Clewer
19 September 2021 – Trinity 16
Parish Eucharist
THE MORNING SERVICE WILL BE HELD IN PERSON
AT ST ANDREWS CHURCH AT 10.30AM 

Welcome

How lovely is it to be back in our church school! 
Assemblies back with the whole school and small classroom worship with Foundation Stage and Year 1. Its such a delight to see the children engaged with the symbolism of the bible, the cross and the candle as we set the scene for worship. Last year I was able to take class worship for the Foundation bubble and it was encouraging to see how our former Prayers and Bears members had now grown big enough for school! They helped to teach the other children our songs and responses and were able to stand and pray confidently for their friends and family. By the end of term we were not short of volunteers wanting to share a prayer, hold the puppet and help with the worship table. These are Worship Leaders of the future!

Children’s spirituality is a glorious and splendid thing, so uncomplicated, so honest and genuine. No matter how young they are, they can sit and wonder at the flicker of a flame, blowing a balloon, cloud watching, hunting out and wondering at those tiny parts of creation. Our work with Children and families is so important, it is the church of the future, it is a seed sown that one day will be harvested. Simple things like saying grace at mealtimes, saying thank you to God at the end of the day, and learning our family prayer -the Lord’s Prayer, all help to develop spirituality in children.

This Sunday we begin our new Children’s Church, our Mini Mass, specifically aimed at pre school and primary school aged children and families. Our vision is to include the children in all aspects of the Eucharistic worship, helping them to understand God’s love for them and sharing an important part of our Christian life together, worship. Then hopefully the seeds with be sown and take root so that their faith will grow from strength to strength.

Remember who told you about Jesus? How old were you? Perhaps you were sent off to Sunday School each week or perhaps you would really like to encourage your children/grandchildren to learn about Jesus?

Please keep our Children and Families ministry in your prayers and why not come along and join in?

Blessings
Revd Rosie
Collect – The Prayer of the day

Lord of creation,
whose glory is around and within us:
open our eyes to your wonders,
that we may serve you with reverence
and know your peace at our lives’ end,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Readings

Jeremiah 11.18-20

It was the Lord who made it known to me, and I knew;
   then you showed me their evil deeds.
But I was like a gentle lamb
   led to the slaughter.
And I did not know it was against me
   that they devised schemes, saying,
‘Let us destroy the tree with its fruit,
   let us cut him off from the land of the living,
   so that his name will no longer be remembered!’
But you, O Lord of hosts, who judge righteously,
   who try the heart and the mind,
let me see your retribution upon them,
   for to you I have committed my cause.

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

James 3.13-4.3, 7-8a

Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.

Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
   
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading Mark 9.30-37

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark
Glory to you O Lord.

They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, ‘The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.

Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the way?’ But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’ Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you O Christ.

Prayers – Martin Chandler

Our wonderful Father, we have waited for this moment we can now all be together in Church with you, and serve you and worship you. Thank you for being with us these last difficult months when we have sought to serve you in the Spirit of holiness and thanksgiving.
Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer

Father Bless those in this Church who are worked for the furtherance of the testimony of Jesus. 
Thank you for Rosie and her family cause them to know your affirmation. Bless Canon Brian we ask. Bless all who serve us here in so many ways.
Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer

Visit and relieve the sick. Give new hope to those whose suffering has been long. Give skill and compassion to all who do the work of healing. We pray especially today for Blake, Sam, Reuben, Don, Karl, Hugh and Sarah, Joanna, Pam, Holly, Hugo, Frank and Barbara, Bill, Suzanne, Christopher, Jackie, Alan, Norman and Diane, Patricia, and John. Refugees, Prisoners, the Homeless and those who mourn. And we also pray for all who have asked for our prayers, those whose needs we know, and those known to God alone. 
Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer

We give thanks for those whose lives were built on the foundation of Jesus Christ, and who now rest in him. Give them joy in the fellowship of the heavenly Church where he reigns for ever. And with confidence in the love of Christ who died for sinners, we commend the souls recently departed this life, and those whose anniversaries fall at this time. 
Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord,
and let light perpetual shine upon them

We join our prayers with those of our Lady, St Andrew, St Agnes, and all the Saints, as we commend ourselves, one another, and those we have prayed for, to your unfailing love.
Merciful Father,
accept these prayers for the sake of Your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Amen.
Prayer after communion

Almighty God,
you have taught us through your Son
that love is the fulfilling of the law:
grant that we may love you with our whole heart
and our neighbours as ourselves;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

NOTICES

ZOOM EVENING PRAYER 19 SEPTEMBER AT 5PM
 

BCP evening prayer is on Sunday at 5pm via a Zoom link. We will send out the order of service later.

EP Readings
Psalm 119.137-154
Exodus 19.10-end
Matthew 9.23-end

Sunday EP will be on Zoom on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sundays.
5th Sundays TBC.

SERVICES ETC DURING THE NEXT FEW WEEKS

Tuesdays & Thursdays in Sep – 5.00pm Evening Prayer Zoom

Fridays – 9.30-11.00am Prayers & Bears at St Agnes

Sun 19 Sep 10.30am Parish Eucharist in Church
                      3.00pm Mini Mass – Children’s Church at St Agnes
                      5.00pm Evening Prayer Zoom

Fri 24 Sep 0930 Prayers & Bears – Muddy Church meet at St Agnes

Sun 26 Sep 10.30am Parish Eucharist in Church
                      5.00pm Evening Prayer Zoom

Sun 03 Oct 10.30am All Age Service – Harvest Festival in Church
                      5.00pm Eucharist Service in Church 

Sun 10 Oct 10.30am Parish Eucharist in Church
                      3.00pm Messy Church – Creation at Clewer Green School
                      5.00pm Evening Prayer Zoom

Wed 13 Oct 7.30pm God and Talent – Yoga Session at St Agnes
                      5.00pm Evening Prayer Zoom

Sun 17 Oct 10.30am Parish Eucharist in Church
                      3.00pm Mini Mass – Children’s Church at St Agnes
                      5.00pm Evening Prayer Zoom

Fri  29 Oct     9.30am Prayers & Bears – Muddy Church meet at St Agnes
 
MINI MASS – CHILDREN’S CHURCH

Sunday 19th is the first of our new Children’s Church at St Agnes, 3pm. This is a child focused Holy Communion service aimed at primary school age children and families. To help them grow in faith and understanding of sacramental worship with interactive prayers and bible stories with a message to explore together as well as music and singing.

PRAYERS & BEARS

Prayers and Bears on the 24th September will the first of our monthly Muddy Church sessions. We will be going over to the Great Park for a Wander and Wonder, so come along in your wellies and meet us at the football ground car park at 9.30am, don’t forget your snack.

MESSY CHURCH

The next Messy Church will be held on 10th October, 3pm at Clewer Green school playground – Creation/Harvest theme. Volunteers needed with the activities etc, let Revd Rosie know if you can help.

HARVEST

Date for diary- Harvest Festival 3rd October when we will also be holding a Harvest Market, so get jamming, pickling and bottling. Bring any excess garden/allotment produce and help us raise money for the work of Christian Aid. And don’t forget to bring something from the list of food required for the Food Share, they are desperately short of food at the moment.

CHURCHYARD LIGHTS AT CHRISTMAS

Forward Thinking – we are aiming to light up the churchyard again this Christmas so we need lots more lights! if you want to donate please let Andrew know, money or lights. Thank you.

LIFTING OF COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

The government’s Coronavirus legislation on social distancing, face coverings, capacity, etc has now ended.

However, the latest guidance from the Church of England encourages us to make local decisions that are right for our church and community. To this end, we are advising: We should continue to use hand sanitiser as before Wear face covering when you feel you should (if it is crowded, or you feel the need to, or during singing, which is allowed) The Eucharist will continue under One Kind (wafer only) for now When distributing the Eucharist, Revd Rosie and Canon Brian will continue to wear a face covering There is no restriction on the number in each pew, but please ask before sharing The alternate pews will remain signed as ‘Available Pew’, you are advised to use them We will continue to record attendance for NHS Test and Trace purposes, or the Test and Trace QR code posters may be used instead

COFFEE AFTER SERVICES

We will be having coffee together after the service, outside the Church, weather permitting.

PRIVATE PRAYER

St Andrews is open for private prayer on Wednesday mornings from 10-12. 

PLEASE PRAY FOR

The suffering: Blake, Sam, Reuben, Don, Karl, Hugh and Sarah, Joanna, Pam, Holly, Hugo, Frank and Barbara, Bill, Suzanne, Christopher, Jackie, Alan, Norman and Diane, Patricia, and John. Refugees, Prisoners, the Homeless and those who mourn.

The departed: those recently departed this life, and those whose anniversaries fall at this time.

Community prayers: Clewer Green School, the head teacher Martin Tinsley and all the pupils, staff and governors. For all our Care Homes, for the safety of residents and staff. 

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for all who live in Cleves Court, Carter Close, St Johns Road, Gordon Road, Dawson Close, Convent Road, and Bailey Close.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: please pray for The Episcopal Church. Please also pray for the Churches in the Dioceses of Southwest Florida (USA), Fond du Lac (USA), Fredericton (Canada), Free State (Southern Africa), Freetown (West Africa), and Gahini (Rwanda).

Please continue to pray for and support your neighbours and families in any way you can whilst keeping yourself safe.

WHP’S ANNUAL SLEEP OUT IS BACK!

Join us on 15th October, as we sleep out under the stars, in our sleeping bags and cardboard boxes, at Windsor College.

The Sleep Out is Windsor Homeless Project’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The funds we raise every year mean we’re able to be here, when we’re needed, enabling homeless and vulnerable people in our local community to rebuild their lives.
What is the WHP Sleep Out?

The WHP Sleep Out is an annual fundraising challenge, where people in our community come together to raise funds and awareness for Windsor’s homelessness charity.

We won’t fully experience what it is like to sleep rough, but it does open our eyes to the experience that so many people in our community and around the UK find themselves in every day.

As always, it will be an evening of education, entertainment, food, and testimonials, all before we bed down for a night in the elements.

We would love for you, your friends, and your family to join us. Will you help to make 2021’s Sleep Out our biggest and best yet?
 
 CHURCHYARD TIDY

The next Churchyard tidy will be on Saturday 25th September, 10-12, please let Bob Lester know if you can help out.
CHRISTIAN AID SERVICE FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE
DURING SEASON OF CREATION


Season of Creation – 1 Sept – 4 Oct 2021

At this time, we unite with other Christians to celebrate and commit to protecting God’s creation – our common home. 2021 is a significant year for our planet. The UK is hosting the UN Climate Summit (COP26) in Glasgow in November; now is the critical moment to raise our voices to advocate for climate justice for the most vulnerable and poorest peoples who face the worst effects of this climate crisis. To mark this moment, Windsor Christian Aid invites you to join them for the following events:

*         Taizé-style prayer service for Climate Justice – Sunday 19 Sept, 4.00pm at St Edwards: a service of prayer, reflection & song to encourage us all to take action on climate change & to act justly. The service will be followed by refreshments in the Parish Hall at 5pm

*         ‘Creation in Crisis’ trail – Windsor – 25-26 September: a family trail of 15 stations around Windsor Town Centre explaining issues that are damaging Our Planet & what we can do about them.

For more information on all these events, please contact tracytickle@hotmail.com  or sarah.gardnerlobo@gmail.com
 
ONLINE GIVING

In light of recent events, you may want to consider giving to charity online.

For Afghanistan – Save the Children
https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/asia/afghanistan

For Haiti – Christian Aid
https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/emergencies/haiti-earthquake-appeal In addition, there is the Church of England Toolkit for supporting Afghan Refugees https://www.churchofengland.org/resources/community-action/toolkit-supporting-afghan-refugees
 
VACANCIES

We are looking for a Parish Administrator to take over from Sharon. A job description will be finalised shortly.

The PCC is short of several members. If you think PCC  membership is for you, or would like to know what is involved,  please see Revd Rosie.
WINDSOR FOODSHARE

Food Share have had to go and buy lots of food from the supermarket as they have run out of so much and not getting the donations in.

They need: Cereals, UHT milk, tinned meat, beans, pulses, pasta, desserts, fruit, rice, teabags, biscuits, sugar, coffee, toilet rolls, any toiletries, any cleaning items, and carrier bags.

Drop off at Dedworth Green Baptist church on Smith’s Lane on Wednesday or Thursdays between 10-3pm.

Please continue to donate via the purple bin near the font, or the collection boxes that are around the community, the locations can be found on the Windsor Food Share website. https://www.windsorfoodshare.org.uk
CHURCH FINANCES – MESSAGE FROM ANDREW

Thank you to everyone for all you have been able to give in this difficult time. Please consider continuing your regular giving by paying directly to our bank account, the details of which are:
HSBC Bank, High Street, Windsor
Sort Code: 40-47-37
Account number: 11373366 
Account name: PCC St Andrews Church
                       or if your bank doesn’t like this
                       Parochial Church Council St Andrews Clewer Parish
 
You may wish to consider transferring to the Parish Giving Scheme,
which we promoted in previous years. Details are on our page on their web site: https://bit.ly/2XCLuCr

[https://www.parishgiving.org.uk/donors/find-your-parish/clewer-st-andrew-windsor/]

We also have the printed application forms available, please contact the Parish Office by email.
 
We also have boxes of numbered envelopes available, if you would like to use these please contact the Parish Office office@clewerparish.org
 
CONTACTS
 
The Parish Office is now closed again.
Out of hours office number: 07490 094261
Email:  office@clewerparish.org

Revd Rosie Webb: rector@clewerparish.org Tel: 01753  852334

Parish Website: www.standrewsclewer.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/standrewsclewer

Churchwarden: Stuart Cockman
 
Safeguarding Policy: www.standrewsclewer.org/safeguarding-policy
Safeguarding Officer: clewerparishsafeguarding@gmail.com
 
Pastoral helpline number: 07946 590223

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