Noticesheet for Corpus Christi

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This is the weekly noticesheet for the week beginning Sunday 14th June – Corpus Christi. The noticesheet is attached below. I hope you will find it a useful ‘heads-up’, even while we are locked down.
Since lockdown, of course people have been unable to give in the usual way on the plate, which places us in a particularly difficult situation.

But.. the Church of England is rich – why do I need to give money to my Parish Church?

If we had a pound for every time I’ve heard that, I wouldn’t need to be writing this part of the newsletter! Certainly, on paper, the Church of England has massive assets… and no money. The assets are virtually all Churches: from beautiful historic medieval buildings to modern churches built in a housing estate – it certainly looks good on paper, but these often historic, significant buildings can’t be sold off and the responsibility for its maintenance falls to the local community, often small in number and in the current COVID-19 lockdown unable to gather in Church for health reasons.

The responsibility of maintaining our 4 churches here on the edge of Dartmoor falls to us, and that includes the cost of the Vicar, so we are expected to pay almost £40,000 a year to the Diocese (between the Parishes of Bickleigh and Shaugh Prior) as well as ongoing maintanence costs to the Churches and the Churchyards: if you wonder why the grass of the Churchyard isn’t cut quite as often as you might like it – we simply can’t afford it.

Since the lockdown, nearly 80% of our collections have disappeared because the plate simply isn’t there any more. So I am asking you, if you are a regular giver, an occasional visitor, a local resident or a friend of our parish from further afield, to please consider helping us by making a regular or a one-off donation online.

As you know, we have Card Machines in Church, and the same providers of this have a giving screen here:

You can also choose to add Gift Aid if you are a taxpayer, which as you know makes a significant different to your giving.

In the medium term, we are asking you to transfer to a Direct Debit giving (just like you pay for your Gas Bill). Just download, print and complete and send to the Treasurer listed at the top of the right form for you.

For Bickleigh Parish please use this form:

For Shaugh Prior Parish please use this form:

Thank you very much for your support in this difficult time.


This week
We will be broadcasting the Mass for Spiritual Communion from S. Anne, Glenholt.  The Bishop and the Government still has not allowed there to be a congergation present, so it will remain broadcast online for the time being.

Although you might be reading about pressure to open the Churches for private prayer, the age and health profile of our congregations and volunteers will make this (and we are by no means ready nation-wise for it to happen) difficult to implement, as it requires regular cleaning and antibac-ing surfaces and I don’t think we are able to do so until all is properly safe. Some people have kindly volunteered to staff a Church for perhaps an hour a day on a rota. If you are willing please let me know, and we can see what we can do. The Risk Assessment from the CofE is quite daunting but I am working through it and will consult with the PCC on this.

When the time comes that the Bishops declare other churches are able to be open for prayer I have been considering making an outdoor prayer installation on and by a tree in each of S. Anne, S. Edward and S. Mary which will be considerably safer and yet prayerful.

Your safety is paramount to me, alongside giving you the spiritual support, teaching and consolation you need during these difficult times.

While public worship has been suspended we are offering worship, prayer and Bible Study online. We are using Twitch. Anyone can access Twitch on their phone, tablet or computer browser and you don’t need an account to watch it, although if you register a free account, you can even “chat” which I would like to use as a source for prayer, and perhaps after the worship is over, fellowship. The more subscribers the better service we can deliver (we need fifty for the next level).

Simply visit

and you will see our services, including past ones. These will also be available once uploaded to the previous Facebook Page and our YouTube channel for you to catch up on.

Yes, there will always be problems and glitches, particularly at the start of worship (my propensity for pushing the wrong button remains an issue) but bear with me and this slightly less than tech-competent priest will get the worship flowing

The Services
Mass is offered on Thursday at 10.30am (replacing MP for that morning) and Sunday at 10.30am

If you miss the actual time, you can replay it at your convenience.

Sunday services include hymns specially recorded by Sarah and readings recorded at home by members of our Churches (volunteers always welcome). All Masses have a short sermon, and even though we are not together, we engage in Spiritual Communion with the Lord. All of the words are on screen and the readings as usual are further down this email bulletin. At the bottom of this email are details of a rota for readings and intercessions: all voices are welcome, please contact me if you would like to do one.

Each weekday there will be Morning Prayer at 9am and Evening Prayer at 5.30pm .

You can say the Morning and Evening Prayer with me, and I have begun putting the words on screen for you to follow or say along with me.

For those who don’t have Internet… (can you please pass this on)
We can now enable non-internet users to access our worship:

Anyone can call 0333 011 0616 and enter code 262 6330# to be able to listen to our worship.

Calls are LOCAL RATE which on many phone or mobile tarrifs are effectively free, but I advise you to check with your phone/mobile supplier if you are unsure. The Sunday Mass takes less than an hour.

I am pleased that someone has started to use this facility. Please tell others. Please tell when you are checking up on those you know have no Internet (because if I ask it’ll look a little intimidating),

Bible Study and Prayer will gather us together on a video conference platform called Zoom (

It is easy to sign up for a free account and you can download an app for phone, tablet (Apple or Android) or on your PC or Mac to make it happen. Although you can connect over phone data, you get more out of it if you connect your phone/tablet/computer to your home WiFi otherwise you can get choppy audio and video sometimes.

To join these gatherings on Wednesdays at

Noon – click on
7.30pm – click on

These locations will not change.

We will also have some Prayer Groups if someone can suggest a good date/time.

If you get lost with all this information, it’s all on the Parish Diary:
 and the Broadcast page

To get good notice of these things, can I encourage you to “Like” and “Follow” the Parish Facebook Page (S. Cecilia and S. Anne also have their own FB pages as well, but the worship links and reminders will be on the main page) to get notifications and please encourage others you know who might not have subscribed to this newsletter to do so as well as connect on Facebook.

Please let me know if you yourself or you become aware of anyone around you who needs a Priest to call them. I may have been forced as a result of my diabetes to be self-isolating, but I am still here to serve. I am slowly working round calling people, but you can always call me first, just to chat and perhaps to pray.

My email is:
My number is:      07976 802123
(I also use WhatsApp so if you want to contact me by that, use my phone number)

There may be some members of our community that you know who don’t have access to the Internet. Can I ask you to remind them that I can be called (I’ve tried to get as many people as I can on the phone, but there must be some people I have missed) and if they would like access to worship the Church of England has started Daily Hope.

Please pass all this information on to others: keep our network strong my friends, call those in our church communities and keep me informed of the needs of the community so I can serve them,

Stay safe. Keep praying. And of your charity, please pray for me also.

Yours in Christ

PCC Meeting Agenda
For members of the two Parish PCCs, a meeting will be held on Monday 22nd June at 7pm over Zoom

Meeting Link:
Meeting ID: 811 0753 4191
Password: 115966

It woud be useful if PCC members would have a look at this document (pdf) from the diocese regarding reopening

and this Risk Assessment template (Word Document).


  1. Prayers
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of the Last Meeting
  4. Matters Arising
  5. Reopening the Churches for Private Prayer
    1. Risk Assessment
    2. Rota to open S. Anne’s
    3. Prayer Station outside S. Anne, S. Mary and S. Edward
    4. Diocese roadmap towards reopening, including Baptism, Funerals and Weddings
  6. Worship Offering Online
  7. Financial Position and ability to meet Parish Share obligations
    1. S.Mary
    2. S. Edward
    3. Envelope giving, alternatives during church closures
  8. Fabric of the Closed Churches
  9. Safeguarding
  10. AOB

Sunday Reflection

Sunday June 14th 2020 The Body and Blood of Christ
John 6:51-5

The following scene, described by St Justin Martyr, provides a wonderful picture of the celebration of the Eucharist in the early Church:
On the day we call the day of the sun, all those who dwell in the city or country gather in the same place. The memoirs of the apostles and the writings of the prophets are read, as much as time permits. When the reader has finished, he who presides over those gathered admonishes and challenges them to imitate these beautiful things. Then we all rise together and offer prayers for ourselves.. .and for all others, wherever they may be, so that we may be found, by our life and actions, faithful to the commandments, so as to obtain eternal salvation.
“When the prayers are concluded, we exchange the kiss. Then someone brings bread and a cup of water and wine mixed together to him who presides over the brethren. He takes them and offers praise and glory to the Father of the universe, through the name of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and for a considerable time he gives thanks that we have been judged worthy of these gifts.
“When he has concluded the prayers and thanksgiving, all present give voice to an acclamation by saying “Amen”. When he who presides has given thanks and the people have responded, those whom we call deacons give to those present the eucharistic bread, wine and water, and take them to those who are absent.’
What makes this description of a Eucharistic celebration so remarkable is that, although hailing from ancient days (Justin lived from 100-165AD), it could just as easily be taking place today! We celebrate the Eucharist in exactly the same way — the sacrament has been faithfully handed down from the apostles through every generation to us today. On this feast-day of the Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi, we rejoice in this sacrament which is the source and summit of our Christian life. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the goal and purpose of the Christian life is to grow and mature in awe, wonder and amazement the reality of God’s presence among us in the Eucharist.
‘O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment thine. ’
Prayer Lists
Those sick in mind, body or spirit:
Laura; Nicola; Howard; Sue; Ron; Fletcher; Karen; Alice; David; Fox; Jason

We continue to pray for Michael Ellis,Priest for his continued recovery.

We pray for all those affected by the Coronavirus worldwide and for the staff who are caring for them.

Pray for the Souls of the Recently Departed
Elsie Mockford

Those whose year’s mind occur around this time
Hilda May; Rosemary Roberts; Peter Tomlin

+Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord
and let light perpetual shine upon them

May they rest in peace
and rise in glory
Mass Card for Ordinary Time (Sundays and Thursdays)
Sunday Readings

Sunday 14th June 2020 Corpus Christi

Entrance antiphon
The Lord fed his people with the finest wheat and honey; their hunger was satisfied. (Psalm 81:17) 
The Collect
Lord Jesus Christ,
you gave us the eucharist
as the memorial of your suffering and death.
May our worship of this sacrament of your body and blood
help us to experience the salvation you won for us
and the peace of the kingdom
where you live with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 
Deuteronomy 8:2-3,14-16
A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy
Moses said to the people: ‘Remember how the Lord your God led you for forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, to test you and know your inmost heart – whether you would keep his commandments or not. He humbled you, he made you feel hunger, he fed you with manna which neither you nor your fathers had known, to make you understand that man does not live on bread alone but that man lives on everything that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

  ‘Do not become proud of heart. Do not forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery: who guided you through this vast and dreadful wilderness, a land of fiery serpents, scorpions, thirst; who in this waterless place brought you water from the hardest rock; who in this wilderness fed you with manna that your fathers had not known.’
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
1 Corinthians 10:16-17
A reading from the first letter of Paul to the people of the city of Corinth
The blessing-cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ, and the bread that we break is a communion with the body of Christ. The fact that there is only one loaf means that, though there are many of us, we form a single body because we all have a share in this one loaf.
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Gospel Acclamation   Jn6:51
Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the living bread which has come down from heaven,
says the Lord. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.
John 6:51-58
The Lord be with you
And also with you
Hear the Gospel of our Lord according to John
Glory to you, O Lord
Jesus said to the crowd:
‘I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.
Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever;
and the bread that I shall give is my flesh,
for the life of the world.’
Then the Jews started arguing with one another: ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ they said.
Jesus replied:
‘I tell you most solemnly,
if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you will not have life in you.
Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood
has eternal life,
and I shall raise him up on the last day.
For my flesh is real food
and my blood is real drink.
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood
lives in me
and I live in him.
As I, who am sent by the living Father,
myself draw life from the Father,
so whoever eats me will draw life from me.
This is the bread come down from heaven;
not like the bread our ancestors ate:
they are dead,
but anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.’
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ

Love’s Choice by Malcom Guite

This bread is light, dissolving, almost air,
A little visitation on my tongue,
A wafer-thin sensation, hardly there.
This taste of wine is brief in flavour, flung
A moment to the palate’s roof and fled,
Even its aftertaste a memory.
Yet this is how He comes.
Through wine and bread
Love chooses to be emptied into me.
He does not come in unimagined light
Too bright to be denied, too absolute
For consciousness, too strong for sight,
Leaving the seer blind, the poet mute;
Chooses instead to seep into each sense,
To dye himself into experience.
Prayer over the gifts
Be gentle
When you
Touch bread.
Let it not lie
Uncared for,
So often bread
Is taken for granted.
There is such beauty in bread,
Beauty of sun and soil,
Beauty of patient toil.
Wind and rain have caressed it,
Christ often blessed it.
Be gentle when you touch bread
Be careful
When you
Pour wine.
Let it not be
So often wine
Is taken for granted.
There is such beauty in wine:
The sweetness of love,
The power of blood.
Wind and rain have raised it,
Christ often blessed it.
Be careful when you pour wine

Communion Antiphon: 
 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood will live in me and I in him, says the Lord. (John 6:57)
Prayer of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

Prayer after Communion:
Lord Jesus Christ,
you give us your body and blood in the eucharist
as a sign that even now we share your life.
May we come to share it completely in the kingdom
where you live for ever and ever. Amen. 
I need your readings!
Date Week Reading 1 Reading 2 Intercessions
14/06/2020 Corpus Christi Katie Alan Jo C
21/06/2020 Ordinary 12 Samantha Lou Ruth
28/06/2020 Ordinary 13 Dawn Zoe Alan
05/07/2020 Ordinary 14 Ann P Helen Lou

Others have put their names forward and will appear on the rota for subsequent weeks

Take part in this Sunday’s service – sign up to help

I would like as much as possible to involve people in our online Sunday worship.

There are 4 ways to help:

  • send in a voice recording
  • send in a video
  • send me some text (ie. write intercessions as normal and email them to me for me to read out)
  • send me a photo or picture that you’ve drawn

Doing a reading:

To take part in the readings, figure out how to record your voice on your phone using the built in voice recorder or using Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger (my WhatsApp phone number is 07976802123 ) or record a video using the camera in your phone of you reading. I’d welcome all kinds of voices recorded as sometimes I mix them all up together. You don’t have to have your face on screen if you don’t want it, as I will probably use just the audio.

When you’ve made the recording click on ‘share’ and email it to

Doing the intercessions:

Write some intercessions for me to read out – email them to me or record yourself reading them and send me the recording.

Help with illustration:

Send me a photograph, a picture of a drawing or painting or send me a piece of artwork on the theme set for that day.

Please send me your contributions by Saturday lunchtime at the very latest for inclusion in Sunday’s service.

Keeping in contact:


Fr Simon can be contacted day or night on 07976 802123

We don’t use a landline for anything. If you see an 01752 number for the parish clergy or office, it won’t work.

Your clergy are here for you. If you are a little lonely or down, need some help, advice, spiritual counsel or prayer. Or even if you just want a cup of tea with someone –  If you are in hospital and want a visit call Fr. Simon. Although he has many gifts, being psychic isn’t one of them, so unless you ask for him to visit, he won’t know you would like one.

Other methods of contact:

Twitter: @frsimon

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