Noticesheet for 12th July – Ordinary 15

Dear Simon

This is the weekly noticesheet for the week beginning Sunday 12th July – Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The noticesheet is attached below. I hope you will find it a useful ‘heads-up’, even while we are locked down.
Private Prayer at S. Anne’s
Thanks to a number of volunteers we will be making S. Anne’s Church available for Private Prayer only twice a week. This has to be under supervision and with everyone’s commitment to social distancing and the safety of others.

The Church will be open on

Mondays          5pm to 7pm
Thursdays        2pm to 4pm
  Prayer Trees There are Prayer Trees at S. Anne’s, S. Mary’s and S. Edwards. Please bring along a ribbon, piece of string, a luggage label with a prayer written on it to tie to the trees: an outward witness of the Church and a safe(r) place for prayer. What Next? Many of you have already completed my doodle poll to see how we proceed with re-opening. However, if you haven’t, I need your views.

Please click on this link:
to complete the poll and see what we can offer from August/September.

These are the options so far…
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 For S. Mary’s, S. Anne’s and S. Cecilia, click here For S. Edward’s, click 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

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.

The YouTube Channel will be run simultaneously this week on

(I know some people have had Twitch issues, so this might help, I have used a short link here because we don’t have enough YouTube subscribers to get a custom name – we need a thousand!)

After Mass there will be Virtual Coffee on Zoom at:

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

Parish WhatsApp Group
if you’d like to be kept in the loop through WhatsApp, we have Parish Group – reminders, links, prayers and communications as well as the odd good cartoon… click here to join

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

For the next few weeks we will be looking at Theories of Atonement at the Noon group – what does the Cross and Resurrection mean, what does “Christ died for our sins” signify? All are welcome to join this group.

7.30pm – click on For the next few weeks the 7.30pm group will be studying the Psalms using Psalms – Prayers of the Heart which is only £2.99 on Kindle see

These locations will not change.

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)

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

Foundation Governor We need a fourth Foundation Governor who will help to ensure the distinctive nature of our Church School. Bickleigh Down is a significant part of our mission here in this Parish, and the Foundation Governors are drawn from the Church. It is a voluntary position, and a vital part of ensuring the flourishing of our School which has a really good reputation for quality and its pastoral care which both come from its Christian ethos.

If you want to know more about what it entails: the reading, the meetings, the training which is offered then please speak with our existing Governors: Wendy Round, Janet Liddicoat or Alan Hawking and they can give you the honest insight into this rewarding and important role in society.

Please consider this, and then contact Fr Simon Collective Worship on Forigiveness Prayer Lists Those sick in mind, body or spirit:
Ken; Laura; Nicola; Sue; Ron; Fletcher; Karen; Alice; David; Fox; Jason

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

Those whose year’s mind occur around this time

Those whom we love and see no longer and those who have no-one else to pray for them

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

May they rest in peace
and rise in glory

we join our prayers with the whole company of heaven as we seek the intercession of Our Lady, sayng

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, 
The Lord is with thee.
(Luke 1:28)
Blessed art thou among women, 
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
  (Luke 1:42)
Holy Mary, Mother of God, 
pray for us sinners now, 
and at the hour of our death.

  Mass Card for Ordinary Time (Sundays and Thursdays) Sunday Readings Ordinary 15 12th July 2020 
Entrance Antiphon
In my justice I shall see your face, O Lord; when your glory appears, my joy will be full. (Psalm 17:15)
God our Father, your light of truth
guides us to the way of Christ.
May all who follow him
reject what is contrary to the gospel.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Isaiah 55:10-11

A reading from the prophet Isaiah
Thus says the Lord: ‘As the rain and the snow come down from the heavens and do not return without watering the earth, making it yield and giving growth to provide seed for the sower and bread for the eating, so the word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do.’
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Romans 8:18-23
A reading from Paul’s letter to the people of the city of Rome
I think that what we suffer in this life can never be compared to the glory, as yet unrevealed, which is waiting for us. The whole creation is eagerly waiting for God to reveal his sons. It was not for any fault on the part of creation that it was made unable to attain its purpose, it was made so by God; but creation still retains the hope of being freed, like us, from its slavery to decadence, to enjoy the same freedom and glory as the children of God. From the beginning till now the entire creation, as we know, has been groaning in one great act of giving birth; and not only creation, but all of us who possess the first-fruits of the Spirit, we too groan inwardly as we wait for our bodies to be set free.
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
Speak, Lord, your servant is listening:
you have the message of eternal life.
Matthew 13:1-9
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Glory to you, O Lord
Jesus left the house and sat by the lakeside, but such large crowds gathered round him that he got into a boat and sat there. The people all stood on the beach, and he told them many things in parables.
He said, ‘Imagine a sower going out to sow. As he sowed, some seeds fell on the edge of the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on patches of rock where they found little soil and sprang up straight away, because there was no depth of earth; but as soon as the sun came up they were scorched and, not having any roots, they withered away. Others fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Others fell on rich soil and produced their crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Listen, anyone who has ears!’
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ
Communion Antiphon
The sparrow even finds a home, the swallow a nest wherein to place her young, near to your altars, Lord of hosts, my King, my God! How happy they who dwell in your house! For ever they are praising you. [Psalm 84:4-5]
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, by our sharing in this mystery of the eucharist, let your saving love grow within us. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
  I need your readings! Date Week Reading 1 Reading 2 Intercessions 05/07/2020 Ordinary 14 Ann P Helen Lou 12/7/2020 Ordinary 15 Jo C Janet Ruth 19/7/2020 Ordinary 16 Dawn Chris Crosby Frank 26/7/2020 Ordinary 17
Preacher: Kate (Ordinand) Karen Chris Carpenter Alan 02/8/2020 Ordinary 18 Janet Katie Jones Kate (Ordinand)          
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.


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