Sunday 11th October 2020
Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity - Week A
Welcome to St Faith’s Church Gaywood -Where Anglicans and Methodists welcome all to worship together, seeking to love God and our neighbours as ourselves.
Readings: Philippians 4:1-9 & Matthew 22:1-14
Almighty and everlasting God,
increase in us your gift of faith
that, forsaking what lies behind
and reaching out to that which is before,
we may run the way of your commandments
and win the crown of everlasting joy;
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.
God, our judge and saviour,
teach us to be open to your truth
and to trust in your love,
that we may live each day
with confidence in the salvation which is given
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We praise and thank you, O Christ, for this sacred feast:
for here we receive you,
here the memory of your passion is renewed,
here our minds are filled with grace,
and here a pledge of future glory is given,
when we shall feast at that table where you reign
with all your saints for ever.
Archbishops Council 2000
You may like to include in your daily prayers:
We are asked to continue pray for the County of Belarus.
The Church in: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico
Local Community: Queen Elizabeth Hospital and all NHS staff and carers.
School: Vancouver Children’s Centre, all university students
Those in residential care: Margaret Chapman, John Garfoot, Audrey Mark.
Those who are unwell: Claire, Doug, Ash and Sarah, Jean, Mary, Teresa,
Louise Banham, Katie Beattie, Emma Brock, John Button, Phyllis Chisholm,
Levi Coburn, Frederick Coker, Simon Connolly, Tracey Day, Carol Dexter,
Les Easthall, Friends of Paulin Emmanuel; Praveena and her mum Ramani,
Joanne and Jason Hardy, Lesley Harrison, Joan Hodson, Revd. Jane Holmes, Margery Hooke, Christopher Hooke, Vera Jackson, Lee Oliver, Cath Park,
Owen Park, Adrienne Porter, Adrian Ridd, Anne Robertson, Jenifer Saravanan,
Kathryn and her Mum Gill, Michael Tagg, Peter Tasker, Sarah Thorne,
Janet Turner, Betty Tyrrell, Peter Willmore, Siobhan Yates.
And continue to pray for: Elliot Buchanan, David Colby, Joyce Colby, Doreen Elks, Lauren Greengrass, David and June Hawkins, Ray Howard, Pam Loveless,
Stephen Powell, Terri and David.
RIP: Jean Alexander, Jo Gifford, Ronald Hall, Elsie Savage, Michael Tagg,
Linda Thorne, Ivy Colwell, Margaret Sewell
Anniversaries: William Wilshin (11), Gladys Elms (12), Roy James (16),
Frances Willden, Zaneta Lapuzova (16), Kathleen Elliott, Lorna Skerrit (17).
Year’s Mind: Rosemary Madder (11), Alec Knibbs, Bobby Etheridge (13),
Helen Roye (15), Alan Oakes (17).
Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches – updated 7th October 2020
At St Faith’s Church we continue to take advice from the Church of England and from the Methodist Church as to how we should respond to the coronavirus outbreak in the country. We seek to do all that we can to keep ourselves safe and want to reassure you of the continuing support and care for all our members and for the wider community.
Please see Rev Julie’s letter included in this week’s bundle for details about our forthcoming services.
The lockdown remains a big change for us but it doesn’t mean that we stop being a community of prayer and so I encourage you to pray. There are words of prayer posted on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/StFaithsGaywoodLEP and other resources will be made available to you week by week.
It is so important that we stay connected as we care for one another, something that we can all take an active part in.
If you need to speak to someone please do call a member of the clergy team.
Rev Julie Boyd (01553) 770952, Rev Robert Roberts (01553) 676918,
Rev Karlene Kerr (01553) 768264, Rev Laura Purnell (01553) 67566
Seed of life
Lord, in this world
you have sown the seeds of life
in the hearts of our daughters and sons,
seeds which are growing slowly and quietly,
seeds whose fruit is the strengthening of hope.
But weed seeds have also been sown.
Their fruit is sadness, sorrow and death.
They try to suffocate all efforts to build a different world.
We draw closer to you in prayer
so we can perceive these situations
which discourage and confuse, causing dejection.
Equip us to uncover and denounce evil
without hurting the lives of those sowing love and justice.
Fortify the weak stalks
so that hope and patience flower in us,
to follow you without ever halting our sowing.
(© Betty Hernández Carrillo, Mexico. English transl. Terry MacArthur © WCC.)
Box Sunday will be on 25th October (Sunday A).
Boxes can be brought to church on that Sunday if you are booked to attend a service on that day or on 18th October if you regularly attend on Sunday B. Alternatively boxes can be brought to church on Wednesdays during opening hours (!0am -12 noon and 2-4pm).
If you are unable to get to St. Faith’s to deliver your box please either phone 07841 632 457 and we will arrange collection or you may prefer to count your money and send a cheque (payable to the charity) to St Faith’s Church Office, Gayton Road PE30 4DZ.
Worship and Prayer at St. Faith’s
Cycle A or B
9.30am and 11am Service
Service of the Word
*If you are a regular attender on Sunday A you will be booked in for this service. If you are not planning to attend on 11th October, please let Gill know so your space can be made available for someone else. We do have some extra space available so if anyone else would like to attend please contact Gill to book a place. Numbers are limited.
We ask everyone to wear a mask while they are in church and to maintain social distancing inside and outside the building. This is to keep us all safe. Please remember that your mask should cover your nose and mouth at all times.
The contact number for services 07841 632 457. Please let Gill know if you are unable to attend your usual booked service so that your space can be made available to someone else. Feel free to ring to check when you’re next booked for a service or to make a change.
St. Faith’s is open for private prayer on Wednesdays 10am–12 noon (Holy Communion at 10am on the first Wednesday of the month) and 2-4pm.
Operation Christmas Child 2020 – The Shoebox Appeal
We will be collecting Shoeboxes at St. Faith’s this autumn.
Items can include hats, scarves, gloves, fashion accessories, soft toys, hygiene items, school supplies, water bottle (fill with small items), small games. You may like to donate some items to be included in a shoebox if you prefer, rather than fill a shoebox.
If you have donations of items for shoeboxes please bring them to church and put them in the box provided, where they will be quarantined for 7 days before being made available for shoeboxes.
A leaflet called ‘ How to pack your shoebox’ and labels for your box is available this week or can be downloaded from the Samaritans Purse’s website : file:///C:/Users/St%20Faith's/Downloads/how-to-pack-instructions-labels-easy-print-version-2020.pdf
Collection week is 9th – 16th November.
If you prefer you can make a donation of £20 and order a shoebox online. https://shoeboxonline.samaritans-purse.org.uk/
Boxes will be blessed at the services on Sunday 15th November.
If you would like a prayer shawl for a loved one, friend or yourself, please contact:
Sarah Russell 07935 385344
Chris Ballard 07871 172262
Gill Hiles 01553 673768
We’re very happy to provide new prayer shawls to those who have received one in the past. Yours may be worn out, lost or just not the right shape or size anymore. Just let us know. We can post shawls to friends and family too. Wrapped Prayer Shawls are also available from church during opening hours.
Our Clothes Bank is open and we are still recycling paper. Please support these fund - raising and ‘green’ activities if you are able.
Notices in the Weekly Leaflet
Practical Matters – updated 7th October 2020 – please read carefully
- Faith’s Church building is open on for Sunday services and private prayer from 10am – 12 noon (Holy Communion at 10am on the first Wednesday of the month) and 2 - 4pm on Wednesdays only.
- If you have keys to any church building you should not use them to enter the building.
- Food and other donations for the Food Bank can be left at supermarkets. You can also support the Food Bank with cash donations at kingslynn.foodbank.org.uk or telephone: 07582 558143
or email: .
- All church rotas and Together Magazine remain suspended.
- The Church Office is closed.
Next Sunday 18th October 2020 – Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity - Week B
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