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Diddy disciples

If you have little ones at home and are looking for ideas this link has some great ideas, story telling and prayers for children of all ages. https://www.diddydisciples.org/thechurchathome

Also if you would like to join our children’s worker Linda Joy and other families by Zoom at our weekly singalong and rhyme time ‘Noah’s Ark’ please email her at lindajoychildrensworker@gmail.com

May 2020

Where do we find God (and ourselves)?

Writing at a time when our churches are closed for public worship some may find the question a challenge. Indeed our churches are sources of beauty, peace and inspiration to many and the commonplace term ‘House of God’ adds to expectation. 

The word Church is often associated with a building but perhaps the Greek word used in the New Testament is more helpful in that it means ‘a gathering’ but this does not mean that we cannot find God when we are alone and in some cases we are able to use the benefits of technology to ‘gather’ in new ways. The young Jesus would have been familiar with the noise of the carpenter’s workshop, the bustle of daily village life and no doubt found opportunities to enjoy His heavenly Father’s presence in those circumstances but also in the times when He found a quiet place to be alone without other distractions. 

In isolation we need to find God’s presence in new and perhaps surprising places and reflect on Jesus’ promise to His disciples to be with them always.

Isolation also challenges us as to how we value ourselves: it is often by the work we do and the wealth it produces but in the current crisis those working in caring for others have found a new or increased and well deserved value in the eyes of many.  If we are unable to work or contribute our sense of value may be diminished but it is important to remember that our faithful heavenly Father values each one of us not by what we do but as by what we are, a precious child of God, whether we recognise this or not, and the events remembered in Holy Week and Easter remind us of the costly love God released to show us how much we mean to Him and, through the resurrection, the new creation we can become, confident of the value we have in God’s sight irrespective of the circumstances in which we find ourselves.

In conclusion I offer the following reading, Footprints, which you may find helpful in times of uncertainty;

One night I dreamed a dream.  As I was walking along the beach with my Lord, across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.  For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand and I noticed that at many times along the path of my life, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you, You’d walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life there was only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most why You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you. Never, ever. During your trials and testings, when you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

Charles Hill, Reader

Making shakers!

Linda has made a very short video for us in which she shows children how to make fun shakers so they can join in with them at singalongs. Find the video here

Foodbank 23rd April

As ever your contributions to Seaton Foodbank are gratefully received. Collections in Tesco and the Co-op.

Breakfast Takeaway: April

We hope you’ll enjoy our second scrummy takeaway service! Please click here to download.

Foodbank needs

Seaton foodbank is very grateful for your contributions!

Easter windows in Colyton

An eggy window in Dolphin Street.

A floral display from Shute Junction

Christine and Angela’s Easter Garden

Christine and Angela more usually create a lovely Easter garden for us in St Andrew’s Church. This year they’ve shared this from their home:

Easter Gardens in Musbury

A photo of Sue Irving’s lovely Easter Garden in Musbury – stone not yet rolled away.

Another lovely Easter garden at “Ruffles”, Musbury.

A charming garden sent by Lucia Wickham.

Easter Week

Our ministry team have prepared this material for our journey together through Easter Week and beyond:

Easter Day, 12th April, Dawn from the picnic site, Revd John Lees; Easter service, Fr Steven Martin, service sheet, and link to readings

Monday 13th April, Easter meditation, Dr Charles Hill

Tuesday 14th April, Easter meditation, Bishop Oliver Simon

Wednesday 15th April, Easter meditation, Revd Nigel Freathy

Thursday 16th April, Easter meditation, Revd Colin Preece

Friday 17th April, Easter meditation, Revd John Lees and text.

Saturday 18th April, Easter meditation, Mrs Emma Laughton and text of poem.

19th April, Second Sunday of Easter, Sunday service, Fr Steven Martin; and link to readings and Church of England prayer booklet

26th April, Third Sunday of Easter, Sunday service, Revd John and Mrs Jan Lees and service order.

link back to Holy Week material

Foodbank needs 9 April

Seaton Foodbank is very busy and greatly appreciates your continuing support. You can leave food in the boxes at the supermarkets or contirbute financially into their account.

Easter Garden

View from the West

 EASTER GARDEN

at

ST MICHAEL’S COLYFORD

All are welcome but no more than two visitors in the garden at any time please.

Thank you and with our very best wishes to all our friends and neighbours.

Palm crosses

Everything is different this year, including Holy Week and Easter. We won’t be able to distribute our palm crosses – but they are not wasted, as by buying them we have supported partner churches who make them.

So this year, what about making a paper or card palm cross? You can copy and print the picture above and make a focus for Palm Sunday (5th April).

Easter Decorations

Here’s a good idea received via our Facebook page: Since we can’t decorate our churches for Easter this year, why don’t we all decorate our windows at home for Easter? (But don’t pick the beautiful wild daffodils!)

Holy Week

Our ministry team have prepared this daily material for our journey together through Holy Week. You will find links for each day being activated as we go through the week.

Palm Sunday, 5th April, Sunday service, with Revd Colin Preece, service order and link to readings

Monday 6th April, Passion of Christ I with meditation, Revd Nigel Freathy

Tuesday 7th April, Passion of Christ II with meditation, Bishop Oliver Simon

Wednesday 8th April, Passion of Christ III with meditation, Mrs Jan Lees

Maundy Thursday, 9th April, service, Fr Steven Martin, service sheet and link to readings

Good Friday, 10th April, Stations of the Cross, Station 12 and Station 13, Revd Victoria Chester (complete Stations here) and link to readings

Holy Saturday, 11th April, service, Fr Steven Martin and service order

Link to Easter material