Fortnight commencing Sunday 8 May

Week beginning 8 May:

This week please remember the following with surnames in the middle of the alphabet: Bryan & Toni; Jessie & Liz; Angelika; Nantur & Teplong, Gahmi, Manji & Hann; Jo & Jon, Eliza & Jacob; Margaret & Peter; Cec & Pam.

A service of remembrance and celebration of the life of Michael Vizard will be held at Escot on Monday May 9 (tomorrow) from 2pm. Details are on the noticeboard in the church entrance.

A service of thanksgiving for the life and faith of Peter Webb will be held at Tyndale Baptist Church in Bristol on Saturday May 14 at 12.00. More details on the notice board in the church entrance. Please have a word with Mary today if you can offer, or would like, a lift. This service is also going to be livestreamed so that we can take part from our own homes: Mary can give you the details.

CD recordings of the services held following the deaths of Betty Down and Betty Ward are now available. Please ask Mary or Heather to have a copy made for you.

Prayer points for this week

Sun   Revd Rob Jones leading our service at South Street
Mon  Church Members’ Meeting this evening
Tue    Refugees fleeing war or hunger
Wed Russians and Ukrainians involved in fighting
Thurs Renew Refresh welcoming some new people
Fri      MPs struggling to reduce the rise in the cost of living
Sat    Mark & Andrea Hotchkin working in the hot season in Chad

Geoff Bird has written some reminiscences into a book, illustrated by many photographs. If you would like to borrow this for a week, please ask Mary to be added to the list.

Discerning our vision for the Palace Gate Centre: details of the planned time of listening and prayer this week are available today. You are invited to take part by coming to the Centre during this week at the times specified, or praying and responding at home. Comments can be left in the box in the Centre or emailed to Ross.

‘Our Faithful Queen’: Copies of this booklet are now available from Mary, costing £2 each.

Week beginning 15 May:

This is Christian Aid Week. We are not holding a service at South Street next Sunday, but joining with other City Centre congregations at Sidwell Street Methodist Church. Please note that this service will start at 10.30am.

The service has been planned by a group representing the churches involved, with Chris Shepherd as our speaker. She has written to introduce herself to us as follows: “I’ve been a teacher and went to China for 2.5 years in the early 80s with CMS. Some time later I applied to Christian Aid who wanted an ‘Education adviser’. Having worked in Asia as a teacher I fitted their bill and so for 2 years worked at the Christian Aid offices in Lower Marsh. This was a seminal and very interesting experience which included a visit to India.”

If you usually give to South Street in the Sunday offering, please bring that donation in an envelope to the united service: it will then be passed back to us. There will also be an opportunity to give to Christian Aid at this service.

Mary will be taking part in the sponsored walk along the Exeter Canal. Please consider sponsoring her for Christian Aid.

Baptist Assembly: this is taking place in Bournemouth over the weekend Fri 13 – Sun 15. Many of the sessions can be viewed online, including the worship on Sunday morning. Join in at

This week please remember the following with surnames in the middle of the alphabet: Peter; Karen & Trevor; Rechal; David & Joy; Freda & Tony; Barbara; Alice & Ross.

Prayer points for next week

Sun   All involved in leading the united service
Mon  Collectors asking for donations for Christian Aid
Tue    The process ‘Discerning our vision’ for the Centre
Wed School pupils approaching important examinations
Thurs Ross preparing to attend Baptist Assembly on our behalf
Fri      Those travelling to the Baptist Assembly
Sat    Today’s sponsored walk along Exeter Canal for Christian Aid
Sun   Simon Taylor leading our worship today

Eco Corner: Did you notice International Compost Awareness Week? Using garden and food waste (not meat, fish or cooked food) to make compost is a great way to recycle – if you have space for a compost heap, of course. If you are adventurous enough and don’t have a garden, a wormery takes up very little space. Increasingly, packaging can also be composted if it is not made of plastic, but of corn starch, bamboo, or good old cardboard.                                                                      Mary

Kate in Burkina Faso writes to say that her boys and girls have been making papier-mache masks, and getting in a great mess doing so! The number of girls attending has grown to over 50; they are as keen as the boys to recite Bible verses, for which they are rewarded with sardines. And on the subject of food, their Easter meal was of deep-fried fish with rice.