Mortimer Benefice

The Benefice Office:01189333704, admin@mortimerbenefice.co.uk

For urgent matters please telephone Fr Paul Chaplin, The Vicar 01189 331 718.

At the time of the Coronavirus the Church's ministry here continues daily through prayer and online and over the telephone.

THE CHURCH OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST, PADWORTH

IS OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER ON

SUNDAYS FROM 11.00 am to 12 NOON

THE CHURCH OF ST. SAVIOUR, MORTIMER WEST END

IS OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER

ON SATURDAYS FROM 11 AM TO 12 NOON

All Covid 19 safeguarding precautions must be adhered to carefully.

Welcome to Join in Stratfield Mortimer, Mortimer West End and Padworth

The Benefice is live-streaming services via Zoom.

Parish Morning Prayer at 9 am & Night Prayer at 9 pm Monday to Friday.

Parish Sunday Eucharist at 10 am each Sunday

The Zoom link for all services is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6931233940


Welcome

If you would like to speak with a priest in complete confidence telephone the Vicar, Fr. Paul Chaplin – 01189 331718



Weekly Newsletter

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View the latest weekly newsletter below.

Weekly Newsletter 18th to 25th October 2020

The Sunday Link 18th October 2020


The Benefice will be live-streaming the forthcoming services

at St. John’s, Mortimer via Zoom

Monday 2nd November at 7.30 pm

The Annual Requiem for All Souls

Sunday 8th November at 11 am

The Service of Remembrance

Sunday 22nd November at 10 am

The Feast of Christ the King

Sunday 29th November at 6 pm

The Advent Procession

Sunday 20th December at 4 pm

The Carol Service – Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Thursday 24th December at 5 pm

Christingle

Thursday 24th December at 11.30 pm

Midnight Mass

Friday 25th December at 10 am

Christmas Day

17/10/2020

 

Please join to celebrate and give thanks at the Mortimer, MWE & Padworth

Parish Eucharist

on Sunday 18th October 2020 at 10.00 am when our preacher will be Julian Tucker who is an experienced teacher of Biblical theology and a Reader in the Church of England.

At St John’s Church, Mortimer, & online at ZOOM  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6931233940

If you have zoom difficulties please contact the tech. team at 01189333136

 


The Tribute Money

 

Peter Paul Rubens

 

Prayer Thought Matthew 22: 15-22: Christians believe that earthly rulers and political regimes are called to be good stewards who reveal something of God’s beneficent power. But they only hold their power for a day. Whereas our ultimate concern should be with the eternal power of God’s love and his good plan for humankind and all creation.

All this we are reminded of, give thanks for, and celebrate when we come together - in ‘one heart and mind’ - to worship, to hear the guiding scriptures, and to pray.

While we serve the needs of our society and those of our families and friends, and our own needs too, we must allow nothing to compromise our commitment to love and serve God and his ‘kingdom’ above all else. This means, of course, that there are times when Christians have a duty boldly to insist that, while the ‘Caesars’ of this world - little and large - may be owed their due, we won’t stand by and watch silently if they exclude or step on any of God’s vulnerable ones or undermine his good purposes and loving plan for his people and creation. God bless


Order of Service Sheet

 

12/10/2020

The Annual Service of Thanksgiving and Prayer for all departed loved ones.

 

Dear Friends,

 

The Annual Service of Thanksgiving and Prayer for all departed loved ones.

The 2020 Requiem for All Souls

7.30 pm Monday 2nd November 2020

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6931233940

 

We warmly invite you to join online at this annual service when we remember with thankfulness, love and prayer all our loved ones - family members and friends - whose lives have blessed us and who have died and gone before us into the light of God’s nearer presence.

 

You will understand that this year the invitation is to join with us online at Zoom and that, due to Coronavirus, we are not able to invite you to attend personally at St John’s church.

 

If you need any help getting online then please don’t hesitate to contact the tech. team who will be happy to help: 01189333136.

 

Everybody is welcome to join online. We send special invitations to those from our Parishes who have been bereaved during the last twelve months or so. And if you would like your departed loved ones to be remembered with thanksgiving and prayer, and their names to be read at the altar, please e mail or telephone the office or fill in the names and return the slip to the office.

 

If, at any time, you would like to talk to one of the clergy then please do not hesitate to telephone.

 

I do very much hope that you will be able to join online for this for this very special service of prayer and  thanksgiving

 

God Bless,

 Vicar: Fr Paul Chaplin                                    

09/10/2020

Sunday 11th October 2020 at 10.00 am - St Johns, Mortimer

 Please join to celebrate and give thanks at the Mortimer, MWE & Padworth

Parish Harvest Thanksgiving Eucharist

on Sunday 11th October 2020 at 10.00 am

at St John’s Church, Mortimer,

& online at ZOOM  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6931233940

If you have zoom difficulties please contact the tech. team at 01189333136

 


 

The Corn Harvest in Provence

Vincent van Gogh

 

 

Prayer Thought: Harvest Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the beautiful gifts of creation and to acknowledge our dependency on this Earth and on God for his grace and guidance as we pray that we may be better stewards of his gifts.

Harvest is also a time to give thanks for the expertise and hard work of all those who produce and supply our food both locally and globally and to acknowledge our mutual dependency on one another.

The ‘giving’ part of ‘thanksgiving’ requires us to learn ‘stewardship’ and just how to share generously the gifts of the harvest.

Let us pray for God’s grace and guidance that we may honour him, all humankind and all creation through becoming better stewards of the harvest. And that’s how our lives start to yield the fruits of the harvest of the Spirit, which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (cf. Galatians 5: 22, 23). God bless. 

02/10/2020

 Please join to celebrate and give thanks

at the Mortimer, MWE & Padworth Parish Eucharist

on Sunday 4th October 2020 at 10.00 am

at St John’s Church, Mortimer,

& online at ZOOM  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6931233940

If you have zoom difficulties please contact the tech. team at 01189333136

 


 

Vineyards with a View of Auvers - Vincent van Gogh

 

Prayer Thought: Every one of us has a part of God’s vineyard set before us - a part of the Kingdom of God to tend: our families, our communities, our work, our church, our environment are all parts of God’s vineyard. God does not exclude anyone from service in the vineyard, but we may exclude ourselves by walking away or failing to work conscientiously in that part of the vineyard we have been given to tend.

In this Sunday’s parable we are meant to see ourselves as the tenants provided by God with everything we need to make the vineyard bear fruit. As God calls us to be good stewards of his vineyard so he also gives us the freedom to run it as we choose, but we need to remember it is still God’s and not ours. If we are to be good stewards we need to be sensitive to what God asks of us and be ready to seek his guidance and help. This is what prayer is about - coming to know the ‘mind of God’ about our lives.

We are all called by God to produce good fruit in that part of the vineyard in which we have been placed. In this time of pandemic what fruits will we produce for the Lord and how will we do that? How will we use the gifts he has given us to tend and help those in greatest need?