Mortimer Benefice

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Weekly Newsletter 29th to 6th November 2020

The Sunday Link 29th November 2020

The Benefice will be live-streaming the forthcoming services

at St. John’s, Mortimer via Zoom

Sunday 22ndNovember at 10 am

The Feast of Christ the King

Sunday 29thNovember at 6 pm

The Advent Procession

Sunday 20thDecember at 4 pm

The Carol Service – Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Thursday 24thDecember at 5 pm


Thursday 24thDecember at 11.30 pm

Midnight Mass

Friday 25th December at 10 am

Christmas Day



At the heart of the life and purpose of our Benefice is that spirit of thanksgiving and worship of God which leads naturally to varied outreach and pastoral care. And our hope is that every worshipper should go home from every service knowing they have been touched by God’s love.     
We have a full schedule of Sunday and weekday services, as well as Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, Thanksgivings, Memorials, Reconciliation and Healing Services. Our liturgical practice incorporates the variety and beauty of our four church buildings and their beautiful spaces. Our liturgies vary from the simplest spoken services to festival services which incorporate our choir’s diverse musical offering -traditional settings and hymns to contemporary songs. We treasure the best of Anglican heritage, whilst endeavouring to foster an inclusive and progressive spirit.

WORSHIP MINISTRIES Worship services in the Benefice involve the participation of not only the clergy and those assembled, but also the support of a number of dedicated people. These include musicians, vergers, sacristans, altar servers, altar guild members, sidesmen, cleaners, gardeners, caterers, bell ringers, flower arrangers, who all work behind the scenes to prepare for the services. Membership prerequisites vary, but all these groups serve as a good introduction to a more involved experience of worship for newer members of the congregations and others seeking a more developed understanding of the Church’s liturgy. Key to all is the desire to enhance the experience of the worship of God for the individual and the community through service.

THE SUNDAY EUCHARIST Our central act of worship is the Eucharist (also called The Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion or Mass) which is the Thanksgiving which Christians offer in faithful, hopeful and loving obedience to Christ’s command. Please do join us if you can. But if that’s not possible for you now or you are not ready to cross the threshold of one of our churches please do check on our activities anyway and feel free to make contact.

THE DAILY EUCHARIST Here the Eucharist is celebrated daily at different times to accommodate the needs of our people. Everyone is very welcome. We hear God’s Word and share in Holy Communion, celebrated in a simple, direct and prayerful style, which is less elaborate than the fuller Sunday celebrations. The daily Holy Eucharist is a meditative twenty minutes when we come together to hear God’s Word, respond in prayer, and share in the gifts of God in Holy Communion.

PARISH  DAILY PRAYER is offered each weekday at St. John’s, Mortimer following the Church of England’s order for public Morning and Evening Prayer. Everyone is welcome to join with the clergy and small regular congregations to take part in these services.

MORNING PRAYER at 8.00 a.m. - Mattins - is a short meditative service of Bible readings, canticles and prayers,  based on patterns of prayer going back to earliest Christian and synagogue practices. We gather to give thanks and praise for the blessing of the new day, to ask God’s assistance and guidance for the day’s activities, and  offer prayer for the Church, the world and all in need.

EVENING PRAYER at 5.00 p.m. is another meditative service of psalms, canticles, Bible readings and prayers. We gather to give thanks for the day that is past, acknowledge our blessings and shortcomings,  ask God’s protection for the evening hours, and offer prayer for the Church, the world, the sick and all in need.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION  Tuesday and Thursday at 6.00 p.m. and by appointment with a priest.

SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING OF THE SICK“If one of you is ill, he should send for the priests of the Church, and they must anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord and pray over him. The prayer of faith will save the sick man and the Lord will raise him up again; and if he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.” (James 5: 14-15)
The Sacrament of Anointing is for the very ill; it is for the forgiveness of sins of those who are sorry; it removes fear and anxiety from those who have faith and trust. Through this sacrament the healing ministry of Jesus Christ is continued by the action of the Church. During his ministry, nobody went away from Jesus without experiencing some kind of healing, whether of body, mind, or spirit. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, this work is continued by the Church today, allowing people to experience the healing touch and presence of the Lord Jesus.
The order of the anointing service is very simple and consists of a greeting, prayer, a reading of the Word of God, the laying on of hands, anointing and blessing. Communion or Viaticum at the end of life may follow the anointing.