Shepton Mallet Benefice and the Coronavirus (covid-19)
A letter from Jonathan
Our recent service for Sunday 20th June was available to watch from 11.00 on that day. You can watch the service now on our YouTube channel or by clicking in the player below.
’Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.’
Dear Church Family
You have been hurt by anger. Be it from a parent, a friend, a teacher, an employer, a loved one even perhaps a stranger; harsh, demeaning, aggressive words levelled at you left a hurt in your heart. It is politically in correct to say so but, generally, men and women do respond differently. Men tend to find it harder to identify the hurt. They are more likely to imaging they can shrug it off and move on but anger always leaves its mark. Women can be better at identifying past hurts but that is no guarantee healing follows. If no one was there to take them seriously then, why will anyone now?
As Christians part of a Church family what should we do?
First, know this is important. For one thing, if we do nothing, the destructive impact of anger on us can influence how we respond to others, our own words echoing those we heard long ago. As Proverbs 22 quoted above reminds us, the way of anger is easily passed on. Secondly, if we minimise the hurt, if we say, "It was long ago and doesn’t matter” we won’t bring our hurt to God our Father who cares so very deeply about it and can bring healing into our hearts.
So, dear friend, know that your hurt matters, talk to a trusted friend, together with them, bring it to your Heavenly Father for He is the healer of broken things. As ever, if you aren’t sure which way to turn, I am here to help.
Love and blessings
Sunday services at St Peter and St Paul’s
Following much prayerful consideration, the Rector, churchwardens and PCC have decided to recommence attended services from Sunday 14th March 2021. Our pre-recorded online services will continue as before - see here for full details.
Strict covid regulations will be in place for anyone visiting the church building at this time. The protocols below follow current government advice and regulations regarding attended church services. Please read through if you wish to attend. We look forward to seeing you!
While we have put in place recommended hygiene and distancing practices, it is very important that you make an informed decision about when to return to services, taking into account any health issues and risk factors which apply to you or your family. For any who can’t attend, we’ll continue to stream services online so there is no pressure to return before you feel ready to do so.
During the service
If you or any of your household:
Supporting our fellowship
We are keeping a list of those who are self-isolating, along with any particular pastoral or practical needs so that we can arrange appropriate help. Morag Brown is co-ordinating this. Please let her know of any needs or changes to need as they arise.
Keeping us praying
Praying together as a family is vital. We will be sending out a weekly list of prayer needs for the whole church family and our community. Do try to set aside a time each day to pray - many of us are pausing at 8 in the mornings and evenings to do this, and knowing that others are too at the times is encouraging.
we would kindly ask you to please stay at home and join us online instead.