Sunday 28th June 2020 – Third Sunday after Trinity
Welcome to St Faith’s Church Gaywood -Where Anglicans and Methodists welcome all to worship together, seeking to love God and our neighbours as ourselves.
Epistle and Gospel Readings: Acts 12. 1-11 and Matt. 16. 13-19
The Collect for SS Peter and Paul:
Almighty God, who inspired your apostle Peter
to confess Jesus as Christ and Son of the living God:
build up your Church upon this rock,
that in unity and peace it may proclaim one truth
and follow one Lord,
your Son our Saviour Christ.
The Post Communion Prayer for Apostles and Evangelists:
O Lord God, the source of truth and love,
Keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,
United in prayer and the breaking of bread,
And one in joy and simplicity of heart,
In Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect for the Third Sunday after Trinity
God our saviour,
look on this wounded world
in pity and in power;
hold us fast to your promises of peace
won for us by your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Post Communion for the Third Sunday after Trinity
O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining
and whose power we cannot comprehend:
show us your glory as far as we can grasp it,
and shield us from knowing more than we can bear
until we may look upon you without fear;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Archbishop’s Council 2000
You may like to include in your daily prayers:
The Work of the World Council of Churches
Local Community: Queen Elizabeth Hospital and all NHS staff and carers.
School: Vancouver Children’s Centre
Those in residential care: Margaret Chapman, John Garfoot, Audrey Mark.
Those who are unwell: Claire, Jean, Mary, Teresa, Katie Beattie,
Emma Brock, John Button, Alan Cleps, Frederick Coker, Simon Connolly,
Tracey Day, Carol Dexter, Les Easthall, Lesley Harrison, Margery Hooke, Christopher Hooke, Vera Jackson, Cath Park, Elaine Price-Jones, Anne Robertson, Jenifer Saravanan, Kathryn Shaw, Peter Tasker, Sarah Thorne, Janet Turner,
Betty Tyrrell, Emily Weightman, Peter Willmore, Siobhan Yates.
And continue to pray for: Elliot Buchanan, David Colby, Joyce Colby, Doreen Elks, Lauren Greengrass, David and June Hawkins, Ray Howard, Maggie Linney,
Pam Loveless, Stephen Powell, Terri and David.
RIP: Bernard Banks, Keith Britten, Mark Draper, Rachel Dymond, Margaret Fish, Christine and David Howarth, Raymond.
Anniversaries: Kathleen Lang, Martin Peel (29) Cecil Sayer, Paul Suckling (30), Mavis Fisher, Derek Heffer (2), Edwin Howard (3), Audrey Walsh (4)
Year’s Mind: Brian Page (30), Tracey Woodcock (1),
Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches – updated 24th June 2020
At St Faith’s Church we continue to take advice from the Church of England and from the Methodist Church as to how we should respond to the coronavirus outbreak in the country. We seek to do all that we can to keep ourselves safe and want to reassure you of the continuing support and care for all our members and for the wider community.
The current situation means that sadly we cannot yet meet in our church for public worship and so all our Sunday and mid-week services are taking place online and being recorded for the time being. The church is open on a limited basis for private prayer and details are included in the information bundle.
The lockdown remains a big change for us but it doesn’t mean that we stop being a community of prayer and so I encourage you to pray. There are words of prayer posted on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/StFaithsGaywoodLEP and other resources will be made available to you week by week.
It is so important that we stay connected as we care for one another, something that we can all take an active part in.
If you need to speak to someone please do call a member of the clergy team.
Rev Julie Boyd (01553) 770952, Rev Robert Roberts (01553) 676918,
Rev Karlene Kerr (01553) 768264, Rev Laura Purnell (01553) 675662
If you would like a prayer shawl for a loved one, friend or yourself, please contact:
Sarah Russell 07935 385344
Chris Ballard 07871 172262
Gill Hiles 01553 673768
We’re very happy to provide new prayer shawls to those who have received one in the past. Yours may be worn out, lost or just not the right shape or size anymore. Just let us know. We can post shawls to friends and family too.
Cards for Christian Aid
Angela Clarke, one of the King’s Lynn Christian Aid Group, undertook a sponsored painting session during Christian Aid Week. Her painting featuring a rainbow, was inspired by both the pandemic and Christian Aid. Cards, approximately a quarter A4 in size and blank in the centre for your message, have been printed from the painting and are for sale in support of Christian Aid.
Most of Christian Aid’s income from donations is normally received in Christian Aid Week but because this year it had to be a virtual Christian Aid Week, much, much more money is needed. At the same time the needs of people, already poor and vulnerable before the pandemic, are even greater as they struggle for example to social distance and to obtain water to wash their hands. Any help you give is really important and will be greatly appreciated.
From the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference
Their Presidential year moves into its last week and this is the final Sunday prayer.
One wonderful unexpected result of this has been the folk musician Artey Williams has set some of the prayers to music and a CD of eight songs will be available - the proceeds used to support All We Can. You can pre-order at arteywilliams.com/shop
who sings unexpected songs
and brings new things to birth
we are thankful for your gift of creativity
I pray for all who receive the prayers and songs
throughout this year and beyond
lift our hearts to praise you
and raise our lives to live for you.
We pray for all who prepare for the Methodist Conference
especially Richard and Carolyn as they take on the roles of President and Vice-President
bless them with wisdom and courage
to inspire and encourage the church.
And in all things, gracious God
give us the resolve
to live the life you have given us
and wherever we are and whatever befalls
embed us in your story of grace
now and always
Our Clothes Bank is operational.
Have you been rummaging through your wardrobe during lockdown?
Have you sorted out clothes that no longer fit or that you don’t wear anymore?
Please consider donating to our Clothes Bank. Clothing, shoes, bags, belts and bedding except pillows, cushions, quilts and duvets are all acceptable. The Ragbag Clothes Bank contributes to St. Faith’s income and recycles clothing and other items. Bags can be placed in the container which is sited on the church drive.
Methodist Circuit News
Rev Steve Oliver and Rev Maurice Stafford retire from the Methodist Ministry, known in Methodist circles as “sitting down”, at the end of July. Steve has been serving in the Hunstanton Section of the Circuit and Maurice in the Downham Section. Both have taken services at St. Faith’s in the past.
There will now be a farewell service on Zoom on Sunday 12th July 2020 at 3 pm. Should you wish to participate you will need to contact me by e-mail at so that I can forward your e-mail address, with your permission, to Sarah Friswell who is hosting the farewell service. To comply with GDPR this will be a ‘one-off’ list which will be destroyed immediately after the service.
Donations towards a gift clearly marked “for Steve” and/or “for Maurice” should be by cheque made payable to West Norfolk Methodist Circuit and sent to the Circuit Financial Secretary, Des Dent, Denbury, East End, Hilgay, Downham Market, PE38 0JH by 1st July. Any tributes for inclusion in a booklet should be made in writing and sent to Sheila Johnson, Senior Circuit Steward, 63 Station Road, Snettisham, King’s Lynn, PE31 7QJ or by e-mail to: also by 1st July 2020.
Not on the Internet?
There are lots of Christian resources available which are available via television, radio and telephone. Please let Gill know about your favourites – phone King’s Lynn 673768.
On the television:
Time and Day
Sunday Morning Live
Sunday Morning Stories
Songs of Praise