Weekly Newsletter

Autumn changes

 Sunday 21 October 2018 (Trinity 21)  


“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;  the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.”  (Isaiah 55:5)


8am Holy Trinity – Holy Communion with Revd. Derrick Carr

10.30am St. Margaret’s – Joint Benefice Service with Revd. Mike Bisset (leading) and Tracey Jones (preaching)

N.B. This is the only main service today, so do not go to St. Margaret’s for 9.30am or Holy Trinity for 11am




Old Testament:  Isaiah 53:4-12

New Testament: Hebrews 5:1-10

Gospel: Mark 10:35-45



Grant, we beseech you, merciful Lord, to your faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with youin the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen




Home Group Breakfast will be on Saturday 27 October beginning with a service at St. Margaret’s at 8.30am, followed by breakfast in The Sanctuary.  The Home Group Leaders will meet after that and if any leader is unable to attend, please nominate someone from your Group in your place.

Home Groups:  We have a network of Home Groups across our two parishes that meet in people’s homes once or twice a month to study the Bible, pray and find friendship.  There are leaflets in church telling you about our Home Groups.  There will be one near you and at a time you can make.  Get involved!

Shoe Box Sunday is on Sunday 4 November and we will again be supporting “Operation Christmas Child”. Leaflets are in both Churches with more information.  Boxes do not need to be expensive – the smile seen on their faces getting a new toothbrush and toothpaste, colouring pencils and a bouncy ball or a pair of gloves (all costing very little) is enough.  Shoeboxes can be any style –  detachable lid or hinged lid.  There are some shoeboxes in Church, but a lovely box with pretty paper is super too.  Please follow their instructions – and any queries contact Emma Byrne on 812611 or ejwbyrne@outlook.com.  Those at Holy Trinity who have queries call Jean Ricketts on 814402.   We had switched from Blythswood merely due to the problems over their change of collection arrangements, but if anyone has any other suggestions, please let Emma know.

Christian Book Club meets again on Monday 12 November.  Our book for discussion will be “God in the ICU“ by Dr. Dave Walker.  The group meets on the 2nd Monday of the month at Zoe’s home in Forty Green at 7.30pm.   Contact Zoe on 07940 505245.

Quiz Night:  Our annual Quiz Night will, this year, be on Saturday 17 November at 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church Hall.  Tickets £10 on the door including Fish & Chips or Chicken & Chips.  Please let Gail in the office know if you would like to join us and your choice of meal (813254).

Vicarage Coffee Morning:  PLEASE NOTE that this year Revd. Mike & Ali’s coffee morning will be on the second Saturday of December (8 December) not the first one as it usually is.

Our Christmas Tree Festival is on the weekend of 1-2 December.  Do you think you could help us in organising this exciting event – with publicity, organising the trees & setting up the church and church hall, etc? Alison on 725686.

If you would like to enter a Christmas tree in the festival then click on the Christmas tree for all the details and entry form






Revd. Douglas Paterson underwent two serious operations this summer but is now well on the way to recovery at home in Scarborough and sends his love

Steve, family and friends of Pat Siderfin (nee Stapleton) on their loss.  She sadly died at Bath Hospital on 9 October. Following her cremation at Shepton Mallet, there will be a Memorial Service on Wednesday 24 October at 11.30am at St. Katherine’s Church, East Woodlands, Frome. BA11 5LQ

Please keep praying for Philippa Ashfield in connection with the next school for Albert.  They have not reached a decision and it has to go through the channels again in November.



100 Days of Prayer: 

“My family was caught up in the partition struggle between India and Pakistan 70 years ago during which more than a million people died and 14 million were displaced. My aunt took a terrifying train journey at the time: a young lady wearing six sets of clothes, carrying one suitcase with all her belongings.  Many didn’t arrive.  We see world conflicts today which are deeply established, between strong minded opponents, resourced by powerful nations, that affect millions of innocent people. Many of us wonder how these situations can change. But wars do end; conflicts do cease.  In the Bible, the author of Lamentations – traditionally thought to be Jeremiah – describes a person who faced God’s anger.  It was a hopeless situation. There was nothing he could do. Yet he called to mind God’s love, and so had hope. Picture Jesus facing God’s anger on our behalf.  We may not understand why God allows great conflicts in our world. There are no easy answers. But we can choose to focus on God’s mercy and love, and have hope.  My aunt died a few years ago, living in her own home, having enjoyed many years with her children as well as four grandchildren.  Starting that train journey 70 years earlier she wouldn’t have imagined that one day she’d enjoy summer afternoons with her grandchildren. And yet in time she did.”  A Prayer … Heavenly Father, in ourselves we are not able to bring peace or hope to this world.  But thank you that you have not forgotten us. We pray for your mercy on our world, our cities and our towns. Give us peace we pray. In Jesus’ name.  Amen

More prayers and resources can be found at www.remembrance100.co.uk/



Tuesday…        Quinquennial inspections take place today at Holy Trinity and St. Margaret’s



Day Old Testament New Testament
Monday Exodus 22:21-27, 23:1-7 1 Timothy 6:1-10
Tuesday Exodus 29:38 – 30:16 1 Timothy 6:11-21 
Wednesday Leviticus 8 2 Timothy 1:1-14
Thursday Leviticus 9 2 Timothy 1:15 – 2:13
Friday Leviticus 16:2-24 2 Timothy 2:14-26
Saturday Leviticus 17
2 Timothy 3

(Bible Study Notes about the readings can be obtained from Edwina – 812837)


NEXT WEEK – 28 October 2018 (Bible Sunday)  

8am Holy Trinity – Holy Communion with Revd. Graham Summers

9.30am St. Margaret’s – Family Communion with Revd. Graham Summers (leading) and Revd. Mike Bisset (preaching)

11am – Holy Trinity – Parish Communion with Revd. Derrick Carr (leading) and Revd. Mike Bisset (preaching)

5pm G3 in The Sanctuary

(Readings for Sunday:) Isaiah 55:1-11, 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5, John 5:36b-47



Saturday 27 October  Home Group Breakfast

Saturday 17 November  Quiz Night

Sat/Sun 1-2 Dec   Christmas Tree Festival

Saturday 8 December  Coffee Morning at the Vicarage 10am-12noon


Past issues:

23 September 2018 Newsletter

30 September 2018 Newsletter

7 October 2018 Newsletter

14 October 2018 Newsletter