Weekly Parishes Update – 17th June

Dear Friends


Yesterday the church remembered St Richard of Chichester, who was Bishop of Chichester from 1244 until his death in 1253.  He is remembered especially as somebody who was passionate about serving the people and was known to travel extensively in the Diocese on foot to visit the poor and sick and look after his clergy.  He very much preferred to keep his life ordered and simple, and as humble as possible.

His shrine is in Chichester Cathedral which, although was initially created shortly after his death, was destroyed on the orders of Henry VIII in 1538.  The contents, including the remains of Richard, were removed and scattered.  It was not until 1992 that, during a visit by Bishop Eric to Normandy where he was given a bone certified as belonging to Richard, the shrine was reinstated to as it exists today.  Since then, a further bone has also been discovered on the continent and returned to the cathedral!

St Richard has a well-known prayer attributed to him, which I include below for your own use:

Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ

For all the benefits Thou hast given me,
For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly.




Church based:

Sunday 20th June – Trinity 3

10am:             Holy Communion – St John’s, Tatworth

                        Morning Worship – St Stephen’s, Winsham



Thursday 17th June – TEZ

7:30pm:          St Richard and Bible Study – John 21:15-19


Meeting ID: 859 2035 4599

Passcode: twoshires


Last Sunday (13th June)

In case you missed it – last Sunday an online service was made from St Mary Magdalene, Cricket Malherbie, in the Iona Celtic tradition.  You can watch the service here at any time:  https://youtu.be/owGywg-0GdE



We pray for those we know who are sick, and those we don’t know, including those we are asked to pray by name for:


Hannah Knott; Rob Allen; Lynne and Bruce Applegarth; Phyllis Baker; Margaret Bandy; Sue Bennett; Sue Cheese; Terry Conway; Nick Frankau; David Goodwill; Mike Heywood; Joy Howard; Ann Jarvis; Frank & Celia Long; Peter McHugh;  Diana Rowlands; Ann Ricketts; Jim Tucker; Rosemary Walley; Rosemary Walton; Vivien Wheaton; Alan Wills, Anna Woodward; Pamala Young; Milly granddaughter of Jane & Alan Rudkin; Gillian Muggeridge; Chris Gould; Brian Griffiths; Peter Hathway; Dorothy Down; Max Woehrle; Michael Mutch; Kelvin Yendell; Winnie Barge; Izzie Luty-Wells; Tracy; Mary Butler; Tom Down; Mary Marsh; Diana Kershaw; Dave Roughton.


We remember all those whom we love but see no longer, and pray for all those bereaved.  We remember Jean Spurdle whose funeral was held in Winsham United Reformed Church on Monday.


Please also hold in your prayers those preparing for marriage over the coming weeks:


Ashleigh Chislett & Keiren Pope

Julie Hampshire & Chris Bingley

Thomas Palmer & Lisa Bicknell

Lindsay Blackshaw & James Spurdle

Carl Sheehan & Karen Boyland





It was wonderful to be able to celebrate the wedding of Nick and Charlotte Hawker in Thorncombe last Friday.  Also, the Baptism of Michael Mutch in Tatworth last Sunday.  Many congratulations to all of them on their special days!


Also, it was great to welcome Winsham Primary School back into St Stephen’s yesterday to give them a talk about the history of the church and look at some of the important features we find in churches.  The children were really inquisitive and I had to field lots of really good questions!  We are really excited about plans to have the school visit regularly going forwards, and vice versa, and also restarting Open The Book!


And let’s give thanks in prayer for all the times we have been blessed by our father’s, and father figures, in our lives.  It is Father’s Day on Sunday, so remember them, give them a ring – maybe even a nice cooked breakfast?   




As has been well publicised in the press Step 4 of the Covid Recovery plan is not being implemented next week, further to rising cases again due to the Delta Variant.  As churches we will, as we have always done, closely follow the rules and guidelines for places of public worship.  This means that in churches, by law, we must continue to observe the following:


·       Unless otherwise exempt face masks are required when inside

·       Singing is only allowed in churches by soloists or socially distanced choirs

·       2m social distancing between households

·       Weddings do not now have a ‘cap’ of 30 guests, but are limited to safe capacity of the church given the need to social distance.

·       Funerals and Baptisms are also now unrestricted, but limited by safe capacity as above.

·       Hospitality can only be offered where it complies with the Covid regulations for the hospitality industry.





Jesus Stills a Storm

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”


A Blessing:

The Lord bless you

and keep you;

the Lord make his face shine on you

and be gracious to you;

the Lord turn his face toward you

and give you peace.





Rev’d Philip





The Reverend Philip Butcher
Rector – Two Shires Benefice (Tatworth, Thorncombe, Winsham, Chaffcombe & Cricket Malherbie)
The Vicarage
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TA20 2SH
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