Weekly Parishes Update – 23rd June

Dear Friends


Today the church remembers St Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, (often also known as St Audrey) who died on this day in the year 679AD.  Born in 630AD, she had a strong sense of call to celibacy, which she was able to honour despite being married twice. 

In 672, further to the end of her marriage to Egfrid, son of King Oswy of Northumbria, she moved to the Isle of Ely and established a double monastery for both men and women, which then housed her shrine after her death.  A number of miracles are attributed to St Etheldreda.  It is said that in fleeing her second husband she was able to cross a river and, having safely reached the far side, the water rose significantly, preventing her pursuers from catching up with her.  It is also recorded that whilst out one day and in need of shade she struck her walking staff into the ground, whereupon a great Ash tree took form and provided the needed respite.  There is also an account of water springing from rocks, and much later, churches dedicated to her name being spared miraculously during the Great Fire of London.

The Vikings largely destroyed the monastery in 870, but was re-established in 970 by King Edgar.  In 1081 building work started on the same site for Ely Cathedral, which remains today and is one of the largest Cathedrals ever built. 

Here is a prayer for today from Celtic Daily Prayer:

Sometimes, Father God, it is hard to go against what others expect of us and obey Your call upon our lives. Give us courage and determination to carry out our promises and fulfil Your will for us; and when we fail, please have mercy upon our weakness, forgive us and give us strength to begin again. Amen.



Church based:

Sunday 27th June – Trinity 4

10am:             Holy Communion – St Mary’s, Thorncombe (Rev Philip)

6:30pm:          Evensong – St Michael’s, Chaffcombe (Rev Philip)

                        Service of Light – St Stephen’s, Winsham (Lay team)


Wednesday 30th June

11am:             Holy Communion – St Stephen’s, Winsham (Rev Judith)


Sunday 4th July – Trinity 5

8am:               Holy Communion – Forde Abbey (Rev Philip)

10am:             Holy Communion – St Stephen’s, Winsham (Rev Philip)

                        Morning Worship – St John’s, Tatworth (Mary Dewar)

6:30pm:          Holy Communion – St Mary’s, Cricket Malherbie (Rev Terri)


Wednesday 7th July

11am:             Holy Communion – St John’s, Tatworth (Rev Terri)



Thursday 24th June – TEZ

7:30pm:          Evening Prayer in the Franciscan Tradition


Meeting ID: 859 2035 4599

Passcode: twoshires


Thursday 1st July – TEZ

I am away during next week.  However, there will be a recorded TEZ service available to follow celebrating the life of St Thomas, whose feast day is next week.  It will be available on 1st July here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkgAPth84w8vMfDgFeO6DIA and also at https://twoshires.wordpress.com/serviceinfo





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; Millie (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; Reg & Barbara Fawcett; Jill Bishop


We remember all those whom we love but see no longer, and pray for all those bereaved.  We remember Jean Spurdle and Clare Booton at this time.




Ashleigh Chislett and Keiren Pope get married in St John’s, Tatworth, this coming Saturday. Please pray for them in their final preparations, in thanks of their union, and their lives ahead together. 


Forthcoming weddings:


Julie Hampshire & Chris Bingley

Thomas Palmer & Lisa Bicknell

Carl Sheehan & Karen Boyland

Olivia Bale & Sebastian Roland

Lindsay Blackshaw & James Spurdle




Please pray for Rosa Vincent and her family and friends in preparation and thanks for her Baptism on 4 July in Cricket Malherbie.




A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed

21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat[a] to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. 22 Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23 and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” 24 So he went with him.

And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25 Now there was a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years. 26 She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” 29 Immediately her haemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 He looked all around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

35 While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing[b] what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. 38 When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. 43 He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.


A Prayer for Wednesdays from ‘Celebrating Common Prayer’ (Society of St Francis)

Almighty God,

who called your Church to bear witness

that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself:

help us to proclaim the good news of your love,

that all who hear it may be drawn to you;

through him who was lifted up on the cross,

and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.  Amen.




Rev’d Philip





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