A New Vicar for Highbridge

We are delighted that the Reverend Martin Little will be joining us as Vicar of the Benefice of Highbridge.

We excitedly look forward to the arrival of Martin, Hannah and their family in Highbridge. Martin is due to be licenced on Monday 18 January 2021 and will then begin his ministry in Highbridge. As you can imagine, the precise form of this welcome service will be dependent on the Coronavirus situation at the time and more details will follow when possible.

Rev’d Martin Little – Vicar designate writes:

“I am delighted to have accepted the post of Vicar of Highbridge, and I am very much looking forward to joining you at St John’s when I am formally licensed in January. I’m coming with many years of experience in church roles, but this will be my first as ‘incumbent’, so I look forward to learning a lot from you. Please pray for me and my family – as I know you have been – as we prepare to move and become part of the community in Highbridge.  I will certainly be praying for all of you, and for the ministry we will share in Jesus’ name.  Thank you!”

St John’s has a Said Eucharist at 9.30am on Sundays.

Our care for our congregation, our church family, and our community is, as it always has been, our priority. Please wear a mask unless you have health reasons not to. Hand sanitiser is available at the door and we ask that you please enter through the south door (accessible access) rather than the north door

Please do not attend if you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 (a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss of, or change in your usual sense of taste or smell) or if you or any of your household are self-isolating. If you develop symptoms after attending it is vital that you let us know.

The church continues to be open for private prayer on Thursday (10am – 2pm).

For the next few weeks, and probably on into the future, we will continue to offer a weekly online sermon and our services of Morning and Evening Prayer on Facebook as we have done throughout the last four or five months. You can join me online: Evening Prayer at 9pm on a Tuesday and Thursday; Morning Prayer at 9am on a Wednesday and Friday; Reflections on a Sunday morning. To join us for these click on the video link below, if you wish to have the words in front of you they are available from the other links:

The Bishop of Taunton is live streaming a service of holy communion each Wednesday at 10.30am on the diocesan Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bathandwells/ and on the Diocesan website https://www.bathandwells.org.uk/

The Christian faith tells us that ‘God so loved the world that he sent his only Son, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.’ (John 3.16-17). This is the source of Christian hope, and it is the hope I will strive to hold fast to in the coming days, weeks and months as events unfold.

Rev Dan Crouch, Assistant Curate

Coronavirus Prayers

About the outbreak

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
Amen.

For care home staff & NHS

Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work
many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

For ourselves

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples,
‘I am with you always’.
Be with me today, as I offer myself to you.
Hear my prayers for others and for myself,
and keep me in your care.

For more prayers to use during the Coronavirus pandemic please click here

Foodbank

Due to the Coronavirus, the Foodbank has stopped operating from our hall on a Wednesday morning, instead the volunteers will deliver food parcels to homes. If you need support of the Foodbank please contact one of the usual referral agencies, which include Rev Dan, who will pass your details on to the Foodbank electronically. Click on the logo to go to the Foodbank website.

The Foodbank relies on donations from the community. The links to the right will take you to the Foodbank website should you wish to support those in need.

Pastoral Care

We have discovered a few ways of communicating with each other as a church community. Between Rev Dan, Rev Lynne, and a few others we are trying to make sure every member of the congregation has a regular phone call, to ‘check in’, have a chat, and say prayers together if people want to. As a church we are hugely indebted to those involved for sharing this responsibility.

Rev Dan (01278 325194) or Rev Lynne and Chris are also available by phone if you want a chat, want someone to pray for you, or need us to arrange any kind of help or support.

The Diocese of Bath and Wells has also established a listening chaplaincy phoneline available 7 days a week on 0330 229 1700

The Church of England has established Daily Hope, offering music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services.

Safeguarding

We take safeguarding very seriously. If you have any concerns for a child or a vulnerable adult please contact our parish Safeguarding Officer (a voluntary position) Joanna Burridge 01278 782792 or click on the following link to our central diocesan team https://www.bathandwells.org.uk/diocese/safeguarding/rep