Newsletter – 11 December 2016

 “Weekly News” for the Parishes of Padstow,

                                         St. Merryn and St. Issey with St. Petroc Minor

                                         December 11th 2016 – THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

                                                     A warm welcome to visitors who join us today. 


Be strong, do not fear; our God will come, he will come to save us. Let us open our hearts to welcome him.


O Lord Jesus Christ, who at your first coming sent your messenger

to prepare your way before you:

grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries

may likewise so prepare and make ready your way

by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just,

that at your second coming to judge the world

we may be found an acceptable people in your sight;

for you are alive and reign with the Father

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

TODAY’S READINGS (Page 9 – 11)

First Reading                                                      Isaiah 35:1 10

The prophet foresees God’s judgement on those not walking in the way of holiness but promises God’s manifold blessings on the redeemed. This prophecy will be fulfilled in Christ.

 Second Reading                                                James 5:7 10

James urges fellow believers in the Lord’s imminent return to exercise patience.

 Gospel                                                                  St. Matthew 11:2 11

Jesus points to his messianic actions to reveal his identity to John, and then throws light on the enigma of John’s own identity.


We give you thanks, O Lord, for these heavenly gifts;

kindle in us the fire of your Spirit

that when your Christ comes again

we may shine as lights before his face;

who is alive and reigns now and for ever.  Amen

Advent Candle Ceremony

ADVENT 3   – The Candle of Love  –  John The Baptist

(the first two candles are re lit)

Said together:  We have this Advent Ring to remind us of the Coming of Jesus, the Light of the World.

SING:    The holly and the ivy,

               are dancing in a ring,

               Round the coloured Advent candles

               and the shining Christmas King.

(as the third candle is lit)

Said together:   We light this candle to remind us of John the Baptist who passed on God’s message: “Get ready for your King”

SING:    And three for John the Baptist.

               He calls on us to sing:

               “O prepare the way for Jesus Christ.

               He is coming, Christ the King”.

Psalm 146: 4-10

4 Happy are those who have the God of Jacob for their help, ¨ whose hope is in the Lord their God;

5 Who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them; ¨ who keeps his promise for ever;

6 Who gives justice to those that suffer wrong ¨ and bread to those who hunger.

7 The Lord looses those that are bound; ¨ the Lord opens the eyes of the blind;

8 The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; ¨ the Lord loves the righteous;

9 The Lord watches over the stranger in the land; he upholds the orphan and widow; ¨ but the way of the wicked he turns upside down.

10 The Lord shall reign for ever, ¨ your God, O Zion, throughout all generations. Alleluia.


Envelopes are available in the pews and at the back of church – PLEASE support this worthy cause.

If you wish to bring your gift to church during Advent we will be happy to forward it to the society on your behalf. 

Thank you.    

Vacancy – Part time Parish Administrator (12 hours per week at £9.00 per hour. Paid monthly) based in the Parish of Padstow.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to appoint a part time Parish Administrator in the Parish of Padstow.  If you can answer ‘yes’ to the following criteria, we would like to hear from you:-

  • A good understanding of Church of England Parish work and experience of holding church responsibilities
  • A sound knowledge of Microsoft Office i.e.Word, Excel, Publisher, Powerpoint and Access (Access Database experience is essential)
  • Good organisational skills
  • Experience of administrative responsibilities e.g. telephone enquiries, diary management, correspondence by letter or email, face to face meetings with public
  • A flexible working approach to assist the Parish Priest when deadlines need to be met/emergencies arise
  • Adaptable to change. Parish will be welcoming new Parish Priest within 18 months.
  • Sense of humour (desirable)

If you are interested in the above and would like to view the full job description and/or would like an informal discussion, please contact Janine Ogborne (PCC Secretary, Padstow Parish ) after 5pm any evening on 01841 532369 or 07967 744048 or email Closing date for applications for the post is 31.12.16.

CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU – Heartiest congratulations and a massive thank you to Sue Norfolk and Linda Morey for masterminding two events for us.

Over the past 2 weeks they have raised £2,089.96 for the Coracle Appeal with the Christmas Craft Fair in the Church rooms on November 26th and the amazing Crib and Quilt Exhibition in St. Petroc’s from the 1st to the 4th December.  The Craft Fair raised £300 and the Crib and Quilt Exhibition raised £1789.96 which included the collection at the closing service on Sunday.    The idea of having quilts as well as 127 cribs – yes 127 – was inspired.  It gave the exhibition a whole new feel  – a feeling of warmth and colour as the quilts were draped amongst the cribs.  Sue and Linda have spent hours and hours in church preparing, stewarding and dismantling the exhibition and the outreach from the two events has, once again, been amazing as we have received some very kind and complimentary comments about keeping the true meaning of Christmas alive..      Thanks to everyone who helped in any way – by loaning cribs, stewarding and serving and donating refreshments.  There is a lovely piece on the Diocesan Website with some great photos which all helps to keep St. Petroc’s on the map.  A special thank you to Sue and Linda our VERY hard working churchwardens.    Fr. Chris.

SUNDAY, 11th   3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT                             

  9.30 a.m.           MORNING PRAYER – BCP                                                          Trevone

11.00 a.m.           SUNG PARISH EUCHARIST                                                        Padstow

12.00 a.m.          OPEN MEETING DISCUSSION OF SERVICE PATTERN    Church Rooms

  3.00 p.m.           ECUMENICAL ADVENT CAROL SERVICE  – S. C. C. T.         St. Merryn

  4.00 p.m.           “TEATIME” FAMILY SERVICE                                                  Trevone


Tuesday, 13th

  2.00 p.m.           PADSTOW SCHOOL CHRISTMAS CONCERT                           Padstow


Wednesday, 14th John of the Cross, Poet and teacher. 1591

10.30 a.m.           Said Eucharist                                                                            Trevone

  7.15 p.m.           Bible Study Group meets at Furlongs, Parkenhead,         Trevone


Thursday, 15th                

10.30 a.m.           Said Eucharist                                                                            Padstow


Friday, 16th

6 – 7.00 p.m.       CHILDREN’S FRIDAY FUN NIGHT                                       Church Rooms

6.30 p.m.             Village Nine Lessons and Carol Service                              Trevone


SUNDAY, 18th  4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT             

  8.00 a.m.           SAID EUCHARIST – 1662 Prayer Book                                   Padstow

  9.30 a.m.           SUNG EUCHARIST                                                                     Trevone

11.00 a.m.           MORNING PRAYER – BCP                                                        Padstow

  6.00 p.m.           PADSTOW UNITED TOWN CAROL SERVICE                        Padstow


St Saviours Church Trevone

On Friday 16th December at 10.30 a.m. could the flower team gather to decorate the church ready for the 6.30 p.m. Carol service…some greenery would be very welcome.

Also if anyone could supply some mince pies for the Trevone Carol service on Friday 16th December, it would be greatly appreciated.

Sue Hollingsworth.  Tel: 520788 

Please take this “Weekly News” home with you for reference in the week.

Items to Fr. Chris or Sue Norfolk please by Wednesday morning

Email:  Tel: 01841 533776

 Email: Tel: 01841 532902 


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