11th August 2019

11th August 2019

Welcome to the United Benefice of St. Helen,

St. Mary and St. John the Baptist

(Please note: Since August is a quieter time, this pew sheet is for two weeks.)

It’s great to gather together as the Body of Christ in this beautiful part of Derbyshire. Though we have differences, we have one Lord, one Faith and one Passion for the Gospel. May we spend time today praying together and sharing fellowship.

All are welcome to take part fully in our services. If this is a Service of Holy Communion, you are very welcome to receive Holy Communion at the appropriate time.

(Gluten-free wafers are available; just ask anyone leading the Communion.)


Our Worship Today, Sun.11th August, Trinity Eight

8 a m      Holy Communion (BCP) at St. Helen’s

9 a.m.     Holy Communion at St. John’s

10 a.m.     Joint Family Service at St. Helen’s

6 p.m.    Intimate Worship in St. Helen’s Church Hall


Our Worship Next Week, Sun. 18th August

9 a.m.     Holy Communion at St. John’s

10 a.m.     Holy Communion at St. Mary’s

11a.m.      Holy Communion at St. Helen’s


Our Worship in Two weeks, Sun 25th August

8 a.m.     Holy Communion (BCP) at St. Helen’s

9 a.m.     Holy Communion at St. John’s

11 a.m.     Morning Prayer at St. Helen’s

6 p.m.     Evensong at St Mary’s


Regular Midweek Services

Tuesday: Morning Prayer in St. Helen’s Hall,  9.30 a.m. Thursday:  Morning Prayer at St. John’s,  9.30 a.m.

Prayer Meetings & Home Groups

Wed.        Home Group, 11 John Turner Rd. 7.30 p.m.

Thurs.      Prayer Meeting, 14 Park Avenue, 9.30 a.m.


For our Prayers:  

There are a number of funerals taking place at this time. Let us pray for all those who mourn, that God might give them peace and consolation.

Let us pray also for:   

The Hopper family, the Parnell family, Tony & Marie Thrower, Andrew Brown, Steven Gill, Janet Brindley, Pam Creasey, Donna Watson, Katie Reade, Stephen Monk, Carol Sanderson, John and Marian Booth, Eileen Gray, Yulaka Ito, Brenda Brown, Jayne Walker, Mavis Allen, Laurie Evans

Please let Pauline know if you would like someone’s name on the Prayer List, or if a name can be removed. For St. Mary’s, please give names to David Gadsby, for St. John’s to Marion Bowler.

Stan Codd                                                   

We remember with love Stan Codd, a very faithful and hardworking member of the family of St. Helen’s. Stan died last week following a serious stroke. Please do keep Sue and the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Baptisms and Weddings   

We are also blessed to have a good number of Baptisms and Weddings. Please remember all those involved in your prayers.


Thank you

A very big thank you to all who led or assisted in services while I was away. I had a great break, and to be honest it was rather refreshing to sit and do nothing during the Sunday worship I attended! On the first Sunday we were away, the priest preached ‘three sermons in one’, and the benches were not the most comfortable – I’ll try to be more concise in my sermons!!

I remembered each of you in Wells Cathedral, which was so beautiful and peaceful.

I want to say again that I do appreciate all of you who work so very hard to keep our parishes healthy – in building, in worship and in spirituality.


Joint Family Service

I’m going to have a little moan now (only one every few months, I promise!) Our Family Services are generally very thoughtful and uplifting. But somehow numbers drop for this service, as if it’s somehow not a ‘real’ service, or a proper ‘Anglican’ way of worship. Or perhaps we do attend the Family Service but with a rather closed and negative mind. We don’t truly worship when we are negative or closed. Worship isn’t magic – we need to give both our time and our willingness to achieve the right frame of mind to worship God.

Please try to encourage people to come to Family Service. Perhaps take a pew sheet for some-one? Or even think about offering to lead a Family Service yourself!

Mindful of what I’ve just written, please do note the following:

A ‘Family Service’ Meeting – Prayer, Practice and Discussion –

St. Helen’s, Sat. 7th Sept. ( 9 a.m. – 12.30)

This meeting is very important for anyone who would like to lead or take an active role in our Family Services during 2020. If you are interested, but do not feel called to lead at this time, then of course you are still very welcome to attend. Members of the Worship Group are warmly invited.

As well as praying together, we will be discussing ways to lead a service and sharing good practice.

The session will run from 9 a.m. until 12.30 (at latest). Tea and coffee provided.

If you know of any service leaders who might not be in church today, please pass this message on to them. Thank you.


‘Christianity Explored’ in Winster   

We’ll be running ‘Christianity Explored’ in Winster Village Hall on Thursday evenings, starting 26th Sept.


Coffee Morning, St. John’s, Winster, Next Sat. (17th)    10.30 a.m. -12 noon  

Do come and join us for this. All are welcome.

Anyone interested in ‘Christianity Explored’ will be able to have a preview of the course material.


A Special Breakfast Box for Churchtown School  

We understand that the families of a few of our school children are finding things a struggle at the present time. We would like to help by enabling the school to provide breakfast for a larger number of children as part of its ‘breakfast club’.

From next Sunday, 18th Sept., a box for this purpose will be placed alongside the Jigsaw food box. It would be very much appreciated if you would like donate either cereals or packets of long-life milk. (Cereals low in sugar would be preferred. It’s also very important that they don’t contain nuts.)

Thank you so much.


Please note there is no Café Church in August.


Looking to the Future

A Talk with Duncan Ballard, Tues. 3rd Sept.

St. Helen’s Church Hall, 7 p.m.

Duncan Ballard, the Rural Dean, is to visit our United Benefice to talk about the future of the Deanery and Diocese. This will, of course, include looking at the future of our own churches. Some of what he has to say may be difficult listening, and you might have questions that Duncan is simply not be able to answer, but we can be quite sure he will be as frank and open as possible. Everyone, from all our parishes, is very welcome.

We will begin the evening with prayer, at 7 p.m. (Tea and coffee available from 6.30 p.m.)

We need to remember that our future is in the hands of Christ. If God wants us to flourish, it’s simple – we will!


Another Date to Note!  

Sunday, 15th Sept. at St. Helen’s, A Special Service to commemorate ‘The Battle of Britain’

This will be a United Benefice Service, starting at 11 a.m.


Notices before the Sunday Service, St. Helen’s

These are on a monthly rota. The next 2 months as follows:

Aug.               Steve Walker

Sept.             Roz Woodley


Our Hymn for The Family Service Today

 One bread, one body, one Lord of all
One cup of blessing which we bless
And we, though many, throughout the earth
We are one body in this one Lord.

Gentile or Jew, servant or free
Woman or man
No more

One bread, one body, one Lord of all…….


Many the gifts, many the works
One in the Lord of all.

One bread, one body, one Lord of all……
We are one body in this one Lord.                           (Last line repeated last time)



Psalm 50.1-8,23,24    for 11th August


1             The Lord, the most mighty God, has spoken
and called the world from the rising of the sun to its setting.

2             Out of Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth;
our God comes and will not keep silence.

3             Consuming fire goes out before him
and a mighty tempest stirs about him.

4             He calls the heaven above,
and the earth, that he may judge his people:

5             ‘Gather to me my faithful,
who have sealed my covenant with sacrifice.’

6             Let the heavens declare his righteousness,
for God himself is judge.

7             Hear, O my people, and I will speak:
‘I will testify against you, O Israel;
for I am God, your God.

8             ‘I will not reprove you for your sacrifices,
for your burnt offerings are always before me.

23            ‘You that forget God, consider this well,
lest I tear you apart and there is none to deliver you.

24            ‘Whoever offers me the sacrifice of thanksgiving honours me
and to those who keep my way
will I show the salvation of God.’


Psalm 80.1-2,9-20   for 18th August

1             Hear, O Shepherd of Israel,
you that led Joseph like a flock;

2             Shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim,
before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.

9             You brought a vine out of Egypt;
you drove out the nations and planted it.

10            You made room around it,
and when it had taken root, it filled the land.

11            The hills were covered with its shadow
and the cedars of God by its boughs.

12            It stretched out its branches to the Sea
and its tendrils to the River.

13            Why then have you broken down its wall,
so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes?

14            The wild boar out of the wood tears it off,
and all the insects of the field devour it.

15            Turn again, O God of hosts,
look down from heaven and behold;

16            Cherish this vine which your right hand has planted,
and the branch that you made so strong for yourself.

17            Let those who burnt it with fire, who cut it down,
perish at the rebuke of your countenance.

18            Let your hand be upon the man at your right hand,
the son of man you made so strong for yourself.

19            And so will we not go back from you;
give us life, and we shall call upon your name.

20            Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts;
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.