Pew Leaflet

Holy Cross, Binstead                                                                                                  St Peter’s, Havenstreet                                                                  

21st February 2021
1st Sunday of Lent
Year B

Genesis 9.8-17                                                     1 Peter 3.18-22                                                 Mark 1.9-15

A prayer for this Sunday
Lord on this first Sunday in Lent, we remember the trials and temptations of your son Jesus 
 in his journey through the wilderness, and how he triumphed over all.
In our prayers we think of the difficult journeys in life encountered by so many people in the world.
We pray that in their different times of need, they may find discernment to see their way ahead,
and strength to overcome whatever problems they face.
We pray that faith may be deepened in this period of Lent, and all may walk in the light of the Lord. Amen

We pray for those who are sick and who ask for our prayers
Monika Attrill; Heather Attwood; Jackie Brown; Ann Brighouse; Dave Bushell;
Arthur Edwards; Barbara Edwards; Pat Grist; Bishop Peter Hancock; Connie Hull; Brenda Hunt:
Peter Jackson; Maureen Knight;  Patrick Knight; Keith Moran; Norma Nugent;
Sandie Thompson; Sarah Townsend; Simon; Tim Warren: Teddy Webb

Elizabeth Rosa Elliott; Doreen Mary Moreton; Dorothy Maud Gall; Derrick Stanley Sibley
and those whom we remember in our memorial books this week
Elizabeth Barlow; Stephen Donald Barton; James Edwin Benton; Rex Burton; Betty Byerley;
Jean Sylvia Coyne; David William George Dark; Catherine Rachel Harbour; Bertie & Beatrice Hayles; Barbara Hobbs; Kevin Christopher Oldham; Ruby Kathleen Sivell; Charlotte Woods

Holy Cross Church, Binstead is open for individual private prayer on Sundays and Thursdays
& St Peter’s, Havenstreet on Tuesdays and Saturdays both from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

Due to the continuing high rate of infections on the Island and the vulnerability of some members of the congregations, all the PCC’s have agreed to close for worship, apart from funerals, all the churches in the plurality until the end of February when the position will be reviewed.   It was also decided not to stream from the churches until mid February when the position will be reviewed 

Weekly services of Holy Communion at 8.00 am (BCP) & 11.00 am (CW) led by the Portsmouth Cathedral Ministry Team with music from the Choirs of Portsmouth Cathedral can be found on the Cathedral’s Facebook page, at together with details of weekday services.  Choral evensong is also streamed at 5.30 pm on Sundays.

There is also still the facility from the Church of England entitled Daily HOPE.  This is a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers which can be reached on 0800 804 8044. 
If you know of people who do not have access to the internet please do make them
aware of this facility.

A Video Service of Morning Worship for use during the month of February in the parishes of Binstead, Havenstreet and Wootton:
The Ministry Team has planned to provide a video service on Youtube each month as a resource.  Video services were provided earlier in the year during the first lock-down and were appreciated by a wider congregation than those who are able regularly to attend church.  We hope that you will find them helpful. 
The current  such service for use during Candlemas and Lent can be accessed using
this link:
or through the Holy Cross Binstead & St Peter’s Havenstreet Facebook page

A prayer for the Pastoral Ministry in the Plurality

Heavenly Father, as we come together to raise our concerns for the world to you, we thank you for those who exercise pastoral ministry in our parishes.  We pray that they may continue to share your love and comfort with all with whom they come into contact this week, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

PRAYER FOR OUR NATION: You will be aware that our Archbishops have called for us to pause, reflect and remember the 100,000 plus individuals who have died in the UK as a result of the Covid pandemic, and to pray for their loved ones. They said: “100,000 isn’t just an abstract figure. Each number is a person: someone we loved and someone who loved us. We also believe that each of these people was known to God and cherished by God.” You can read the details of their open letter here.

They have called for February to be a month of prayer for our nation, as our response to this tragic milestone. They would like us all to pause and pray each evening, particularly at 6pm, from Monday 1st February. As during the November lockdown, there are suggested themes for each day of the week, and suggested prayers for each week during the month of February, including litanies, family prayers and prayers for use in schools. You can read and download these resources from here:         National C of E Prayer for the Nation resources

DEANERY PLAN:  As some of you will be aware the Deaneries of the Diocese have to formulate Deanery plans to enhance the mission of the church in these present very challenging times.  This is a continuation of the Live, Pray, Serve, initiative launch in 2016.   More detail of this can be seen in the video in which Bishop Christopher outlines the vision and the main points of the vision can be found here.   As the plan unfolds we will keep you informed.

BISHOP’S LENT APPEAL: "The 2020 Lent Appeal focused on the environment and our God-given responsibility for the care and sustaining of the world, its resources and its people, which are His first, and also ours.
"Wonderfully, even when lockdown began in the middle of Lent, individual and parish gifts and donations came in total of just over £10,000. Thank you for that generosity which is, roughly, half the amount we have regularly raised for the charities we support through the annual appeal.
"There will not be a new Appeal this year but I invite you to pick up where we left off last year. The threats and challenge are just as compelling and challenging. Our diocesan commitment to move quickly towards carbon reduction and play our part in meeting the Church of England’s intention to be carbon free by 2030. And this year the UK hosts in November a major international climate conference, the UN Climate Summit COP26.
"There is much to do in and beyond the church, and the Appeal looks to support small charities playing their part in our local communities.
"So please help if you can. You might want to make an individual donation, or save up the money saved by a simpler meal every Friday, or organise an online fundraising quiz or event. This year we won't be able to do the usual parish fund raising or learning, but we can still pray, learn and contribute."
Send your donations to your PCC treasurer in the first instance. He or she will collate all the donations for the Lent Appeal and send them on to diocesan officers at the appropriate time.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER:   The next World Day of Prayer (formerly known as Women’s World Day of Prayer) service is scheduled to take place on Friday 5 March 2021.  The theme for 2021 is ‘Build on a Strong Foundation – prepared by the Christian Women of Vanuatu’.

Due to current circumstances, no service will be able to be held.  As in last week’s pew sheet, if you telephone me on 01983 564413,  I can let you have a service booklet for you to read through either on the day or at your leisure. I have had another reminder from Headquarters that the proceeds from the Day of Prayer service is the only source of income that they receive.  If no service is held we are all encouraged to make a donation to World Day of Prayer via the website; direct to the office (Commercial Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2RR); or text message to 70085 using the phrase 2021WDP and then adding the amount you wish to donate ie 2021WDP 5.  As our local Treasurer, I can forward any cheques that you may wish to make if that would help.
Please support this worldwide day of prayer by donation as above if you are all able.  With many thanks for all your support in the past.  Don’t forget, let me know if you would like a service booklet. 
Barbara Edwards,   Committee representative for Binstead and Havenstreet

JOHN NICHOLS RIP:  For the last two years Havenstreet has grown synflowers for a village summer display.  John Nichols who lived at Northbrooke and was a familiar sight on his mobility scooter was a great supporter and grew lots of sunflowers.
Sadly John passed away in December 2020.  In his memory this year’s display will be dedicated to him.  Sunflower seeds and plastic pots will be in the bus shelter at Havenstreet.  We want to make this the biggest and best sunflower summer.

HAND SANITIZER:  This is now being sold in aid of St Peter’s Church.  70% Alcohol it is £2.50 for 100ml. Obtainable from Diane (882836); Liz (872877); Hilary (615551); Sally Exell (884175). Proceeds to St Peter’s Church.

FOODBANK: Items are still urgently required for the Foodbank. There is a box in the porch at St Peter’s Church for donations but donations of money are equally welcome and can be made to Thank you to those who have made contributions recently which have been much appreciated as there has been increased use of the Foodbank recently.