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    Totnes & Bridgetown Parish Magazine, March 2018

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    The Parish Yellow Pages scheme This voluntary scheme should make it easier for parishioners to keep in touch with other. It has proved very successful in other parishes around the country. You can get a form from a Church officer

    if necessary.

    Copies of the Yellow Pag- es will only be issued to those whose names ap- pear in it.

    If you have not already enrolled, you may still just have time to do so.

    Queries to Julian Hall, Tel 01803 867537

    ●●● IN A PARIS HOTEL ELEVATOR: Please leave your values at the front desk ●●●

    COVER PHOTO: The river Dart seen from the Dartington Hall drive on 24 February, when

    Spring seemed just around the corner. Then the really cold weather kicked in.

    BELOW: The St John’s Community Café during Bishop Robert’s visit on St Valentine’s Day.

    The Bishop commended St John’s on the success of this venture and emphasised its role in

    combatting loneliness and fostering companionship. See the official video of his visit at:

    By the way, Parish Yellow Pages schemes (see above) have proved to be another useful tool

    in keeping people in touch with each other. JH

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    SUNDAY SERVICES May be subject to change: check the weekly bulletins or website for updates.

    4 MAR

    Lent 3

    11 MAR

    Lent 4



    18 MAR

    Passion Sunday

    25 MAR



    1 April

    Easter Day




    SJ JL JL+ TG




    9.30 /11.15











    Sacred Space


    TOWN 6.30

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    It’s been quite

    a watery Winter

    hasn’t it? Living

    in Week, with a

    dog to walk,

    the reality of

    rain is very no-

    ticeable. You

    may know this

    is a treasure of

    a hamlet - a place of trees and water.

    Of late, the brooks have been excel-

    ling themselves and the end of our

    lane has been flood-

    ed at least 3 times.

    We have even had

    an unexpected inter-

    nal water invasion,

    traced back to the hot

    water cylinder spring-

    ing a leak!

    A delightful spate of

    Baptisms requests

    across the Team has caused me to

    reflect further on water as a meta-

    phor. I wasn’t unduly taken aback

    then when part of a talk at a recent

    Bishop’s Lent Quiet Day for clergy

    reminded me of another significant

    and special place of water which I

    visited on the Curates’ pilgrimage to

    Holy Land in 2016.

    ‘Mensa Christi’ on the shore of Lake

    Galilee is a site visited by many pil-

    grims each year. Most guide books

    would tell us there is a small Francis-

    can chapel built over a rocky area

    near the water’s edge to mark the

    place where Jesus appeared to his

    disciples, on one particular occasion,

    after the resurrection. In their turn,

    you may remember, they had been

    out fishing, understandably returning

    to the solace and comfort of familiar

    occupation, but caught nothing. A

    stranger advised them to cast their

    nets on the other side of the boat and

    an abundance of fish filled them. The

    stranger is recognised as Jesus and

    a fishy breakfast ensues. Thereafter,

    Peter is powerfully re

    -commissioned by

    Jesus with the

    words, ‘Feed my

    sheep’. You can read

    a fuller account in

    John’s gospel - chap-

    ter 21.

    Those momentous

    events of long ago

    do not conjure up the current tranquil-

    lity and deep peace of the shoreline.

    Back in the winter of 2016, we were

    given some time to ourselves to just

    be on that shore line: a liminal place

    of sand…water…reeds…bird song…

    basalt rock. It was and remains, I ex-

    pect, a place of timeless encounter.

    When Jesus has questioned Peter 3

    times and then commissioned him,

    the episode has not fully run its

    course, according to John. Jesus’ last

    recorded words here to Peter are

    ‘Follow me’. For those of us who

    Postcard from Week

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    stood and sat on the beach that day,

    the same words seem to emanate

    from the very fabric of that place. In

    this Lenten season, it’s a fruitful Bible

    passage to re-read; a significant

    place in which to dwell in the mind’s


    That passage among others and

    those words, ‘Follow me’ will be the

    focus of a Lenten Quiet Day which

    my Reader husband, Richard and I

    are offering to the Team on Saturday

    March 10 th 10am – 4pm in Dartington

    Church Hall [opposite St Mary’s,

    Dartington]. There will be plenty of

    silence; 3 short talks and optional

    Holy Communion. Bring your own

    lunch but refreshments will be provid-

    ed. There is no charge for the day

    but donations are welcome to cover

    costs. Please contact Richard to book

    a place: 01803 865196 richard-

    [email protected]

    Blessings on your Lenten journey,

    Rev Jane Frost

    It’s just a thought by Revd Cliff Berdinner

    ‘Is there anybody there’, or are we all alone in the vastness of space? The idea that there may be other forms of life besides us is the ques- tion that has haunted mankind down the years.

    It is a question that we may ask with some trepidation as we have no idea of what other life forms or creatures there may be.

    In ancient times people believed that the world was full of demons and evil spirits and gods which had to be paci- fied and pleased lest they became angry and messed life up.

    The Old Testament moves us on to the idea of a God who was in fact feared as much as he was loved.

    It is out of this question - ’Is anybody there’ - that world cultures have shaped their religions and beliefs that there is indeed somebody there.

    For the Christian believer, God is love and we can come to know God through the person of Jesus.

    Whilst the Jews wanted to confine God to their Temple, Jesus taught that God is to be found within our own heart. And it is through faith that we can experience the Divine pres- ence as a living reality.



    are giving a concert at

    7.30 p.m. Friday March 2nd

    Tickets £8 on the door

    In aid of St John's Church


    mailto:[email protected] mailto:[email protected]

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    Today the Christian church is being challenged, but belief continues, and there will always be those whose be- lief is wonderfully certain.

    Certainty is strangely attractive. In my youth I had a friend who was always saying, ‘But I know, I just know’. And I used to follow him everywhere be- cause religious certainty is infectious – you can catch it!

    But sometimes we have another ques- tion, not, ‘Is anybody there’, but, ‘Is any- body listening’?

    I remember, how as a boy, my mother used to say, ’Clifford, you are not listening to me’ – and she was right. Even as adults, we only hear half of what is said to us - and that is with our hearing aids in!

    But does God, by any name, listen to what is going on in the world? Does God hear the cries of the world’s pain and suffering?

    When we listen to someone we usu- ally give them a yes or a no, to let them know we are listening, but God is silent.

    Someone once asked a Jew what it was like praying to God in Jerusalem to which he replied, ’Well its like talk- ing to the wall’!

    But yes, there will be many who will

    say from their own experience that God does listen and move in a mys- terious way his wonders to perform.

    Now most of us, at some time in our life, will find ourselves facing pain and suffering. Dark clouds gather and we begin to ask another question, ‘Does

    anybody care’?

    This is perhaps the most searching question of all – why does the God of perfect love allow suffering?