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April | 2015 | Simple Reflections for a Deeper Spiritual Life

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Click here to view the latest Grapevines : 5th April please note to see the times of the current weeks services you need to look on the grapevine of the previous week.

 

Please click here to see the Rectors reflection for  Palm Sunday

 

Please note due to the current situation all public services have been stopped for the time being.  We will be holding virtual services via either Facebook or Utube.

 

This beautiful prayer was written by an Italian priest who is self-isolating at the moment and very sadly lost his own brother a few days ago to Covid-19...
 
I'm staying at home, Lord!
 
I'm staying at home, Lord! And today, I realise, you taught me this, remaining obedient to the Father, for thirty years in the house of Nazareth, waiting for the great mission.
 
I stay at home, Lord, and in Joseph's studio, your keeper and mine, I learn to work, to obey, to round the corners of my life and prepare you a work of art.
 
I'm staying at home, Lord! And I know that I am not alone because Mary, like any mother, is in the next room, doing chores and preparing lunch for all of us, God's family.
 
I'm staying at home, Lord! And I do it responsibly for my own good, for the health of my city, for my loved ones, and for the good of my brother, whom you have put beside me, asking me to take care of him in the garden of life.
 
I'm staying at home, Lord! And in the silence of Nazareth, I pledge to pray, to read, study, meditate, be useful for small jobs, in order to make our home more beautiful and more welcoming.
 
I'm staying at home, Lord! And in the morning, I thank you for the new day you give me, trying not to spoil it and welcome it with wonder, as a gift and an Easter surprise.
 
I'm staying at home, Lord! And at noon I will receive the greeting of the angel, I will make myself useful for love, in communion with you who have made you flesh to live among us; and, tired of the journey, thirsty, I will meet you at Jacob's well, and thirsty for love on the Cross.
 
I'm staying at home, Lord! And if the evening takes me melancholy, I will invoke you like the disciples of Emmaus: stay with us, the evening has arrived and the sun sets.
 
I'm staying at home, Lord! And in the night, in communion of prayer with the many sick, the lonely and all the caregivers, I will wait for the dawn to sing your mercy again and tell everyone that, in the storms, you have been my refuge.
 
I'm staying at home, Lord! And I don't feel alone and abandoned, because you told me: I'm with you every day. yes, and especially in these days of confusion, O Lord, in which, if my presence is not necessary, I will reach everyone, only with the wings of prayer.
 
Amen
 

 

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Please click on the link to bring up the latest Pastoral Letter March 2020

 

 

Night Shelter project across Newton Abbot

We want to reach out to the homeless in our town over the cold winter months, if you have a heart for the Homeless and are looking for a way to volunteer, there are three ways:

Evening                                 Overnight                             Morning

6pm to 10pm                         10pm to 6am                        6am to 9.30am

to welcome into                     awake overnight                   to provide    

the hall and provide              within the hall                        breakfast and

hot food                                                                              clean and tidy

                                                                                           the hall     

 Training supplies and support will be provided!

Applications are available via your local church office or click on the link below:

Application Form

Please note due to the volume of volunteers it may take a while for us to contact you, we are carrying out training in phases but we will be in touch and thank you for your application.

Newton Abbot Winter Night Shelter News

Thank you to all prospective parish volunteers for the tremendous response for supporting the Night Shelter.  I am pleased to tell you that Torbay Winter Night Shelter Volunteer Project Managers are supporting us with their knowledge and experience of how to manage this project. We will be having the first session on Friday 3rd at St Mary's Abbotsbury. There will be many background jobs, ie assembling toiletry packs, care of the laundry, buyers for items such as Personal Protective clothing, fundraising (cake sales), knitting hats and gloves to name but a few. Please speak to Rev'd Gareth Regan or Fr. Nick Debney if you have further questions, ideas, or offers of help.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or if you have been thinking about offering to help it is not too late!

 

 

 

 

 

The  Coffee Mornings have currently been suspended due to the current situation, we will of course let eveyone know when will be holding them again. 

If you would like to volenteer at the Coffee Mornings please let one of the stall holders know, all help is gratefully recieved.

Please see the email below from Rowcroft:

Thank you so much for choosing to support Rowcroft through your coffee morning. Your support will make a real difference to families in communities across South Devon.  £250.32 is a fantastic amount to raise and will make a real tangible difference.  You may be interested to know that this could cover the cost of running our ward for one hour.

 

Recently, I was talking to one of the Rowcroft Occupational therapists who said that one of her patients had a routine of writing to her friend in Australia every week and taking a walk down to the post box to send it.  As her illness progressed, she found that it was difficult for her to find the energy she needed for this previously simple task.  Any of her friends and family would have been happy to post it for her but this was just another thing being taken out of her control and that was frustrating for her. Our Occupational Therapist worked with her on some breathing exercises and ideas on how to conserve energy on everyday tasks to give her the stamina she needed to complete this journey and post her letter to her friend by herself.and she did it!

 

It is little things like this that makes every day the best day possible for our patients and gives family members cherished memories.  Your support enables us to do this. Thank you.

 

 

 

St Paul's Church Hall Hire

  

St Paul's Church Hall is available for hire, to find out the times that are free please contact the church office on 01626 334357 or email us on office@newtonabbotparishes.co.uk the charges for this are:~

9.30-12.00 £60 ~ 14.00-16.30 £60

19.00-22.30 £75 ~ 12.00-14.00 £50

9.30-22.30 £200 ~ Or £24 per hour

Car parking is available for church hall users in the immediate church grounds. The use of the hall includes use of the kitchen facilities (including equipment) and toilet facilities in the main entrance hall.

 

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