St Thomas Ensbury Park

Recent Bulletin


Bulletin 16:

Dear friends,
firstly a massive thank you to everyone who sponsored me for my “Vicar’s Virtual Sarum Walk’, the total raised so far is £3800.00
This will be a great help to church funds, equivalent to over 2 summer fairs, thank you so much for the generosity represented in that total figure.

For those who like statistics, I walked 1670 circuits of the church which was a total of 133,600 paces which at approximately two feet to a pace makes 50.6 miles.

I hope you were able to make use of the resources I sent out on Thursday for the “Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer initiative, I love this new hymn, a familiar tune with words specially written for this season, I hope you enjoy singing it too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWhL6v8oQZ0     Keep praying for your 5 (five people who as yet do not follow Jesus).

This Sunday is the Sunday After Ascension Day and the Collect and Readings are at the foot of this email. I will be live-streaming the service at 10am as usual on www.facebook.com/StTomsChurch
and it will be posted later on the church website www.ensburypark.org.uk

As Monday is a bank holiday Graham will not be collecting donations for the Food Bank on Monday, but he will collect on Wednesday instead (8.30-10am) so please bring your donations then.
The following week (1st. June) Graham will be back in the Church Car Park on the Monday That will also be the day when we will re-start collected empty crisp packets for recycling (and raising a few pounds for church funds). A receptacle for the crisp packets will be out alongside Graham’s car which Louise will then come and collect at 10am

Finally, we have been told, unsurprisingly, that the quantity of shopping done online has significantly increased during lock-down. Don’t forget that you can support the church while you shop online. Safely and for free...
"Please remember to use easyfundraising every time you shop online! Over 4,000 shops and sites will donate, so you can raise FREE donations for us no matter what you’re buying. These donations really help us out, so please sign up if you haven’t yet. It’s easy and FREE! You can get started at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stthomaschurchensburypark/?utm_campaign=raise-more&utm_content=en-n2 "

For our SUNDAY CLUB families:
We meet on Zoom at 11am on Sunday - If you would like the link to this meeting please contact Simon directly.
Should we encounter the problems we had last week we will move to Skype on ’The Everlasting Arms’ group as a back-up.
You will need to have to hand the craft packs that were delivered today (Saturday) you will need to make a hole in the bottom of the blue cup (adult supervision required!)
You will also need scissors, pens and glue.
And a pack of playing cards for the opening game.
We would love for Sunday Club members to volunteer to write and read a prayer, and to read the story, during our Zoom meetings, if your young person would like to please let me know

May God bless you today and this week, may you always know that you are His beloved child and that He walks beside you every day.
Simon
Rev Simon A Evans
Vicar of Ensbury Park
Chaplain to Dorset Police 



Collect & Readings for 7th Sunday of Easter/Sunday after Ascension (24th May)

Collect
Risen, ascended Lord,
as we rejoice at your triumph,
fill your Church on earth with power and compassion,
that all who are estranged by sin
may find forgiveness and know your peace,
to the glory of God the Father.


Reading from Acts Ch. 1  vv6-14


So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day's journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.


Reading from John Ch. 17 vv1-11 


After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.


Bulletin 15:

Dear friends
firstly, I have today finished my ‘Vicar’s Virtual Sarum Walk’ 1670 circuits of the empty church equating to the distance to walk to Salisbury Cathedral and back. The photos at the bottom of this email mark the end of the walk, the photo of me at the door was taken by Caroline Thomas who with Sylv her mum & Russ witnessed the final couple of circuits. In the other I am holding an encouraging poster which had been stuck to the window to cheer me on.
I have been overwhelmed by the level of sponsorship, you have tripled my original target! I will publish the total at the weekend as pledges and payments are still coming in.  If you haven’t yet sponsored me for church funds, and you would like to, please drop something into the Vicarage or go online to:
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/simon-evans-stthomas
Thank you 
Tonight I will be saying Evening Prayers live online at 6pm ( www.facebook.com/StTomsChurch )
Tomorrow is Ascension Day and in a slight change of plans I will be leading a time of Prayer and Reflection for Ascension Day live online (link as above) at 7pm.
The very slight easing of restrictions means that again both those services will come from Church and the bell will be rung just before the service to indicate that prayers will be said in church. 
Also the church bell is rung at 8pm on Thursdays as part of the “Clap for NHS/Carers”
I will send an email tomorrow with resources for ’Thy Kingdom Come’ the season of prayer from Ascension to Pentecost.
Blessings
Simon

Rev Simon A Evans
Vicar of Ensbury Park
Chaplain to Dorset Police 










Bulletin 14:

Dear Friends,

here is this week’s bulletin.

Firstly very many thanks to all those who have sponsored me for the Vicar’s Virtual Sarum Walk for church funds, you have been remarkably generous.  I will publish the total raised next weekend, so it is not too late to sponsor me if you have not yet done so. (Cheques made payable to St. Thomas’ Church Ensbury Park. and can be dropped into the Vicarage 42 Coombe Ave. BH10 5AE) or donations can be made online at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/simon-evans-stthomas 

To date I have completed 1120 circuits of the church, 550 to go. Thanks to all those who have encouraged me by waving through the window as you pass by or putting up signs on the windows with encouraging slogans etc. and surprise gifts of ‘sustenance'.

As usual the 10am service on Sunday will be live-streamed on the church facebook page ( www.facebook.com/StTomsChurch ) and posted later on the webpage ( www.ensburypark.org.uk )
Following are the Collect and Readings for Sunday

Thank you to those who have continued to support the food-bank. Graham will again be in the church car park 8.30am to 10am on Monday to receive your donations straight into his car boot. This is a vital ministry at this time, so I am most grateful for your continuing action on this.

Thursday is Ascension Day so I will be live-streaming a service of Holy Communion at 7pm. (see the links above) Ascension Day also marks the beginning of the season of prayer launched by the Archbishop called Thy Kingdom Come. Attached is a sheet of five ideas for families to pray at home.
I will send more resources on Thursday, in the meantime click on this link for a superb song/hymn with words specially written for this year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWhL6v8oQZ0


For our Sunday Club members and families:

We hold a weekly Sunday club via Zoom. If you wish to participate please email Simon at revsimonevans@gmail.com


At the foot of this email are a couple of activity sheets for you to use if you wish (whatever age you are!)

May you know the presence of Christ with you, may you be aware of his presence in your home, and may you hear him call your name with his words of comfort..

With my continuing prayers for you all
Blessings
Simon


Rev Simon A Evans
Vicar of Ensbury Park
Chaplain to Dorset Police 



Collect & Readings for 6th Sunday of Easter (17th May)

Collect

Risen Christ, by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:

help your Church to obey your command

and draw the nations to the fire of your love,

to the glory of God the Father.

Reading from Acts 17 vv22-31


Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’
Since we are God's offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”



Reading from John 14 vv15-21 


“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.