Pewsheet 1st May 2016


We hope you will enjoy interacting with Genesis 37 and the story of Joseph as we consider, ‘why do we judge one another?’ When we read the scripture, perhaps we will identify with Joseph’s hardships and reflect on how he coped with such challenges. Perhaps we will see that his positive responses transformed each setback into a step forward, Joseph didn’t seem to question ‘why?” but took the ‘what shall I do now?” approach to life.


We may all have experienced a feeling of judgement at some time and / or been a little judgemental to others. The question is not why we have judged or been judged but what shall we do now? I pray that God will help us this morning and be present with each of us as we join together in unity for our All Age Service.

God Bless You All.



God our redeemer,

you have delivered us from the power of darkness

and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:

grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life,

so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

One God, now and for ever.



Acts 16.9 – 15

John 5.1 – 9


Prayers at the Minster

  • For the next fortnight Pray Ilminster will be praying for those who live in The Incline and Aplins Close, Adams House, Carpenter House, Duke House, Taylor House and Street House.
  • For those who are unwell, particularly Freda Cave and Betty Albin.
  • The family and friends of those who this week remember the death anniversary of Mary Dawkins, Raymond Cleal, Andrew Ewan Spowart Fairfull, Gladys May Mapstone, Paul Whaites and Donald Crookes.
  • For the family and friends of Paul Hall and Robin Harris who sadly died this week.


Call to Prayer

Ministry is empty and barren without prayer.

A letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York has recently been sent out to every serving parish priest in the Church of England in a Call to Prayer in the week leading up to Pentecost.


“We long to see a great wave of prayer across our land, throughout the Church of England and many other Churches. Our hope is:-

  • for all Christians to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • for all of us to have confidence to share the Gospel.
  • for all to respond to the call of Jesus Christ to follow Him as disciples, to live out the Gospel and to seek God’s kingdom from day to day.”


There is time to pray together at our next Saturday morning Prayer Breakfast at  8 – 9.30am on the 7th May and on Saturday the 14th May in the Minster Church at The Upper Room worship time.


How would you like to make real our response? There are ideas and resources on the website:



Wednesday11th May – the Minster will be hosting the Archdeacon’s Visitation.


Sunday 22nd May – Choral Evensong with the Minster Choir, preceded by an Afternoon Tea to say goodbye to Rob Allen, who will be taking his last service at The Minster.


If you can provide sandwiches, cakes or help for either of these occasions, please sign on the rota in the back of the Church.


The Upper Room

A time of worship, prayer and testimony to  welcome the Holy Spirit in readiness for Pentecost. Join us for contemporary worship with music from Rend Collective, Chris Tomlin,

Phil Wickham and Jeremy Camp in the Minster Church on Saturday 14th May, 7:30pm.


For more details please contact Dave LeFeuvre (01460) 259282.


Minster Meditation

The third of our six ‘Introduction to Meditation’ sessions entitled ‘Dealing with Distractions’, will be taking place this Wednesday, May 4th at 7.30 – 8.30pm in the Minster Church.


Please come along and join us – no previous experience required….everyone welcome.


Healing Trust Course

The fourth and final Acorn Healing Trust session; ‘Growing a Healing Church – how the whole Church can be a healing presence’, will take place on Monday, May 9th in the Minster Rooms at 7.30pm. Leaflets with more information can be found at the back of the church or alternatively contact Val Hoare, or a member of the healing ministry team.


Scratch Orchestra

On Sunday, May 15th we are holding a special service at Whitelackington Manor. To support this event we would like to put together a small scratch orchestra (as we did last year for Christmas Day). If you are interested in participating; either playing an instrument or singing, then please contact Peter Mackay:- Tel: 55514


May Coffee Morning

On Saturday 7th May between 10am – 12pm we will be holding a table top sale / bring and buy stall in the Minster Rooms. Please do come and join us for this fun and sociable occasion. All proceeds raised will be given to the Bible Society. SAH


Thanksgiving Service

A thanksgiving service for the life of Robin  Harris will be held on Wednesday 11th May at 2.45pm in the Minster. Everyone is welcome! It was Robins wish that no black should be worn and he would like flowers in buttonholes please.


Leading Intercessions Workshop

If you would like to explore the opportunity of leading intercessory prayers in Church, please join us on Sunday 8th May, in the Minster, between 4 – 5.30pm for our workshop.


Monday 2nd May

8.10am Silent Prayer Wadham Chapel

8.40 am Morning Prayer


Tuesday 3rd May

4.30pm Evening Prayer


Wednesday 4th May

8.10am  Silent Prayer Wadham Chapel

8.40am Morning Prayer

10am – 12pm Memory Café

11.00am Midweek Communion

3.30pm Homework Club

7.30 – 8.30pm Week 3 of Meditation Course


Thursday 5th May

Ascension Day

4.30pm Evening Prayer

7.30pm Holy Communion


Friday 6th May

4.30pm Evening Prayer


Saturday 7th May

8 – 9.30am Prayer Breakfast

10 – 12pm Bible Society Coffee Morning


Sunday 8th May

7th Sunday of Easter

8am Holy Communion

  1. 30am Holy Communion with

Prayer for Healing

4 – 5.30pm Intercessions Workshop


Becky Viggers

Parish Administrator

Parish Office, St Mary’s Church, The Minster Rooms, Court Barton, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0DU

Office: 01460 57811