3rd Sunday of Easter 15th April 2018

The Watlington Benefice

3rd Sunday of Easter

15th April 2018



Our Hymns today

11 And can it be

64 Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

171 O Love that will not let me go

262 What a Friend we have in Jesus


During Communion

34 Come Down O Love Divine



Risen Christ,

 you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope:

strengthen us to proclaim your risen life

and fill us with your peace,

to the glory of the Father.  Amen.


Our readings today

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, ‘You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.

 ‘And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out,

Acts 3. 12-19

A reading from First Epistle of John

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

 Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.                  1 John 3.1-7

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

 While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ They were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.

 Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.           Luke 24. 36b-48.

Please include in your prayers              Those in our prayer basket, those who are ill or housebound                                           Rebecca, Tony Marie, Philippa Jamieson, Mick Collins, John Harris, Dilys Garland, Anne Clarke, David Colby, Margaret Gardner, Samantha Clark, Lynne Watton, Frederick Ali, Ken Martin, Josie, Ted Smith, Shaun Caley

April and May Services

*Sunday 22nd April 11am Tottenhill

Canon Derek Brown


*Wednesday 25th April 7pm Wimbotsham Church West Norfolk Priory Group, do support this joint service if you can


*Sunday 29th April 11am Watlington Canon Tony Porter


*Thursday May 3rd 10am Runcton Holme Morning prayer led by lay people


*Sunday 6th May 11am Wormegay

Reverend David Yabbacome

* Thursday 10th May 10am Ascension Day Runcton Holme Canon Derek Brown

* Sunday 13th May 11am Tottenhill Reverend David Yabbacome

* Sunday 13th May 7pm Watlington Benefice Pentecost service led by young people


 Please continue to give to the King’s Lynn foodbank through the basket at the back of Watlington Church. Non-perishable items (food and toiletries) always wanted.


Diary Dates

Saturday 28th April Ely Cathedral

Ely Sinfonia presents From Russia With Love

Tickets available Ely Cathedral Box Office 01353 660349 (£25/£20/£15 reserved £8.50 unreserved)


Monday 14th May 10am Watlington Archdeacons Visitation Service

7pm Downham Market (Churchwardens swearing in)

Friday 18th May 10am-12noon Runcton Holme Village Meet Coffee Morning in Parish Hall   

To contribute to this newssheet, contact Barbara Church 01553 810584, barbarachurch@phonecoop.coop If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the newssheet please e-mail

To contact our Churchwardens, please ring:

Runcton Holme Eve Thomas 01553 812094

Runcton Holme Brenda Redfern 01553 811212

Tottenhill Teresa Anderson 01553 810037

Watlington John Murfitt 01553 811086

Watlington Barbara Church 01553 810584

Wormegay Elaine Squires 01553 841252

Wormegay Janet Shinn 01553 841410

Diocese News Bishop David and his wife Jean are leaving after 10 years in the Diocese Their farewell service will be in the Cathedral at 4pm on Sunday 23rd September, and everyone is very welcome indeed. Light refreshments will be provided and we will present them with a suitable gift which Jean says will help pay for the dream trip to Vienna which they have always hoped to make. If you would like to contribute, cheques payable to the EDBF can be sent to Sheena Bridgman, the Office Manager, Ely Diocesan Office, Bishop Woodford House, Barton Road, Ely, CB7 4DX


Registered Charity No: 1150883




 SATURDAY 5thh MAY 7.30 pm


(UNDER 12's £3) Light Refreshments



To Book Your Team Phone 01553 810584 or email johnchurch@phonecoop.coop

Prayer/Healing Service Steve and Cate Waters from Nordelph (julianhealinghouse@yahoo.com)

are travelling around our new Benefice holding short healing services at 10am, on Tuesdays. They will be at Runcton Holme on 1st May  and Watlington 22nd May, all are welcome to attend.


Big Breakfast - Thank you to all who helped and all who enjoyed eating! It raised £225 for our four Churches.