6th May 2018

The Watlington Benefice


6th Sunday of Easter

6th May 2018


Our Hymns today

NEH 112 Jesus Lives

NEH 285 For the Beauty of the earth

NEH 490 Judge Eternal

NEH 351 Come ye faithful



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. Amen.


Our readings today

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, ‘Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?’ So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.

Acts 10.44-end

A reading from First Epistle of John

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

 This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth.

1.John 5. 1-6

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

 ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

John 15. 9-17

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



May Services

* Thursday 10th May 7pm Ascension Day Runcton Holme Canon Derek Brown


* Sunday 13th May 11am Runcton Holme Canon Derek Brown


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


Monday 14th May 9.30am Watlington Archdeacons Visitation Service

7pm Downham Market (Churchwardens swearing in)


*Sunday 20th May 11am Tottenhill Pentecost Reverend David Yabbacome

*Tuesday 22nd May 10am Watlington Prayer and Healing service led by Steve and Cate Waters

*Sunday 27th May 11am Watlington Reverend John Hall

* Wednesday 30th May 7pm Wormegay West Norfolk Priory Group


 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

Wednesday 9th May 7.30pm Joint PCC Wormegay Mission Room

Friday 18th May 10am-12noon Runcton Holme Village Meet Coffee Morning in Parish Hall (proceeds to parish hall)

Christian Aid Week Coffee Morning Saturday 19th May 10am-12noon in Watlington Church Do come and join us

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

Christian Aid Week 13th -19th May

There will be a Coffee Morning in Watlington Church on Saturday 19th May 10am-12noon. Do come and join us

Christian Aid week falls within Thy Kingdom Come an ecumenical global prayer movement throughout the 11 days between Ascension Day and Pentecost. This great wave of prayer is for the empowering of the Holy Spirit to enable our effective evangelism and witness.

In May 2016 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York invited Christians from across the Church of England to join a wave of prayer during the days between Ascension and Pentecost - a time when the church traditionally focuses on prayer. They encouraged everyone to ask for the Holy Spirit to help them be witnesses to Jesus Christ and to pray for others to discover that living faith. What started as an idea gained momentum and in 2016 more than 100,000 Christians from different denominations and traditions took part from the UK and across the world. They joined in more than 3,000 events and services to pray for others to come to know Jesus Christ and for God’s kingdom to come. The time of prayer culminated in six national Beacon Events over Pentecost weekend at cathedrals in different parts of the country.

In 2017, every diocese in the UK took part, and 85 per cent of Church of England churches and cathedrals were involved as well as the churches of the world-wide Anglican Communion and many other denominations and traditions. Leaders from Churches Together in England, including Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Baptist and Methodist churches, Free churches and Orthodox churches came together to pray 'Thy Kingdom Come’

Christian Aid’s devotional booklet is available today for use from Ascension Day (10th) until Pentecost, Christian Aid envelopes will be available next Sunday for return either at Coffee Morning 19th or Pentecost Sunday 20th