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    Dear FriendsAs I go around the parish in my capacity as one of your Reader Ministers I am regularly asked How does my role as a member of the Chaplaincy team at the Hospice work?Firstly, my role there is providing spiritual support. This does not always mean religious support. My role isto listen and identify the things that have made life meaningful for the individual (this can be as diverse as their families, a football team or their faith) and encourage them to talk about it. The common misconception is that my role involves a lot of talking whereas in fact, it is about listening intently. In order to achieve this I have to acknowledge my own limitations and ensure that I do not impose my beliefs

  • on them but am open to their beliefs even if they differ from mine. I have to acknowledge that this is what is important to them. I need to be with them and not walk away from their pain and suffering whatever they say or believe.Who do I support? Most people think that this is restricted to the patients being cared for but I am also there for their families and also for the staff who can, at times, get very distressed by what they witness. Families often take me by surprise stating they do not want to talk to me when I introduce myself at the patients bedside but frequently they will come and seek me out in my office for a chat. Yes, this can be exhausting. So how do I cope with it? It is really important that I am aware of the need to look after myself or it would not be possible to continue in this role. For me, the most supportive thing I can do is offer up to God this suffering and pain. I can feel the weight lift from my shoulders when I do this. Our God is a compassionate and caring God. He is not judgemental. His love and support is infinite.And as we look towards Easter and the Passion of Christ, if it is true that all human beings carry around inside themselves a profound and usually unconscious dread of death as absolute annihilation, then we might occasionally be invited to set that terror within the context of the Christian belief expressed by St Paul in Romans 8: 38-39 I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.When occasions such as these arise it is both humbling and a privilege to be on hand.

    Graham Dee, Reader Minister


    8am Parish Service of Holy Communion

    St Johns 8am Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays

    St Marys 8am Communion 2nd & 4th Sundays


    PLYMSTOCK & HOOES MISSION ACTION PLAN TAKES SHAPE!Ever done a jigsaw, only to find near the end that you are a couple of pieces missing? Frustrating, isnt it?The Mission Community of the churches of Staddiscombe, Oreston, Hooe & Plymstock have been workingon a Mission Action Plan for a number of months, and it is coming together nicely. So, now a date for yourdiary: Saturday April 18th will see us gather for a Planning Day at an exciting venue still under wraps. Theaim of the day is to fit more pieces of our jigsaw together, as we seek to encourage each other in mission tothose who dont yet know Jesus. The day is open to all, and will consist of input, group sessions, as well astime for relaxation and lunch together. Book the date now, and be praying for our gathering as we seek to be part of Gods exciting mission acrossour Mission Community. Only we can put the jigsaw together!

    -Dave Appleby

    WOMENS WORLD DAY OF PRAYERThis year the Service will be on Friday, 6th March 2015 at St Werburghs Church, Wembury at 2.00pm.The Committee for The Bahamas has written the Service and its theme is:

    Jesus said to them: Do you know what I have done to you?Please join us and an estimated 3 million people in over 170 countries in observing this day of prayer.Everyone is welcome to attend the Service. -Daphne Freeman

  • (Commence at 12 noon)

    Saturday 7th March St Margaret Mary, Radford Pk RdSaturday 14th March Plymstock United Church, Plymstock RdSaturday 21st March Elburton Methodist Church, Springfield RdSaturday 28th March St Marys & All Saints Plymstock, Church Rd

    Join us for a soup and a rollDonations to Christian Aid

    Further information: Rev Steve Payne 213358

    MOTHERING SUNDAY is on MARCH 15th 2015

    God our Father,your Son Jesus Christ lived in a family in Nazareth:

    Grant that in our families on earthwe may so learn to love and to live together

    that we may rejoice as one family in your heavenly home; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


    SUNDAY 29th MARCH10.00am JOINT SERVICE at St Marys, Plymstock.

    ]Cherishing ChurchyardsA-Z of Churchyard Conservation Reprinted with permission from Caring for God's Acre, the conservation charity for churchyards and burial grounds, 01588 673041,

    "O" is for OwlTawny Owl is the most likely owl to be heard in the churchyard. It will nest
  • in the church building or in large trees and roost in winter in evergreen trees. The male makes the familiar hooo-hoo-hooo sound while the female replies with a coarse ke-wick call. In days gone by the Tawny Owl was seen as the harbinger of death because it often called from churchyard trees in the dark months of autumn and winter when many people died. The owls can live up to 23 years. For more information on birds, contact the British Trust for Ornithology, 01842 750050 or the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, 01767 680551. They both have excellent websites:,

    "P" is for PrimroseThe primrose is the prima rosa, first flower of the year. They are abundant in many churchyards partly due to the Victorian custom of planting primroses on the graves of small children. Years ago bunches were pickedto decorate churches and as presents for parents. Children would pick primroses, bunch them up with wool and attach them to a twig, which they carried horizontally, so the flowers were not damaged. Cottage industries thrived during spring, packaging primroses in boxes and sending them by steam train to London and Birmingham markets a piece of the countryside for city dwellers.

    For information on managing churchyard grassland contact:

    St Johns, HooeSunday 15th March ~ Mothering Sunday

    10.45am All Age Family Eucharist


    St Johns flower arrangers will be decorating the Church for Easterand would like to have white lilies in the Church on this special day.

    If you would like to buy a lily in memory of a loved one, please contact:-

    Lis Pemberton (Tel: 407057)or a Church Warden

    The suggested cost is 2 per flower.Please let us know the persons name if you wish it to be

    included in a list of names that will be put on the altar at Easter.Any help will be greatly appreciated on Saturday, 5th April.

    -Lis Pemberton

    GEORGE MICHAEL JAMES GILESRecently St Johns received an email from a lady in Canada enquiring whether George Giles was buried inour churchyard. We traced the grave and assumed that he had died from war wounds. In 1916 St Johns Hall became a hospital ward for about 16 people, presumably casualties of the battles inFrance. The children were sent to Plymstock School.
  • George Giles died in 1916 and was buried by the Revd Gilbertson. He was a Surgeon in the CanadianMedical Services, aged 61 years. He was born in Portsea (Portsmouth) in 1854 and was baptised at St Thomass, the son of George Giles, aCaptain in the RN, and Emma Jane Cole Sambell born in Stoke Damerel. George frequently moved and in 1861 the family were living at Wyke Regis a part of Weymouth.


    BAPTISM: We welcomed into Gods family by Baptism:-

    December 7th, 2014 ELLIS ARTHUR SWAINSBURY, son of Barry and Melanie, brother of Finley, of Goosewell. Grandson of Nigel and Pam Baring of Hooe.


    YOUNG @ HEARTIn February Young @ Heart members were treated to a talk about some of the more obscure Saints andsome Saints that we are all familiar with. Mrs Lorna Grainger had thoroughly researched her subject.Being February the first Saint mentioned was St Valentine, the patron saint of lovers, and with the shopsfull of Valentine cards and appropriate gifts one would be hard-pressed to escape Valentines Day.We heard about St Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters and house hunters. Lorna also spoke of Josephsloyalty to Mary.Of course we all knew of St George, the patron saint of England, originally St Boniface but later declaredGeorge by King Richard the Lionheart.St Benedict is the saint of engineers and Europe; Martha is the saint of housewives and cooks and Clare isthe saint of embroiderers.Florists and gardeners have their own saint, not surprisingly, St Rose, and St Nicholas of Tolentino is thesaint of motherhood.Another St Joseph is the saint of examinations and air travellers he could levitate.We all know about St Francis of Assissi, the saint of animals and birds and churches and Nativity plays. Hetravelled a lot in Africa as a missionary.St Luke is the saint of physicians and butchers, surgery being akin to butchery.We heard about Jude, the saint of lost causes, and of Cecelia, the saint of musicians and singers. Lacemakers and wheelwrights have claim to St Kathryn.It was difficult to take in all the information that Lorna h