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We have now received instructions from the Church of England regarding face coverings and church services. Is strongly advised that face coverings are worn during all church services. It is also advised that you sanitise you hands before and after removing and replacing your mask in order to receive communion.




United Benefice of Burwash,  Burwash Weald & Etchingham  

Churches opened for private prayer for the week beginning Monday 3 August 2020                                                                             



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9am - noon


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St Bartholomew

9am - 4pm


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Closed following Morning Services




Advice has now been received from the Diocese as to the measures we need to take in order to resume public worship in our churches. We are working hard to implement these and are planning to hold a service of Holy Communion in St Bartholomew's at 10am every Sunday for the foreseeable future..



The Eighth Sunday after Trinity - 2 August 2020




Almighty Lord and everlasting God,

we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern

both our hearts and bodies

in the ways of your laws

and the works of your commandments;

that through your most mighty protection,

both here and ever,

we may be preserved in body and soul,

through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever

Readings: Isaiah 55:1-5, Psalm 17:1-7 Romans 9:1-5


Matthew 14:13-21

My sisters and I have all inherited a particular gene from our late mother and that gene is the one that has given us the fear that when catering for a family event we will not have enough food to satisfy the hunger of all who will be there.

This (our husbands call it the Johnson -our maiden name - obsession) means that when shopping for a party or get together extra items not on our original shopping lists being added to the supermarket trolley just in case. If there is a positive result from our usually unnecessary worry it is that all go home after the event clutching plastic boxes and foil wrapped packages containing leftovers and lunch is taken care of for the next few days.

As human beings we constantly worry about whether we will have enough. And it is not just when catering for family and friends. Think back to the beginning of the pandemic when toilet rolls, baked beans and hand sanitisers were being bought and hoarded. Unsettling pictures a few weeks later showed bags full of unopened stockpiled food rotting in bins. Our worries about insufficient means to meet our needs goes further than food and toilet rolls. . Will my pension be sufficient to meet my needs during my retirement years? Or will I have enough time to carry out all the tasks I need to achieve?

There are some stories which are told only once in the gospels but the passage for today, is found, albeit with variations on the theme, in all four and today we read Matthew’s account of the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000.

In this version Jesus, hearing the news of John the Baptist’s beheading at the hands of Herod, had not unnaturally taken himself away for a while. But, as the crowds followed and again closed in on him, he was thwarted in his efforts for the peace and quiet he craved.

I wonder how we would have reacted in Jesus’ shoes. Perhaps with irritation or even anger but this was not how Jesus responded. Instead the opposite as we are told that he had compassion for them and cured their sick.

Depending on the version read there are, of course, a variety of interpretations for our Gospel reading this morning.  Some think of it as a kind of supernatural miracle where, by Jesus' touch, just five loaves and two fish were able to feed thousands. In the end, perhaps it is enough to simply hear this story as a vivid reminder that in Jesus' presence there is always more than enough. Enough food, enough space, enough kindness,

The miracle of the feeding of the five thousand is a miracle that addresses our fears of not having enough. So often in our churches and in our communities conversations centre around scarcity  There is never enough money, never enough youth, never enough volunteers never enough. The bottom line of the miracle is that God always provides us with what we need.

In the other Gospel accounts of this miracle we are presented with more details as to how Jesus acquired the loaves and fishes We are not given this by Matthew but I often wonder what tone the disciples used when they presented the meagre offerings.  Perhaps they thought Jesus was joking or being sarcastic when he told them to give the crowds something to eat themselves so responded in a similar manner. “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fishes”

In a crowd of 5000 plus, I wonder how many even recognized the miracle that was happening right before their eyes.  For all their enjoyment of the simple and plentiful meal before them, they may hardly have noticed where it came from. Perhaps this is sometimes also true of us that we don’t recognise the gifts that are right in front of us.


In 1946, when Mother Teresa came face to face with the masses of suffering and dying people in Calcutta, she didn’t shrug her shoulders and walk the other way. Instead, she experienced what she called the “call within the call,” which she described as a call from God to serve those suffering the most. And, she answered the call.

Certainly neither her knowledge, her wealth nor her wisdom was going to be enough to fulfil God’s calling on her life to serve the poorest people on the earth. Yet, in faith, she began the Missionaries of Charity with only 13 members. In the years that followed, the 13 grew to be thousands of people serving Christ through serving people.

When we listen to and heed the call of God. When we allow God to work through us Jesus multiplies meagre resources and makes a way forward which is truly miraculous. Let us never get in the way of God’s work, by trying to take things into our own hands and saying, “There is not enough to go around!”



                                   Parish Safegaurding notice12.1905/12/19

If you are unfamiliar with any of our services we hope these notes will be of  use to you and that we will be able to welcome you into our Parish family:


Our normal* service pattern is as follows :

  • Every Sunday at 8am – Holy Communion - a traditional said celebration of the Eucharist taken from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer (BCP) 
  • 1st Sunday of each month at 10.00- Family Service- a short service aimed at families to come along to worship and have fun. Children and young people are encouraged to actively participate.. Coffee is served afterwards.  
  • 1st Sunday of each month at 6pm- Evensong – a traditional evening service as set out in the Book of Common prayer. The service includes readings, psalms and hymns 
  • 2nd Sunday of each month at 10am - Matins - a traditional morning  service as set out in the Book of Common prayer. The service includes readings, psalms and hymns. 
  • 3rd Sunday (& 5th if applicable) of each month at 10am - Family Communion – using a version of Common Worship liturgy which reflects the richness and variety of worship which is available for use Sunday by Sunday. Coffee is served afterwards. 
  • 4th Sunday of each month at 10am - Parish Communion - a celebration of the Eucharist using Common Worship which uses more modern language together with additional readings and hymns

  • Also on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month our Sunday Club meets during the main 10am service at the Rectory from 9.45am. The Sunday Club then normally join the Church Family in the Church at 10.45am. Please contact Celia Merchant or one of the Sunday Club Leaders for more details.

At all our services there are facilities for pre school children.Toys & books are always available in our Childrens Corner.

*Please check for changes to service patterns in the Burwash Village Magazine each month or on our website.


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