THE PARISH CHURCH OF STOKE
DAMEREL (ST. ANDREW & ST. LUKE)
For the 10.00am Parish Eucharist for today click here
Rector: Revd Keith Robus RN
Telephone No: 01752 509724
Sunday 13 June Second Sunday after Trinity
Thought for the Day
I wonder who is familiar with the poem
Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelly:-
I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”
On a recent walk about Double Waters I saw a
result of a fall of a massive tree, brought low by;
age; a storm; subsidence or some other disaster.
The fall was so great that some branches had to be
cleared from the path. When standing it must have
been magnificent, towering over the valley
providing shade for the animals below and homes
for many creatures within its branches.
Two thousand years ago three simple gallows were
erected from which to hang criminals and, as was
the custom, the crimes of the victims were
displayed over their heads. The fate of the crosses
after they had accomplished their task is not
known. Some would say the mother of Emperor
Constantine, St Helena, found the cross and from
that time some have venerated parts of the true
cross. The inscription is lost, a piece of paper
thrown away, blown away and destroyed by time.
Shelly writes of the futility of humanity to claim
immortality and fame; and he does so in powerful,
succinct and dramatic turns. In contrast, the cross
of Christ with its inscription maybe lost to time,
yet its powerful image and meaning is everlasting.
The fallen tree of nature, so magnificent, will have
seeded many saplings and life will continue.
Although our time here on earth may be short, we
catch the baton of Christianity from those who
have gone before, and hand it on to those who
follow. Yet our performance as to what we do, how
we live and where we show our Christian Faith is
down to each and every one of us. Fortunately we
are not alone, for we run with Jesus in the power of
the Holy Spirit to our Father’s kingdom in heaven.
Therefore, let us not be down-cast by the image of
Ozymandias and his misplaced ideals of
immortality, but let us renew our hope in the life-
giving love of Jesus Christ, and of eternal life with
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
for by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the
THIS WEEK'S READINGS
Sunday 13th June Second Sunday after Trinity
Psalm 92:1-4. 12-end
2 Corinthians 5:6-10 (11-13) 14-17
NEXT WEEK’S READINGS
Sunday 20th June Third Sunday after Trinity
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
IF YOU ARE ILL OR NEED TO GO INTO HOSPITAL
Please ring for support:-
Revd Keith: 509724
PLEASE PRAY FOR:-
Chris, Yvonne, Lisa, David, Terry and Pat, Janet,
Jean and Peter, Philip, Margaret, John, baby Eli,
David, Kelly, James, Ruth,
all those who are ill or affected by the present
virus outbreak, and all those who have asked
for our prayers.
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms
are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
God our Father, by whose mercy
the world turns safely into darkness
and returns again to light:
we place in your hands our unfinished tasks,
our unsolved problems, and our unfulfilled
knowing that only what you bless will prosper.
To your love and protection
we commit each other and all those we love,
knowing that you alone are our sure defender,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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BLESSED SACRAMENT CANDLE
If you would like to have the candle lit for a week
for a particular prayer / thanksgiving /
commemoration, etc., please send a £5 donation to
Debbie Smith, clearly marking your donation as
being for the candle. Details of your intention can
be emailed to:- email@example.com
so that a mention of the commemoration, etc., can
appear in the Sunday Sheet.
This week the candle burns for Pam Anson in
memory of her mother, Vi Roberts, whose first
anniversary occurs on 13th June.
Stoke Damerel Parish Church is a hybrid church
open for public worship and private prayer and all
services will be live streamed.
By attending a live streamed service, you give
implied permission to have your image captured
on CCTV and to be broadcast as participant in the
In order to watch the livestreamed services please
‘click’ on this link to
make your way to YouTube site:
Sunday 13 June Trinity 2
0800 Holy Eucharist
1000 Sung Holy Eucharist
Sung hymns are provided by St Martin’s Singers
Tues 15 June
18.00 Private Prayer
18.30 Holy Eucharist
Wed 16 June St Richard of Chichester
10.00 Holy Eucharist
Thurs 17 June
09.30 Holy Eucharist
Sunday 20 June ?Trinity 3
0800 Holy Eucharist
1000 Sung Holy Eucharist
Sung hymns and organ music
The Church of England, working with St Martin
in-the-Fields and the Royal School of Church
Music, is delighted to be providing a resource of
rights-free music for use on streamed services.
The Village Hub Food Bank
Please do remember our local ‘small but perfectly
formed’ food bank. The Hub are particularly
asking for canned meat and fish, UHT milk, tea,
coffee and sugar.
Mrs Caroline Lee
As you may know Caroline Lee, our Licensed
Reader (PTO) has been called by God to pastures
new. It is therefore, with a heavy heart to respect
the will of God that Caroline is being called to a
new parish and situation. We thank God for
sending Caroline to us over fourteen years ago, for
her ministry as a Licensed Reader and we send her
forth with our blessing and prayers. We of course
wish to recognise Caroline’s ministry and to mark
her departure we are making a collection. There
are in church envelopes dedicated for donations.
Please do be generous in giving thanks for
Caroline’s ministering to us all. We will work with
Caroline to find a date when we may make a
formal presentation and say goodbye.
The Hele Pipe Organ
The electrician has completed the required work.
The pedal board has been returned. AND believe it
or not...the window has been filled with insulated
material, which should now stop the draft! The
casing has received further work and if you listen
carefully you might not hear any death watch
Frontals and Mayor’s pew
In last week’s Church Warden’s Warblings,
Marilyn mentioned the visit by some members of
the DAC (Diocesan Council for the Care of
Churches – the Exeter Diocesan ecclesiastical
version of Plymouth City Council Planners Dept).
They were highly impressed with the newly
returned Frontals (Mayor and CEMS) and with the
Mayor’s pew. With them being able to see about
the church in person and not rely on photographs
they realised the only position for the Mayor’s pew
is where it is situated at present. They did note the
Mayor’s pew is rather long and does not sit well
within the space provided for it sticks out beyond
the wall and detracts from the CEMS Frontal.
They suggested a solution to this would be to fore-
shorten the pew from five panels to three and they
would fully support and encourage this. They said
by so making the alteration, the actual seat of the
Mayor would be preserved, and the piece of
furniture be more of a feature. Here is a picture of
The outer 2 x 1/5 sections would join the Mayor’s
seat. The other 2 x 1/5 portions (those at present
next to the mayor’s seat be removed). There is a
PCC meeting on 8 July – please do make your
views known to PCC members.
Blessed Sacrament Candle
In Stoke Damerel Church there burns a candle
week in week out to mark the presence of Our
Lord under the form of the Blessed Sacrament.
The reservation of the Blessed Sacrament is for
distribution to those at home and in emergency.
For a bargain price of £5 per week, your dedication
will be prayed for on the Sunday Sheet and by the
congregation. Lesley Morris has resumed her
duties as ‘The Lady of the Lamp’ and please do
Philip has now made his permanent home in Tamar
House Care Home 1 Brest Road, Plymouth, PL6
5YE, which is an Abbeyfield establishment. He
sends to all his greetings and to say he is doing
well. He certainly sounded well on the telephone
and now that he is out of quarantine (solitary) he is
enjoying the facilities of the house and garden. He
says on a Sunday in the main lounge area, a small
group gather to watch the Sunday Eucharist. For
the first few weeks they watched TOS (The other
St Andrew). Philip was not having that and now
they watch both! Well done Philip! If you wish to
write to Philip, please do, and if you wish to have
his mobile number, please do speak with me.
Summer Service Times
I have been monitoring the numbers at the
midweek Eucharists, and in July and August there
will be a suspension of 0900 Private Prayer and
PCC MEETING: THURSDAY 8TH JULY
There will be a PCC meeting in Stoke Damerel
church on Thursday 8th July:-
1900 Holy Eucharist
1930 PCC Meeting
Please note the change from Tuesday to Thursday
evening on this occasion.
Snap Catch and child portrait photography at
Stoke Damerel: Sunday 13th June
If you have not already booked your slot, don't
delay! This is happening THIS weekend.
Saturday 19th June
Kelly is proposing a garden clear up day, like we
did before, but without the massive bonfire! We
might need a little one, however. If you have an
hour or so free, please come and join us between
10 am and 12 noon. There are always jobs outside
and inside to be done. Please wear appropriate
shoes and bring gardening gloves. Beverages and
modest sustenance provided. Covid regs apply.
Photos from the last garden clear up day:-
Summer Fair: 3rd July
11 am to 3 pm: we now need to begin collecting
your high quality bric-a-brac. Please could you
take some time out to have a rummage? We need
preserves and cakes too, so if you can start baking
and freezing or bottling, that would be very
helpful. To date we have a modest number of
outside participants. Could you also encourage all
your friends and family to come along and support
our first fund raising effort? We also need
volunteers to man stalls and help with the lunches
and clearing up at the end. With many hands it
doesn’t take much more than 45 minutes. Thank
A photo from the Summer Fair 2019
FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES
There are some wonderful ideas for keeping
children entertained during the summer months on
the Sun Hats & Wellie Boots website.
One idea this week is to collect pebbles and
decorate them as bees. If you use waterproof pens
or varnish your creations, the pebble bees can help
to decorate the garden. You can also create "bee
friendly seed packs" to give to friends and use the
bees to accompany the packs.
Full instructions can be found here:-
At risk of competing with Tony Barnard's weekly
report on developments in his Cornish garden, here
is a picture showing that Spring has also sprung in
Devon. Over our breakfast in the conservatory we
looked out to witness a pair of hedgehogs intent on
producing young - at least the male was. Mrs
Tiggywinkle seemed less keen on the idea. As we
watched for over half an hour, the intended father-
to-be was sent away disconsolate, only to take a
turn around the flower bed with his hope
rekindled. This was repeated at least a dozen
times. We wondered whether the time wasn't right
for her, being nocturnal and favouring the
discretion of darkness, or whether she
just wasn't in the mood.
At each of his attempts, he would form what
looked like a Yin and Yang symbol, head to tail
alongside his intended partner, and they would
gently rotate anti-clockwise leaving a circular trail
in the grass. Perhaps this dance was part of the
mating ritual. Judging from the number of circles
as evidence of their activities elsewhere across the
lawn, he had been persisting in his endeavours
since long before we came down for breakfast.
(Alternatively, other hedgehog couples had had
better luck while it was still dark, and had retired
to recover from their efforts.)
A long-standing mystery therefore remains
Q: How do hedgehogs procreate?
A: Very, very carefully ... or, in this case, not at all.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN JUNE
Dawn Brazier, Terry Hewitt, Marlene Schuster,
Marlene is celebrating a special birthday today
(13th June). We send her our best wishes for a
Last week I wrote about the sightings of the first
of this year’s young birds, although we still
haven’t seen as many as in previous years.
Hopefully, many more will be arriving soon.
However, all of the squirrels, including some
very troublesome new young squirrels are certainly
making their presence known.
Each morning whilst the oak leaves were still new
a few adults could be seen, for quite a few weeks,
in almost unbelievable contorted positions, trying
to eat the most succulent new leaf buds. The one
pictured below hung, high in the tree, from his or
her back legs, for quite some time.
They all come early every morning, up from the
wood, to check out the bird table as well as trying
to get into the squirrel-proof feeders.
We put tasty fruit trimmings on the bird table for
the birds so, perhaps we are responsible for being
so popular with all of the local squirrels.
As can be seen, they always ravenously devour
apple peelings, as well as the cores from pears, and
any discarded parts of plum, orange, melon etc.
The most popular item though is the avocado skins
from which they might spend some time scraping
out any remaining flesh but, if others appear
interested, the lucky squirrel will make best
attempts to run away with their prize.
The young are obviously still learning what is
good to eat and, if having checked out the bird
table, find that nothing is left, will try anything
else to hand. The pitched roof over the bird table is
now pitted from their efforts there. Worst of all
though is the effects on the adjacent bush rose.
This is now in full bloom with a couple of dozen
roses now fully open. However, I spotted one
‘delinquent’ only this morning severing a young
rosebud, trying it and then discarding it.
Powerful water pistols could now be loaded!!
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 2021
Summer Fair Sat 3rd July
Heritage Day Sat 11th September
Mayflower 401 Sun 19th September
Harvest Thanksgiving Sun 3rd October
St. Luke’s Day Sun 17th October
Remembrance Sunday Sun 14th November
Christmas Fair Sat 20th November
St. Andrew’s Night Mon 29th November
World AIDS Day Sun 28th November
Carol Service Sun 19th December
A prayer for the world
God of love and hope,
you made the world and care for all creation,
but the world feels strange right now.
The news is full of stories about Coronavirus.
Some people are worried that they might get ill.
Others are anxious for their family and friends.
Be with them and help them to find peace.
We pray for the doctors and nurses and scientists,
and all who are working to discover the right
medicines to help those who are ill.
Thank you that even in these anxious times,
you are with us.
Help us to put our trust in you and keep us safe.