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Rector: Revd Keith Robus RN
Telephone No: 01752 509724


Sunday 17th October        St. Luke


Sunday 17th October            St. Luke

2 Timothy 4.6-13
Luke 5.17-26
Sunday 24th October        Bible Sunday
Isaiah 55:1-11
2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5
John 5:36b-47
Psalm 19:7-14


Please ring for support:-

Revd Keith: 509724
Wendy: 218432
Liz: 509852

Merciful God,
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.

The sick:-
James, Andy, Charles.
The long term sick and infirm:-
Terry and Pat, Janet, George and Audrey, Philip,
The Ministry Team:-
Father Keith, Ruth, Wendy and Steve.


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:-
so that a mention of the commemoration, etc., can
appear in the Sunday Sheet.
This week the candles burns for Jean and Eric
Farrar in memory of their son, Tim.

Stoke Damerel Parish Church is a hybrid church
open for public worship and private prayer and all
services will be live streamed.

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Sunday 17 October        St. Luke with thanksgiving for St Luke’s Hospice
We will be joined by the Archdeacon of Plymouth,
the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Mr Luke Pollard MP
and the CEO of St Luke’s.
Please make every effort to be with us on that day.
0800 Holy Eucharist
1000 Sung Holy Eucharist with the Lord Mayor
Sung hymns are provided by St Martin’s Singers

Wed 20 October 
10.00 Holy Eucharist

Sunday 24 October     Bible Sunday
0800 Holy Eucharist
Preacher Mr Steve Guffick SWMTC
1000 Sung Holy Eucharist
Preacher Mr Steve Guffick SWMTC

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.

Welcome to Steve Guffick
Steve will be preaching for us on 24 October –
Bible Sunday.

Thank you for all your donations last week.
For those who left them on the kitchen table last
week, we are happy to take yours as well to the
Village Hub.

Ecumenical Bible Study
Hosted in St Peter’s Church, Wyndham Square.
Thursday 10.45. The co-ordinator is Mr Mark
Mesley and they wish to invite members of Stoke
Damerel Parish Church to join them. Each week a
person from a denomination would lead the study.
Further details from Mark: Mob. 07789274679 or

Parish Giving Scheme
Further to my mentioning the PGS in my sermon
last week, please find attached a document giving
full information about the scheme. Hard copies are
also available in church and also the helpline to set
up a donation is 0333 002 1260.
Please do have a word with yourself before the
Lord and respond with a generous heart.
NB for those already in the scheme please do use
the telephone number 0333 002 1260 to amend
your donation! The PGS Parish Code is
150615629 St Andrew and St Luke Stoke Damerel.
Remember God loves a cheerful giver.

All Souls Day Tue 2 Nov
All Souls Day will be marked by two Requiem
Eucharists at 1000 and 1800 on 2 November. For
those who wish to have loved ones remembered
please do place their names on the forms. If you do
add a name please make every effort to be in
church to remember those who have died.

Father Keith


After a very long and enforced break, City College
Skills development team opened the Thursday
morning cafe once more and raised a huge £235
for the Macmillan Cancer appeal. There was a big
crowd as the whole department attended, which
was really great. Well done to all of you for raising
such a lot of money.
NB. The Community Cafe takes place in Stoke
Damerel Church every Thursday morning from10.30am during term time
..... and we are reliably informed by our very own Steve Guffick
that they make really good cake!

Other students in this department undertake
gardening activities for us, clearing leaves and
twigs. Another group play fantastic music in the
Parish Centre on Mondays and Wednesdays for a
few hours. We are delighted that our church is
open in this way as it is very much part of our
community outreach: one of the central reasons for
our re-ordering schedule.

Some photos....

All set for A Mayflower Garland 400 folk weekend.

Our wonderful bell ringers take to hand bells to
perform the bell ringing song.

The Lord Mayor Cllr Terri Beer graces our
Mayoral pew during her visit to the Mayflower
Garland 400 choir workshop on Saturday

                                Marilyn Goldsbrough.

John Mitchelmore, Wendy Pezzey, Craig Miles,
William Brown, Victoria Spencer, Helen Filewod.


Oct     17            St Luke’s Hospice and Patronal 
Oct      21           Trafalgar Day 
Nov    02            All Souls’ Day
Nov    07            Chamber Ensemble of London
Nov    14
            Remembrance Sunday
Nov    19/20
    Christmas Fair
Nov    27            Plymouth Gilbert & Sullivan Theatre
                            Productions Christmas concert
Nov    28           Plymouth World Aids Day Event
Nov     29          St Andrew’s Day Fundraising evening
Dec    12            Collati Concert at 1500
Dec    19            Service of Nine Lessons with Carols

We have been growing a few vegetables in the
greenhouse, in outdoor pots and in the garden for
the last four years only, with varying successes.
The greenhouse had not been used for a number of
years and, when we noticed that weeds were taking
over, we decided it was time to act. That first year
saw all loose fittings taken out, all weeds grubbed
up and the whole of the interior and all of the
fittings thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The
next move was to decide what to grow. We went
for what we hoped would be the easiest and most
productive for relative novices. Seeds were
purchased and, at the relevant times we set
Lettuce, Beetroot, Radishes, Peas, Runner Beans,
Broad Beans, French Beans, Courgettes and two
types of Tomato. The results were mixed. Lettuces
succumbed to slugs before they had time to grow;
Beetroots took some time to develop and were still
very small when harvested and pickled; the
radishes also took ages to reach any acceptable
size and were so tough they were virtually
inedible. We did purchase a few small Leek plants
from the local farm shop but, as they were still
very young and tender, the slugs and snails made a
beeline for them, just leaving short thin white
stumps which quickly shrivelled and died.
However, everything else was considered a success.

The garden even gave us, already established,
unbelievably small (but oh so sweet) Wild
Strawberries, Quinces (which made very tasty
Quince Jam), delicious Raspberries (which had
spread under the fence from the neighbouring
garden, and various Herbs which grow so
prolifically that they need cutting back each year.
We had plenty of delicious fresh Courgettes, Peas,
and Beans, even having to freeze quite a lot of the
Runner and French Beans. Best of all though were
the Tomatoes which just kept coming to be
enjoyed fresh in salads, and served up on toast, as
well as being preserved as pickle, chutney and
even marmalade (which was delicious).
Occasionally there were Tomatoes which
developed with some weird distortions which
frequently amused us, like the one I photographed

The following year was equally as good and by
Autumn the freezer and larder shelves were
bulging with preserved goods to be enjoyed
through the winter before the next year’s produce
was available. In that second year we added to the
range of sowings, generally with moderate success.
Kale was very slow in developing but we were
able to regularly cut some leaves for meals and
soups. We had purchased some Rhubarb in the
previous year which, planted in a large pot had
seemed to completely shrivel and die, but always
threw up a few new shoots, although never enough
to pick. Eventually, some new ground was dug
over – albeit very slowly due to the massive
number of small stones in there. This work was
duly completed, and a large amount of fresh
compost added before planting out the Rhubarb.
This was just what was needed, and we
subsequently enjoyed quite a few bowls of fresh
home-grown Rhubarb.
Last year was not quite so successful and, with the
very mixed weather this year, we have again had
similarly disappointing results. As for the tales
from these two years – to be continued, perhaps
next week...
Tony Barnard

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.

Hubb Support, 17/08/2020