Sunday, 24 December 2017

Web Magazine - January 2018 - Rector's Pages - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The Rector’s pages: 

STAR OF THE EAST (by Eugene Field)
STAR of the East, that long ago
Brought wise men on their way
Where, angels singing to and fro,
The Child of Bethlehem lay--
Above that Syrian hill afar
Thou shinest out to-night, O Star!
Star of the East, the night were drear
But for the tender grace
That with thy glory comes to cheer
Earth's loneliest, darkest place;
For by that charity we see
Where there is hope for all and me.
Star of the East! show us the way
In wisdom undefiled
To seek that manger out and lay
Our gifts before the Child--
To bring our hearts and offer them
Unto our King in Bethlehem!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!   HAPPY NEW YEAR!   HAPPY NEW YEAR!   HAPPY NEW YEAR!   HAPPY NEW YEAR!   

What are "Magi"?
   The original Greek in Matthew 2 calls the men who came to visit Jesus magoi. The text reveals that they had the wealth and knowledge to travel and offer lavish gifts; they also had knowledge about the stars ("We have seen his star in the east..."). The only other occurrence of the Greek word magos is in Acts 13:6, where it is translated "magician," meaning one who practices sorcery. The Greek Old Testament has an occurrence of magos (Daniel 2:2), and there it also means "magician." Fortunately, other ancient literature helps us to understand who the Magi were. From the Jewish historian Josephus, the Greek historian Herodotus, and the writings of Strabo, a clearer picture of the people called the Magi appears. The Magi first appear about the 7th century B.C. in the Median empire (Herodotus I, ci). At the time of the birth of Jesus, the Magi were an ancient priestly caste dwelling within the Parthian empire, a large area to the east of the eastern frontier of the Roman Empire.These priests practiced astrology, which at the time was a hybrid of astrology and what we now call astronomy.
   They were adept at interpreting dreams (which we possibly get a flavour of in Daniel 2). At the time just prior to the birth of our Lord, the Magi formed the upper house of the Megistanes council, whose duties included the election of the king of the Parthian empire. Thus, the Magi at this time were possibly "kingmakers."

A little child,
A shining star.
A stable rude,
The door ajar.

Yet in that place,
So crude, forlorn,
The Hope of all
The world was born.


FIRST SUNDAY SERVICES:

 Sunday 4th February 2018
Barrington - 6.00pm Evensong 1662
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - 8.45am Communion 1662 
Kingstone - 10.00am Family Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion

OTHER SERVICES:

Sunday 21st January - 5.00pm
A service of light, at the darkest time of the year, 
to look forward to spring.
Held at Chillington for all the villages.

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Buttle Close Common Room - Shepton Beauchamp
We meet at 11.30am on the first Thursday of each month in the Common Room of Buttle Close for a short, gentle service of prayers, hymns, readings and a story.   Everyone is very welcome.
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Weekday Communions
Shepton on Tuesdays at 10.30am.
This service is 25 minutes long, simple Communion Service to reflect, pray and give thanks.
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FROM THE CHURCH REGISTERS:
18th November     Amelia Wilkinson; holy baptism at Shepton Beauchamp
22nd November    Joseph “Joe” Smith, 90 yrs; a long term resident of Dowlish Wake, cremation at Yeovil.
25th November     Ruby Dando; holy baptism at Shepton.
4th December       Hugh Quick, 87 yrs; family cremation service at Taunton, followed by a thanksgiving and celebration of his life at Dowlish Wake.
11th December     Joe Smith; ashes interred at Dowlish Wake.
13th December     Alistair Taylor, 67 yrs; ashes interred at Dowlish Wake.

THANK YOU
Sat 18th November - Cudworth Christmas Fair - raised £754!
Sat 25th November - Church stalls at Barrington Community Market - raised £235!


A very big thank you to everyone involved in the fundraising, volunteers, donors, contributors and shoppers.   All the money raised goes into supporting the life of your village church.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Web Magazine - December 2017 - Rector's Pages

The Crib scene from Shepton Beauchamp church, 
on the cover of the national War Cry magazine for December 2017, 
published by the Salvation Army.


The Rector’s pages:  (By Nigel Bovey, editor of the War Cry newspaper)

A MANGER seen
And cattle heard
Neath Beth’lem’s barren, clear-sky hills,
By summoned keepers of the sheep, 
Who glimpse the new-born Lamb of God. 

A manger bare,
Just bits of wood 
Fashioned, formed 
With care and craft,
Shaped to frame the Son of God.

A manger filled
With cattle-feed
Folding close the Bread of Life,
Who’ll feed the hungry – satisfy 
The deepest hunger of the soul.

A manger left
Behind; instead 
Two fresh-hewn spars of fragrant wood,
That take the nails and hold him high
To pay the price of human sin.

A manger scene
In parish church,
On village green, in high-street mall –
A ‘pause for thought’ ’mid festive wild:
No greater gift,
No costlier love
Than God expressed;
Than God as child.



Dear God, may our Christmas be your Christmas.
Let us give and receive gifts with love.
Let us feast on friendship and forgiveness.
let us decorate, not just with tinsel, 
but with the light that shines from heaven.

FIRST SUNDAY SERVICES:

 Sunday 7th January 2018
Barrington - 6.00pm Evensong 1662
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - 8.45am Communion 1662 
Kingstone - 10.00am Family Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion

OTHER SERVICES:

Sunday 3rd December - 10.00am at Kingstone
Christingle Service - starting the festive season.
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Sunday 10th December - 5.00pm at Dowlish Wake
Christingle and the first Nativity stories with favourite carols.
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Sunday 17th December - 10.00am at Barrington
Christingle Service - starting the festive season
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Buttle Close Common Room - Shepton Beauchamp
We meet at 11.30am on the first Thursday of each month in the Common Room of Buttle Close for a short, gentle service of prayers, hymns, readings and a story.   Everyone is very welcome.
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Weekday Communions
Shepton on Tuesdays at 10.30am.
This service is 25 minutes long, simple Communion Service to reflect, pray and give thanks.
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FROM THE CHURCH REGISTERS:
22nd October     William Bamford; holy baptism at Dowlish Wake
24th October      Lily Salisbury, 97 yrs; Funeral service at Yeovil crematorium and interment of ashes with her beloved husband at Shepton Beauchamp.




ADVENT PRAYER MORNING Saturday December 2017 
10.00am - 1.00pm. at St Michael’s Church Haselbury Plucknett 
with Rev’d Jonathan and Beatrice Morris. Advent is a special season with its emphasis on watching and waiting – expectantly. A time for us to give room for God to meet us on a deeper level during the busyness before Christmas.
“Where do you seek me, here I am.
”Simple bring and share lunch afterwards. Dress up warm!   Please bring along your own candle (any shape, size and colour) in a holder.
For further information please contact Jonathan 72356 / jonbea@cooptel.net
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FOR SHEPTON 

St Michael’s Church, Shepton Beauchamp

Remembrance Sunday

More than 90 people gathered in the church, decorated by splashes of poppy-red, for the Remembrance Day service led by Canon Ian Gibson. It was followed by the solemn wreath-laying ceremony in the churchyard. Representatives from the armed services and village groups took part. After the ‘Last Post’, the two minute’s silence was broken only by the rippling sound of the new ‘Lest We Forget’ flag being stretched taut from its tower pole by the whipping wind. 

Afterwards, the group moved to the Love Lane end of the churchyard for another ceremony, around a small winter-flowering cherry tree planted by the Events Team earlier in the year to mark the centenary of Passchendaele. A wreath from the ‘Men’s Institute’ men in the village was placed on an accompanying new plaque commemorating the Shepton Beauchamp Eight, who died in the First World War. It was especially poignant to hear the story behind each of them. 

The short but meaningful ‘Loved and Lost’ candlelit service led by Father Geoff brought the day to a peaceful and uplifting close. The church has a calming beauty of its own when lit by so many candles.  After the roll-call of names, more than 30 people took the opportunity to silently remember family members or friends ‘still loved but no longer seen’, by lighting extra candles for them. 


FOR DOWLISH, KINGSTONE, CHILLINGTON AND CUDWORTH

A joint Remembrance Sunday Service

Its not often that four villages get together on a Sunday, but Chillington, Cudworth, Dowlish Wake and Kingstone did just that for their annual Acts of Remembrance and filled the Church at Dowlish.

With representatives from each of the villages taking part, there were readings  from war poetry by traditional and more contemporary writers, favourite (if suitably somber) hymns, and a distant bugle to call in the two minute’s silence.   The names of the Fallen from all four villages were read out and wreaths and poppy-crosses were laid before the congregation retired to Speke Hall for tea and biscuits.


It somehow seems more appropriate to commemorate the tragic events of the two world wars, and conflicts in more recent years, by joining together to pay our respects to those who have given so much for our freedom.   At a school assembly this year, whilst the children were being told about the poopies in Flanders Field, a very young child interrupted by saying, “but after all that, why are we still fighting!”   I’m not sure what the answer is.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Web Magazine - November - Rector's Pages


The Rector’s pages:  this month from Rev’d D’ Fyfe

Last month I spent five days in Flanders, in Ypres, now Iepers, (The soldiers called it Wipers!).  We were a mixed group, mostly from Somerset.  This wasn’t just a battlefield tour; it was almost a pilgrimage to understand old battles and to remember those who fought in them.  I’ve been there before, but each time you see something else and understand a bit more – and it has to be said, a bit less!  We started by “surveying the ground”!  Standing on a low ridge you realise that you can see whatever is happening below.  Then you begin to understand why Ypres was so important; why they had to try to take back the ridge of high ground overlooking it.  In many cases, our view of the ground was blocked by the fields of maize and trees.  100 years ago there was no longer any cover and the mud was deep.    We were told (often!) to use mental flexibility to understand what we were seeing!  The photos in the museum told the tale.  We visited Toc H,  the rest house in Poperinghe, and stood in the garden; then climbed up the attic stairs to the little chapel; realising how much the peace and quiet must have meant to those who were back for a break before returning to the front.  (Although Poperinghe was not out of range of gunfire.)  From the coach we saw the cemeteries along the road; the rows of headstones shining white.  In all but the smallest the tall cross stood out.  We laid wreaths at Tyne Cot and other cemeteries and also at St George’s Church in Ypres.  The church had just been given new bells for its tower, commemorating the bell-ringers who died in that wasted land.  The bells, decorated with poppies, were still in the aisle waiting to be hung.  The bugles sounded from the back of the church and time stood still.  We went to the ceremony at the Menin Gate where members of our party laid wreaths. The first bugles to sound the Last Post and Reveille at the Menin Gate (in 1927) were from the Somerset Light Infantry.  It was very fitting that the band of the Somerset Army Cadets marched up to that towering monument with their bugles sounding.  They came up the street at Light Infantry pace and were loudly applauded.  The street was packed with people.  But what does it mean now?  Every time I hear the stories recounted I think I understand….but do I?  War is messy.  You can’t plan what happens.  You can make plans and think “if this happens, I will do such and such”.  But in real life things go wrong.  And nowadays we always have to blame someone.    What did I bring back from this pilgrimage?  Mental flexibility!  You have to see things as they were, before you can take a view about how they are now.  What else?  Many of these men went to war because they thought they should.  It was for them an obligation to their country, or to their county or to their friends whom they marched alongside.  Rightly or wrongly they didn’t shout for their rights.  Nowadays our rights very often come first.  I took comfort from something very simple.  There were so many headstones, so many young men, and so many were nameless. - “Known unto God”.  In a strange way that phrase was a comfort.  In all that carnage and waste these men were not anonymous.  God knew who they were, even if we didn’t.  
 FIRST SUNDAY SERVICES:

 Sunday 3rd December 2017
Barrington - 6.00pm Evensong 1662
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - 8.45am Communion 1662 
Kingstone - 10.00am CHRISTINGLE & Family Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion


OTHER SERVICES:
Remembrance Sunday - 12th November 2016
All services are listed on the back page of this Web BUT please note that many service start times are different from normal.
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LOVED AND LOST
Shepton Beauchamp 12th November at 5.30pm
Chillington 19th November at 4.30pm

Most of us have loved someone who has died, and from the earliest times the Christian Church recognised the grief and pain that this brings.   It has also understood that the opportunity to remember those we have loved and lost, is an important part of the grieving process.   So each year we hold a simple, quiet, candle-lit service were we can remember our loved ones and, if you would like, theirs names can be read out and you can light a candle in their memory.  If you would like a name read out during the service, there will be lists available in the two churches for a week before the service.
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Buttle Close Common Room - Shepton Beauchamp
We meet at 11.30am on the first Thursday of each month in the Common Room of Buttle Close for a short, gentle service of prayers, hymns, readings and a story.   Everyone is very welcome.
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Weekday Communions
Shepton on Tuesdays at 10.30am.
This service is 25 minutes long, simple Communion Service to reflect, pray and give thanks.
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FROM THE CHURCH REGISTERS:

23rd September Morgan Zaple; holy baptism at Kingstone Church.
29th September Nell Rolaff, 100 yrs; ashes interred with her husband Adam, at Dowlish Wake.
30th September Jo Carvell, 89 yrs; ashes interred at Shepton Beauchamp with her beloved husband Baz.
4th October Keith Ingham, 77 yrs; cremation at Yeovil, followed by a very well attended Thanksgiving service at Barrington.
6th October Violet Brice, 91 yrs; funeral service and burial with her husband at Kingstone.
14th October Thea St John Wright; holy baptism at Shepton.




DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Dowlish Wake PCC (Church Council)
6th November, 7.00pm the Morgan’s home in Oxenford.
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Sunday 12th November
Remembrance Sunday
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Saturday 18th November 10.30am - 1.00pm
Cudworth Christmas Fair and community coffee morning
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25th November 10.30am - 12.00pm
Advent Coffee Morning at Stocklinch
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THANK YOU:  A very big thank you to everyone who has helped - in any way - with the recent fundraising events.   For those raising the money….thank you for your hard work and time; for those supporting…..thank you for your help and generosity…..

Shepton Beauchamp church - Bingo raised £167; concert with Kingsbury Band brought in £360 for Cancer Research and £360 for the church (big thank you all the helpers and the Band); Harvest Lunch (thank you Tom and Angie and helpers) £161.
Barrington Harvest Supper - raised £138 for the Ilminster Food Bank.

All of the funds raised are for the constant work need to run, maintain and repair, the village churches (ie repairs to the boiler chimney at Shepton cost £1600!).



THE ILMINSTER LIONS CLUB are working with Tesco Stores at Ilminster. Tesco have the problem of disposing of food near the end of its shelf-life which cannot be sold. They cannot give it away in the store so to fulfil their obligations and to help the local community they have asked the Lions Club, as a well-known organisation in Ilminster, to help them get food to people who need it. So, we have just started a 'Friendship' group which meets at the Youth Centre, Frog Lane (just near the Arts Centre) every Thursday at 11.00am to about 1.00pm. We are happy to meet anyone who would like to come in for a cup of tea or coffee and have a chat, especially those living alone or feeling isolated. We will be organising a few activities with the help from the Lions and Tesco staff. We will also have a range of food products, bread, tea, canned goods, frozen meats, etc, for people to take home. We also hope to have visits from the Citizen's Advice Bureau to offer advice over a wide range of subjects. 




THE SHEPTON BEAUCHAMP CHARITY is a collection of charities for the benefit of residents of Shepton Beauchamp; some of the charities are several hundred years old.  

Educational Grants are paid to any child or young adult who is in some form of education, either school, sixth form, college, university or apprenticeship.   All that is required is a letter, written by the applicant and sent/given to either the Rev’d Geoff Wade or Richard (details below) before 4.00pm on 17th November.
The Over 70's Christmas Box is a small payment, paid in early December, to help with the cost of Christmas and is payable to residents who are 70 years old or over, and have lived in the village for 3 years or more.
If you are not yet receiving the Christmas Box,  please call Richard Martin on 240604 (Greystones, Middle Street) to have your name added to the list (before 17th November please).


REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY AT SHEPTON - 12th November
Just a quick word to add meat to the bones of what we are doing at Shepton this Remembrance Sunday.......

10.40am   Act of Remembrance - the Act starts in church before proceeding to the War Memorial for the Two Minute Silence and the Roll Call of village men who gave their lives in the World Wars.

On completion (about 11.10am) - unveiling of the Memorial Tree and Stone; we will go down to the bottom of the churchyard to unveil the tree and stone set to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War as the horrific battle of Passchendaele drew to a close in November, a century ago.

On completion (about 11.20am) - a short service of Holy Communion.

5.30pm Loved and Lost service (details as above)



October Pages:

The Rector’s pages:  

“SHARING CHOCOLATE” by Joan Kennedy

A young boy was walking home through the park after attending Sunday School.

Somehow, he couldn't stop thinking about the lesson for the day, on Jesus' parable of the last judgement. What impressed him most was when the teacher said, “when you give something to another person, you're really giving to Jesus.”

As he continued through the park, he noticed an old woman sitting on a bench. She looked hungry and lonely. So he sat down next to her, took from his pocket a chocolate bar he had been saving, and offered some to her. She accepted with a smile. He liked her smile so much that after she had eaten her piece of chocolate he gave her more. This time they exchanged smiles and, for a while, they sat together in silence, just smiling at each other.

Finally, the boy got up to leave. As he began to walk away, he turned, ran back to the bench, and gave the woman a big hug. She gave him her best smile.

When he arrived home, his mother saw the smile on his face and asked, 'what made you so happy today?' He said, 'I shared my chocolate bar with Jesus, And she had a great smile.'

Meanwhile, the old woman returned to her little flat where she lived with her sister. 'You're all smiles,' said the sister. 'What made you so happy today?' To which she replied, 'I was sitting in the park, eating chocolate with Jesus. And, you know, he was a lot younger than I expected.'


A Reading from St Teresa of Avila 
Christ has no body now on earth but yours, 
no hands but yours, no feet but yours,
yours are the eyes 
through which Christ's compassion is to look out on the earth, 
yours are the feet by which He is to go about doing good
and yours are the hands by which He is to bless us now. 

From the Church Registers
29th August At Shepton Beauchamp; Escort Hawkins 89 yrs, funeral service and burial with his ancestors.
31st August From Shepton Beauchamp; Jo Carvell, 89 yrs, cremation at Yeovil.   
2nd September At Shepton Beauchamp; Lily Walsh and Joshua Acreman, holy baptism.
14th September At Shepton Beauchamp; Betty Osborn, 87 yrs, funeral service and burial.




THANK YOU:  A very big thank you to everyone who has helped - in any way - with the recent fundraising events.   For those raising the money….thank you for your hard work and time; for those supporting…..thank you for your help and generosity…..

16th August      Cudworth Summer Market raised £1612.
19th August     Puckington Flower Festival and stalls raised £1420 for church funds and the Community Stall raised £500 for the “Village Voice” and church facilities project.
26th August    Chillington Craft Fair at Speke Hall Dowlish Wake raised £1200 for repairs to the drains and retaining walls of the churchyard.
16th September   Puckington, “Joan’s Coffee Morning in Church” raised £281 for minor repairs to the church.

All of the funds raised are for the constant work need to run, maintain and repair, the village churches.




I’VE BEEN TO:
I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone. I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognises you there. I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work. I live close so it's a short drive. I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore. I’ve also been in Doubt and that’s a sad place to go to so I don’t go there often. However, I’ve been in Capable and go there more often now that I’m older. One of my favourite places is to be in Suspense! It really gets the adrenaline flowing and pumps up the old heart and at my age I need all the stimuli I can get. Sometimes I’m in Vincible but life tells me I’m not. Some people tell me I’m in Denial, but I’m positive I’ve never been there before. So far I haven’t been Continent but my travel agent says I’ll be going there soon. One place missed is in toxicated; going there very soon!