Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Web Magazine - September - Rector's Pages

The Rector’s pages:  

Going to Church is never easy.

There are so many other things to do, or that need doing, and Sunday is often the only time most folk get to do them.   In the country this is not helped by two important things that our village churches do; first we have a variety of services to appeal to a range of tastes; second, because we are in a group of eight churches we can’t have services at the same time every Sunday.  Consequently we can’t even get into the habit of going to church because each Sunday is different.

How do we get round this?   The simplest way to do it is to choose a service that you like and then go to it no matter what!   You might have enjoyed 1662 Evensong or Communion but got out of the habit of going; you might want a more informal style in which case the “Worship 4 All” might suit you; something a bit deeper would bring you to the modern language (CW) Holy Communion. 

Alternatively you might enjoy something very “English country church” in format in which case we have a series of Harvest Festivals coming up which you might find inspiring.   A service which everyone can join in with; popular and singable hymns; some thoughts and prayers that remind us of the beauty and bounty of mother-nature and the hard-work of the farmers who live and work amongst us.
Sun 17th September
- 7.00pm - at Puckington

Sun 24th September 
- 10.00am - at Dowlish Wake
- 11.15am - at Stocklinch
(Harvest Lunch for Chillington and Cudworth villages)
- 6.00pm - at Kingstone

Sun 8th October
- 12.30pm - at Shepton Village Hall 
- harvest lunch with short service afterwards

Sun 15th October
- 10.00am - at Barrington

Thanks to you, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits you have given me. Most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may I know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day.  Amen.

Supporting the hungry - Harvest Offerings:   
it has long been the custom for us to bring foodstuffs to the harvest festival services to give to those who struggle to pay for their food.   Four of our churches will be following this custom again this year and collecting dry/tinned food to go to the local food banks.  If you would like to help please bring your boxes/tins to the Harvest Festival service OR you can leave them in the church before hand.   Churches taking part are:   
Barrington, Puckington, Shepton Beauchamp, Stocklinch.

First Sunday Services - Sunday 1st October 2017
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
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Dowlish Wake - Sun 3rd September at 6.00pm
Songs for Summer - to celebrate the Dowlish Wake Flower Show
- favourite and singable hymns and popular light poetry 
- outside the church if fine, inside if wet!
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Cudworth - Fri 29th September - 7.00am (am!)
short Communion Service (open to all folk) to celebrate the sun rise 
on St Michael’s Day
with a light breakfast afterwards
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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
13 July     Chris Gold, 61 yrs; funeral service and burial at Norton sub Hamdon.
15 July    Ryan Heal & Sarah Coombes; joined in holy matrimony at Dowlish Wake.
22 July.   Alec Brand & Laura Brunt; joined in holy matrimony at Shepton Beauchamp.
1 August Leslie Arman, 87 yrs; ashes interred with his wife Sylvia at Dowlish Wake.
12 August       Willow Mervin; holy baptism at Kingstone.



DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
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Sun 3rd September - Dowlish Wake Flower Show
See notice later in Web
6.00pm - Songs for Summer 
Closing the show with a cheerful and thoughtful service to give thanks.
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Sat 16th September - 10.30
Puckington - Joan’s Harvest Coffee Morning
in Puckington Church
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Sun 24th September
 Chillington & Cudworth 
Harvest Lunch (in Cudworth church)
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Sat 30th September  - 7.00pm
Shepton Beauchamp Suppertime Concert 
with the Kingsbury Band (in church)
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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…..

16 July Stocklinch “Boule and buns” - raised £101 - big thank you to the Kents for organising and hosting the event.
21 July   Kingstone Ceilidh - raised £1160 - well done!
29 July Dowlish Wake Duck Race - an incredible £1520 raised to be shared between church running costs and defibrillator for the village.

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




Dowlish Wake/Kingstone and local areas - waste paper collection
The money raised from this goes to the Pavilion and Kingstone Church.
   I wanted to remind everyone of the waste paper collection at the Dowlish Wake playing field, on the second weekend of each month. Unfortunately, the trend for the weight collected has been going down over the course of this year. It is difficult to understand why this is, as our consumption of paper and cardboard throughout the community does not usually vary much. I know there is competition from other collections such as in Ilminster and I understand it is very easy to put paper and cardboard in the weekly council boxes, so could I politely ask that if you could save it up for our collection instead, the Trustees would be very grateful. It is an important part of the earnings stream for both charities.


Education - What remains when we have forgotten all that we have been taught.(Lord Halifax)
Etiquette - Behaving yourself a little better than is essential. (Will Cuppy)
Exercise - What you get when you walk from the front door to your car. (Anon)

Experience - The name everyone gives to their mistakes. (Oscar Wilde)

Web Magazine - August - Rector's Pages

The Rector’s pages:   some inspirational thoughts…author unknown.

    In 1962, four nervous young musicians played their first record audition for the Decca Recording company. The executives were not impressed. While turning down this group of musicians, one executive said, "We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out." The group was The Beatles.
    In 1944, Emmeline Snively, director of the Blue Book Modelling Agency, told modelling hopeful Norma Jean Baker, "You'd better learn secretarial work or else get married." She went on to become Marilyn Monroe.  In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry fired a singer after one performance. He told him, "You ain't goin' nowhere son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck." He went on to become Elvis Presley.
    When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, it did not ring off the hook with calls from potential backers. After making a demonstration call, President Rutherford Hayes said, "That's an amazing invention, but who would ever want to use one of them?”   When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, he tried over 2000 experiments before he got it to work. A young reporter asked him how it felt to fail so many times. He said, "I never failed once. I invented the light bulb. It just happened to be a 2000-step process.” 
    In the 1940's, a young inventor named Chester Carlson took his idea to 20 of the biggest corporations in the country. They all turned him down but after seven years of rejections, he finally got a tiny company to purchase the rights to his invention, an electrostatic paper-copying process; Xerox Corporation.
    Wilma Rudolph was the 20th of 22 children. She was born prematurely and her survival was doubtful. When she was 4 years old, she contacted double pneumonia and scarlet fever, which left her with a paralysed left leg. At age 9, she removed the metal leg brace she had been dependent on and began to walk without it. By 13 she had developed rhythmic walk, which doctors said was a miracle. That same year she decided to become a runner. She entered a race and came in last. For the next few years every race she entered, she came in last. Everyone told her to quit, but she kept on running. One day she actually won a race. And then another. From then on she won every race she entered. Eventually this little girl, who was told she would never walk again, went on to win three Olympic gold medals.
    The moral of the above Stories: Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved. You gain strength, experience and confidence by every experience where you really stop to look failure in the face. You must do the thing you cannot do and remember, the finest steel is sent through the hottest furnace. A winner is not one who never fails, but one who NEVER GIVES UP! In LIFE, remember that you pass this way only once! Live life to the fullest and give it your best.


First Sunday Services - Sunday 9th September 2017
Barrington - 6.00pm Evensong 1662
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - NO 8.45am Service - 6.00pmSongs for Summe
Kingstone - 10.00am Family Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion

OTHER SERVICES
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Sunday 13th August - 11.00am at Kingstone Church
A VERY SPECIAL SERVICE as two young adults make their First Communion; come along - join with them a show your support for them at this important stage of their faith journey.
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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
3rd July     Reg Brown, 94yrs; funeral service and burial at Shepton Beauchamp.
5th July     Caroline and Thomas Scammell; confirmed in their faith by taking for themselves, the vows made for them at their baptism; at a confirmation service led by Bishop Ruth at Merriott.
8th July     Lola Male; holy baptism at Shepton Beauchamp.






DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
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Wed 16th August - Cudworth Summer Market: 10.30am - 1.00pm
Produce including cakes, pates, pies, preserves; stalls for quality bric-a-brac, vintage, fabric remnants, raffle, refreshments.
(satnav TA19 0PR)
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18th - 20th August - Puckington Flower Festival
Throughout the three days, 
come and see the famous flower festival in church.
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26th August - Chillington Craft Fair - 10.30am-3.00pm
The annual August bank holiday weekend craft fair, 
held in the SPEKE HALL Dowlish Wake
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Sun 3rd September - Dowlish Wake Flower Show
See notice later in Web
6.00pm - Songs of Praise for Summer 
Closing the show with a cheerful and thought service to give thanks for our community.   
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Sun 24th September
 Chillington & Cudworth 
Harvest Lunch (in Cudworth church)
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Sat 30th September 
Shepton Beauchamp Suppertime Concert 
with the Kingsbury Band (in church)
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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…..
17th June     Chillington Farm Walk to Ludney - raised £220 (big thank you to the Chapman family for hosting).
18th June.    Barrington Open Gardens raised £1525 for the hospice; Tudor Cottage Teas raised £420 and the Plant stall raised £90 for the church.
24th June    Stocklinch Summer Fete - raised over £900.
1st July.       Barrington Church Day - raised £1818 plus £618 from the Flower Festival plus £95 in private donations!
All of the funds raised are for the constant work need to run, maintain and repair, the village churches.

MEDITATION FROM A SALVATION ARMY PUBLICATION OF THE 1980’S.
   Our Father, which art in Heaven. Help me to believe that there is a power to lift me up which is stronger than all the things that hold me down.
   Hallowed be Thy name. Help me to be sensitive to what is beautiful and responsive to what is good so that day by day I may grow more sure of the holiness of life in which I want to trust.
   Thy Kingdom come. Help me to be quick to see and ready to encourage whatever brings the better meaning of God into which otherwise might be the common round of an uninspired day.
   Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Help me to believe that ideals of the spirit are not far off dreams but a power to command my loyalty and direct my life here on earth.
Give us this day our daily bread. Open the way for me to earn an honest living, but never let me forget the needs of others. Help me to alleviate their needs in your name.
   And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. Make me patient and sympathetic with the short comings of others, especially those I love. Help me to keep a very watchful eye on my own weaknesses. Keep my eyes lifted to the highest so that I may be kept humble. When seeing the failures of others, make me forgiving, because I know how much there is of which I need to be forgiven.
   And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Let me not go this day within reach of evil which I cannot resist, but if in the path of duty I must go where temptation is, give me strength of spirit to meet it without fear.
   For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory for ever and ever. And so, in my heart may I carry the knowledge that Thy greatness is above and around me, and that Thy grace through Jesus Christ my Master is sufficient for all my needs.


SHARP INCREASE IN NUMBERS TRAINING TO BE VICARS
   A 14% increase in numbers training for the priesthood has been welcomed by the Church of England. An anticipated total of 543 men and women will begin studies this Autumn at colleges across England.
   Welcoming the increase the Bishop of Guildford, Andrew Watson, said: "I am delighted at both the number and the range of those whom God has been calling into ordained ministry over the course of the past year. Here are men and women who are choosing to put their faith on the line, so as to bring hope and spiritual nourishment to individuals and communities alike. In an increasingly uncertain world, nothing could be a greater privilege than walking alongside people in their joys and sorrows, from birth to grave."
   An increase of 17% in women coming forward for ordination was welcomed by Catherine Nancekievill, Head of Vocation for the Church of England:
"The Church's aim is to reflect our diversity in the priesthood and whilst we have a long way to go in achieving this, I am delighted that increasing numbers of women now feel that a life in ordained ministry is for them. This is a big step in breaking down the stereotypes, which is crucial in order to attract underrepresented groups."
   The figures show that 25% of the cohort beginning training this year are under 32. The increasing age profile of clergy has been a significant motivator for the Church in focusing on growing ordained vocations.  Catherine Nancekievill said:  "The Church takes seriously the signs that God is calling Millennials to consider careers that offer the opportunity to work for the common good. We now have an officer working to raise awareness of what training for ministry can offer to young people. Our popular scheme which offers on the job ministry experience is to undergo substantial growth this year."
   Sir Philip Mawer, Chairman of Allchurches Trust which is providing funding for the Church's Ministry Experience Scheme commented:  "Young people are known to care deeply about finding a role in which they can help make the world a better place and for an increasing number that means going into ministry. We look forward to working with the Church as they develop the Ministry Experience Scheme to offer a path to lay or ordained ministry for a greater number and ever wider range of people."
   This increase in people coming forward for ministry training comes after the launch in 2015 of Renewal and Reform, a body of work which aims to breathe new life into the Church through growing lay and ordained vocations, increasing flexibility in funding and reducing red tape to enable local churches better to serve their communities.




Friday, 30 June 2017

Web Magazine - July 2017 - Rector's Pages

The Rector’s pages:  

Mad, Bad or God?
    
    David Ingram, 44, a chemical engineer, from Hull weighs up the question was Jesus Christ mad, bad, or God...
    WAS Jesus Christ mad, bad or God? This was the question weighed up by David Ingram during Christian basics courses he attended at his local church in Hull.  The chemical engineer analysed and debated the arguments – as only a scientist could - before making a decision that would set him on a life-changing journey of faith.   "I looked at this question as a scientist analysing all the different factors," David said.

    "I decided that I couldn't see Jesus as mad, he clearly wasn't bad so it only left the one answer. This generated more questions and I knew then that I was on a journey and Christianity was definitely worth considering.”  David, 44, a father-of-three, was not from a religious background and his first introduction to church was when he got married to his wife Tracey at St Aidan's, East Hull, in 1986.  The baptism of the couple's son, Christopher, rekindled Tracey's interest in Christianity as her parents had taken to the church as a child.
David said: "Tracey became more and more involved and I was happy for her to take the children along as I wanted them to make their own minds up. I had no strong beliefs either way but began going to some of the men's activities."
The turning point came when David's friend from the group invited him on a six-week Start Course, aimed at discovering more about the Christian faith.
"Steve came to faith fairly late in life and it was hearing his story that made me go on the course," he said.

    "I'd hoped it would answer some of my big questions. I really enjoyed Start but it was some time before I took the next step.”  It was not until nearly a year later that David felt compelled to attend an Alpha course which took things onto another level.

   "My discussions became a lot more in-depth and I started to attend church regularly," he said.   "I've generally been quite a good guy in my life but I just felt there was something missing.   "Now that gap has been filled by my faith.
My whole Christian journey started through socialising with people in church. Personal invitation is so important.  "Jesus to me is like having a father, a good friend and a teacher all rolled into one. He is always there for me."
David is now even more involved in the St Aidan's men's group and is planning to lead his own Start! Course. 



First Sunday Services - Sunday 6th August 2017
Barrington - 6.00pm Evensong 1662
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - 8.45am 1662 Communion 
Kingstone - 10.00am Family Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion

OTHER SERVICES

Sun 2nd July 4.00pm 
Open Air Songs of Praise
for Barrington Church Day in the churchyard
(wet weather - inside church!)
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Sunday 30th July 10.30am
“Thank you” Service - Puckington
A time to think about all the good things in our lives and to give thanks for them.
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Sun 30th July 4.30pm
Deanery Songs of Praise - Chillington
in the Jubilee Field with views out to Wales!
(Organised by Chillington Church; by kind permission of the Chapman family)
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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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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Sat 1st July 11.00am - 4.00pm
Barrington Church Day
see notice later in this Web
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Fri 21st July - evening
Ceilidhe at Seavington Village Hall 
in aid of Kingstone Church
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Sat 29th July - DOWLISH WAKE Duck Race
Our flock of little rubber friends take to the water once more….
lots of other activities on offer throughout the village.
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18th - 20th August - Puckington Flower Festival
Throughout the three days, 
come and see the famous flower festival in church.
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26th August - Chillington Craft Fair
The annual August bank holiday weekend craft fair, 
held in the SPEKE HALL Dowlish Wake


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…..

10th June   
Puckington Coffee Morning at Peelmead - raised £300
Shepton Beauchamp - Cake & Tea-towel stall at Cowleaze Fun Day - raised £202.60

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





From the Church Registers
27th May 17 Dan Robson and Jas Blows-Paliwoda; joined in holy matrimony at Shepton Beauchamp.
03rd Jun 17 Freddie Greenop, 96 yrs; a long term member of Dowlish Wake church, Thanksgiving Service at the Fleet Air Arm Memorial Chapel, Yeovilton.
03rd Jun 17 Mary Collins very nearly 90 yrs!   A long serving member of Puckington church and resident of Barrington, Thanksgiving Service at Puckington.

From other Sources
23rd May 17   Eileen Bond, 90 yrs; a long term resident of Barrington, cremation at Taunton.




An Article by Olivia Rudgard, Affairs Correspondent  
The Telegraph - 17 June 2017

   One in six young people are practising Christians, new figures show, as research suggests thousands convert after visiting church buildings.
The figures, show that more than one in five (21 per cent) people between the ages of 11 and 18 describe themselves as active followers of Jesus, and 13 per cent say they are practising Christians who attend church. The study suggested that levels of Christianity were much higher among young people than previously thought, as research in 2006 suggested church attendance among teenagers was less than half of this.
   Around 13 per cent of teenagers said that they decided to become a Christian after a visit to a church or cathedral, according to the figures.  The influence of a church building was more significant than attending a youth group, going to a wedding, or speaking to other Christians about their faith. The research was carried out in December but was not released until now because analysts thought such a high figure could not be accurate, but another study recently released showed similar results.   One of the researchers - Mr Dale - said: “There was disbelief among the team because it was so high.  What is really exciting for us is that there is this warmth and openness that we are seeing among young people – they are really open to faith,” he said.
    One in five said reading the Bible had been important, 17 per cent said going to a religious school had had an impact and 14 per cent said a spiritual experience was behind their Christianity.   “Things which we would class as old hat methods are some of the more effective ways.  It’s a real wake-up call for the church – we’ve got lots of young people who are coming into churches with school groups and that’s a really integral part of them becoming a Christian,” Mr Dale added.   Senior Church of England figures said the findings showed the importance of keeping churches and cathedrals accessible.
   The Bishop of Worcester, John Inge, who is the lead bishop for churches and church buildings, said: “This shows the power of church buildings – they are powerful for all sorts of reasons.  They give a sense of stability, and also the sense that the Christian faith has inspired people to build these extraordinary buildings,” he said.
   He is leading a campaign to persuade parishes to keep churches open, instead of locking their doors.   There are around 16,000 Churches of England buildings which are operational.   “I’m passionate about church buildings staying open. The cathedrals are the jewel in the crown but when thinking about all those young people, it’s just as likely to be one of the parish churches which they have been inspired by,” added Bishop Inge.