Friday, 9 September 2016

Web Magazine - SEPTEMBER 2016 Issue - Rector's Pages

The Rector’s pages:

8 year-old's explanation of God (by Danny Dutton, aged 8)

Danny’s homework was to answer the explain who God was…..

One of God's main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth.
He doesn't make grownups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn't have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.

God's second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like vicars and things, pray at times beside bedtime.  God doesn't have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this .
Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off.   God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn't go wasting his time by going over your mum and dad's head asking for something they said you couldn't have.

Jesus is God's Son. He used to do all the hard work like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn't want to learn about God. They finally got tired of him preaching to them and they crucified him. But he was good and kind, like his father, and he told his father that they didn't know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said O.K.

His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard work on earth so he told him he didn't have to go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven. So he did. And now he helps his dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones he can take care of himself without having to bother God. Like a secretary, only more important.   You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to help you because they got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the time.

It is good to know He's around you when you're scared, in the dark or when you can't swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids.
But... you shouldn't just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases. And this is what I know about God.




First Sunday Services - Sunday 2nd October
08.45am  Dowlish Communion 1662
10.00am Kingstone HARVEST FESTIVAL
10.30am Shepton Modern sung Communion
11.15am Cudworth Communion
6.00pm Barrington Sung Evensong 



OTHER SERVICES
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Thursday 29th September - 7.00am (yes 7.00am!)
Sunrise Communion for Michaelmas at Cudworth
More than eight hundred years ago, our ancestors built a small, narrow, east facing window above the altar in the lady chapel at St Michael’s Church Cudworth.  Without the aid of computers they positioned this window so perfectly that at sunrise on the Feast of St Michael the rising sun would send a shaft of light through the narrow opening to illuminate the chalice and paten, bread and wine, being used for the Communion.  We keep this feast every year - why not come and join us?
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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.
These services are 30 minutes long, simple Communion Services to reflect, pray and give thanks.
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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Sat 3rd September - 10.30am
Puckington - “Joan’s coffee morning” at South Braden Farm
(by invitation of the whole Spiller family!)
(for Puckington church running costs)

Sat 10th September - 3.00pm
Dowlish Wake - Karl Schmidt's 100th birthday party
in the Speke Hall

Sat 17th September - 10.30am
Barrington - Celebration Coffee Morning in church
To celebrate the opening of the new church kitchen - everyone welcome please come and join us.

Sat 24th September - 10.30am
Shepton - Celebration Coffee Morning in church
To celebrate the opening of the new church kitchen and the meeting spaces in the back of the church - everyone welcome please come and join us.






From the Church Registers
6th July        Shirley Cox, 79 yrs; funeral service at Shepton Beauchamp followed by burial with her beloved husband Arthur.
16th July      Carly Warren and Wayne Martin; joined in holy matrimony at Puckington.
26th July      Bert Rowley, 86 yrs; ashes interred with his parents at Kingstone church.
30th July      Mason Suckling; holy baptism at Shepton Beauchamp church.
30th July      Sebastian Linten; holy baptism at Shepton Beauchamp church.
6th Aug        Nathan Gibson and Beth Martin; joined in holy matrimony at Shepton Beauchamp church.
13th Aug      Oakley Curtis; holy baptism at Shepton Beauchamp church.






Macmillan Welfare Benefit Advisor
Macmillan Welfare Benefit Advice and Grant Service is available to help cancer patients and their families obtain their full welfare benefit entitlements.   
We see people in their home or at outreaches throughout South Somerset.  
We can help take the worry out of finances during these difficult times.   

Please contact us on 01935 847 666 if we can be of help.



MONTHLY PAPER COLLECTION - Dowlish Wake Playing Fields & Kingstone Church
You will doubtless have noticed the note each month about the waste paper collection for recycling which so many of you support; this provides such a reliable and regular income to these two charities (Dowlish Playing Fields and Kingstone Church) that without this steady steam of funds the situation would be quite different.  
On behalf of both organisations, I’d like to thank you for your support and the time you take in collecting the paper and bringing it down to the skip each month; it really makes a difference to both organisations which helps them support our village communities.
THANK YOU.   (Rev’d Geoff Wade)


Maybe . . . The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of
everything; they just make the most of everything that comes their way. 

Maybe . . . The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past;
after all, you can't go on successfully in life until you let go of your past mistakes, failures and heartaches. 

Maybe . . You should always try to put yourself in others' shoes. If you
feel that something could hurt you, it will probably hurt the other person too. 

Maybe . . You should do something nice for someone every single day, even if
it is simply to leave them alone. 

I am thankful for….. all the complaints about the government, because it means we have freedom of speech.





From the parish magazine - 1910
“The Parish Nurse.   A nurse has been provided, chiefly by Mr Coles, for the poor of Shepton Beauchamp and Barrington.  She will attend them when she is able, free of charge, if they apply for her services.   She will attend others as well, but those who can afford it will be expected to make a present to the nursing fund.  She is a qualified midwife, and anyone who needs her services as such must apply three months beforehand to Miss Coles, and the charge will be five shillings.”

“The Clothing Club.  Is open from the first week in February to the last week in October.   It is a charity for the help of the poor; each adult member receives a present of one shilling, and each child, sixpence.”






Saturday, 6 August 2016

Web Magazine - AUGUST 2016 Issue - Rector's Pages

The Rector’s pages:
In church recently we celebrated the festival of Saint “Doubting Thomas”; the term “doubting Thomas” is still current in our vocabulary two thousand years after it was first used to describe the actions of Saint Thomas – Apostle – who doubted that Jesus had been raised from the dead, after the Resurrection appearance of Our Lord to the other Disciples.   Thomas needed firm proof, the words of others was not enough, for him, “seeing is believing”.   There is little known of Thomas' life beyond this well known event, however there are two points which are worth bearing in mind as they contradict the doubt for which he is normally remembered.   

First of all: Jesus had been forced to leave Jerusalem, in fear of his life; he hears that his friend Lazarus is very ill and decides, to make the journey to visit him, in spite of the danger; the Disciples are frightened for their own safety but Thomas speaks out.   He persuades the Disciples to go with him, to accompany Jesus, even if it means that they will all die together.    There is no doubt in Thomas' mind...his place is by Jesus’ side, whatever will befall them.   (John 11.16)

Secondly: in the 14th/15th century, when Portuguese traders reached India, they found an active Christian church at Tranvancore and Cochin, called “Mar Thoma” whose followers traced their faith to St Thomas the Apostle.   It seems that Thomas had travelled the enormous distance from the Holy Land to South India, a difficult and dangerous journey, to take the story of “Christ”ianity to those people.   This was surely an act of great faith and endurance and there can have been no doubt in Thomas' mind when he set out on this pilgrimage.

Quite often we remember one thing about a person when there is always so much more to discover; its often worth taking the time and trouble to find the full story so that the real person can shine out and be remembered properly....just like Thomas, who doubted, only once!

Heavenly Father;  give us the patience to look beyond the obvious 
and find the real story in each person's life.   Amen.


True Story:   A child was evacuated from London to these villages during the second world war and even though she was safely returned to her family after hostilities ended, her short time her made such an impression that she regularly returned here for holidays.  She grew up, married and had children  and grand-children, but her love for this area and its people continued and never faded. She lived to a very great age, and her final wish was for her ashes to be brought back here for burial, along with those of her late husband.  What a gift the local people had given to that poor, frightened, lonely evacuee; if only they had known the good they did…..you just never know do yo

First Sunday Services - Sunday 4th September
10.00am         Kingstone Worship 4 All
10.30am         Shepton         Modern sung Communion
11.150am Cudworth         Communion
6.00pm         Barrington Sung Evensong 

NB Dowlish Wake 
no 0845am 1662 Communion because of the Flower Show, instead….
6.00pm Songs of Praise on the Green




OTHER SERVICES
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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.
These services are 30 minutes long, simple Communion Services to reflect, pray and give thanks.
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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Wed 24th August - morning - Cudworth
The annual Cudworth Summer Market, in church

Sat 27th August - morning - Chillington
The annual Chillington Craft Fair,
 in SPEKE HALL DOWLISH WAKE



From the Church Registers
18th June     Aaron Zaple and his infant son Korey; holy baptism at Kingstone.
6th July        Shirley Cox, 79 yrs; funeral service at Shepton Beauchamp followed by burial with her beloved husband Arthur.
16th July      Carly Warren and Wayne Martin; joined in holy matrimony at Puckington.

Maybe . . . The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of
everything; they just make the most of everything that comes their way. 

Maybe . . . The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past;
after all, you can't go on successfully in life until you let go of your past mistakes, failures and heartaches. 

Maybe . . You should always try to put yourself in others' shoes. If you
feel that something could hurt you, it will probably hurt the other person too. 

Maybe . . You should do something nice for someone every single day, even if
it is simply to leave them alone. 

I am thankful for….. all the complaints about the government, because it means we have freedom of speech.



From the parish magazine - 1910
“The Parish Nurse.   A nurse has been provided, chiefly by Mr Coles, for the poor of Shepton Beauchamp and Barrington.  She will attend them when she is able, free of charge, if they apply for her services.   She will attend others as well, but those who can afford it will be expected to make a present to the nursing fund.  She is a qualified midwife, and anyone who needs her services as such must apply three months beforehand to Miss Coles, and the charge will be five shillings.”

“The Clothing Club.  Is open from the first week in February to the last week in October.   It is a charity for the help of the poor; each adult member receives a present of one shilling, and each child, sixpence.”



Macmillan Welfare Benefit Advisor
Macmillan Welfare Benefit Advice and Grant Service is available to help cancer patients and their families obtain their full welfare benefit entitlements.   
We see people in their home or at outreaches throughout South Somerset.  
We can help take the worry out of finances during these difficult times.   

Please contact us on 01935 847 666 if we can be of help.



MONTHLY PAPER COLLECTION - Dowlish Wake Playing Fields & Kingstone Church
You will doubtless have noticed the note each month about the waste paper collection for recycling which so many of you support; this provides such a reliable and regular income to these two charities (Dowlish Playing Fields and Kingstone Church) that without this steady steam of funds the situation would be quite different.  
On behalf of both organisations, I’d like to thank you for your support and the time you take in collecting the paper and bringing it down to the skip each month; it really makes a difference to both organisations which helps them support our village communities.
THANK YOU.   (Rev’d Geoff Wade)






FOR BARRINGTON 

THE EASON TRUST - HELP WITH EDUCATIONAL EXPENSES
For nearly two hundred years, the charitable Eason Trust has helped countless generations of Barrington children and young people, with the extra expenses sometimes incurred with education.  This can include a donation towards the cost of school trips, specialist sports equipment, uniform clothing, tools for apprenticeships, etc.
The Trust is able to help any “young person”, living in Barrington parish, up to the age of eighteen years old, who is either in school, sixth form, college, an apprenticeship or some similar form of education.

Applications should be made in writing to:
Lesley Jones, Eason Trust Treasurer,
Tudor Cottage, Copse Shute Lane, Barrington,

by 1st September please.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Web Magazine - JULY Issue 2016 - Rector's Pages

The Rector’s pages:
“Help and support each other” a reflection by Michael Hawkins, Reader.

It is all too easy to believe that we live in a society that has become shallow, corrupt and hedonistic, that we live in a secular society and one where religion is dying and where we worship those old gods of Mammon and Bacchus once more. We do sometimes feel that we are living in a moral vacuum, that we have lost that strong sense of right and wrong that we used to have. For too many life has become meaningless and without direction.

There was a time when we looked to our politicians to give us that sense of direction and purpose but past corruption scandals and inter-party bickering and with ever more confusing messages coming out of Westminster people are losing their faith in politicians as being the ones to put society back on its feet.

Our newspapers tell us that we have declining church attendance, declining numbers coming forward for ordination, fewer children being baptized, fewer weddings and fewer funerals in church. Yet our cathedrals are full, our city churches are flourishing and even our little rural churches still attract good congregations. We can still fill our little churches for the great festivals such as Christmas and Harvest, for weddings and funerals. Our churches are still at the very heart of our communities.

In this country we have a very broad church catering for all tastes. Our own churches offer a variety of services month after month and we have a real opportunity to fill that moral vacuum.  But to do so requires real conviction from us. Think of your best teacher when you were at school, the one that really inspired you. He or she was the teacher who loved their subject, firmly believed that it was the only one that really mattered and he or she was passionate about sharing it with you. 

If we can share that same passion, that same conviction about our faith, then we can gradually bring back meaning and hope and joy into peoples lives. They will see that life does have a purpose, does have meaning, and even our small village communities exist to help and support each other on our journey.

God of the ages, you are the beginning of our journey
and our strength as we pause along the way.
Hold us by the hand as we grow,
show us where to seek you, and guide our steps that we may find you.
Give us devoted hearts that we may love you, 
and your peace when we reach our journey's end.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Sat 6th August - 10.00am - Dowlish Wake 
Coffee Morning, in church and Tower open to visitors


Wed 24th August - morning - Cudworth
The annual Cudworth Summer Market, in church

Sat 27th August - morning - Chillington
The annual Chillington Craft Fair,
 in SPEKE HALL DOWLISH WAKE




From the Church Registers
27th May     Diann and Peter Renny; ashes interred with Diann's (nee Vickery) ancestors at Kingstone.
27th May     Vivienne Brierley, latterly of Allowenshay, 91 yrs; funeral service and cremation at Taunton.
10th June    “George” Cohen, 62 yrs; funeral at Chillington Church and burial.
11th June     Mark Stephenson and Emily Copeland; joined in holy matrimony at Shepton Beauchamp.
15th June     Nora Tratt, 89 yrs; for 65 years a resident of Barrington; funeral service and cremation at Taunton.
18th June     Aaron Zaple and his infant son Korey; holy baptism at Kingstone.

From other records
23rd May     Serena Stevens; funeral service and cremation at Yeovil.



First Sunday Services - Sunday 7th August
08.45am  Dowlish Wake 1662 Communion
10.00am         Kingstone Worship 4 All
10.30am         Shepton         Modern sung Communion
11.150am Cudworth         Communion
6.00pm         Barrington Sung Evensong 



OTHER SERVICES


Sunday 31st July - 5th Sunday Services

10.30am   Puckington  Deanery Lammas Walk
Starting with a short service in Puckington Church, there will be a guided walk across local farm land finishing with tea and cake back at church.
All welcome; stout shoes/boots; dogs on leads (please pick up “poo”!).

6.00pm   Chillington   Summer Songs and Scenery
At Jubilee Field just off the A30
(travelling from the direction of Chard to Crewkerned, pass Windwhistle pub on your left, immediately after lay-by filled with gravel on left, turn left into the field)
Enjoy your favourite hymns and songs with a fantastic view towards Wales!
Light refreshments available.
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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.
+++++

Weekday Communions
Shepton on Tuesdays at 10.30am.
These services are 30 minutes long, simple Communion Services to reflect, pray and give thanks.
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Maybe . . We were supposed to meet the wrong people before meeting the right one so that, when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful for that gift. 

Maybe . . . When the door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we don't even see the new one which has been opened for us. 

Maybe . . . It is true that we don't know what we have until we lose it, but
it is also true that we don't know what we have been missing until it
arrives. 


NEW ARCHDEACON OF TAUNTON APPOINTED 
   The Right Reverend Peter Hancock, the Bishop of Bath and Wells has announced that the Rev Preb Simon Hill will be the next Archdeacon of Taunton. He replaces the Venerable John Reed who retired on 30 June after 37 years in ordained ministry. 

    Simon, who is currently Director of Clergy Development for the Diocese, will take up his appointment in the autumn. In the interim period, the Rev Dr Andrew Tatham will take on the responsibilities of the archdeacon. 
Bishop Peter said: “It is with great joy that I announce Simon’s appointment as Archdeacon of Taunton. He is, at heart, a pastor with a personal gift in developing the talents of others.” 
   As well as having responsibility for the effective operation of the archdeaconry and its lay and ordained ministers, Simon will also take on the role, currently held by Archdeacon John, of Warden of Readers and sit on the Bishop’s Staff. 
   Simon said: “I embark upon this new stage in my ministry at a challenging but exciting time for the Church. It has been a passion of mine to see people flourish in their lay or ordained ministry – people in the parishes I have served in and more recently in my diocesan role working with clergy, Readers and lay leaders. I look forward to getting to know and working with the church officers, parishes and communities in Taunton Archdeaconry, supporting them in the service of God and the sharing of the Gospel. I am also looking forward to taking on the role of Warden of Readers, working with the many committed Readers in the diocese as we look to the future, building on a 150 year tradition of mission and evangelism.” 
   Before his ordination Simon Hill taught at schools in Zimbabwe, Northumberland and Malawi. After training at Ripon College Cuddesdon, he served his curacy in Leeds before returning to Oxfordshire in the role of Team Vicar in the Dorchester Team and Director of the Cuddesdon Berinsfield programme where ordinands engaged with the practicalities of parish ministry and the theological principles behind them. He moved to North Somerset in 2003 to become Rector of Backwell with Chelvey and Brockley. He became Director of Clergy Development for the Diocese of Bath and Wells in 2010. 
About the Diocese of Bath & Wells: 
   The Diocese stretches from Portishead in the north to Crewkerne in the south, Minehead in the west to Frome in the east. Our two bishops, three archdeacons, 300 clergy, 540 churches, 180 schools, 496 parishes and 370 lay Readers serve nearly 900,000 people. 
About the Taunton Archdeaconry: 
   The Taunton Archdeaconry covers the south and west of the Diocese of Bath and Wells: from north of Bridgwater to Exmoor’s Doone Valley, and along the border with Devon to Crewkerne. There are 191 churches and chapels within 186 parishes and 54 benefices.