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.



            

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Web Magazine - June 2017 (Sunny June!) - Rector's Pages

The Rector’s pages:    This n that……

1.   Deanery Open Meeting  - Wed 7th June 7.30pm in Speke Hall
For many years the “Deanery Synod” was a dull business style meeting BUT that has now changed!   There are three meetings a year, all of them are “open to everyone” and the main business is a special speaker; in the recent past these have been really interesting and have drawn big crowds.  On Wed 7th June the speaker will be Peter Lansdown who will speak on the ongoing refugee crisis in northern France.

2.   Annual Moolham Service - Sun 18th June 6.00pm
The beautiful little churchyard of St John the Baptist, Moolham (just outside Dowlish Wake), is a yard without a church.   Legend has it that the original church building burned down (perhaps in Tudor times?) and the wood to replace the building was stolen by the villainous Ilminster folk!   I’m not sure how true that is, but its a good story.   Suffice to say that the churchyard has survived and it is a beautiful, natural - and very holy - place.   Each year, around the feast of St John the Baptist, we meet in the churchyard for readings and popular hymns and it is a very magical event….

3.   Barrington Church Day  - Sat 1st July 11.00am onwards
Many (many!) years ago the bi-annual Barrington Day was started to support the church bell tower restoration costs and since then the money raised has gone towards the ongoing repair and maintenance of the church.   Organising and running this event has been led by senior church council members but always depends heavily on the hard work of a lot of people.  With many long serving volunteers feeling it was time for a rest from their commitment, this year’s Barrington Day has been scaled down slightly and concentrated around the centre of the village.  Looking ahead, there is already an embryo committee to help re-launch the day for 2019, but in the meantime I do hope that you will all be able to visit on 1st July and help make this a really special event.

4.   Barrington Open Air Songs of Praise - Sun 2nd July 4.00pm 
In celebration of the weekends events, the church bells will be rung from 3.00 - 4.00pm on the Sunday and then there will be an open air Songs of Praise with a small local band to lead the singing.   PLEASE bring deck-chairs and rugs to sit on and picnics if you would like too. 

5.   Next Step: Confirmation - There is a Confirmation service at Merriott on Wednesday 5th July at 7.00pm; if you are interested in this, please have a word with me……Rev’d Geoff Wade   01460 240228   gw@winsmoor.plus.com



First Sunday Services - Sunday 2nd July 2017
Barrington - 4.30pm Open Air Songs of Praise
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - 08.45am 1662 Communion 
Kingstone - 10.00am Family Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion

OTHER SERVICES

Sun 18th June 6.00pm
The Annual Moolham Service 
in Moolham churchyard, Oxenford.
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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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Sun 30th July 4.30pm
Deanery Songs of Praise
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 Services to reflect, pray and give thanks.
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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Wed 7th June 7.30pm
Deanery Open Meeting at Speke Hall Dowlish Wake
Open to everyone, the speaker that evening will be
Peter Lansdown on the refugee crisis in northern France.

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Sat 10th June 10.00am - 12.00pm
Puckington - Coffee Morning at Derek’s
(For church running costs.)

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Sat 17th June 3.00pm
Ludney Farm Walk
A gentle walk from Chillington to Ludney Farm with an expert tour guide!
BBQ on completion.
(Meet at Chillington Church at 3.00pm; return after BBQ by foot or wheels)

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Sat 24th June afternoon
Stocklinch - Annual Church Fete
(More details later)

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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





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…..

15th Apr - Stocklinch Jazz Cafe - raised £370
22nd Apr - Shepton Band Concert - £508
29th Apr - Kingstone May Fair - a record £1508!

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



Bluebell Wood Walk - Sunday 14th May
Thank you to everyone who took part in the Bluebell Wood Walk from Cudworth to Chillington; the flowers were still out and carpeting the woodland floor; the weather was fine, if a little overcast; and the sense of community and friendship amongst the walkers was very strong and cheerful!   I hope you all enjoyed it!!   Thank you to the Lane and Saunders families for allowing so many people access across their land and a very big THANK YOU to those who provided breakfast, drinks and cakes at both ends of the walk.




From the Church Registers
6 May Laura Bednall and Marcus Bond; joined in holy matrimony at Chillington.
12 May        Sue English, 55yrs young; cremation at Yeovil followed by a Celebration Service at Shepton Beauchamp.
13 May        Debbie and Martin French, 10th wedding anniversary; renewal of vows at Shepton Beauchamp.

From other Sources
6 May Gordon Cave 89 yrs; a long term resident of Shepton Beauchamp, died peacefully in his sleep at his nursing home.   




Weeks and Months of Individually Guided Prayer
   Not everyone has the inclination or the ability to go away on a retreat, even if only for a couple of days. Responsibilities at home, work, or the Church, quite apart from financial considerations, can often make it impossible. Equally, fear and a lack of confidence can also play their part; “That’s not for me.” A Week or Month of Individually Guided Prayer is a way of making an individually directed Retreat in the midst of our daily lives.
      It is Individually Directed; so it is tailor-made to where an individual is on their own spiritual journey. There is no question of being “good enough” to make this kind of retreat. All that is needed is a desire to draw nearer to God, and an openness to be led by the Spirit in our journey of prayer with the Lord.
    The original inspiration for these Times of Directed Prayer in daily life came from the Jesuits, and the whole concept is founded on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The  Month of Guided Prayer gives more time than the Week of Guided Prayer to explore the dynamic of the Spirit’s working in our lives and to notice the movements in our prayers, as well as getting accustomed to the discipline of Listening Prayer and the Reviewing of that prayer. For in this journey with the Lord we touch the depths of the mystery that we know as life, as God meets us in his love, in his own way, and in his own time.  Some people need to be eased into this “new” thing for them, and so a Week of Guided prayer is also possible.
   The Format of the retreat is based on a commitment of half-an-hour of prayer with scripture each day, followed by a time of reviewing the prayer, and all this is done at home. Twice a week the Retreatant meets with his/her Prayer Companion or Spiritual Director, for half an hour, exploring the journey together. If they doing a week of guided prayer, the meetings are daily. There is one whole group session on the Sunday afternoon before the Retreat, and on the first and last days of the retreat.
    The Participants come from all walks of life and all stages of spiritual experience, and from all denominations. The special thing about the Month of Guided Prayer is that it is individually directed, matching the needs of each individual and their experience at the time of the Retreat, as we allow God to speak to us from the Scriptures. Each Retreatant needs to come to the Week or Month of Guided Prayer with an open and generous heart and a desire to deepen their own life of prayer, to learn how to pray with Scripture, and to explore the mystery of God’s love in their life and their world.
   The Directors seek to facilitate the journey into that deeper experience of love and freedom in the Lord, as each participant encounters him through the Word of God. It is God who leads and directs each one through the Guided Prayer. The Guides or Directors are there to share the journey and help the traveller to notice the movements of God’s grace and love along the way.
   If you are interested in participating in a period of Guided Prayer, please contact me….   Rev’d Gerry Reilly.     Tel. 01460-76246



            

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Web Magazine - May 2017 (May already!) - Rector's Pages

The Rector’s pages:    

The Next Step: Confirmation

At the start of his brief, three year ministry, Jesus as an adult was baptised in the river Jordan by his cousin, John the Baptist.    The early church took this action of Our Lord to be the outward sign of peoples’ conversion to Christianity and so all new candidates for the faith were baptised, just as Jesus had been.   Today it is mainly children who are baptised (or Christened) - very many children, many of whom are only three or four months old; they are Baptised at the start of their journey of faith.   Being so young their parents, god-parents, family and friends make promises on their behalf; to teach by example, a life lived in love and charity with those around them; to help the child explore the real meaning of Christianity; to help them make the decision about Confirmation.     What is Confirmation?

In a nut shell, it is taking the promises made by others at your baptism, and making them for yourself; taking responsibility for your journey as a Christian.   What does this involve?

In the short term it means contacting the local Vicar and asking to be Confirmed.   There are normally a few short lessons about what this means to each of us.   Then each Confirmation candidate is invited to a special service conducted locally by one of our Bishop’s, who “Confirms” the candidate in their faith.   Finally, and within a few days, the newly confirmed take Holy Communion at their own church with their fellow Christians.  At least, when I say “finally” that is really only the beginning!    

Having taken responsibility for your faith and having been Confirmed, every person then walks a wonderful road of exploration throughout their life……in faith.    Each route is different depending on the needs and desires that we have and the joys and sorrows that we face.   But every step is taken in company with Our Lord and part of the exploration is learning about his enormous love for us and how, by following his example of life, we can lead lives that are better for us and which help build a better life for those around us…..”Love God….love your neighbour as yourself”.


There is a Confirmation service at Merriott on Wednesday 5th July at 7.00pm; if you are interested in this, please have a word with me……

Rev’d Geoff Wade   01460 240228   gw@winsmoor.plus.com



First Sunday Services - Sunday 4th June 2017
Barrington - 6.00pm Evensong (NB 6.00pm!)
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - 08.45am 1662 Communion 
Kingstone - 10.00am Family Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion


OTHER SERVICES

Wed 10th May 7.00pm at Dowlish Wake church
“The Visitation”!
This year the Archdeacon of Taunton visits us for a deanery service; all the parishes are invited to welcome the new officers of our churches and to show them our support.   A GOOD SERVICE!

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Sun 14th May - Rogation Walk
Cudworth to Chillington through the Bluebell Wood
09.40am - Tractor Transport from Chillington to Cudworth
10.00am - Light Breakfast at Cudworth Church
10.30am  - Brief Rogation Service
10.45am - Walk begins
Coffee & Cake on arrival at Chillington

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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 Services to reflect, pray and give thanks.

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY


Sat 20th May 2.30 - 4.00pm
Dowlish Wake - the famous PLANT SALE!
This year at Brook house courtesy of Becky.
(For church running costs)

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Sat 10th June 10.00am - 12.00pm
Puckington - Coffee Morning at Derek’s
(For church running costs)

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Sat 17th June 3.00pm
Ludney Farm Walk
A gentle walk from Chillington to Ludney Farm with an expert tour guide!
BBQ on completion.
(More details later)

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Sat 24th June afternoon
Stocklinch - Annual Church Fete
(More details later)

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From the Church Registers
29 March      Jean Rutter, 89 yrs; ashes interred with her brother Alan, at Kingstone.
13 April         Jeanne Taylor, 88yrs; cremation at Yeovil followed by Thanksgiving Service at Barrington Church.
18 April         Freddie Greenop, 96 yrs; cremation at Yeovil (Thanksgiving Service will follow in the summer)




Where’s Grandma
The computer's swallowed grandma
Yes' honestly' it’s true
She pressed  'control' and 'enter'
And disappeared from view.

It's devoured her completely
The thought just makes me squirm
Maybe she's caught a 'virus'
Or been eaten by a 'worm'.

I've searched through the recycle bin
And files of every kind
I've even used the internet
But nothing did I find.

In desperation I asked "Google"
My searches to refine
The reply from them was negative
Not a thing was found 'online'.

So, if inside your 'In Box'
My Grandma you should see
Please 'Scan', 'Copy' and 'Paste' her

In an e-mail back to me