Friday, 30 December 2016

Web Magazine - DEC 16 & JAN 17 Issues - Rector's Pages


January 2017 - Happy New Year

The Rector’s pages:  
   Christmas is nearly over, but before we turn to our new year resolutions, lets just take a quick look back at the nativity scene, in particular at two critical characters yet two who stood quietly in the shadows of the story; the Innkeeper and Joseph.
   The Innkeeper, often portrayed as grumpy and bad-tempered who say the exhausted Joseph and the heavily pregnant Mary, but who couldn’t find room for them in the Inn……
The Tale of the Innkeeper (by R May Hill)
I am old, so old and weary – my eyes are growing dim
Yet I dream of the fateful evening when I had no room for Him.
The earth was hushed, expectant and a burning star hung low
For the Son of God’s arrival but how was I to know?
When Joseph came a-knocking shabby and poor
And Mary’s eye pleading, still I closed the door.
If the angels had carried the message, if the heavenly host had said,
‘The Kingly child is coming,’ I would have found a bed
When I heard the angelic chorus and saw the shepherds who came
Gladly to kneel and worship; sick was my heart with shame;
I am old, so old and weary and this is my earnest plea
That the loving Christ of Christmas will find a place for me.

Then Joseph, of whom we hear so little, raising another’s child as his own…..

Joseph's Lullaby (by Ron Klug)
Sleep now, little one. 
I will watch while you and your mother sleep.
I wish I could do more.
This straw is not good enough for you.
Back in Nazareth I'll make a proper bed for you
of seasoned wood, smooth, strong, well‑pegged.
A bed fit for a carpenter's son.
Just wait till we get back to Nazareth. 
I'll teach you everything I know.
You'll learn to choose the cedarwood, eucalyptus, and fir.
You'll learn to use the drawshave, ax, and saw.
Your arms will grow strong, your hands rough ‑‑ like these.
You will bear the pungent smell of new wood
and wear shavings and sawdust in your hair.
You'll be a man whose life centres 
on hammer and nails and wood.
But for now, sleep, little Jesus, sleep.

A happy, healthy and peace-filled New Year to you all.




First Sunday Services - Sunday 5th February 2017
Barrington - 5.30pm Evensong (5.30pm!)
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - 08.45am 1662 Communion 
Kingstone - 10.00am Family Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion


OTHER SERVICES

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5th Sunday - 29th January 2017
10.30am    Family Communion at Puckington
5.00pm   A Candle-light Service at the darkest time of the year
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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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From the Church Registers
12 December   Judy Gummer; ashes interred with her family at Dowlish Wake.




GOD IS MY HOPE…

At my lowest…..God is my HOPE.
At my darkest…..God is my LIGHT.
At my weakest…..God is my STRENGTH.
At my saddest…..God is my COMFORT.



Genuine Children’s Exam Answers!

History: In wartime children who lived in big cities had to be evaporated because it was safer in the country.
Maths: The total is when you add up all the numbers and a remainder is an animal that pulls santa on his slay.
History: Sometimes in the war they take prisners and keep them as ostriges until the war is over.   Some prisners end up in consterpation camps.
(my computer’s spell-checker has just had a nervous breakdown!)
RE: A mosque is a sort of church.   The main difference is that its roof is doomed.
And: I asked my mum why we said old men at the end of prayers at school, I don’t know any old men apart from grandpa.
Holidays: on our activity holiday Dad wanted to ride the hores, but mum said they were too ekspensiv.
Maths: I would like to be an accountant but you have to know a lot about moths.
Geography: The closest town to France is Dover.   You can get to France on a train or you can go on a fairy.
Maths: If it is less than 90 degrees it is a cute angel.
The Arts: …and at the end of the show we all sing away in a manager.
And: In last year’s Christmas concert, Linzi played the main prat.   I played one of the smaller prats and I would like to have a bigger prat this year.







December 2016

The Rector’s pages:   A Teacher’s Christmas Story

Christmas is for love.  It is for joy, for giving and sharing, for laughter, for reuniting with family and friends, for tinsel and brightly covered packages.  But, mostly Christmas is for love. Matthew was a 10 year old orphan who lived with his aunt, a bitter, middle aged woman greatly annoyed with the burden of caring for her dead sister's son.  She never failed to remind young Matthew, if it hadn't been for her generosity, he would be a vagrant, homeless waif.  Still, with all the scolding and chilliness at home, he was a sweet and gentle child.

I had not noticed Matthew particularly until he began staying after class each day [at the risk of arousing his aunt's anger so I learned later] to help me straighten up the room.  We did this quietly and comfortably, not speaking much, but enjoying the solitude of that hour of the day.  When we did talk, Matthew spoke mostly of his mother.  Though he was quite young when she died, he remembered a kind, gentle, loving woman who always spent time with him.

As Christmas drew near however, Matthew failed to stay after school each day.  I looked forward to his coming, and when the days passed and he continued to scamper hurriedly from the room after class, I stopped him one afternoon and asked him why he no longer helped me in the room.  I told him how I had missed him, and his large brown eyes lit up eagerly as he replied, 'Did you really miss me?’   I explained how he had been my best helper, 'I was making you a surprise,' he whispered confidentially.  'It's for Christmas.' With that, he became embarrassed and dashed from the room. 

Finally came the last school day before Christmas.  Matthew crept slowly into the room late that afternoon with his hands concealing something behind his back.  'I have your present,' he said timidly when I looked up.  'I hope you like it.'  He held out his hands, and there lying in his small palms was a tiny wooden box.   'It's beautiful, Matthew.  Is there something in it?' I asked opening the top to look inside.  'Oh you can't see what's in it,' he replied, 'and you can't touch it, or taste it or feel it, but mother always said it makes you feel good all the time, warm on cold nights and safe when you're all alone.'
I gazed into the empty box.  'What is it, Matthew' I asked gently, 'that will make me feel so good?’   'It's love,' he whispered softly, 'and mother always said it's best when you give it away.' He turned and quietly left the room.

So now I keep a small box crudely made of scraps of wood on the piano in my living room and only smile when inquiring friends raise quizzical eyebrows when I explain to them there is love in it.   Yes, Christmas is for gaiety, mirth, song, and for good and wondrous gifts.  But mostly, Christmas is for love.

First Sunday Services - Sunday 1st January 2017
10.30 - 11.00am
Short, said, Communions at 
Dowlish Wake & Shepton Beauchamp




OTHER SERVICES

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CHRISTINGLE SERVICES
With Christmas fast approaching we have some CHRISTINGLE SERVICES coming up which may be of interest to 
people of all ages, from the very young to the very old.
The idea behind the service is to think about what Christmas means before we are all dragged into the chaos of the 21st century season; putting Christ back into Christmas.
Sunday 4th December - 10.00am at Kingstone
Sunday 18th December - 10.00am at Barrington

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Special Christmas Services - See centre pages of this magazine

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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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From the Church Registers
03 Nov 16 Tony Rice, 75 years; funeral service at Ilminster followed by burial at Moolham.
02 Nov 16 Philip Gibbons, 87 years; funeral service at Yeovil crematorium.
05 Nov 16 Stirling Winter; holy baptism at Barrington.
10 Nov 16 Dudley Taylor 96 years; cremation at Yeovil, followed by a thanksgiving service at Barrington church.
12 Nov 16 Clara Lerner; holy baptism at Chillington.

From other sources
15 Nov 15 Grace Trevvett, 93 years, a much loved and long time resident of Stocklinch; funeral service at Barham crematorium. 



Fund-raising thank you….
A very big thank you to all those folk involved in the following fund-raising events, for your time, handwork, cheerfulness and/or support……

Chillington “Fun & Games” evening - raise £688 towards the roof and wall repairs; very well done everyone!

Thank you to you all for your support.   






























Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Web Magazine - NOVEMBER 2016 Issue - Rector's Pages

The Rector’s pages:   

Dowlish Wake Pavilion - destroyed by fire
On the night of 13/14 October the lovely pavilion on the Lawrence Kellett Playing Fields in Dowlish Wake was destroyed by fire.   Investigation by the Fire and Police services led to the site being declared a crime scene!   

The present pavilion was built only a few years ago on the site of an old wooden hut, after a lot of hard work and effort by local people who wanted to create something of benefit to surrounding communities.   Their website describes, “Sport, leisure and recreation in beautiful surroundings. We have 90 year old's playing Croquet, 5 year old's playing on the adventure playground and a whole host of ages in between enjoying fresh air and exercise. The site is home to the Dowlish and Donyatt Football Club and the Dowlish Wake Golf Croquet Club. Both clubs play teams in South West Leagues.”  There were also evening events and day courses held there regularly.

It is difficult to believe why anyone would want to destroy such a useful building, a real asset for everyone.   Needless to say the Trustees and villagers were devastated, but a positive spin was soon put on the tragedy as messages of support flooded in from people of the surrounding areas.   The fire service was able to remove a lot of relatively undamaged equipment from the pavilion, belonging to the croquet, football, and Mah Jong clubs. This really lifted the spirits of everyone, and it is hoped that more items will be found once professional salvage happens.  The Speke Hall Committee has offered their facilities for all indoor activities whilst the SSDC Sports Officer has been contacted to offer alternative sporting facilities.   Local councillors Sue Osbourne and Linda Piggott-Vijeh have offered ideas and local government support and the Chard and Ilminster and Gazette newpapers are being very helpful, and have offered their help in publicising the rebuilding project which will happen as soon as insurance and planning details are confirmed.  



First Sunday Services - Sunday 4th December
08.45am  Dowlish Communion 1662
10.00am Kingstone CHRISTINGLE
10.30am Shepton Modern sung Communion
11.15am Cudworth Communion
6.00pm Barrington Sung Evensong 


OTHER SERVICES
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Remembrance Sunday - 13th 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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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

LOVED AND LOST
Shepton Beauchamp 13th November at 5.00pm
and
Chillington 20th November at 5.00pm

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.








From the Church Registers
28 September   “Fred” Faulkner, 86 years; funeral service and burial at Stocklinch.
3 October   Liz Jacobs, 86 yrs; cremation at Yeovil followed by service of Thanksgiving at Shepton Beauchamp.


Fund-raising thank you….
A very big thank you to all those folk involved in the following fund-raising events, for your time, handwork, cheerfulness and/or support……

Shepton Band concert - The Kingsbury Episcopi band concert in church on Sat 8th October,raised £750 to be split between Cancer Research UK and the Church porch repairs. 

Thank you to you all.   


Host UK
Offer your hand for international friendship! Welcome an adult international student into your home this Christmas and make the world a little friendlier. Adult international students in the UK face a lonely holiday on a university campus, and would love to spend a few days with you, learning about British culture, experiencing Christmas festivities, and telling you about their own country. Hosting is a voluntary position suitable for all ages and is also available throughout the year with HOST, a charity set up in 1987. To find out more, please visit www.hostuk.org or call 020 7739 6292.




A QUIET DAY OF REFELCTION to begin the season of Advent,
waiting, watching in preparation for Christmas.   
Led by Rev’d Gerry Reilly

On God alone my soul in stillness waits – Psalm 62

Date: Saturday 26th November
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Place:  Beaumont Room, St. Michael’s Haselbury Plucknett 

A bring and share lunch – tea and coffee will be provided.

                                      Kneeling by R.S. Thomas

Moments of great calm,
kneeling before an altar
of wood in a stone church
in winter, waiting for the God
to speak; the air a staircase
for silence; the sun’s light
ringing me, as though I acted
a great role. And the audiences
still; all that close throng 
of spirits waiting, as I,
for the message.
Prompt me God;
but not yet. When I speak,
though it be you who speak
through me, something is lost
the meaning is in the waiting.

For more information, please tell Jonathan 72356 email jonbea@cooptel.net 
If you are coming, do please let me know so we have some idea of numbers.












Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Web Magazine - OCTOBER 2016 Issue - Rector's Pages

The Rector’s pages:   PRIVILEGE  
When I first arrived in this job I wrote in the Web about how lucky I thought I was – along with my family – to have been given the opportunity to live and work in such a beautiful part of the world, and among such caring communities.   In case you wondered, twelve years later, I still feel the same way!!!
A couple of weeks ago I went to a birthday party where the host spoke about the privileged life he had led, and was still leading!   He had had a long and distinguished career,  helping sick people, met many famous people, and now lived in one of our villages, which was in itself one of the privileges he spoke about and was grateful for.
It seems to me that our host had achieved a very great deal in his life – and he is still doing so.    I often meet people who are successful and others who are very ordinary, but often the things which they are most grateful for are not at all extraordinary, but very simple and straightforward; the little things in life.  
A Philosophy Lesson:
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss UK.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the half a dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of Home Secretary’s.
How did you do?   The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten.  Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners. 
Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
Easier?  The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards.  They are the ones that care.
In Mark 8.29 Jesus asking His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”.   In Jesus’ question He invites us all to explore life with Him and in doing so offers us the opportunity to take a journey which starts with only one step, that leads gently to the second.   As each step follows the last, we learn about His love for us, for our families and friends, for our world.   Through this love we come to appreciate the privileges we have, the important things in our lives, not just the achievements, and to give thanks for them as our birthday host has done.   In return we act – with that same  love – in the lives of those close to us; thus we all come to share the privileges of our lives. 

First Sunday Services - Sunday 6th November
08.45am   Dowlish Communion 1662
10.00am Kingstone Worship 4 All
10.30am Shepton Modern sung Communion
6.00pm Barrington Sung Evensong 
6.00pm    Cudworth Candlelight Evensong


OTHER SERVICES
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Candlelight Evensong - Sunday 6th November
Cudworth at 6.00pm
The traditional and ancient service of Evensong, sung, by candlelight in this beautiful little country church; why not give it a try?
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Remembrance Sunday - 13th 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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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

8th October - evening
Barrington Church harvest supper in the village hall

8th October - 7.00pm
Shepton Beauchamp - concert of popular music by Kingsbury Episcopi Band
In church and in aid of Cancer and church running costs





From the Church Registers
20 August Jack Packham and Sarah snowdon; joined in holy matrimony at Cudworth church.
27 August       Clara Smith; holy baptism at Shepton Beauchamp.
5 September   Mollie Blowers; ashes interred at Dowlish Wake.


Fund-raising thank you….
A very big thank you to all those folk involved in the following fund-raising events, for your time, handwork, cheerfulness and/or support……

Cudworth - Summer Market on 24th Aug; £1110
Chillington - Craft Fair on 27th Aug; £1015
Puckington - “Joan’s” Coffee Morning on 3rd Sep; £525

Thank you to you all.   


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.




FOR SHEPTON 


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.  
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 on 01460 240604 to have your name added to the list (before 25th October please).