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

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Web Magazine - April 2017 - Rector's Pages

The Rector’s pages:     

There was a fourth Wise Man and he came from even further away than the other three Magi but he shared the vision of following a new Star which would lead him to the King of Kings come down to earth. So he set out at once for the place to which the new Star would lead him to. The Wise Man chose as a gift for the Infant-God, three rare pearls; one was pink mother of pearl liken the sea at daybreak.   The second pearl was green like the frosty grasslands.   The third pearl was white, or rather, it was transparent like the light reflected from the moon.   So the Wise Man, with his casket containing these three unique pearls set out to catch up with the other three Magi but he was far behind them, and when he arrived at last in the country where the Star stood still, the heard a great lament that nothing could console; a barbaric order from Herod had spread death and destruction by slaughtering all male children under the age of two.   A woman with a tortured expression on her face burst into the inn where the Wise Man had stopped; she was clasping a child and she was pursued by Herod’s murderous men, with bestial faces brandishing blood-smeared swords. The Wise Man opened his casket and took out the pink pearl. It was of such rare beauty that the mercenaries immediately grabbed the pearl and fled, leaving their mother and child alone on doorstep of the inn.    The Wise Man went on his way, hoping to find the Infant-God. How was he to find him without the Star leading the way?  Entering a village, he passed a squad of soldiers who were taking away a young men and following them an older woman, the mother of the prisoner who was her only son, and she was a widow. He had committed a theft, for they had nothing to live on.   The Wise Man was moved, and asked the soldiers to free the thief; the soldiers refused.   The Wise Man opened up his casket and took out the green pearl and the soldiers, seeing the fortune represented by this jewel, handed the young man back to his mother.    Now the Wise Man only had the white pearl left to offer the Son of God.  For thirty years he continued to look for the child to whom the star had led him.   One day as he was approaching the Holy City, he saw a young girl running away from men who were stoning her because she refused to enter an arranged marriage.   The Wise Man decided to hand over the last pearl and when the outraged men saw it, their eyes burned with greed as they snatched the last pearl from his hand.   At that very moment he heard the sound of cries, clamouring, and whistling accompanying a condemned man being taken outside the city walls to be crucified.   As the tortured prisoner turned his face towards him, the Wise Man knew that it was Him. It was the Child he had been looking for such a long time!   Look what men had done to him!   The Wise Man had nothing left, nothing to offer in exchange for the life of the Son of Man. He had given everything on the way. Then, on the face of Jesus, the King saw his three pearls. They were shining, intact, richer and more luminous than in he had every seen them; he heard a voice saying to him, "Go in peace, as for your gift, I truly did receive it!"  The Wise Man realised that everything he had done for the people along the way, he had in fact done for God. 






First Sunday Services - Sunday 7th May 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


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

Sat 15th April - afternoon
Stocklinch annual Easter Fair
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Sat 22nd April - 7.00pm
Kingsbury Episcopi Band Concert in Shepton Beauchamp Church 
(in aid of the chimney and gutter repairs)
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Sat 29th April
Annual Kingstone Church May Fair - in churchyard
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Your Village Church - your chance to have a say in its running or to ask questions - Annual General Meetings:
Will be held on the following dates

Mon 3rd April - DOWLISH WAKE - 7.00pm in Church
Tue 4th April - PUCKINGTON - 7.30pm at Madge’s house next to Church
Wed 5th April - SHEPTON BEAUCHAMP - 7.00pm in Church
Wed 19th April - STOCKLINCH - 4.00pm at Manning’s Bungalow 
Wed 19th April - CHILLINGTON - 7.30pm in Church
Mon 24th April - BARRINGTON - 7.00pm in Church



From the Church Registers
20th February Serena Johnson; ashes interred at Shepton Beauchamp.
4th March       Florence Grieve; Holy Baptism at Shepton Beauchamp.
11th March     Lily Lawrence; Holy Baptism at Shepton Beauchamp.
13th March     Linda Towills; cremation at Yeovil followed by a Service of Thanksgiving at Shepton Beauchamp Church.

From other sources
15th March    Don Bennett of South Bradon; funeral service at Yeovil Crematorium.




A special baby loss event - Exeter Cathedral on April 8th. 

The Mariposa Trust is one of the UK’s leading charities, with its core objective being to support people who have lost babies at any stage of pregnancy, at birth, or in infancy. It was founded in 2012, by Zoe and Andy Clark-Coates, who saw a critical lack of support for people like them, who had gone through baby loss. With over 258,000 babies being lost yearly in the UK alone, the charity needed to be able to offer not only a comprehensive package of befriending and support, but also national baby loss remembrance services (called Saying Goodbye Services), for people to join together and remember the children they had lost. 4 years on over 80 services have taken place at Cathedrals and Minsters across the UK, US and France, and 2017 will see a further 20 take place.

On the 8th April at 13:30 in Exeter Cathedral the trust is holding one of its Saying Goodbye services. I am trying to spread the message about the service, as we want as many people who have been affected by this as possible to be able to attend.

There is also another service in your region in Plymouth on April 29th.

So who is the service for?

Anyone who has either personally lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in early years, or who has been affected by a family members or friends loss.  Whether the loss was recent or 80 years ago, everyone is welcome to attend. We have also extended the services, and gladly welcome anyone who is grieving the fact that they haven't had children. This may be due to circumstance, infertility or for other reasons - but all are welcome. Babies and children are also invited to come with their family, as the Saying Goodbye service is truly a family event for all.

To read more on the charity, please see the Saying Goodbye website, which you can find at: www.sayinggoodbye.org. On the site you will also be able to see the fantastic set of Ambassadors and Advocates the charity have, including: The Archbishop of York, Lord Robert Winston, Nigella Lawson, Jools Oliver, Kym Marsh, Gabby Logan, J John, Mary Nightingale, Professor Lesley Regan, Julie Etchingham and more.

The team can be contacted by email at office@sayinggoodbye.org if you have any questions.