Monday, 4 March 2019

Web Magazine - Rector's Pages - March 2019

Rector’s Pages:  
On 6th March we celebrate Ash Wednesday, the start of the season of Lent, a time when we are encouraged to think about our relationship with God and how we might strengthen and foster it, remembering that a big part of our connection with God is determined by how we associate with those around us.   To illustrate this have a look at St Mark’s Gospel, chapter 6, verses 34-44.

Jesus is way out in the countryside’ “in a lonely place”; he has his disciples with him; 5000 men, plus women and children, have been with him all day; they are all hungry and tired and, “it is getting very late”……what would YOU do?

The disciples say, “send them away….to the farms and villages round about…to buy themselves something to eat”.   Is this what you would have done?   Jesus says, “give them something to eat yourselves.”

The disciples took the easy way out - its not my problem - let them look after themselves.   Jesus response was NO - it is YOUR problem - YOU do something.  So they did and not only were they all fed, but there was lots left.

We are people with gifts, ability and energy (in varying shapes, sizes and capacities, admittedly!) and all too often we just sit back waiting for someone else to take the lead - waiting for God to provide the miracle - whilst God is waiting for us to work the miracle - “you give them something to eat”.   Yet is we get off our bottoms and take the first step - the initial action - we will find that God joins in; we DO our best and God does the rest…..but we need to do our bit, as best as we are able.

Go forth into the world in peace;
be of good courage;
hold fast that which is good;
render to no one evil for evil;
strengthen the fainthearted;
support the weak;
help the afflicted;
honour everyone;
love and serve the Lord,
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always. Amen.


LENT BEGINS HERE .....

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES - 6th March 2019
10.30am - Kingstone - Prayers & Communion
10.30pm - Shepton Beauchamp - Prayers & Communion
11.30am - Barrington - Prayers & Communion


FIRST SUNDAY SERVICES:
Sunday 7th April
Barrington - 6.00pm Evensong 
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - 08.45am 1662 Communion 
Kingstone - 10.00am Worship for All Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion


OTHER SERVICES:

Weekday Communions
Shepton on Tuesdays at 10.30am.
The venue changes as we meet in peoples homes and have a cuppa afterwards; ring Rev’d Geoff (240228) if you’d like to come along.
This service is a 20 minutes, simple Communion Service.
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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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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

8th April
Dowlish Wake Church 7.30pm
Farrey Family concert




FROM THE CHURCH REGISTERS

18th January 2019   The ashes of Jean Ryall of Shepton Beauchamp, 88 years, were interred at Shepton Church.

28th January Barbara Green, 79 years, a resident of Dowlish Wake.  A musically inspired celebration of her life at the village church.

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30th January A funeral service was held for Linda Garrett, formerly of Barrington and Shepton B villages, at Taunton Crematorium, in front of a packed chapel.

31st January     Family and friends filled Barrington church to celebrate the life of Terry Irwin, 83 years.

5th February At Shepton church the funeral service of Pam Jacobs, 90 years, following that families long association with the village

26th February The ashes of Mary Touhig were interred with those of her husband at Shepton church.


Tea/coffee from 7.00pm; meeting starts 7.30pm; finished by about 8.30pm





Church Annual General Meetings

26th March Puckington   7.30pm at Mavis Farm House (Liz’s home!)
1st April Cudworth     6.30pm Village Drinks and very brief AGM in church
8th April   Stocklinch     2.00pm in church
8th April Dowlish Wake   7.00pm in church
9th April   Barrington    7.00pm in church
10th April   Kingstone    7.00pm in church
24th April   Chillington   7.00pm in church




LENT COURSES Lent starts on Ash Wednesday - 6th March.  
This year there will be two Lent courses on offer locally.

1.   Jayne Hinds, a Lay Reader new to the area will be running a course called 'Redeeming Love' - each of the sessions based on a different picture.  An informal time to learn, reflect and share, with home-made refreshments, of course! 
Tuesdays at Bridge Cottage, Dowlish Wake - with refreshments from 7.10pm, and session start at 7.30pm for 1 hour.  

Through five different paintings, we'll informally explore God's loving purposes through the final days of Jesus.
Tuesday 12th March: 'Coming Home'
Tuesday 19th March: 'Within'
Tuesday 26th March: 'Set free'    
Tuesday 2nd April: 'Behold, the Man'
Tuesday 9th April: 'At the Cross'

If you'd like to come to any or all of these sessions, please contact Jayne (Lay Reader):  jayne.hinds@btinternet.com   01460 55748

2.   Ian Gibson, an experienced clergyman and Canon will be looking at what we do, wear and how we decorate our churches - and why!

Wednesdays in Shepton Beauchamp church, 7.30pm 45 minute chat then compline, total 60 minutes.

Wed March 20th 
Church furnishings - Font, Altar, Credence table, windows, paintings, linens, books, candles, cross or crucifix, reserved sacrament, use of oil.
Wed March 27th 
Vestments - what the celebrant and others wear, colours - what clothes for what services - what is a dog collar? Why black, red, purple shirts.
Wed April 3rd
What does a celebrant do at the altar, why the sign of the cross, why the manual actions, why kneel, bow, genuflect, incense.
Wed April 10th
How to become a server, a lay minister of communion, a reader, a deacon a priest a bishop..... and any questions that have come up over the course of the four evenings.

Contact Canon Ian:  249566   igchichester@gmail.com





THE ANCIENT'S PRAYER 
Heavenly Father, 
look down with pity on us, your ageing servants 
and help us to concentrate during the service, 
especially in periods of silent prayer. 
We beseech you Lord, 
enable us not to become distracted by the discomfort of our knees; 
or by a tickling cough.
Keep us from drifting off, O Lord,
 into thoughts about the past; or the future; or our relatives;
 last nights TV; or the dismal state of our nation.
When the prayers are over, Merciful Father, 
grant that our bones do not creak as we resume our seats; 
that our foot is not as dead as it feels 
and our back will graciously permit us to stand 
without too much pain. 
And for paracetamol, aspirin and all manner of tablets, 

we give thanks to you, O Lord.    Amen

Friday, 4 January 2019

Web Magazine - Rector's Pages - January 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR     HAPPY NEW YEAR     HAPPY NEW YEAR     HAPPY NEW YEAR     HAPPY NEW YEAR


Rector’s Pages:   By Michael Hawkins, Reader
  Mark Twain: “To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did. I ought to know because I have done it a thousand times.”
  New Year: a time for making resolutions which are quickly forgotten and no one seems to keep. I remember reading a letter once to the paper which said something along the lines of: “Sir, For the coming year I have made five resolutions, one for each day of the working week, I can’t make more for I would forget what I should be attempting on each particular day. Anything less, however, seems rather paltry. The joy in making such resolutions is that by the end of the week I shall be able to relax. Job done!
  Those of us who sat up to see the New Year in are clearly optimists; we believe and hope that the coming year will be better than the last.  And with that in mind we make our New Year resolutions.  But why are they so often so short lived? Perhaps because we make ourselves the object of our resolutions; we wish to getter fitter so promise ourselves we will go to the gym regularly, or that we will stop smoking, or that we will drink less. Perhaps we are determined to lose weight after the Christmas excesses and begin a diet. But our good intentions never seem to last very long. 
  Temptation is always lurking round the corner. It was Franklin Jones who once said: “What makes resisting temptation difficult, for many people, is that they don’t want to discourage it completely”.  To make resolutions that last longer we have to rethink what we really hope to achieve to make this New Year of 2019 better, not just for ourselves but for everyone.  Writing nearly 3,000 years ago the prophet Micah wrote these words; “ What does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?”
   I want to make those words my resolution for the year. I want to try and treat people with justice, kindness and humility believing that that is what God wants of us all. I know it won’t be easy but I feel that it may be more temptation proof than some of my usual resolutions, and with God’s help it should be a resolution that lasts the year.  Micah was a farmer, a down to earth man, and I am reminded of one my favourite stories. It concerns prayer: An old Indian farmer was pushing his cart home from market one evening when a wheel fell off. He was a devout man and the delay meant he would miss the hour of evening prayer. So he sat by the roadside and said to the Lord; “Lord, I haven’t got my prayers with me and I can’t remember the words, so I will say the alphabet three times and you fit the letters into the order you think best”. The lord told his angels: “That was the best prayer I received all day … it came from the heart and it trusted me,”
  My prayer is that I shall know how to show others justice, kindness and humility and I pray that you will also find a resolution that you can keep that will make 2019 a better year.
                              A very happy New Year to you all.

FIRST SUNDAY SERVICES:

Sunday 3rd February
Barrington - 6.00pm Evensong 
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - 08.45am 1662 Communion 
Kingstone - 10.00am Worship for All Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion



OTHER SERVICES:

Weekday Communions
Shepton on Tuesdays at 10.30am.
The venue changes as we meet in peoples homes and have a cuppa afterwards; ring Rev’d Geoff (240228) if you’d like to come along.
This service is a 20 minutes, simple Communion Service.
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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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FROM THE CHURCH REGISTERS

30th November at Barrington - a thanksgiving service for the life of Gerald Barrett (82 yrs)
7th December at Dowlish Wake - the funeral of Dr Karl Schmidt (102 yrs)
8th December at Kingstone - the baptism of Bonnie Blackmore


DEANERY OPEN MEETINGS
The next Open Meeting is on Wed 13th February 2019 when our new Lay Dean - Julian Brooks - will talk on the subject of “How green is our church”.
Tea/coffee from 7.00pm; meeting starts 7.30pm; finished by about 8.30pm




DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
PCC Meetings
Fri 18th Jan - 10.30am - Stocklinch PCC
Mon 21st Jan - 6.30pm - Cudworth PCC
Mon 28th Jan - 7.00pm - Dowlish Wake PCC
Tue 29th Jan - 7.30pm - Puckington PCC 
Tue 5th Feb - 7.00pm - Barrington PCC
Tue 12th Feb - 7.00pm - Kingstone PCC



THANK YOU
30th November - Dowlish Wake Art & Book Sale - great morning with lots of visitors - raised £324.
7th December - Shepton Beauchamp Suppertime Carol Concert with Kingsbury Band:  An excellent evening of music and singing with some great food.   Thanks to everyone who helped and joined in, especially our friends in Kingsbury Band.  £684 raised!!!



NEW YEAR CHEER

His Unfailing Presence (Anon)
Another year I enter
Its history unknown;
Oh, how my feet would tremble
To tread its paths alone!
But I have heard a whisper 
I know I shall be blest;
"My presence shall go with thee,
And I will give thee rest."

What will the New Year bring me?
I may not, must not know; will it be love and rapture, 
Or loneliness and woe?
Hush! Hush! I hear His whisper;
I surely shall be blest;
"My presence shall go with thee,
And I will give thee rest."


Happy New Year (by Catherine Pulsifer)

H appiness depends upon your outlook on life. - Find the good in all situations 
A ttitude is just as important as ability.- Keep your attitude positive 
P assion find yours this year! - Do what you love and you will never work 
P ositive thoughts make everything easier.- Stay focused and stay positive 
Y ou are unique, with special gifts, use them. - Never forget you have talent 

N ew beginnings with a new year. 
Enthusiasm a true secret of success. 
W ishes may they turn into goals. 

Y ears go by to quickly, enjoy them.- Wisdom from your elders, listen 
E nergy may you have lots of it. - Take care of yourself 
A ppreciation of life, don't take it for granted. - Live each day 
R elax take the time to relax in this coming year.- Keep a balance in your life 




OBERAMMERGAU

The Rev’d Phil Denison (Rector of Isle Valley Benefice) is taking a group to the Oberammergau Passion Play in 2020 which as you know only takes place once every ten years.

The play is combined with a lovely 8 day holiday in the Austrian Alps. Rough cost £1550 pp. Dates 14-21 September 2020

McCabes are probably the leading tour company arranging these trips. They are now asking for firm bookings by the end of January otherwise they may well be booked up. There are a few places left and Phil wondered if anyone would like to join him for this unique experience.

A deposit of £200 is required to secure your place.

Contact Rev’d Phil Denison
01460 259155
denisonphil15@hotmail.com







LENT COURSES

I know it's a long way off, but i said that about Christmas and looked what happened!

Just to let you know that this coming Lent there will be two courses on offer locally.

Jayne Hinds, a Lay Reader new to the area will be running a course called 'Redeeming Love' - each of the six weekly sessions based on a different picture.  An informal time to learn, reflect and share, with home-made refreshments, of course! 

Ian Gibson, an experienced clergyman and Canon will be looking at what we do, wear and how we decorate our churches - and why!

Lent starts on Ash Wednesday - 6th March.   Further details later.



For SHEPTON  PLEASE

Shepton Beauchamp Suppertime Carol Concert with Kingsbury Band
If the Kingsbury Band are playing you know its going to be good!  And it was!!

On 7th December, they gave another fine performance in Shepton Beauchamp church, this time of popular Christmas music interspersed with some sing-a-long carols which everyone - enthusiastically - joined in with.   At half time there was tons of delicious home made food and a well stocked bar with folk milling round and chatting (between mouthfuls of food!) before more music and singing.  What a great way to bring in the Christmas season.   Thanks to everyone who so generously supplied the food and drinks; thanks to the band for their wonderful music; thanks to everyone who came along and joined in to make it such a lovely atmosphere.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

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Rector’s Pages:   The Story of “Silent Night'

Father Joseph Mohr sat at the old organ. His fingers stretched over the keys, forming the notes of a chord. He took a deep breath and pressed down. Nothing. He lifted his fingers and tried again. Silence echoed through the church.   He shook his head. It was no use. The pipes were rusted, the bellows mildewed. The organ had been wheezing and growing quieter for months, and Father Joseph had been hoping it would work until the organ builder arrived to repair it in the spring. But now, on December 23, 1818, the organ had finally given out. St. Nicholas Church would have no music for Christmas.
Father Joseph sighed. He pulled on his overcoat and stepped out into the night. Moonlight sparkled off the snow-crusted trees and houses in the village of Oberndorf. He crunched through the snowy streets and climbed the path leading up the mountain.  From high above Oberndorf, he watched the Salzach River ripple past the Church. In the spring, when melting snow flowed down the mountains and the river swelled in its banks, water lapped at the foundation of the church. It was moisture from the flooding river that had caused the organ to mildew and rust.  Stars shone above in the still and silent night.  Silent night?  Of course! "Silent Night!" He had written a poem a few years before, and he had given it that very title; "Silent Night."
The next morning, Father Joseph set out on another walk. This time he carried his poem. And this time he knew exactly where he was going -- to see his friend Franz Gruber, the organist for St. Nicholas.  Franz was surprised to see the priest so far from home on Christmas Eve, and even more surprised when Father Joseph handed him the poem.
That night Father Joseph and Franz Gruber stood at the altar of St. Nicholas Church. Father Joseph held his guitar. He could see members of the congregation giving each other puzzled looks. They had never heard a guitar played in church before, and certainly not during midnight mass on Christmas Eve, the holiest night of the year.   Picking out a few notes on the guitar, he and Franz began to sing. Their two voices rang out, joined by the church choir for the chorus. The melody matched the simplicity and honesty of the words.
When the last notes faded into the night, the congregation remained still for a moment, then began to clap their hands. Applause filled the church. The villagers of Oberndorf loved the song! Father Joseph's plan to bring music to St. Nicholas Church had worked.
A few months later, the organ builder arrived in Oberndorf and found the words and music to "Silent Night" lying on the organ. The song enchanted him, and when he left, he took a copy of it with him.  The organ builder gave the song to two families of traveling singers who lived near his home. The traveling singers performed "Silent Night" in concerts all over Europe, and soon the song spread throughout the world.
Today, cathedral choirs and carol singers all over the world sing the simple song that was first played in a mountain church in Austria on Christmas Eve 200 years ago.

Silent night, holy night, all is calm and all is bright.
Round yon virgin, mother and child, holy infant, so tender and mild
sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.



FIRST SUNDAY SERVICES:

Sunday 6th January (2019!!!) - Epiphany
Barrington - 6.00pm Evensong 
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - 08.45am 1662 Communion 
Kingstone - 10.00am CHRISTINGLE Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion



OTHER SERVICES:

Friday 7th December - Dowlish Wake Church
12.30   The funeral Service of the late Dr Karl Schmidt
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Weekday Communions
Shepton on Tuesdays at 10.30am.
The venue changes as we meet in peoples homes and have a cuppa afterwards; ring Rev’d Geoff (240228) if you’d like to come along.
This service is a 20 minutes, simple Communion Service.
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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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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:


  FRIDAY 7th December - SHEPTON BEAUCHAMP; 
Kingsbury Band Christmas Carol Service and supper 
FRIDAY 7th December at 7.00pm in church.  
Tickets from Angie’s Shop or on the door.






LENT COURSES

I know it's a long way off, but i said that about Christmas and looked what happened!

Just to let you know that this coming Lent there will be two courses on offer locally.

Jayne Hinds, a Lay Reader new to the area will be running a course called 'Redeeming Love' - each of the six weekly sessions based on a different picture.  An informal time to learn, reflect and share, with home-made refreshments, of course! 

Ian Gibson, an experienced clergyman and Canon will be looking at what we do, wear and how we decorate our churches - and why!

Lent starts on Ash Wednesday - 6th March.   Further details later.



THANK YOU.....

CUDWORTH CHRISTMAS FAIR -  a very big thank you to all who worked so hard for this Christmas Fair and to all the good people who turned out to support the event.   It was a really lovely lovely morning with lots of folk turning up for the community get-together that it also provided......a REALLY HAPPY EVENT.  Thank you all.



MY COMMUNITY: (Monks Yard   mycommunity@themonksyard.co.uk)

SENIORS CONNECT WITH COFFEE - Monks Yard
Seniors Connect with Coffee happens once a month at Monks Yard for any folk in the parishes that might enjoy a cuppa and some company.  

This is a group that started after the meal we ran for elderly and isolated in the community and we now have about a dozen folk, both men and women who come along, most in their 80s and 90's (but a few younger), and numerous helpers from the churches come along to serve and chat.

We've moved the day to the second Friday of each month and runs from 10.30am, wrapping up a little before midday. 

There is an extra incentive to come along to December one as it is a Christmas lunch!  As last year we will serve a hot Christmas lunch and festive pudding with a few carols.  It will be on Friday 14th December from midday.

PLEASE RING TO BOOK.....

Liz Tozer,   MY Community, Monks Yard, 01460 200020


WADHAM SCHOOL CHAPLAINCY PROJECT REPORT

   First things first, I should probably introduce myself!  My name is Abby Lintern, I live in Yeovil with my husband and our two teenage boys.  I am currently training for Baptist Ministry at Bristol Baptist College, so as well as taking on the Chaplaincy role at Wadham, I am the Pastor at Crewkerne and Misterton Baptist Church.
   My first half term as Chaplain is done, and I am starting to feel settled into school life.  There is a fantastic space that has been given to the Chaplaincy project in the heart of the school.  Which with others I am currently trying to find funding to transform it, from classroom to sanctuary.  My prayer is that it will offer staff and students a safe space to talk, pray and to explore the Christian faith.
   Please continue to remember the project, staff and students at Wadham in your prayers.          Abby.






FOR SHEPTON


’Shepton special’ Christmas cards:
Christmas cards depicting a local artist’s painting of the floodlit church will be sold to raise funds for St Michael’s again this year. They will soon be available from Angie’s Village Shop and Tea Room at £1 each or £5 for a pack of 6.