Monday, 4 March 2019

Web Magazine - Rector's Pages - APRIL 2019

SAFEGUARDING
This parish has formally adopted the Church of England House of Bishops’ Safeguarding Policy, “Promoting a safer church” which can be found ON THE SAFEGUARDING TAB of this website and in full here;

https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2018-10/Parish%20Safeguarding%20Handbook%20October%202018%20PROOF.pdf



Rector’s Pages:  

APRIL EDITION

THE THIEF ON THE CROSS: A Good Friday Monologue (by Dr R F Wilson)

I don't belong here. I really don't. Paradise is the last place I expected to end up after all I've done. Let me tell you my story.
I am — I was — an armed robber, I guess you'd call it. Me and Jake and the others would live in caves in the Judean hills near the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. We made our living by violence. We wouldn't take on people in the big groups that passed. They traveled together for safety. But a family alone would be an easy mark, as well as anyone fool enough to travel by himself.  Brandishing a strong staff would usually do the trick. Threaten them with a beating and they'd give up without much of a fight. But I've been known to break a few bones in my day, God forgive me. I don't think I actually killed anyone, but then I never stayed around long enough to find out.
The first time I meet Jesus is when I am invited to a party in his honour in Jericho at the home of a rich tax collector named Zacchaeus. I am introduced, we shake hands, and Jesus looks me in the eye for a long moment. He can see right into me, who I am, every crime I have ever committed. Then he smiles this big friendly smile. "You know," he says, "there's forgiveness for you in my Kingdom. How about it?”  I drop my eyes, say something non-committal, and shuffle away. The next day I'm in the crowd, hanging on every word he says. Jesus is talking about his Kingdom, comparing it to a mustard seed, calling it the Kingdom of Heaven. I  want so much to go up to him after he has finished and take him up on that forgiveness thing, but I just can't bring myself to do it.  I wish I had. It isn't much later when me and my friend Jake -- the guy on the third cross -- get caught by a Roman patrol. The others run off, but they catch us, beat us silly, drag us into Jerusalem, and throw us in prison. No mercy for the likes of us.
And so it happens that on the same day that they crucify Jesus, they crucify me and Jake -- one of us on his left, the other on his right. This isn't any normal crucifixion. Mobs of people are there just because of Jesus. Self-righteous Pharisees are swaggering and mocking. "If you're some kind of messiah," one sneers, "come on down from that cross. If you're a saviour, save yourself — if you can!”  Jake begins cat-calling, too, if you can imagine that. I yell over at him, "You miserable thug, don't you have any fear of God? Can't you see that we're going to die just like he is? Show a little decency! We're getting exactly what we deserve, but he ain't done nothing wrong."
Jake quiets down and the Pharisees lose interest. But I can't get Jericho out of my mind. I can't forget Jesus' eyes, his words, his invitation. And so I call over to him, though it's getting hard to breathe and talking makes it that much harder.
"Jesus!" I say. He turns his head towards me. "Jesus, I was there in Jericho. I met you at a party at Zacchaeus' house. Remember?"
He looks at me for a moment and then nods his head just a little. He does remember.  "I never forgot what you said. I wanted to say yes, but just couldn't. And now look at me — look at us!"
He is in bad shape — exhausted, in excruciating pain, back oozing, breath laboured. He isn't going to last long. I can see that. But somehow I can see beyond all that. He was the Messiah, is the Messiah, no matter what those priests and Romans and Pharisees have done to him. And when he dies, he will be with God. In a few hours, maybe less, he will be vindicated. He will reign in that Kingdom he told us about.  "Jesus," I call again, quieter now.
He opens his eyes. They are the same eyes, the same piercing, loving, honest eyes.  
"Jesus," I say, "when you come into your Kingdom, would you remember me?”  His words are laboured, his lips parched, but I can still hear him pretty well. "Truly, I say to you...." His voice cracks, then is stronger for a moment. "Truly, this very day you will be with me in Paradise."
His eyes droop. He is fading quickly now. But I believe him. I do! That's what gets me through those next few hours until they break my legs to kill me. I do believe him!
And then I find myself here in heaven, in Paradise. I sure don't deserve to be here, but here I am anyway. I guess that's what a man like me gets when the King himself grants a pardon. Full forgiveness. Pretty amazing, don't you think?

Lord Jesus, who died upon the Cross:
you know the world’s suffering,
you know the world’s sorrowing,
you know this world’s dying.

In your name, Lord Jesus, who rose again:
I will work for this world’s healing,
I will work for this world’s rejoicing,
I will work for this world’s living.











FIRST SUNDAY SERVICES:
Sunday 5th May
Annual Bluebell Wood Walk for Rogation time

Cudworth to Chillington through the Bluebell Wood

09.40am - Tractor Transport from Chillington to Cudworth
(if you would like to leave your cars at Chillington)

10.00am - Light Breakfast at Cudworth Church
(£2 for sausage or bacon roll and hot drink)

10.30am  - Brief Rogation Service
10.40am - Walk begins

Coffee & Cake on arrival at Chillington
(Tractor Transport from Chillington to Cudworth 
if you have left you cars at the latter)
Please note that if you want to do the first half of the walk only, there will be tractor transport available after the Bluebell wood section.



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:

Sat 20th April
Stocklinch
12.00-2.00pm - Easter Jazz Cafe and Fayre
See note later in this Web

Sat 4th May
Kingstone 
10.30am The May Fair

Sun 5th May 
Cudworth to Chillington
Bluebell Wood Walk

Sat 11th May
Dowlish Wake
2.00pm The Plant Sale at the Pavilion









Church Annual General Meetings

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  
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.
Last two -     
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.

Last Two - 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








SAYING GOODBYE (part of the Mariposa Trust) are coming to Exeter again this year for a  special baby loss event.

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. 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 118 services have taken place at Cathedrals and Minsters across the UK, US and France, and 2019 will see a further 20 plus take place.

On the 30th March at 2.30pm, 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.  We know that as 1 in 4 women suffer miscarriage and baby loss, you will have contact with a significant number of people who have either personally suffered baby loss, or who have a partner or family member that has, so we wanted to ask if you would help us in promoting the service.

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.

Would you be so kind as to spread the word in your community or possibly on Twitter or Facebook?

To read more on the charity, please see the Saying Goodbye website, which you can find at: www.sayinggoodbye.org.   or ‘phone 0845 293 8027





A HOLY MAN was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said,
"Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like."
The Lord led the holy man to two doors.  He opened one of the doors and the Holy man looked in.
In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the holy man's mouth water.  The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful. But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths.
The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.
The Lord said, "You have seen Hell.”  They went to the next room and opened the door.
It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man's mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.  The holy Man said, "I don't understand."
"It is simple," said the Lord. "It requires but one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves."
"Remember this, when Jesus died on the cross, he was thinking of you."




REPORT FROM WADHAM SCHOOL CHAPLAIN

Abby Lintern writes:   Firstly let me thank you for your continued support and prayers, it is very much appreciated.  I'm not quite sure where the time has gone and I have definitely settled into to Wadham now.
It has be great to lead a couple of assemblies for the Year 11's in the last few months, so hopefully they feel like they are getting to know me a little better.
The biggest change has happened in the last weeks when furniture has arrived in the chaplaincy space!  This has been very kindly donated and I am hoping to add to it, to create a really welcoming and relaxed space with in the school.  Also I am sourcing items to be able to have a permanent  prayer space in the room.
This space is already being used not just by myself but but other staff to offer students a more relaxed space at times when they need it.  It has also meant that I have been able to offer support for students.  Some students are making use of the space at lunchtimes to be able to relax and catch up.
After Easter holidays I will be starting a Christian Union on a Thursday lunchtime, so please pray that this will be well received and students will come along and engage in it.Thank you again for your continued support and prayers.

Abby Lintern, Chaplain
(The Wadham School Chaplain post is funded by our local churches) 


MARCH EDITION

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