The Rector’s pages:
By Rev'd Chloe Kingdon, Curate to the Winsmoor Benefice
It is with mixed feelings that I announce that my time here as curate is coming to an end. I have been appointed Rector of the Quantock Villages Benefice and we will move there over the summer. It is a post which I have had my eye on for a while and we rather hoped that it would be advertised in time for the end of my curacy. Quantock Villages comprises 6 parishes; Aisholt, Enmore, Goathurst, Spaxton, Nether Stowey & Over Stowey. They are in West Somerset which is home for the Kingdon family, and the parishes themselves are rich in diversity and keen to work together whilst keeping their individual unique identity. It is a place in which I can develop my skills and experience within rural ministry and I am looking forward to it immensely. The Rectory is in Nether Stowey and has a lovely garden with room for vegetables, chickens and hopefully a couple of Jacob ewes!!
I cannot quite believe that I have been here for 3 years! training posts are typically 3 years long, with a years grace at the end during which one has to find a job! As the Winsmoor Benefice hadn't had a curate before, we all stepped into the idea not knowing how it would pan out, and I think it has worked extremely well. Curacy is a time to put some of the theory learnt at college into action, a time to explore ones strengths and weaknesses within ministry, a time to watch other clergy and talk about their styles of ministry, a time to grow in confidence in readiness for taking on ones own parish. You have all been extremely gracious as I have gone through this process, and have been incredibly supportive of me in the various things I have done here. As well as working in the Benefice, I have spent a lot of time in Wells completing the ministerial training programme, I have spent 1 day a week, first in South Petherton Hospital, and for the last 2 years in St Margaret's Hospice as a chaplain which I have enjoyed immensely, and shall miss. During the last year, I have taken services in several of the bigger churches in the area, which has been enjoyable and has widened my experience.
We take with us the many blessings and joys that we have experienced with you all, and leave with you our every blessing, thanks and love.
Chloe & Steve
Chloe’s last service in the Winsmoor Benefice - Sunday 26th July - 6.00pm at Kingstone - everyone welcome
First Sunday Services - Sunday 2nd August
08.45am Dowlish Wake 1662 Communion
10.00am Kingstone Family Service
10.30am Shepton Modern sung Communion
11.15am Cudworth CW Communion
6.00pm Barrington Sung Evensong
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.
Shepton on Tuesdays at 10.30am.
These services are 30 minutes long, simple Communion Services to reflect, pray and give thanks.
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
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4th July - Saturday
Kingstone - Open Gardens around the church from 2.00pm
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4th July - Saturday
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26th August - Wednesday
Cudworth Annual Summer Market
From 10.30am in Church
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29th August - Saturday
Chillington church - “Made in Chillington” Market
From 10.30am, in Speke Hall, Dowlish Wake
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30th August - Sunday
Ottersey Stocklinch - Deanery Songs of Praise & picnic
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9th September - Wednesday
Licensing of Rev’d Chloe in her own benefice
details nearer the time - it will be in the evening
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12th September - Saturday
Puckington Bell Appeal - Celebration in church at 4.00pm.
From the Church Registers
22nd May Basil Cornelius, 93 yrs; ashes interred at Shepton Beauchamp.
30th May Robin Burne; Holy Baptism at Stocklinch.
14th June Fleur Mason; Holy Baptism at Dowlish Wake.
Samuel Walsh; Holy Baptism at Shepton.
Jack Acreman; Holy Baptism at Shepton.
WEBSITE FOR OUR VILLAGES & CHURCHES
Barrington Village barringtonvillage.btck.co.uk
Barrington (with Ilton) Primary School stmarystpeters.co.uk
Barrington Pre-school barringtonpreschool.co.uk
Deanery Website crewkernedeanery.blogspot.co.uk
Shepton Beauchamp Village sheptonbeauchamp.org.uk
Shepton Primary School sheptonbeauchampprimaryschool.org.uk
Stocklinch Village stocklinch.org.uk
Just a thought….
1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully - it will always be repaid, but not usually the way you expect.
2. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
3. Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
4. When you say, "I love you," mean it.
5. When you say, "I'm sorry," look the person in the eye.
6. Believe in love at first sight.
7. Never laugh at anyone's dream. People who don't have dreams don't have much.
8. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.
9. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
10. Don’t judge people by their relatives.
11. Talk slowly but think quickly.
12. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
Milk and the Moo!
During early June, we have seen some 700 primary school children from over 20 Somerset schools spending an educational and fun day on a commercial farm.
First, in West Somerset, we held a dairy day where the children learnt about British dairy cows, their life history, management and care. They met the cows, calves, vets and dairy staff – men and women - and learnt about milking and growing crops for fodder. At every step there were experienced local farmers explaining how it all worked and answering all their questions with patience and humour – eg. ‘how do the cows turn green grass into white milk?’!!
Then there was a great tasting session as they explored all the products that can be made from milk – even ice-cream, and learnt about the making of cheese and yoghurt and its nutritional value. Part of the tour was by FWAG who led playful sessions on wildlife on a farm, waterways and the role of worms and organic matter in soil health. The children went off home after a day in the fresh air, enthused and informed about dairy farming and clutching more educational materials from NFU and Dairyco. The teachers and parents with my group were also aware of the real challenges facing Somerset’s dairy farmers, with milk prices mostly much less than cost of production, and the continuing nightmare of TB restrictions and losses.
The second day was held on a poultry farm near South Petherton, where the children were treated to a similar experience, but this time about one of their favourite foods – chicken. They observed thousands of chicks being carefully reared in ‘freedom’ conditions, learning that these would mature to table-bird size within an amazing 7 weeks. Local farmers brought a wide variety of farm animals for the day so the children could learn about where their lamb chops and pork sausages come from too. Here we also had a big wildlife session as these farmers have set aside a large area specifically for wild animals and plants, including a substantial pond. They then learnt about potato growing and about other crops - cereals and vegetables - in the fields, and all the machinery involved in arable farming.
Huge thanks are due to our local farmers for hosting, organising and volunteering for these days, which are so important to help the young reconnect with the working countryside and the source of their food. I wouldn’t be surprised if many of them now consider carefully a future in farming… On each occasion, every school tour was concluded with a brief and informal act of worship in a barn or tent, where local ministers led them in a celebration of what they had learnt, a time of reflection about the work of the farmer and a time of thankfulness for God’s rich provision.
Rev’d Annie Gurner firstname.lastname@example.org 07765 216818
Coming to church for the first time can be a daunting prospect; coming with children or grandchildren can be even more so…..
At St Mary’s, Barrington, we want to make that easier, so we are
starting an all-age worship service which will be
held monthly on the Third Sunday at 10am
Next one in Barrington is 19th JULY & 16th AUGUST
This service will last no more than 30 minutes and will be followed by refreshments and a time to chat and get to know each other better. The format will be simple, with more up to date hymns and a short family talk introducing some of the key aspects of the Christian faith. So come along; lapsed church goers, first time church goers, young, less young, and everyone in between.
THIS IS A SERVICE FOR EVERYONE - you will be very welcome