Monday, 27 July 2015

Web Magazine - August Issue - Rector's Pages

The Rector’s pages:

Some thoughts……

1.   Thank you to: everyone who has supported me and my family over the past year during my operations, chemotherapy and recovery; you’ve no idea what a great encouragement it has been.  The situation now is that from 1st August I will be working slowly but surely to get back to full-time employment and a “normal life”.   The wonderful NHS will continue to monitor my condition for five years, but it should be “service as normal” from now on!!!

2.   Thank you to: everyone who has helped with the training of Rev’d Chloe Kingdon over the past three years.   I am well aware that it has not been an easy time for any of us (including Chloe of course) as we have got used to training the first curate in these parishes in living memory and as she has learned what rural communities expect from a junior priest.   I think we have all done very well and the evidence of this is Chloe’s unanimous selection to the Quantock Villages Benefice - her first incumbent status benefice.

3.   Thank you to: everyone who has taken part in fundraising for our little churches either by organising, supporting or visiting the events.   It is often a struggle for the small congregations to raise the enormous amount of money needed to keep the churches open, year after year.  But, when we look at the support and generosity that is given, it really does make it all worth while and goes to show that the lovely and holy little buildings are community spaces as much now as they ever were.

A Prayer of Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596)

Lord God, when you call your servants to endeavour any great matter, grant us also to know that it is not the beginning, but the continuing of the same, until it be thoroughly finished, which yields the true glory; through him who, for the finishing of your work, laid down his life for us, our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

A Prayer of St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labour and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do your will.

First Sunday Services - Sunday 6th September
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.


Weekday Communions
Shepton on Tuesdays at 10.30am.
These services are 30 minutes long, simple Communion Services to reflect, pray and give thanks.


From the Church Registers
18th June Flynn Bewley; Holy Baptism at Puckington
5th July         Sicily Hammelburg; Holy Baptism at Cudworth
10th July June Welch, 81 yrs; Funeral service at Shepton and cremation
18th July Lizzie Speed and David Alexander; joined in Holy Matrimony at Stocklinch

FUND-RAISING RESULTS…..with huge thanks to everyone involved or supporting…..
18th June    Shepton Beauchamp - their part in St Petroc’s Fair raised nearly £200
            Stocklinch Fete - raised just £1000 (the largest sum ever raised!)
4th July       Barrington Day (to raise funds for church) - raised over £5000 - an amazing figure - well done everyone!

           Kingstone Open Gardens - a new venture for Kingstone Church, this was a great success, thank you to all involved;      raised £660!  

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22nd August - Saturday
Kingstone Craft Fair - in church from 10.00am
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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 at 11.30am
& byo picnic (dogs welcome!)
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9th September - Wednesday
Licensing of Rev’d Chloe in her own benefice
7.00pm at Nether Stowey Church
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12th September - Saturday
Puckington Bell Appeal - Celebration in church at 4.00pm.
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Sunday 20th September
CHILLINGTON TO CUDWORTH - Harvest Walk and Supper
Approx times - 4.30pm meet at Chillington
6.00pm Supper at Cudworth
details next month

Our Churches -

Barrington Village 
Barrington (with Ilton) Primary School 
Barrington Pre-school   
Deanery Website   
Shepton Beauchamp Village
Shepton Primary School 
Stocklinch Village

Just a thought….

1.   Say "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.
2.   When you lose, don't lose the lesson
3.   Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.
4.   Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
5.   When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
6.   Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
7.   Spend some time alone - being alone does not mean being lonely.
8.   A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.

ETERNITY has more kinds of rooms than this world does.  We may know, or at least know about some people whose way of life would seem so reprehensible that it’s hard to imagine that they could ever make it to heaven. 
     But as Christians, we believe that, as part of the Body of Christ, we have been given the power to forgive each other’s sins and that, because of that, indeed anyone’s love can pull their beloved into heaven whatever their faults and failures may be.
      Our love for each other is a powerful vehicle of grace, powerful enough to open the gates of heaven. It has been said that to love someone is to say, in effect, ‘You at least will never die!’   Human love, even this side of eternity, has that kind of power. That’s also why we pray for loved ones who have died. Our love has the power to reach them, even then.   We are always close to those we loved, they in God’s immediate presence, we in God’s presence in prayer.                                                                                                                                                                            
     But what about those who are outsiders in this life and who die without anyone caring about the fact that they’ve gone or where they’ve gone? How do grace and forgiveness work then? Is human love then purely out of the picture leaving us only with the hope that God’s love can fill in where human love is absent?
     Do not be afraid!   God’s love can and does fill in where human love is absent. In fact, scripture assures us that God has a special love, and tenderness, for those who find themselves outside the circle of human love.
     So we need not worry about the salvation of those who died in less-than-ideal circumstances.   Human love, while generally directed towards very specific persons, is also ‘a symphony whose music circles wide and ultimately embraces everyone.’

Peter Knott SJ

New Bishop of Taunton appointed
   HM the Queen has approved the appointment of the Venerable Ruth Worsley, Archdeacon of Wiltshire, as the next Bishop of Taunton.   Bishop Ruth - as she will be known - will be consecrated in London in the autumn before her first service in this diocese.
  The Venerable Ruth Worsley studied English Literature, Theological Studies and Biblical Studies at the University of Manchester. After this, whilst training as a nurse at Tameside General Hospital in the 1980s and considering specialising in acute psychiatry, Ruth felt a calling to pastoral lay ministry and took on a voluntary role in pastoral care at her local church. 
   Following the family’s move to Nottingham in 1990, she began her MA in Mission and Ministry, later serving as Chaplain to spouses and families of students in training at St John’s Theological College. In 1995 she embarked on her own ordination training at St John’s. 
   After ordination in 1996, Ruth served for twelve years as a parish priest in Nottingham, first as a curate and then as priest in charge. During this time, she also became Area Dean for one of the poorest areas in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. 
   Ruth was made Dean of Women’s Ministry for this diocese in 2007 and served again as a parish priest and Area Dean until 2010 when she took on the role of Parish Development Adviser in the Diocese of Southwark, based in Bermondsey. During this time she was also appointed as Honorary Chaplain to the Queen – a position that Ruth resigns on becoming a Bishop. In 2013 Ruth swapped inner-city life for Wiltshire when appointed Archdeacon of Wilts in the Diocese of Salisbury. 
   Ruth’s personal ministry is driven by a care for the most vulnerable in our society and from that, striving to work with other faith groups and organisations to give them the right kind of support. In Nottingham this was demonstrated in her work as Trustee and Chair of a project to work with young families in a hugely disadvantaged area, as well as being a member of the Professional 
Services Committee for Relate, Nottingham. It also led to her role as founding member of the Nottingham Arimathea Trust, a project which provides shelter for destitute Asylum Seekers. 
   From her experience of urban parishes, Ruth also has a keen interest in regeneration and what that means for local communities. 
   Ruth was born in Hampton, Middlesex in 1962 and grew up under the flight path of Heathrow airport in Ashford and Staines. 
   Ruth is married to Howard, who was ordained in 1993 and is currently Vice Principal at Trinity College Bristol. They have three adult sons: Nathanael, Jonathan and Benjamin. Ruth describes her husband and sons as “outdoorsy” and whilst she does enjoy walking and the outdoors, you are just as likely to find her curled up with a good book, or playing the saxophone, “badly” according to Ruth. 


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 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


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.  Any resident can apply for one of two main grants….

1.   Are you a student going on to higher education or perhaps you are doing an apprenticeship? ?
If so you could be entitled to a grant from Shepton Beauchamp Charity.  If you have lived in the village for 3 years or more and have not received the grant before, please apply in writing by the 31st September 2015 to:  The Treasurer, 26 Herne Rise, Ilminster, TA19 0HJ
2.  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.
If you are not yet receiving the Christmas Box,  please call Fleur on 01460 351272 to have your name added to the list (before 15th November please).

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