Monday, 21 September 2015

Web Magazine - September Issue - Rector's Pages

The Rector’s pages:

In the middle August three separate elements came together to influence this article; Yesterday’s Farming, a baptism and planning for the Harvest Festivals.

Yesterday’s Farming celebrates the bygone years of farming with vintage agricultural machinery, Landrovers, animal shows, etc, and is a really interesting show, and a good reminder of some past elements of country life.   Farming has changed drastically in recent decades and an enormous amount has been invested in that “industry” so that farmers can now produce so much more food than they ever could before.   The family who brought their child for baptism - like many young families - weren’t regular church-goers but were looking to the future for their child and thought that some Christian influence in life was a good investment.   Finally the difficult task of planning eight Harvest Festivals for our churches plus ones for the schools and pre-schools was almost complete.   On top of these three, I had asked Leo Gallagher to write about his experiences with the charity which sponsors the Manjushree Orphanage in the Himalayas of north east India; his article is to be found later in this magazine.

The thought that came out of all this was about investing in the future.   Yesterday’s Farming shows how things were in the past and highlights how much the farmers invest in their business to provide a future, not just for themselves and their family, but for our nation’s ability to feed itself.   The young parents wanted the very best for their child and were prepared to make any and ever investment to ensure a bright future.   The Manjushree charity invests money in parentless children so that they can fulfil their potential and be useful and contributing members of their communities.

So the theme for this year’s Harvest Festivals is this……”Investing in the future”.   Each service will be a thanksgiving for all the hard work of our farmers and we will also be looking at how they invest in the future, how parents and charities invest in the future, and how we can do something to help. 

The Harvest Festival services will be highlighted on the back page of each Web magazine; I hope to see you at one of them. 

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.  Amen.
(St Francis of Assisi - 13th century)
First Sunday Services - Sunday 4th October
08.45am  Dowlish Wake 1662 Communion
10.00am         Kingstone Harvest Festival
10.30am         Shepton         Modern sung Communion
11.15am         Cudworth         either Communion or Harvest
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
10th August Barbara Brown, 84 years; cremation at Taunton and her ashes laid to rest with her ancestors at Barrington.
15th August Martha Wilmot; Holy Baptism at Puckington.

Our Churches -

Barrington Village 
Barrington Pre-school   
Deanery Website   
Shepton Beauchamp Village
Shepton Primary School 
Stocklinch Village

If God sends you down a stony path, may he give you strong shoes.

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Saturday 5th September - Puckington
Coffee Morning at South Bradon Farm from 10.30am
(for Puckington Church funds by kind permission of Geoff and Joan Spiller)
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Wednesday 9th September - Nether Stowey!
Licensing of Rev’d Chloe in her own benefice
7.00pm at Nether Stowey Church
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Saturday 12th September - Puckington
Puckington Bell Appeal - Celebration in church at 4.00pm.
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Sunday 20th September
Harvest Walk and Supper
Approx times
5.00pm meet at Chillington and walk to
6.00pm Supper at Cudworth
 see below details 
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Saturday 26th September - Kingstone
Craft Fair
from 10.00am in church
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Tuesday 29th September (Michaelmas)
7.00am Communion at St Michael's Cudworth
(followed by breakfast!)
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Saturday 17th October - Shepton Beauchamp 
Harvest Lunch
in village Hall
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Sunday 25th October - Dowlish Wake 
Harvest Lunch in Speke Hall
(after Harvest Service)
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   In January this year I was privileged to visit south India to meet some graduates of the Manjushree Vidyapith School and Orphanage. Many readers will be aware of FMVSO, a charity formed in 2006 with the declared intention of giving regular revenue support, helping to feed the children and funding their further education once they leave Manjushree.                                           This was my first ever meeting with Manjushree students and I was fortunate to be able to meet all of the twenty now studying in Delhi and South India.  They ranged in age from eighteen to twenty three and from first year at College to final year.  Degree courses being followed included Nursing, Politics, Economics, Journalism and general arts.
These students were, without exception charming, courteous, and erudite young people, acutely aware of the privilege they have been granted as a result of being adopted by Manjushree; their appreciation of all that has been done for them was palpable. I think the abiding impression I gained from all the students, was their sense of family, their support for one another, and their love, devotion and enormous gratitude to Lama Sir and to ‘Mama Di’.
I was particularly gratified to note that nearly half of the students were delightful young ladies. Lama Thupten places great emphasis on equal opportunity, an example for the rest of India.
Succession strategy is high on Lama Thupten’s agenda and I was accorded the privilege of visiting Gyudmed Monastery, his alma mater where seven young Manjushree are studying.  Two of these, who have completed seven years study, have been identified as potential successors to Lama Sir. I have not, as yet, met the fourteen students who have graduated to date.  Nine of them are in full time employment, whilst five are pursuing further qualifications by distance learning; two of these are back at Manjushree working as volunteer teachers.
My abiding memory of these fine young people, who started life with very little, is their absolute determination to succeed and to pay back to Manjushree for all the privileges they have received.  They are determined that Manjushree will become self- sustaining in the future and are truly grateful to all you wonderful people who have helped them. I will conclude by paying tribute to Di; the love and affection shown by all the students to her was obvious and palpable.  It is of course fully reciprocated.  I know that Di has earned that love and respect by her hard and devoted work over the last ten years.   It was particularly gratifying to hear Lama Sir describe FMVSO and its supporters as ‘the backbone of Manjushree’.
This visit showed me how enormously worthwhile all FMVSO’s efforts are.    
To learn more about Manjushree and FMVSO visit 

Exploring Christianity:  Questions of Faith

This course begins again on Wednesday Sept 9th, 7.30 at Lopen Sunday School room.  This term we are looking at some of the challenging questions about our faith, such as 'Why did Jesus die?' and 'Why does God allow Suffering?'  New members would be welcome this term.  
Please ask Rev Julia Hicks for more information. (01460 76406)

Prayers for Her Majesty The Queen who becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history on 9 September 2015.

A  traditional language prayer:
Almighty God, who hast set our gracious sovereign Queen Elizabeth upon the throne of this realm, and given her to surpass all others in the years of her reign: receive our heartfelt thanks for her service to her people, confirm and encourage her in the continuance of the same, and keep her in thy heavenly wisdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who took the form of a servant for our sake, and reigneth now in glory with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
A modern language prayer drawing on Philippians 2:
Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ exchanged the glory of a heavenly throne for the form of a servant, we thank you that you have given Elizabeth our Queen a heart to serve her people, and have kept her devoted in this service beyond all who were before her: encourage us by her example to serve one another, and to seek the common good, until you call us all to reign with Christ in your eternal kingdom. Amen.


Sunday 20th September
4.30pm - Chillington
Harvest Festival

5.00pm - Harvest Walk
From Chillington to Cudworth

6.00pm - Harvest Supper
At Cudworth Church

You would be very welcome to join us for all of the above or for any part of it.

The Supper is all locally sourced and prepared food 
(so very low on food miles!!).

TICKETS £10 adult, £5 child
available from Cynthia (72069) or Lucy (54562)

(Cudworth’s Harvest Festival will be in October)

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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