The Rector’s pages:
In church recently we celebrated the festival of Saint “Doubting Thomas”; the term “doubting Thomas” is still current in our vocabulary two thousand years after it was first used to describe the actions of Saint Thomas – Apostle – who doubted that Jesus had been raised from the dead, after the Resurrection appearance of Our Lord to the other Disciples. Thomas needed firm proof, the words of others was not enough, for him, “seeing is believing”. There is little known of Thomas' life beyond this well known event, however there are two points which are worth bearing in mind as they contradict the doubt for which he is normally remembered.
First of all: Jesus had been forced to leave Jerusalem, in fear of his life; he hears that his friend Lazarus is very ill and decides, to make the journey to visit him, in spite of the danger; the Disciples are frightened for their own safety but Thomas speaks out. He persuades the Disciples to go with him, to accompany Jesus, even if it means that they will all die together. There is no doubt in Thomas' mind...his place is by Jesus’ side, whatever will befall them. (John 11.16)
Secondly: in the 14th/15th century, when Portuguese traders reached India, they found an active Christian church at Tranvancore and Cochin, called “Mar Thoma” whose followers traced their faith to St Thomas the Apostle. It seems that Thomas had travelled the enormous distance from the Holy Land to South India, a difficult and dangerous journey, to take the story of “Christ”ianity to those people. This was surely an act of great faith and endurance and there can have been no doubt in Thomas' mind when he set out on this pilgrimage.
Quite often we remember one thing about a person when there is always so much more to discover; its often worth taking the time and trouble to find the full story so that the real person can shine out and be remembered properly....just like Thomas, who doubted, only once!
Heavenly Father; give us the patience to look beyond the obvious
and find the real story in each person's life. Amen.
True Story: A child was evacuated from London to these villages during the second world war and even though she was safely returned to her family after hostilities ended, her short time her made such an impression that she regularly returned here for holidays. She grew up, married and had children and grand-children, but her love for this area and its people continued and never faded. She lived to a very great age, and her final wish was for her ashes to be brought back here for burial, along with those of her late husband. What a gift the local people had given to that poor, frightened, lonely evacuee; if only they had known the good they did…..you just never know do yo
First Sunday Services - Sunday 4th September
10.00am Kingstone Worship 4 All
10.30am Shepton Modern sung Communion
11.150am Cudworth Communion
6.00pm Barrington Sung Evensong
NB Dowlish Wake
no 0845am 1662 Communion because of the Flower Show, instead….
6.00pm Songs of Praise on the Green
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.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Wed 24th August - morning - Cudworth
The annual Cudworth Summer Market, in church
Sat 27th August - morning - Chillington
The annual Chillington Craft Fair,
in SPEKE HALL DOWLISH WAKE
From the Church Registers
18th June Aaron Zaple and his infant son Korey; holy baptism at Kingstone.
6th July Shirley Cox, 79 yrs; funeral service at Shepton Beauchamp followed by burial with her beloved husband Arthur.
16th July Carly Warren and Wayne Martin; joined in holy matrimony at Puckington.
Maybe . . . The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of
everything; they just make the most of everything that comes their way.
Maybe . . . The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past;
after all, you can't go on successfully in life until you let go of your past mistakes, failures and heartaches.
Maybe . . You should always try to put yourself in others' shoes. If you
feel that something could hurt you, it will probably hurt the other person too.
Maybe . . You should do something nice for someone every single day, even if
it is simply to leave them alone.
I am thankful for….. all the complaints about the government, because it means we have freedom of speech.
From the parish magazine - 1910
“The Parish Nurse. A nurse has been provided, chiefly by Mr Coles, for the poor of Shepton Beauchamp and Barrington. She will attend them when she is able, free of charge, if they apply for her services. She will attend others as well, but those who can afford it will be expected to make a present to the nursing fund. She is a qualified midwife, and anyone who needs her services as such must apply three months beforehand to Miss Coles, and the charge will be five shillings.”
“The Clothing Club. Is open from the first week in February to the last week in October. It is a charity for the help of the poor; each adult member receives a present of one shilling, and each child, sixpence.”
Macmillan Welfare Benefit Advisor
Macmillan Welfare Benefit Advice and Grant Service is available to help cancer patients and their families obtain their full welfare benefit entitlements.
We see people in their home or at outreaches throughout South Somerset.
We can help take the worry out of finances during these difficult times.
Please contact us on 01935 847 666 if we can be of help.
MONTHLY PAPER COLLECTION - Dowlish Wake Playing Fields & Kingstone Church
You will doubtless have noticed the note each month about the waste paper collection for recycling which so many of you support; this provides such a reliable and regular income to these two charities (Dowlish Playing Fields and Kingstone Church) that without this steady steam of funds the situation would be quite different.
On behalf of both organisations, I’d like to thank you for your support and the time you take in collecting the paper and bringing it down to the skip each month; it really makes a difference to both organisations which helps them support our village communities.
THANK YOU. (Rev’d Geoff Wade)
THE EASON TRUST - HELP WITH EDUCATIONAL EXPENSES
For nearly two hundred years, the charitable Eason Trust has helped countless generations of Barrington children and young people, with the extra expenses sometimes incurred with education. This can include a donation towards the cost of school trips, specialist sports equipment, uniform clothing, tools for apprenticeships, etc.
The Trust is able to help any “young person”, living in Barrington parish, up to the age of eighteen years old, who is either in school, sixth form, college, an apprenticeship or some similar form of education.
Applications should be made in writing to:
Lesley Jones, Eason Trust Treasurer,
Tudor Cottage, Copse Shute Lane, Barrington,
by 1st September please.