The Rector’s pages:
8 year-old's explanation of God (by Danny Dutton, aged 8)
Danny’s homework was to answer the explain who God was…..
One of God's main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth.
He doesn't make grownups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn't have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.
God's second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like vicars and things, pray at times beside bedtime. God doesn't have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this .
Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off. God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn't go wasting his time by going over your mum and dad's head asking for something they said you couldn't have.
Jesus is God's Son. He used to do all the hard work like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn't want to learn about God. They finally got tired of him preaching to them and they crucified him. But he was good and kind, like his father, and he told his father that they didn't know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said O.K.
His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard work on earth so he told him he didn't have to go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven. So he did. And now he helps his dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones he can take care of himself without having to bother God. Like a secretary, only more important. You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to help you because they got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the time.
It is good to know He's around you when you're scared, in the dark or when you can't swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids.
But... you shouldn't just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases. And this is what I know about God.
First Sunday Services - Sunday 2nd October
08.45am Dowlish Communion 1662
10.00am Kingstone HARVEST FESTIVAL
10.30am Shepton Modern sung Communion
11.15am Cudworth Communion
6.00pm Barrington Sung Evensong
Thursday 29th September - 7.00am (yes 7.00am!)
Sunrise Communion for Michaelmas at Cudworth
More than eight hundred years ago, our ancestors built a small, narrow, east facing window above the altar in the lady chapel at St Michael’s Church Cudworth. Without the aid of computers they positioned this window so perfectly that at sunrise on the Feast of St Michael the rising sun would send a shaft of light through the narrow opening to illuminate the chalice and paten, bread and wine, being used for the Communion. We keep this feast every year - why not come and join us?
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
Sat 3rd September - 10.30am
Puckington - “Joan’s coffee morning” at South Braden Farm,
(by invitation of the whole Spiller family!)
(for Puckington church running costs)
Sat 10th September - 3.00pm
Dowlish Wake - Karl Schmidt's 100th birthday party
in the Speke Hall
Sat 17th September - 10.30am
Barrington - Celebration Coffee Morning in church
To celebrate the opening of the new church kitchen - everyone welcome please come and join us.
Sat 24th September - 10.30am
Shepton - Celebration Coffee Morning in church
To celebrate the opening of the new church kitchen and the meeting spaces in the back of the church - everyone welcome please come and join us.
From the Church Registers
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.
26th July Bert Rowley, 86 yrs; ashes interred with his parents at Kingstone church.
30th July Mason Suckling; holy baptism at Shepton Beauchamp church.
30th July Sebastian Linten; holy baptism at Shepton Beauchamp church.
6th Aug Nathan Gibson and Beth Martin; joined in holy matrimony at Shepton Beauchamp church.
13th Aug Oakley Curtis; holy baptism at Shepton Beauchamp church.
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)
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.”