Wednesday, 1 March 2017

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Whilst looking for something to write for Lent I came across this short piece by Max Lucado.....

The Cross. Can you turn any direction without seeing one? Perched a top a church. Carved into a graveyard headstone. Engraved in a ring or suspended on a chain. The cross is the universal symbol of Christianity. An odd choice, don’t you think? Strange that a tool of torture would come to embody a movement of hope. The symbols of other faiths are more upbeat: the six-pointed star of David, the crescent moon of Islam, a lotus blossom for Buddhism. Yet a cross for Christianity? An instrument of execution?
Would you wear a tiny electric chair around your neck? Suspend a gold-plated hangman’s noose on the wall? Would you print a picture of a firing squad on a business card? Yet we do so with the cross. Many even make the sign of the cross as they pray. Would we make the sign of, say, a guillotine? Instead of the triangular touch on the forehead and shoulders, how about a karate chop on the palm? Doesn’t quite have the same feel, does it? Why is the cross the symbol of our faith?   To find the answer look no farther than the cross itself. Its design couldn’t be simpler. One beam horizontal - the other vertical. One reaches out like God's love; the other reaches up, as does God’s holiness. One represents the width of his love; the other reflects the height of his holiness. The cross is the intersection. The cross is where God forgave his children, where earth and heaven, God and Humanity, meet.                              How could he do this? God drew all to himself by the pain and suffering of the Cross; he took evil and transformed it, by service; he took pain and transformed it, by strength; he took defeat and transformed it by love. “God put on him the wrong, who never did any wrong, so we could be put right with God” (2 Cor. 5:21 MSG)
“Grant O Lord, that in your wounds I may find my safety, in your striped back my cure, in your pain my peace, in your Cross my victory, in your Resurrection my triumph, and in your thorned crown the glory of Heaven.  Amen.”

First Sunday Services - Sunday 2nd April 2017
Barrington - 6.00pm Evensong (NB 6.00pm!)
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - 08.45am 1662 Communion 
Kingstone - 10.00am Family Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion


OTHER SERVICES

1st March - Ash Wednesday - The start of Lent
10.30am   Kingstone - Prayers & Communion
11.30am   Barrington - Prayers & Communion
6.30pm   Shepton - Prayers & Communion
(Each service lasts 30 minutes)

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World Day of Prayer - The people of the Philippines
The World Day of Prayer 2017 is Fri 3rd March, 
BUT 
rather than have a small service on this day, we are going to try something different to try and get the message to more people.   
All services on Sunday 5th March 
will have readings and prayers on this subject and Rev’d D’ has done a little booklet for everyone to take away with them.

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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.

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

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Dates for your Diary

Wed 1st March - Ash Wednesday - Barrington
12.10pm Lent Lunch in church

Sat 11th March - Barrington
Soup Kitchen at Village Hall 
(for Barrington Day Church Festival) flower fund





Your Village Church 
- your chance to have a say in its running or to ask questions - 
Annual General Meetings:

Will be held on the following dates
Tue 21st March - KINGSTONE - 7.00pm at Warden’s Lodge
Wed 27th March - CUDWORTH - 7.00pm in Church
Mon 3rd April - DOWLISH WAKE - 7.00pm in Church
Tue 4th April - PUCKINGTON - 7.30pm at Madge’s house next to Church
Wed 5th April - SHEPTON BEAUCHAMP - 7.00pm in Church
Wed 19th April - STOCKLINCH - 4.00pm at Manning’s Bungalow 
Wed 19th April - CHILLINGTON - 7.30pm in Church
Mon 24th April - BARRINGTON - 7.00pm in Church





From the Church Registers
10th February   Valerie Brierley, 96 yrs; funeral service at Cudworth.
10th February   Paul Vavasour, 88 yrs; burial at Shepton Beauchamp with his late wife Pauline, after a Catholic funeral service.

From other sources
20 Jan 17     Michael Welch, 69 yrs; born, raised and long time resident of Barrington, cremation at Taunton.




A Christian school teacher asked her class to look at TV adverts and see if they could use them to communicate ideas about God.

Here are some of the results:
God is like…. COKE …..He's the real thing.
God is like…..TIDE…..He gets the stains out others leave behind.
God is like…..WAL-MART…..He has everything. 
God is like…..ALKA-SELTZER…..Try Him, you'll like Him 
God is like…..SCOTCH TAPE…..You can't see Him, but you know He's there.
God is like…..VO-5 HAIR SPRAY…..He holds through all kinds of weather.
God is like…..MAXWELL HOUSE COFFEE..…Good to the very last drop.
God is like…..The ENERGIZER BUNNY…..He Keeps going and going and going.



AGE UK  -    What is befriending?         ‘Loneliness’

   It is a very sad fact that many people are very lonely in our society today – many more than you may think.  Some people can go for days, weeks, even months without having a good conversation, friendship or a simple human touch like a pat on the back.  Illness can make it near impossible for some people to leave their home; which can make things worse. This js not just happening in towns but can also effect those who live in the countryside. Normally in a village such does not happen, I have seen first hand that it can.
   It not always age related either! Many middle aged and young people can feel very lonely.  As a priest I am well aware that a few kind words, a handshake, or just showing some interest in a person, can be so important. Indeed a  local church can be a great way to have interaction with other people or the vicar or others who be asked to visit.  You must be willing to help yourself!
   Age UK are a national Charity that offers many services for older people who find life difficult in different ways. Look on their website. They offer a ‘befriending service’ either by telephone or a personal visit. A volunteer with no agenda – will visit you at home for a chat. It’s as simple at that or via a phone call.  It has been a great success.

What is befriending?
Age UK offers different types of befriending services:
Face-to-face befriending, where a volunteer befriender visits an older person in their home
Telephone befriending, where a volunteer befriender will phone an older person

With both types of befriending each older person is assigned a befriender, who provides friendly conversation and companionship on a regular basis over a long period of time. Befriending provides an older person with a link to the outside world and often acts as a gateway for other services and valuable support. Perhaps you could volunteer to be a befriender?

Call Age UK Advice free on: 0800 678 1174   There is no shame in feeling lonely or asking for support.  For a healthy and happy life it’s a simple fact that most of us need some form of interaction with other people. We are not meant to be solitary beings for the most.  So don’t suffer alone – take the first step! You are welcome to phone or email me about such issues in confidence. My details are:
       
       Rev’d Tim Cook       Timcook9@icloud.com       01935-706042



First Sunday Services - Sunday 5th March 2017
Barrington - 5.30pm Evensong (5.30pm!)
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - 08.45am 1662 Communion 
Kingstone - 10.00am Family Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion


OTHER SERVICES

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World Day of Prayer - early March
Watch this space for news of the new style, annual World Day of Prayer wherein, this year, we pray for the people of the Philippines.

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

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From the Church Registers
14 December 2016  Liz Jacobs from Seavington; ashes interred with her family at Shepton Beauchamp.
14 January 2017      Millie & Freddie Longman; holy baptism at Shepton Beauchamp.



Genuine Children’s Exam Answers!

Science:   Helicopters are cleverer than planes.  Not only can they fly through the air that can also hoover.
History:   Then Joan of Ark met her end.  She was burned as a steak.
Natural History:   Crabs and creatures like them all belong to a family of crushed asians.
Geography:   In geography we learned that countries with sea around them are islands and ones without sea are incontinents.
RE:   If you marry two people you are a pigamist, but morons are allowed to do this.
Geography:   In Scandinavia, the Danish people come from Denmark, the Norwegians come from Norway and the Lapdancers come from Lapland.















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