Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Web Magazine - April 2017 - Rector's Pages

The Rector’s pages:     

There was a fourth Wise Man and he came from even further away than the other three Magi but he shared the vision of following a new Star which would lead him to the King of Kings come down to earth. So he set out at once for the place to which the new Star would lead him to. The Wise Man chose as a gift for the Infant-God, three rare pearls; one was pink mother of pearl liken the sea at daybreak.   The second pearl was green like the frosty grasslands.   The third pearl was white, or rather, it was transparent like the light reflected from the moon.   So the Wise Man, with his casket containing these three unique pearls set out to catch up with the other three Magi but he was far behind them, and when he arrived at last in the country where the Star stood still, the heard a great lament that nothing could console; a barbaric order from Herod had spread death and destruction by slaughtering all male children under the age of two.   A woman with a tortured expression on her face burst into the inn where the Wise Man had stopped; she was clasping a child and she was pursued by Herod’s murderous men, with bestial faces brandishing blood-smeared swords. The Wise Man opened his casket and took out the pink pearl. It was of such rare beauty that the mercenaries immediately grabbed the pearl and fled, leaving their mother and child alone on doorstep of the inn.    The Wise Man went on his way, hoping to find the Infant-God. How was he to find him without the Star leading the way?  Entering a village, he passed a squad of soldiers who were taking away a young men and following them an older woman, the mother of the prisoner who was her only son, and she was a widow. He had committed a theft, for they had nothing to live on.   The Wise Man was moved, and asked the soldiers to free the thief; the soldiers refused.   The Wise Man opened up his casket and took out the green pearl and the soldiers, seeing the fortune represented by this jewel, handed the young man back to his mother.    Now the Wise Man only had the white pearl left to offer the Son of God.  For thirty years he continued to look for the child to whom the star had led him.   One day as he was approaching the Holy City, he saw a young girl running away from men who were stoning her because she refused to enter an arranged marriage.   The Wise Man decided to hand over the last pearl and when the outraged men saw it, their eyes burned with greed as they snatched the last pearl from his hand.   At that very moment he heard the sound of cries, clamouring, and whistling accompanying a condemned man being taken outside the city walls to be crucified.   As the tortured prisoner turned his face towards him, the Wise Man knew that it was Him. It was the Child he had been looking for such a long time!   Look what men had done to him!   The Wise Man had nothing left, nothing to offer in exchange for the life of the Son of Man. He had given everything on the way. Then, on the face of Jesus, the King saw his three pearls. They were shining, intact, richer and more luminous than in he had every seen them; he heard a voice saying to him, "Go in peace, as for your gift, I truly did receive it!"  The Wise Man realised that everything he had done for the people along the way, he had in fact done for God. 

First Sunday Services - Sunday 7th May 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



Sun 14th May - Rogation Walk
Cudworth to Chillington through the Bluebell Wood
09.40am - Tractor Transport from Chillington to Cudworth
10.00am - Light Breakfast at Cudworth Church
10.30am  - Brief Rogation Service
10.45am - Walk begins
Coffee & Cake on arrival at Chillington

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.


Sat 15th April - afternoon
Stocklinch annual Easter Fair

Sat 22nd April - 7.00pm
Kingsbury Episcopi Band Concert in Shepton Beauchamp Church 
(in aid of the chimney and gutter repairs)

Sat 29th April
Annual Kingstone Church May Fair - in churchyard

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

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
20th February Serena Johnson; ashes interred at Shepton Beauchamp.
4th March       Florence Grieve; Holy Baptism at Shepton Beauchamp.
11th March     Lily Lawrence; Holy Baptism at Shepton Beauchamp.
13th March     Linda Towills; cremation at Yeovil followed by a Service of Thanksgiving at Shepton Beauchamp Church.

From other sources
15th March    Don Bennett of South Bradon; funeral service at Yeovil Crematorium.

A special baby loss event - Exeter Cathedral on April 8th. 

The Mariposa Trust is one of the UK’s leading charities, with its core objective being to support people who have lost babies at any stage of pregnancy, at birth, or in infancy. It was founded in 2012, by Zoe and Andy Clark-Coates, who saw a critical lack of support for people like them, who had gone through baby loss. With over 258,000 babies being lost yearly in the UK alone, the charity needed to be able to offer not only a comprehensive package of befriending and support, but also national baby loss remembrance services (called Saying Goodbye Services), for people to join together and remember the children they had lost. 4 years on over 80 services have taken place at Cathedrals and Minsters across the UK, US and France, and 2017 will see a further 20 take place.

On the 8th April at 13:30 in Exeter Cathedral the trust is holding one of its Saying Goodbye services. I am trying to spread the message about the service, as we want as many people who have been affected by this as possible to be able to attend.

There is also another service in your region in Plymouth on April 29th.

So who is the service for?

Anyone who has either personally lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in early years, or who has been affected by a family members or friends loss.  Whether the loss was recent or 80 years ago, everyone is welcome to attend. We have also extended the services, and gladly welcome anyone who is grieving the fact that they haven't had children. This may be due to circumstance, infertility or for other reasons - but all are welcome. Babies and children are also invited to come with their family, as the Saying Goodbye service is truly a family event for all.

To read more on the charity, please see the Saying Goodbye website, which you can find at: www.sayinggoodbye.org. On the site you will also be able to see the fantastic set of Ambassadors and Advocates the charity have, including: The Archbishop of York, Lord Robert Winston, Nigella Lawson, Jools Oliver, Kym Marsh, Gabby Logan, J John, Mary Nightingale, Professor Lesley Regan, Julie Etchingham and more.

The team can be contacted by email at office@sayinggoodbye.org if you have any questions.

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