Saturday, 27 May 2017

Web Magazine - June 2017 (Sunny June!) - Rector's Pages

The Rector’s pages:    This n that……

1.   Deanery Open Meeting  - Wed 7th June 7.30pm in Speke Hall
For many years the “Deanery Synod” was a dull business style meeting BUT that has now changed!   There are three meetings a year, all of them are “open to everyone” and the main business is a special speaker; in the recent past these have been really interesting and have drawn big crowds.  On Wed 7th June the speaker will be Peter Lansdown who will speak on the ongoing refugee crisis in northern France.

2.   Annual Moolham Service - Sun 18th June 6.00pm
The beautiful little churchyard of St John the Baptist, Moolham (just outside Dowlish Wake), is a yard without a church.   Legend has it that the original church building burned down (perhaps in Tudor times?) and the wood to replace the building was stolen by the villainous Ilminster folk!   I’m not sure how true that is, but its a good story.   Suffice to say that the churchyard has survived and it is a beautiful, natural - and very holy - place.   Each year, around the feast of St John the Baptist, we meet in the churchyard for readings and popular hymns and it is a very magical event….

3.   Barrington Church Day  - Sat 1st July 11.00am onwards
Many (many!) years ago the bi-annual Barrington Day was started to support the church bell tower restoration costs and since then the money raised has gone towards the ongoing repair and maintenance of the church.   Organising and running this event has been led by senior church council members but always depends heavily on the hard work of a lot of people.  With many long serving volunteers feeling it was time for a rest from their commitment, this year’s Barrington Day has been scaled down slightly and concentrated around the centre of the village.  Looking ahead, there is already an embryo committee to help re-launch the day for 2019, but in the meantime I do hope that you will all be able to visit on 1st July and help make this a really special event.

4.   Barrington Open Air Songs of Praise - Sun 2nd July 4.00pm 
In celebration of the weekends events, the church bells will be rung from 3.00 - 4.00pm on the Sunday and then there will be an open air Songs of Praise with a small local band to lead the singing.   PLEASE bring deck-chairs and rugs to sit on and picnics if you would like too. 

5.   Next Step: Confirmation - There is a Confirmation service at Merriott on Wednesday 5th July at 7.00pm; if you are interested in this, please have a word with me……Rev’d Geoff Wade   01460 240228

First Sunday Services - Sunday 2nd July 2017
Barrington - 4.30pm Open Air Songs of Praise
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - 08.45am 1662 Communion 
Kingstone - 10.00am Family Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion


Sun 18th June 6.00pm
The Annual Moolham Service 
in Moolham churchyard, Oxenford.

Sun 2nd July 4.00pm 
Open Air Songs of Praise
for Barrington Church Day in the churchyard
(wet weather - inside church!)

Sun 30th July 4.30pm
Deanery Songs of Praise
in the Jubilee Field with views out to Wales!
(Organised by Chillington Church; by kind permission of the Chapman family)

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.
This service is 25 minutes long, simple Communion Services to reflect, pray and give thanks.


Wed 7th June 7.30pm
Deanery Open Meeting at Speke Hall Dowlish Wake
Open to everyone, the speaker that evening will be
Peter Lansdown on the refugee crisis in northern France.


Sat 10th June 10.00am - 12.00pm
Puckington - Coffee Morning at Derek’s
(For church running costs.)


Sat 17th June 3.00pm
Ludney Farm Walk
A gentle walk from Chillington to Ludney Farm with an expert tour guide!
BBQ on completion.
(Meet at Chillington Church at 3.00pm; return after BBQ by foot or wheels)


Sat 24th June afternoon
Stocklinch - Annual Church Fete
(More details later)


Sat 1st July 11.00am - 4.00pm
Barrington Church Day
see notice later in this Web


Fri 21st July - evening
Ceilidhe at Seavington Village Hall 
in aid of Kingstone Church

A very big thank you to everyone who has helped - in any way - with the recent fundraising events.   For those raising the money….thank you for your hard work and time; for those supporting…..thank you for your help and generosity…..

15th Apr - Stocklinch Jazz Cafe - raised £370
22nd Apr - Shepton Band Concert - £508
29th Apr - Kingstone May Fair - a record £1508!

All of the funds raised are for the constant work needed to run, maintain and repair, the village churches.

Bluebell Wood Walk - Sunday 14th May
Thank you to everyone who took part in the Bluebell Wood Walk from Cudworth to Chillington; the flowers were still out and carpeting the woodland floor; the weather was fine, if a little overcast; and the sense of community and friendship amongst the walkers was very strong and cheerful!   I hope you all enjoyed it!!   Thank you to the Lane and Saunders families for allowing so many people access across their land and a very big THANK YOU to those who provided breakfast, drinks and cakes at both ends of the walk.

From the Church Registers
6 May Laura Bednall and Marcus Bond; joined in holy matrimony at Chillington.
12 May        Sue English, 55yrs young; cremation at Yeovil followed by a Celebration Service at Shepton Beauchamp.
13 May        Debbie and Martin French, 10th wedding anniversary; renewal of vows at Shepton Beauchamp.

From other Sources
6 May Gordon Cave 89 yrs; a long term resident of Shepton Beauchamp, died peacefully in his sleep at his nursing home.   

Weeks and Months of Individually Guided Prayer
   Not everyone has the inclination or the ability to go away on a retreat, even if only for a couple of days. Responsibilities at home, work, or the Church, quite apart from financial considerations, can often make it impossible. Equally, fear and a lack of confidence can also play their part; “That’s not for me.” A Week or Month of Individually Guided Prayer is a way of making an individually directed Retreat in the midst of our daily lives.
      It is Individually Directed; so it is tailor-made to where an individual is on their own spiritual journey. There is no question of being “good enough” to make this kind of retreat. All that is needed is a desire to draw nearer to God, and an openness to be led by the Spirit in our journey of prayer with the Lord.
    The original inspiration for these Times of Directed Prayer in daily life came from the Jesuits, and the whole concept is founded on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The  Month of Guided Prayer gives more time than the Week of Guided Prayer to explore the dynamic of the Spirit’s working in our lives and to notice the movements in our prayers, as well as getting accustomed to the discipline of Listening Prayer and the Reviewing of that prayer. For in this journey with the Lord we touch the depths of the mystery that we know as life, as God meets us in his love, in his own way, and in his own time.  Some people need to be eased into this “new” thing for them, and so a Week of Guided prayer is also possible.
   The Format of the retreat is based on a commitment of half-an-hour of prayer with scripture each day, followed by a time of reviewing the prayer, and all this is done at home. Twice a week the Retreatant meets with his/her Prayer Companion or Spiritual Director, for half an hour, exploring the journey together. If they doing a week of guided prayer, the meetings are daily. There is one whole group session on the Sunday afternoon before the Retreat, and on the first and last days of the retreat.
    The Participants come from all walks of life and all stages of spiritual experience, and from all denominations. The special thing about the Month of Guided Prayer is that it is individually directed, matching the needs of each individual and their experience at the time of the Retreat, as we allow God to speak to us from the Scriptures. Each Retreatant needs to come to the Week or Month of Guided Prayer with an open and generous heart and a desire to deepen their own life of prayer, to learn how to pray with Scripture, and to explore the mystery of God’s love in their life and their world.
   The Directors seek to facilitate the journey into that deeper experience of love and freedom in the Lord, as each participant encounters him through the Word of God. It is God who leads and directs each one through the Guided Prayer. The Guides or Directors are there to share the journey and help the traveller to notice the movements of God’s grace and love along the way.
   If you are interested in participating in a period of Guided Prayer, please contact me….   Rev’d Gerry Reilly.     Tel. 01460-76246


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