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The Next Step: Confirmation
At the start of his brief, three year ministry, Jesus as an adult was baptised in the river Jordan by his cousin, John the Baptist. The early church took this action of Our Lord to be the outward sign of peoples’ conversion to Christianity and so all new candidates for the faith were baptised, just as Jesus had been. Today it is mainly children who are baptised (or Christened) - very many children, many of whom are only three or four months old; they are Baptised at the start of their journey of faith. Being so young their parents, god-parents, family and friends make promises on their behalf; to teach by example, a life lived in love and charity with those around them; to help the child explore the real meaning of Christianity; to help them make the decision about Confirmation. What is Confirmation?
In a nut shell, it is taking the promises made by others at your baptism, and making them for yourself; taking responsibility for your journey as a Christian. What does this involve?
In the short term it means contacting the local Vicar and asking to be Confirmed. There are normally a few short lessons about what this means to each of us. Then each Confirmation candidate is invited to a special service conducted locally by one of our Bishop’s, who “Confirms” the candidate in their faith. Finally, and within a few days, the newly confirmed take Holy Communion at their own church with their fellow Christians. At least, when I say “finally” that is really only the beginning!
Having taken responsibility for your faith and having been Confirmed, every person then walks a wonderful road of exploration throughout their life……in faith. Each route is different depending on the needs and desires that we have and the joys and sorrows that we face. But every step is taken in company with Our Lord and part of the exploration is learning about his enormous love for us and how, by following his example of life, we can lead lives that are better for us and which help build a better life for those around us…..”Love God….love your neighbour as yourself”.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
First Sunday Services - Sunday 4th June 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
Wed 10th May 7.00pm at Dowlish Wake church
This year the Archdeacon of Taunton visits us for a deanery service; all the parishes are invited to welcome the new officers of our churches and to show them our support. A GOOD SERVICE!
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.
Shepton on Tuesdays at 10.30am.
This service is 25 minutes long, simple Communion Services to reflect, pray and give thanks.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Sat 20th May 2.30 - 4.00pm
Dowlish Wake - the famous PLANT SALE!
This year at Brook house courtesy of Becky.
(For church running costs)
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.
(More details later)
Sat 24th June afternoon
Stocklinch - Annual Church Fete
(More details later)
From the Church Registers
29 March Jean Rutter, 89 yrs; ashes interred with her brother Alan, at Kingstone.
13 April Jeanne Taylor, 88yrs; cremation at Yeovil followed by Thanksgiving Service at Barrington Church.
18 April Freddie Greenop, 96 yrs; cremation at Yeovil (Thanksgiving Service will follow in the summer)
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