Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Web Magazine - August - Rector's Pages

The Rector’s pages:   some inspirational thoughts…author unknown.

    In 1962, four nervous young musicians played their first record audition for the Decca Recording company. The executives were not impressed. While turning down this group of musicians, one executive said, "We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out." The group was The Beatles.
    In 1944, Emmeline Snively, director of the Blue Book Modelling Agency, told modelling hopeful Norma Jean Baker, "You'd better learn secretarial work or else get married." She went on to become Marilyn Monroe.  In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry fired a singer after one performance. He told him, "You ain't goin' nowhere son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck." He went on to become Elvis Presley.
    When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, it did not ring off the hook with calls from potential backers. After making a demonstration call, President Rutherford Hayes said, "That's an amazing invention, but who would ever want to use one of them?”   When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, he tried over 2000 experiments before he got it to work. A young reporter asked him how it felt to fail so many times. He said, "I never failed once. I invented the light bulb. It just happened to be a 2000-step process.” 
    In the 1940's, a young inventor named Chester Carlson took his idea to 20 of the biggest corporations in the country. They all turned him down but after seven years of rejections, he finally got a tiny company to purchase the rights to his invention, an electrostatic paper-copying process; Xerox Corporation.
    Wilma Rudolph was the 20th of 22 children. She was born prematurely and her survival was doubtful. When she was 4 years old, she contacted double pneumonia and scarlet fever, which left her with a paralysed left leg. At age 9, she removed the metal leg brace she had been dependent on and began to walk without it. By 13 she had developed rhythmic walk, which doctors said was a miracle. That same year she decided to become a runner. She entered a race and came in last. For the next few years every race she entered, she came in last. Everyone told her to quit, but she kept on running. One day she actually won a race. And then another. From then on she won every race she entered. Eventually this little girl, who was told she would never walk again, went on to win three Olympic gold medals.
    The moral of the above Stories: Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved. You gain strength, experience and confidence by every experience where you really stop to look failure in the face. You must do the thing you cannot do and remember, the finest steel is sent through the hottest furnace. A winner is not one who never fails, but one who NEVER GIVES UP! In LIFE, remember that you pass this way only once! Live life to the fullest and give it your best.


First Sunday Services - Sunday 9th September 2017
Barrington - 6.00pm Evensong 1662
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - NO 8.45am Service - 6.00pmSongs for Summe
Kingstone - 10.00am Family Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion

OTHER SERVICES
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Sunday 13th August - 11.00am at Kingstone Church
A VERY SPECIAL SERVICE as two young adults make their First Communion; come along - join with them a show your support for them at this important stage of their faith journey.
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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.
This service is 25 minutes long, simple Communion Service to reflect, pray and give thanks.
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From the Church Registers
3rd July     Reg Brown, 94yrs; funeral service and burial at Shepton Beauchamp.
5th July     Caroline and Thomas Scammell; confirmed in their faith by taking for themselves, the vows made for them at their baptism; at a confirmation service led by Bishop Ruth at Merriott.
8th July     Lola Male; holy baptism at Shepton Beauchamp.






DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
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Wed 16th August - Cudworth Summer Market: 10.30am - 1.00pm
Produce including cakes, pates, pies, preserves; stalls for quality bric-a-brac, vintage, fabric remnants, raffle, refreshments.
(satnav TA19 0PR)
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18th - 20th August - Puckington Flower Festival
Throughout the three days, 
come and see the famous flower festival in church.
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26th August - Chillington Craft Fair - 10.30am-3.00pm
The annual August bank holiday weekend craft fair, 
held in the SPEKE HALL Dowlish Wake
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Sun 3rd September - Dowlish Wake Flower Show
See notice later in Web
6.00pm - Songs of Praise for Summer 
Closing the show with a cheerful and thought service to give thanks for our community.   
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Sun 24th September
 Chillington & Cudworth 
Harvest Lunch (in Cudworth church)
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Sat 30th September 
Shepton Beauchamp Suppertime Concert 
with the Kingsbury Band (in church)
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THANK YOU:  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…..
17th June     Chillington Farm Walk to Ludney - raised £220 (big thank you to the Chapman family for hosting).
18th June.    Barrington Open Gardens raised £1525 for the hospice; Tudor Cottage Teas raised £420 and the Plant stall raised £90 for the church.
24th June    Stocklinch Summer Fete - raised over £900.
1st July.       Barrington Church Day - raised £1818 plus £618 from the Flower Festival plus £95 in private donations!
All of the funds raised are for the constant work need to run, maintain and repair, the village churches.

MEDITATION FROM A SALVATION ARMY PUBLICATION OF THE 1980’S.
   Our Father, which art in Heaven. Help me to believe that there is a power to lift me up which is stronger than all the things that hold me down.
   Hallowed be Thy name. Help me to be sensitive to what is beautiful and responsive to what is good so that day by day I may grow more sure of the holiness of life in which I want to trust.
   Thy Kingdom come. Help me to be quick to see and ready to encourage whatever brings the better meaning of God into which otherwise might be the common round of an uninspired day.
   Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Help me to believe that ideals of the spirit are not far off dreams but a power to command my loyalty and direct my life here on earth.
Give us this day our daily bread. Open the way for me to earn an honest living, but never let me forget the needs of others. Help me to alleviate their needs in your name.
   And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. Make me patient and sympathetic with the short comings of others, especially those I love. Help me to keep a very watchful eye on my own weaknesses. Keep my eyes lifted to the highest so that I may be kept humble. When seeing the failures of others, make me forgiving, because I know how much there is of which I need to be forgiven.
   And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Let me not go this day within reach of evil which I cannot resist, but if in the path of duty I must go where temptation is, give me strength of spirit to meet it without fear.
   For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory for ever and ever. And so, in my heart may I carry the knowledge that Thy greatness is above and around me, and that Thy grace through Jesus Christ my Master is sufficient for all my needs.


SHARP INCREASE IN NUMBERS TRAINING TO BE VICARS
   A 14% increase in numbers training for the priesthood has been welcomed by the Church of England. An anticipated total of 543 men and women will begin studies this Autumn at colleges across England.
   Welcoming the increase the Bishop of Guildford, Andrew Watson, said: "I am delighted at both the number and the range of those whom God has been calling into ordained ministry over the course of the past year. Here are men and women who are choosing to put their faith on the line, so as to bring hope and spiritual nourishment to individuals and communities alike. In an increasingly uncertain world, nothing could be a greater privilege than walking alongside people in their joys and sorrows, from birth to grave."
   An increase of 17% in women coming forward for ordination was welcomed by Catherine Nancekievill, Head of Vocation for the Church of England:
"The Church's aim is to reflect our diversity in the priesthood and whilst we have a long way to go in achieving this, I am delighted that increasing numbers of women now feel that a life in ordained ministry is for them. This is a big step in breaking down the stereotypes, which is crucial in order to attract underrepresented groups."
   The figures show that 25% of the cohort beginning training this year are under 32. The increasing age profile of clergy has been a significant motivator for the Church in focusing on growing ordained vocations.  Catherine Nancekievill said:  "The Church takes seriously the signs that God is calling Millennials to consider careers that offer the opportunity to work for the common good. We now have an officer working to raise awareness of what training for ministry can offer to young people. Our popular scheme which offers on the job ministry experience is to undergo substantial growth this year."
   Sir Philip Mawer, Chairman of Allchurches Trust which is providing funding for the Church's Ministry Experience Scheme commented:  "Young people are known to care deeply about finding a role in which they can help make the world a better place and for an increasing number that means going into ministry. We look forward to working with the Church as they develop the Ministry Experience Scheme to offer a path to lay or ordained ministry for a greater number and ever wider range of people."
   This increase in people coming forward for ministry training comes after the launch in 2015 of Renewal and Reform, a body of work which aims to breathe new life into the Church through growing lay and ordained vocations, increasing flexibility in funding and reducing red tape to enable local churches better to serve their communities.




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