Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Web Magazine - December 2017 - Rector's Pages

The Crib scene from Shepton Beauchamp church, 
on the cover of the national War Cry magazine for December 2017, 
published by the Salvation Army.

The Rector’s pages:  (By Nigel Bovey, editor of the War Cry newspaper)

And cattle heard
Neath Beth’lem’s barren, clear-sky hills,
By summoned keepers of the sheep, 
Who glimpse the new-born Lamb of God. 

A manger bare,
Just bits of wood 
Fashioned, formed 
With care and craft,
Shaped to frame the Son of God.

A manger filled
With cattle-feed
Folding close the Bread of Life,
Who’ll feed the hungry – satisfy 
The deepest hunger of the soul.

A manger left
Behind; instead 
Two fresh-hewn spars of fragrant wood,
That take the nails and hold him high
To pay the price of human sin.

A manger scene
In parish church,
On village green, in high-street mall –
A ‘pause for thought’ ’mid festive wild:
No greater gift,
No costlier love
Than God expressed;
Than God as child.

Dear God, may our Christmas be your Christmas.
Let us give and receive gifts with love.
Let us feast on friendship and forgiveness.
let us decorate, not just with tinsel, 
but with the light that shines from heaven.


 Sunday 7th January 2018
Barrington - 6.00pm Evensong 1662
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - 8.45am Communion 1662 
Kingstone - 10.00am Family Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion


Sunday 3rd December - 10.00am at Kingstone
Christingle Service - starting the festive season.
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Sunday 10th December - 5.00pm at Dowlish Wake
Christingle and the first Nativity stories with favourite carols.
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Sunday 17th December - 10.00am at Barrington
Christingle Service - starting the festive season
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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.

Weekday Communions
Shepton on Tuesdays at 10.30am.
This service is 25 minutes long, simple Communion Service to reflect, pray and give thanks.

22nd October     William Bamford; holy baptism at Dowlish Wake
24th October      Lily Salisbury, 97 yrs; Funeral service at Yeovil crematorium and interment of ashes with her beloved husband at Shepton Beauchamp.

ADVENT PRAYER MORNING Saturday December 2017 
10.00am - 1.00pm. at St Michael’s Church Haselbury Plucknett 
with Rev’d Jonathan and Beatrice Morris. Advent is a special season with its emphasis on watching and waiting – expectantly. A time for us to give room for God to meet us on a deeper level during the busyness before Christmas.
“Where do you seek me, here I am.
”Simple bring and share lunch afterwards. Dress up warm!   Please bring along your own candle (any shape, size and colour) in a holder.
For further information please contact Jonathan 72356 / jonbea@cooptel.net


St Michael’s Church, Shepton Beauchamp

Remembrance Sunday

More than 90 people gathered in the church, decorated by splashes of poppy-red, for the Remembrance Day service led by Canon Ian Gibson. It was followed by the solemn wreath-laying ceremony in the churchyard. Representatives from the armed services and village groups took part. After the ‘Last Post’, the two minute’s silence was broken only by the rippling sound of the new ‘Lest We Forget’ flag being stretched taut from its tower pole by the whipping wind. 

Afterwards, the group moved to the Love Lane end of the churchyard for another ceremony, around a small winter-flowering cherry tree planted by the Events Team earlier in the year to mark the centenary of Passchendaele. A wreath from the ‘Men’s Institute’ men in the village was placed on an accompanying new plaque commemorating the Shepton Beauchamp Eight, who died in the First World War. It was especially poignant to hear the story behind each of them. 

The short but meaningful ‘Loved and Lost’ candlelit service led by Father Geoff brought the day to a peaceful and uplifting close. The church has a calming beauty of its own when lit by so many candles.  After the roll-call of names, more than 30 people took the opportunity to silently remember family members or friends ‘still loved but no longer seen’, by lighting extra candles for them. 


A joint Remembrance Sunday Service

Its not often that four villages get together on a Sunday, but Chillington, Cudworth, Dowlish Wake and Kingstone did just that for their annual Acts of Remembrance and filled the Church at Dowlish.

With representatives from each of the villages taking part, there were readings  from war poetry by traditional and more contemporary writers, favourite (if suitably somber) hymns, and a distant bugle to call in the two minute’s silence.   The names of the Fallen from all four villages were read out and wreaths and poppy-crosses were laid before the congregation retired to Speke Hall for tea and biscuits.

It somehow seems more appropriate to commemorate the tragic events of the two world wars, and conflicts in more recent years, by joining together to pay our respects to those who have given so much for our freedom.   At a school assembly this year, whilst the children were being told about the poopies in Flanders Field, a very young child interrupted by saying, “but after all that, why are we still fighting!”   I’m not sure what the answer is.

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