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Sundays 10.45am                     1st Sunday Morning Worship
2nd & 4th Sundays Holy Communion
3rd Sunday 8.00am Holy Communion 
                   10.45am All Age Communion

Fridays 9.05am – 9.25am Friday Morning Prayer in St Andrew’s Church

and other activities

Churchyard working party - Saturday 15th November
There are a number of areas which need attention in our churchyard and we are planning a morning of work from 10am-1pm. Much of the work needed is cutting back of ivy & brambles and moving of (mostly small) branches etc. cut back by our chainsaw / hedge trimmer operators. There are already some people involved, however more help is needed to make the job easier and more enjoyable! The last working party we held resulted in a sociable as well as productive time! Please speak to Ann, Roger or Judith if you are able to help.

Advent calendars

The Real Advent Calendar not only is one of the few with fair-trade chocolate, but also tells the Christmas story and includes a charitable donation to build a baby clinic in Kenya. The calendars only cost £3.99 and we have a number to sell, if interested please see poster and sign up sheet on the display boards. Speak to Judith Swan for further information / to collect.

St Andrew’s Candlelight Bazaar – Friday 28th November 5-8pm

A Seasonal and Christmas Fare with Gifts and Crafts, Local Produce, Music Games, Muller Wine and Mince Pies.
The Bazaar Needs You!
* Please help with bringing along goodies for sale to the lovely Candlelight Bazaar in church We would really love to have preserves, cakes, Christmas goodies, veggies and anything else which you are able to offer. Hand made craft items would be very welcomed too..Please make the Bazaar a real success and help with anything you are able to! Many thanks indeed, Pauline 01984 624564
*Also Needed are raffle prizes for the Bazaar.
Please either bring on the day or give or deliver to Brenda Boyland, 3 Burges Close, 623192, many thanks, Brenda.

Huish Champflower Christmas Fair – Saturday 8th November
In the Church, from 10.30am – 1pm. With a variety of stalls, Refreshments, Raffle, Bring and Buy. For more details or to book a table please contact Julie Powles 623701. Proceeds for church funds.

Julian Meeting - Monday 3rd November
At 10.00am, Cridlands Barn, Brompton Ralph. All Welcome for Silent Prayer and Fellowship

Remembrance Sunday 9th November and Holy Communion
As in
the last two years there will be three Remembrance services in the Benefice all at 10.45am – at Chipstable, Tolland and St. Andrew’s in Wiveliscombe.
There will be a Communion service at 9.15am at Clatworthy on 9th and on 2nd November the 10.45am service at Wiveliscombe will be Holy Communion, moved from 9th.

Some Wivey/Benefice dates for your Diaries
• Messy Church Sunday 4.00pm in St. Andrew’s
The next one is November 30th.All welcome  to get involved in these lively events.

Benefice Quiet Day Saturday 8th November
This will be again be led by Becky Widdows at the Millhouse Retreat Centre. New booking leaflet out.
• Candlelit Bazaar Friday 28th November 5.00pm -8.00pm
• Benefice Weekend 23rd - 25th January 2015
This is date now fixed for a weekend to build on the success of the one held at the beginning of this year.
Please try to keep yourself and your family free and look out for further details.

2014 Shoe Box appeal
By filling a shoebox you can bring some joy and laughter this year and share the true meaning of Christmas from heart to heart.
Please take a leaflet from the back of St Andrew’s or have a look at the website shoeboxappeal.org for all the information needed to fill a shoe box. The boxes should be in placed at the back of St Andrew’s by 2nd November. If you would like to donate but are unable to fill a shoebox then please speak to Diana Farrington ddfcastle@btinternet.com or a churchwarden.

A big thank you to everyone who decorated our Churches, organized our Harvest suppers and took part in our Harvest services.
The Wivey Harvest supper raised £125 for the Besom helping needy families and £200 for the Semiliki Trust in the Congo.
In the Hills money and goods were given to various missions as well as money raised for Church funds.

Light Party - Friday 31st October 4.30 - 7pm
We are organising a Light Party - 'a positive alternative to halloween’, along with the Congregational church this year. Please encourage any families with primary school age children to come along. If you are able to give us some help with preparation, games or food (due to the timing we will be doing hot dogs etc.) then please speak to Judith Swan.

Benefice Quiet Day Saturday 8th November
This will be again be led by Becky Widdows at the Millhouse Retreat Centre, nr Tiverton.
Booking leaflets are available in all our Churches and there is a limited number of spaces still available. Please book as soon as you can, if you are thinking of taking part.

St. Andrew’s Re-ordering Update
Over the summer, our architect has been working on over 20 large scale detailed drawings of the various aspects of our re-ordering scheme.
It shows, for example, how the drive/pathway up to the widened NW entrance will be improved with a gentle slope, flags and re-laid cobbles; how the area under the tower and the rooms in the south bays will be laid out; the design for the disabled toilet behind the lowered font and how the extended chancel areal will be opened up.
These drawings have now been submitted to the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC)

The Filling Station- Tuesday 21st October
At Wiveliscombe Primary School at 7.30pm with speaker Jo Soper speaking on ‘Healing’. For more information contact John Osborne  or www.thefillingstation.org.uk

Discuss & Donuts – Every Thursday - Lunchtimes
Lunchtime Club @ Kingsmead School, Open to all students (year7-11) Discuss stuff that matters at the base, free donuts* For more information please speak to Keith Brindle or Andy Levett

Helping those in need in the Middle East
A number of organizations have opened emergency funds that some of us may like to contact to channel our own giving. See below.
Christian Aid:
Tear Fund: http://www.tearfund.org
Canon Andrew White’s ‘Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East www.frrme.org/

Jihad-What does it really mean"  Thursdays
7.30pm on 1st & 3rd Thursday evenings at Wellington School. For more information please ring Jerry or Madeline

Bible Study - Every Tuesday
2-4pm at Langford Budville Village Hall and will study ‘Revelations’ For more info or to arrange transport from: Vigdis or Madeline

Julian Meeting
On Monday November at 10.00am, Cridlands Barn, Brompton Ralph. All Welcome for Silent Prayer and Fellowship

Monthly Prayer Bulletin

There is a new look to our Monthly Prayer Bulletin. Archdeacon John Reed reminded us that we all could & should pray for the community in which we live & worship. This was one of the 2 aims of the Monthly Prayer Bulletin. Rather than pat ourselves on the back and say ‘we are’, some alterations have been made. It is now printed on coloured paper to set it apart from the weekly notice sheet & we will use 2 different colours to help identify the current one. (Octobers is blue) Please continue to suggest areas of our community which could/should be included. The other aim was as an aid to developing a time of quiet reflection on the bible. This aspect has been dropped, not because it is not important but those verses might now be very familiar to you. Please speak to Martin and/or David for suggestions on how to continue with daily bible readings. Please let me know how you find/use the new look. Thank you Madeline

‘Created in Somerset’ Exhibition
at The Bishop’s Palace, Wells from 24th May - 30th November 2014
Open daily 10am-4pm. This exhibition is of artefacts from churches across Somerset that has been loaned to the palace and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. For more information please visit their website www.bishopspalace.org.uk. or telephone 01749 988111

St Andrew’s PCC Annual meeting
Thanks to all for the support, in preparation, presence and prayer for the Annual Parachocial Church meeting this year. As we reviewed the year we also we also said thank you to many for their part in St Andrew’s but particularly to those moving off the PCC: Richard Newby, and for their staggering contribution over the years Olive Wyatt, Reg Taylor and Brenda Boyland. We also welcome 3 new members onto the PCC: John Osborne, Peter Pearson and Stuart Smith.

Puppet Ministry
We now have the use of 4 puppets and a script book for ministry! Puppets are a fun way of communicating God’s word, using storytelling in a similar way to Jesus. There are several ways you can be involved, you could be involved in puppeteering, directing/coordinating, organising props and some making of costumes. We are thinking of having a first attempt at parents and tiddlers on 20th May, but they will be useful for Messy Church, All age worship, Special services and across the benefice. Two of the puppets have already played Abraham and Sarah as part of Open the Book at the primary school. If you are interested in helping then or any other time please speak to Liz Kilbride or Judith Swan.

Pitt Stop
At St Luke’s Church for a new Generation, 2nd Sunday of the month at 6pm. For Teenagers, By Teenagers, With Teenagers. Children and Adults welcome. For more information please contact John john@choice2.net or Kate Benson or Peter Pearson.

Prayer corner
There is a new prayer space in the church in the corner beside the font.
Please do take some quiet time to reflect on the lovely display and what
God brings to mind. There are leaves to write on if you would like to put
pen to paper.

Medals on Display in Taunton Museum
If you are interested in having a look at the medals that were awarded to Ralph Hancock (1887 - 1914), in whose memory the rose window in St Andrew’s church was installed, they will be displayed at the Somerset County Cricket Museum in Taunton, over the summer during the cricket season. The medals are display in the exhibition ‘War’.
Ralph was a Somerset Cricketer who died in the First World War.
Lt Ralph E Hancock, only son of Frank E Hancock, was a regular soldier in the Devonshire Regiment. A few days after being awarded the DSO he was killed at Festubert in France on 29th October 1914. He had married a year earlier Mary, a daughter of the Rev Broadmead of Milverton. Their son the late Sir Patrick Hancock was in the diplomatic service and it is his daughter who is lending the DSO and three other medals to this exhibition.

Monthly Service Booklet

The Yellow Services booklet up until August 2014 is now available in the Churches.

Benefice Weekend – Thank you and Recorded Talks
1. Thank you to everyone for your part in the weekend earlier this month
I came up with the phrase beforehand that this was to be an event which ‘we all make happen together’.
As it came to an end I reflected that this was exactly what did happen.
Thank you especially to those who played a major part in working with the young people, running a workshop, social event or one of the meals or drink sessions.
And also to all of you who supported by your presence, prayers, money and enthusiasm.
2. Copies of the talks by Martin and Cesca Cavender can be made available to anyone who downloads the free online storage facility ‘Dropbox’ onto your Computer.
I can then invite you to share the folder ‘W&H Talks’ so that you can listen again or catch up with what you missed. David

Alternatively they are available via the facebook page! (webmaster)

St. Andrew’s Re-ordering Scheme
Any reordering scheme is a long process, but steady progress is being made. Since our last exhibition in April 2012 the Steering Group and PCC have spent much time developing and evolving our plans.
The latest version now has the full support of the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) – a significant milestone. However, before we move to the next exciting stage (a formal planning application) we want to present our latest plans to as many people as possible and want to hear everybody’s views about how we change the layout of our church to ensure that it delivers what we need today and for the future. We are therefore holding a further exhibition on Friday 21st February at 6pm in St Andrew’s when our architect Mark Richmond will be presenting our latest plans. Watch this space. The Steering Group

Sunday Allsorts

For Primary aged children to join them Allsorts During the 10.45 service This term the theme is journeys. If you would like more information on Allsorts then take a look at the magazine or speak to a Churchward at any service in St Andrew's.

Parents and Tiddlers
Every Tuesday during term time.
at 10.30am in St Andrews Crypt. This group is for preschool
babies and children and whoever wants to bring them. Songs are sung, bible stories are read, a prayer is said and ends with toys and refreshments’. Everyone is welcome. Speak to Judith on 629030

Bishop Peter Farewell Service
There are pictures of the Farewell service and Party on the Green which was held on Saturday 22nd June in Wells Cathedral www.bathandwells.org.uk/diocese/farewell-peter/ which you might like to have a look at!

Events of Interest
There are various leaflet at the back of St.Andrew’s (open 9.00-5.00pm each day). Currently they include Music at Wells Cathedral, a day of Church singing in Taunton.

‘The Filling Station’ in Wiveliscombe

Wiveliscombe Primary School ……and every 4th Tuesday of the month . This Christmas season sees the launch of a monthly celebration of our Christian Faith, we call “The Filling Station in Wiveliscombe”. Come and meet up with a bunch of us, members of the wider family of Christians who live in our rural community. Our objective is to provide a hospitable setting where we can share fellowship over great coffee & cakes, with accomplished guest speakers, and contemporary worship leaders, similar to a Spring Harvest, Greenbelt, or New Wine session. It is not a “New Church”, just like Christmas dinner is not a “New Meal”, but once a month we aim to get together and enjoy a Feast, hoping that the friendships and the fellowship will invigorate our daily and weekly walks with God. A new informal way of expressing the Christian faith. There are “Filling Stations” around the country – for more information on the Filling station movement go to http://www.thefillingstation.org.uk/ or email John Osborne, john@choice2.net

Open the Book
In the October magazine, I have written about a national initiative called ‘Open the Book’. This organization has grown fast from small beginnings and has the declared aim:
‘Enabling every child to hear the story of the Bible at school in their primary years’
The stories are well designed and easy to deliver in a 10 minute school collective worship assembly and we are looking to gather a team of all ages who could regularly be involved in bringing this to Wiveliscombe Primary School at 10.00am on some Monday mornings during term time.
Please speak to David or Judith if you are interested in taking part.

Share the Load
A way of supporting those who could do with a little extra help : the church (i.e. people) of St Andrew's providing evening meals for a short period of time, and of course calling by to drop the meal off, which sometimes will be just as valued. For instance you / they may recently have had a baby, had a spell in hospital, or been recently bereaved. If you know of anyone who would appreciate this at any time there are forms at the back of the church to nominate them.
If you feel you could support this by occasionally cooking for those nominated please speak to Judith Swan.

Join us on the first Tuesday of each month for a chat about life, work children, what’s on the box, and Christianity. We meet at The Bear, 8pm. All welcome.