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ServicesSunday 10.45am Holy Communion
Fridays 9.05am – 9.25am Friday Morning Prayer in St Andrew’s Church
and other activitiesHow will you prepare for Christmas?
As mentioned in the sermon (Wivey and Raddington), this is a useful website for the Jesse Tree: http://www.northumbriacommunity.org/product/jesse-tree-pack/
Make Someone’s Christmas Special this Year
Taunton BESOM are adding some ‘Christmas’ items to the food boxes going out in December. If you would like to contribute to this there is a list of the items needed at the back of St Andrew’s next to the Besom Box. Please put your contributions in the Box on or before Sunday 15th December.
Monthly Benefice Prayer Bulletin for December now available
We began this new initiative last month and encourage everyone to take and use the bulletin in your daily prayers at home.
Although the bulletin includes a lot of detail, there is only a little for each day.There is a collect for the week, some short Bible passages from the Church’s lectionary and a couple of topics to pray for each day.
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, with this month’s session on Tuesday 3rd December.
Wivey Home Group Thursday 5th December 7.00pm
Vigdis Adams’ House. If you are interested in joining the group, please speak to Tony Blackmore (629261) or David Widdows (629190).
Mothers Union in December
On Tuesday 3rd December is an Advent Carol service at Wellington St. John’s church, at 2.30 p.m., followed by tea.
On Thursday 12th December we will be the Christmas Tea Party at Madeline Hellier’s, Owerside, Hillcommon.
Welcoming warmth around Christmas
In past years, the Church has been heated for much the week before Christmas, as there are a considerable number of events during that period. But that has only been possible due to the generosity of kind parishioners. Heating the Church can cost us all £100 plus per day, so if you are able to make a contribution towards the Christmas heating costs, then please use a GIFT AID envelope and give to Kevin, our treasurer, or to Ann or Judith as soon as possible. Thank you.
St. Andrew's Christmas Card.
This year we again have a collecting box plus an outsize Christmas card in St. Andrew's on Sundays in support of the Toybox appeal. The card is at the back of the church together with a "Toybox" collecting box for street children. Do please write your Christmas message to church friends and "feed" the box. Thank you.
Come to the Holy Land.
Hugh Allen is planning a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. This is open to anyone - churchgoers or otherwise. If you are reasonably fit, have a sense of adventure, a willingness to ponder and to put the Bible alongside the places we will visit, then come along. During the eight days, July 21st - 28th 2014, we will have three walks: down from Jerusalem to Jericho, up to Bethlehem from the shepherds’ fields, and from the hills above Galilee down to Capernaum. We'll visit other places too. Further details from Hugh.
Philippines – if you wish to give to this through Churches:
You can give to Tearfund, 100 Church Road, Teddington, TW11 8QE
http://www.tearfund.org or to the DEC appeal, (comprised of 14 leading UK aid organisations) www.dec.org.uk. – or through the Post Office.
Many churches run such a weekend with a mixture of fun social activities and spiritual input and this is the first such opportunity we have had since our new benefice was formed over three years ago.
The draft plan includes a possible social evening on the Friday, a full Saturday morning with sessions for children parallel with and inspiring speaker, Marin Cavender, for adults followed by a shared lunch and early afternoon workshops. The Sunday will start with a bacon breakfast and a special service. Martin Cavender will be preaching at the 10.45am service at St. Andrew’s on 8th December to look forward to the w/e.
Please put these date in your diary to-day! More details to follow.
The Bible – coming to a TV near you this month
The first episode of the epic TV mini-series, The Bible will be broadcast at 9pm on Saturday 30 November on Channel 5. I watched some of the online previews and it looks really worth watching and recording. David. http://www.thebibleuk.org/tx
The Posada Family
The Posada family (a box of wooden carved nativity figures) will set out on their journey on Advent Sunday and each night stay in a different home until finally arriving at the Christingle service at St Andrew’s on Christmas Eve.
The Posada Family will be at Messy Church so please if you would like to host the Posada, sign your name and contact details on the rota. By inviting the Posada family into your home it symbolizes making room for others in your Christmas and in knowing the joy that comes from welcoming Jesus into our lives.
St Andrew’s Church Wiveliscombe Friday 29th November 5 – 8pm
This year we shall not be producing Christmas Hampers. However, trading on the success of the Summer Fete with our very nice produce stall, may I request that contributions for a Christmas and Seasonal Goodies Stall would be very welcome please? We would love it if you were able to make anything suggested in the list below for the stall:
Puddings and Cakes Home made sweets
Mince Pies Home made savouries.
Preserves, mincemeat and chutneys Breads and cakes
Raffle Prize donations are also needed, please give them to Brenda.
If you can help but need advice please call me on 01984 624564 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks so much, Pauline
Shoebox Appeal 2013
We would like to thank everyone who brought in shoeboxes for this years appeal.
Harvest Gift for Besom
We would like to thank everyone who helped or donated for Besom this year.
• Several boxes of produce have been donated to Besom from the Harvest services at St Andrew’s and Chipstable.
• Around £437 has also been donated from the Harvest Supper, raffles and book sales.
For the last two autumns we have run an Alpha course jointly with the congregational church. For various reasons we have not got a course up and running so far this year, but there are a couple of possibilities.
1. There is a course being run by Taunton Roman Catholic Church on Thursday evening. It started on 3rd October, but you could easily join in on the second or third week onwards.
2. There is a possibility of running a day time course more locally which could start when we have gauged the level of interest.
Please speak to David if you are interested in doing the course and/or helping in some way, or if you know of anyone who might be.
St Mary's Brompton Ralph
Update on Restoration Project. Have a look at Brompton Ralphs our churches page for an update on the roof works.
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
New Home Group Thursday
Due to the growth of the Hills home group we have decided to split into two groups with the new group being focused on Wiveliscombe. Like the hills group it will meet monthly and we will share a meal together followed by a study and a time of prayer. If you are interested in joining the group, which we hope to start in October, please speak to Tony Blackmore (629261) or David Widdows (629190).
Celebrate Christmas (Carol Service) Singers wanted!
St. Andrew’s 4.00pm 15th December
We are grateful to Tom Morrell for helping the choir with their weekly practice and for agreeing to run our annual celebration at Christmas. It would be really good to have some extra people to join the choir for that service. Practices are planned as follows:
Fridays 7.45pm at 3, Church Street, Wiveliscombe on November 1st, 8th, 15th and 29th and December 6th.
Sunday 15th 2.30pm (before the service).
Please speak to Ann Wilson if you would be willing to join with this.
The Filling Station
On Tuesday 28th January 2014 at 7.30pm in Wiveliscombe Primary School Hall, with Guest speaker David Mitchell from Woodlands Church, Bristol. For more information contact John Osborne 07535 777809 or www.thefillingstation.org.uk
Benefice Services form August to January
The next booklet giving these details is now out, with a pale lilac cover.
We are not putting it inside the next magazines, as these have the services for the month, but booklets are available in each of our nine places of worship.
Please take one for yourself for advance reference and think if there is anyone you would like to give one to – e.g a friend, relative, new resident or someone who owns a holiday let etc
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!
Opportunities to Grow in Our Faith
We produced a pink flyer that gives some of the ways in which we can grow through prayer, study and fellowship during the coming year. Please pick one up from one of the churches if you have missed it.
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.
New Weekly morning Prayer Time in St Andrew’s Church
The prayer time is open to anyone in the Benefice or beyond, and takes place in St Andrew's Crypt at 9.05am for 20 minutes. This new weekly event based on the Church of England style Celtic Daily Prayer book ‘The Rhythm of Life’ by Revd David Adam, Vicar of Lindersfarne.
Parents and Tiddlers every Tuesday at 10.30am
This group for preschool babies and children with parents, grandparents or careers explores bible stories and songs. There are also prayers from the group. At the end of the session children are able to play with toys while the grown ups have coffee or tea. Meetings are in St Andrew’s Crypt..
‘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, email@example.com‘
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.