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ServicesSundays 10.45am 1st Sunday Morning Worship
2nd & 4th Sundays Holy Communion
Fridays 9.05am – 9.25am Friday Morning Prayer in St Andrew’s Church3rd Sunday 8.00am Holy Communion
10.45am All Age Communion
and other activities
Churchyard working party – Saturday 23rd April
These proved to be enjoyable social times as well as productive in tidying up the churchyard last year. If you are able, please join us on the morning of 23rd April at 9.30am onwards, with gardening tools. I also hope we will be able to varnish the benches, materials provided for this.
Toybox Coffee Morning Saturday 30th April 9.30-12.30am
In Wiveliscombe community centre. There will be a raffle and cake & produce stall. Please contribute what you can and plan to come and be involved. Janet
Homegroups – Life beyond Lent
Please see the magazine for more details of this month’s groups or speak to one of the leaders, Vigdis, Madeline, Tony, Liz, Peter or Martin.
Girls ‘A-Team’ in Wivey for Christian Mission
On Monday 16th May a team of four young women including our own Rachel Pearson, arrive in Wiveliscombe for a week as part of an 8 week home tour.
As many of us already know, BMS (Baptist Mission Society) is one of many Christian organizations that run ‘Gap year’ projects for young people and Rachel, Meghann, Emily and Jodie have been in Albania for six months. In the capital, Tirana, they have been doing humanitarian work with the Roma community, teaching in a Church-run school and supporting two local churches in a country that was one of the most fiercely atheist states in the former communist bloc.
During their week with us they will be sharing their experiences, and the faith that inspires them, in a variety of contexts – See draft program over the page.
• Please pray for the team as they visit three other Churches I the three weeks before us.
• Please try to keep some time free in the week they are here to attend suitable events and/or support with suitable refreshments and practical help.
Parent and Tiddlers – Tuesdays
Every Tuesday during term time at 10.30am in St Andrew’s crypt. For families of pre-school children, join us for Bible stories, games, songs and prayers.
Huish Champflower Coffee and Cake –Sunday 30th April
In St Peter’s Church with Raffle, Bring & Buy from 10.30-12noon
Gift Day Result
Last Sunday’s Gift Day raised, in one day, £27,863.75 in Gifts received (£19,000) plus tax reclaimable and further money pledged. Fantastic! The latest total is £30,000
This is on top of the £12,000 that had already been given since September and has funded our new chairs.
A big thank you to all who gave and, as we have prayed, enabled a really encouraging start to our fundraising for Phase 1 of our re-ordering project.
More detailed news on progress and plans will follow in due course, but for now ‘Well done everyone and thank you to God!’
Gift Day information – Gift Aid, pledges and late gifts
Some have been asking about how to use the forms.
We can to respond to the Gift Day in one or both of the following ways:
1. One off gifts
There is space on the form to indicate your gift
A pledge can be for a regular amount for a certain period starting and finishing on a certain date and/or a pledge of a lump sum that you know you will be ain a position to give in a number of weeks’ or months’ time.
If you are a tax payer, gift aid will increase your gift by 20% and even more if you are a higher rate tax payer. Please ask for a Gift Aid form unless you are already registered for Gift Aid as a result of your regular giving through St. Andrew’s.
As we give thanks for a great result last Sunday, late gifts and pledges are most welcome at any time
XStream is going to meet every week.
It’s very exciting that the numbers in the 10+ age group have grown so rapidly at St Andrew’s that we are going to run XStream every week (except Family service) starting on February 7th. We are delighted to have Kate Benson, John Osbourne and Gabriel Smy join Sue Pearson and Becky Widdows on the team. We are also very fortunate to have a growing group of Young Leaders alongside us.
Please pray for us as we learn to work as a team and encourage the faith of these young people.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land – April 2017
Hugh Allen will be leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in early April 2017. If you are interested in the possibility of coming, please email him. It will be an 8 day visit based in Jerusalem and by the Sea of Galilee.
Lent 2016 The Master’s Voice
The Last Supper is an intimate meal among friends who have been through so much together and are about to be parted. .Over the meal, in chapters John Chapters13 -17, the word ‘love’ is used 31 times.
We’re going to study these chapters this coming Lent. They are a treasure trove of statements and promises that can sustain us all on our Christian journey. Some of us will stay in the same groups that have been meeting ever since our ‘Season of Renewal’ course in which over 70 people took part last spring. This year’s course is home grown and can be used by individuals, pairs or threes, as well as by our established home groups. If you would like to join or re-join a group, change group or start a new group, do please get in touch.
More information about choice of groups is now available as a separate leaflet.
St Andrew’s visiting Team
We now have a visiting team at St Andrew’s, if you know of someone who has recently had a bereavement, been in hospital, had a baby, moved house or are elderly and/or lonely, and you feel they would welcome a visit, please let us know. We would also like to particularly welcome people who may be new to the Wiveliscombe area, so please keep an eye out for new neighbours.
For anyone who is housebound and would like to receive Communion, we have members of the team who can administer this. So please let us know. A visit can be arranged by contacting Sherry Rayson or Julie Newby
Limping along through life!
Quite a few people have showed concern for my obviously reducing mobility or been afraid to ask, so to put everyone in the picture:
My right hip has been deteriorating very gradually for about 10 years, but the rate has increased over the past 18 months and more rapidly since the summer. I have been referred for a replacement and have an appointment with the surgeon on 5th January. After that I hope to get a date for an operation sometime before Easter or just after.
Several people have kindly offered to cover services and/or act as taxi driver for when I am out of action for a number of weeks afterwards.
I would value your prayers that I can keep going well enough and that the operation comes at a good time and is very successful, as many say it normally is. David
David's Hip operation will be April 6th!!!
Any donations for the Refugee crisis can be left at the back of St Andrew’s Church, please have a look at the flyers for items required or you can donate via crowdfunding.justgiving.com/federica-smith or have a look for People to people solidarity Taunton Deane online.
As the age range and number of children grows we are trying to ensure we have age appropriate ministry for all. We have a new creche (previously the choir vestry) for babies and preschoolers using some of the furniture and toys from the childrens area. Primary school aged children and above have their own groups.
There are 3 different opportunities if you feel called to be a part in this ministry (please speak to the people in brackets if you are feeling
- watching over children / babies playing in the creche during the service once in a while so parents aren’t always tied to it, involves ministry to children and their parents (Sarah Ames, Judith)
- families welcome team - getting to know the children and what happened in their week / morning as they arrive, communicating and engaging families with the resources we have for that service, (Del, Judith)
- XStream - we would love to start running this each week (except family service), and so another leader for this age group would be fantastic.
(Sue Pearson, Becky)
All these roles are vital to make sure we share the joy of ministry, offer friendship with God to all ages, and divide up the workload as any large family would!
2015 Shoe Box appeal
Thank you to everyone who filled shoeboxes for the appeal this year. If you would like some more information about where the boxes go the have a look at the website shoeboxappeal.org
This autumn we are being encouraged to promote a ‘culture of invitation’ amongst us by setting ourselves a goal of inviting someone to come to Church with us. To assist in this we have produced some invitation cards that can be used as a personal invitation from us to a friend, neighbour or acquaintance.
Please do take one home with you and pray about who you might invite.
Re-ordering at St. Andrew’s
• Even those of us who are keen on the re-ordering project were sad to say goodbye to many of our pews at the beginning of the month. Their removal creates new opportunities for the Church, but there is an inevitable sense of loss
• Sid Clee from Teesdale, his son Daniel and colleague Tony did a fantastic job removing and making good the floor within the week, including two 14 hour round trips and back.
• A wonderful co-incidence, that Lee Abbey are closing their main house for four months for a major refit, means we can borrow 150 identical and comfortable chairs in time for Remembrance Sunday and over Christmas.
• We heard this week that that our choice of style of chair has been approved by the Diocesan Advisory Committee. We just await their recommendation on frame and fabric colour.
• We have started the process of getting permission for the next phases and are already experimenting with new ways of using our various spaces.
• Until after 1st November we will be worshipping in the Lady Chapel while we treat the bare boards in the nave and do some re-organization. Please bear with us as we sit in different places and live through these changes.
•For updates and pictures like our Facebook page St Andrew's Wiveliscombe
St. Andrew’s Reordering Scheme
After 15 years of planning and consultation we now have a license to donate the first eleven rows of box pews to the Beamish Museum in County Durham.
The pews will be removed in the week beginning 5th October.
Read more of the story leading up to this in the September Magazine and please pray for the PCC and Steering Group as they:
• Decide on new chairs and arrange for temporary chairs while we await delivery of new ones
• Apply for a Faculty for the first major phase of the rest of our scheme such as a disabled-friendly entrance, upstairs toilet, extended chancel, remodelled south bays and so on.
• Form a budget and fund-raising plan.
Meanwhile do keep inviting people to come to Church to enjoy the pews while they are still here.
St. Andrew’s PA System
As many of you will know we have been working for some time in improving the PA at St Andrews during normal Sunday services and during special services. This is now fully installed and we hope you will start to appreciate the benefits. However as with most things there will be some teething issues as we get the balance right so please bear with us. It is also very difficult to get around the whole church to test during a service if it is not right for you please speak to one of the church wardens. Many thanks.
New Bishop of Taunton
Archdeacon Ruth Worsley
In case you missed this announcement back in June/July, here is some detail from the Diocesan Website.
The Bishop of Taunton’s role is that of a Suffragan Bishop. Ruth’s role will be to support the Bishop of Bath and Wells, who is the Diocesan Bishop, much akin to a deputy. Ruth will become the 13th Bishop of Taunton
Some key facts about Ruth:
• Aged 53. Ruth was born in Hampton, Middlesex in 1962 and grew up under the flight path of Heathrow airport in Ashford and Staines.
• Attended the University of Manchester and St John’s College, Nottingham.
• Ordained in 1996. Currently Archdeacon of Wiltshire since 2013.
• Married to Howard, Vice-Principal at Trinity College, Bristol.
They have three adult sons.
Ruth also has links with the Lee Abbey movement.
Most people are aware of the way in which Gift Aid enhances the value of what we give to God’s work through the Church. There are two main ways of taking advantage of this:
1. Standing Order
An increasing number of regular worshippers give by Standing Order. You can set it up and cancel it at any time, if you do online banking, by asking the treasurer for your Church’s Bank details. Or just ask the treasurer for a form. It means you can give even when you can’t get to the service.
(Those who let the bag pass by have usually already given by this means!)
2. Cash Collections
We can claim back the tax (increases your gift by 25%) on cash collections provided you put the cash in one of the yellow envelopes and write your name and post code on the envelope. Do take a bundle home so you can prepare in advance.
Please consider giving by Gift Aid if you are not already in the habit of doing so. Just make sure you have paid enough tax to the Government to cover it.
The PCC have been encouraged that, following the appointment of Fr Richard Mubanga as priest at the parish of Musonda Falls in Zambia, our historic link has been re-awakened. Both Graham Owen and Sue Green visited them in the previous decade.
When our Diocesan world mission advisor, Jenny Humphreys, went out to Zambia earlier this year, Alison Vercoe prepared and sent her to take on our behalf a special book of photos, news and prayers. It was very well received and a copy of the book is in Church for us all to look at.
St. Andrew’s Directory
The 2015 Church Membership directory with Yellow cover is now available for all members that would like a copy.
Manna is the quarterly magazine from the diocese, which aims to encourage confident Christian communities in Bath and Wells. It is inspiring, informing and challenging, giving the Christian perspective on issues affecting our lives today. It is relevant and very much ‘rooted’ in Somerset. Manna magazines can be found at the back of the Church, please feel free to take a copy.
Monthly Service Booklet
The Salmon Services booklet up until February 2016 is now available in the Churches. Please take a copy for the advanced services details and dates.
Our congregation at St Andrews is growing, and it’s wonderful to have more families joining us. We’d like to try a few different things particularly around how we ‘seat' and engage children to see if there any alternatives which suit us all better, and ideas and feedback are welcome. Please bear with us as not everything may go according to plan, but we want all ages to be able to enjoy worshipping here.
Discuss & Donuts – Every Friday- 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Kate Benson or Peter Pearson.
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
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
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.
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.