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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

St Andrews Reordering update 17th July ***
Having gathered together and sent the extra information, a smaller meeting was held with 2 of the objectors to negotiate (including the sole body who had 'formally objected').
Currently they have verbally agreed to withdraw all objections if we retain 8 pews rather than 5. Please continue to pray regarding this, including praise and guidance for this exciting move forward, a smooth path in contacting the remaining two objectors and granting of the overarching faculty.
Chairs – looking forward to when the pews will be removed we have now obtained some sample chairs on loan and produced a leaflet and questionnaire about them. Do please sit in the chairs and give us your views by filling in a questionnaire. The Steering Group

Thirsty - Tuesday 4th August
There will be no Thirsty in August as it takes a break for the Summer Holidays, back on 1st September.

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

Chipstable Family Walk – Sunday 2nd August from 2pm
Everyone welcome, especially children for a five mile walk through the countryside starting at Chipstable Church with a shorter option available. At the end of the walk a picnic cream tea in the church yard from 4pm. £3 and for more details contact  the churchwardens.

St Andrews Fete.
Thank you to all those who have worked hard both before and during the event. Particular thanks to Bill and Sherry Rayson, and Gloria Filbee who have enabled it to happen!
We are delighted to announce that over £2,000 has been raised!

Summer Allsorts - 25th & 26th August 10.30am - 3pm.
held at Huish Champflower village hall will look at some of the Old Testament stories and characters based around the theme of Circus! We’ll be singing songs, getting crafty, playing games and generally having fun. The days are aimed at primary school age children; preschoolers can attend with a parent. Children welcome either or both days. Please bring a packed lunch, and join us for a family BBQ at the end of day 2. Please spread the word, speak to Judith Swan. This could be from preparing / inspiration for craft or games beforehand, running an activity or making drinks for everyone on the day.

Learning about our neighbours

John Doble, husband of Sue Farrington, is arranging a series of talks over the border in Devon as follows:
2 July Paganism
9 July Zoroastrianism
16 July Buddhism
23 July Judaism
30 July Islam
Chaired by the Reverend Sue Blade, Rector of the Sampford Peverell Team Mission Community. Further information tel: 01398-361470
Doors open 7.00pm for refreshments with talk at 7.30pm followed by questions and discussion. Everyone of any faith or none will be warmly welcome.

Zambia Link
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.

New St. Andrew’s Song Supplement
We are in the process of updating this. If there is anything you think it would be good to include, please tell David or Lorna.

St. Andrew’s Directory
The 2015 Church Membership directory with Yellow cover is now available for all members that would like a copy.

Confirmation Service
There is an opportunity to be Confirmed in Milverton Church on Wednesday 7th October at 7.00pm. If you are interested in being confirmed, or know someone who is, please get in touch with David.

Other dates for your Diary
Picnics on Sunday July 19th & August 30th

Family Retreat Day with Andy Levett in Watchet, 26th September.
A great opportunity to spend time together in a different setting. We’ll start and finish at The Sanctuary, and spend time in and around Watchet, and on the beach for various activities.

The Filling Station- Tuesday 21st July
Give thanks for summer, Party at Pitt Farm. For more information contact John Osborne 07535 777809 or www.thefillingstation.org.uk

Homegroups – The Future
Whats the buzz? Tell me what’s a-happening
Following on from the buzz of the lent groups the 7 groups are continuing, some this week, for more information on these groups please see the magazine.

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.

St. Andrew’s Re-ordering Scheme
A milestone has been reached as the public notice applying for a Faculty
(permission) has gone up this week for four weeks.
Our 6th Re-ordering Bulletin is available today with more information.
Please ask if you would like to see the large scale drawings giving details of each element of the scheme.

Rachel’s Gap Year Mission

You may know that our Children’s Ministry assistant, Rachel Pearson, has signed up to a gap year with the Baptist Mission Society (BMS). This will involve a month’s training in Birmingham, 6 months in Albania supporting the church’s work with children and then 2 months back in the UK touring schools and churches. For this Rachel has to raise £4450. She has pledged to earn half of this through her job with Milverton stores and she is looking to raise the other half through a sponsored 100 mile cycle ride and other activities once her A levels are over. If you would like to help Rachel reach her target you can do this online at https://www.justgiving.com/rachelpearson0709 or with cash, or a cheque made out to BMS World Mission. Thank you.
• Sponsored 100 mile Cycle Ride on 20/21st June from Ilfracombe to Plymouth, with overnight camping
• Quiz Night on 3rd July and Silver Street Centre, 7pm
• Summer Party on 10th July in the Pearson’s Garden 2-6pm

Bible Study - Tuesday 19th May 2-4pm
Studying St Paul’s letter to Titus.
For more info or to arrange transport from: Vigdis 01984 623869 or Madeline 01823 400655

Monthly Service Booklet
The Pink Services booklet up until August 2015 is now available in the Churches. Please take a copy for the advanced services details and dates.

Let’s try….
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.

Communion in the Hills

16th July Clatworthy
20th August Brompton Ralph

Family and Children’s Ministry
As of this month there is a significant change in our Family and Children’s ministry.
At the end of 2014, Alison Vercoe stepped down from her leadership of our Family Service and Youth and Children’s team. She has done a fantastic job over the past 16 years first as Deanery Youth Worker and then within St. Andrew’s Church and we are immensely grateful to her for her skills, energy and commitment. She has faithfully led Sunday Allsorts, started Messy Church and helped to develop our Family Services.
Responding to this, and to the growing needs of the Church, the PCC have agreed to recognize and create two new voluntary roles in this area of the Church’s ministry:
Judith Swan will take up the role of Family Ministry Leader and Rachel Pearson will be Children’s Ministry Assistant. Recognizing these roles will strengthen this vital area of our Church life, enabling them to take initiatives and encouraging others to get involved and support them.
We shall be praying for them specifically on 11th January (The Baptism of Christ) as part of a corporate act of commissioning of the whole congregation as a baptized and missionary people.

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)

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

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.

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

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.