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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

Christmas Services
Everyone is warmly invited to join us at our services

    Carol Service, Sunday 20th December @ 4pm
Carols for Everyone, with children’s Nativity followed by Mulled Wine and Mince Pies
Children please come dressed as your chosen nativity character
Christingle Service
Christmas Eve @ 4pm the traditional start of Christmas with Carols and lighting of Christingles
Come and join us in making Christingles 22nd December 10.30 – 11.30 in the crypt with tea and mince pies
Midnight Mass, Christmas Eve @ 11.30 pm
Holy Communion service with traditional carols

   All together at Christmas, Christmas Day @ 10.00 am
Bring your presents to show and share with your church family

and other activities

St Andrew’s Candlelight Bazaar and Market Place – Next Friday 27th November 5-8pm
All welcome for Produce/Food Stalls, Mulled Wine & Mince Pies, Christmas Gifts, Community Choir, Craft Stalls Children’s Games Raffle Tombola

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.
Please sign your name and contact details on the paper copy of the rota at the back of St Andrews or by emailing swanaj@btinternet.com. or follow this link

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.

BESOM Christmas Food Collection – Today 26th November or 6th December
Once again this year we are collecting food for the Taunton BESOM Christmas Hampers, for those in need in the local community. All the usual non perishable foodstuffs and household items are needed (The Besom store are particularly short on tinned ham, tinned salmon and instant coffee) plus some additional Christmas items such as Christmas Puddings, Mince Pies, Chocolates, sweets and biscuits. Please bring your gifts to St Andrew’s on 26th Nov or 6th December so that the hampers can be put together in good time for the festive season. If you have any questions about the work of The Besom or would like food collected please speak Tony Blackmore. Thank you.

Advent calendars
The Real Advent Calendar is not only one of the few with fair-trade chocolate, but also tells the Christmas story and includes a charity donation from every sale to Traidcraft Exchange and The Funzi & Bodo Trust. The calendars only cost £3.99 and can be purchased from the back of the St Andrew’s church after the service or speak to Sue Pearson


aunton Welcomes Refugees
Wednesday 18th Nov at 7pm at Temple Methodist Church
All churches, chaplaincies and church-based organisations in the Tone Deanery are invited to send two representatives to this initial meeting. We will consider how to encourage and support Taunton Deane Council to take a reasonable number of people under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme and to provide a general welcome for refugees including those already with us. It will be a practical meeting for churches and other groups to come together to see what they can do to move things forward and link up different initiatives that can offer help both now and in the future. It is hosted by Taunton Citizens UK Group - a group of church and non-church people with good links with Richard Huish College, Taunton and linked to Citizens UK and their refugee support work - see webaite http://www.refugees-welcome.org.uk/.
The Bishop of Taunton will be attending the meeting which will last no longer than one and quarter hours but there will be an opportunity to talk informally afterwards.
Please let David know if you are going so he can tell the organizers or contact David Maggs direct (Social Justice and Environment Advisor Diocese Bath & Wells and member of SCT Enabling Group) 

Cards for Good Causes
Taunton Visitor Centre, based in the landmark Market House, is hosting a Cards for Good Causes pop-up shop, stocking a wide range of cards to support more than 35 local and national charities.
It is open until 23 December, Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

On Saturday 28th November
• Raddington Christmas Fair
at High Batscombe, Raddington from 10.30am-12.30pm with Gifts, crafts, bulbs, preserves and cakes. In aid of St Michael’s Church.
• St Lukes, Langley Marsh, Christmas Fair
in the church from 11am until 1pm with Gifts, refreshments and a raffle.
• Clatworthy Christmas Market
in the village hall from 2.30pm until 4pm

Knit and Natter on Sunday 29th November at 4pm
at the Valuks house, Culverhead Lodge.

Ministry opportunities
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!
Enjoy sewing?
If you enjoy sewing I wonder if you would be willing to help with a number of small projects? For example we currently need some table coverings and string bags for children’s’ toys. If you’d like to help please speak to Ann or Judith.

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

Becky needs some glass jars.
Thank you so much for all the jam jars – I have plenty now, and will have lots to spare after the retreat. So if anyone wants any jam jars let me know, Becky

Deadline for St Andrew’s Dec/Jan magazine
is Wednesday 18th November

St Andrew’s Candlelight Bazaar and Market Place – Friday 27th November 5-8pm
• ‘we are please asking for donations for the raffle,
bottles for the bottle stall including wine, and homemade goods such as cakes, jams and chutneys for the stalls.’ Please contact Sherry on 629258 with any donations.
• Also donations of Mince Pies to go with the mulled wine for the
bazaar are requested; please speak to Ann on 623787 if you are willing to help or to make mince pies.

BESOM Training Conference Saturday 14th November 2015
Taunton BESOM are hosting a regional training conference for local BESOMs in the South West on Saturday 14th November at Living Light Church in Taunton from 10 am to 4 pm, including lunch. There will be times of worship, seminars, and reports from local BESOMs and a talk from the charities’ founder James Odgers.
If you are interested in attending please speak to Tony as soon as possible to book your place.

Invitation Cards
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. They are dated for 29th November.
Please do take one home with you and pray about who you might invite.

Celebrate Christmas (Carol Service) Singers wanted!

St. Andrew’s 4.00pm 20th 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 at 7.45pm at 3, Church Street, Wiveliscombe on November 6th, 13th & 20th December 11th, 18th & Sunday 20th at 2.30pm in Church before the service
Please speak to Ann Wilson if you would be willing to join with this.

Harvest Giving for Besom
Thank you to everyone who has donated for the Harvest giving for Besom.  You can donate throughout the year just visit their website for details or speak to Tony Blackmore.

Harvest Thank you
Much hard work and generosity has gone into our harvest celebrations – services and supers – throughout our group of churches.
Thank you to all those who have decorated churches, cooked & served food and given & distributed harvest gifts.

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.

Homegroups – Various
These groups are continuing at various locations and times throughout each month. Please look in the magazines for information on your local group or speak to David.
• The Pitt Farm home group meet this week Thursday 24th September at 7.00pm. It starts with a meal, so please contact Tony Blackmore  to say you are coming and what to bring.
• The Huish Homegroup meets on Tuesdays 13th October, 3rd November and 8th December.

Martin Cavender Memorial Service
The Cavender family and ReSource warmly invite you to:
A Thanksgiving Service for the life of Nicholas Martin Cavender (1947 – 2015) at Wells Cathedral Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset BA5 2UE, On Saturday, 31st October 2015 at 1pm
No tickets - all are welcome. Free parking is available in the fields off Silver Street
We have been moved by the many tributes we have received from people who have been touched by Martin Cavender’s life in so many different ways, and we do hope you will be able to join us for the service.
With our love and thanks, Alison Morgan and Cesca Cavender

During the last few months of his life, Martin spent a lot of time reflecting on his journey. He wrote his thoughts up in an open letter to his family and friends, which he suggested that we might make available to others. Martin titled his reflection 'Our strength and our song.' If you would like to read it you will find a shortened version on our website, along with Martin’s other writings.


In the meantime I offer you the reading chosen for Martin’s funeral, before we left to the very godly and very Martin sound of a jazz band…

The thought of my affliction and my homelessness
is wormwood and gall!
My soul continually thinks of it and is bowed down within me.
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’

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.

Gift Aid

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.