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Services

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

Bible Study - Tuesday 14th April 2-4pm
Studying St Paul’s letter to Titus.
For more info or to arrange transport from: Vigdis 01984 623869 or Madeline 01823 400655


Annual Meetings are scheduled as follows:
Monday 30th March 7,30pm Huish Champflower in Church
Monday 20th April 2.30pm Clatworthy in the Village Hall
Monday 27th April 7.30pm St. Andrew’s in the Crypt
Wednesday 29th April 7.30pm Brompton Ralph & Tolland in the Hall
Thursday 30th April 7.30pm Chipstable and Raddington in the Hall


Electoral Roll Membership
All our Churches have an ‘Electoral roll’ that entitles you to vote for the PCC at the Annual meeting. It also serves as an indication of membership of the Church and, at St. Andrew’s we produce a ‘directory’ with people’s names, addresses and phone numbers.
Every six years (the last time was 2013) the roll is completely renewed and everyone has to re-apply. In the intervening years only new people who wish to go on the roll need apply.


Season of Renewal – Final Lent Group after Easter
• There is a Joint Meeting of all the groups with a shared meal
7.00pm on Thursday 23rd April at Waterrow Hall.
We hope that as many people as possible will be able to come – although it may be difficult for some, especially the day time groups.
• Some groups are also arranging a their own sixth session and are discussing the possibility of continuing to meet, but less frequently, once the Lent course has ended.


Summer Fete

There are a number of people willing to form a team to run various parts of the fete, but we are looking for someone willing to co-ordinate this. Please speak to Ann or Judith if this is something you might consider.

Activities of interest

* The Wiveliscombe Choir are having a supper Concert in Waterrow Village Hall in Aid of Motor Neurone disease, on 27th March. Tickets will be available via choir members (some in the church choir)
* High Park is building an amazing Mountain of Ragging in the Square with “Soup for a Bag” and lots of Fiesta type music by the children, on the 28th March.
For more information on these events please contact Hilary at hilary@wickham.org.uk or look out for leaflets.

EASTER EGGS for the BESOM

Thank you to all those who donated items for Besom. Donations can be made through out the year. Please speak to Tony Blackmore for more information.

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.

March’s ‘Yellow’ Prayer Bulletin
The new look bulletin is now available. Each page has a collect and prayer topics for the week.
Do to take the bulletin and use it in your daily prayers at home.

Spring Harvest 2015 – 28th March – 10th April
For those of you who don’t know Spring Harvest is a teaching and worship event held at Butlins, Minehead meaning you can benefit from the resort entertainment. It’s a unique break for all the family: holiday, festival, conference, and an encounter with God. There are special streams for all ages and characters. Join thousands of Christians for life-changing days of learning, growth and spiritual refreshment. Best of all it is just half an hour from Wivey and is on over the Easter Break starting on the 28th March. Once again we are fortunate to have been given 10 day visitor passes for Spring Harvest over the whole 3 weeks in Minehead. This is a great opportunity to go for a taster of the main event. This year the Swans, Widdows, Valuks and Blackmore families are staying for week 1. If you would like to attend for a day or more please visit this webpage and fill in when you would like to attend. http://tinyurl.com/jwovvxd. This year we will be prioritising those who haven’t been before. Please contact Alan if you would like to know more or visit their website www.springharvest.org.


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

10.00am Communion in the Hills Brompton Ralph (MA/AA)
Also Communion in the Hills will be on the following dates at 10am
16th April Brompton Ralph
14th May (Ascension Day) Tolland
18th June Brompton Ralph
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


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:
www.christianaid.org.uk/emergencies/current/iraq-crisis-appeal
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

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. 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

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.

Monthly Service Booklet

The Green Services booklet up until February 2015 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


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.

Thirsty
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.