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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 activitiesChurchyard Spring clean - Saturday morning 7th March
You may recall that in the autumn, we did a fantastic clearing of half the Churchyard - and now the other half needs clearing before Spring takes over and everything starts to grow again. So, whatever your skills: gardening/ pruning/ painting/ fire making/ hauling..... no matter what... PLEASE do come along with whatever tools you need to join the party and finish the Churchyard.
We aim to start at 10:00 [depending on the weather forecast] and finish at 13:00 at the latest [however, please do leave whenever you wish!].
If there is anything more you would like to know about the task and activity, then please either ask me or the Churchwardens.
We all do hope you can support ST ANDREW'S -and prepare the Churchyard for all the visitors who will come this year. Roger Wilson
Communion in the Hills - Thursday 12thMarch
This months Communion in the Hills at Clatworthy will be on Thursday 12th March and not the 19th as advertised in some publications. Margaret.
Taize Service Sunday 8th March 6.30pm at St. George’s, Wilton
Ian Carson, one of our regular organists at Wiveliscombe is one the those organizing the above service and warmly invites any who wish to attend…….and, if anyone would like to sing in the choir or play an instrument, please can they contact him at ontherightnote.co.uk
This Sunday will be your last chance to buy any of the second hand novels at the side of the church. This is to make room for a library of Christian Second hand books for people to borrow. Please see display on bookcase for details. Tony and Peter
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or look out for leaflets.
EASTER EGGS for the BESOM
Once again this year Taunton BESOM is including Easter Eggs in the crisis food boxes going out at Easter time. If you would like to contribute to this please bring your Easter Eggs to Church on or before Sunday 22nd March and put them in the BESOM box at the rear of St Andrews, and they will be distributed to families who are struggling financially at this time. The BESOM works exclusively through professional agencies such as Children’s Centres to ensure that all their food boxes go to the neediest families. Thank you for your ongoing support for this local Christian charity, which is doing a great job amongst the poor locally. Tony.
Mothers Union - Thursday 12th March at 2.30pm
The next meeting of the Mothers' Union will be at the Silver Street Centre with Rev Hugh Allen speaking on the trip to Israel. For more information speak to Madeline on 07967961751 or Brenda on 01984 623192.
St. Andrew’s Mother’s Union
After many years of faithful and able leadership our Mother’s Union group, Olive Wyatt has handed over to Madeline Hellier
In Ecclesia Evensong 4.00pm Sunday 22nd March at Chipstable
We are delighted that this Taunton-based choir has offered to come and sing for the above service that will be followed by refreshments.
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.
Women’s World Day of Prayer – Friday 6th March
All are welcome to the service at St Richards Roman Catholic Church, Wiveliscombe at 2pm, praying for the Bahamas. If you would like more information please visit www.wwdp.org.uk
Fairtrade Fortnight – until 8th March
Please look in the magazine for more details, a small stall in St Andrew’s will be selling fair-trade, tea, coffee and chocolate and will give the opportunity to take a catalogue and even order your fair trade Easter eggs.
March’s ‘Green’ 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.
Flowers of thanks! - Saturday 14th March
Please join us at Diana Farrington’s Castle at 10.30am to collect and make bunches of flowers for Mothering Sunday, with tea / coffee and great company. A time for all ages whether you are able to join us on the following day, or not! If you wish to walk up across the fields from Wiveliscombe, meet at 10am at the ‘little playground’ at the end of Nordens Meadow.
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
12th March Clatworthy
16th April Brompton Ralph
14th May (Ascension Day) Tolland
18th June Brompton Ralph
16th July Clatworthy
20th August Brompton Ralph
Lent Lunches – Continues on Tuesday's during Lent
12.15 -1.45pm at Owerside, Hillcommon with Soup, Bread and Cheese
Season of Renewal - Lent Groups
After a ‘fallow’ Lent last year we have the opportunity to take part in a revived program of Lent Groups on Tuesday afternoons and Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
There will be five sessions starting in the week beginning February 23rd to the week beginning March 23rd and a final session with shared meal after Easter.
We shall be using the Lent Course ‘Season of Renewal’ and could have as many as six groups.
1. Please check your diary for Tuesdays and Thursdays during Lent.
2. We are looking for homes to host two or three sessions each.
Could you offer your home?
3. Look out for a special leaflet that will explain more and invite you to sign up for a group.
For more details speak to David, Martin, Vigdis, Tony, Peter, Liz or Madeline.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org‘
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.