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Services

Sunday 10.45am Holy Communion
Fridays 9.05am – 9.25am Friday Morning Prayer in St Andrew’s Church

Easter Services

10.00am Good Friday 18th
Service in St Andrew’s – followed by an ecumenical procession of witness to the square and Family Cycle Ride, (See below)

Easter Sunday 20th
9.15am             Easter Communion Huish Champflower (JH)
11.00am           Easter Worship Brompton Ralph (Catherine Wright)
                             with Easter egg hunt in the Churchyard
10.45am           Easter Communion Wiveliscombe (HA)
                          with childrens activities during and Easter egg hunt after the service
11.15am           Easter Communion Chipstable (CM)
11.15am           Easter Communion Clatworthy (DHop)



and other activities

Looking Ahead to some dates for your diaries
- Sunday 6th April Messy Church in St Andrew’s at 4.00pm
- Sunday 8th June Picnic at Clatworthy Reservoir
This will be David and Becky’s first Sunday back and open to the whole
Benefice
- Saturday 21st June St. Andrew’s Summer Fete
- Saturday 27th September ‘Vision for Action morning and lunch for
Wiveliscombe’
- Saturday 8th November Benefice Quiet Day led by Becky Widdows at
The Mill House
- Friday 28th November St. Andrew’s Bazaar
- Early 2015 Benefice Weekend
Do look out for further details of all these events

Good Friday Benefice Family Cycle Ride
A collection of Pearsons and Valuks are intending to cycle
around all the 8 churches of the benefice this Good Friday
– an itinerary is at the rear of St Andrew’s Church
*either you can join us for some or all of the trip, which would be
wonderful!, or
* you can let others know about it - especially those living 'up in the
hills'.
Please contact Martin or Angela Valuks  or Peter or Sue Pearson for more information or to join any part of the
ride.

Easter Fair
At St Luke’s, Langley Marsh on Easter Monday April 21st from 2-4pm.
With Cream teas, bring and buy, produce stall and Raffle.

The Filling Station
On Tuesday 22nd April at 7.30pm in Wiveliscombe Primary School Hall. For more information contact John Osborne 07535 777809 or www.thefillingstation.org.uk

Prayer corner
There is a new prayer space in the church in the corner beside the font.
Please do take some quiet time to reflect on the lovely display and what
God brings to mind. There are leaves to write on if you would like to put
pen to paper.

Raddington Classic Film Evening
On Saturday 26th April in Waterrow Church Hall, at 6.30pm. With Film ‘The Yellow Rolls-Royce’ Plus a Mouth Watering Supper with Wine to Follow. In aid of St Michaels Church. Tickets £12 each - please call Ray on 01398261626 or Elaine on 01398 361269

St Andrew’s PCC AGM

Is on Monday 28th April at 7.30pm in the Crypt
• PCC vacancies
There are 3 vacancies this year on the PCC. If you have any questions about what is involved, are interested in standing yourself, or nominating someone, please speak to Ann or Judith.
• Deanery synod vacancies
There are also 2 deanery synod vacancies, which allow you to see the wider picture in the deanery (and also results in a place on the PCC). If you would like to know more, please speak to Adrian.
Spring Harvest
...is coming soon, bringing us inspiring talks, and worship and of course fun! The dates are 5th- 18th April at Butlins, Minehead, and we are hoping our free tickets will be with us shortly! Please speak to Alan Swan for any further details.

Monthly Service Booklet
The Yellow Services booklet up until August 2014 is now available in the Churches.

Monthly Benefice Prayer Bulletin for April now available
We began this new initiative last month and encourage everyone to take and use the bulletin in your daily prayers at home.
Although the bulletin includes a lot of detail, there is only a little for each day.There is a collect for the week, some short Bible passages from the Church’s lectionary and a couple of topics to pray for each day.


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)

Help with Bible Reading at home.
1. I (Becky) have 5 copies of ‘The essential 100’ at a special price of £5 a book. This will give you guidance as to what to read and away of doing it.
2. Martin Valuks will order ‘Guidelines’ for you. These are bible reading notes that cover 4 months bible reading. I have a copy you could look at today, talk to him about it.
3. Or check out these websites: www.scriptureunion.org.uk www.brf.org.uk
4. I also have some ‘Essential 100 for families’ if you want a good present for children or grandchildren. Becky


Giving to God’s work in, and through, the local Church
Since there have been a couple of talks on this subject in January, there is a leaflet available for any who wish to indicate a new commitment. Please just ask.

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


Come to the Holy Land.

Hugh Allen is planning a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. This is open to anyone - churchgoers or otherwise. If you are reasonably fit, have a sense of adventure, a willingness to ponder and to put the Bible alongside the places we will visit, then come along. During the eight days, July 21st - 28th 2014, we will have three walks: down from Jerusalem to Jericho, up to Bethlehem from the shepherds’ fields, and from the hills above Galilee down to Capernaum. We'll visit other places too. Further details from Hugh.

Philippines – if you wish to give to this through Churches:
You can give to Tearfund, 100 Church Road, Teddington, TW11 8QE
http://www.tearfund.org or to the DEC appeal, (comprised of 14 leading UK aid organisations) www.dec.org.uk. – or through the Post Office.

St Mary's Brompton Ralph
Update on Restoration Project.  Have a look at Brompton Ralphs our churches page for an update on the roof works.

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


New Home Group Thursday

Due to the growth of the Hills home group we have decided to split into two groups with the new group being focused on Wiveliscombe. Like the hills group it will meet monthly and we will share a meal together followed by a study and a time of prayer. If you are interested in joining the group, which we hope to start in October, please speak to Tony Blackmore (629261) or David Widdows (629190).

The Filling Station
On Tuesday 25th March at 7.30pm in Wiveliscombe Primary School Hall, we welcome back Guest speaker Bill Drewett from Bristol Vineyard. For more information contact John Osborne 07535 777809 or www.thefillingstation.org.uk

Bishop Peter Farewell Service
There are pictures of the Farewell service and Party on the Green which was held on Saturday 22nd June in Wells Cathedral www.bathandwells.org.uk/diocese/farewell-peter/ which you might like to have a look at!

Opportunities to Grow in Our Faith
We produced a pink flyer that gives some of the ways in which we can grow through prayer, study and fellowship during the coming year. Please pick one up from one of the churches if you have missed it.

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.

New Weekly morning Prayer Time in St Andrew’s Church
The prayer time is open to anyone in the Benefice or beyond, and takes place in St Andrew's Crypt at 9.05am for 20 minutes. This new weekly event based on the Church of England style Celtic Daily Prayer book ‘The Rhythm of Life’ by Revd David Adam, Vicar of Lindersfarne. 

Parents and Tiddlers every Tuesday at 10.30am
This group for preschool babies and children with parents, grandparents or careers explores bible stories and songs. There are also prayers from the group. At the end of the session children are able to play with toys while the grown ups have coffee or tea. Meetings are in St Andrew’s Crypt..

‘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.