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ServicesSunday 10.45am Holy Communion
Fridays 9.05am – 9.25am Friday Morning Prayer in St Andrew’s Church
and other activities
Sunday Breakfast at St Andrew's.
Following on from the success of the Sunday breakfast at the Benefice weekend, you are warmly invited to gather before the service on the 16th March to enjoy freshly brewed coffee or a cup of tea, bacon sandwiches or toast. Breakfast will be served between 9.30-10.30am and whilst there is no charge you are welcome to make a donation should you wish, and money raised will be split between the church
re-ordering fund and Semiliki Trust. (www.semiliki-trust.org.uk)
Praise, Pray and Pilgrimage During Lent and Shrove Tuesday
Please join us to identify where your Pilgrimage may take you. These sessions will take place jointly with people from the Wellington Team. They will happen at Langford Budville Village Hall, 2 - 4pm.
For more info contact Madeline or Vigdis
Ash Wednesday 5 March 7.00pm Holy
Communion St Andrew’s Crypt (DW)
The service will include the opportunity to receive the sign of the cross with ash. All welcome.
The next meeting of the Mothers' Union is on Thursday 13th March at 2.30pm at 18 North Street - the Speaker is the Revd. Ian Ainsworth-Smith. Will you please note that we are now starting all of our meetings at 2.30pm, not 3.00pm as previously. For more information speak to Olive or Benda
Monthly Service Booklet
The Yellow Services booklet up until August 2014 is now available in the Churches.
Monthly Benefice Prayer Bulletin for March 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.
Lent Lunch Sunday 9th March at 12.30pm
In Chipstable Church Community Hall, Waterrow,
Homemade celebrity soups, cheese and coffee for £6. Please book your place through Sue firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
Wivey Home Group Thursday 6th March 7.00pm
At Rowlands Barn, Chipstable (The Blackmore’s) If you are interested in joining the group, please speak to Tony Blackmore
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.
Holy Communion with Bishop Peter
St Mary’s Church Brompton Ralph, Holy Communion Service on March 2nd at 9-15am with David Widdows and the Bishop Peter of Taunton, followed by Brunch in the Village Hall, we need numbers for the Brunch, please contact Derek Cleeve
The Tuesday Bible Study restarted on January 28th and will continue in Langford Budville Village Hall from 2-4pm, on Feb 4th 11th 18th & 25th. The next study will be Ecclesiastes. For more information please contact Vigdis on 01984 623869.
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.
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 28th January 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
Benefice Services form August to January
The next booklet giving these details is now out, with a pale lilac cover.
We are not putting it inside the next magazines, as these have the services for the month, but booklets are available in each of our nine places of worship.
Please take one for yourself for advance reference and think if there is anyone you would like to give one to – e.g a friend, relative, new resident or someone who owns a holiday let etc
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, email@example.com‘
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.