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What is going on at the moment - do come along?
Sundays 10.45am 1st Sunday Morning Worship
2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays Holy Communion
3rd Sunday 8.00am Holy Communion and 10.45am All Age Communion
Fridays 9.05am – 9.25am Friday Morning Prayer in St Andrew’s Church
All Age Live animal Nativity - Tuesday 20th December, 6.00pm,
Pitt Farm, Ford. Optional to come dressed as a Nativity Character! Candlelit procession with carols and refreshments. £5 adults children free, Limited parking
Celebrate Christmas Service with Carols and Nativity for children; mulled wine and mince pies afterwards.
St Andrew's Church - Sunday 18th December at 4.00pm
Christingle Service in St Andrew's Church - Christmas Eve at 4.00pm
Children, please bring a decorated orange; details to make one here and we’ll give you a candle when you arrive.
Christmas Day Family Worship in St Andrew's at 10.00am
The St Andrews Christmas Bazaar
Thank you to all those who supported this enjoyable event which raised an excellent £1,150.
Also to those who supported the Open Doors ‘Save Middle East’ initiative where over £750 was raised.
Mothers Union – Thursday 8th December
December’s meeting is at Madeline’s House at 2.30pm for early Advent Celebrations. For more information or transport please contact Madeline on 01823 40055 or Brenda on 01984 623192.
BESOM Christmas Hampers
Once again we are supporting the BESOM Christmas Hamper appeal. If you wish to contribute to this your food, etc should be brought to Church by Sunday11 December at the latest. In addition to the usual items the following would be most welcome: Christmas puddings and cakes, crackers, Yule logs, tins or bags of sweets, mince pies, large tins of fruit, tins of salmon or ham and boxes of biscuits. Hampers will go to needy families within Taunton Deane to help make their Christmases a bit more enjoyable than they would otherwise be. Thank you for your support. If you need any more information, please ring me on 629261. Tony Blackmore
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 online or through our Facebook page if you would like to host the Posada family. 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. Judith.
Once again there will be a ‘Toybox’ collecting box for donations towards the charity and an outsize Christmas card for your messages at the back of St Andrew’s church in December. The Toybox charity is a Christian organisation helping street children in various countries, principally in Latin America.
Please support this charity. Thank you. Janet Hughes
Last Sunday’s Breakfast and Service to support the persecuted church in Syria and Iraq raised a fantastic £752.20p to date.
Open Doors called for an International Day of Prayer to mark the start of a 7 year global campaign of prayer and action.
Support is appealed for in 3 main ways:
2. Sign the petition calling for freedom to worship for all in Iraq and Syria. The target is for 1 million signatures which Open Doors will take to the UN and raise the profile for the persecuted church. petitions available in church – do take away and ask others to sign
3. Donate – Open Doors have people on the ground in Syria and Iraq distributing bibles, food and trauma training to displaced families
To learn about the background of Open Doors why not read ‘God’s Smuggler’ by its founder, Brother Andrew? For many years they smuggled bibles behind the iron curtain at great personal risk. In 1982 Open Doors launched a seven year campaign of prayer for the Communist bloc. In 1989, the Berlin wall came down.
If you missed last week’s moving service the petition is still available today and Peter to Kevin can receive any gifts if you wish to contribute.
Christmas Card to the Parish
Next Sunday we aim to have bundles of Christmas cards available to distribute around the parish. Please come ready to take one to deliver to your street and perhaps another.
Church Family Day - Sunday 6th November 9.15am – 4.15am
Thank you to all those who worked hard to make the day such a success
Updating the Photo Board in St Andrew’s
It can be hard to learn (and remember!) everyone’s name, so we are in the process of updating a photo board of everyone who worships regularly at St Andrew’s and who does not mind their photo being displayed in this way.
"Celebrate Christmas” (Carol Service) Singers wanted!
St. Andrew’s 4.00pm 18th 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 11th & 18th December 2nd, 9th, & Sunday 18th at 2.30pm in Church before the service.
Please speak to Ann Wilson if you are willing to join with this.
The St Andrews Christmas Bazaar-Friday 25th November- 5pm-8pm.
The Christmas Season is just around the corner......
We desperately need donations of unwanted gifts and bottles of wine for the raffle, wine lotto & tombola stalls, and homemade items for the cake & home produce stall.
Once again we will be joined by the Community Choir to welcome the season with a selection of songs, and already we have over 20 Different stalls selling a wide variety of goods. Please make a note of the date on your calendar, and make sure you join us for a glass of Ann & Delwyn's deliciously warming Mulled Wine & Mince Pies.
Any donations for the stalls can be left at the back of the Church as usual. Thank you, Sherry Rayson
A request for good Raffle prizes needed, please!
Please leave at the back of the church, give/deliver to Brenda Boyland, 3, Burges Close or bring on the day. Thank you
Also a request to bakers for mince pies for the bazaar please. Contact Ann on 01984 623787 if you can help with this. Many thanks.
Get your Real Advent Calendar Now!
These are now available to purchase at St Andrews, please speak to Sue Pearson
St. Andrew’s Re-ordering News
We have just heard that a grant of £100,000 has been awarded to St. Andrew’s for the re-ordering scheme. This is thanks to the diligent administrative work of Sherry Rayson and the project skills of Alan Swan and Tony Blackmore in providing detailed information.
The grant makes a significant dent in our fundraising target for Phase 1 and should allow us to make a start on the actual work during 2017.
September to February Services
Our next booklet giving details of services around the Benefice (our group of churches) for the next six months is now available. It has a bright blue cover and you are welcome to pick one up.
Saturday 26th November
Christmas Market at St Mary Magdalene, Clatworthy from 2.30 – 4pm, for further details or to book a table contact Marie Cowling, 623484
Christmas Fair at High Batscombe Farm, Raddington with Gifts, Decorations, cakes, preserves and much more.
10.30am – 12.30pm. Proceeds in aid of St Michael’s Church.
Notes from St. Andrew’s PCC
• The recent Churchyard working party was useful with more ivy cleared, two more railings painted and high-level lightbulbs replaced.
Thank you to all.
• The Harvest Supper was a good evening with thanks to Kate Benson.
• An electrician has fitted a new time clock for the heating system, a double power socket under the tower and new heaters in the Crypt (replaced free of charge after the failure of the old ones)
• The new Archdeacon of Taunton, Simon Hill, has taken up his post as of last month
• There was a discussion on fund raising leading to a brief policy that there are three main ways of giving and supporting events:
1. Give money through participating.
2. Give time and labour
3. Give time and labour and cost of materials
It was clearly stated that we expect those who give time and labour to claim back all or part of any costs of materials/ingredients unless they choose not to. All forms of giving are much appreciated.
• As a Church we give a significant proportion of our stewardship income to Christian mission at home and abroad. This year we are allocating over £4,000 to this with about half that sum having been raised through breakfasts, lunches, a quiz and personal gifts.
At the November Family Service we will focus on Syria and the Middle East and there will be a speaker from Tear Fund on April 2nd.
Next Sunday 20th November Breakfast and Service is to Support the Persecuted church in Syria and Iraq through the Charity Open Doors. Please see magazine for more details on the charity.
Please see the magazine for more details of this month’s groups or speak to one of the leaders, Vigdis, Madeline, Tony, Liz, Peter or Martin.
We are keen to involve as many people as possible in our services and are shortly to draw up a rota for six months from September.
An Email is being sent to a number of people who may not already be on the rota to invite you to consider this. But we do not have everyone’s Emails, so please speak to David, Peter, Judith or Tony if you would like to be involved in this way.
Big Church Live - Exeter Saturday 26th November
(see link https://bigchurchlive.com)
with Tim Hughes. If you would like to go we would need to book tickets
early as they sold out last year but if we book a few we would get a
discount - It was AMAZING last year! Please speak to Alan swan if
Spring Harvest 2017
This year once again we hope to take a small group to Spring Harvest at Butlins. We are planning on going to Minehead, Week Two, which is a five-night week, and runs from 8 April to 13th April 2016. If you would like more information please look at the website www.springharvest.org/. Booking lines open 15th June although we can add people to the booking right up to the date! If you would like to join us please speak to Alan or Judith.
Refugee Aid From Taunton #raft - Donations for the Refugee crisis
St Andrew’s has a collection for Donations at the back of Church and we will continue to take items to raft, please have a look at the flyers for items required or look at their Facebook page, the link can be found on our page. Thank you
New St. Andrew’s Directory is ready for members to collect with a salmon pink cover.
Parent and Tiddlers – Tuesdays
Every Tuesday during term time at 10.30am in St Andrew’s crypt. For families of pre-school children, join us for Bible stories, games, songs and prayers.
Gift Day Result
Last Sunday’s Gift Day raised, in one day, £27,863.75 in Gifts received (£19,000) plus tax reclaimable and further money pledged. Fantastic! The latest total is £30,000
This is on top of the £12,000 that had already been given since September and has funded our new chairs.
A big thank you to all who gave and, as we have prayed, enabled a really encouraging start to our fundraising for Phase 1 of our re-ordering project.
More detailed news on progress and plans will follow in due course, but for now ‘Well done everyone and thank you to God!’
XStream is going to meet every week.
It’s very exciting that the numbers in the 10+ age group have grown so rapidly at St Andrew’s that we are going to run XStream every week (except Family service) starting on February 7th. We are delighted to have Kate Benson, John Osbourne and Gabriel Smy join Sue Pearson and Becky Widdows on the team. We are also very fortunate to have a growing group of Young Leaders alongside us.
Please pray for us as we learn to work as a team and encourage the faith of these young people.
St Andrew’s visiting Team
We now have a visiting team at St Andrew’s, if you know of someone who has recently had a bereavement, been in hospital, had a baby, moved house or are elderly and/or lonely, and you feel they would welcome a visit, please let us know. We would also like to particularly welcome people who may be new to the Wiveliscombe area, so please keep an eye out for new neighbours.
For anyone who is housebound and would like to receive Communion, we have members of the team who can administer this. So please let us know. A visit can be arranged by contacting Sherry Rayson or Julie Newby
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discuss & Donuts – Every Friday- 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
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.
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
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.