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BAPTISMS Holy Trinity 4 September George Andrew Withers aged 6 months St Michael’s 17 September James John Brown aged 10 months WEDDINGS St Michael’s 10 September Courtenay Dominic Barklem and Polly Elizabeth Jackman Holy Trinity 24 September Peter Guy Tricks & Bethany Seamer FUNERALS All Saints’ 16 September Leonard George Bendall, aged 82 (Interment of Ashes)
Dear friends, “Messy Church” at Wrington and “Xplore” at Butcombe: Two new ways to explore the Christian faith One of Jesus’s famous sayings in the “Authorised” or King James Bible is “Suffer the little children”! Now that I am a grandfather I can honestly say that children are one of the greatest joys life has to offer, even if sometimes one does have to suffer the disruption and mess they bring. A modern translation conveys Jesus’s meaning perfectly – “Encourage the little children to come to me, and do not stop them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as them” (Matt 19:14). That is the whole idea behind two new ventures in the benefice – “Xplore” at Butcombe Village Hall at 9.00am on the first Sunday of the month, and “Messy Church” at the Memorial Hall in Wrington at 4pm on the second Sunday. “Xplore” has been going for a year now, and has proved very popular with young people and their parents. It always starts with a simple breakfast and then, after a short act of worship, the young people and their parents go round various activities based around a Bible story. “Messy Church” was launched in September in the Memorial Hall, and is very similar, though it ends with a meal shared together. Each month’s activities centre around creativity, celebration and hospitality, remembering that ‘companionship’ is a latin word meaning ‘friendship around food’ (“panis = bread”). And it involves the parents as well as their children, because we are all children of God. So if you are a parent or grandparent, you and your children are most welcome. And my warmest thanks to all those who are working so hard to make these events so much fun. (NB: in November “Messy Church” will be on the 3rd Sunday because of our Remembrance Service). Worship Arrangements during the Re-Ordering of All Saints’ The re-ordering has begun very well. All movable objects are now safely in store, and all immovable objects have been fully protected by boarding and sheeting. As I write, the pews are being removed for temporary storage, and the wooden pew platforms are about to be removed to prepare for the underfloor heating. This is the tensest moment in the whole operation, as we hope and pray they don’t find any “interesting” archaeology that could delay the work! Everyone has commented on how attractive and prayerful the Reading Room has become for our 8.00am Communion and 6.30pm Evensong on Sundays, and our weekday Communions on Tuesday and Friday. Do join us for some of these services if you can. Our main service on the 2nd and 4th Sundays is now at Christ Church at 10.30am. Please share transport if you can, and contact the Church Office if you need a lift. Our 3rd Sunday “All Age Worship” this month will be at the Sports and Social Club, at its usual time of 9.30am – everyone is very welcome. Finally, our warm thanks to our neighbours, who have been so cooperative in enabling the workmen and their vehicles access to the church. Special Worship Arrangements in November Our All Souls’ Service, remembering by name all whom we love but see no longer, will be at 5.00pm on Sunday 6th November at Christ Church, Redhill. That is earlier than usual to enable both young and old to come. I shall be writing to all those families whose funerals we have taken in the last three years to invite them personally. But all are welcome, and there will be sheets in the Reading Room and in all our churches for you to add the name/s of any loved one/s you would like to be included. Our Remembrance Sunday Service on 13th November will take a slightly different form this year. The Service will start at 3pm, and will very appropriately be in the Memorial Hall, given by the Wills family in memory of those who died in World War 1. We warmly welcome all who usually come to this service except that, because of the limited seating, we will sadly not be able to include the members of the Cubs, Brownies, Beavers or Rainbows in this part of the service. We will, however, welcome their Flag Bearers and a leader to parade into the service with the British Legion Standard and the Scout, Guide and Rangers Flag bearers. After a shortened service in the Hall we will process down Church Walk to the War Memorial in the Churchyard, where we will invite all members the uniformed organisations to join us. There, at 3.45pm, we will have the Last Post, 2 Minutes’ Silence, and Reveille, and the Laying of the Wreaths and poppies. I am sure it will be a very moving act of remembrance. I do hope you can join us. If you have any questions or comments please contact me or the Royal British Legion. UNITED BENEFICE SERVICES The United Benefice Service at 10am on 2nd October will be at Holy Trinity, Burrington, when we will be learning more about the ministry of our Lay Readers. The UBS on 6th November will be at Christ Church, when we will be celebrating All Saints’ Sunday, and praying especially for the work in All Saints’ Church and our ministry together as Christians. All are most welcome - please share transport where possible, and if you would like a lift, contact the Church Office. With my best wishes to you all, Nicholas Maddock
October 1 Saturday 7.30-9pm  Bell-ringing Practice at All Saints’, and every first Saturday 2 Sunday           9am Xplore @ Butcombe in the Village Hall – all young people and their families most welcome – includes breakfast!                          10am United Benefice Service at Christ Church, Redhill 6 Thursday 6pm-7.30pm Young people’s Ringing practice at All Saints’, and every Thursday 7 Friday 8.50-11.30am Community Coffee Morning at Burrington Village Hall                          2pm “Edward Bear Club” meets in the Reading Room every Friday - all pre-school children & their parents/carers very welcome 8 Saturday 3.30-4.30pm Cheddar bellringers ringing at All Saints’ 9 Sunday 11am Holy Trinity Harvest Thanksgiving and dedication of Alms Dish in memory of Christopher Marsden-Smedley            12.30pm All Saints’ Harvest Lunch in the Ledbury’s Barn                   4pm “Messy Church” in Memorial Hall – all pre-school and Primary children and their parents very welcome – includes a meal 15 Saturday 7.30pm “Celli Peppers” concert at St Andrew’s Congresbury in aid of Vine Counselling 16 Sunday 9.30am All Age Worship at the Sports and Social Club.                   9.30am Family Communion at Holy Trinity, including welcome to new school pupils at Burrington School & Baptism of Rosina                                    Gwyneth Rowley                 11.15am Animal Thanksgiving at St Michael’s – bring your pets! 23 Sunday 4pm Storytime at Christ Church 27 Thursday 7.30pm MU meets in Reading Room - John Ledbury on his “Indian Travelogue” 28 Friday 1pm Wedding of Nathan Sinden and Joanna Benwell at Holy Trinity 30 Sunday 2am British Summer Time ends - Clocks BACK 1 Hour November 3 Thursday 7.30pm Butcombe PCC at Pit Farm 4 Friday 8.50-11.30am Burrington Community Coffee Morning in the Hall 5 Saturday 2pm Wedding of Jonathan Owen and Emma Taylor at Holy Trinity 6 Sunday 10am United Benefice service at Christ Church, marking All Saints’ Day                   5pm All Souls’ Service at Christ Church – to remember “those whom we love but see no longer” 13 Sunday 3pm Remembrance Parade at Memorial Hall and Wreath-laying at War Memorial in All Saints’ Churchyard at 3.45pm 20 Sunday 4pm Messy Church in the Memorial Hall (3rd Sunday this month because of Remembrance Sunday) 24 Thursday 7.30pm Mothers’ Union talk: “Children’s work in the Anglican Church” by Jane Tibbs, in the Reading Room 27 Sunday 4.30pm Tea-towel Nativity at Christ Church 29 Tuesday 7pm All Saints’ PCC in Reading Room
From Wrington Rectory - Village Journal October 2016