St Michael & All Angels Jane Pemberton, Becky Patch - Churchwardens Angela Smythe - Lay-readerButcombe parishioners said farewell to Ruth and Nicholas Maddock with wine and canapés at ‘Twinners’, by kind invitation of Vivien and Jonathan Hayward. Gifts of a vase with an engraving of St Michael’s, tickets for a testmatch at Lord’s, a cheque and a bouquet were presented to them.The children gave a compilation of their poems and pictures, including a month-old baby’s footprints. Ella Patch and Annabel Worle recited a ‘Nicholas’ acrostic, whilst Frank Worle spoke of his reflections of ‘Rector Nicholas’ with much appreciation and humour. It was a bittersweet occasion filled with thankfulness and laughter. We wish them a longand happy retirement in Clevedon. May God’s blessing be with them.Sunday 2 July, 9.00am in the Village Hall: Xplore. We invite everyone to bring their teddy bears to share a scrumptious (?outdoor) breakfast and an act of praise to God. I wonder if Jesus had something like a teddy to cuddle.2 July also sees the ordination of Andrew Hiscox at Wells Cathedral. We pray all blessings upon Andrew and his family as they begin a new phase of their journeys of faith.Saturday 15 July, 2.00pm The Village Fête in The Old Rectory Garden (please see details elsewhere in the Journal) As we look forward to the summer in the beautiful sanctuary of peace that is Butcombe, we hold all those affected by the barbarity of terrorism, wherever it happens, in our thoughts and prayers. May peace break out throughout the world.St Michael’s is open every day for anyone wishing to enter for private prayer or thought. If you wish to talk with a member of the ministry team, contact details are printed on the inside cover of this Journal.Angela Smythe
Pilates classes at Butcombe Village Hall - Tuesday and Thursday evenings.