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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
It’s not too late – not quite
Next spring you could be in Jerusalem, come to Bethlehem and cross the sea of Galilee. Have you been wondering whether to join the pilgrimage?
31st March – 7th April.
If you have decided to come, then please let me know soon.
Church Family Day - Sunday 6th November 9.15am – 4.15am
• Have you got a form and filled it in?
• Jenny Blackmore is collecting forms and money.
Workshops: these are suggestions!:
Music Drama Puppets Leading Prayers
Craft/Banner making Making/decorating cakes Audio and visual Technology
Other workshops can be arranged, if people are willing to lead them.
eg. we could do one on welcoming/talking to newcomers.
We will use what we do in the workshops at the afternoon service.
Programme for Church Family Day
9.15 – 9.45 Time to pray together led by Angela
9.45 – 10.30 Breakfast
10.45 – 11.45 Morning service – with Jane Wilson speaking about being the Family of God.
12.30 Lunch (Bring Your Own)
1.30 Workshops to prepare worship:
• Music (Gabriel)
• Drama (Sizzle)
• Puppets (Liz K)
• Prayers (Alison V)
• Welcoming/talking to newcomers (David W)
• Craft/ banner making (Helen)
• Making/decorating cakes (Janet)
• AV (Alan)
2.45 Cuppa and cake
3.15 Final Worship led by Judith
2016 Shoe Box appeal
By filling a shoebox, you can bring some joy and laughter this year and share the true meaning of Christmas from heart to heart. Please take a leaflet from St Andrew’s or have a look at the website shoeboxappeal.org for all the information needed to fill a shoe box.
Can everyone please bring their boxes to church by or on 30th October or otherwise personally deliver to the Post office or the Congregational Church by Friday the 5th Nov. Thanks Diana Farrington
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
Thank you to all those who worked hard to run our Harvest suppers this year at various churches. Great social occasions and a useful source of funds. Last week’ supper at Wiveliscombe raised £214.
St. Andrew’s Reordering
In the past seven months since the new chairs arrived and we held our encouraging Gift Day there has been a lull while various things have been going on:
• Our architect has been working on the detailed design and costings of the next phase – kitchen and rooms in the south bays, toilet, extended dais, entrance and exterior cobbles room under tower.
• The PCC have debated the order in which to tackle the different elements of the scheme.
• We have been researching grant giving trusts with a view to making applications and have applied initially to Viridor Credits and the National Churches Trust. Both committees meet to consider our application on 12th September. We qualify but they are oversubscribed, so please pray for success.
• The rest of Phase 1 is due to be presented to the Diocesan Advisory Committee in October for detailed approval.
• We plan to hold a second Gift Day in the New Year.
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.
There is an opportunity to be Confirmed in Cotford St Luke/Deane Vale Benefice on Wednesday 12th October at 7.00pm. If you are interested in being confirmed, or know someone who is, please get in touch with Judith, Tony or David,
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.
People to read readings and lead prayers at St. Andrew’s
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
Sponsor Humanitarian work in the Philippines by local midwife.
Fenya Jonas is daughter of Celia Hancock (623058) and granddaughter of Bernadette (623206). Fenya has been working in Australia as a midwife and is about to spend 6 weeks as a volunteer in a typhoon stricken area of the Philippines. If you would like to support her financially please go the website below or you can give something to Bernadette or Celia – Casltle Lane Cottage, Ford, TA4 2RJ
Sunday November 6th Church Family Day.
Theme: The family of God
As we aren’t having a Church weekend this year, we thought it would be good to have a Church Family Day on Sunday November 6th. The day will start with prayer and then breakfast and end at around 4.30 with worship together. The service will be at the same time as normal, and you can come to as much of the day as you can.
There are two things to do – first put the date in your diary and plan to come for the day. Second a group of us are organising it, and if you’d like to be involved speak to Becky
Sermon Series on Worship ‘I will enter his gates’
This month I started a new series of sermons on the various ingredients of the Holy Communion Service.
Part 1 is scheduled as below for Wiveliscombe and will be given at some Hills Churches around those dates. Part two will continue in the Autumn.
1. June 5th ‘Open to God’ Psalm 139 & 1John 1
2. June 26th ‘Miserable Sinners’ Psalm 146 & Luke 18. 9-14
3. July 3rd ‘Getting the Message’ Mark 4. 1-20
4. August 14th ‘Plain Truth’ 1Corinthians 15. 1-11 John 14.15-26
5. August 28th ‘Lobbying Heaven’ 1Timothy 2. 1-18 & Luke 11.1-13
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.
Homegroups – Life beyond Lent
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.
Albania Action Team in Wivey 16th - 23rd May
Thanks you to all those who played a part in any way to make the week a success.
Here is a message from the girls:
Jodie: "It has been really encouraging to be able to spend time with the community of St Andrews in Wiveliscombe."
Meghann: "Twas great to be able to visit the schools that so many of the children attend, we enjoyed sharing what we did with the children."
Emily says: "I thought it was amazing that we were able to share our faith so freely with the students at Kingsmead."
We are really grateful for the hospitality of everyone in Wivey and around the near by area who have welcomed us this week. Thank you all very much!
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!’
Gift Day information – Gift Aid, pledges and late gifts
Some have been asking about how to use the forms.
We can to respond to the Gift Day in one or both of the following ways:
1. One off gifts
There is space on the form to indicate your gift
A pledge can be for a regular amount for a certain period starting and finishing on a certain date and/or a pledge of a lump sum that you know you will be ain a position to give in a number of weeks’ or months’ time.
If you are a tax payer, gift aid will increase your gift by 20% and even more if you are a higher rate tax payer. Please ask for a Gift Aid form unless you are already registered for Gift Aid as a result of your regular giving through St. Andrew’s.
As we give thanks for a great result last Sunday, late gifts and pledges are most welcome at any time
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.
At St Luke’s Church for a new Generation, 2nd Sunday of the month at 6pm. For Teenagers, By Teenagers, With Teenagers. Children and Adults welcome. For more information please contact John firstname.lastname@example.org or Kate Benson or Peter Pearson.
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, 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.