United Benefice on Sunday 30th April at 11am to say farewell to Rev’d Elaine Brightwell

This Sunday is a United Benefice Service at 11am held at Croscombe (NOT North Wootton) to say farewell to Rev’d Elaine Brightwell.

After the service there will be a “bring and share” lunch (finger food only) at the Seventh Day Adventist Hall in Croscombe (we can use their car park behind the hall).

Please come and join us in saying a very fond farewell to Rev’d Elaine.

THE REVERSE ADVENT CALENDAR

Do join us in taking part in the reverse Advent calendar

challenge (see last month’s magazine for details). Please bring your boxes to one of our churches on 18th December. Boxes will be available in all churches for individual donations. The usual tins and packets will be welcome together with seasonal goods such as mince pies, Christmas puddings, gloves, hats and scarves.

ADVENT

Time and space to think.
Through Advent we will be creating time and space in our Churches for you to just come and be, or to pray. Each week a new activity (suitable for children and adults) will appear to help you. Do come along whenever you can and just take time out.

Children of all ages, their families and everyone else are invited to
a CHRISTINGLE SERVICE on Sunday 4th December in Pilton Parish Church at 4.00pm or the following week on Sunday 11th December in Dinder Church at 4.00pm.

Helping to make the Christingles is fun and tasty and the lighted ones look lovely, however young or old you are. We are supporting the work of the Children’s Society.

VILLAGE VOICES CHRISTMAS CONCERT

The Village Voices Christmas Concert takes place on

Wednesday December 7th at 7.30pm in Pilton Parish Church. This will be a musical treat for all, with a mixture of memorable songs performed in style by our

thriving Community Choir and some opportunities for audience participation (not compulsory!) The guest spot this year will be a short performance of popular Christmas music by Pilton Village Handbell Group. Not many villages have both a Community Choir and a Handbell Group, but Pilton does and we are very proud of this. Do come along and support us. We can guarantee that you will have a lovely evening and wend your way home feeling full of Christmas Cheer.

Refreshments will be available in the interval. Entry is free but there will be a retiring collection in aid of charity.
Do come. We look forward to seeing you.

Emma Wheat

CROSCOMBE ST MARY – BRASS CLEANING

Each year we dismantle the chandeliers and gather up the brass items to give them a good polish in time for Christmas. If you could spare an hour or so to help we are meeting in the church at 10.00 am on Saturday 17

December, when cleaning cloths and Brasso will be provided. (We do manage to fit in a good chat as well!)

Harvest Thanksgiving

HARVEST CELEBRATIONS AT PILTON
On Sunday 18th September Harvest Celebrations at the Methodist Church will begin with a Harvest Service at 11.00am. The Sale will take place at 6.30pm. Gifts of produce will be gratefully received on Saturday morning, 17th September, and during the service.

We would be very grateful to receive gifts for the Harvest Service in The Parish Church on Sunday 2nd October at 11.00am at. Gifts can be left in the church before 11.00am on Saturday 1st October or brought to the service. We would appreciate tins or packeted goods to give to the Bristol Methodist Centre and the Salvation Army. We hope that there will be lots of donations to support the valuable work of these two groups.

PILTON HARVEST LUNCH

In THE PARISH CHURCH. SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER following the Service
Adults £8, Primary-aged children £4

Tickets are available from Gill Eavis (890468), Hilary Austin (890561) and Eileen Govier (890436)
Everyone welcome

HARVEST THANKSGIVING SERVICES

We are fortunate in these parishes that we have the basics of life . . . . access to clean water and sufficient food . . . so we tend to think of this as “the norm”. However, many people live under very different circumstances. Harvest Services give us the opportunity to offer our thanks to God for our blessings, to remember all those involved in food production and the supply of drinking water and to reflect on the world situation.

Besides giving thanks for ‘all good gifts around us’, this year we will also celebrate all those gifts and talents present in individuals in our community, many of which are used for the good of the community and the church.

Each church has a Harvest Thanksgiving Service, when the churches will be beautifully decorated. Whether you come to church often or not, you are most welcome to come to one of our services.

Harvest Serv16

Christian Aid Collection

The total raised from the events held and envelopes collected from Pilton, Croscombe, North Wootton and Dinder during this year’s Christian Aid Week amounted to £3616.90.

An amazing total! This also included £385.35 from plant sales. Thank you, Tim and Gwen. Thank you again to everyone who organised events and those who supported them.
This will help to provide some of the poorest people in the world with opportunities to improve their lives. Hilary Austin

Archbishop’s Call to Prayer

Every parish in England has been contacted by our Archbishops and we have all been asked us to join in a week of prayer for ‘the evangelisation of England’ from 8th-15th May. Their hope is that all Christians in the country will be praying together in that week. Please do make this a focus for your prayers for this week.

CELEBRATING H.M. THE QUEEN’S 90th BIRTHDAY on 24th April

There will be official celebrations in London in June but Anglican churches will be marking this milestone in the Queen’s life nearer her actual birthday on April 21st. As Supreme Governor of the Church of England, the Queen has always made it clear that her Christian faith is very important to her and in our parish churches there will be special services to celebrate her commitment.

The services will be on Sunday 24th April:
11.00am at Pilton, Croscombe and North Wootton. 4.00 /4.30pm at Dinder.
Services will be followed by light refreshments Everyone is very welcome to join in these celebrations.

MOTHERING SUNDAY, MARCH 6th

There will be special services in our parish churches to celebrate mothers, families and being part of the Christian family on Sunday 6th March at 9.30am at Dinder, and at 11.00am at Pilton, Croscombe and North Wootton.There will be some of the traditions associated with Mothering Sunday, like Simnel Cake, and some new ideas. Everyone is part of our Church family so do come along whether or not you come with children.