DINDER and DULCOTE SUNDAY CLUB

We hope you have all had a super Summer Holiday and all the best for the new term. We will be meeting on Sunday 20th September 10.45am in Dinder Village Hall. Children under 3 years need to have an adult accompany them. Children from any parish are most welcome. Please feel free to come even if you can’t come every month. For further information please contact Becky Gilbert 676739.

CROSCOMBE AUTUMN CHARTER MARKET

Saturday 12th September, 10-12, The Village Hall Homebaked goods and local produce, assorted crafts, cards, plants Vintage lighting, jewellery and books, refreshments.
Please join us and help support our fundraising for Croscombe Village Hall Refurbishment Fund.
We look forward to seeing you.
Elaine Watson (Market Co-ordinator)

PRAYER and a PINT

The next meeting will be on MONDAY 14th September at Crossways Inn, North Wootton at 8pm
Prayer and a Pint is an opportunity for discussion/learning in a relaxed atmosphere every 2nd Monday each month and anyone is very welcome to come and join in.
We will probably be in the ‘blue room’ but ask at the bar and

they will direct you if you can’t spot us.
For further details or information please contact Revd Chris Butler 899061 butlerchristine19@gmail.com

RE-IMAGINING CHURCH

“Our world and our lives change at an ever faster pace, but how does the church respond to this change? Are new ways of being church possible? If so, what might they look like?

The Mission-shaped introductory course helps people to reconnect with the communities they are called to serve and to re-imagine the forms of church that are needed for the 21st century. It takes you on a creative and reflective journey looking at the need for new ways of being church.”

We will be running this course in our benefice for 6 weeks starting mid/late September.
If this is something you would be interested in attending, please let Chris Butler know as soon as possible. The course is likely to be on an evening or Saturday morning and we will agree the dates and venues once we know who is interested in attending.

Chris Butler, 899061 butlerchristine19@gmail.com

PILTON CHURCHES WORKING TOGETHER

On behalf of our two Village Churches I would like to thank everyone who supported the Cream Teas etc. held at Benleigh House on Sunday 26th July on a very wet afternoon.

£500 was raised, thanks to all those who made this possible.

Gill Eavis

Harvest Celebrations

MESSY CHURCH CELEBRATES HARVEST
Come and join us on Saturday 26th September at 3.00pm onwards in North Wootton Village Hall. We hope children from all the parishes will come and see what fun we have.
Celebrate Harvest – discover where our food comes from and give thanks to all those who provide it for us. Help prepare your tea and enjoy eating together. Enjoy getting messy and playing games.
All ages are welcome; children bring Mummy or Daddy, Grandma or your friends. A nominal charge of £1 per child towards the cost of tea.

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 accept this as being “the norm”. However, many people are not so fortunate, and Harvest Thanksgiving Services are times to reflect on this situation, to give thanks to God and to remember all those involved in food production and the supply of drinking water.

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

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ST MARY’S, CROSCOMBE: HARVEST FESTIVAL

Our Harvest Thanksgiving Service this year is at 11 am on Sunday 20th September. Gifts of foodstuff and produce to help decorate the church will be gratefully received before 10.30 am on Saturday 19th September. If it is more convenient, non-perishables can be left in Church earlier in the week or given to the churchwardens. The goods will be delivered to Grace Harris House in Shepton Mallet the following week. They are always very grateful for our yearly gift. – The Churchwardens.

CROSCOMBE OAP & CHILDREN’S FUND will be holding their HARVEST AUCTION on SATURDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER in The George Inn at 8pm. Contact Alison on 345322.

HARVEST CELEBRATIONS AT PILTON
On Sunday 20th 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, 19th September, and during the service.
We would be very grateful to receive gifts for the Harvest Service on Sunday 4th October at 11.00am at The Parish Church and would appreciate tins or packeted goods to give to the Bristol Centre and the Salvation Army. We hope that there will be lots of donations to support the valuable work of these two groups. Gifts can be left in the church before 11.00am on Saturday 3rd October or brought to the service.

PILTON HARVEST LUNCH

SUNDAY 4th OCTOBER
At 12.30pm
At PILTON WORKING MEN’S CLUB AND VILLAGE HALL

Adults £8, Primary-aged children £4
Tickets are available from Gill Eavis 890468, Hilary Austin (890561) or Eileen Govier (890436).

YOS

We hope you have all had a super Summer Holiday and all the best for the new term, particularly our members who are beginning new schools. In September our first meeting will be on Sunday September 13th which will be a trip to Ask restaurant in Wells. We have emailed details to current members, but if there are any new members keen to join, please contact Becky or Sandra before September 4th!

YOS is open to children of all parishes in year 6 upwards. For further information please contact Sandra Kirkham 342221 or Becky Gilbert 676739
We look forward to seeing you all in September.

TIME OUT

When you are reading this many people will have come back from summer holidays and I hope you have all had time for some real re- creation. All of us need that time out, whether it is getting away on holiday or just taking a cup of tea (or something stronger) into the garden and sitting for 5 minutes.

My favourite place to get away from it all is sitting on a beach. There was a recent survey by the National Trust that made the news: 20% fewer people were visiting our coast than used to. The reasons given were being too busy and overcrowded beaches. The survey also stated that 18-24 year olds are least connected to the coast (although the surfing beaches of Devon and Cornwall may disagree).

My childhood was full of days out by the sea or days nagging my dad to take us there, but I have to admit I spend far less time at the coast now than I would like. It would help if it was a bit nearer.
Now the sea and coastline are not going to fade away from underuse but that doesn’t mean it is a shame that people feel they are too busy to visit. The paradox is the busier we get, the more we need to withdraw at some point, catch our breath and refocus, otherwise we are in danger of colluding with the modern disease of being too busy and our working hours becoming a competition.

One of my solutions is my dog Leah. Although often I would rather not go out for a walk she forces me to stop and go out; it’s amazing when I let my brain focus on something else how often the answers to the questions that have been troubling me come to the fore. I wonder if you have similar experiences. An old solution for some is the shed or garage, a place to go to get some time out, it’s now been reinvented as the man shed (also available as women sheds).

In my experience it is like that when we think about spending time with God. The more we have to do the more we need to make ourselves put some time aside just to be with God.
There is the famous story of Suzanna Wesley who was a busy mum with many children – when she wanted space she sat in her favourite chair and put her apron over her head and the family knew to leave her alone.

We are very fortunate here that people are willing to open our churches each day for a place you can find 5 minutes of peace amidst the chaotic lives many of us lead. So if you are feeling that there is too much to do and too little time to do it, take some time out even if it appears impossible, maybe that is just the break you need to recreate yourself.

Rev. Chris

Dinder Harvest Frolic Barn Dance featuring ‘Scallywag Folk Band’

The event will take place on Saturday 26th September at Dinder Village Hall. 
6.30pm start with Harvest Supper at 7pm followed by dancing! Children and families warmly welcome. Tickets, £10 per adult, £5 per child (aged 4 and upwards, children under 4 eat free!). There will be a cash bar. Please contact Margaret Bancroft (674943) or Jill Gibbons (689112) to book tickets and advise if you have any dietary requirements or you are vegetarian. Due to the popularity of this event, tickets will need to be paid for in advance.