CROSCOMBE SUNDAY CLUB

There will be no Sunday Club in November but you are very welcome to come along to Dinder Sunday Club on 15th November at Dinder Village Hall from 10.45am.

We will be involved in the United Advent Service on Sunday 29th November at 4pm in Pilton Church. More details to follow.

For your diary – The Children’s Festival at Wells Cathedral is on Saturday 16th January 2016.
Please contact Sandra (342221) or Bobbie (9381480 for more information.

FRIENDS OF ST MARY’S, CROSCOMBE

‘Friday Night is Music Night’

Friday 27th November 7.30 pm in Croscombe Church Room

Come and join a small group who gather to listen to a programme of music chosen by Terry McCarthy. The music varies from Big Band Swing to Bach Cantatas. The evening is very relaxed and we usually leave having learnt something new. To get us in the seasonal mood this month’s selection features Christmas music from down the ages. Programme notes are supplied and wine and tea/coffee and nibbles served after the music, which will last about an hour.

All are welcome and the evening is free to Friends, £3 to others.

Christingle Service

Children of all ages, their families and everyone else are invited to a CHRISTINGLE SERVICE

on Sunday 6th December in Pilton Parish Church at 4.00pm

or
the following week on Sunday 13th 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. Supporting the work of The Children’s Society.

YOS

Our October meeting was an outing to see ‘Baked Alaska’ a performance by Riding Lights Theatre Company. Its message was to inform about the environment and climate change. It was fantastically thought provoking and provided much food for thought.

November’s meeting is on Sunday 8th November where we will be getting creative for Christmas!
YOS is open to children of all parishes in year 6 upwards. For further information please contact Sandra Kirkham 342221 or Becky Gilbert 676739

PRAYER and a PINT

The next meeting will be on MONDAY 9th November at Crossways Inn, North Wootton at 8pm.
Prayer and a Pint is an opportunity for discussion
in a relaxed atmosphere every 2nd Monday each month and everyone is very welcome to just 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

ADVENT CELEBRATION

On 29th November in Pilton Church.
We will be holding a United Benefice Advent Celebration Service in Pilton Church on 29th November starting at 4pm.
Come and join us and bring the family as we journey around the church and visit the characters from the Advent story. We are hoping to have choirs from our local schools joining us and the service will end with light refreshments being served in the Village Hall.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY – 8th November

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY – 8th November
Services in the four parishes
In Pilton starting at 10.55am there will be a formal Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial; at the same time there will be a similar act in the Parish Church to enable those who would find the hill difficult; these will be followed immediately by a Remembrance Service

in the Parish Church.
In Croscombe there will be an Act of Remembrance in the Parish Church, starting at 10.55am, and followed by a Remembrance Service and re-dedication of the refurbished bells by the Bishop of Taunton.
At North Wootton there will be a Family Service appropriate for Remembrance Sunday but prepared and led with the thought that there may well be people of all ages at the service. This will begin with a short Act of Remembrance.
At Dinder there will be a service of Holy Communion for Remembrance Sunday at 6.30pm.
Everyone is welcome at any of these services in the parish churches.

ST MARY’S CHURCH,CROSCOMBE
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 8th NOVEMBER

This year the Remembrance Service will be extra special as Bishop Ruth Worsley, the newly installed Bishop of Taunton is coming to St Mary’s, not only to lead the Remembrance Service but also to re- dedicate our refurbished bells. The service begins at 10.55am and will be followed by a Bring and Share lunch in the Village Hall. Contributions towards a ‘finger food’ light buffet can be left at the Village Hall (where you can park) before the service if that is more convenient. It will be a good opportunity to meet our new Bishop (and, of course, for her to meet us!). The magnificent response to our bells appeal has been so very heartening: it will be fitting to mark it in this special way. Let’s make it a memorable occasion when we can remember and thank both those who have gone before and those who continue to value their community and their Parish Church.

The Churchwardens

ALL SOULS SERVICE

1st November in Croscombe Church at 4.00pm.
This service gives space to remember someone you know who has died. There is an opportunity to light a candle and to be thankful to God for their memory. Everyone is welcome to attend, whether your bereavement is recent or longer ago. If you know someone else who might find this service helpful, please let them know; they will be most welcome.

WHO ARE WE?

So the clocks have changed and summer is now well behind us, the shops are encouraging us to look forward to December (which I am resisting although some of the baubles in the garden centre do look rather lovely….). Before we turn our thoughts in that direction we have November, a month to look back and to remember our past. We have a chance to remember people we have loved who have died, by lighting a candle at the All Souls Service on 1st November in Croscombe. The following week we remember those who served and died in wars, as we mark Remembrance Day. Both are occasions when the Church can provide the time and space to remember those close to us and those who have sacrificed their lives for freedom. Further details of these services are in this magazine.

We have a certain fascination with our past. One of the popular shows on television is ‘Who do you think you are?’ when well-known personalities research their family trees to find out where they have come from. Many of them find they are products of their past as well as their present, but I was wondering – do we actually ever ask the question ‘who are we’? Maybe occasionally it is good for us to remember who we are, not just where we come from, not just what roles we fulfil, but who we actually are.

It is so easy going through life meeting other people’s expectations and fulfilling the roles they need us to, but God wants us to have ‘life in all its fullness’, and that means allowing ourselves to be the person he has created us to be. Sometimes we also have to lay down some of our roles as children go off to university or ill health prevents us from doing what we used to do. But God wants us to know it is us he loves, not our roles – remember the words of Psalm 139 ‘For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.’ God made us and he loves us; we were not just made to do but we were made to be. So this November why not spend some time ‘being’, getting back into contact with yourself and seeing yourself through God’s eyes.

Rev Chris

Bishop Ruth Worsley to lead Croscome St Mary’s Service

CROSCOMBE ST MARY’S – advance notice for 8th November We are delighted that Bishop Ruth Worsley, who is to be installed as Bishop of Taunton on 3rd October, has agreed to come to Croscombe on Sunday 8th November to lead the Remembrance Service and re-dedicate our refurbished bells. The service begins at 10.55am and will be followed by a Bring and Share lunch in the Village Hall. Do put the date in your diary. It promises to be a very special occasion when we can remember and thank those who have gone before as well as those who continue to value their community and their Parish Church.

The Churchwardens