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.

YOS

This month we are going to the Pantomime! Some of our group are in the Croscombe Pantomime during half term. We will not meet on the first Sunday but meet in half term at the Panto!
YOS is open to children of all parishes in year 6 upwards. We usually meet in Dinder Village Hall on the 1st Sunday of each month 6.00pm- 7.30pm. For further information please contact Sandra Kirkham 342221 or Becky Gilbert 676739.

Lent Groups

This year we will be using one of the Pilgrim courses on the Lord’s Prayer. For those of you who haven’t heard of them they are a series of courses designed to help us think about our faith. The Lord’s Prayer course is designed for those with faith or none to think through some of the issues around how we know and worship God, so anyone is welcome to attend.Once more there will be four venues, one in each of our villages, so you can attend whichever one you want. It would be helpful to have numbers to ensure we have enough books so please either e-mail me or use one of the sign-up sheets in our churches. The cost of the books is just under £5 so if anyone would like to contribute by buying one of the books it would be most appreciated.

This is a six-week course so to enable us to complete all sessions before Easter we will be starting during the week of Ash Wednesday.

Monday evenings Pilton 7.30pm, beginning on Monday 8th February at Benleigh House, the home of Philip and Gill Eavis,

Tuesday mornings Dinder 11.00am beginning on 9th February at The Old Rectory, the home of Elizabeth Somerville.

Wednesday afternoons 2.00pm North Wootton;
February 10th, 17th and 24th at Swallows Roost, North Wootton, the home of Val Featherstone;
March 2nd, 9th, 16th at Higher Farm, North Wootton, the home of Tim and Felicity Wotton.

Thursday evenings 7.30pm Croscombe beginning on 11th February at Livadia, Fayreway, Croscombe, the home of David and Janet

Thank you to all hosts and leaders for being willing to help.
Chris Butler 899061 butlerchristine19@gmail.com

ASH WEDNESDAY – 10th FEBRUARY

As we did last year we will be having two services where the ‘imposition of ashes’ will be available.
The name Ash Wednesday comes from the practice of making ashes from the palm crosses blessed on Palm Sunday the previous year. The ashes are then put on the foreheads of anyone who would like to take part, by marking them with the sign of the cross and saying the words “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”. Ashes were used as a sign of grief in the Old Testament and are now used as an external sign of repentance in this service; they are a symbolic reminder of our journey through the solemnity of Lent to the joys of Easter. We shall be offering this opportunity in our churches this year as part of the Ash Wednesday Communion service. If you would rather not be marked with ash please do still come for communion.

The services will be 11.00am at Pilton and 7.30pm at North Wootton.

Chris Butler

THOUGHTS FOR FEBRUARY

Now the weather has finally turned cold one of the pleasures for me is lighting my woodburner. It is still a real treat for me to sit watching the flames and smelling the wood smoke. There is something about a fire blazing away that gives real comfort as well as warmth.

As we face what could be the coldest month, I wonder what brings you comfort? Is it sitting in front of a blazing fire, or being outside on crisp sunny mornings and taking in the fresh (very fresh) air? Maybe it’s looking forward to events planned for later in the year like weddings or a holiday. All of these are simple things but they all make a difference as to how we feel. We all need things that bring us comfort but maybe especially in the cold February days, when the days are short and the dark evenings long.

For some of us it is our faith that brings the greatest comfort. For many it is the time spent being together, sharing our experience and hopefully growing in our faith. Each year in our Benefice we run Lent groups; maybe that is something you enjoy each year and are looking forward to experiencing again, or maybe it might be something new you might fancy trying this year for the first time.

I can’t guarantee each group will be sitting together in front of an open fire but what I can guarantee is a time of fellowship and sharing, a time to get to know people on a deeper level and a time to study God’s word in depth. This year we will be studying the Lord’s Prayer – a prayer that has given comfort to so many people over the years all over the world. It is not only a chance to look at that famous prayer in more depth but also to spend time together sharing our views and strengthening our relationships. So watch out for the information and sign-up sheets which will appear over the next few weeks and why not consider giving it a go this Lent.

Rev. Chris

Pilton Church Soprano Concert

Rebekah Smith is in her final year of study as a soprano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. On Saturday the 5th of March at 7:30pm she will be hosting an evening recital at Pilton Church, during which she will perform a varied selection of classic songs, many of which you may recognise!

It promises to be a truly wonderful evening. The recital takes place the evening before Mothering Sunday, so it’s the perfect excuse to treat any Mother, Grandmother, or Daughter.

I look forward to seeing you all there!

REB