BRASS CLEANING

ST. MARY’S CHURCH, CROSCOMBE
BRASS CLEANING, SATURDAY,
19th MARCH AT 10.00A.M.
Please come and help. Everything provided, just bring your rubber gloves.
No Sunday Club on March 27th – Easter Egg Hunt after the service

HOLY WEEK and EASTER SERVICES

Holy Week begins on Sunday March 20th with Palm Sunday services in all the villages: 9.30am at North Wootton, 11.00am at Pilton Methodist Church, 11.00am at Croscombe and 6.30pm at Dinder.
A quiet service of Compline will take place at North Wootton Church at 7.30pm on Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd March.
On Maundy Thursday, 24th March, in a service of Holy Communion at Croscombe Church at 7.30pm, we shall follow further events of Holy Week as we mark the Last Supper that Christ shared with his disciples. Good Friday services will be held at Dinder at 12noon, North Wootton at 2.00pm and Pilton Parish Church at 7.30pm.
On Easter Sunday we will celebrate the Resurrection with services of Holy Communion in all our churches: Pilton at 8.00am, Dinder at 9.30am, and Croscombe and North Wootton both at 11.00am, and at Pilton Methodist Church at 11.00am. There will also be a service of Easter Praise at Pilton Parish Church at 11.00am.
Everyone is very welcome at any of the services to celebrate this special season.

YOS

Following our pantomime visit in February (well done everyone who took part!) we will be making preparations thinking of Lent and Easter when we meet on 13th March.
YOS is open to children in all parishes in Year 6 and upwards. We usually meet in Dinder Village Hall 6.00pm – 7.30pm (usually on the first Sunday of the month). For further information please contact Sandra Kirkham 342221 or Becky Gilbert 676739.

LENT GROUPS

Monday evenings Pilton 7.30pm at Benleigh House, the home of Philip and Gill Eavis.Tuesday mornings Dinder 11.00am at The Old Rectory, the home of Elizabeth Somerville.

Wednesday afternoons 2.30pm North Wootton March 2nd, 9th, 16th at Higher Farm, North Wootton, the home of Tim and Felicity Wotton.

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

“If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb”

Weather sayings are as varied and colourful as our imagination. While many are based on careful observations and turn out to be true, others are merely rhymes or based on the beliefs of our ancestors.

March is one of my favourite months. It speaks of hope as we look forward to the days getting longer and we are looking forward to warmer weather. Our gardens and the hedgerows are looking more colourful and there are signs of new life everywhere.

March is also a changeable month, in which we can have warm spring-like temperatures or late-season snow. We can only hope that if March starts off cold and stormy it will end warm and sunny, but the key word is hope.

What are your hopes? We all have and need hopes for our lives, families and situations, and without hope life can be hard. Hope enables us to look forward, to plan and work towards something positive. Hope calls to mind words like rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and re-growth. This is so evident as we daily see the changes in the beauty around us.

In the church we are currently in the season of Lent, a time of reflection and abstinence for many, we hope that we will be able to keep our individual fast, and if we fail we can start again. Hope always offers a fresh start. And that’s the message of Easter, a new beginning which brings with it fresh hope.

Elaine Brightwell