This month our churches start the annual review process and hold the Annual Parochial Church Meetings. Please come along to see what has happened over the last twelve months and what we will be thinking about over the next year. Everyone who is on the Church Electoral Roll is welcome to join in these meetings, which begin with a short public meeting for the election of Churchwardens. Nominations for Churchwardens and Parochial Church Council members are available in the churches. Pilton APCM Wednesday 13th April at 7.30pm in the church (beginning with a short evening service). Croscombe APCM Thursday 21st April at 7.30pm in the Church Room (beginning with a short evening service). Dinder APCM Monday 25th April at 7.30pm in the church (beginning with a short evening service).
Depending on when you read this article you will be just about to enter Easter or just ‘out the other side’. Easter Sunday is, of course, the time we celebrate Jesus’ triumph over death and God’s love for each one of us, it is a chance to put aside the challenge of Lent and the darkness of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday and celebrate together our hope in the risen Christ. I pray you have had a great celebration. As Easter Sunday is left behind we look at the rest of the year. One of the highlights is the marking of the Queen’s 90th birthday. Many of us have never known another monarch, and she will be the first reigning monarch to reach 90. The Queen is also, of course, the Supreme Governor of the Church of England and we will be joining many churches and villages in celebrating this landmark. Look out for the various events which will be held to honour this occasion. On Saturday 23rd April we will be holding a tea party in North Wootton and then on Sunday 24th April (just after the Queen’s actual birthday) we will be raising a glass to the Queen after our services and holding a special afternoon Service followed by a tea in Dinder (this will be outside, weather permitting). The Queen made the following declaration in 1947: “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service.” I know not everyone is a fan of the Monarchy as an institution but I hope that most people can admire her devotion to that service, and, as we know in our villages, 90 is an age worth celebrating.
Revd Chris Butler