YOS

We did not meet in April as it was in the Easter Holidays. We hope you all had a good break.
The next meeting on 8th May will be the Rogation Walk around the Parishes. This is a fantastic way to get lots of exercise and fresh air as well as having time together. The details of the walk are in the Roundabout. As a member of YOS you can come unaccompanied by an adult. Please let Becky Gilbert know if you are intending to come! Hope to see you there.

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 MAYl at The Crossways, North Wootton at 8pm. At this meeting we will be discussing the future direction of the group so please come along if you can.Prayer and a Pint is an opportunity for discussion in a relaxed atmosphere every 2nd Monday each month and anyone 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 on 899061 or butlerchristine19@gmail.com

ROGATION WALK: SUNDAY 8th MAY

Come and join us to enjoy a lovely walk in our beautiful countryside as we go on our annual walk around our Benefice. Dogs on leads welcome.
We begin with breakfast in North Wootton at 9.00am which will be followed by a short service of Morning Prayer at 9.30am in the church before we start our walk at about 10.00am.

Our next stop will be in Pilton where we will have a Holy Communion service at 11.00am.
From there we will head off to Croscombe and, weather permitting, will stop for picnic lunches on the way (please bring your own). We will say afternoon prayers in Croscombe Church at 2.30pm.

Finally we will walk to Dinder and arrive there for Evening Prayer at 4.00pm followed by tea and cake.
Please do join us for as little or as much of the walk as you would like. If you are unable to walk please do join us for the various services which will be as follows:

9.30am Morning Prayer: North Wootton 11.00am Holy Communion: Pilton

2.30pm Afternoon Prayers: Croscombe

4.00pm Evening Prayer: Dinder
If you have any queries please give me a ring on 899061. Rev.Chris

Archbishop’s Call to Prayer

Every parish in England has been contacted by our Archbishops and we have all been asked us to join in a week of prayer for ‘the evangelisation of England’ from 8th-15th May. Their hope is that all Christians in the country will be praying together in that week. Please do make this a focus for your prayers for this week.

Let’s sing!

How many times have you heard a group of people say: ‘We’re just going out to have a good sing’? Probably not often! Singing, perhaps, isn’t one of the most fashionable things to do. Yet singing is a central part of most occasions that are significant in our lives: birthdays and anniversaries have their own little ditties; Christmas isn’t Christmas without chestnuts having a roast on an open fire; ceremonial occasions often involve singing the national anthem and most church services, whenever they take place, usually involve singing at least one hymn.Singing is inclusive, everyone and anyone can be involved. If a person has a voice, then they can sing. Most people would say that they have a favourite song or hymn. Yes, some people may feel that others have a ‘better’ voice than them, but that doesn’t mean that they are not able to sing. Some people are embarrassed by the thought of singing and prefer to sing only when they are on their own, perhaps in the shower. Even if they can’t quite remember the words, they just make them up!

Singing has the capacity to create an emotional response in us and allows us to express and communicate with each other at a deeper level than mere words alone. It often has the power to remind us of occasions and people from the past; it creates atmosphere and can make us smile or cringe, sometimes even at the same time. Singing has the power to motivate people. You just have to look at the faces of rugby or football players singing their respective national anthems before a big international match to see the effect it has on the players and the crowd alike.

Singing helps us to remember. Charles Wesley knew this, which is why he wrote so many hymns for the early Methodists to sing. Methodism was birthed during the industrial revolution of the eighteenth century and many of the workers who joined those first Methodist Societies were barely literate, so for them to sing their faith was a means of them learning their faith. That’s why so many of the hymns of that era were packed full of Christian doctrine.

The Reverend Brian Hoare, a past President of the Methodist Conference, has said that Methodism was ‘Born in song.’ And it’s true in my experience that Methodists, of all people, certainly enjoy a good sing.

Rev. Nick Lakin