YOS

Fourteen of us had a super evening at ‘The Subhouse’ in Wells. Many thanks to the staff for making us so welcome and for YOS for being stars! We do not meet in August so we look forward to seeing you on Sunday 11th September (2nd Sunday). We will send details of where we will be meeting nearer the time. Have a super summer holiday.

YOS is open to children of all parishes in year 6 upwards. We meet in Dinder Village Hall, usually on the 1st Sunday of each month 6.00pm- 7.30pm. For further information please contact Sandra Kirkham 342221 or Becky Gilbert 676739.

Meetings to think about the Future in our Parishes.

Over the next few months we are continuing our half-day when we get together to look at the future direction for our Churches. All Church members are invited to join us for these days. They will be facilitated by Caroline Bruce who is a Parish Consultancy Officer. The days will give us time to consider where we come from and where God might be leading us. Please do pray for each Parish as we undertake this activity together.
Croscombe will be meeting on the morning of Saturday 27th August and Dinder on that afternoon. Exact times and location will be provided to those churches shortly.

Rev. Chris

Open Afternoon at St Mary’s Church, Croscombe

Come along to St Mary’s on Sunday 21st August from 2.30 pm and enjoy:

  •   A delicious tea with home-made cakes
  •   Mini-lectures on fascinating aspects of the Church’s interior
  •   A chance to see the old Registers (are you in there?) and the Churchyard Plan
  •   A Church Trail for the children
  •   A go on the hand-bells
  •   And lots more!

    We will finish with a short and lively ‘Songs of Praise’ (plus a glass of Pimms) at 6.30pm.

    Donations towards the running costs of St Mary’s will be most gratefully received. Do come and support your Parish Church.

THE GLOBAL VILLAGE

Many of you will know I love watching sport and so the forthcoming Olympic Games are a real treat for me. I find myself getting involved in watching sports I hadn’t even heard of a few years ago.

Whether you are a lover of the Olympics, or not, there is something about such events that can bring communities and countries together. The Olympic symbol is 5 coloured joined rings representing the union of the five inhabited continents Africa, America, Asia, Oceania, Europe). In case you are interested the colours blue, yellow, black, green and red were chosen because every nation had at least one of them on its national flag.

The Olympics are a reminder that there are certain times when the majority of the world can try to put politics aside and come together in a positive way.

As we face a world where acts of terrorism and violence are all too frequently seen on our television screens, positive events that bring different countries, and communities, together are maybe even more important.

They are also a reminder that the world is a small place and we are all interlinked in some ways. There is a well-known theory that we are all linked by six degrees of separation i.e. everyone is on average approximately six steps away from any other person on Earth. I don’t know whether this is true or not, but it is a reminder that we are part of a global village and that no one can, or should, work in isolation any more.

So as we watch the Olympics this year let’s celebrate all the times we can come together both as part of the giant Olympic movement and more locally in our own churches and communities. Rev. Chris

Christian Aid Collection

The total raised from the events held and envelopes collected from Pilton, Croscombe, North Wootton and Dinder during this year’s Christian Aid Week amounted to £3616.90.

An amazing total! This also included £385.35 from plant sales. Thank you, Tim and Gwen. Thank you again to everyone who organised events and those who supported them.
This will help to provide some of the poorest people in the world with opportunities to improve their lives. Hilary Austin

Church Community

Reader Ministry in the Church of England

Continuing our look at some of the main groups of people in the Church, this month we are looking at Reader Ministry.
This year we celebrate 150 years of this voluntary ministry, but what is a Reader/Licensed Lay Minister? They have been described as ‘the Bridge between the Church and the World’. There are now over 10,000 Readers nationally.
Readers are defined as men and women, from a wide diversity of backgrounds and occupations, who recognise a call to serve God and his people through the Church of England. They are theologically trained and work in a variety of roles and situations across the Church, being authorised by the Bishop to lead worship, preach and teach. To this they bring their own unique and invaluable experiences, drawing on them in the light of biblical understanding to enrich their ministry. Some may lead Morning and Evening services and Funerals and assist at other services.
Their presence, witness and listening in their places of work, at home, among their neighbours and in their local communities all provide vital links between the Church and the world. As a result Readers exercise a crucial ministry in witnessing to the unchanging love of God in a changing world. In this Diocese we sum it up by stating that a Reader is: ‘A trained lay theologian who holds a Bishop’s licence to lead worship and preach in the pastoral context of the Church and who is a messenger of the Word of God to the world.’
In our Benefice we are very fortunate to have Susan Green as a Lay Reader, and many of you will know just how much she does within the Benefice.
If you read this and think you might be interested in exploring this ministry yourself, please do contact myself or Susan Green to find out more.

YOS

Thank you so much to Diana Greenfield (Chris’s friend) who came to teach us circus skills. She also brought her balloons and so we had great fun balloon modelling!
July will be our end of year meal at the Subhouse in Wells. Becky will email details nearer the time.

YOS is open to children of all parishes in year 6 upwards. For further information please contact Sandra Kirkham 342221 or Becky Gilbert 676739.

Thinking about the Future in our Parishes.

Over the next few months each Parish Church in our Benefice will be putting half a day aside to spend time together looking at the future direction for our Churches. All Church members will be encouraged to join us for these days. They will be facilitated by Caroline Bruce who is a Parish Consultancy Officer and the days will give us time to consider where we come from and where God might be leading us. Please do pray for each Parish as we undertake this activity together.
Pilton will be meeting on Saturday 16th July, exact times and location will be provided shortly, the other Parishes will be meeting in August and September and further details will be in next month’s magazine and in the Churches.

Administrative Support Required

The Benefice is looking for a Church Administrator to support the Benefice providing an average of 4 hours support per week at £10 per hour. If you would be interested in applying for such a post please register your interest by e-mailing Revd Chris Butler butlerchristine19@gmail.com Further details will be available from mid July subject to PCC approval.

Congratulations to Lysbeth Ballantine

Congratulations to Lysbeth Ballantine who was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Lysbeth, who lived in West Compton until recently, has been a volunteer for Save the Children for over 35 years. She continues to be the chairman of the Pilton and District Branch and over the years has also been a speaker, campaigner, area representative and trading co-ordinator.