YOS

A huge thank you to Mary and Duncan Forester from Greenacres camping site, for making us all so welcome. We had a super evening with games and a camp fire!
On October 2nd, we will be having a Forest School session in Croscombe. Another camp fire with the addition of darkness!

YOS is open to children of all parishes in year 6 upwards. We 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.

NEW DISCUSSION GROUP IN THE PARISHES FOR THE AUTUMN

Would you like to take some time to meet with like-minded people to deepen your understanding of Jesus and his teaching? – and how it relates to us here today?Following on from last year’s well-supported Lent groups we have decided to start a new group meeting more regularly and serving the whole benefice. This group will meet on a fortnightly basis and will be led by Andrew Pugh. The first meeting will be at the Rectory, Pilton on Monday 10th October at 10.30 a.m. This is for starters – we may move to another venue or change the timing as it suits the group.

Our first series of meetings will study ‘The Beatitudes’ using material from the Pilgrim Series – the same series as we used during Lent. As before, the material will be used flexibly and digressions for discussion will be welcomed!

All are welcome: however, if you intend to come it would help to have an idea of numbers – ring Andrew on 01749 890535. Also please call if you cannot come this time but would be interested if the time/dates changed.

ALL SOULS SERVICE

30th October, at 4.00pm in Croscombe Church.

All Souls is a time to remember those who have died and this service is designed for anyone who would like time and space to come and do just that.
Everyone is welcome to attend whether your bereavement is recent or longer ago. There will be an opportunity to light a candle in memory of those who have died.

If you know anyone else who might find this service helpful, please let them know; they and you will be most welcome.

New Weekday Communion Service in North Wootton Church.
For the next 6 months we will be trialling a new weekday communion service in North Wootton for anyone from the Benefice or beyond who might like to attend. It will be a said service (i.e. without any music) and will take place on Tuesday mornings at 11.00am beginning on October 11th. All welcome.

AUTUMN

The days are getting shorter, the nights longer and cooler, and the trees are displaying browns and golds as the leaves slowly wither and fall. We are now into the season of ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’ and, if this year is like most years, wind and rain as well!

At this time of year we give thanks for the harvest. We remember the importance of working in harmony with each other and with the natural pattern of the seasons. The world has been created in such a way that some tending and care by human hands is called for if the harvest is to be successful. The earth will not yield food for everyone without some human effort. So we endeavour to be good stewards of the world’s resources.

Let us enjoy the autumn, especially the beautiful sights and colours this season brings. And let the ongoing march of the seasons remind us of God’s unfailing love and faithfulness for the creation around us. In the book of Genesis, after the flood had abated, Noah builds an altar to God to offer his thanks and praise, and God says:

‘As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.’

[Genesis 8:22]

This is a reassuring promise that there are laws that govern the earth and its seasons which God has put in place. My prayer is that our care of the world around us will enable us to live and work for the good of the whole created order.

Rev Nick Lakin

Friends of St Mary’s, Croscombe

 ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ Friday 30th September 7.30 pm in Croscombe Church Room Come and join a small group who gather to listen to a programme of music chosen by Terry McCarthy. You really do not need to be an expert – the music varies from popular to classical – nothing too ‘heavy’. The evening is very relaxed and we always leave having learnt something new. This time Terry is offering an evening of Vivaldi. Programme notes are supplied and wine and tea/coffee and nibbles served after the music, which usually lasts about an hour.

Newcomers will be made very welcome and the evening is free to Friends, £3 to others.

Soup Lunch and Craft Fayre

Date for your diary:Saturday 26th November

Pilton Churches Working Together Soup Lunch and Craft Fayre

If you would like to book a table please phone either,
Hilary Austin on 01749 890561 e-mail: hilary.austin2@btinternet.com or Gill Eavis on 01749 890468 e-mail: philipeavis@btinternet.com All bookings should be made by the end of October 2016.
All proceeds will be shared between Pilton Parish Church and Pilton Methodist Church.

National Prayer Weekend 23rd – 25th September

A national weekend of prayer will take place on these dates. The website www.national-prayer-weekend.com. states “Central to National Prayer Weekend 2016 is the desire to see people in our local communities know and encounter God as their Father through the power of prayer”.Last year, more than 1,300 individuals, groups and churches joined in prayer to cover the nation.
We know that God can do immeasurably more than we can even imagine. So it is with great expectation that we invite you to join in during 23rd-25th September as we pray for our local churches and communities.

We will be joining in with special prayers for our communities over that weekend, so please do join us in prayer. The Parish Church Rev. Chris

Harvest Thanksgiving

HARVEST CELEBRATIONS AT PILTON
On Sunday 18th September Harvest Celebrations at the Methodist Church will begin with a Harvest Service at 11.00am. The Sale will take place at 6.30pm. Gifts of produce will be gratefully received on Saturday morning, 17th September, and during the service.

We would be very grateful to receive gifts for the Harvest Service in The Parish Church on Sunday 2nd October at 11.00am at. Gifts can be left in the church before 11.00am on Saturday 1st October or brought to the service. We would appreciate tins or packeted goods to give to the Bristol Methodist Centre and the Salvation Army. We hope that there will be lots of donations to support the valuable work of these two groups.

PILTON HARVEST LUNCH

In THE PARISH CHURCH. SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER following the Service
Adults £8, Primary-aged children £4

Tickets are available from Gill Eavis (890468), Hilary Austin (890561) and Eileen Govier (890436)
Everyone welcome

HARVEST THANKSGIVING SERVICES

We are fortunate in these parishes that we have the basics of life . . . . access to clean water and sufficient food . . . so we tend to think of this as “the norm”. However, many people live under very different circumstances. Harvest Services give us the opportunity to offer our thanks to God for our blessings, to remember all those involved in food production and the supply of drinking water and to reflect on the world situation.

Besides giving thanks for ‘all good gifts around us’, this year we will also celebrate all those gifts and talents present in individuals in our community, many of which are used for the good of the community and the church.

Each church has a Harvest Thanksgiving Service, when the churches will be beautifully decorated. Whether you come to church often or not, you are most welcome to come to one of our services.

Harvest Serv16

GUILTY PLEASURE and PERSEVERANCE

Unlike Rev. Chris who wrote last month, I don’t usually watch much sport live or on TV, but the Olympics is my guilty pleasure. They may be over for most of us for another four years but many of us will have our own memories of Rio 2016.

I have many, but there are two things that stand out for me and will do for months to come.

First of all, watching all the medal winners receive their prizes. The look on their faces that expressed how all those early morning starts, all those long days, all the pushing their bodies to go on when all they wanted to do was stop and sleep was rewarded. Their single minded focus and hard training had all been worth it. The tears and the smiles expressed it all.

The second image is of Mo Farah falling during his 10,000 metre race. He could have given up, but he got up with even greater determination and won the Gold. His focus was on the finish line not on what had just happened.

In a world of instant celebrity and instant gratification it can be easy to forget all the hours of hard training and perseverance that have gone into getting the athletes to the Games and the winning of each medal. The personal sacrifices of the athletes and their families have been rewarded.

In the New Testament the Apostle Paul often described life as being a race. I would add that it’s not the 100 metres but more like a marathon, or even a steeple-chase. There are many hurdles to get over and many potential trip hazards yet, like an athlete, we need to keep our eyes on the prize, not allowing these obstacles to defeat us.

When we fall we can all start again resisting the natural urge to give up. By pressing on, keeping our focus on what is important to us we can all be winners.

Rev. Elaine Brightwell