We had a super time in January thinking about the Wise Men’s journey and how the stars guided them. The children likened the stars to a Sat Nav for 2017 years ago!

Sunday Club is from 10.45am at the Village Hall on the 3rd Sunday of each month. Children under 3 years need to have an adult accompany them.  Children from any parish are most welcome. Please feel free to come even if you can’t come every month, or haven’t been for a while! For further information please contact Becky Gilbert 676739

Lent Groups

This year our Benefice, and anyone else who would like to join us, will be following a 6 week course called Faith Pictures. It will be starting in the last week of February and the beginning of March.  There will be sheets for signing up in the churches from mid-February.

‘Faith Pictures’ is a short course designed to help us talk naturally to friends, neighbours and colleagues about what we believe. The heart of the course is about helping people to identify a single picture or image that embodies something of their faith. This is because the kinds of communication which stick best in the mind are concrete and rooted in story.‘Faith Pictures’ is a course of six weeks so we will be starting during the week of Ash Wednesday:

Monday mornings, North Wootton, 10.30am beginning on

27th February at Higher Farm, BA4 4HB, the home of Tim and Felicity Wootton.

Monday evenings, Pilton, 7.30pm beginning on 27th February at The Rectory, BA4 4BX, the home of Rev’d Chris Butler.

Tuesday afternoons, Dinder, 2.30pm beginning on 28th February at Sharcombe Farm BA5 3PF, the home of Joan Chambers.

Wednesday afternoons, Croscombe 2.30pm beginning on 1st March at Livadia, Fayreway, BA5 3RQ, home of David and Janet Dowding.

Chris Butler, 899061, butlerchristine19@gmail.com


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Ash Wednesday

This year Ash Wednesday is on 1st March.  In the Benefice there will be two Communion services which will include the opportunity to receive the ‘imposition of ashes’:

11am in North Wootton Church,

7.30pm in Dinder Church



Christmas celebrations and New Year resolutions are now far behind us.  Some of us have already forgotten what the resolutions were (that is if we made any) while others are going strong with them and seeing changes in their lives little by little.

Time moves on quickly and we are now into February.  A month that marks such things as national toothache day on the 9th, thinking day on the 22nd,, Valentine’s day on the 14th and, ironically, national singles day on the 15th !

Alongside these there is also Shrove Tuesday on the 28th when many of us enjoy pancakes and at the start of the month there is Candlemas on the 2nd.

Candlemas day is the official end of the Christmas season.  It is also known as Groundhog Day.  You may have seen the film starring Bill Murray, where a TV weatherman is forced to relive the same day, February 2nd, over and over again.

Whilst this may be Hollywood’s take on Groundhog day, there are other countries and cultures who say that if the Groundhog peeps out of his winter quarters and if he sees his shadow he pops back for another six weeks’ nap, but if the day is cloudy he remains out, as the weather will  be moderate.  There are a lot of if’s in that sentence, some promising more of the same while others hope for better things to come.

Hope is important to us. We all need something to look forward to. It might be the early flowers appearing, family celebrations, holidays or new opportunities,   One of the earlysnowdrops signs of spring is the appearance of Snowdrops which are also known as Candlemas Bells.  A friend of mine always likes the first appearance of Snowdrops as they remind her that she is still alive!

The writer of proverbs in the Bible declared that ‘Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life’ (Prov. 13:12). Hope motivates and challenges us that things can change and a hope fulfilled brings fresh energy to us. So forget those broken resolutions and start again.

                                                                           Revd Elaine Brightwell