Forthcoming events

ECO CHURCH DAY CONFERENCE SATURDAY 9 Nov 9.30 am – 3.30pm

At our Harvest Thanksgiving service at Thornfalcon in September, we were encouraged by our speaker, Julian Brooks, to consider becoming an Eco Church. This day conference will tell us all we need to know about Eco church, what it means, and what we can do about it.

The conference will take place at Christ Church, Weston-super-Mare and aims to inspire, encourage and equip Christians to include ‘creation care’ in the life of their church and community.

The Bible tells us that ‘The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it’ and that we are called to be good stewards of the earth. Many local churches of all denominations are getting involved in making that a reality. With speakers on theology and science, and contributions from people who’ve been working on all aspects of ‘greening’ the life of their church, why not join us and find out more?

Our morning speakers are:

Revd Kevin Durrant, Pastor Keynsham Baptist Church and author of ‘The Earth Will Teach You’ on the theology of caring for creation; and

Rob Varley, Senior Consultant at the World Meteorological Organisation on climate change and the environmental challenges we face.

We’ll also be hearing from Andy Watts of Locking Castle Church about how they gained their ‘Silver’ Eco Church award, members of Chewton Keynsham’s Eco Church and Plastic Reaction group, Caroline Pomeroy (EcoChurch and Climate Stewards) and others.

Workshops will be led by local Christians of all denominations, covering topics including a simplifying your lifestyle, engaging with your community and the wider world, greening your church land, sustainable buildings and teaching and worship. In addition we’ll have stands displaying the work of local environmental organisations.

Bring your own (single-use plastic free!) packed lunch – we’ll provide coffee/tea and biscuits.

If anyone would like to go to this conference, please let me know (for contact details click here).

Rebecca Harris

 

FAIRTRADE ADVENT CALENDARS 2019

I will be placing an order for the Real Advent Calendar again this year from the Meaningful Chocolate Company, in early November. It includes a fair-trade chocolate behind each window and a colourful booklet telling the Christmas story. It costs £3.99 which includes a charitable gift to the Funzi and Bodo Trust which proves mums and babies from poor African villages with care: clinics for pregnant mums, birthing rooms, baby growth and malnutrition clinics.

This is a lovely gift for any of the children in your family, godchildren, grand-children etc. You don’t have to let me know. I shall be selling them in church during November, or you can contact me directly and pick them up from the Rectory or church office during the week.  I will order the usual number plus a few extra for any who would like to donate one to the Food Bank, which is always a brilliant thing to do. We don’t know who may receive this lovely gift which shares the story of Christmas with children we don’t know.

Rebecca

RUISHTON CHURCHYARD AND CEMETERY PLAN

We have now received the final version of the Ruishton Churchyard and Cemetery plan. Mr Eric Chown presented it to me at the end of May and a copy is now in our church for anyone to view when the church is open. To view the plan online please click here.  We are very grateful to Eric for producing this for us. It will be a great help to anyone wanting to research their family history, or find a relative’s grave. In case anyone is not aware, the cemetery is found through the gates of the Old Vicarage and behind the church meeting room. This is now in the hands of Taunton Deane Borough Council as it is now closed to new burials.

Eric has made a meticulous and detailed plan for us which will make it much easier for us to maintain and for future generations to research their family history. We have given a small gift to Eric to thank him for all his hard work.

Rebecca Harris

Bible Recycling

A homelbibleess person recently asked me whether I could give him copy of the Bible. He had lost his copy and wanted to read more. I was not sure where to find one in the church to give him at that moment and was frustrated at not being able to help

This led me to think about people coming off the street into our churches. People who might feel prompted to read more and don’t have God’s Word to take with them. They may not have enough money to buy their own Bible or they might just be desperate at that moment. It seems to me a bit bizarre that as an open church we might not be able to spread God’s word.

If our local churches were to offer free Bibles I think this might meet people’s need and so I feel nudged to collect and distribute them. Now I always carry a spare one, but would love to be able to offer more.

So I wonder whether you have an unmarked spare copy of the Bible you could donate to give away.  If so, please bring the Bible to one of our services or leave in one of the churches with a note indicating that it is a donation.

Creech St Michael in two World Wars

It has recently been announced that the War Memorial in Creech St Michael has been granted a Grade II listing by Historic England so perhaps it is fitting to ask about all the names of the men of the parish who lost their lives during the two major conflicts of the last century.

I am doing research into all the names on the memorial in the churchyard. Sadly so little detail has survived about them, who they were and their family lives before the war.

Do you have any of these local names in your family?

ADAMS    ALLEN    BURT    DART    DAY    DUKE

DUNNING    FOXWELL    HARVEY    HILL    HOOPER    HOPKINS

HURFORD    LEDDINGTON    MITCHELL    POOLE    THATCHER    VERRIER

VILE    WALSH    WEST

I am trying to trace all the family connections in the parish and to compile a commemorative book to be available in the church. I already have some details for all of the named men from the parish.

My aim is to give a very short biography of each serviceman, family connections to the parish and add details of their military service including the circumstances of their death. To include the military unit, rank, medals and any honours etc.

Most of the service records for the men of the Great War (1914 – 1918) were lost, being burnt during the Blitz on London during the 1939 – 1945 war, so military details are very sparse. But by using local sources, census information, newspapers and other lists available from the Somerset Heritage Centre, a picture of these men’s lives has emerged.

Anything that those with family connections can add either as a direct descendant, relative, friends or marriage lines will help to bring the memories back to the parish for us all to share.

Some of the families may have lost their ties to the village so if anyone reading this can add or give details of known family members who served and lost their life in the two world wars it would help to complete our knowledge of these brave men.

My list includes limited stories about the six men from the parish who are named during the Second World War (1939 – 1945). These men’s military details are closed* for 100 years so less personal information is known. *Families can apply for early release of sealed information from the National Archives, the current cost is about £30.

The on-going research is continuous, seeking details that will add to our understanding of the lives the men and families. Every endeavour will be made to ensure that the individual histories are correct. This is the reason for this appeal in the Church magazine.

If you have any details you wish to share please contact Eric via the Benefice office

BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE

St  Michaels Church now has a book of remembrance. If anyone would like a loved one’s name added please fill in a form available in Church or contact Liz via the Benefice office.

Bell-ringing at Ruishton

If anyone is interested in bell-ringing, the new bell tower captain at Ruishton would be pleased to hear from you! Please contact Mervyn via the Benefice office.