Sunday evening we have a special celebration. The Bishop of Taunton, The Rt. Revd Peter Morris is coming to help us inaugurate the new benefice of St Mary Magdalene and St John the Evangelist. We are looking forward to working with our neighbouring church and supporting each other in our mission to Taunton.
At the service, Rod will be inducted as the first incumbent of the new benefice. Jane Eastell will be Associate Vicar (with responsibility for the St. John’s parish). Dennis will be Associate Priest and Sheila will become Benefice Curate. The PCC’s and the parishes remain separate legal identities contained within the legal “wrapper” of a benefice. During the service each church will present to the other a copy of the Common Worship Prayer Book inscribed with the date of inception.
Please come to the service and pray for this new venture. There will be a light buffet afterwards and we give thanks to the catering teams from both churches for providing refreshments.
LENT TALKS 2014 – “The Cross” given by Revd Dennis Cavaghan
C = Crucifixion
R = Rest
O = Obedience
S = Service
S = Salvation
READING: Philippians 2:5-8
“Have this mind among yourselves, which you have in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.”
“On the 18th February we became a legal benefice with St. John the Evangelist and this means we have a new ministry team. I am Incumbent of the new Benefice, Jane Eastell is Associate Vicar (with responsibility for St John’s parish), Dennis is Associate Priest and Sheila is Benefice Curate. Our three Readers, Daphne, Peter and Ronnie’s POT licences remain unchanged. The associate clergy – Dennis, Jane and Sheila – have received their new licences from the Archdeacon. I will be licensed as Vicar on 6th April at 6.30pm in a Eucharist presided by the Bishop of Taunton.
We hope this service will be a celebration of what God is doing here – building unity and oneness as it says in Ephesians 4.3-6:
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”