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Please think carefully about standing for the PCC this year. We will be using the PCC Away Day at the Mill House to consider forming a five year plan. This is an important step forward for God’s work in this parish and we would love to have your input. Nomination forms will be at the back of the Church soon and there are still places to fill.

APCM

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Our APCM is 4.00pm on May 3rd. With the Bishop’s permission, it has been moved so it does not clash with the Hustings. We will be electing 6 PCC members and three Church Wardens. If you feel you would like to stand, may I encourage you to do so. The PCC has a vital role ensuring good governance in our church. The Church wardens are formally commissioned on 15th May when the Bishop’s Visitation will happen at St Mary Magdalene. This will be a large event as it encompasses Church Wardens from all over the Archdeaconry of Taunton.

Photos for Calendar

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The ringers are still looking for a few more photos for their 2016 calendar,if you have a special photo that you would like to see in print, please send to Jean Hall at maghomefield@btinternet.com, thank you.

Licensing of Sheila

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Revd Sheila Murray, Associate Priest

This Sunday, the 12th April is very special.  We lost a Curate and gained an Associate Priest.

Yes, Sheila Murray has more than completed her training here at St Mary’s as a curate and now deserves the respect and dignity that comes with the added status of being an Associate Priest.

We were glad to welcome our Archdeacon, John Reed, who did the honours by licensing her into her new post.

Sheila will continue to minister on a part-time basis and will be non-stipendiary.

Ascension – Leaving Earth

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 The Reading:  John 17:11-13 

“I am no more in the world” (v. 11) RSV

There comes a time when the battle of life comes to an end; we are not condemned to be forever in this fallen world.  Of course there are many good times, but as followers of Jesus we have many a fight against the world, the flesh and the devil.  We will never come back in any sense re-incarnated.  We will, for better or for worse, leave this world.

Jesus said that that was exactly what he was going to do: “I am no more in the world” (v.11).  He had worked hard and made the ultimate sacrifice.  On the Cross he had cried, “It is finished” (John 19:30).  He had completed the work he had been given to do.  He was free at last to enter his rest!

As it says, “He sat down at the right hand of the Father” (Hebrews 10:12).  As we shall see, as these weeks roll by, he would thereafter often ‘stand’ in heaven to continue his work, but the first picture is of him seated – a work well done.  He had accomplished all he came to do on earth.

One day we too will complete the race of life and enter our rest.  Meantime we continue to work with all the strength God gives us.  We battle against evil and we seek to be worthy witnesses of God’s saving love within us.  There is much work to be done.  “The days are evil, let us redeem the time” (Ephesians 5:16).

As Jesus said, “It is he who continues to the end who will be saved” (Matthew 10:22).

Help me, O Lord, to keep going to the end.  For the joy set before me may I be strengthened today.  Amen. 

Explore More

1  What was Paul’s attitude to life and death?

    2 Timothy 4:6-8

2   What helped Jesus keep going to the end?

    Hebrews 12:2

Wishing you a Healthy, Happy and Wholesome Week

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“We hope you have been enjoying the warmth and uplift of the sunshine over the last week.  This fine weather should encourage us to get out and exercise our limbs and soak up the vitamin D.  But whether it rains or shines we should always be exercising our spiritual selves and feeding ourselves with the healthful Word of God and his Spirit.  Prayer, Bible study and Worship are the essentials of a healthy spiritual life.

May I now, on behalf of St Mary’s, wish you a healthy, happy and wholesome week.”

Revd Dennis Cavaghan, Associate Priest

Awesome!

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Last weekend proved to be totally inspiring.  The constraints of Holy Week and Good Friday gave way like prison doors bursting open.  Easter Day was a great blessing.  We are so grateful to all who contributed to its impact.  Thanks you to flower arrangers, choir/choristers and musicians, preachers and celebrants, servers and welcomers.  Everything and everyone colluded together under the guidance of the Holy Spirit to bring us to the very portals of heaven.  Thank you.

Parish Weekend Away

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‘SUSTAINED BY JOY’ is the theme for the Parish Weekend Away on 19th -21st June at Ammerdown Centre. The Archdeacon of Wells, the Venerable Nicola Sullivan will be basing her talks on St Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Many members of St Mary’s will be participating in a weekend together at the Ammerdown Centre, near Radstock, ten weeks today!  It’s a place of tranquillity and a chance to get away from busy lives, whilst enjoying time with those we know well and to make new friends.  Don’t leave it too late to sign up – forms are at the back of the church!

If you’ve any queries, have a word with Revd. Sheila Murray, Jean Lee or Diana Fletcher. There are places left and we would love you to come – it will be a time to relax and have fellowship together, so do please pick up a leaflet from the back of church.

Ammerdown Centre

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‘Christian Aid’ Week

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‘Christian Aid’ Week FIGHTS DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN

This year’s Christian Aid Week (10-16 May 2015 www.caweek.org), Britain’s longest running door-to-door fundraising week, is asking the British public to support women living in poverty around the world who are discriminated against from birth.

Discrimination against women is one of the greatest injustices of our time and the statistics speak for themselves.  Globally, less than 20 per cent of landholders are women[i] and women do twice as much unpaid work as men[ii]. In many countries girls are treated like second-class citizens while boys are provided with opportunities for an education, work, food and even decision making at the expense of their sisters.

Almost as soon as girls are strong enough to walk many can spend hours fetching water and doing household chores.  Often forced into early marriages, they can also face the dangers of giving birth before their young bodies are ready.  Deprived of an education, later in life women have to rely on men for their financial security, with any hope of following their own dreams dashed, leaving them vulnerable to deprivation and violence.

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Upcoming ‘Signature Events’

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This week some new Signature events have been released by the organising team.

These include:

¨ Oakham Treasures (Weds15th April)

¨ Boat trip to Torquay/Brixham  (Thursday 25th June)

¨ Picnic at Kilve with cream tea and evensong  (Sunday 26th July)

¨ Willows and Wetlands Tour and Cream Tea  (Weds 9th September)

There is also a provisional date booked for a meal at the Quantock Restaurant in October.