Tomorrow at 10.00am we will enjoy Church Family Service and our theme will be “journeys”. We will be looking particularly at Abraham’s wanderings and the way God guided him.
The theme of “journeys” will lead us to welcoming Gypsy and her rider Annie. Gypsy and Annie will arrive outside at the end of the service to be blessed. So what is this all about? In order to raise money for The Bells of St. Mary’s, Annie will begin a 150 mile journey today that takes her to no less than 50 local churches over the next three and a half weeks. She will then ring the bells at each of the towers. Today she will travel to Holy Trinity, then on to Orchard Portman followed by Stoke St Mary. Sadly, Annie’s own horse, 25 year old Mieke, was recently injured and cannot now be ridden. Her prayers were answered when, believe it or not, through Facebook, a truly kind and generous lady who lives in Cornwall, read of her plight, and, before she knew it, Gypsy, a 14 year old skewbald mare, was thundering to her rescue to save the Ride for the Bells of St Mary’s! Such generosity from a complete stranger, someone who knows nothing of bells, let alone ringing them, but is prepared to lend Gypsy to take the place of Mieke. Annie hopes to raise enough money for the Taunton Branch of the Bath and Wells Association of Change Ringers to donate a very large bell to The Bells of St. Mary’s.
For further details visit www.appealforabell.com which has the route and will run an interactive map during the Ride and a Blog to record progress.