A Celebration of Learning

The Exploring Christianity group at Wells Cathedral after the Celebration of Learning.

A number of us went to Wells Cathedral on 17th September and we were treated to a beautiful choral Evensong, with music from Byrd and Tallis. Congratulations to all who have completed study:

Exploring Christianity:

Donna Nicholls (Certificate) and Michelle Froom and Jane Hempson-Borwn (Commendation)

Lay Pastoral Assistants:

Maggie Savage, Margaret Gibbins, Sonia Tucker, Gill Underhay and Michelle Froom.

Revd Dr Tim Gibson preached insightfully - describing the study of theology not as finding out all the answers but in the words of Rowan Williams as a 'gradual enlarging of the heart'. 

Julia Curtis

The BBC turns its attention to rural vicars

In a new six-part religion series, BBC Two is following the lives of country vicars at the heart of their rural communities in Herefordshire.

‘A Vicar’s Life’ will show how, from opening fêtes to marrying local couples, vicars are knitted into the fabric of country life.  They act as a pillar of support in times of crisis and personal sorrow.

The series will span a six-month period, from Whitsun to Christmas, and explore how the vicar’s message of Christianity fits into an ever-changing 21st century.  The series will also give a closer perspective on rural life, as seen through the eyes of the church. Village fetes, shooting drives, and local issues - all served up with a heavy dose of humour, charity, and inspiring local leadership.

‘A Vicar’s Life’ was made by BBC Studios’ Pacific Quay Productions for BBC Two. The Executive Producer is Jo Roe.

Cream teas in The Old Vicarage Gardens August 13th

We were very honoured to have the Queen at the cream tea on Sunday 13th August, she selected a remote corner of the top lawn and even provided her own tea, she had sandwiches and cakes and very tempting they looked, her corgis came too and were very well behaved! The ‘In Stitches’ team should be very proud of their work on this tableau I thought that the figure had a look of the real Queen about her. Congratulations to all who worked on her and we look forward to their next project.

An excellent assortment of cakes were provided by parishioners from both Creech St Michael and Ruishton churches and the scones were provided by Kelvin Froom. We were fortunate with the weather as the rain went away for the day so we could safely sit outside and enjoy our teas.

A big thank you to the Lukes for provided us with the venue and to all those for getting and putting up and taking down  the tents and to those who helped serve teas and clear up afterwards, and of course to all of you who came. We didn’t do an exact count but it was about 70 people.

£60 was made on the raffle which will go to Christian Aid.

Liz Harper

This year at the Glastonbury Festival

Every year, local churches put together a team of 70 people to staff the Sanctuary Marquee at Glastonbury Festival, which provides a welcome and support for anyone who needs it - providing a safe place for people to sleep, a listening ear round the fire at night, giving out free water, afternoons of karaoke, crafts, hand massages, and providing a daily time of worship. This year the marquee was decorated around the theme of "love".  It was fantastic to be part of such a fun and inclusive team, to meet festival goers and be able to provide practical support, and to enjoy the diversity of this wonderful festival.

The major highlight for me was to be able to give out loads and loads of water to people who had become extremely dehydrated queuing for hours in the hot sun to get into the festival. We decided to open the marquee early, to give people a place to rest in the shade and rehydrate. People were so grateful and it was amazing to be able to give something as simple as water to people who were desperate for it. Throughout the weekend people came back to tell us what a lifesaver it had been and it was great for people to have a positive impression of the Church.  Another special moment for me was during the Sunday morning communion service, which took place around people still sleeping off the effects of the night before, and being able to offer the peace to those who were awake!

Next year is a fallow year, but I would encourage anyone interested in forming part of the team in 2019 to get involved. It's a fantastic thing to be part of!

Shaula Reilly