Notices

Creech Parish Church

We will be holding our annual

Gift Day

on Saturday 30th September

when you will find a warm welcome

(and a cup of tea or coffee) in the church from

wheat10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

and

please join us for our

Harvest Thanksgiving Service

Sunday 1st October @ 11 a.m.

followed by

A ‘Bring and Share’ Lunch

in the church

 

NEW LAY WORSHIP LEADERS' COURSE

It was wonderful to commission five new people to lay pastoral ministry in our Benefice in June. We would like to continue to develop lay ministry in our Benefice, and we now have the opportunity to enable and encourage some lay people to lead non-Eucharistic worship in our Benefice. We already have a couple of people whom we believe are called to lead worship in this way, and in discussion with our neighbours at West Monkton Benefice and possibly our Deanery, we have the opportunity to share in putting on a course to train people to do this.

As we did before, we shall share the leadership, join in with a larger group, and get to know each other better as we do so. The course is nine units, looking at: What is good worship? Components of worship; preparing to lead; times and seasons of the church’s year; hymns and music; use of space and movement etc. The course will start on 3rd October at 7.30pm at the Creech Meeting Room, running approximately fortnightly.

Those who complete the course will then be commissioned in the same way as we did with the lay pastoral assistants, with a special service at a local church. They will then be able to lead services such as All Age Worship, Family Services (at Ruishton), Services of the Word and a new contemporary style service which we would like to start in due course. The course will not equip people to preach, however. If anyone would like to include preaching in their ministry, they are encouraged to do the Exploring Christianity course and train to be a Reader.  If you would like to know any more, please have a word with either Julia Curtis (in my absence) or myself, when I return later this month.

Please think and pray about whether this is something you could do. We look forward to hearing from you.

Rebecca Harris and Julia Curtis.

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 me to give away? If so contact Shelly by email at mfroom31@gmail.com or bring the Bible to a service at Ruishton Church and give it to me personally.

Shelly Froom

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 me via the Church magazine, phone or email me direct.

Thank you in advance

Eric R J Chown Bsc (Hons)

01823 442770; eric.chown@btopenworld.com

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 Maggie Savage 442523 or Liz Evans 442595.

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 Mr Mervyn Arscott at mervynarscott@btinternet.com  He would be happy to teach you. We would love to get a band of local ringers together to ring as soon as the bells are able to be rung again.

Rebecca Harris