Bishops’ Lent Appeal 2018

The Bishops’ Lent Appeal 2018 is celebrating Lay Ministry of all shapes and sizes. In doing so, it hopes to raise money to directly support lay ministry roles in Zambia.

People in the Diocese of Bath and Wells and across our five link dioceses in Zambia, are serving God in wonderfully varied ways every day. A few feel a call to ordained ministry, but many serve God through different lay ministry roles. Whatever the shape of the ministry, all Christians are called to live the story and tell the story of Jesus in their own lives.

Bishop Ruth Worsley, Bishop of Taunton, says: “Last year the Bishops’ Lent Appeal raised nearly £20,000 pounds to support refugees in Somerset and in Greece. That money has made a huge difference. This year we are celebrating 40 years of partnership with our link dioceses in Zambia and what better way to celebrate that fact, than to raise money and awareness to support lay ministry in Zambia and in our own diocese.”

Over the course of Lent, which this year begins on 14 February, the Bishops’ Lent Appeal will showcase and celebrate the variety and diversity of lay ministry in our diocese and Zambia. This will include stories of Christians that have followed God’s call into Reader Ministry, Chaplaincy, Pioneer Ministry, Youth Work, and Lay Worship Leader roles.

Information, stories and inspiration will be shared through the diocesan website and social media channels throughout Lent. Parishes are invited to participate by setting aside one Sunday during the Lenten period to pray for, reflect on, and make a donation in support of the Bishops’ Lent Appeal.

Bishops Peter and Ruth

We have received some blue envelopes in which we may make a contribution to the Bishops’ Lent appeal this year. We shall also be giving the collection from our Taizé service for Lent to this appeal. If you would like to contribute, please return your blue envelope to church during Lent and we will send them off together soon after Easter.

Rebecca Harris


Out of the 80 million Easter eggs sold in this part of the world every year, The Real Easter Egg is the only one which has a copy of the Easter story in the box, is made of Fairtrade chocolate and which supports charitable projects.

This year the Original and Dark eggs come with an A5 Easter story activity book which has 24 pages. Illustrated by Martina Peluso, the book will delight children and adults. The Special Edition comes with an olive wood holding cross key-ring from Bethlehem and a simple guide to Easter.

This makes a lovely gift for the children of all ages in your family. You might also like to buy an extra one to put in the Food bank. That way, children who probably wouldn’t have an Easter egg, or know of the Easter story, get to have both as a gift! This year I will be ordering boxes of the original egg and selling them in our churches before Easter. If you would like any of the special eggs, please let me know in advance. To get free delivery we have to place an order by 6 March. The original egg costs £3.99. You can find out more about the Easter eggs by looking at

Rebecca Harris

The members of Creech Parish Church are looking for people who would be interested in being part of a team to help look after our beautiful ancient church building.  The team will oversee regular maintenance and the programme of work which will stem from the 5-yearly report, due soon, on the fabric of the building.


You do not necessarily have to be a church member and no building skills are required (there is a group of contractors whom we employ to do any work), just an enthusiasm for seeing that our (almost) 700 year old church is in good repair for future generations to enjoy.  If you are interested in joining us then please contact either Maggie Savage on 442523 or Liz Evans on 442595


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 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?





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;


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  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