Stay & Play


As I write this, we have just enjoyed the first of our three planned stay and play community events. How much fun did we have? So much fun!!

We had crafts that supported the theme of friendship and making friends, we had games and a creche area for our younger children and did I say, we had lots of fun!! There was lots of cake too and we shared a lunch at the end as well.

We welcomed 36 members of our community this first week and are fully booked at 40 for the next two weeks!!

It was so wonderful to see so many gathered together, making friends and having a good time.

We are really looking forward to holding our next two events, the next is ‘Fun and Games’ where we hope to learn circus skills and play lots of games together…and our last one is ‘Our Wonderful World’ where we will think about caring for creation and taking part in crafts that will help us consider how we can do this…

We are grateful to our amazing volunteers who supported us at the event, those who offered prayerful support, those who provided us with oodles of cake and those who supplied us with junk for the junk modelling.

We are so grateful too for those who came from our communities and enjoyed the fun!

Donna Nicholls, Children’s, School’s and Families worker for the Churches of Creech, Ruishton & Thornfalcon

Lammas 2021

I truly had the pleasure of experiencing my first Open Air Lammas Service at Broomfield on Sunday 1st August.

We met together on a warm and sunny summers evening in the idealistic setting of the village green at Broomfield. Members from our Benefice joined together with the South Quantock Benefice and members from other Churches for what was a great evening of thanksgiving prayer and song. Yes we sung hymns. We sang together for the first time since lockdown began as we were outside. It was truly an amazing time of Worship. Archdeacon Simon reminded us of the importance to share in bread together and helped us in our thinking around the work of the Farming Community Network. Bread was offered on an altar along with sheaths of corn in symbol and prayer asking the Lord of the Harvest to bless our crops and the work of the hands that bring bread to our table.

Following the Service, we were treated to bread and cheese, washed down with cider. Then I had a great opportunity to be introduced to new faces and begin building new relationships with our fellow Christian sisters and brothers across our Deanery.

It was a fantastic evening and I already look forward to doing it again next year.


We gather for the Lammas service

Gathering for the Lammas Service:at Broomfield


Taunton Yarn Bombing Competition

Sleeping Beauty and her prince

In Ruishton during July at Ruishton Church,  'In Stitches' displayed their entry to Taunton yarn bombing competition by the church entrance. An enormous amount of work went into Sleeping Beauty and her prince but she didn't wake up whilst she was there!

It also entailed a lot of work setting it all up, the scene was surrounded by many characters looking on together with a colourful wall of flowers behind her. I was there on a Thursday with Pat Pike when we opened the church for private prayer, and we were asked by one young visitor if we knew sleeping beauty's name and we didn't so she informed us that it was Aurora.

A display of flowers outside St. George'sAlso in Ruishton was the scarecrow trail and buckets of flowers, both for the flower show competitions. Normally this would be part of village day but, as this was cancelled, the competitions went ahead, and again outside the church, we had three buckets displayed by church members. In the background one can see the knitted St George’s church, which was part of a previous ‘In Stitches’ display. This was taken to the school by Rev Lee Mullen and Donna on a hot day at the end of the school term, as it was deemed too hot for the children to walk to the church - a good example of taking the church to the people rather expecting all to come to church!

The theme for the scarecrows was monsters and, by popular vote, the preschool were the winners. Second was a Loch Ness Monster, and third was ‘Eyecatch-u’.

On Thursday 15th July, Vicar Lee had the absolute joy of joining Year one and Year two children from Creech Primary School on their school trip to Noah's Ark Zoo.  A brilliant day was had by all and the children all agreed Vicar Lee was wonderful even if his wingspan wasn't as great as a condor!!