Rector's Reflections

St Mary's Church, Mudford

A Monthly Letter from Barbara

July 2019

We are well into the Fete season.  The Marston Magna Event took place in June.  In spite of the awful weather we had been having, and the forecast for the day, all went well with the setting up, the Fete itself and the clearing up.  I hope a good time was had by all and many thanks are due to Ann and Campbell McKee and all their helpers.  It certainly felt like that to me, helping with the teas.

The church worked well as a kitchen and the Churchyard as the Tea Room.  I hope that one day we will be able to have better facilities.  I thought that the Village Event was a very happy occasion.

July brings us to Rimpton's Fete on the 13th.  I do hope that this will too will be a very successful afternoon, both for the Community and in the funds it raises for the Village.

Later on, on August 10th, will be the Mudford Barbeque at the Village Hall.  This year money raised will go to the Benefice Project.

On 9th June we had the launch of the Benefice Project.  This happens every two years and this year we hope to raise £1,500 for BIBIC (British Institute for Brain Injured Children).  We are on the way with the proceeds from two Pancake Parties.  We had the fund-raiser from BIBIC to do the sermon slot at the service and so I was very pleased not to have to prepare a sermon.  BIBIC is at Langport and we hope to be able to go on a visit to see what happens to help children who are referred or self-referred.

The service was well attended by people from all the parishes in the Benefice.  The collection was for BIBIC and nearly £200 was added to the funds we hope to raise.  Please remember that, even if your village does not feel able to put on a fund-raising event, supporting other parishes events will be a great help too.  All the money is going into the same pot.

Lots of well-known saints are remembered in July, among whom is Doubting Thomas on the 3rd.  I like Doubting Thomas, a man who was not afraid to speak his mind.  Would you belive that someone who was dead is now alive?  Through Thomas and his questions we have some of the most important sayings of Jesus, and the reading used at most funerals comes from one of his questions which includes Jesus saying 'I am the way, the truth and the life'.  We do have a Benefice service on this day at Mudford at 10am, using the old Book of Common Prayer.

The 15th is St. Swithun's Day so I hope it does not rain.  I think we have had enough!

With best wishes

Barbara Stanton

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