Rector's Reflections

St Mary's Church, Mudford

A Monthly Letter from Barbara

October 2019

I have just got back from the Sponsored Walk to raise money for our Benefice Project for BIBIC.

Five of us set off from Rimpton to visit all five of the churches in the Benefice.  We said one of the psalms at each church and prayed for that village, its people and needs.  The weather could not have been better, warm, sunny and dry.

Marston Magna Church was reached first with energy added from chocolate and cereal bars.  Here two people dropped out.

Chilton cantelo was next with coffee, tea and crisps (we could, of course, have had cider too..)  Another person was collected there.  That left Richard Gardner and myself to continue to Ashington (birthday cake!), and ended up at Mudford.  Refreshment was offerred but an earlier lunch than expected was called for.

It was a beautiful walk with the Somerset countryside in all its glory.  We met wildlife too, in the form of cows, sheep and dogs and even some humans.

Rimpton Church had already started decorating for the first of oue Harvest services in September.

Most of the other churches have their services and lunches or suppers this month.  Do come and enjoy harvest hymns and hospitality.  It was a day, in spite of rather a lot of sad events that week, for being thankful for the beauty and bounty of our world.

Of course, it is not too late to sponsor Richard or myself.

In September we had our Patronal Festival at Marston Magna with Bishop Ruth Worsley.  The Benefice Choir sang beautifully, we had an excellent sermon and wonderful refreshments.  Outside, the churchyard had been mowed.  When I walked up the path on the Saturday before the Service, the edges were being cut and I met some more members of the working party.  The next saturday, a working party set about an Autumn Clean of the inside of the Church.

The previous day, 7th September, Mudford Church had organised a fascinating display of old documents and registers from the Church chest, priior to sending many of them to the County Record Office for safe storage.  The event was well attended, and people spent a lot of time studying the exhibits, as well as enjoying cream teas and a variety of delicious home-made cakes.  Over £100 was raised for church funds.

We are so fortunate to have people who work so hard for all the lovely churches in our Benefice.  Thank you for all you do.

With best wishes

Reverend Barbara

Tel: 01935 850745

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