A monthly letter
We are in the season of summer and it has been a good one so far.
Summer brings the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. I remember being able to go many years ago when I was a student and I sat in the Gods, as the gallery was called, or the pit, just in front of the orchestra where you either stood or sat on the floor. It was quite pleasant as there were flowers and a fountain. Later when I lived near Birmingham I was able to go and hear the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under the, then, young, dark, curly haired Simon Rattle. Yesterday I listened to a programme about the new director, a young woman from Lithuania.
Music has always been part of Worship. Much is made of this in the Old Testament and we know David, of Goliath fame, was a good musician, singing and playing the harp as well as a dab hand with a sling. We are a few hundred years on from the likes of composers such as Handel and Haydn but even today a lot of new music is still composed for worship in Church. Our Cathedrals are still places of excellence with their choirs and magnificent organs and we have one of them at Wells.
We are fortunate in our parishes to still have very able organists, pianists and a Benefice Choir. However, we are losing Chris Perrin at Marston, through arthritis, and Mary Dron at Chilton, who is moving, and we thank them for all their lively playing over the years. If there are any organists or pianists out there in our Benefice, do get in touch if you could possibly help with our music rotas.
This year is one where we have our Benefice Project to raise money for a charity, currently Starfish Asia, which provides education on a shoe string for the poorest of Pakistan. Quiz sheets are going round at £1 a time, we have had pancakes and our BBQ and now in August are having a concert in Marston Magna Church. Not only do we have organ and piano but our organists have good contacts and relations who come and add to the variety of music. The concert will be on Sunday 13th August at 7pm and will include wine and nibbles. Do try and support this event even if you do think you would not like the music, you may be surprised how good it is.
Sunday 13th August concert Marston Magna Church 7pm
Wednesday 23rd August Fun Day for Primary aged children at Mudford Village Hall
contact Jo Dalton-
July is a five Sunday month and on the fifth Sunday, 30th July, we just have one service to welcome everyone to one Church. It is not a Sunday off, although it does give Church Wardens and others with responsibility of services a chance of a rest, apart from those where the service is to be held. The churches take it in turn for this service.
Last year brought the Benefice service to Ashington and the same has happened this year.
Last year we celebrated Lammas with a home-
Ashington is a tiny village with a Grade 1 listed building needing a new roof. Funds are desperately needed, so this is an opportunity to help a handful of loyal people doing their best to keep this beautiful Church in use.
Lammas is one of the four agricultural services celebrated for hundreds of years in England. Harvest Festival is another of them and possibly the youngest. The Benefice Choir will lead the singing. If you have never been to this service or Ashington before do try to come. Hopefully the good weather will last but there is a building to use in case of rain.
July is also special this year as there are not one but two weddings in Marston Magna, the first since I have been here and, even more unusually, both couples actually live in the village. So, the 8th and 29th will be very special. It is so good for our beautiful churches to be used in this way.
With Easter being late this year we have the celebration of the Feast of Pentecost or Whitsun in June -
With Ascension celebrating Jesus' return to God, Pentecost, 50 days after the Feast of the Passover, or Whitsun, celebrates God's Holy Spirit coming to the disciples and the continuance of God's presence in the world. It changed the still frightened disciples who hid behind closed doors, to brave men and women who were prepared to tell others about Jesus and his teaching. Peter, the fisherman from Galilee, addressed a huge crowd, who had come to Jerusalem to celebrate Pentecost, (an agricultural festival). Here was a different man from the one who denied knowing Jesus, changed to a brave, inspired preacher. Because of this, Pentecost is often called the Birthday of the Church. Pentecost is a major festival of the Church which, especially with a fixed Bank Holiday no longer connected to it, has become a rather poor relation of those other great festivals of Christmas and Easter. We will celebrate this important milestone in the Church's history with services in the 3 largest churches. Chilton Church was used to celebrate Ascension.
Chilton has now started Cafe Cantelo in the Church on the 1st Saturday of the month. The two Church Warden's wives are in charge for June. Here is their flyer
Saturday 3rd June 10.30-
The Wardens' Wives and their Wares
Featuring the first public viewing of the transcription of our Parish Register.
250years of history! Are you in it?
Drink: hot & cold beverages
& be merry: on our local cider……
Plants for sale in aid of the Church Fabric Fund
Flaming June -
Thursday 15th June also marks a special day, called the ‘Thanksgiving for Holy Communion’ or its perhaps better known Latin name ‘Corpus Christi’. As Marston Magna are having a PCC meeting on this day, we are having a short said Communion Service before this at 7pm. All are welcome for this and being June (hopefully warm enough) our meeting will be in the Church following on from the service. You may know this service better as the one, when in the Roman Catholic Church, young people receive their First Communion. Confirmation follows later when they are adults. There is provision for this now in the Anglican Church, where it is called Admission of the Baptised to Communion, ABC for short.
May brought the launch of our Benefice Project to raise funds for Starfish Asia in a special Benefice Service at Rimpton where the leaders of this Charity came to speak to us of how the funds will be used for the education of the poorest in Pakistan. Lots will be happening about this in future.