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Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:37-38

By the time this magazine reaches you we will have held the 2017 Buckland St Mary Annual Parish Church Meeting and hopefully will have a new Churchwarden as I am standing down after three years in the role. I still hope to remain on the PCC and assist in the work of the churches of Buckland St Mary. My grateful thanks to all the PCC members who have supported me during this time, especially, of course, dear Vicki Bell, and also those who have also helped though not PCC members. I am sure you will continue to offer your support, help and guidance to my successor. A list of the appointments made at the Annual Meeting will appear in the June edition of the CBO News.

The April Community Coffee Morning was to have been for the Samaritans but because of a late cancellation by that organisation, the event went ahead but to raise funds for the Buckland Community Singers and over £175 was raised. Th e Singers sing purely for pleasure at local residential homes and societies such as the Chard Blind Club. New members always welcome so please contact Lynda Creek for details.

The May Community Coffee Morning will be held from 10.30 till 12.00 noon on the 13th May 2017 in Buckland St Mary Church in aid of Kids Club Kampala: a charity founded by our Youth Worker, James Hall, which seeks to bring hope and a future, especially through education, to children who live in extreme poverty in Uganda. It would be great to see you and it’s a good time to catch up with friends and neighbours.

Community Coffee Mornings for 2017 – if you would like to run a Community Coffee Morning, at Buckland St Mary Church, for a charity of your choice, please contact the co-ordinator, Margery Harkness, on 01460 234599 or email royandmarge@btinternet.com Coffee mornings are usually held on the 2nd Saturday of the month but other dates may be possible so please enquire. Currently, there are spaces in August, September and December 2017.

Rogation – the word “rogation” is from the Latin rogare, “to ask.” Historically, the Rogation Days (the three days before Ascension Day which this year falls on Th ursday 25th May 2017) were a period of fasting and abstinence, beseeching God’s blessing on the crops and the labours of those who produce them.

Part of the tradition involved ‘beating the bounds’ of the parish, in which a procession of parishioners, led by the minister, would walk the boundary of their parish, carrying banners, and praying for its protect ion in the forthcoming year. In our case the Benefice is a bit too large to walk it all in one go so this year we will just walk a part of it.

On ‘Rogation Sunday’, 21st May 2017 we will have a Rogation Ramble to mark this festival: meeting at Churchinford Village Hall at 8.45am for bacon butties and tea and coffee; and then leaving Churchinford at 9.25am to walk to Otterford for a 10.30am Benefice Service; and after the service walking to Birchwood Church to complete our worship and enjoy a ‘Bring and Share’ lunch together.

You are welcome to join in all or just a part of the ramble and, if you are less mobile, please just drive to the relevant church to join us. Items for the Bring and Share lunch can be dropped off at Churchinford Village Hall or Otterford Church and someone (!) will bring them on to Birchwood or drop them at Birchwood first. We look forward to welcoming you.

Dates for your 2017 Diary

Sat 6th May – 7 for 7.30pm – Quiz Night for Churchstanton Church at Churchinford Village Hall – Team of 6 and £6pp to include ‘bangers and mash’ – see advert in Pink pages Sat 13th May 2017 – Community Coffee Morning – at Buckland St Mary Church – 10.30am till Noon in aid of Kids Club Kampala Sat.13th Buckland St Mary School May Fair – in the school grounds – 12.00 to 3pm – lots of stalls, BBQ, live music etc. – see advert.

Sat 20th May 2017 – Benefice Concert including Male voice Choir and bands etc (and friends) Concert in Buckland St Mary Church – £8 per ticket – see advert for details Sun 21st May – Rogation Ramble – see main above for details Sat 10th June – Community Coffee Morning – 10.30 till 12 Noon for the Carnival at Buckland St Mary Church Sat/Sun 24th and 25th June 2017 – Corfe Open Gardens (maps available from Corfe Village Hall). Light Refreshments are served in the Village Hall from 10.30am onwards. The parish church will also have a Flower Festival on the theme of Wedding Anniversaries. N.B. Please note this event was listed as taking place in May in last month’s Pink Pages and this was an error – apologies.

Sat 1st July, starting at 2pm, Church and Community Fete at Buckland House, by kind permission of Anthony and Christina Norton.

Weds 12th July from 3pm – Cancer Research Cream Tea at Gibbs, Corfe

TA3 7DG – cost £5 – please support this worthwhile cause

Sat 25th November from 2pm Church Christmas Bazaar – in Buckland St Mary Village Hall – details to follow

Lynda Creek

Churchwarden

(at time of writing this article!)

BUCKLAND ST. MARY CHURCH NEWS

April 2017

Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” John 12v23&24

 The 2017 Buckland St Mary Annual Parish Church Meeting – will be held now on the 19th April in Buckland St Mary Village Hall @ 7.30pm.  The change of date was made because the previous date fell on Maundy Thursday of Holy Week and was thus not appropriate. All parishioners and interested persons are welcome to attend; tea/coffees to follow.  This meeting appoints the Churchwarden and PCC members for the year and gives an opportunity to ask about the income and spending and the facilities and activities of Buckland and Birchwood churches.

The Community Coffee Morning is on the 8th April from 10.30 till 12 Noon and is to raise funds for the Samaritans. Please support the coffee mornings if you can as they give a chance for the whole village and surrounds to enjoy time together.

Community Coffee Mornings for 2017 – if you would like to run a Community Coffee Morning, at Buckland St Mary Church, for a charity of your choice, please contact the co-ordinator, Margery Harkness, on 01460 234599 or email royandmarge@btinternet.com   Coffee mornings are usually held on the 2nd Saturday of the month but other dates may be possible so please enquire if a specific date is wanted.  Currently, there are spaces in May, August, September and December.

Easter Services – an outline of our services on the Blackdowns, for Holy Week and Easter Day, are shown below but do refer to the services pages at the start of CBO News for more details. Refreshments are set out where known but may be available at other services too.

Monday 10th April – 9.45am at Corfe Church

Tuesday 11th April – 9.45am at Churchstanton Church – NOTE CHANGE IN TIME &VENUE

Wednesday 12th April – 7pm at Pitminster Church – NOTE CHANGE IN TIME &VENUE

Maundy Thursday 13th April – service at 7pm and venue to be confirmed so please look on website www.blackdownbenefice.org or see flyers for confirmation

Good Friday 14th April 2017Walk of Witness – meet at 12.45pm at Otterford Church for refreshments, including hot cross buns, then walk to Birchwood Church for a short reflective service @ 2pm.

Easter Sunday 16th April – 6.45am sunrise service at Otterford Church with the lightening of the 6 Paschal candles.  Bacon butties served afterwards around the bonfire.

Easter Sunday 16th April – 10.30am Benefice Easter Service at Buckland St Mary Church.  Easter Egg hunt and refreshments after the service.

 Statistical Records – During next few months, you may see that a note is being kept of those attending services.  This recording is being carried out so we can complete the necessary statistical record for the diocese on our ‘worshipping community’.  Any queries or concerns please speak to your churchwarden or the Rector Jim Fallon

 Benefice Services –where the churches of Buckland St Mary, Birchwood, Otterford, Churchstanton, Corfe and Pitminster come together to share a service.  It gives a great opportunity to visit a new church, meet new people (or old friends) and see how they do things elsewhere; as each church has its own style and atmosphere.  A Benefice services is held on the 3rd and 5th Sunday of each month – the CBO services pages will show you where the service will be held that month. Please let us know if transport is an issue for you attending.

REMINDER – the Benefice Office at Churchinford Village hall has closed however the same facilities are now available at the Vicarage at Pitminster on Mondays from 9.30 till 1pm. 

Dates for your 2017 Diary

Sat 13th May 2017 – Buckland St Mary School May Fair – in the school grounds – 12.00 to 3pm – more details to follow.

Sunday 14th May – Christian Aid Plant Fair at Pitminster Old Schoolroom – 12 Noon till 2.30pm – cakes and other stalls as well as plants for sale. Refreshments available too.

Sat 20th May 2017 – Benefice Concert including Male voice Choir and bands etc (and friends) Concert in Buckland St Mary Church – details to follow

Sun 21st May – Rogation Ramble – walking from Churchstanton Church to Otterford Church and ending at Birchwood Church with various refreshment breaks and short worship opportunities at each church en route.  More details to follow.

Sat 10th June – Community Coffee Morning10.30 till 12 Noon for the Carnival at Buckland St Mary Church

Sat 1st July Church and Community Fete at Buckland House by kind permission of Anthony and Christina Norton

Lynda Creek, Churchwarden

 

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