Thursday, 10 May 2018

June 2018 News & Notes

Maintaining and upgrading our churches is an important part of creating beautiful worship spaces. Our thanks to St Osmund's for mending the roof [boring but necessary], and St Andrew's for wheel-friendly access with improved lighting. All this is done with minimum disturbance.

St Osmund's and St Nicholas Cafe Church is on first Sundays at 10.30am, and alternates between Osmington Village Hall and Broadwey. All welcome to take part in these times of informal worship and fellowship. 

11 November = 100 years since WWI ended and it is hoped to ring all available bells that day. If you want to know more see or join a bell ringing practice at St Andrew's or St Laurence.

Friday, 6 April 2018

May 2018 News & Notes

A huge thank you for flowers and the teams that display them so beautifully. It's a great way to shout out that 'Christ is Risen!' These are from St Osmund's but there are fantastic examples in all our Ridgeway Churches, many showing a personal style. Thanks.

Osmington, St Osmund main Sunday worship is now at 10.30am [rather than 11.15am], and we're grateful to ministers making this possible.

Sunrise for the Son Rise as members of many Churches in the area gathered on Easter morning by Weymouth clocktower, which showed its lit faces in the dawn light. Worship included prayers for sharing of our Easter faith with local communities and with neighbours.

Thy kingdom come is a line from the traditional Lord's Prayer, which Jesus taught his followers. It is the theme of ten days of prayer, from the Ascension until Pentecost [or Whitsun as it used to be called]. You are warmly invited to take part in regular acts of prayer across the Ridgeway Churches, and a few extras thrown in.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

April 2018 News & Notes

Congratulations to St Francis and St Osmund
Paying our Fair Share is never easy, and these two of our Churches have struggled in the past. Well done on paying in full and on time.

Weymouth Crematorium
The team who run our crematorium are excellent, and have a personal touch. Facilities have recently had an overhaul which has been pastorally frustrating for those bereaved. Over the years grounds have been tidied and considerably improved.
For example there's a sensitively designed garden for those who have lost a child, or remember a still born. This sculpture is the centrepiece. May God hold us all in the hollow of his hand.

Our thanks to all involved in foodbanks
It starts with donations in our Churches, and then moves onto the chain bringing everything together for sorting and distribution. Here Neville and Elizabeth Wood pick up from both St Andrew's Church and Rooms. If you are interested in helping out do get in touch with a minister. 

Annual meetings, and a huge 'Thank you'
It's the season for Church Annual Parish Meetings [APCMs], when the past year is reviewed and there's a look forward too. So many do important jobs behind the scenes, and their role is vital ~ Thanks.
The rector thanks his colleagues for all their good ministry; there's mutual encouragement through a variety of gifts, an enjoyed a sense of fun alongside the gift of faith.

Osmington, St Osmund
On second Sundays the services now start at 10.30am, and will feature a variety. It may be that from next month all main Sunday worship will start at the same time.

Friday, 9 February 2018

March 2018 News & Notes

Mothering Sunday celebrates nurture
On Sunday 11 March, do join in the many different opportunities to give thanks for all that has been good in our nurture, and to rededicate our lives to the nurture of those around us.

Another Rural Dean has been appointed
Shortly after being appointed as Canon Tim's successor, Pip Salmon has found a new job in the Midlands. His final service is 6.30pm Sunday 25 March at Emmanuel, Southill. Nick Clarke has now been appointed as rural dean, but do remember him in your prayers because he's got his hands full: rector of a large team, relatively new to the area, a team vicar short, and needing to find 20% space for the new role.

Candlemas figures inspired worship
Roxanne Moss first created the figures used at St Andrew, Preston from Advent Sunday to Candlemas. They were given a makeover by Carole Anders and her art group, and helped the worshipping community and visitors to journey through the Christchild's nurture until he was presented in the temple.

Deb Smith is moving to Bridport
Later this year she will pick up the challenge of leading the Bridport Team, and can look back on her time at Wyke Regis with Lanehouse with satisfaction. She successfully brought the two Churches together, while at the same time maintaining their distinctiveness.

Friday, 12 January 2018

February 2018 News & Notes

Fun feedback from review
Overall the reactions to our Christmas worship were really positive. There was a huge variety of meaningful occasions in an amazing range of locations, from traditional Church Carols, to open-air and pub services. Fun was much in evidence too. As you can see from this picture, the Spice Ship renamed Rev James for the night.

Feb 12, Ash Wednesday, and praying
We are invited to marks the start of Lent, when fasting begins in preparation for Easter. Some give up chocolate, but it's also an opportunity to do something new. Why not join a housegroup, or take part regularly in one of many opportunities for weekly prayer? In particular why not use one of the prayer booklets, based on Mark's Gospel, and available in our Churches.

Feb 18, Broadwey join OsmingtonOn third Sundays St Nicholas and St Osmund have joined together in Broadwey. This month the shared worship is Osmington at 11.15am. Why not join too?

Feb 25, Witness at St FrancisLorraine and her team host worship for Churches across the borough. It will include the launch of Spring into Life, which visits all the schools in our area.

Always a welcome at ChurchIn terms of variety, you could hardly have more choice, from Churches in farmyards to ancient and modern, from informal to traditional, from half an hour to an hour and a half. So, come and make yourself at home.

Answers to last month's window puzzlesThe pelican feeding her youngsters is a detail in Holy Trinity, Bincombe. It is an image used by Corpus Christi College, Oxford as a representation of Holy Communion. The spelling mistake is in St Osmund, Osmington. We're blessed with many aesthetic features in the buildings we use for worship.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

January 2018 News & Notes

Thanks for foodbank donations, especially those covering the Christmas season. We really appreciate all involved in the 'supply chain' providing practical help to those who need it. Some university students have been forced to rely on foodbanks while vice chancellors are on obscene salaries ~ there needs to be more justice in the long term.

Thanks too for Christmas worship in so many contexts, and in a wide variety of styles. Our church buildings looked great, but it's the Church people that brings them alive.

Any idea where these can be found? They are both from east windows, and tell their own stories. One reminds us of the responsibility to nurture faith in the Church, through worship and learning, and in the communities we serve. We give thanks for our nurseries, schools, and colleges.

The other is an encouragement to all dyslexics. If you're going to make a spelling mistake, then doing so right in the centre panel of the east window is perfect. 

Jan 4, Preston St Andrew starts a 'cascade pattern' this month, with informal worship on Sundays at 10.00am and formal worship beginning at 10.30am. These feed into a time of shared refreshment and fellowship. On 28 Jan the first joint act of worship will take place.

Feb 12, Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, when fasting begins in preparation for Easter. Some give up chocolate, but it's also an opportunity to do something new. Why not join a housegroup, or take part regularly in one of many opportunities for weekly prayer?

Saturday, 11 November 2017

December 2017 News & Notes

A very blessed Christmas season to all served by the Ridgeway Churches, and a huge thanks for music, decorations, and maintenance which together keep our worship to a high standard. There are many services from which to choose, so make yourselves at home.

Bishop Karen Gorham gave us a first class sermon on giving and, towards the end of a fabulous Choral Evensong, asked for God's blessing on a new Lady Chapel altar. She anointed it with the Oil of Chrism, which had been blessed in Salisbury Cathedral during Maundy Thursday's Renewal of Vows. Our thanks to Philip Elliott, bell ringers, musicians, and those providing refreshments.

Bishop Karen, Adrian Light, Tim West, Brian Ellis,
Philip Elliott, Harry Barnes, John Clark

Theo Michael Green was a real charmer at his baptism in the traditional service at St Andrew's. Congratulations to his extended family and friends, who commented on how welcomed they felt. May God bless little Theo in having an adventurous life.

January change at Preston St Andrew will see Sunday formal 11.15am worship move forward to 10.30am. This will make it easier for both informal worshippers [starting as now at 10.00am] and formal worshippers to join together for refreshments and fellowship. Our thanks to all who gave feedback at the open meeting, by email or letter. The new pattern will be reviewed in September.

Looking after our churchyards is a massive task, so thanks to all who help. Families are responsible for the upkeep of individual graves. If you would like to help out do get in touch with one of our churchwardens.