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.

Friday, 6 October 2017

November 2017 News & Notes

Prayer opportunities are endless. We can exercise the gift from anywhere, at any time, about anything on our hearts and minds. Do join in the weekday prayer times. There are additional times, with 7.45am Morning Prayer being introduced Tuesdays to Fridays at St Francis.

Third Sundays in the month shows a modified pattern, with St Osmund's joining Broadwey St Nicholas, and Harry Barnes leading Morning Worship at St Laurence. Ada now has these Sundays off, and Brian takes fourth rather than third off. We are so grateful to both for giving of their time and energy freely, and glad they have a Sunday off each month.

The service pattern at Preston St Andrew is under consultation, with a view to moving the traditional service from 11.15 to 10.30am. Contemporary worship now forms around half of the worshipping life of the Church. Full details are displayed in the Church Rooms, where slips are available for any comments.

The Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust (DSAT) is picking up speed nicely, and taking some duties off local governing bodies so they have more time to focus on their schools. At the moment St Andrew's, St John's, and Beachcroft at Westam form the Weymouth Bay Academy. Who knows what possibilities lie ahead?

Pip Salmon is our new Rural Dean, and will be ably assisted by James Menzies from the Portland Team. Pip has been serving Southill and the Town Centre for a decade or more, so he knows the borough well.

Air Cadets are in good heart, and our rector Canon Tim has been delighted to be their padre for 20 years. A recent awards evening welcomed our Mayor and Mayoress, who witnessed a fine display of drill followed by cadets explaining their various activities to all guests. The Mayor then gave an excellent speech of his time in uniform, and handed out awards.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

October 2017 News & Notes

Baptisms in Church and Café Church
Isla Boreham was well supported by her clan when baptised in St Andrew's Church on a beautiful summer morning. Afterwards all supporters posed outside the porch.

Kyan Walker was baptised during Café Church in the Bailey Hall. The video camera let everyone have a closeup view on the big screen, and afterwards all gathered on the Church Rooms steps for a clan photo.

Adrian Light introduces himself
Firstly, I want to thank everyone for the warm welcome you've given me. Training as an LLM (Licensed Lay Minister which is what Readers are now known as) has taken me into many Churches, and the friendly way I've been received here has been wonderful. It's always a bit scary starting at somewhere new but a warm welcome makes it so much easier.

I was trained as an LLM at Church House and Sarum College in Salisbury on a three year course. Until recently, I was being trained by Rev Deb Smith at All Saints (and Rev Betty Port at St.Edmunds) having been placed there following the retirement of Canon Richard Franklin of Holy Trinity at Easter 2016. I had been a member of Holy Trinity Church since I moved to Weymouth from Devon back in 2006. Before that, I was a member of a small Baptist Church just outside Exeter for many years, where amongst everything else I was a Deacon and Elder and also used to do some lay preaching.

I always had in mind when I came to live in Weymouth that God had moved me here for a purpose. Little did I think that it would be to train as a Church of England Minister! However, “God moves in mysterious ways....”, so despite like Jonah running away from His calling into this vocation, I was picked up by the scruff of my neck, turned around and made to see what it was that God had placed me in Weymouth for. Since that day, I can honestly say that many doors have been opened, whilst some which I thought looked good were firmly shut to me.

I enjoy photography, bird watching, driving (especially to visit family, friends and National Trust properties) and most things aviation related – amongst other jobs in the past I had my own printing business. I'm married to Fliss, have a son and a daughter and two grandchildren from my first marriage and three step-sons and a step-daughter and four step-grandchildren – all of whom conspire to keep me busy one way or another with the usual family things.

It is wonderful to realise that God’s will for me continues to be confirmed by others. In one sense I still feel slightly numb and full of ‘what ifs’. However, when I started my training, I was, and still am, very convinced that God doesn’t call people to vocations and situations that fit their skills and talents - rather that God gives people those talents and skills they need for the purpose to which they’ve been called.

Philip has responsibilities outside the team
He is a trustee of the Lantern, which is based by the railway station, with a charity shop at Chaplehay. They give practical support. He is also Mayor's Chaplain, which is why he will disappear from the team on Remembrance Sunday. Philip loves being Padre to the Sea Cadets, where his sense of fun is much appreciated. At his licensing they were part of his formal welcome. Our thanks and encouragement to Philip for fulfilling these important roles, and of course it's important that we give him the space to do so.

Joshua and Natasha Wright
Congratulations to the happy couple who enjoyed a meaningful homely wedding celebration, with some extraordinary singing skills and guitar playing.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

September 2017 News & Notes

A pottery Holy Communion set
St Andrew's, like most of our Churches, runs both informal and formal services. Local potter Bill Crumbleholme has made a Holy Communion set to be used at informal services, and during Advent and Lent. Here it features during a candlelight service. The congregation is most grateful to Bill for his design and skill.

Sun 3 Sep, 2.00pm Remembering Loved Ones
All those grieving for loved ones who have died are invited to Weymouth Crematorium. With others from the area, they give thanks for the gift of life, and support each other. Canon Tim will be at the chapel.

Sun 10 Sep, 11.15am WW I memorial dedication
The parchment found in the vestry has been beautifully restored and framed. It records all those from the area who served during the First World War. The dedication service will include military music. You are warmly invited to take this opportunity to give thanks for the freedoms we enjoy, and for those whose served to secure them.

Sun 17 Sep, Iron Man moves 8.00am Communion
The arrangements for this exciting race have now been published. There is no access to Osmington from Preston until 10.15am, so the 8.00am Holy Communion will be held at St Andrew's. Why not watch the race start, and then take part in a traditional half hour service which has been regularly celebrated for 3½ centuries?

Sat 30 Sep, Adrian Light licensed to our team
Do join 5.30pm Evensong in Salisbury Cathedral which will include the start of Adrian's time with us as a Licensed Lay Minister. The following day we will welcome him at 10.00am in the Church Rooms, and then he will conduct his first solo Matins. All Saints with St Edmund's gave Adrian [far left] a great send off, with Canon Richard Franklin [next to Adrian] giving the address. Canon Tim welcome Adrian, and said that we look forward to his ministry here.

Bishop Karen visiting St Laurence, Upwey
At 10.30am on Sunday 15 October Bishop Karen will lead a combined service for Western Ridgeway Churches, although being a team all from the area are welcome.

October Harvest Festivals
May we particularly remember the farming and fishing communities, as uncertainty over Brexit arrangements adds to their very challenging lifestyle.
 ● 1: St Laurence, Upwey; St Nicholas, Broadwey
 ● 15: St Andrew's, Preston; & St Francis, Littlemoor
 ● 22: Holy Trinity, Bincombe; & St Osmund's, Osmington
 ● 29: St Nicholas,Buckland Ripers