The Church is part of a United Parish with St Perter's Freshford, and St Mary's Limpley Stoke. More information on the Parish is contained on the Parish web site http://flshc.co.uk/ The Church has a seating capacity for about 160 people and is set in a beautiful well maintained churchyard on the outskirts of the village. The tower contains a carillon of three bells There is a space set apart towards the back of the Church for small children to occupy themselves during  the services and for providing refreshments. There is a toilet and good disabled access. The History of this charming church is contained elsewhere in this site. OFFICERS  Church Warden E Wordsworth Secretary                      Vacant Treasurer                      Jo Helps
ST JOHN’S CHURCH
NEWSLETTER
FRIENDS OF ST JOHN   .
SERVICE TIMES IN THE PARISH
Mike and Lindy Taylor
This is an organisation that exists with the objective of bringing together all those in the local community who have an interest in maintaining this ancient Church and wish to help in raising money for this purpose. The Committee that runs it  is a sub- committee to the Main Church Committee and its chariman, Elizabeth Wordsworth, is appointed by it.  The Friend's Committee runs its own programmne of events (see diary of events) and decides how the money raised is to be used.  Any projects proposed must be agreed by the Main Church Committee. On 23 April the local band FIREFLY staged a concert of songs and music that had us dancing in the aisles! On 19th November a coffee morning with Bring and Buy raised upwards of £300 A concert by the Freshford Singers was held in the Church on 9th June A COFFEE MORNING will be held on 2 December in the Memorial Hall from 1000 to 1200. Come and enjoy a cup of coffee, meet friends & browse the Cake, Bring & Buy & Produce Stalls.                                                                  .
All services are taken by Revd Mike Taylor unles specified otherwise
JUNE Dear friends, We   have   just   enjoyed   a   fabulous   Bank   Holiday   Weekend   as   I   write   this   letter.   I   know   we   talk   a   lot   about   the   weather, and   are   rarely   satisfied,   but   it   was   lovely   to   have   such   beautiful   weather   –   not   our   usual   dose   of   Bank   holiday   weather. Some   are   joking   that   this   may   have   been   our   summer,   others   grumbling   that   it   was   ‘too   hot’!   Is   it   just   us   or   are   other nations   so   obsessed   with   the   weather? A   few   years   ago   I   was   speaking   at   a   Christian   event   in   Sweden   during   Winter and   every   day   I   would   hear   what   degree   it   was   below   freezing   and   the   news   would   give   a   daily   update   on   how   long   it was possible to walk your dog given the freezing ground on which they are walking! So maybe not just us! TRANSFORMATION One   thing   you   do   notice   is   that   we   seem   to   never   be   truly   satisfied   and   grumble   a   lot. Yet   in   truth   we   all   have   so   much to   be   grateful   for.   Especially   living   in   this   beautiful   area,   where   you   can   travel   or   walk   around   and   see   the   beauty   of the   countryside,   the   green   of   the   trees   and   bushes   and   presently   all   the   many   blossoms   out.   I   love   seeing   how   the countryside transforms from winter to spring or in this year’s case from winter to summer it seems. ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE So   rather   than   what   we   don’t   have,   what   is   beyond   our   control,   or   what   we   don’t   like,   how   about   we   start   looking   at what   we   do   have,   can   control   and   do   like?   I   heard   a   lot   a   few   years   ago   about   having   an   ‘attitude   of   gratitude’   and Ithink   this   is   something   to   be   nurtured.   When   I   look   at   the   Bible   in   this   season   of   the   Church’s   year   from   Easter   to Pentecost   I   see   a   lot   initially   about   what   they   no   longer   had   –   that   is   Jesus   with   them.   They   didn’t   stop   meeting   up together   as   friends   and   fellow   worker   of   Jesus,   but   they   didn’t   have   him.   Then   on   Easter   Sunday   there   were   rumours and   then   appearances,   then   they   did   have   Jesus   back   with   them   and   life   again   had   purpose.The   early   disciples   must have   been   initially   in   a   state   of   shock.   How   could   this   be?   But   as   they   realised   it   is   just   what   he   said   and   that   he   had morefor   them   to   do   I   wonder   how   they   appeared   to   others.   When   together   I   can   guess   they   spoke   of   nothing   else, they   were   full   of   enthusiasm   and   excitement.   Then   on   the   first   day   of   Pentecost,   still   all   together   in   one   place   talking about   Jesus,   the   Spirit   fell   and   from   being   a   group   in   hiding   they   had   no   option   but   to   go   out   and   tell   people   what   had happened.   I   am   sure   their   lives   had   many   challenges   after   that   point:   but   the   joy   of   an   impossible   event   would   have filled   their   lives   and   shaped   the   way   they   interacted   with   others.   Why   were   these   Christians   so   full   of   joy?   They   had something   to   be   grateful   for.   What   have   you   to   be   grateful   for?   If   you   can   name   it,   then   maybe   life   should   be   lived   in the positive not the negative. Let’s see if it makes a difference to our world. MAY Dear friends, As   many   of   you   will   know   I   enjoyed   a   significant   birthday   celebration   during   March   and   for   those   who   don’t   get   the notice sheet I wrote this: ‘One   of   my   birthday   mugs   says   I   am   18   with   42   years   of   experience. There   are   times   I   feel   18   and   times   I   feel   my   true age.   Age   is   just   a   number   and   I   still   think   young   I   hope.   I   wanted   to   say   a   huge   ‘Thank   You’   to   everyone   who contributed   to   my   amazing   birthday   gift.   I   was   quite   overwhelmed   with   your   generosity   and   Lindy   and   I   are   already booked   to   see   a   Sherlock   Holmes   play   at   the   Theatre!   We   are   considering   dates   for   the   ‘Pig’   and   will   see   if   we   can stay overnight too to make the most of the experience.’ APPRECIATION I   know   60   is   a   big   number   but   I   do   appreciate   all   you   do   to   support   me   in   my   ministry   here   and   especially   the wardens.   Easter   was   kind   of   hectic   in   a   good   way   so   I   forgot   to   say   my   ‘Thank   You’   to   you   on   Sunday   with   three services. So ‘Thank you so much for the gift and encouragement’. MY IRISH FRIENDS One   of   the   wonderful   things   I   was   surprised   with   was   a   trip   to   Northern   Ireland.   I   was   meant   to   go   there   a   couple   of years   ago   for   a   walking   holiday   but   was   called   in   for   a   hip   replacement!   So,   when   I   finally   got   to   Belfast   International Airport   I   was   already   excited   about   what   we   were   going   to   be   doing. As   I   came   through   arrivals   I   noticed   a   banner   and looking   around   for   another   60   year   old   I   saw   it   was   being   held   by   our   two   best   friends   from   Jersey.   From   that   point   on I   don’t   think   we   stopped   laughing   the   whole   time   we   were   there.   Our   friends   are   both   Irish   and   happily   started showing us their homeland.
St Peter’s Freshford St Mayy’s Limpley Stoke St John’s Hinton Charterhouse Old Bakery   Freshford
The Parish of Freshford, Limpley Stoke and Hinton Charterhouse
Sunday Club At the Old Bakery, Freshford @ 4.00pm 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month Starting after half-term on Sunday 5th March Ages 5-14 All welcome Please email lindytaylors@gmail.com or phone 01225 723570
WEDDINGS Because   of   its   picturesque   setting   and   good   facilities   the   church   is   a   popular   venue   for   weddings.   The   current   fees   and charges   (2017)   are:   Statutory   fees   £466,   Organist   £80,   Bells   £40,   Pew   candles   £30,   Heating   (if   required)   £50.   These   are reviewed   annually.   Any   enquiries   to   the   Parish   Administrator   01225   720347.   The   nearby   Homeward   Park   Hotel   can provide a vene for receptions.
MEN’S BREAKFAST The   next   Men's   Breakfast   will   be   at   8.30   on   4th   November   at   Homeward   Park.   Ian,   the manager   of   Homeward   Park   will   be   sharing   with   us   about   his   own   walk   with   God   and   about being a Christian in the workplace. Price £7.50
HINTON BABY & TODDLER GROUP At Hinton Charyerhouse Memoril Hll 10.30 - 12 noon every Wednesday
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Sunday 20th - Pentecost 10.30am St Mary’s Parish Communion 6.00pm St John’s Informal  Evening Service Sunday 27th - Trinity Sunday 10.30am St Peter’s  Parish Communion 6.00pm St Mary’s Evening Service Sunday 3rd June - Trinity 1 10.30am St John’s Parish Communion 6.00pm St Peter’s Evening Service
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Sunday 3rd - Trinity 1 10.30am St John’s Parish Communion 6.00pm St Peter’s Celtic Evening Service Sunday 10th - Trinity 2 10.30am St Peter’s  Parish Communion 6.00pm St Mary’s Messy Church Sunday 17th - Trinity 3 10.30am St Mary’s Parish Communion 6.00pm St John’s Evening Praise (TBC) Sunday 24th - Trinity 4 10.30am St John’s Family Focus 6.00pm St Mary Evening Communion Sunday 1st July - Trinity 5 10.30am St John’s Parish Communion 6.00pm St Peter’s Celtic Evening Service
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