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. For details of the names on the War Memorial click here OFFICERS  Church Wardens E Wordsworth, K Grattage
ST JOHN’S CHURCH
NEWSLETTER
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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                                                                  .
All services are taken by Revd Mike Taylor unles specified otherwise
SEPT A s I sit in my study writing this letter  for September it comes at a time when I have completed one year of further study in Christian Approaches to Leadership at Sarum College in Salisbury. It has been an amazing year and I have gained so much from being part of this program. Apologies to church members who end up with sermons reflecting my studies - but then again if it were not a practical course I probably would not be doing it. During this year, I have looked at leadership styles and decided to concentrate on Servant Leadership as a style. Then we had a module on Reflective Practice and though I didn’t initially feel this was one I understood at all, not believing myself to be that reflective, I found out that I was, and that the way we seek to run the parish and make changes is through consultation and reflection. My last essay of this year is on ‘living systems’ which includes complexity and chaos theory, now science. This has been the highlight of the course so far, as whilst reading and preparing for my essay I have seen some very clear bridges between my study and my faith. Not least of which was a section of a secular book looking at ‘New Science’ and recognising that though we, as humans, strive, struggle and resist chaos at all costs, the world around us does not, it actually embraces change and finds a way to continue despite it. You may feel we live in somewhat chaotic times. But we all also know that somehow, though we don’t know how, it will work out! We will survive. One intriguing comment that came out of this was that if we truly believed that it will work out, that life will find a way, that today’s problems will be tomorrow’s memories, then would
St Peter’s Freshford St Mayy’s Limpley Stoke St John’s Hinton Charterhouse Old Bakery   Freshford
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   £499,   Organist   £115,   Bells   £45,   Pew   candles   £35,   Heating   (if   required)   £55.   These are   reviewed   annually.   Any   enquiries   to   the   Parish   Administrator   01225   720347.   The   nearby   Homeward   Park   Hotel   can provide a vene for receptions.
HINTON BABY & TODDLER GROUP At Hinton Charyerhouse Memoril Hll 10.30 - 12 noon every Wednesday
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we be less stressed and more willing to take time out of struggle to simply appreciate life. Where this all flows over to my faith is the simple aspect of what Jesus came to show us. That we are indeed offered forgiveness, acceptance and security through faith in his finished work. If we were actually to believe this then maybe we would not fear so much, worry so much, and seek to persuade God to join in with us so much. Maybe we would recognise that God has a plan, we are included and that it is a good plan. Would I worry less and find fear diminished if I already know that my security and acceptance are assured no matter what I do? The thing that stops us from doing the most is our fear of the possible consequences. What if we did not need to fear? If we truly believed that it will work out ... would we be less stressed? I write this letter for the September edition and as one colleague has recently said on Facebook, how can I be expected to prepare for Christmas when I haven’t yet finished with summer? September is the time when it all starts up again, school, college, university, the school run, the after- school clubs, the role as school governor etc. But it is traditionally the start of autumn, which is a time to prepare, make provision, and store up for the winter. It is also a good time to reflect on the season and the inevitable direction of the year toward and beyond Christmas. If I could pass anything on to you it would be take a moment and think what you could accomplish if you were not so afraid of the consequences!
Family Focus
Good Friday Cross
Sunday 1st  - Eleventh after Trinity 10.30am St John’s Parish Communion 6.00pm St Peter’s Celtic Evening Service Sunday 8th - Twelth after Trinity 10.30 am St Peter’s Parish Communion Sunday 15th - Thirteenth after Trinity 10.30am St Mary’s Parish Communion 6.00pm St John’s Praise and Worship Sunday 22nd - Fourteenth after Trinity 10.30am St John’s Family Focus 6.00pm St Mary’s Evening Communion Sunday 29th - Fifteenth after Trinity 10.30am - The Old Bakery Cafe Church 6.00pm - St Mary’s Songs of Praise
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