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
FEBRUARY Welcome   to   2018   –   I   guess   now   it   feels   that   Christmas   and   New   Year   celebrations   are   a   long   way   off   and   all but   forgotten   as   life   has   returned   to   normal.   As   we   come   into   February   it   would   be   rather   hopeful   to   think   that Spring   is   on   its   way   with   longer   days   and   more   warmth   but   I   am   told   when   I   was   born   in   mid-March   there   were   snow drifts!   Hopefully   not   this   year   though. As   I   write   this,   early   January,   I   have   little   idea   what   the   political   or   world   situation might   be   as   you   read   this   early   February.   It   is   an   ever   changing   picture   that   we   are   shown   by   our   new   media   and through the unpredictability of people and events. By   the   beginning   of   February   we   will   have   managed   to   travel   together   through   the   beginning   of   our   new   format   of services   and   hopefully   with   a   level   of   success   and   satisfaction.   There   is   still   more   to   come   as   Messy   church   has moved   to   the   second   Sunday   of   each   month   at   St   Mary’s   Limpley   Stoke,   the   new   ‘Family   Focus’   on   the   4th   Sunday   is developing   in   St   John’s   church,   Hinton   and   as   eventually   a   5th   Sunday   arrives   we   will   be   able   to   give   ‘Café   church’   a go at the Old Bakery Freshford! Last term, autumn, a group of us went through the Alpha film series together and generally we all enjoyed the new format and got as much as we wanted from the course. One of the benefits of this is just simply meeting together and talking about common themes. It is one of the great strengths of smaller groups that you are able to discuss things that otherwise may not be possible to do so. I would love to run another course but may leave for a while, having said that the entire Alpha film series is on YouTube should you want to look at it. Life is a journey and not a destination and we all are on that journey. Just as international and local affairs are unpredictable so is the direction and construction of our own journeys as at any moment they make take an unexpected detour! The best thing we can do is to not journey alone. We need each other and we need community. In an age where we are all busier than ever and now permanently attached to our ‘smart’ technologies which drive us further from each other in our isolation we must make more of an effort to be part of community together. That is why we, as a parish, are trying to find new ways to encourage different groups to gather in activities that join us together as a journeying community. Come and see what we are doing – service details are elsewhere in this magazine. JANUARY Happy   New   Year   to   you   all   and   may   all   your   hopes   and   dreams   become   a   reality.   It   is   amazing   as   we   look forward   into   another   year   as   to   how   little   we   really   know   about   what   will   happen   and   yet   we   plan   and   hope   and   even dare   to   dream.   For   us,   at   the   Rectory,   the   plans   for   2018   include   a   big   birthday   celebration   for   me,   our   daughter’s wedding,   our   son   going   off   for   two   months   to   New   Zealand,   Lindy   and   my   25th   Wedding   anniversary   –   it   sounds   like one long excuse for a party that may well have to last the whole year! As I write this I have just been meeting with others at our Mid-Week prayers where we read a passage from Paul’s Letter to the Philippians telling them to be content in all circumstances. Contentment is not a word you hear much today, you are more likely to hear about debts and wants rather than contentment. Yet the value of that word is a good thing to consider as we enter the New Year. If I was to ask what would it take to make you feel content? You may well come up with all sorts of ideas and ideals, some of which may include money, security, family or many other things. However, in the letter I mentioned above, contentment is found in life though things are not easy. St Paul speaks from experience as when he writes this he is currently chained to a highly trained Roman soldier on his way to Rome to appear before the Emperor, having been false accused and threatened by his own people. So in his current situation he says that he has ‘learned to be content’ in all circumstances. So Paul’s contentment is not based on what he can yet receive or achieve but on his present reality. Why is he able to do this when we would think contentment for him is more likely in his freedom and security than in his current imprisonment? It is all down to the source of his contentment and that is his faith in God through Jesus Christ. That in his faith he knows that he needs to do nothing to please God, because God is already pleased with him. He needs to do nothing to impress God, because God simply loves him for who he is. Nothing will make him feel more secure and accepted than he already does by knowing that he is, through faith, a child of God, something that nothing and no one can ever take away from him. That gives him contentment. Some of you, reading this, may fully understand but for others it does not make sense. So   can   we   learn   to   be   content   with   what   we   have?   We   can,   it   is   just   a   change   of   perspective   on   life.   Contentment   for us   might   be   simply   that   we   have   a   roof   over   our   heads   and   food   to   eat.   That   we   have   friends   and/or   family somewhere   near,   either   on   the   end   of   a   phone   or   nearby.   Worrying   about   everything   else   we   would   like   or   we   think   we needs   just   leads   us   deeper   into   anxiety,   learning   to   be   content   will   lead   us   into   freedom   from   fear   and   concern   for   the present and future. This New Year – seek contentment and see how that changes you!
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
FEBRUARY 4th Sunday 2 Before Lent 10.30am St John’s Parish Communion 11th Sunday Sunday Next Before Lent 10.30am St Peter’s Parish Communion 4.00pm St Mary’s Messy Church 18th Sunday Lent 1 10.30am St Mary’s Parish Communion 25th Sunday Lent 2 10.30am St John’s Family Focus (all age service) 5.00pm St Mary’s Parish Communion
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Famil Focus Service