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
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PARISH LINK WITH ZAMBIA - THE STORY SO FAR   News from Solwezi, Zambia            Bronson Chiofu, who visited us last October with Father Kashimototwo others of the congregation, writes  that they are praying for peace and calm in Burundi. Some members of their congregation come from  Burundi and so have concerns about friends and family.  There is a refugee camp in the parish for  people who had to escape the Rwandan genocide. Those people are now about to be accepted as  Zambian citizens so it seems sad that events once again in the area close to Zambia are looking troubled  once more. Their harvest is over for the year and it is now winter, perhaps not as we know though.  Bronson and others who work shifts at the mines find it cold on the night shift but the days continue to  be warm and sunny.   The parish have been praying for our parish in our time of change and are aware that interviews are  being held. Bronson says that in January every year the Bishop transfers priests from one parish to  another so it sounds as if the parishioners do not have as much choice as we have.
LICENSING SERVICE Mike and Lindy The Rev Mike Taylor wias formally Licensed to serve as our Priest-in-charge by the Bishop of Bath and Wells at a special service on Thursday 17 March 2016 in St Peter’s Church. This was followed by a reception in Freshford Village Memorial Hall. We all warmly welcome them both and their family
For more information on the link with the parish in ZAMBIA click here
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
OCTOBER Memories   of   the   short   lived   summer   weather   are   now   fading   into   the   distance   for   us   all.   It   seemed   that   the proper   summer   weather   of   high   temperatures   lasts   about   2   weeks   then   left   us   with   a   mixed   bag   of   weather. However,   how   fortunate   we   were   to   not   be   in   an   area   where   weather   extremes   can   present   us   with   severe   heat   or cold,   or   indeed   hurricanes.   British   weather   is   mild   at   best   but   at   least   safe   and   unpredictable   –   gives   us   something   to talk about. As   I   write   this   letter   we   are   now   well   into   our   autumn   and   hopefully   enjoying   the   fruits   of   Harvest   and   preparing   for   the winter   that   is   coming.   There   is   a   great   sense   of   comfort   as   finally   the   fires   are   lit   and   the   heating   goes   on,   and   in   the safety   of   our   homes   we   enjoy   all   the   celebrations   which   make   winter   slightly   shorter!   Our   celebration   of   Harvest   in   this country   is   all   about   that   feeling   that   we   have   all   we   need,   we   are   prepared   and   let   us   not   forget   to   say   thank   you   that yet again all is well! Not many of us are involved in farming or growing crops but we all gain from those who do. When   we   look   back   at   the   scenes   of   devastation   following   hurricanes   or   other   natural   disasters,   or   the   sight   of   empty shelves   in   deserted   stores,   we   thenrealise   we   do   have   so   much   to   be   thankful   for.   We   are   a   nation   of   grumblers   so let’s   take   the   time   to   be   thankful   instead.   We   are   safe,   we   are   secure,   we   have   somewhere   to   lay   our   heads   and   we have food on our tables – we are amongst the wealthiest in the world as so much of the world has none or little of this. During   October   we   will   be   celebrating   some   of   this   in   our   Harvest   thanksgiving   services   in   church,   do   come   along   and join   us   if   you   can.   The   downside   of   being   content   and   having   enough   is   that   we   see   no   need   of   anything   else   in   our lives.   So   as   a   nation   we   turn   further   and   further   away   from   God.   Why   would   we   need   God   when   we   have   all   we   need and   anyway   we   are   too   busy   with   life   to   bother   about   ‘What   else’   there   might   be?   There   is   still   just   about   time   for   you to   come   and   join   the Alpha   course   that   we   are   running   just   contact   me   or   the   parish   office   and   see   if   you   can   join.   It   is good   to   ask   questions,   it   is   sensible   to   investigate;   it   costs   so   little   of   your   time   in   the   big   scheme   of   things   to   give   up an   evening   a   week   to   find   out   if   there   is   any   truth   that   you   have   not   yet   discovered.   What   do   you   have   to   lose   if   you take   a   look?   I   love,   even   now,   finding   out   new   things.   I   never   tire   of   it!   How   about   joining   us   and   seeing   if   there   is something   more   to   life’s   adventure   than   you   thought   there   was? Autumn   is   a   time   to   gather   things   in   to   feel   secure   how about you do that with your thoughts too. See if there is anything worth all our effort to do well.   SEPTEMBER “As   long   as   the   earth   endures,   seedtime   and   harvest,   cold   and   heat,   summer   and   winter,   day   and   night   will never   cease.”   Spoken   by   God   in   Genesis   8   regarding   the   end   of   the   flood   and   the   promise   of   productivity   and fruitfulness   for   all   generations   to   come.   For   us   in   the   West   and   in   the   Northern   Hemisphere   this   tends   to   be   our experience.   For   others   it   is   just   a   wish   and   a   prayer,   but   then   maybe   we   were   always   meant   to   share   what   we   had,   not waste it! Autumn   is   arriving   fast,   the   schools   and   Universities   are   starting   again   on   their   new   academic   year   and   many   of   us are   finding   life   getting   back   to   normal   as   we   wonder   where   and   when   the   Summer   went   and   feeling   in   need   of   a vacation   again!   There   is   something   constant   about   nature   and   of   course   the   promises   of   God.   Living   in   unsettled times at least the autumn came again and still we have enough. Having   had   moments   to   enjoy   longer   days   and   some   sunshine,   to   share   holidays   together   or   simply   to   have   less meetings   to   attend   now   is   the   time   to   give   of   your   best   at   school,   at   University   or   at   work.   Somehow   to   me   September feels   like   this   –   the   start   of   everything   and   the   way   into   the   rest   of   the   year.   That   may   be   because   I   still   have   children at   University   and   so   termtimes   are   significant,   it   may   just   be   because   the   church   seems   also   to   come   alive   with activity   in   the   autumn. There   are   so   many   things   I   would   like   to   start   and   I   just   hope   there   is   enough   time   and   sufficient help and support to make them happen. I   want   to   run   an   Alpha   course,   which   is   an   amazing   chance   to   investigate   the   claims   of   Christianity   for   yourself.   To hear   some   well-constructed   talks   on   video   and   to   have   the   chance   to   ask   questions.   If   Christianity   is   untrue   then   it   is irrelevant,   but   what   if   it   is   true?   Do   we   know   for   certain   one   way   or   the   other?   It   is   equally   difficult   to   disprove   the existence   of   God   than   to   prove   it   but   what   if   there   is   something   in   our   faith   that   means   it   is   true?   If   true   it   is   not   just true   for   some   but   for   all.   Why   not   come   along   and   find   out   for   yourself,   what   have   you   got   to   lose?   Do   look   out   for details as it is one course I really want to see run this autumn. Every   blessing   to   all   who   are   starting   new   schools   or   Universities,   or   those   returning   to   new   classes   or   simply   finding the   next   stage   in   their   lives.   Our   prayers   are   with   our   school   as   they   return   with   new   teachers   and   with   a   mind   to   the future   of   our   relationship   with   others   as   it   develops.   Our   prayers   with   you   all   as   live   returns   to   some   sort   of   normality. Do something good for someone else each day and see what a difference it makes .
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
More information on the plans for Children and Families is contained on the Parish Web site http://flshc.co.uk/  
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
11th Wednesday Trinity 17 9.00am St Peter’s Freshford School Harvest Festival 15th Sunday Trinity 18 10.30am St Peter’s Parish Communion 6.00pm St Mary’s Evening Service with Harvest Thanksgiving 22nd Sunday Trinity 19 10.30am St John’s Morning Worship 4.00pm St Mary’s Messy Church @ 4 29th Sunday Last After Trinity 10.30am St Mary’s Parish Communion 11th Wednesday Trinity 17 9.00am St Peter’s Freshford School Harvest Festival
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