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 Wardens E Wordsworth, K Grattage
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                                                                  .
All services are taken by Revd Mike Taylor unles specified otherwise
NOVEMBER For   where   your   treasure   is,   there   your   heart   will   be   also.’ Matthew    6    verse    21    I    have    been    away    recently    on    a esidential   core   module   for   a   course   I   am   undertaking   and though   full   onwith   teaching   and   seminars   I   had   moments   to think   and   in   coming   away   to   reflect.   So   I   was   surprised when   my   thinking   all   came   together   as   I   read   the   above verse   from   the   Bible   the   day   after   I   returned.   It   has   left   me with   a   question   about   ‘treasure’.   What   is   it   that   I   treasure and   that   I   would   indeed   even   sacrifice   my   life   for?   What   is the   ‘main   thing’?   We   spend   most   of   our   time   and   energy focussing   and   working   for   a   treasure   that   is   very   temporary. It   is   with   us   for   a   time   then   it   is   not.   Money,   objects   and even    status    are    some    of    these.    Money    has    a    habit    of getting    spent,    like    the    woman    who    managed    to    spend £16,000,000    in    Harrods    recently    revealed    on    the    news. Objects   wear   out,   however   much   we   value   our   new   car   or TV,   or   computer;   it   very   quickly   needs   maintenance   or   even replacing.   Status   can   come   and   go,   a   wrong   decision   or   a word    in    the    wrong    ear:    just    watch    ‘The   Apprentice’    TV series   to   see   that.   Yet   these   things   occupy   most   of   our striving   and   therefore   our   attention   and   time   and   are   the treasures     we     hope     to     obtain.     So,     what     did     Jesus actuallymean by this? It   has   to   be   those   things   that   endure   beyond   this   mortal   life we   are   all   living.   So   that   could   be   things   such   as   a   memory left    for    others    to    appreciate    and    remember    you    by,    a character   trait   you   showed   and   was   valued   by   many,   or indeed     simply     a     legacy     left     that     makes     a     genuine difference.   Maybe   some   art   form   or   achievement   or   dare   I say   what   we   now   invest   in   our   eternal   existence   beyond death.   That   cannot   be   money,   objects   or   status   because none    of    these    will    survive    our    death.    It    can    only    be something   that   is   relational   with   the   one   who   lives   eternally. As   a   Christian   the   answer   is   simple   –   get   to   know   God through   his   human   representation,   Jesus,   and   to   learn   now how    to    live    in    relationship    with    him,    investing    in    that relationship,   enjoying   the   stability   it   brings,   until   that   day when    we    meet    him    ourselves.    Being    a    Christian    is    not about   how   we   do   things   but   put   simply   about   how   we   relate to   God   and   to   each   other   following   the   pattern   of   Jesus. Anything   less   than   this   is   probably   not   Christian   behaviour. If    your    experience    of    a    Christian    is    less    than    one    who follows   these   principles   of   a   healthy   relationship   with   God living   in   the   pattern   of   Jesus   as   much   as   we   are   able;   then please   don’t   assume   that   is   Christianity   that   is   just   weak humanity. I   wish   it   was   that   simple,   but   it   takes   a   life   time   to   achieve and   not   one   of   us   is   there   yet.   The   church   is   indeed,   as someone   once   said,   ‘a   hospital   for   those   who   know   they are   sick’   not   a   place   where   the   righteous   gather.   I   am   so   far from   this   ideal   myself,   but   I   know   it   is   to   where   I   must aspire.   That    is    where    my    treasure    is    and    that    is    worth pursuing. Autumn   has   now   come   and   the   days   are   getting   shorter   in   our   gathering   in   of   autumn   give   yourself   a   chance   also   to think   about   where   your   treasure   truly   is   and   are   you   putting too   much   effort   into   something   that   is   not   truly   treasure   at all?
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.
HINTON BABY & TODDLER GROUP At Hinton Charyerhouse Memoril Hll 10.30 - 12 noon every Wednesday
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OCTOBER Autumn has come and with it some rather pleasant Sunshine, or at least as I write this. Not too hot anD not cold either. The trees are changing and there are obvious signs now of changing season. We are so fortunate in the UK to  our regular seasons which provides us with a richness of harvest and the guarantee of sufficient for our needs. I know for farmers this summer has not been without its hardships, having to feed livestock with food stuff reserved for winter months, harvest being brought in early and not so full as in other years but for most of us it is business as usual, life goes on and we have enough. I love autumn just that feeling that all is well, that we have enough to last us through whatever uncertainties winter might bring.We  know  that  for  many  in  our  world the  story  is  quite  different,  not  only  do they  not  have  the  benefits  of  season for  growth,  but  never  seem  to  have the  right  conditions  or  environment  to enable  harvest  success  in  any  sense of  that  word.  That  is  why  we  celebrate Harvest  Thanksgiving,  because  we  have so  much  for  which  to  be  thankful.  Do  we  express  our  gratitude  enough  or  are we  more  likely  to  be  found  grumbling than  thanking? OUR  RELATIONSHIP  WITH  EUROPE Sometime  this  autumn  our  government has  to  come  to  an  agreement  with the  EU  about  where  we  go  with  our relationship  to  the  rest  of  the  continent of  Europe  after  we  leave  the  EU.  For most  of  us  there  is  much  uncertainty,and  for  some  anger  or  even  fear,  or maybe  a  hope  of  a  change  of  direction even  at  the  last  moment.  THE  SMALL  BOY  AND  THE  STARFISH We  held  our  second  ‘Café  church’  in July  and  at  that  we  looked  at  the  reality of  plenty  for  some  and  hardship  and poverty  for  others  in  our  world.  One of  the  things  we  found  was,  as  we suspected,  there  is  more  than  enough to  go  round:  no  one  needs  to  live  in hardship,  and  certainly  not  poverty, we  are  just  not  very  good  at  sharing. It  may,  however,  feel  all  too  large  a problem  and  not  something  to  which  you  or  I  can  make  much  difference.  But like  the  old  story  of  the  man  walking along a large beach covered in starfish who found a boy throwing them back into the sea. He looked at the vast number of starfish and the small boy and his tiny efforts and asked him what difference he was making. The boy picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea and said simply ‘It made a difference to that one’ and continued his mission. What little thing can we do to express our gratitude that will not maybe change the world but change the life of someone somewhere today? HARVEST FESTIVAL A Harvest Festival Service will be held at 10.30am at St Peter’s Church, Freshford on Sunday 14th October. We do hope you will be able to join us at this special time.You are welcome to make donations of non-perishable goods which will be taken to the Food Bank at The Hub in Bradford on Avon.
Sunday  28th  - Trinity  22 10.30am St  Peter’s Informal  Parish Communion 5.00pm  St  Mary’s Evening  Service Sunday  4th  November  - Trinity  23 10.30am St  John’s Parish  Communion 6.00pm St  Peter’s Celtic  Evening Service
OCTOBER
Sunday  4th  November  - Trinity  23 10.30am  St  John’s Parish  Communion 6.00pm St  Peter’s Celtic  Evening Service Sunday  11th  -  Trinity  24 10.30am St  Peter’s Remembrance  Day  Service 5.00pm  St  Mary’s Evening Remembrance Service Sunday  18th  - Trinity  25 10.30am  St  Mary’s Parish  Communion 6.00pm St  John’s Evening  Worship Sunday  25th  - Trinity  26 10.30am St  John’s Family  Focus 5.00pm St  Mary’s Evening Communion Sunday  2nd  December  - Advent  1 10.30am St  John’s Parish  Communion
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NB Bells will be rung at 1100 on 11th November at St John’s