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
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.
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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SEPTEMBER Here   we   are   in   England’s   beige   and   pleasant   land   as   we   head off    from    a    hot    dry    summer    into    autumn.    This    letter    is    for September   and   as   I   sit   in   my   study   looking   out   at   yet   more sunshine   it   is   difficult   to   believe   this   dry   spell   may   well   have ended   by   September.   In   1976   I   remember   flying   off   for   three months   in   Texas   the   day   the   summer   weather   finally   broke,   so   I do remember hotter and dryer summers! A CHANCE TO REST What   have   you   been   doing   this   summer?   Maybe   not   so   much ‘wild   water   swimming’   as   the   rivers   are   running   low.   Perhaps you   have   been   on   holiday   and   managed   to   find   a   beach   and warm   sea   –   even   in   the   UK!   I   do   hope   you   have   had   a   chance   to rest and time with your families. SPECIAL DAYS The   highlight   of   our   summer,   as   many   of   you   will   know,   was   the marriage   of   my   daughter   Sammy   to   Tom   Rule   on   the   28th   July.   I knew   I   could   do   both   the   father   bit   and   the   vicar   bit   but   even then   as   I   gave   my   daughter   away,   while   trying   to   hold   on   to professional   dignity,   it   was   hard   and   there   were   a   few   wobbles! What   can   I   say   –   I   am   human   and   she   is   my   daughter.   Through all   this   summer’s   dryness   the   wedding   day   AUGUST   and   day after   were   wet!   Still   it   meant   that   Freshford   Village   Memorial   Hall was   not   like   an   oven!   It   was   a   beautiful   day,   as   any   wedding   is, but    to    see    two    young    people    who    had    lived    apart,    one    at University   and   the   other   working   in   Oxfordshire   and   coped   with the    strain    of    not    seeing    each    other    often    and    work/student pressures    meant    that    seeing    them    finally    together    was    so special.   Sally   and Adam   were   married   in   St   Mary’s   on   the   same day   and   together   with   all   those   who   gave   themselves   to   each other   in   marriage   this   summer,   please   support   them,   pray   for them   and   encourage   them.   It   is   a   precious   thing   to   do   and   we should   honour   and   support   them   in   and   through   their   marriage   after    all    I    ask    that    at    the    service    as    a    question    to    the congregation anyway! REST IS FOLLOWED BY WORK Now   autumn   comes   again.   School   starts,   University   starts,   our sleepy   days   of   August   are   past   and   life   goes   on.   If   you   are starting   something   new   then   do   your   best   and   find   people   who will   support   and   honour   you.   If   it   is   just   ‘back   to   normal’   don’t forget   to   find   enjoyment   in   life.   Now   we   have   rested   –   it   is   time to   work.   That   is   why   God   made   the   Sabbath   day   of   rest,   so   that refreshed   we   could   then   work   for   the   remainder   of   the   week   we    holiday        for    the    same    reason,    to    give    us        strength    and courage   to   face   the      future   from   a   place   of   rest   –   not   the   other way around!
Sunday  7th  October  -  Trinity  19 10.30am St  John’s Parish  Communion 6.00pm St  Peter’s Celtic  Evening Service Sunday  14th  -  Trinity  20 10.30am St  Peter’s Harvest  Festival Service Sunday  21st  -  Trinity  21 10.30am St  Mary’s Parish  Communion 6.00pm St  John’s Evening  Worship 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
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