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
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
FEBRUARY 2019   has   arrived   and   by   the   time   you   read   this   we   will   all   be well   on   our   way   through   the   New   Year.   So   what   lies   ahead? Uncertainty,   uncertainty,   uncertainty   –   with   a   dash   of   fear   is   what   we   hear   mostly   these   days.   ‘The   Vote’   on   a   Brexit Deal   will   probably   have   happened   and   now   we   will   be   on   to –   so   what   now?   As   I   write   the   US   are   being   held   to   ransom by   an   angry   president   who   can’t   get   his   way,   for   Brexit   there is   but   one   way!   Why   is   everything   happening   today   that offers   us   just   one   way?   When   has   it   ever   happened   before that   there   is   only   one   way   to   do   things   –   have   we   ever   really settled in to the idea that there is no alternative action? I   am   just   about   to   go   off   on   another   residential   course   and   in the    current    course    I    am    studying    we    will    be    looking    at Reflective   Practice!   Some   of   you   will   know   exactly   what   I mean   and   will   have   mixed   views   on   this:   others   of   you   will have   no   idea   what   I   am   on   about!   I’m   not   sure   I   know   yet and   the   thought   of   writing   a   4,500   essay   on   a   subject   that   at present    I    could    sum    up    in    20    words    is    a    bit    unsettling! Interestingly,   it   is   relevant   to   where   I   started,   as   it   seems   to me Reflective Practice is the ‘art’ of looking at an event,   noticing   its   effects,   including   how   it   makes   you   feel, and    asking    why    you    might    feel    the    way    you    do.    It    also involves   seeking   to   understand   the   event   and   your   reaction, talking   it   through   with   others   in   the   community,   allowing   for alternatives   to   be   raised,   then   together,   with   all   the   gathered knowledge,   coming   up   with   a   plan.   The   plan   is   either   for now,    if    the    event    is    still    current,    or    for    the    next    time something   similar   occurs:   because   you   will   certainly   handle and   view   it   differently   that   time!   I   sometimes   wonder   if   we have   lost   the   ability   to   reflect,   because   we   have   allowed ourselves   to   become   too   busy   and   too   focussed   on   our   own little     world.     Our     age     of     instant     communication,     and distraction,    leaves    us    no    space    in    which    to    reflect:    the demand   for   solutions   means   we   simply   react   in   the   way   we always   have   because   that   is   our   learned   default   mode   of operation! If   we   look   at   those   who   worked   with   and   followed   Jesus   we see   perhaps   a   simpler   age   when   Jesus   had   the   luxury   of   an event   (maybe   a   healing,   feeding   5,000   people,   a   conflict   with authorities   etc)   and   after   the   event   talking   it   through   with   his closest   followers.   Parables   were   ways   of   creating   reflective practice,   because   they   often   told   familiar   stories,   but   as   you looked at the story you saw hidden depths in it that pointed you    somewhere    else.   That    is    a    more    traditional    learning style    than    what    we    have    today    and    after    each    event, something   new   was   learned   or   revealed   that   then   helped. Are   we   all   missing   out   on   the   opportunity   to   do   things   better, to   react   more   wisely   and   to   be   creative   because   we   do   not allow ourselves time   to   reflect   any   more?   Reflection   is   best   done   with   others too   and   we   have   managed   to   disable   community   living   by our busy focussed lives.
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   £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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I f   you   want   an   idea   to   take   you   forward   further   into   the   year then   it   is   simply   this   –   give   yourself   more   time.   Think   about things   that   happen,   don’t   just   react,   and   talk   to   those   who you   trust   to   give   you   wise   advice.   We   need   each   other   and we need time! May God bless you in this New Year. JANUARY I t    seems    odd    to    be    writing    something    for    the    New    Year several   weeks   before   Christmas,   but   such   are   deadlines!   So I   guess   the   question   is   ‘Was   your   Christmas   a   good   one?’. Did    you    have    time    to    celebrate    with    family    or    were    you working   through   much   of   it?   Did   you   over   spend   and   over eat?    Will    January    now    be    filled    with    good    intentions    for 2019?   What   makes   it   strange   to   write   now   is   that   I   am   writing into   the   future   with   no   idea   of   what   I   will   be   doing   let   alone you!   Isn’t   that   part   of   the   worries   of   today?   The   future   is   so uncertain?   What   will   happen   in   March   with   Brexit,   assuming it   is   still   happening,   as   after   I   have   written   this   Parliament   will be   voting   on   the   proposed   Brexit   bill   and   all   our   speculation may    have    given    rise    to    further    uncertainty    or    we    will    be facing   another   referendum   or   even   an   election!   If   so   much hangs,   and   can   so   easily   change,   on   a   debate   and   vote taken   on   one   day   before   Christmas   how   can   we   possibly plan   for   the   future?      I   have   been   increasingly   aware   of   the fragile    nature    of    our    world    and    its    structures    and    more inclined   to   read   my   bible   and   spend   time   with   God   who knows   the   future.   The   prophet   Jeremiah   (29:11)   said   about the   future   11   For   I   know   the   plans   I   have   for   you,”   declares the   Lord,   “plans   to   prosper   you   and   not   to   harm   you,   plans   to give   you   hope   and   a   future.   Not   to   take   something   out   of context   as   this   was   about   the   restoration   of   the   nation   of Israel   after   the   rise   and   fall   of   empires   all   around   them   and their   capture   by   Babylon!   I   think   this   can   also   be   a   timeless message   for   all   who   put   their      trust   in   God   that   he   does   have a   plan   and   purpose   for   us.   We   may   not   know   what   it   is   but   it is   there.   It   involves   putting   our   trust   in   Him   rather   than   in   the world!   That   doesn’t   sound   so   bad   as   you   look   at   the   world   at present.   Maybe   it   is   if   you   do   not   have   faith   in   God;   or   maybe this   is   a   time   to   think   about   whether   or   not   there   might   just be   a   larger   plan   than   the   one   politicians   make   for   us!   What   if there   is   something   supernatural   where   there   are   plans      that not even Parliament knows anything about?
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Sunday 24th - Epiphany 8 10.30am St Peter’s Baptism Service 5.00pm St Mary’s Evening Service Sunday 3rd March - Last Sunday after Epiphany 10.30am St John’s Parish Communion 6.00pm St Peter’s Evening Service
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