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
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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
MARCH T HANK YOU! A s I start to write this I want to say a huge thank you to Rhiannon who have been putting our magazine together now for a while, especially Ghika who has done such an amazing job. Also to Mark for his vision and drive that bought about the change in format and the next change to appearance and who continues to work on the magazine, its contents, direction, present and future. Things get done when people work together and I just wanted to acknowledge that as I begin my thoughts – or ramblings! REFLECTION I am very fortunate that as part of my full-time work I am encouraged to continually learn and study. I have chosen to take the opportunity of studying a subject that is close to my heart and at a higher level. This means three residential study periods a year and I have recently returned from the last one. In this one we looked at the whole area of reflection and how working together on a common project can produce some amazing results. How groups like this are formed and how what they discover might grow and improve over time with reflection! I have to say I do not consider myself a very reflective sort of person. I tend to think as I do, at least I now know that is a legitimate form of reflective practice, but maybe not good alone! I guess after more than 27 years in parish ministry I am used to reflecting as things happen and never, until now, thought about reflecting on an event after it happened! I will endeavour to be more reflective going forward. When I went to this period of study I had little understanding of the subject. I reflect on the scriptures I use in my preaching, I prepare any teaching I do and I have been through so demanding and mundane experiences that have needed careful handling and negotiations. To be faced with a whole module on this was daunting and even on the subject! If nothing else it has caused me to stop and reflect! So it has worked to a certain extent but can I write a convincing essay on it? SHARING WITH FRIENDS What was once normal, in that people talked everything over with others in the community, is not so normal now. It used to be that if something happened you would chat with neighbours, friends, relatives or church members you trusted! Neighbourhoods have been devalued as so much today is about ‘my space’ and ‘my decision’ and ‘my direction’ to ask for advice from others is to expose a ‘weakness’ and we want to be seen as being in control! We are a funny race because we are reticent in sharing things with traditional confidants and yet willing to post on social media what we did last night, what we think about politics and even how glorious the meal looked that we ate. Social Media has presented us with New Communities – sometimes made up of people we don’t really know and who remain anonymous – we don’t chat face to face, we post and see what response we get. Maybe as a society we would be naturally more reflective if we went back to chatting things over with those we trust. Maybe that is a reflection on the sort of ministry I do, as part of the church, in that we are more often than not left to fend for ourselves than given obvious support! I must learn to reflect more before I do something, as I do something and indeed after I do something! This will be good for me!
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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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. 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.
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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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Sunday 3rd March - Last Sunday after Epiphany 10.30am St John’s, Parish Communion 6.00pm St Peter’s Celtic Evening Service Sunday 10th - Lent 1 10.30am St Peter’s Parish Communion Sunday 17th - Lent 2 10.30am St Mary’s Parish Communion 6.00pm St John’s Evening Worship Sunday 24th - Lent 3 10.30am St Peter’s Café Church 5.00pm St Mary’s Evening Communion Sunday 31st - Lent 4 10.30am St John’s Family Focus Sunday 7th April - Lent 5 10.30am St John’s Parish Communion 6.00pm St Peter’s (TBC) Celtic Evening Service
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