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 bellsThere 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 Historyof this charming church is contained elsewhere in this site. OFFICERSChurch WardenE WordsworthSecretary VacantTreasurer Jo Helps
LICENSING SERVICEMike and LindyThe 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
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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.
All services are taken by Revd Mike Taylor unles specified otherwise
MAYI don’t think I have ever had so many weddings in my life to do in one place as I have now starting this month of May and all the way through to December 28th. We are now up to 14 weddings and I just love it that couples are still wanting to cement their relationship and love through marriage. We live in an age where things are constructed with a ‘sell by’ date – no matter how new your PC is now, in six months it will be out of date! Your car will need replacing; your TV is no longer the latest one. My prayer for each of these 28 young men and women will be that their marriages will be for life and not part of the statistics of our throwaway society. I know people make mistakes and things go wrong but I recognise that each couple I have married have intended to spend the rest of their lives together and I just love that sense of commitment expressed in Marriage. I have heard a lot of times recently that apparently we live in a ‘Post-Truth’ age now! What a crazy idea, that how you feel is more important that what is actually true! I think that the idea of ‘Post-Truth’ is just nonsense. Maybe it has come about because we can’t any longer believe what we see in the media at times, or what the Pollsters say will happen in an election or areferendum, but surely, just logically, ‘Post-Truth’ cannot be more than a wacky idea invented to give excuse for people to believe what they want! If you stick your naked hand in a fire (not recommended) you will burn your hand – it is not a matter of opinion it is the truth. We are now between the Christian festival of Easter and the festival of Pentecost, where the Holy Spirit of God was poured out on the believers, in Jerusalem, giving them courage and power to leave their safety and go out to tell the world the ultimate, overarching, true story of God’s rescue plan for us all. Much is not certain any more, but the message of the Christian Gospel has never changed. We should deliver it in new ways that connect to people today and express our love and genuine concern for community and society, but the basic truth of our message never changes.Jesus is alive!APRILEaster is fast approaching and during this month we will celebrate this great festival of the church. It is interesting that almost every culture apart from our own uses a derivative of Paschal to refer to Easter including Welsh Pasg! So why do we refer to this festival as Easter? There are of course many, many explanations most of which center around the name of an ancient goddess Eostre, who is celebrated as the sun rises. Many ancient religious practices were drawn into Christianity, as were ancient worship sites. They were Christianised and are used still today, the Hot Cross Bun for instance, without the cross it was an offering to an ancient Babylonian goddess but with the cross a reminder of the Sacrifice of Jesus on Good Friday.Others now believe that the word Easter derives from an Old Saxon (German) word, meaning resurrection or simply 'East'. Obviously the sun rises in the East and some churches will begin their celebrations on the 16th April at Sunrise! I am guessing that the ancients believed Israel was in the East, now known as the Middle East. If Israel was the East, then the resurrection of Christ was in the East the same direction as the rising of the Sun, though to us the rising of the Son. Most older churches are built facing west to East with the main altar or communion table at the East end where the Holy Communion is prepared. Looking East as we wait the return of Christ. In Acts Chapter 1 we were told he would come back the same way as he went, caught up into the clouds, so we look up and out to see his return. Most graves are dug East to West and interestingly a priest grave is the other way around!So much is now lost to us through ancient History and practices but I rather like the thought that our Easter is about the rising of the Sun/Son. Interestingly the word used by most countries is more akin to the Jewish Passover than any Christian festival! So controversial as the name may be it seems best if we stick with the name Easter. Many today would have us forget the purpose of the Easter celebrations and to call it Spring bank holiday, marking a huge return to a more ancient time, before Christ, when the changes of the seasons and the coming of Spring, the coming of this season marked the beginning of the fertile part of the year and so was widely celebrated. If the word derives from the name of an ancient goddess then perhaps we might feel like we are devolving back to paganism, but is that where we want to be? The resurrection of Jesus marked a turning point for all people of every race. His resurrection was proof to the disciples that everything he said was true. Who else could conquer death than God himself? So if this ratified their belief what did he say?Jesus told us that God was our Father in Heaven and closer than we had ever dared hope for. That he did not require of us sacrifices of things or of our own lives to servitude and religiosity but simply wanted us to know him as Father and to enter into a new relationship with the Father, more like the living room thank the courtroom. We are not on trial we are being offered life in all it's fullness. The choice is ours, do we live without the offer of relationship, and hope we can convince God in the courtroom of Heaven (if we even believe in Heaven) or do we accept the life on offer and become his son or daughter? It is a simple matter of choice! Life without this relationship is as best insecure, as we try and find true purpose, happiness, fulfillment and security in what we do and become. In the hopes that this will be noticed and give us the comfort of a 'good life' with no lasting purpose beyond our own death.For me and many Christians this year and every year Easter is a chance of reminding ourselves of how this new relationship was purchased for us and to enjoy it again as we renew our commitment to make the relationship with God real and lasting.
St Peter’sFreshfordSt Mayy’sLimpley StokeSt John’sHinton Charterhouse
The Parish of Freshford, Limpley Stoke and Hinton Charterhouse
Sunday ClubAt the Old Bakery, Freshford@ 4.00pm1st and 3rd Sunday of the monthStarting after half-term on Sunday 5th MarchAges 5-14 All welcomePlease email email@example.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/
30thSundayEaster 310.30amSt Mary’sParish Communion4.00pmOld BakerySunday ClubLindy Taylor
Children’s Activities and Services over EasterThere will be a Messy Easter Communion and Easter Egg Hunt at 5pm on Easter Day Sunday April 16th at St John’s Church, Hinton Charterhouse.An art trail - there will be a set of 14 posters of the Stations of the Cross in strategic locations around the parish. I challenge children and adults to spot or photograph them all. Send me the locations and a prize will be given at Messy Church during the service at 5pm on Easter Day.Easter Craft Morning - A number of craft activities and some creative prayer will be available on Easter Saturday on April 15th at the Old Bakery from 10am-12noon. Come and join us.Children’s Work in February/MarchPancake Party - Shrove Tuesday on February 28th saw families with children ranging from 14months to 14 years flipping, tossing, making and of course eating at the Big Pancake Party. All donations went to “feed the hungry” which is run by the Together Network and Church Urban Fund. There was “guess the number of pancakes in the jar” and a competition of who could make and eat the most revolting pancake filler! Lots of laughter and fun was had over the course of the evening. Lots of pancakes made, enjoyed and eaten.Messy Church - Messy Church on Sunday February 26th saw Hugo and his sister Birdie baptised at Messy Church Baptism, which is always an enjoyable occasion as it’s such a joy to welcome a new family into the Messy Church community.Sunday Clubs - Sunday March 5th 4pm saw our first Sunday Club. We looked at Matthew 28:20 “I am with you always”. 2 Kings 18 to 20 saw Hezekiah never being alone despite getting things wrong at times. The aim of thesession using games, prayer and reading the bible was for the children to understand that God is always with them and to explore the presence of God. Fun and laughter is the most important ingredient to these evenings. The next sessions are on 2nd and 23rd April at the Old Bakery at 4pm. Hope to see you there!
WEDDINGSBecause 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.
7thSundayEaster 410.30amSt John’sParish Communion 4.00pmOld BakerySunday ClubLindy Taylor6.00pmOld BakeryEvening Worship14thSundayEaster 59.00amSt Mary’sParish Communion10.30amSt Peter’sMorning Worship21stSundayEaster 610.30amSt Peter’sParish Communion4.00pmOld BakerySunday ClubLindy Taylor6.00pmSt Mary’sEvening Service28thSundayEaster 710.30amSt John’sMorning Worship 4.00pmSt Mary’sMessy Church @ 4Revd. Mike Taylor & Lindy Taylor