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
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!
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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AUGUST I t   has   been   interesting   recently   to   hear   so   many   people   saying that   this   has   been   the   longest   ‘Heat   Wave’   we   have   had   in   many years.   As   someone   who   remembers   well   the   summer   of   1976: flying   off   to   Texas   on   the   day   the   weather   broke   and   trying   to study   and   pass   my A   Levels   during   the   Heat   Wave,   I   would   have to   say   it   compares   to   that   year   but   has   not   been   as   prolonged. We    might    even    have    rain    as    the    weeks    go    by    towards    the ‘Summer   Holidays’.      Of   course   that   might   just   a   blip   and   back comes   the   sun.   We   have   absolutely   no   control   over   our   weather and   even   forecasting   can   be   an   inexact   science   of   logical   guess work.   Wind   patterns   can   change   and   although   our   ability   to predict     is     better     than     when     Michael     Fish     famously     and incorrectly   predicted   that   there   would   not   be   a   Hurricane   in   1987 we still get it wrong from time to time. SERENITY You    may    be    loving    this    heat    and    dryness;    or    you    may    be wondering   when   it   will   all   end   and   we   can   get   back   to   working outside   and   sleeping   at   night!   It   just   made   me   think   of   how   much in   everyday   life   is   actually   beyond   our   ability   or   expertise   or even   financial   ability   to   change.   Many   of   you   will   be   familiar   with the quote from  Rheinhold Neibuhr: GOD,    grant    me    the    serenity    to    accept    the    things    I    cannot change, Courage   to   change   the   things   I   can,   and   the   wisdom   to   know the difference. . WHY DO WE WORRY? This   Serenity   Prayer   is   used   by   the AA   amongst   others   (by   that   I don’t   mean   the   motoring   organisation!)   but   isn’t   it   so   true?   We often    worry    most    about    the    things    over    which    we    have    no control    –    the    weather,    our    health,    bereavement,    Brexit    –    or indeed   the   things   others   might   do   –   bad   driving,   aggression from   others,   being   judged   unfairly,   seeing   someone   triumph   who cheated   etc.      We   can’t   make   other   beh   ave   differently;   neither can   we   sort   out   the   ‘ideal’   summer   weather   for   everyone,   so   why do   we   worry   about   these   things?   What   you   can   change   and have   control   over   is   how   you   react   to   things   and   people.   Do   you join     the     grumblers,     or     mete     out     aggression     to     counter aggression. LIVING   BY   DIFFERENT   PRINCIPLES   Jesus   was   a   man   who lived   by   different   principles   than   many   we   exhibit   He   quietly lived      through      criticism,      persecution,      beatings,      ridicule, aggression   and   being   deliberately   spoken   ill   of   as   people   lied about   him   to   others.   He   did   not   need   a   smart   retort   but   simply   to live   his   life   as   an   example   for   others   to   follow.   More   important   to him was that people saw the nature of God in him. So   as   we   enjoy   our   coming   holiday   season   help   us,   Lord,   to   not get   too   worked   up   about   things   we   cannot   change,   courage   to change   the   things   we   can   and   make   a   difference   and   wisdom   to know   when   to   speak   out   and   when   to   hold   our   peace.   Enjoy your   summer   and   all   the   changes   that   autumn   will   bring   to   so many
Sunday 26th - Trinity 13 10.30am St Peter’s, Freshford Parish Communion (TBA) Sunday 2nd September - Trinity 14 10.30am St John’s, Hinton Charterhouse Baptism service with Communion 6.00pm St Peter’s, Freshford Celtic Evening Service
AUGUST
Sunday 2nd September - Trinity 14 10.30am St John’s Parish Communion and Baptism 6.00pm St Peter’s Celtic Evening Service Sunday 9th - Trinity 15 10.30am St Peter’s Parish Communion 4.00pm St Mary’s Messy Church Sunday 16th - Trinity 16 10.30am St Mary’s Parish Communion 6.00pm St John’s Informal Evening Service Sunday 23rd - Trinity 17 10.30am St John’s Family Focus/Harvest Theme 6.00pm St Mary’s Evening Harvest Festival Service Sunday 30th - Trinity 18 10.30am The Old Bakery Café Church Sunday 7th October - Trinity 19 10.30am St John’s Harvest Festival Service 6.00pm St Peter’s Celtic Evening Service
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