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
MAY Was   there   ever   a   time   when   our   nation   needed   God   more than   now?   As   I   write   this   letter   none   of   us   have   any   idea whether   or   not   we   will   have   a)   an   agreement   with   the   EU   to leave,   b)   left   without   any   agreement,   or   c)   made   any   tangible progress   toward   any   sort   of   solution   to   what   has   occupied countless   hours   of   parliamentary   debate   or   media   attention for so long.    ‘From   one   man   He   created   all   the   nations   throughout   the whole   earth.   He   decided   beforehand   when   they   should   rise and   fall,   and   He   determined   their   boundaries.’   Acts   17:26, NLT. I   read   this   a   while   ago   and   was   struck   by   this   and   other references   in   the   Bible   to   God   caring   for   our   future   and   our nation and holding it in his hands. Of course, as you read this, everythingI write may no longerbe appropriate as a deal may have been struck or any number of other alternatives reached. But I somehow doubt that to be the case if recent weeks and months have been anything to go by. Our nation has taken the side  agnosticism toward God and he is being removed from public life, schools and side-lined as the interest of a few hypocritical people who are out of touch with the present world. As God is removed from public view so also go the boundaries which have shaped our nation and given us direction. Without boundaries ‘anything goes’ and it seems sometimes that is where we are now. Have we forgotten him at our own peril? Have we fallen so far from our once rich Christian heritage that - who now holds the truth for us? Indeed is there a truth left? April saw our celebration of Easter and despite the calls to rename it a Spring Holiday it remains the Easter holidays. Now if you research the word Easter you either get an ancient goddess or the old Teutonic word meaning Resurrection. Whatever the origin of the word it remains a time when life is seen as coming out of death, which is surely a resurrection, and has become the Christian celebration of the vanquishing of death by Jesus who not only won a great victory over death but also over guilt, evil and doubt. Having spent a little while in the season of Easter or resurrection I pray that we might remain there a little longer. The Season of Easter continues up until Ascension Day and then swiftly on to Pentecost, the day God let loose the Holy Spirit into the hearts and lives of those who are ready and willing. Please God send your Holy Spirit into our nations, as far as we are from you, and restore hope and life, as you do so well. APRIL I   am   the   Resurrection   and   the   Life   said   Jesus   when   he   spoke with   his   friends   Martha   and   Mary   from   Bethany   at   the   death of   their   brother   Lazarus.   Not   only   did   he   go   on   to   show   the reality   of   this   statement   to   them   but   later   to   all   his   disciples, his followers, and a confused yet expectant world.
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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   Easter   is   late   this   year   being   toward   the   end   of April.   In   325CE the   Council   of   Nicaea   established   that   Easter   would   be   held   on the   first   Sunday   after   the   first   Full   Moon   occurring   on   or   after   the vernal    equinox.    From    that    point    forward,    the    Easter    date depended   on   the   ecclesiastical   approximation   of   March   21   for the   vernal   equinox.   Easter   is   delayed   by   1   week   if   the   Full   Moon is   on   Sunday,   which   decreases   the   chances   of   it   falling   on   the same   day   as   the   Jewish   Passover.   Which   is   a   lengthy   way   of saying   that   as   handy   as   it   would   be   to   expect   Easter   day   to   fall on    the    same    date    each    year,    like    Christmas,    it    doesn’t,    so confusion   reigns.   Easter   day   must   be   a   Sunday   as   that   is   the recorded   day   on   which   the   Resurrection   of   Jesus   was   recorded, not   by   an   event,   but   by   the   lack   of   a   body   in   the   tomb. This   was, of   course,   followed   by   events   including   the   sighting   of   angels and   even   the   sighting   of   Jesus,   totally   material,   as   they   were able to touch him and he was able to share food with them.    The   most   extraordinary   thing   about   Easter   is   that   the   miracle went   unseen,   even   by   those   closest   to   Jesus.   You   might   say   it took   place   behind   closed   stone   -   in   the   tomb   where   his   body was   put.   In   Church   we   have   been   looking   recently   at   the   miracle stories,   or   signs,   as   recorded   carefully   by   John,   the   disciple   of Jesus, as he looked back at his life and all he had seen.    The   resurrection   of   Jesus   was   the   only   miracle   that   no   one witnessed   and   yet   the   evidence   surrounding   the   tomb   being vacated   by   Jesus’   body   proves   that   this   event   took   place   to those   who   are   hungry   enough   to   see   it.   The   tomb   was   not empty   –   inside   were   the   grave   clothes   with   burial   spices,   and separately,   the   cloth   that   had   been   wrapped   around   his   head. For   grave   robbers,   the   spices   were   the   only   thing   of   any   value   to them. The   Jews   had   insisted   Rome   posted   highly   trained   guards outside    the    tomb.    These    were    not    reluctant    conscripts    but professional   soldiers.   Yet   they   had   no   explanation   for   the   open tomb bereft of the body of Jesus.    The   disciples   who   were   bereaved   and   scattered   did   not   believe he   would   rise   from   the   dead,   as   they   never   really   understood   his warnings     to     them     beforehand.    They     would     not     for     fear, bereavement,   and   confusion   have   been   able   to   overpower   the guards,   move   the   stone   and   remove   the   body!   After   all,   if   they had,    how    could    they    maintain    the    story    of    his    resurrection knowing   it   was   not   true   –   even   to   the   death   for   many   of   them? The   authorities   might   have   wanted   to   thwart   the   possible   plans of   deceivers   by   removing   the   body   themselves,   so   that   no   one could   make   a   claim   about   his   resurrection   because   they   had   the body   stashed   somewhere   to   be   revealed   as   ‘the   lie’   spread.   But it   is   the   very   presence   of   the   grave   clothes   and   spices,   and   the inability   to   counter   the   witnesses   to   the   resurrection,   that   leave us to wonder – what happened?     Jesus    appeared    to    those    who    knew    him    following    his conquering   of   death. At   one   time   he   appeared   to   more   than   500 people.   He   walked   and   talked   and   made   a   fire   and   ate   with   his followers.   Even   if   he   had   simply   cheated   death,   his   wounds would   have   been   too   much   to   move   a   stone,   overpower   guards and   get   himself   to   Galilee   to   make   a   fire   and   breakfast   for   his disciples.    I   guess   it   is   up   to   you   what   you   want   to   believe. The   absence   of the   body   of   Jesus   from   the   tomb   is   historically   documented.   The only   thing   left   for   us   is   to   believe,   or   not,   that   he   rose.   If   he   rose, then   all   that   he   said   was   also   true,   even   the   words   ‘I   am   the Resurrection   and   the   Life’.   As   much   as   this   life   is   all   we   know and   we   try   with   all   our   might   to   hold   on   to   it,   if   what   Jesus   said   is true, then there is so much more - only believe. Have a very happy Easter.
Family Focus
Sunday 28th April - Easter 2 10.30am St John’s Family Focus Sunday 5th May - Easter 3 10.30am St John’s P a r i s h C o m m union 6.00pm St Peter’s Celtic Evening Service
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Good Friday Cross
Sunday 5th May - Easter 3 10.30am St John’s Parish Communion 6.00pm St Peter’s Evening Service Sunday 12th - Easter 4 10.30am St Peter’s Parish Communion Sunday 19th - Easter 5 10.30am St Mary’s Parish Communion 6.00pm St John’s Evening Worship Sunday 26th - Easter 6 10.30am St Peter’s Informal Communion 6.00pm St Mary’s Evening Service Sunday 2nd June - Sunday After Ascension Day 10.30am St John’s Parish Communion 6.00pm St Peter’s Celtic Evening Service
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