Notices 18th March 2018

TODAY’S READINGS & SERVICES, Lent 5 (Passion Sunday): Jeremiah 31.31-34, Hebrews 5.5-10, John 12.20-33 

9am                  Morning Prayer              Orcheston

10.30am            Holy Communion           Shrewton

6pm                  BCP Holy Communion   Tilshead

READINGS & SERVICES FOR 25th March, Palm Sunday: Isaiah 50.4-9a, Philippians 2.5-11, Mark 14.1-15.end

9am                  BCP Holy Communion   Chitterne

10.30am            Palm Sunday Communion  Orcheston

4pm                  Family Service & Tea     Shrewton

WEEKDAY SERVICES

The following services take place during the week.

Do join us if you can:

Tues     10am                Holy Communion Shrewton

Wed     10am                Morning Prayer    Shrewton

Wed     4.30pm             Compline             Chitterne

Thus     9.30am             Morning Prayer    Tilshead

Thus     5.30pm             Evening Prayer   Orcheston

Sat       5.30pm             Compline               Tilshead

 

FOR OUR PRAYERS  

Please remember the following people in your prayers… Antonia, Angie, Betty, Bryan, Carol, Caroline, Christopher, Emily, Jerry, Jim, June, Karen, Kate, Marion, Maureen, Michael, Oscar, Pam, Peggy, Robert, Simon; for Jolyon to be baptised today, and for all preparing for baptism or confirmation at this special time of year.

 

COLLECT

Most merciful God, who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ delivered and saved the world: grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross we may triumph in the power of his victory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.  

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

The Lent Course FINAL WEEK: 19th/22nd March

The final Lent Course session (Challenge) will be in Maddington Church Room on Monday 19th  (7pm-8.30pm). The session will be repeated at the same location, 10am on Thursday 22nd March. This session is based entirely on your questions, and insights, so if you have a question for us please jot it down on a yellow slip (in church) and hand it to us, or email us.

100th Anniversaries this coming week

This coming week we have 3 servicemen to commemorate in the parish:

11am at Chitterne War Memorial 21st March

2pm at Tilshead War Memorial 23rd March

2pm at Chitterne War Memorial 25th March

Do come and join us for these short, but important acts of commemoration.

Electoral Roll for Salisbury Plain Benefice

This is a notice to advise you that the annual revision of the Electoral Roll will take place between 24th March and 6th April. If you are not on the church Electoral Roll and would like to be, please collect one of the forms in church and return it to the church office, or to the Parish Electoral Roll Officer, Marcelle Stobie.

Save the Date: Annual Meetings 2018

The Parishioners Meeting and APCM for Salisbury Plain Benefice will take place at 7pm in St Mary’s, Shrewton on 25th April. Refreshments will be served from 6.30pm. Do come and hear what we’ve been up to during the past year!

ANNUAL CHURCH SPRING CLEANING DATES 2018

St Marys Church, Shrewton.    7th April at 10am

St Marys Maddington Church 19th May at 10am

Please do come and help if you are able, the more the merrier. (Coffee & biscuits available for sustenance!) There will be cleaning materials available but if you could please bring your own dusters/cleaning cloths/eco cleaning products etc, that would be brilliant. THANK YOU.

Safari Supper, 21st April 2018 at 6.30pm

In support of St Marys Church, Shrewton

Price:  £15. Tickets are available from through the church office. Please book by 7th April.

 

PCC Digest March 2018

PCC DIGEST, MARCH 2018

From time to time we discuss matters at the PCC which we want to then share with the wider church community straight away.

Our latest PCC meeting is a case in point, and so below you will find a few updates.

ANNUAL REPORTS

The reports are being collated in time for the Annual Meeting at the end of April. The accounts have been finalised and the content of the Annual report has been approved by the PCC.

BUILDINGS & REORDERING

We have a number of projects under way at the moment; in Tilshead, Orcheston and in Shrewton there are building works which were identified as part of the Quinquennial inspections in those places.

In addition, in Shrewton we are preparing to put in an application to ‘re-order’ the rear north aisle of the church. Some people think this is a lot of work ‘just to introduce a Book of Remembrance’, and if that were the case, I think we’d agree. However, the levelling of the floor and removal of the plinth around the font are also important projects to improve access for many who come into our church. We currently have very little space where people in wheelchairs, mobility scooters, or pushchairs can sit comfortably. All of these needs are especially noticeable when our church hosts a large service or event, and the flat floor will allow us to be more flexible with the type of seating arrangements we can offer in this part of the church. It will also mean that families coming for baptism will be able to gather more easily around the font.

In due course a display will be placed in Shrewton so that the congregation and church visitors can more easily visualise the proposed changes.

WELCOMING CHILDREN

In 2005/6, the 4 PCCs of the group of parishes, Chitterne, Orcheston, Shrewton and Tilshead discussed proposals to allow children who had been baptised, and suitably prepared, to receive Holy Communion before Confirmation. The majority of the parishes had decided they would like to allow this to happen, but it was not pursued further at that time. Our current PCC, reflecting as it does our single parish, considered this idea again, and has decided to proceed with the process of seeking permission from the Bishop to allow admission to communion before confirmation. You can see the briefing paper which the PCC received below.

The Admission of Children to Holy Communion in Salisbury Plain Benefice

BACKGROUND

The Church of England allows for children who have been baptised to receive Holy Communion before they are confirmed, following a short period of preparation (children usually aged at least 7yrs). Each parish must explore this for themselves and decide whether they wish to allow for this in their community. All parishes are expected to offer ‘hospitality’ to children from other traditions or C of E parishes where they already admit children to Communion before Confirmation.

As a parish we have not considered the admission of children to Holy Communion before confirmation. It was discussed by at least 2 of the old parishes, but any resolutions made before 2014 when we became a single parish benefice no longer hold.

The PCC therefore needs to explore this idea and decide whether or not it wishes to pass a resolution to allow children, following appropriate preparation, to receive communion before they have been confirmed. Confirmation preparation would continue to be offered, but this would be available to older children.

 

THOUGHTS FROM THE MINISTRY TEAM

Eleanor Rance

‘My own experience of admitting children to communion before they have been confirmed dates to my curacy in the late 1990s. In my diocese (Southwark) we were allowed to admit children in this way, following a resolution by the PCC. Preparation tends to be for children of around 7 or 8 years upwards. It focuses on what Baptism and Holy Communion each represent, about Jesus’ love for each of us, and about the significance of becoming part of the Body of Christ in this way. Children who were prepared for this genuinely wanted to be part of their church community. The age of preparation is significant; it is regarded as the point in a child’s life when they begin to know their own mind, and the choices they make are- by in large- for themselves.

What I saw in this process in my parishes was all positive. Children who had chosen this path, their parents, and other members of the church, all felt that this was a very natural part of worship together. I would commend it to any church community as a very logical part of our journey in faith together.’

 

David Walters

‘It seems that in the early Church, Communion immediately followed Baptism. The Eastern Orthodox Churches have always confirmed children immediately after Baptism. The subsequent divorce of Communion from Baptism has been the combined result of medieval theological preoccupations.

Changing worship patterns with the development of family orientated communion services has meant that children find themselves regularly in church at a service in which they cannot fully participate.  This is a development which I feel is very appropriate for our benefice to adopt.’

 

Stéphane Javelle

‘I think that the two Biblical sacraments of the New Testament, Baptism and Eucharist, are of God’s grace and not personal merit or will. « Sola gratia »

I think the primary meaning of the Eucharist is the share in the heavenly banquet where everybody is invited, especially the children.

I think that one cannot live without the breath of God, hence the baptism; or without the bread of God, hence the Eucharist.

I think the sacramental ritual that celebrates our faith and will is Confirmation with the Bishop, successor of the disciples.

I think the First Communion is a lovely rite of passage for the children that shows that they are starting to get an understanding of the grace given by God.

I think, from a strategic point of view for the Benefice, that it would be a way of gathering the families of the children in the church at the end of the primary school before they disappear into the secondary. Above all, I think that some of our children already have a clear desire of God that must be acknowledged by the grace of this sacrament.’

 

Heather Brearey

‘I believe that all should be welcome at the Communion table. Jesus would not exclude anyone on account of age or understanding or indeed for any other reason.

We say that we are all one body because we all share the one bread, but what do children think of this? They are excluded because they don’t know enough? They don’t understand the full meaning and significance of the bread and wine and they don’t share it so they are not part of the ‘one Body’?

If children had been at the last supper I believe that Jesus would have shared bread and wine with them, and made them feel full and valued members of his church, he would not have excluded them he would welcome them.’

NEXT STEPS

  • The ministry team create a suitable plan for preparation and first communion services (preparation schemes are available, from which we could choose)
  • The Rector will seek permission from the Bishop to make this change in our parish, in accordance with Church of England guidelines
  • The children/families within our community who might wish to be involved will be identified and contacted directly.
  • Preparation course dates would be established and dates for 1st communions would be set.

 

The PCC voted and passed the following resolution unanimously:

‘We, the PCC of Salisbury Plain Benefice, in the Diocese of Salisbury resolve to welcome baptised children to receive Holy Communion in the churches of this parish following a suitable course of preparation lead by our ministry team; as well as continuing to offer hospitality to those visitors who have been appropriately prepared elsewhere.’

Notices 11th March 2018

TODAY’S READINGS & SERVICES, Lent 4/ Mothering Sunday: 1 Samuel 1.20-end,

2 Corinthians 1.3-7, Luke 2.33-35

9am                  BCP Holy Communion   Shrewton

10.30am            Family Communion        Chitterne

3pm                  Special Service & Tea    Orcheston

6pm                  Evensong                     Tilshead

READINGS & SERVICES FOR 18th March, Lent 5 (Passion Sunday): Jeremiah 31.31-34, Hebrews 5.5-10, John 12.20-33

9am                  Morning Prayer              Orcheston

10.30am            Holy Communion           Shrewton

6pm                  BCP Holy Communion   Tilshead

 

WEEKDAY SERVICES

The following services take place during the week.

Do join us if you can:

Tues     10am                Holy Communion Shrewton

Wed     10am                Morning Prayer    Shrewton

Wed     4.30pm             Compline             Chitterne

Thus     9.30am             Morning Prayer    Tilshead

Thus     5.30pm             Evening Prayer   Orcheston

Sat       5.30pm             Compline               Tilshead

 

FOR OUR PRAYERS  

Please remember the following people in your prayers… Antonia, Angie, Betty, Bryan, Carol, Caroline, Christopher, Emily, Jerry, Jim, June, Karen, Kate, Marion, Maureen, Michael, Oscar, Pam, Peggy, Robert, Simon; for all who have been as mothers to us during our lifetime, and for all who nurture and care for us now.

 

COLLECT

God of compassion, whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary, shared the life of a home in Nazareth, and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself: strengthen us in our daily living that in joy and in sorrow we may know the power of your presence to bind together and to heal; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,one God, now and for ever. Amen.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

The Lent Course Week 4: 12th March/15th March

This week’s session (‘Reflect’) will be in Tilshead Village Hall on Monday 12th  (7pm-8.30pm). The session will be repeated at the same location, 10am on Thursday 15th  March. All welcome!!  For those of you who missed last week’s session but would like the notes, please call/drop a line to the church office.

Service, Teddy Bears Picnic & Tea, TODAY, 3pm, Orcheston You are all warmly invited to join us for a short informal service with your favourite hymns, followed by a Teddy Bears Picnic and Tea. Come and have a catch up, see who has the oldest bear, enjoy some fellowship.

Electoral Roll for Salisbury Plain Benefice

This is a notice to advise you that the annual revision of the Electoral Roll will take place between 24th March and 6th April. If you are not on the church Electoral Roll and would like to be, please collect one of the forms in church and return it to the church office, or to the Parish Electoral Roll Officer, Marcelle Stobie.

Save the Date: Annual Meetings 2018

The Parishioners Meeting and APCM for Salisbury Plain Benefice will take place at 7pm in St Mary’s, Shrewton on 25th April. Refreshments will be served from 6.30pm. Do come and hear what we’ve been up to during the past year!

ANNUAL CHURCH SPRING CLEANING DATES 2018

St Marys Church, Shrewton.    7th April at 10am         St Marys Maddington Church 19th May at 10am

Please do come and help if you are able, the more the merrier. (Coffee & biscuits available for sustenance!) There will be cleaning materials available but if you could please bring your own dusters/cleaning cloths/eco cleaning products etc, that would be brilliant. THANK YOU.

Safari Supper, 21st April 2018 at 6.30pm

In support of St Marys Church, Shrewton

Price:  £15. Tickets are available from the church office. Closing date for ticket purchases: 7th April.

Church Notices for 4th March 2018

TODAY’S READINGS & SERVICES, Lent 3: Exodus 20.1-17, 1 Corinthians 1.18-25, John 2.13-22 

 

Today, due to the snow, and difficulty on the roads connecting our villages, we are offering a short service of Holy Communion in our easy-to-warm church hall- Maddington Church Room- in Shrewton at 10.30am.

Normal ‘service’ resumes tomorrow with weekday services and the Lent Course.

READINGS & SERVICES FOR 11th March, Lent 4/Mothering Sunday: 1 Samuel 1.20-end, 2 Corinthians 1.3-7, Luke 2.33-35

9am                  BCP Holy Communion   Shrewton

10.30am            Family Communion        Chitterne

3pm                  Special Service & Tea    Orcheston

6pm                  Evensong                     Tilshead

WEEKDAY SERVICES

The following services take place during the week.

Do join us if you can:

 

Tues     10am                Holy Communion Shrewton

Wed     10am                Morning Prayer    Shrewton

Wed     4.30pm             Compline             Chitterne

Thus     9.30am             Morning Prayer    Tilshead

Thus     5.30pm             Evening Prayer   Orcheston

Sat       5.30pm             Compline               Tilshead 

FOR OUR PRAYERS  

Please remember the following people in your prayers… Antonia, Angie, Betty, Bryan, Carol, Caroline, Christopher, Emily, Jerry, Jim, June, Karen, Kate, Marion, Maureen, Michael, Oscar, Pam, Peggy, Robert, Simon; for all who are without shelter or have no long-term security.  

COLLECT

Almighty God, Whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

The Lent Course Week 3: 5th March/8th  March

This week’s session (‘Study’) will be in Maddington Church Room on Monday 5th  (7pm-8.30pm). The session will be repeated at the same location, 10am on Thursday 8th  March. All welcome!!  For those of you who missed last week’s session but would like the notes, please call/drop a line to the church office.

Mothers Union, 7th March, 2.30pm
We are meeting for prayer and fellowship at Parson’s Green Community Room in Shrewton. Everyone is very welcome.

Farewell to Bishop Ed, 11th March, 10.30am

Many of you will already know that the Bishop of Ramsbury is retiring at the end of April. There will be an official Diocesan farewell service in April, but this is our opportunity to say thank you and goodbye during the course of our Sunday Family Communion in Chitterne.

Service, Teddy Bears Picnic & Tea, 11th March, 3pm, Orcheston You are all warmly invited to join us for a short informal service with your favourite hymns, followed by a Teddy Bears Picnic and Tea. Come and have a catch up, see who has the oldest bear, enjoy some fellowship.

ANNUAL CHURCH SPRING CLEANING DATES 2018

St Marys Church, Shrewton.    7th April at 10am         St Marys Maddington Church 19th May at 10am

Please do come and help if you are able, the more the merrier. (Coffee & biscuits available for sustenance!) There will be cleaning materials available but if you could please bring your own dusters/cleaning cloths/eco cleaning products etc, that would be brilliant. THANK YOU.

Safari Supper, 21st April 2018 at 6.30pm

In support of St Marys Church, Shrewton

Price:  £15. Tickets are available by contacting the church office. Closing date for ticket purchases: 7th April.