STOP PRESS! – The Right Revd. Jackie Searle, Bishop of Crediton, the Patron and Parish Representatives are delighted to announce that, subject to the completion of the statutory formalities, an offer of the post of Rector of the Crediton Mission Community, comprising the parishes of Crediton, Sandford with Upton Hellions and Shobrooke, has been made to THE REVD. MATTEW JOHN TREGENZA, who is currently Rector of the Benefice of Bishops Lydeard and Rural Dean of Tone Deanery in the Diocese of Bath and Wells – and that offer has been accepted.
His Institution by the Bishop of Exeter will be on Monday 4th March at 7pm. His last Sunday in Bishops Lydeard Benefice will be Sunday 17th February, with a Benefice Eucharist to say Farewell to him at 10.30am followed by refreshments. Everyone welcome!
‘I WANT TO BE JOSEPH ….. ‘ is a series of Stations for reading and reflection being set up in the church of St Lawrence, Lydeard St Lawrence: Elizabeth (Mary’s cousin); Mary; Joseph; and the Shepherds. Two of the stations are already in place – Elizabeth and the Shepherds, with Mary and Joseph being set up on Saturday 15th December. Please do visit to have a look at what has been prepared by our Messy Church team – with each Station there is a short Bible reading, a suggestion for Reflection and an activity. By the time we get to Epiphany – when the Magi arrived – Elizabeth and the Shepherds will have gone, and the Magi and King Herod will have arrived, so there is an opportunity to pop back into church to explore a further two stations at that time! Pictures below are of Elizabeth’s Station and that of the Shepherds:
Elizabeth – cousin of The Blessed Virgin Mary
The Shepherds’ Station
ST MARY’S CHURCH, BISHOPS LYDEARD: REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 2018
Poppies planted by children from Bishops Lydeard school.
blessing the new World War I village memorial.
Rector Matthew, British Legion flag,
one of St Mary’s Churchwardens and St Mary’s choir at the village War Memorial.
The village War Memorial.
LYDEARD ST LAWRENCE CHURCH AND CHURCHYARD: REMEMBRANCE DECORATIONS –
Lydeard St Lawrence Lady Chapel screen, decorated with poppies knitted by members of the village community.
Poppy-decorated paper plates and a poppy banner, created by children and parents at Lydeard St Lawrence Messy Church for Remembrance 2018.
Church of St Lawrence, Lydeard St Lawrence – interior decoration. This church needs to be visited, to get the full effect of the window sill decorations, the pew-end decorations including Messy Church-decorated flags of those Commonwealth countries involved in World War 1; also the rood screen decorations and the display of village family memorabilia.
The decorated church door to St Lawrence, Lydeard St Lawrence, for Remembrance Sunday.
Poppy-decorated pebbles, provided by the children and adults from Lydeard St Lawrence Messy Church and placed on the benches in the church porch.
PHOTOS OF LYDEARD ST LAWRENCE MESSY CHURCH FOR REMEMBRANCE – STILL TO COME. WATCH THIS SPACE!
Poppies made by the children and adults of Lydeard St Lawrence Messy Church, “planted” in the churchyard for Remembrance Sunday.
Doves of peace, made by Lydeard St Lawrence Messy Church, and mounted on wire on the font of St Lawrence Church.
Messy Church, colouring in pictures of medals.
Great messy fun with thumb-painting our banner for display in the church.
Pebble-painting, before baking in the oven to harden off the paint and then taking to church to decorate the benches in the porch.
Liz, supervising making paper poppies.
Yummy biscuit decorating, supervised by Vicki. Not many biscuits survived for long, after being decorated.
ST. MARY’S BISHOPS LYDEARD HOLIDAY CLUB: Wednesday 25th July to Friday 27th July 2018
The theme of Holiday Bible Club was ‘Joseph’. We spent three mornings practising songs, making props, cooking biscuits and enjoying other craft activities. Amongst other things everyone made their own multicoloured dreamcoat. We also made and iced ‘camel’ biscuits, made thin and fat cows, stars, sheaves of wheat, Joseph and his brothers stick puppets, Pharoah’s collar and headdresses and lots of other Joseph themed crafts … and in the gaps we played camel games. each morning finished with a quiet session of Ignatian inspired imaginative Contemplation. On Friday we put on a short performance of Joseph, including 3 songs from the musical. The children performed wonderfully, they spoke loudly and clearly, coped with piles of props and sung with broad grins on their faces … and we all know how to work out where East is!
Some statistics: this involved 12 helpers from across the Benefice, 2 mums offering their support in leading activities, 2 people valiantly providing refreshments mid-morning, 2 lunchtime cooks who coped with 60 sausages, mountains of chips and 7 punnets of strawberries, not to mention ice-cream and chocolate sauce!!
We decorated the church on Sunday with a display of crafts, and hung multi-coloured coats on the end of each pew. The helpers eschewed choir robes and wore their multi-coloured coats instead.
Many thanks to all who supported us, by providing scraps, by watching the performance, for volunteering and for praying for us … and to all the children who came along and worked so hard. Now that we have recovered, we realise how truly blessed we were.
Antonia Tregenza, August 2018
Refreshments, after making the coats and wearing them.
Display in church on Sunday morning.
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