BENEFICE OF BISHOPS LYDEARD SAYS FAREWELL TO A MUCH-LOVED AND RESPECTED RECTOR!
A wonderful Benefice Eucharist was held this morning, 17th February, to say goodbye to the Revd. Matthew Tregenza and his amazing wife Antonia. About 75 people gathered in St Mary’s Church in Bishops Lydeard to hear Matthew preach his last sermon with us and to preside at the altar. At the end of the service, Matthew and Antonia were presented with a rather large cheque to which every parish in the Benefice had contributed. They were also given a framed print on canvas of an F.J. Widgery painting which was produced for the Great Western Railway advertising the delights of Dartmoor. It is understood that Matthew is an admirer of Widgery’s work, particularly on the subject of Dartmoor, and the link with the GWR underlies his interest in the West Somerset Railway. The picture, therefore, looks forward to his future home and ministry in the area around Dartmoor, but also reminds him of the area which he has left. After the presentations, a bring and share lunch was served in the Church Centre – less of a lunch and more of a banquet!
Matthew and Antonia, being presented with their Benefice cheque by David Smart, Churchwarden.
Matthew responding, on behalf of Antonia and himself, to the Benefice gift.
The F.J. Widgery poster for the Great Western Railway. presented to Matthew and Antonia.
A beautiful photograph of Matthew and Antonia in the Church Centre after the bring and share lunch.
We shall miss them both very much, and thank them for their ministry among us which has been very special. We wish them every happiness and contentment in their new surroundings – and we will visit them very soon, but not too soon so as to find ourselves involved in painting walls or sorting out removal boxes!
God bless you both!
EXCITING OPPORTUNITY: CHURCH ABSEILING DAY, SATURDAY 18th MAY 2019 – PUT THIS IN YOUR DIARY!
As part of the ongoing fundraising efforts for the church of St Lawrence, Lydeard St Lawrence, we will be holding an abseiling event. Guided by an experienced team of commercially-insured abseilers this is a chance for anyone to try abseiling down the church’s 75 foot high tower. Regardless of previous experience, everyone is welcome to come and give it a try. AS AT 17TH FEBRUARY, WE ALREADY HAVE 19 PARTICIPANTS SO ONLY 11 PLACES LEFT! IF YOU WANT TO TRY ABSEILING, BETTER REGISTER QUICKLY!!!
The day will run from 9am-5pm. Participants will be scheduled into a fifteen-minute time slot on the day and will be provided with all necessary safety equipment. There will be toilet facilities and refreshments available. We are hoping to have stalls offering fresh produce, plants, cakes, etc.
We have 30 abseiling descent slots available which will be allocated beforehand on a first come, first served basis. The event is open to anyone over 13, and there is no upper age limit. Previous events elsewhere have seen an 89-year old taking part – can we top that?
Those wishing to take part MUST register their intention with Revd. Maureen, who will then provide you with a sponsorship form. Maureen can be contacted by phone, 01984 667472, on Facebook, by email firstname.lastname@example.org, at the Rectory or via the village website. Once you have registered, if you wish to set up an online sponsrship page you could do so through sites such as ‘MyDonate’ or ‘Just Giving’.
The suggested minimum amount of sponsorship each abseiler should raise is £30, but sponsorship above this amount would be gratefully received. Perhaps you could ask people to sponsor you per foot for the 75 foot trip down the tower. If the thought of descending from a tower fills you with dread, then you can still join in the fundriaisng effort by being sponsored NOT to take part in the event. If you are a taxpayer Gift Aiding your sponsorship increases the amount of money raised.
Our fundraising efforts are geared towards reordering the church of St Laqwrence to make it more user-friendly and accessible to everyone within the community. With funds from events like this, we can apply for matching funding to help raise the church’s plans. Your sponsorship will go a long way towards helping us develop the church and increase its use for the wider community.
We are already looking forward to 18th May being a fun day for everyone, participants and spectators alike. See you there and, for those abseiling – remember to take in the view and don’t look down!
DO YOU KNOW? – YOU CAN COLLECT FREE DONATIONS FOR TWO OF OUR BENEFICE CHURCHES EVERY TIME YOU BUY ANYTHING ONLINE WITH THE UK’S LEADING ONLINE FUNDRAISING SERVICE: EASYFUNDRAISING?
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Plus, if you join and support either “Combe Florey Church” or “St Lawrence Church, Lydeard St Lawrence” – each church will get an extra £2 when you raise your first donation. It’s really simple, all you have to do is:
1. Go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/invite/PBAHC6/IG9S76/ and join for free.
2. Every time you want to shop, go to easyfundraising first, find the site you want and start shopping!
3. When you check out, the church of your choice gets a donation for no extra cost whatsoever.
The shops and sites give easyfundraising a percentage of what you spend and they turn that into a donation. It’s that easy. There’s no catch or hidden charges and Combe Florey Church or St Lawrence Church will be really grateful for your donations. The amounts are not huge, but every little helps and the more you spend, the larger the donation. So – we may be able to make a few pounds for these two churches with all those forthcoming Christmas purchases! LET’S GET BUYING!