The Church of St Lawrence, Lydeard St Lawrence have imaginative and extensive development plans for the future, hopefully to make the church building more accessible and hospital for the whole community and user groups: removing some pews to make more space particularly for school use as well as weddings, funerals, etc.; toilet facilities, servery facilities, space for meetings, and upgrading the heating and lighting. In order to obtain financial assistance to bring our plans about, we need to consult with the community, to find out ideas and opinions on what is required and what we are planning to provide. Copies of Architect’s plans and ideas for the future use of the church building are on the village website http://www.lydeard-st-l.co.uk – as well as an online survey which asks questions about use of the church, etc. and asking for YOUR ideas as to facilities which could be made available and possible uses: i.e. art group displays, concerts, displays of work from the children in our village school etc. PLEASE, PLEASE – even if you have voiced your approval of our plans – we need you to take just five minutes (maximum) to fill in the survey form and return it to us so that we can show that we have canvassed the local community for ideas etc. We need about 200 replies; at the moment we have received slightly over 10% of that number. The church at Lydeard St Lawrence needs YOU! Please help us in this way – you can do so anonymously or, if you would like to be kept up to date with future developments you can include on the survey your email address. If you do not have internet access, hard copies of the survey form are available either in the church along with copies of the Architect’s drawings and some further information regarding ideas already in the pipeline; or the survey forms can be found in the Post Office in Lydeard St Lawrence Village Hall on Monday and thursday mornings between 10am and 12.45pm. THANK YOU!
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.
WEST BAGBOROUGH’S PATRONAL FESTIVAL for St Pancras the Martyr was marked by a Benefice Eucharist was a wonderful service on a bright, breezy and sunny morning, followed by a celebration in the form of Prosecco and cup cakes which were very much enjoyed by those present. If you were not at the service, you missed a treat! Thank you to Matthew and Antonia for providing the drinks and nibbles, and to Alison for bringing along the cup cakes (the chocolate ones were delicious!). Thank you, too, to all those from our other parishes from within the Benefice for coming to join the celebration.
ROGATION SUNDAY IN BISHOPS LYDEARD BENEFICE saw approximately 50 people gathered at Shopnoller Farm, at the kind invitation of Dinah and her family for our Rogation Service. Dinah provided seed, soil and water to be blessed as well as excellent refreshments after the service. Members of her family brought along some sheep and a horse, and we were accompanied by the family dogs who live on the farm as well as canines belonging to various members of the Benefice congregations. The service collection of almost £300 is to be sent to the Farming Community Network. See pictures of the day below:
A very tame and friendly elderly sheep, who kept a close eye on the service proceedings in order to ensure that things were done in a seemly manner
Some of the flock, standing by to receive a blessing and listening to the singing and prayers.
Our Rector, Matthew, gathering us at the edge of one of the fields – recently sown with oats, to bless the land and also (in the distance) the Benefice parish of West Bagborough.
The farm duck pond, round which we walked to get to the field. Beautiful weeping willow tree, against the clear blue sky and the golden colour of the ploughed and oat-sown field. Note the duck house in the water!
Another of the farm dogs, sheltering from the heat in the shade afforded by the trailer on which the refreshments were placed. Was it the shade which attracted this canine, or the smell of the food?!
EASTER DAY 2018: The clergy and people of the Benefice of Bishops Lydeard wish everyone a happy and joy-filled Easter!
At our 6am Easter Day Vigil service, thirteen people witnessed the lighting of the Easter Fire, the lighting of the Paschal Candle and it’s procession into church; listened to Bible readings, renewed their Baptismal promises and sang an Easter hymn. After the service, toast and Prosecco was served in the Church Centre.
The Easter Fire having been lit, the Paschal Candle was blessed by our Rector, Matthew, before being processed into St Mary’s for the Vigil Service.
CHRIST IS RISEN, ALLELUIA! HE IS RISEN INDEED. ALLELUIA!
ST. MARY’S BISHOPS LYDEARD held a Palm Sunday-themed MESSY CHURCH on the morning of Saturday 24th March. Eighteen children and 5 Mums stayed to make hot cross buns, make hobby horse donkeys (a hairdryer was required to dry the paint!), Hosanna plates, fig roll Bibles, a Palm Sunday banner, palm leaves to wave and – of course – donkey poos! Whoever imagined that the question would be asked: “What type of poo tastes best?” !!! Rose Harrison composed a special Palm Sunday song. Once the donkeys were dry, they were taken with a wonderful banner and palm praises for a procession around the churchyard.
On Palm Sunday, the day after Messy Church, three of the children who had attended the activities led the Palm Sunday procession through the village from the Village Hall to the church (see pictures below. Parental consent has been granted for children’s photographs). MANY THANKS to all who came to help and who made everyone a delicious lunch. If any donkey has mislaid it’s droppings, these have been picked up by the Rector’s wife – who also sends love to everyone and wishes them a HAPPY EASTER!
WOW! 27 CHILDREN AT LYDEARD ST LAWRENCE MESSY CHURCH TODAY – SATURDAY 10TH MARCH, FOR A MOTHERING SUNDAY AFTERNOON OF ACTIVITIES: BAKING CAKES, MAKING CARDS AND POSIES OF FLOWERS, A WORD SEARCH GAME, A PANCAKE QUIZ, SOME SONGS, A STORY, BISCUITS AND SQUASH, TEA AND COFFEE! MANY, MANY THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO CAME ALONG AND MADE IT SUCH A SPECIAL AFTERNOON – MUMS AND CHILDREN ALIKE. MANY THANKS, TOO, TO ALL THOSE WHO HELPED IN MANY AND VARIED WAYS TO PROVIDE THE FLOWERS, THE CAKE-MAKING INGREDIENTS, STICKERS FOR THE CARDS, THOSE WHO SET UP AND CLEARED AWAY, THOSE WHO WASHED UP. A GREAT AFTERNOON!!!
Enjoying the Mothering Sunday cakes which they had made, but which Mums didn’t get to eat!
Making and decorating Mothering Sunday cards, with lots of glue, sticky shapes and pictures.
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!
LENT LUNCHES. DO COME ALONG, and enjoy home-made soup (3 or 4 choices of flavour), bread, cheese, tea and coffee in St Mary’s Church Centre, Bishops Lydeard. An opportunity to catch up with friends, meet new friends and enjoy a hearty, filling and warming lunch!
The next Lent Lunch will be on Monday 19th March, hosted by Lydeard St Lawrence. Same place; same time; different flavour soups!