MUSICIANS FROM LOCAL FOLK GROUP
JOIN MUSIC MAKING IN THE MARQUEE
At the end of July musicians from around the Benefice and beyond came together in the marquee at Spaxton to enjoy an evening of spontaneous “jamming”. Music included country, rock and folk with guitarists, vocalists and Tom who played the drums with great flare – and gave me a rest! I have become known as the “Drumming Vicar” apparently though I have to say I preferred the “Rocking Rev” from a previous parish!!
The folk group meet and play at the Hood in Kilve on the 1st Thursday evening and at The Lamb in Spaxton on the 3rd Thursday of each month.
OPEN THE BOOK TEAM TRAINING SESSION
Teams from around the Benefice met in August to look at the new materials produced by Bible Society for Open the Book. Nether Stowey, Spaxton, Enmore and Stogursey schools were all represented.
Storytellers come from local churches, often Ecumenical, and go into primary schools on a regular basis to tell and act out stories from the Bible. Often the children will have no other opportunity to hear these stories and the stories will be new also to many of the teachers.
Storytellers enjoy their time in the schools and the children love to see them, often greeting them out in the community. No acting skills are needed, just the desire to share these stories with the children and have a bit of fun. The children are invited to join in as well so everyone enjoys themselves and learns more about the Christian faith.
THANK YOU TO REVD PETER AND FREDA
It was a testament to Peter’s popularity as a priest that almost 80 people from across the benefice attended his farewell service at St Mary’s Church on Sunday 3rd September. The service was followed by a farewell lunch with a wonderful array of food with a beautifully decorated 3-tier cake. We wished Peter and Freda a fond ‘bon voyage’ as they move back to their beloved Cornwall after 8 years in Nether Stowey. Both will be sorely missed for their deep involvement in the community quite apart from the many close friendships they made during their stay here. Ministries to be celebrated. Thank you to them both.
WILD WORSHIP IN THE MARQUEE AT SPAXTON ON JULY 30TH
A collaboration between Quantock Villages Benefice and Cannington URC presented an alternative style worship on the last Sunday in July, attended by around 75 people. The theme was very much about creation and the environment and the speaker Revd Chris Baillie who works with A Rocha, a Christian
environmental organisation, picked up on this theme. Music was provided by the URC band with guest drummer. A most amusing and entertaining feature was provided by puppets and an updated creation
story was enjoyed by all. (Thanks to Revd Nicki and Steve!) The feedback from the event was very positive and requests have come in for a repeat next summer.