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Chipping Sodbury, Old Sodbury, Horton & Little Sodbury

July -1August 2013 50p Jane is enrolled as a Companion of the Society of St Francis by Brother Damian.


Contacts

Churchwardens

Rector

Chipping Sodbury

The Revd. Canon Jane Kenchington, 01454 313159 [Day off Friday]

Paul Jones-Williams 1 Meadow Mead, Yate, BS37 7UT 01454 324970

email jane@kenchington.plus.com

Anne Mudge 22 Gorlands Road, Chipping Sodbury BS37 6LA, 01454 880613

Associate Priest The Revd. Yvonne Brae, 79 Westerleigh Road, Yate, BS37 4BN, 01454 850682, Mob. 07908 513098 [Day

Old Sodbury

Off Monday] email jmyr@blueyonder.co.uk

Val Walker 16A Melrose Avenue, Yate, BS37 7AL 01454 318286 Tony Dixon 16 Chatterton Road, Yate, BS37 4BJ 01454 321528

Reader (Licensed Lay Minister) Mr Ian Yemm 33 Horse Street, Chipping Sodbury 01454 318608 email tenor@ianyemm.co.uk

If you would like to know more about the Christian faith or are thinking Little Sodbury about baptism or confirmation please Brenda Cordy speak to Jane or Yvonne Benswell Cottage,Little Sodbury End BS37 6QF, 01454 316447 Director of Music Nick Sherwood, 78 Firgrove Crescent, Yate, BS37 7AG 01454 319539 Mob. 07802 427135

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Dear Friends, As I write this, I have just returned from leading a Deanery Mothers’ Union Quiet Morning. We had taken the strap line: Loving God and loving what God loves as our theme. It proved to be a really stimulating time when we explored the text of the parable of the Good Samaritan and spent time theologically reflecting on the passage and praying and keeping silent. One thing that came out of the session was that however well we think we know a passage, there is always something new to surprise us and we marvelled at how God was speaking to us.. For instance, in all the years I have read that particular passage, I thought that the Samaritan took the half-dead man to the inn and then immediately left him there and continued on his own journey. But the text actually says that the Samaritan brought the injured man and took care of him and then the following morning the Samaritan went on his way, asking the inn-keeper to charge the costs to him on his return. This insight was interesting for us when we’re offering pastoral care to others. There wasn’t a sense of rush – the Samaritan obviously stayed with the injured man overnight (perhaps he thought the man might die and he didn’t want him to die alone) and then resumed his business the following day, but promised to come back AND pay the costs. Caring for others demands our time – something that we can often feel we don’t have enough of – and it is costly. But we’re asked by God to love those whom God loves…and that will be costly. Who ever said discipleship wasn’t costly? The other thing of course which was dynamite to the hearers of Jesus when he told the story was the fact that the man who helped that half-dead man was a Samaritan. In the story, it wasn’t the Jewish priests or temple people (which you might have expected since they were “religious”) who helped that man – it was a Samaritan whom the Jews hated and avoided at all costs. Jesus was encouraging his listeners to hold up a mirror to themselves and ask themselves how prejudiced they are towards those who are different from themselves. Reflecting on this story enabled others in the group to tell their own stories and relate contemporary experiences to what the text illuminated. The Levite and the Priest may well have literally stepped over the half-dead man as they went on their way. One member of the group told us of an incident when someone collapsed in a crowd on a railway platform and other passengers stepped over him to get on the train. Another member said that whenever she travelled on a plane, she always asked God that if there was an accident, she would behave in the right way in the ensuing panic. Love God and love what God loves. It’s hard for us, it’s demanding, but it’s what we’re called to do. One way in which we can help one another in responding to God’s calling is to study scripture together because in such study all sorts of insights emerge that give us food for our journey of faith and hold up a mirror for us to reflect on our own attitudes and actions. With love and prayers,

Rev. Canon Jane Kenchington, 01454 313159, email:jane@kenchington.plus.com

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tell us of their time in Nepal will be interesting, informative and delivered in their usual amusing way. On the 12th June 4 of our members attended the annual general meeting of the Worldwide Mothers’ Union in Bath, We heard of the Baptisms: We welcomed into the Church: ongoing work continuing in our name and Nancy Elizabeth Elsie Parsons & the hopes for the future, Ellie Jane Coggins on 26 May at St John’s Church, Chipping Sodbury In the afternoon we enjoyed a very Marriages: We send our congratulations to: amusing and thought provoking talk by Aaron Stone and Jessica Morley on Adrian Plass who regularly writes articles 18 May at St John’s Church, Old in Family Life, the M.U. magazine. We also Sodbury heard from the Revd. Fedis Nyagah, Ian stokes and Cheryl Vavasour on (Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa) 25 May at St John’s Church, Old about how lives can be transformed by Sodbury communities working together. Michael Hackett and Abby Plater on The July 25 May at St James the Elder Church, meeting Horton here will Samantha Childs and Jamie Capel on be our 1 June at St John’s Church, Old Sodbury A.G.M. Renewal of Marriage vows: We send when we our congratulations to: s h a l l Peter and Wendy Blennerhassett on l o o k 25 May at St John’s Church, Old b a c k Sodbury Mrs Lynne Tembey (left) new MU over the Worldwide president with Mrs Pat p a s t Funerals:We extend our sympathy to the Harris (right) the past MU Worldwide year and families and friends of: President p l a n Margaret Ethel Pullin on 28 May forward interment of ashes at St John’s for the future of our branch churchyard Old Sodbury August will have us once again hoping for Stanley Percy Doel on 29 May at St a sunny afternoon when we shall be at John’s Church Chipping Sodbury then Rangeworthy where we shall share tea at Westerleigh Crematorium and chat. Husbands can join us to enjoy Eileen Joan Wilcox on 7 June at St a look at Derrick’s large collection of old John’s Church Chipping Sodbury then engines and working tools. All are invited. at Mayshill cemetery Our Annual Service on Monday 9th September at 7-30pm in Church and will Mothers’ union be led by Jane and our speaker will be Mrs. Sue Plant the Wooton Deanery Although this is being written Leader. You are all welcome to join us as before the June Meeting, at any of our meetings. knowing the speaker, Chris Eccles and her God Bless, Jenny husband, I know that what they have to 4


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members of Synod are the Lay members of each Deanery Synod, so getting on that The workings of is the way to have a vote for the other s y n o d i c a l levels. government in the Church of England It is important to remember that the aren’t generally a hot measure was not actually about whether topic, but they sure the Church believes the office of bishop made headlines last should be open to women (we said yes to November when the that nearly 20 years ago) but about when General Synod and with what provision for those unable voted down a to accept this development we should measure to allow women to become move forward. A discussion of all those bishops. All of a sudden, everyone was factors is way beyond the scope of this asking, “What happened?” and “How can article. The July meeting of Synod will be this be, when 42 out of 44 dioceses were grappling with this issue again, but in a different way, a way involving facilitated in favour?” discussion groups rather than floor The answers are both complicated and debates. Let us hope and pray that a way simple. In brief, there was no “funny forward will be found. business” going on, but only the working out of different levels of decision-making The Revd. Canon Robbin Clark, Dean with different levels of agreement required. of Women Clergy Deanery, Diocesan and General Synods are each made up of three categories of Nick & Helen representatives (not delegates, and that’s important - all members are there to vote Sherwood according to their own conscience): Bishops, Clergy and Laity. On certain important issues, all the dioceses are asked to debate the measure and return their verdict before it can be considered Propose for final passage nationally. A “yes” putting on a requires a simple majority in each of the series of short (40 min) three categories of voter. This is where the Lunchtime concerts / recitals 42 out of 44 comes in. However, at General Synod a two-thirds majority is in required in each category for the measure to pass. In November, even though the overall support was closer to three quarters, it was only 64 per cent among on most Lay members. Thus, it failed.

The Diocesan Letter

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My walk commenced after a brief time of prayer at Bath Abbey during which I Early in May I set off along the 104 mile asked that I may be surrounded by national trail from Bath to Chipping God’s glory. Once the streets of the Campden, which follows the limestone Georgian city had been left behind, I was escarpment on the western edge of the climbing into the countryside and this Cotswolds and rising to a height of green and pleasant land continued almost 1100 feet at Cleeve Hill. almost uninterrupted (with the exception of the M4 motorway). I met many other Having recently taken a redundancy walkers along the route and we greeted package from my place of work of 23 each other and chatted. I took a years, I felt the need to take a few days away by myself from the busyness of life photograph of most of my new found friends and recorded their names in my and to find the quiet of the countryside journal. One colourful individual I met and to start seeking God’s guidance as was Billy, who was walking (in stages) to what I might be doing next in my life. Did I actually want to return to industry or from Land’s End to John O’Groats! could now be the time for something The trail passed new? through farmland, woodland, forests Walking the trail and heathland, was to take me 7 villages and days, staying at small market some B&B’s entowns. route. Before I began the walk, The vibrancy of Spring colour was some route spectacular, especially the bluebells, planning, emails wood anemones and cowslips. There and phone calls were many shades of new green leaves were required to on trees and in hedgerows all pre-book my emphasising God’s wonderful creation. accommodation. I also wisely invested in And then there was the constant bird a new and comfortable rucksack and a song, which in the absence of motor good weatherproof jacket. traffic noise was so clear and a real joy to listen to. The journey was to be an exciting adventure. Whilst I was to average 15 or The well known so miles a day, the first day was to total Hymn ‘All things over 20 miles in a bid to reach Old bright and Sodbury. The weather was warm and beautiful’ was sunny (but this weather phenomenon being colourfully didn’t last beyond the 2nd day!) From the enacted before outset, there were great vistas to enjoy, my very eyes! but with just shy of 11,000 feet total My journey took me by numerous ascent, there was plenty of climbing required to reach all the viewpoints along churches, which beckoned me to rest a while, and to read and ponder on the the length of the trail. word of our Lord. Various bible passages

Walking the Cotswold Way

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were awaiting the pilgrim and were presented on bible lecterns, from hymns (displayed as numbers on hymn boards) or from the stained glass windows. With so many passages found only a few can be shared in this short article.

other we are also servants to our Lord and Father. However we are warned in other verses from this passage that there is no place in God’s kingdom for those people who are oppressors, arrogant, violent, corrupt and unrighteous.

The 1st passage; Luke Ch.10 v2 + 3

I woke up on the final day of my walk to the Radio 4 Sunday programme ‘Something Understood’ in which the listener heard Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 13. The true qualities of love are discussed. May we all be blessed with this love!

The Lord said “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few”. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into the harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.

I walked through the market towns of Wotton-under-Edge, Dursley, Winchcombe, Broadway and of course Chipping Campden. There were some beautifully constructed Cotswold stone buildings, many being very old and well known local landmarks. Various monuments and follies became useful markers along the trail such as the William Tyndale monument and the Broadway tower. Even Neolithic burial mounds and Iron Age hill forts could be prominent features. Some paths were old drovers’ lanes used by livestock farmers from a bygone age. The route even passed by the infamous Cooper’s Hill, although no giant cheeses were spotted hurtling down the hillside that day!

This passage can make us all feel jolly uncomfortable. We may never feel ready or prepared to do God’s work but nonetheless He calls us all the same to go! God believes in us so he wants to send us out to those who need forgiveness (so let’s start with ourselves!), to those who need to hear, to our friends, neighbours, colleagues and those we don’t yet know. What an incredible task He sets before us, but Jesus gives us his assurance that he is with us always. The 2nd passage; Zephaniah Ch. 3 v9 + v12 “Then will I purify the lips of the peoples that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve him shoulder to shoulder”. “I will leave within you the meek and the humble, who trust in the name of the Lord”.

Magnificent views of the Severn bridges, May Hill (Forest of Dean), the majestic Malvern Hills and the Sugar Loaf Mountain were had. The Cotswold Way delights in taking a circuitous route from A to B. For the walker trying to reach their destination quickly, this is bad news. However for me, the purpose was more about the journey itself, so this offered more contemplation time. The sun shone radiantly at times, the wind blew hard at other times, yet it was not

The message here is also a call to do God’s work, and through serving each

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until the final mile or so did the heavens open and the rain splash heavily down my face! My other week’s reward was a blister on my left foot – but a small price to pay for a memorable hike!

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We all need to carry a map when on a long journey, so when confronted with crossroads we know which route to take and hence avoid getting lost. We as Christians need to journey with Christ each day of our lives. Christ is our ‘map’ when we ask to journey with Him. We won’t get lost for he is our shepherd and he leads us from danger to the still waters of life.

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The Holy Land: an illustrated talk with slides drawn from David & Christine's various visits to Israel. (Some time in the autumn).

Let's Buy a Farm! – Update With your help we have made good progress towards the total sum of £8334 needed to cover the purchase of one of the small plots of farming land Turning Point hope to buy in October. We have so far received just over £4600 (after Gift Aid is included) and so are more than halfway to our target. If you saw last month's article you will know that a group of ten mums and t h e i r children moved from the Kibera slum to the Kingangop farm two years ago, and have been working hard to complete their training so they can move on to independence on their own one-acre plot. That article featured one of the mums, Jane Kamene and her children. Jane is not aware of our fund raising, and we realise it would be more appropriate for us not to restrict the use of funds to Jane specifically, but to any one of the ten families, leaving any choice up to Turning Point, based on local circumstances. Further fund raising events are planned including: 17 August: Garden Party at 31 Couzens Close with Jon, Jo and their children, including magic and mystery, courtesy of Isaac (aged 8) and a pack of cards.

Walking the Cotswold Way: an illustrated talk by Keith Stanley, describing his recent pilgrimage/sponsored walk of the 104 miles of this classic walk. Watch the magazine and pew sheets for further details and progress. And contact David (323070) if you have an idea for an event. Donation forms are available in the churches and we hope to be playing a short DVD of the Turning Point Farm at St John's Chipping Sodbury soon.

Ian Yemm - Lay Reader Many of you will know Ian and know that he is A n g l i c a n Chaplain at the University of the West of England and is a member of the worshipping congregations in this Benefice. For the last year or so, he has been part of the ministerial team here and had the Bishop’s permission to preach and take occasional Services of the Word across the Benefice. On 15 July, Bishop Michael will admit Ian to the Office of Reader and will licence him as a Reader in this Benefice. This will be done in the context of a eucharist in the Bishop’s chapel in Bishopscourt, Gloucester.

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taking funerals, taking services of Holy Communion by Extension and Home & hospital Communions and other pastoral tasks. To become a Reader, the Bishop has to be satisfied that Ian is thoroughly grounded in his knowledge of the Scriptures, Christian doctrine and the worship and practice of the Church of England. Seeing that Ian has a degree in Theology and Religious Studies and Music and was recently awarded an MA degree in Christian Spirituality (for which he obtained a first) and has undergone ministerial training in the Roman Catholic Church, he is well qualified!

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Sodbury Vale Benefice Regular Weekly Events Monday

8.45am

Morning Prayer

St John’s, Chipping Sodbury

7.30pm

Bell Ringer’s Practice

Church Tower, Chipping Sodbury

8.45am

Morning Prayer

St John’s, Chipping Sodbury

Wednesday 8.30am

Morning Prayer

St John’s, Chipping Sodbury

Thursday

Morning Prayer

St John’s, Chipping Sodbury

Tuesday

Friday

Saturday

8.45am

10.00am Holy Communion

St John’s, Chipping Sodbury

7.00pm

St John’s, Chipping Sodbury

Choir Practice

10.00am Tubbie Tots

Church Centre, Chipping Sodbury

7.00pm

Youth Club (age 11-18)

Baptist Church Centre

9.00am

Benefice Prayers

Church Centre, Chipping Sodbury

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Sodbury Vale Benefice Calendar July 2013 Tue

2nd

Wed

3rd

Sun 7th Sixth Sunday after Trinity

3.00pm

Meditation Meeting

Ring 314409 for venue

1.20pm

Women’s Fellowship

Church Centre C/S

7.00pm

LS PCC

St Adeline’s, L/S

8.00om

Mission Prayer Group

Church Centre C/S

8.00am

Holy Communion

St John’s C/S

9.30am

St John’s Praise

St John’s, C/S

11.15am

Mattins {BCP}

St James’, Horton

11.15am

Family Communion

St John’s O/S

6.00pm

Evensong (BCP)

St Adeline’s L/S

Mon

8th

7.45pm

Mothers’ Union,

Church Centre C/S

Thurs

11th

10.00am

Holy Communion

St John’s C/S

10.45am

Coffee Shop

Church Centre C/S

7.30pm

CS PCC

Church Centre C/S

9.30am

Parish Communion

St John’s C/S

11.15am

Holy Communion {BCP}

St James’ Horton

11.15am

Family Service

St John’s O/S

6.00pm

Evensong {BCP}

St Adeline’s L/S

Sun 14th Seventh Sunday after trinity

Tue

16th

3.00pm

Meditation Meeting

Ring 314409 for venue

Wed

17th

1.20pm

Women’s Fellowship

Church Centre C/S

Thurs

18th

10.00am

Holy Communion

St John’s C/S

10.45am

Coffee Shop

Church Centre C/S

7.30pm

OS PCC

Village Hall O/S

9.30am

Family Communion

St John’s C/S

11.15am

Morning Prayer {CW}

St James’ Horton

11.15am

Holy Communion {BCP}

St John’s O/S

6.00pm

Evensong {BCP}

St Adeline’s L/S

10.00am

Holy Communion

St John’s C/S

10.45am

Coffee Shop

Church Centre C/S

9.30am

Parish Communion

St John’s C/S

11.15am

Family Communion (CW)

St James’ Horton

11.15am

Morning Praise

St John’s O/S

6.00pm

Holy Communion {BCP}

St Adeline’s L/S

3.00pm

Meditation Meeting

Ring 314409 for venue

Sun 21st Eighth Sunday after Trinity

Thur

25th

Sun 28th Ninth Sunday after Trinity

Tue

30th

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Sodbury Vale Benefice Calendar August 2013 Thurs

1st

Sun 4th Tenth Sunday after Trinity

Wed

7th

Thurs

8th

10.00am

Holy Communion

St John’s C/S

10.45am

Coffee Shop

Church Centre C/S

8.00am

Holy Communion

St John’s C/S

9.30am

St John’s Praise

St John’s, C/S

11.15am

Mattins {BCP}

St James’, Horton

11.15am

Family Communion

St John’s O/S

6.00pm

Evensong (BCP)

St Adeline’s L/S

8.00om

Mission Prayer Group

Church Centre C/S

10.00am

Holy Communion

St John’s C/S

10.45am

Coffee Shop

Church Centre C/S

Parish Communion

St John’s C/S

Holy Communion {BCP}

St James’ Horton

Family Service

St John’s O/S

9.30am Sun 11th 11.15am Eleventh Sunday after trinity 11.15am 6.00pm

Evensong {BCP}

St Adeline’s L/S

Mon

12th

3.00pm

Mothers’ Union, Afternoon Tea

Rangeworthy

Tue

13th

3.00pm

Meditation Meeting

Ring 314409 for venue

Thurs

15th

Sun 18th Twelth Sunday after Trinity

Thur

25th

Sun 25th Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity Tue

27th

10.00am

Holy Communion

St John’s C/S

10.45am

Coffee Shop

Church Centre C/S

9.30am

Family Communion

St John’s C/S

11.15am

Morning Prayer {CW}

St James’ Horton

11.15am

Holy Communion {BCP}

St John’s O/S

6.00pm

Evensong {BCP}

St Adeline’s L/S

10.00am

Holy Communion

St John’s C/S

10.45am

Coffee Shop

Church Centre C/S

10.30am

Benefice Eucharist

St Adeline’s L/S

3.00pm

Meditation Meeting

Ring 314409 for venue

Three Choirs Festival Gloucester 27 July-4 August 2013 Guest conductors: Vladimir Ashkenazy, Edward Gardner, Stephen Layton, John Butt A week of glorious music with the fabulous Philharmonia Orchestra in residence, joining our Festival Chorus and star soloists to fill Gloucester Cathedral and surrounding venues with some of the finest music ever composed. Enjoy being part of something that makes our region the world centre for fine music. Performances to include: Handel Messiah, Beethoven Choral Symphony, Elgar The Dream of Gerontius, Holst The Planets and Walton Belshazzar’s Feast. www.3choirs.org

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F Sea Sunday – July 14th On the second Sunday in July, every year, we celebrate Sea Sunday. It is at this time, more than any other, that we think of, and pray for, the seafarers of the world. T h e y s p e n d lonely and dangerous lives, away from their families and loved ones for anything up to twelve months at a time. Not only do they have to face the dangers of rough seas, but they might be sailing in ships that are really past their ‘use by’ date, be employed by unscrupulous ship-owners who deprive them of their wages for months on end and, in certain parts of the world, have to face the threats of piracy, of their ship being impounded and of their being held hostage and imprisoned – in some cases for as long as two years. All this in order to bring us 90% of all that you see in the shops and supermarkets of this country. It is in response to this situation that the Mission to Seafarers – an Anglican charity – exists. Teams of caring chaplains – both ordained and lay – and volunteers all over the world offer the hand of Christian fellowship, and a safe haven, for sick, lonely, exhausted and troubled crews of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs at Seafarer Centres in 260 ports in 71 countries – and we have one such right here on

our doorstep at Royal Portbury Dock in Avonmouth. One way in which you can help support this valuable work is, of course to make a donation to the Mission to Seafarers, and another is to provide hand-knitted woollen hats – of which there can never be too many. I periodically take batches of such hats, which have been knitted by friends in Wotton and North Nibley, down to the dock, and they are always snaffled up in no time at all by visiting seafarers to Avonmouth. If any of you would like to support the Mission in this most worthwhile way, I shall be only too pleased to let you have a pattern and, subsequently, deliver the finished product to the nearby Seafarers Centre. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information. John Ballantyne (Tel: 01453 842473) I can vouch for the good work of the Mission to Seafarers having benefited from their support when I was an impecunious and very junior Merchant Navy Radio Officer many many years ago. I arrived in the port of Durban, S o u t h Africa on board the City of Durban (pictured). As a radio officer I had little work to do in port, but no money to take advantage of my free time. However the local Mission to Seafarers took myself with a group of seamen from other ships on safari to visit the Valley of a Thousand Hills to observe some of the wild life of the country and we had a great time. Michael Stephenson 16


Jul Aug outlook 2013