A Way of Life

As part of our prayer community, The Community of the Annunciation, we share a common way of life. This way of life is a framework for our spiritual development, not a set of rules to live by. As Simon Reed suggests in his book Creating Community: Ancient ways for modern churches “A Way of Life is simply an external structure which surrounds and supports our life in God.”

We are invited to use the ten different headings to reflect on our own spiritual journey and what our aims or challenges might be. The ten headings are focused as questions. They are:

How are we seeking to grow in knowledge?

How do we experience companionship on our spiritual journey?

What are our personal rhythms of prayer, work and rest?

What are our guiding principles of money and possessions?

What steps do we take to care for the environment?

How do we help others find healing?

What do we do to enable the Holy Spirit to guide us?

How doe we support others through prayer?

How do we show welcome and hospitality to other people?

How do we help others find faith in Jesus?

These headings give us food for thought in our own lives and in the life of our church communities too. Over the next few months I will write a reflection on each heading once a week and invite you to post your suggestions and comments via our Facebook page.

If you want to know more do get hold of a copy of Simon’s book via the Sarum Bookshop.

Click here to download the Our Way of Life proforma.

Summer Holiday Activities

Summer holidays are nearly upon us and although we are having fantastic weather this year, it isn’t always easy finding activities to keep everyone amused which don’t cost too much. We have a solution for you.

The Beaminster Team churches are hosting four holiday club days in Toller Porcorum, Mosterton, Salway Ash and Drimpton. We have booked the village hall, organised a bouncy castle via Dorset Action Van, planned activities and simple crafts, collected some toys, baked a couple of cakes, and roped in some help. You just need to come and join us.

We are providing four different days gently themed around a bible story. Each village hall has outdoor and indoor space and all you need to do is turn up, perhaps bring a picnic blanket and any favourite toys, and join in.

We will have drinks and cake available all day and will host a “make your own sandwich” activity to feed you all for lunch. We will begin each day with a story and end each day with a prayer, but beyond that is is up to you. Join in or just chill, stay half an hour or all day.

This isn’t a drop your kids activity, sadly we can’t manage the numbers, however children aged ten and over may be signed in via a permission slip available on the day. Or perhaps you could join up with other families and bring a group of children together?

The dates and times are:

31 July 10.00-14.00 Toller Porcorum Village Hall

9 August 10.00-14.00 Mosterton Village Hall

13 August 11.30-15.00 Salway Ash Village Hall (note different time here)

20 August 10.00-14.00 Drimpton Village Hall

We also have Walk in Wednesday happening every week, with a craft table, toys, Lego, art and music. 10.00-15.00 St Mary’s Church, Beaminster.

Contact us via revneary@gmail.com if you want more information.

We look forward to seeing you.

 

Which way next ? Vocations Day (Cancelled)

Update: Sorry folks. This even will not be going ahead after all on this date.

We believe that God calls all of us to serve him using the gifts he has given us. We each have different gifts and together we are the body of Christ. Yet often we serve in church or in community because we can do the job, not because we feel it is our calling. Whilst we might be capable, it is when we are truly doing what God has called us to that ministry flourishes and we flourish.

If you would like to discern or come to understand what God is calling you to do then perhaps our vocations afternoon is for you. Or perhaps you feel you are trapped in a role that isn’t really the right one and you would like to find the courage to take on something new. Perhaps you work full time and would like to work out how to best serve God in your workplace. Or perhaps you aren’t sure about vocation at all, but think it might be interesting to explore.

You are all welcome on Sunday 17th June from 13:00-17:00 at Litton Cheney Village hall to spend some time with others, listening, praying and chatting. Bring something to share for lunch, we will provide drinks and cake.

If you would like to come please let Jo or David know via email or phone or comment here.

Wedding Bells at Mountjoy

On Tuesday 15th May Mountjoy School celebrated the Royal Wedding with an entire day devoted to wedding festivities. We were invited to conduct the wedding in a celebration at school in the afternoon.

I went down, in borrowed cope from the Beaminster vestment cupboard, to pretend to be the Archbishop of Canterbury for the day. The bride and groom were wonderful led in by a carriage of wheelchairs adorned with foam woggle horses. A ring bearer carried the pipe cleaner ring and the bride was attended by a matron of honour, the groom by his best man.

We promised to support the bride and groom with enthusiastic cries of “we will”, vows were read and prayers were said, both for all who had participated in the wedding day and for Harry and Meghan on their special day this coming Saturday.

Mr and Mrs Mountjoy were greeted with great enthusiasm and a disco reception followed with decorated cup cakes.  All in all a must enjoyable wedding celebration. Thank you Mountjoy for inviting me.

Visit the Mountjoy School Website.

Thy Kingdom Come Day 1

Thy Kingdom Come Day 1 #Pledge2Pray

We visit our primary schools every week and our other schools regularly or at their invitation.

Today in collective worship we were thinking about patience and how we wait patiently. Abraham and Sarah waited patiently to become parents and God was faithful to them.

Pray for our schools, for all that work in education, for children and staff. Pray for patience and peace in our learning communities. Pray for faith to grow and be nurtured. Pray for all those who find the school environment challenging. Amen

Messy Church 12th May 2018

On Saturday 12th May at 4pm we will gather in St Mary’s Church, Beaminster for the latest Messy Church celebration.

The theme is God 24/7 and we will be thinking about how we are called to live as Christians all day every day.

Lots of fun and games including making bracelets, decorating biscuits, Rudi’s science experiment, Big feet walking, tea light holders and a mega prayer paper chain.

What is Messy Church?

Messy Church is for all ages – it isn’t just for children. It is also church, not just a craft club or play session. Through hands on activities and games we explore a Bible story together and what it means for us to live as Christians in the world. There are always questions and discussion points on each table for all ages to chat through and ponder. We share food together with tea at the end, we sing songs of praise, explore the bible teaching and pray together. There are always toys for preschool children too. The aim is for all the family to worship together in an accessible, engaging and challenging way.

Messy Church in the Beaminster Area Team is led and prepared by a team of volunteers supported by the clergy. It is every second Saturday of the month, with no meeting in July or August. We always promote the date through the website, Facebook, and our local primary schools. We meet at St Mary’s Church, Beaminster at 4pm.

Do come and join us, we look forward to meeting you.

Preparing for Pentecost

We will be celebrating Pentecost in a couple of weeks time both in church services and together at our Pentecost Praise afternoon. Do join us from 2pm on Sunday 20th May at St Mary’s Beaminster for all kinds of fun and games.

This afternoon, our youth group will reflect on Acts 2 and ponder where they see the Holy Spirit at work in their lives. Perhaps you might like to do the same today if you have five minutes?

Read Acts 2. Take a moment to think about the Holy Spirit in your life. Do you feel her presence with you? How does the Holy Spirit help you understand the world and tell God’s story? How would you like the Holy Spirit to help you this week?

Come Holy Spirit, set our hearts on fire, inspire us, lead us, empower us, comfort us. Amen

Pentecost Praise Party & BBQ

The story of Pentecost describes how the Holy Spirit filled the disciples and enabled them to tell others the good news about Jesus. You can read about it in chapter two of Acts of the Apostles.  Often Pentecost is described as the birthday of the church. So we’ve decided to throw a birthday party and you’re invited.

Join us on Pentecost, Sunday 20th May between 14:00-1700 at St. Mary’s Church Beaminster for a time of celebration.

We will have games and activities to take part in, a teddy zip wire, bubbles, a bouncy castle, BBQ, craft activities, paper aeroplane competition, prayer space, and games. We will join together at 16:00 for a praise party: to hear the story of Pentecost, sing songs, pray together and light candles.

If you have the candle you were given at Baptism or Confirmation then bring it with you and light it at our Praise time to remind us that we all receive the same Holy Spirit that empowers us to live our lives as followers of Christ.

This is a free event, all are welcome. Opens at 14:00, teddy-bear zip-wire from 14:30, BBQ from 15:00, praise celebration at 16:00. The event will go ahead whatever the weather. Fun and games for all ages.

Thy Kingdom Come 2018

In 2016 the Archbishops of York and Canterbury invited us to take part in a prayer initiative called Thy Kingdom Come during the time between Ascension and Pentecost. The aim was to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. The prayer initiative continues and is now an international and ecumenical call to prayer. The organisers hope that ‘during the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, everyone who participates will deepen their friendship with Jesus, bring other to know Jesus or know him better, and come to know that every aspect of their life is the stuff of prayer.’

In the Beaminster Team we know first hand the power of prayer. Everything new that we have set up over the last six years has been discerned, begun, and sustained through prayer. Prayer is about listening to God and seeking his vision for our life together. We have noticed that when we make prayer a priority then we find it easier to tune into what God is leading us to do. When we don’t pray as much then we felt less sure we were doing the right thing. Prayer enables us to flourish; both as individuals and as communities of faith.

As people of faith we want others to know the same joy and fullness of life with God that we experience. Praying for people to come to know God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit is at the heart of our calling as disciples. God hears our prayer. We know that new people have come to Messy Church, to Walk in Wednesday, to be confirmed and baptised. New people are involved in Sunday worship. New people belong to the Community of the Annunciation. I know that people have returned to God or have come to know him for the first time or have drawn deeper into relationship with him through the prayer and activities of the Beaminster Team. God is at work here and we pray that we will see more growth, more commitment and increased flourishing.

You can be involved by committing to pray for people to come to know Jesus Christ. Pray at home or together in church. Perhaps think of five friends who you would like to pray for everyday during Thy Kingdom Come? You can join us between 10th and 20th May at worship, prayer events and at our beacon event on Sunday 20th May, 2-5pm at St Mary’s Beaminster where we will be offering a Pentecost Fun afternoon including games, activities, worship, prayer, BBQ, and hopefully a bouncy castle in church.

You can read more about Thy Kingdom Come on its taking part web page and stay tuned here on our site for more information about the forthcoming events. You can also follow Thy Kingdom Come on Twitter.

Heavenly Father, we pray that your Kingdom will come and your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Amen

With every blessing, Jo

Community of the Annunciation Weekly Prayer Themes

We meet tonight, 7pm, in St Mary’s Church Beaminster to share prayers for the life of the team.  Join us in person or pray at home.  Prayer points below.

Psalm 148

Renewing Hope: How has God renewed your hope this week?

Prayer points

Giving thanks for all the went on during Lent and Holy Week

For those who are vulnerable in any way, for the help they need to be available

For those who are bringing children to baptism

Plans for Thy Kingdom Come and Pentecost event

Plans for Prayer Spaces in schools and meeting with the senior school.

For vocations day on 17th June, for the right speaker to be available, for the right people to be able to come.

For work on the website and how we improve communications within the team and how we communicate the Gospel.

 

Youth Group for Beaminster Area Team

We have a youth group for young people in Year 6 and above which meets monthly on the first Saturday of the month at 4pm, usually in St Mary’s Church Beaminster. The group is made up of young people who have started together as a confirmation group and then continued to meet. However, you don’t have to be confirmed to be part of the group, we welcome everyone who would like to join.

Our time together is a mixture of chat, activities, bible study and prayer. Each meeting concludes with the famous Jelly Baby prayer. We also plan in social meetings sometimes including pizza, pavlova, marshmallows and skittles.

Our hope is that by being part of the youth group you will make friends, enjoy yourself and have a chance to explore and talk about faith. We also encourage the youth group to attend and be involved in our monthly service, 10.15@Salway Ash on the 2nd Sunday of the month and Breakfast@10 on 5th Sundays in Beaminster.

Our next meetings are: 7th April, 5th May and 2nd June, 4-5.30pm, St Mary’s Church Beaminster.  If you are coming for the first time please make sure an adult drops you off so they can fill in an information and permission form.

We look forward to seeing you.