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.

New prayer initiative in Toller

There’s a new prayer group starting in Toller Porcorum on Monday 1st October 2018.

Ways Into Prayer is a monthly meeting in local homes with the aim of learning more about prayer.

The meetings are open to people of all faiths, or no faith.

The first meeting takes place on Monday 1st October 2018 from 19:00 to 20:00 at Bracken House, High Street, Toller Porcorum DT2 0DN.

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.

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Video – Rev David Discusses His Sponsored Walk

Today we launch our new YouTube channel, yes we’ve entered the video age. And what better way to start than an interview with Rev David about the epic sponsored walk he will be taking part in tomorrow.

You can find further details of the walk and donate via paypal on the following page: Rector’s Sponsored Walk.

If you’d like to come and cheer Reverends David and Jo along then we’ve got some approximate timings for you. Thought for obviously reasons these may change during the day.

South Perrott (Start)
Mosterton
Seaborough
Drimpton
Blackdown
Burstock
Broadwindsor
Stoke Abbot
Salway Ash
Melplash
Netherbury
Beaminster
Mapperton
Hooke
Toller Porcorum (Finish)

06:00
06:45
07:45
08:30
09:30
10:30
11:00
11:45
13:15
14:45
15:25
16:00
17:00
18:15
19:15