As we head into harvest time we invite you to come along to Harvest Festival services, celebrations, and meals across the Beaminster area.(more…)
One in four children aged 11 failed to reach the expected reading standard in 2017. Illiteracy affects all areas of life. Many schools struggle to find the resources to help children who may be falling behind the rest of the class with their reading levels. (more…)
The harsh reality of giving birth in Sierra Leone, West Africa, where ten women die from giving birth each day, will be brought to life when a Christian Aid worker shares stories from the frontline of maternal health in her country. (more…)
Our very own Rev. David Baldwin makes an appearance on the Church of England podcast this week.
“Listen to hardworking Christians working on mission and growth in rural England. To read the full rural mission and growth learning report, including helpful examples of good practice, useful ideas and approaches, resulting from the February 2018 Renewal & Reform Rural Ministry Seminar, visit www.churchofengland.org/rural.”
You can listen to the podcast via the SoundCloud player below.
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.
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
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