Growing in Knowledge

The first in our ten week series on the Way of Life that we hold in common as part of the Community of the Annunciation.

How do we seek to grow in knowledge?

Our primary source of knowledge about God is the Bible. Reading the bible regularly is a great way to increase our knowledge and understanding of God. You could start at the beginning and finish at the end, but I would lay money on you giving up somewhere around Leviticus. Perhaps a better place to start is in the New Testament, with a Gospel. You could devote a few minutes every day at a suitable time or find a longer period on a quieter day. There are many different daily reading bible notes that could help you, or perhaps reading the bible in a year, which is available as an app.

Another place to start is with the Pew News each week – look up the readings you haven’t heard in church on Sunday and read them, alongside the readings you have heard. Ask yourself what jumps out at you? What intrigues you?

Going deeper you could seek out a bible study group or join us on Saturday at 9:00 in St Mary’s Beaminster where we discuss the readings for the next day.

What other reading do you do about spiritual matters? You could look up Sarum College bookshop who have a monthly newsletter with new titles reviewed and suggested https://www.sarumcollegebookshop.co.uk/ or browse locally in Good Books in Bridport.

We have a spiritual book-club running in the team. We meet three times a year to share a book we are reading. Currently we are reading Fruitfulness on the Front Line by Mark Greene. We will meet on 12th November at 11:00 or 15th November at 20:00 in St Mary’s Church Beaminster to discuss the book. Or borrow something from the Rector’s bookshelves in St Mary’s Beaminster.

Increasing in knowledge isn’t limited to reading though. There are many podcasts, documentaries and radio programmes about faith. Every week Bishop Mike and Bishop Martin from the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich do a vlog about the upcoming lectionary readings. Their videos are available through the diocesan website, link here http://www.cofesuffolk.org/

There are also a number of small groups in the team that can offer a forum for talking about the Bible and sharing knowledge about God. And we hope that our weekly sermons deepen understanding and throw up questions – we are always happy to chat to you after we have preached.

Happy adventuring as you seek to grow in knowledge.

 

Services for Sunday 24th June 2018

These are the Beaminster Area Team Ministry services for Sunday 24th June 2018 (The Birth of John the Baptist). We hope to meet you there. You’ll find the address and a map link for each of our venues on the Our Churches page.

Readings
Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 85:7-13
Acts 13:14b-26 or Galatians 3:23-29
Luke 1:57-66,80

Broadwindsor
Patronal Festival Eucharist 11:00

Blackdown
Morning Service 9:30

Burstock
No Services

Drimpton
NM Chapel 10:00

Salway Ash
Village Praise 11:00

Seaborough
No Services

Stoke Abbott
BCP Matins 9:30

Beaminster
BCP Eucharist 8:00
Eucharist 9:30
Healing Prayers 16:00

Hooke
BCP Evensong 18:30

Mapperton
No Services

Melplash
Eucharist 11:00

Mosterton
Eucharist 9:30

Netherbury
Eucharist 9:30

South Perrott
Eucharist 11:00

Toller Porcorum
Eucharist 11:00

You can download the full Rota by clicking the following link: Service Rotas via Google Drive

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.

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

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

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.