“Not planned far enough in advance, not publicised well enough, yet still a completely awesome spiritual experience.” That is how I would describe the prayer space we created for Thy Kingdom Come this year.(more…)
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.
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.
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.
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.
[one-half-first]South Perrott (Start)
Toller Porcorum (Finish)[/one-half-first]
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
As part of the Archbishops call to prayer between Ascension and Pentecost known as Thy Kingdom Come we have over the past years undertaken a number of initiatives such as Prayer Walks in each of the parishes and Prayer walking over a number of days between all 15 churches. We will, of course, be fully participating in this year’s call to prayer in a number of new ways and Jo talks about it in this article – Thy Kingdom Come by Jo Neary.
I will also be undertaking a day of prayer and reflection whilst walking around our 15 churches this approximately 28 – 30 miles dependant on how lost I get along the way. I will be doing this as a sponsored event as I wish to create a Mission Fund for Jo and parishes to call upon as we continue to grow God’s Kingdom. Four years ago the Team Council agreed to a fund being set up but more than half of our parishes were reluctant to help fund it. This will take place on Thursday 17th May so please watch out for more information over the coming weeks and if you feel able please sponsor my attempt either by completing the sponsorship forms which are in of our churches or through the Pay Pal account which can be accessed below.
If you would like to donate to my sponsored walk please click the button below. This will take you securely to PayPal where you can make a donation via PayPal itself, or with a card if you do not have an account. This is a totally safe and secure process.
Thank you in advance for your kind donation.
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