Rector’s Weekly Update

The Beaminster Area Team
From the Hub update Friday 22nd April 2022

What a glorious day we shared across the team on Easter Day. It was lovely to see so many people attending services. I would like to say a very big thank you to all those who decorated our churches so beautifully – the flower arrangements were spectacular. Also thank you to all the churches that took up Fiona’s challenge to create an Easter display inside or outside of their churches. They really set the tone and I have seen many pictures of them across Facebook pages from visitors, along with some lovely comments. 

For twenty eight years at the Easter Service of light I have stood at the font at the renewal of Baptismal vows and asked if anyone who was not baptised would like to come forward. For the first time, at the service in Beaminster, this request was answered when Hayley asked to be baptised and Jo carried out this very special moment. It was a real joy that someone who has been exploring faith through Gin Church felt called to this moment in her life and for that I say Alleluia! 

I spent a lovely afternoon last Monday at Hooke for its Cream Tea Afternoon. It was lovely to see so many gathered in the churchyard in the Easter sun from the village and from across the team. 

If you are holding an event and would like me to share it in The Hub or on the website please let me know. 

Jane and I would like to thank all of you for your very kind words and cards and for holding her in your prayers following her recent stay in hospital. Now home, she is awaiting further tests at DCH later this week. 

On behalf of all across the team I would like to pass on our condolences to Peter Hardwill and his family following the death of Janet, his wife, last night. Peter and Janet have been faithful members of Blackdown Church for many years. I assure them of our love and prayers at this time. 

Online Worship at Home video services continue even though churches are open. The online community continues to be an important part of our church – such as Thursday Evening Prayers and our increasingly popular Gin Church. As usual each Sunday’s video service will be available on the day before. We hope you continue to enjoy our weekly Rev Chat video. And in person in Beaminster you can join us for Baby & Toddler Group on Monday mornings and our Walk In Wednesday social gathering on Wednesday mornings.