Rector’s Weekly Update

The Beaminster Area Team
From the Hub update Friday 24th June 2022

What a joyous occasion last Sunday was as we welcomed the 79th Bishop of Salisbury to the Diocese – the Rt Revd Stephen Lake.

During his address Bishop Stephen spoke about the Parable of the Talents: (Luke 19.11-26). He said that “Our diocese is a wonderful place. The Kingdom of God is already here. We just have to all share our talents and have generous hearts, for God has provided abundantly.”

He then asked the children who were taking part to give out golden envelopes to everyone in the congregation (1000 people). On the instruction from Bishop Stephen we all opened our envelopes to find a letter from the bishop and a ten pound note. The letter included the passage of scripture from Luke’s Gospel and a short explanation that two generous benefactors had donated the money so that Bishop Stephen’s ministry could begin in confidence that God and his kingdom flourishes through generosity. We were asked to take the £10 talent home with us and make it grow as a sign of the Kingdom of God so that it makes a difference to the lives of others.

I have spent some time in prayer asking God to show me how I/we can make this talent grow to make a difference in our communities across the team. So, I have decided to ask for your help. With the present financial situation about to hit hard there will be many who will need help and support in the months ahead and I would like to build a fund to help alleviate the hardship that many will face. If you feel that you can match the £10 talent given by the Bishop (more than £10 would be accepted) then please place your talent in an envelope marked Talent and let me have it. I will keep you updated on the progress of your generosity over the coming weeks.

At the end of his address, which he repeated at Diocesan Synod on Tuesday evening, Bishop Steven said that the way forward for all of us across the Diocese of Salisbury should be understood in this way: Now this Talent is yours. You are being called to grow the Kingdom as we pray ‘Your Kingdom come – Here and Now!’

Online Worship at Home video services continue every week. The online community continues to be an important part of our church – such as 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.