Rector’s Weekly Update

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

Following on from the Covid lockdowns, most of our study groups and prayer groups have started meeting again in person. I have arranged a meeting for group leaders and anyone who would be interested in forming a group to meet with myself and Jo at 7pm on Tuesday 9th August in St Mary’s Beaminster. This will give an opportunity for us all to catch up and hear what each group is doing. I would also like to explore what material we could make available in our churches for those who are visiting and considering what the Christian faith may bring to themselves. 

In this last round of PCC meetings I have spoken with the committees about how we engage deeper with the wider communities, especially in the area of greater community cohesion. I am really delighted that a number of parishes are working with me on this. This came out as an important area in the Church 2030 consultations. We have already had a community breakfast in Toller Porcorum which brought 30 plus people to meet with me and PCC members which was very encouraging. This week I met with the Chair of the TP Parish Council to develop our relationship and understanding of how we can work alongside each other and the other community groups. I see this as an exciting opportunity for mission and growth in the team. 

I would just like to update you on your magnificent response so far to the Bishop’s £10 challenge. The total you have grown the Bishop’s talent to now stands at £328.85 and I hope that this can continue to grow so that the Team Relief of Hardship Fund will make a real difference to those who may need help and support as the cost of living crisis continues to be a real problem. 

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.