Rector’s Weekly Update

The Beaminster Area Team
Weekly Covid – 19 Update Friday 9th October 2020

There was new guidance updated last week on the Church of England website about church heating, outdoor worship and work with children and young people. Do read and check the new information. 

Continued thanks to all of you for keeping churches open, providing QR codes, and cleaning as appropriate. A particular thanks to churchwardens who have been providing support for weddings and funerals, thank you for your time and energy. 

Plans are moving ahead for All Souls, Remembrance, and Christmas, there will be more details once David returns from his annual leave. We have begun the plans for Advent too, including the return of our online reflections every day during December on our website. 

Our online worship continues here on the site and YouTube every week. This Sunday we will be celebrating Harvest. Do join in the online worship as you can watch when you like and feel connected to others worshipping together at home.

Thank you for the generous gifts collected at Harvest for local foodbanks, for the Pilsdon community, and also for overseas charity. Broadwindsor church and school have had a joint collection to twin taps and toilets through the Toilet Twinning charity and Salway Ash is supporting Water Aid this week at its harvest service. 

Congratulations too to those villages: Toller Porcorum and Mosterton which have managed socially distanced Harvest meals. We will need to continue to be creative about fundraising as we rise to the financial challenge of the next year. Thanks also goes to those who have provided beautiful Harvest flowers and decorations in our churches. 

This week we begin a new training course in the Lyme Bay Deanery to train new lay pastoral assistants and lay worship leaders for our church communities. We are also joined by a new member of the deanery, Ben Mullcock, who is part of the Church of England ministerial experience scheme and will be spending the next nine months in the Lyme Bay deanery exploring ministry and discerning his own vocation. 

Messy Church live is on our Facebook page at 4pm on Saturday 10th October. Join us to explore how we can be lights in the world for Jesus.

If you haven’t communicated with Anne in the office about any new churchwardens, outstanding paperwork from the APCM, or given her the maximum number of people your church can accommodate under Covid protocols – then please do this as soon as possible. 

Have a fabulous week, every blessing, Jo