Rector’s Weekly Update

The Beaminster Area Team
From the Hub update 11th June 2021

Once again I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who helped in any way in this year’s Christian Aid Week campaign and a special thank you to Judith Hanson who coordinates this event across the team. This year the magnificent total of £3547.00 has been raised – an increase on last year. Added to this will be the reclaimed Gift Aid from many donors. This is a truly wonderful effort considering the difficulties of the past fifteen months.

The diocese was planning for last year a Generous Giving campaign to support parishes who are struggling financially. For obvious reasons this was postponed and deferred to April of this year. But due to the continuing Covid situation this has been put back to autumn although some parishes are choosing to carry on straightaway. Many parishes, including some of our team parishes, rely far too heavily on fundraising events to pay their way and the Generous Giving campaign is an attempt to give parishes insights into how this could be altered. Information on the campaign and dates for training have been sent to treasurers and churchwardens. If you would like to know more about how you can get involved in helping your church to take advantage of this please get in touch with myself or Jo.

Under the new marriage registration law each registered wedding centre (Church) now has to supply and keep a Register of Marriages similar to baptisms and burials. I will purchase these as they are needed. I have now received the first three that we will need for this year’s weddings at Beaminster, Netherbury, and Broadwindsor. There is a considerable amount of admin required under these new laws and the staff are very grateful to Anne who has agreed to support us with most of the required changes.

Online Worship at Home video services continue even though churches are open. The online community continues to be an important part of our church. As usual each Sunday’s video service will be available on the day before. There are weekly videos for children and schools. We hope you continue to enjoy our weekly Rev Chat podcast. And places are available for Monday’s baby and toddler group.