Rector’s Weekly Update

The Beaminster Area Team
From the Hub update 29th October 2021

Thank you to those who sent me responses to last week’s comments on the increasing Covid situation. As I knew they would be, the replies were divided at both ends of the spectrum. Namely that I should re-introduce at once the wearing of masks and social distancing and that I should not be inciting unrest by suggesting restrictions should be put back in place.

I was also accused of cancelling last year’s Remembrance Day services, which of course is untrue as it was the Royal British Legion that cancelled the events due to the situation at the time. The Legion asked that we stand on our doorsteps and observe the two minutes’ silence in that way. This year’s Acts of Remembrance to remember those who have given their lives in all conflicts and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the RBL are due to go ahead and details of services across the team appear on the service rota for November in the Team News due out this weekend.

As we approach Advent at the end of November you may like to consider some books that are available to help us through this season. The following are a few of the new books being published this year.

  • The Art of Christmas: Meditations on the birth of Jesus is by Jane Williams published by SPCK at £9.99. The write up says that it is an excellent book in small format and consists of 20 works of art depicting different aspects of the Christmas theme with a biblical reading and meditation.
  • Music of Eternity: Meditations for Advent with Evelyn Underhill is by Robyn Wrigley-Carr and is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s advent Book for 2021 and published by SPCK at £10.99
  • The Whole Christmas Story: is by Jo Swinney published by BRF at £8.99. This book keeps the reader’s attention focused on Advent by gazing at the liturgical season through the lens of Christmas rather than the other way around.
  • An Advent Book of Days: Meeting the characters of Christmas is by the Bishop of St Asaph, Gregory Cameron. Published by Canterbury Press at £9.99. This book of days does what it says in the title.
  • Celtic Advent: 40 Days of Devotions to Christmas: Is by David Cole and is the companion to the book we read at Lent this year. It takes us from Advent to Christmas through the eyes of Celtic Christianity.

You can order these books online or why not support our local bookshop Little Toller Books in Beaminster who would be more than pleased to order them for you.

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. We hope you continue to enjoy our weekly Rev Chat video.