Dates for Your Diary from Rev. Jo

The next Spiritual book club will take place in November. There will be two sessions, Monday 12th November at 11:00 and Thursday 15th November at 20:00. Both sessions will be at St Mary’s Church Beaminster. You only need to attend one session. We will be reading and discussing Fruitfulness on the Frontline by Mark Greene which is a practical guide to how we live out our faith every day.

Messy Church continues Saturday 10th November at 16:00 at St Mary’s Beaminster. Do join us to explore a bible story in creative and messy ways.

Join us on Saturday 24th November, 10:00-12:00 at St Mary’s Beaminster to paint pebbles in preparation for the Christmas Crib service and outreach. All ages welcome. Bring a black sharpie if you have one and an apron. More details on the website.

Christmas outreach – a date for your diaries. Join us in the Square, Beaminster on Saturday 22nd December from 10:00 to sing carols, share coffee and sweets, and to offer an opportunity for prayer. Come and bless Beaminster.

Saturday morning prayer breakfast. Last month I described our Thursday evening prayer as part of the Community of the Annunciation. We also meet regularly on a Saturday morning at St Mary’s Beaminster. We gather at 9:00 with coffee and croissants and share how God has renewed our hope that week. Next, we read the bible passages set for Sunday and discuss them together. Then we have a time of silent prayer, a time of praying out loud and conclude our time together with the collect and Lord’s Prayer. It is a great way to start the weekend and helps us connect more deeply into the bible passages for the Sunday services. All are welcome to join us any Saturday.

Following a fascinating week of philosophy and theology at St George’s House Windsor I wanted to pose some questions we were discussing. Is there such a thing as “the common good” and “the public sphere”? How might we define them? How should we as Christians act in response to the common good and public sphere? I would be interested in hearing your thoughts.

Join us for Tea and Cake

Tea church – might that be for me?

I wonder if you come to Messy Church with your children? Perhaps you hang out on the blue carpet on Wednesday or come to 10.15@Salway Ash once a month. We have lots going on for families now in the team but I wondered whether there is room for something for us parents? Tea church might fill that gap for you?

There will be tea and cake when you arrive – come and sit round a table and chat. Then we will have some cards on the table with some questions to get our chat focusing on some more spiritual issues. You don’t need to know lots about God or faith but you perhaps want to find out more, to ask questions, to seek for yourself?

We will then look at a passage of the bible together and ask what is might mean for us, today. Then we will pray together, sharing some of the things that concern us and asking God to be involved in them and change things.

The event takes place from 16:00 to 17:00. An hour out of the day for you. You are welcome to bring children if you want to – but also welcome to come on your own if you prefer.

Have a think, get in touch if you want to know more and perhaps we will see you at 16:00 on Sunday 28th October at St Mary’s Church Beaminster.

November Eco Event

St. Mary’s Church in Beaminster plays host to an eco event called Caring For God’s Creation on Monday 5th November 2018.

Speakers include the Bishop of Salisbury and Sir Ghillean Prance.

Elements of the day include a discussion of the single use plastics problem and a viewing of part of Al Gore’s climate change movie An Inconvenient Sequel.

The event begins at 9:45 and runs through to 16:30. A ploughman’s lunch will be provided so please help us by booking your place.

There’s no charge to attend but donations are always welcome. To book your place contact Elfrida Savigear on 01308 424031 or email

Services for Sunday 7th October 2018

These are the Beaminster Area Team Ministry services for Sunday 7th October 2018 (19th Sunday after Trinity). We hope to meet you there. You’ll find the address and a map link for each of our venues on the Our Churches page.

Genesis 2:18-24
Psalm 26
Hebrews 1:1-4,2:5-12
Mark 10:2-16

BCP Eucharist 11:00

No Services

BCP Eucharist 11:00

Eucharist 9:30

Salway Ash
Eucharist 9:30

Baptism 12:30

Stoke Abbott
Join Salway Ash
Baptism 12:30

BCP Eucharist 8:00
Eucharist 9:30

BCP Eucharist 11:00

No Services

No Services

Village Praise 11:00

BCP Eucharist 8:00

South Perrott
BCP Eucharist 9:30

Toller Porcorum
BCP Evensong 15:30


You can download the full Rota by clicking the following link: Service Rotas via Google Drive

New prayer initiative in Toller

There’s a new prayer group starting in Toller Porcorum on Monday 1st October 2018.

Ways Into Prayer is a monthly meeting in local homes with the aim of learning more about prayer.

The meetings are open to people of all faiths, or no faith.

The first meeting takes place on Monday 1st October 2018 from 19:00 to 20:00 at Bracken House, High Street, Toller Porcorum DT2 0DN.

Share your skills with the diocese

Lucinda Herklots, Salisbury Diocesan Secretary, has sent an invitation for you to share your skills with the diocese.

God Needs YOU!

…to use your skills to serve the Diocese


The Church is more than worshipping congregations. It plays a vital role in the life of our communities and our nation. The Diocese’s central structures enable it to do this, and also work to help struggling churches thrive, and to help thriving churches change the world for God.


We are at an exciting time in the Diocese with Renewing Hope: Pray, Serve, Grow well embedded and starting to deliver positive change.


It is vital that we have people from parishes involved in oversight of the Diocese’s work.


Our churches are full of people with valuable skills and experience. God needs people to serve the Diocese of Salisbury on a range of boards vital to its work, from ensuring it is financially solvent to educating our children, to helping churches engage with the media.


Most boards meet monthly or quarterly. In return for your time and your skills, you will make great friends and gain unique insight into the Church.


Learn more about the various boards below, and if you are interested in serving God and His Church in this way, contact me on or 01722 411922 with a brief CV by 8 October 2018.

Here are some of the roles you could volunteer for:

Finance Committee

  • A charity the size of the Diocese (annual turnover over £13 million) needs strong financial control to resource, ministry and mission.
  • Sets budgets, deploys human and other resources, raises money and plans for the medium and long term.
  • Needs a mix of skills, including financial management and investment but also those with experience primarily of parish and deanery finances.
  • Members serve for three year terms. Meets up to ten times per year.

Ministry and Mission Council

  • Responsible for formulating policies and providing support and resources on mission, evangelism, learning, discipleship and ministry.
  • Involves wide ranging contact with congregations and people, different departments in Church House, the National Church and ecumenical partners.
  • Members should be willing to take an interest in and responsibility for a particular areas of work such as discipleship, vocations, children and young people, etc..
  • Members serve for three year terms. Meets up to six times per year.

Audit and Risk Committee

  • Provides assurance regarding the annual Directors’ and Trustees’ Report and Financial Statements (“Report and Accounts”), systems of internal control and risk management.
  • Needs skills in audit, financial control, and risk management.
  • Meets up to four times per year.
  • May meet with external auditors.

Communications Group

  • Assists the Director of Communications in reaching and listening to the outside world; with parishes and church people; and internally.
  • Currently has a particular need for skills in internal communications in decentralised organisations; and social media marketing and communication.
  • Meets three times per year. No fixed membership period.