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CROOK PEAK PRAYER for the Future and God’s Vision of the Parish and Ministry

You are encouraged to pray around this subject.

On Nov 4th there was a Day of Discussion around the results of our prayers.  For a summary of the discussions please scroll down this page. There will be another chance to share your insights at

Crook Peak Cafe 9am Sunday 2nd December in Cross Hall.

The first window has been restored to Churchroom in Weare. See the Churchroom Renovation page to see the difference!  Work is staring this week on replastering the walss.

DECEMBER

NO Crook Peak Coffee Pot in December

Monday 3rd

Loxton Lunch 12.30 Loxton Hall

Sun 4th

Crook Peak Café 9am Cross Hall

Discussion on the future of the Parish

Fri 14th

Wine & Finger Buffet 8pm to 10pm

Loxton Village Hall Tickets £10

Contact Linda McPherson or Jill Smith

Mon 17th

 

Womens Fellowship Peter Tinney the Christmas Bring & Share Cross Hall 7.30pm

January

 

Saturday 5th

Murder Mystery Biddisham Hall

3 course meal. ‘Dressing up’ allowed!

 Tickets Claire 01934 750531

Monday 7th

Loxton Lunch 12.30 Loxton Hall

Winter Quiz

Fun for the whole family £1. In aid of Friends of Weare Church. From Lunns Garage or Axbridge Pharmacy.

Shoeboxes

45 were sent from the Parish. Thank you to all of you that contributed.

Christmas Cards

In aid of Friends of Weare

£5.50 for 10. Margaret Jordon 01934 732451

Help on the Bournville

As well as dried food for those in crisis this Christmas, why not pop in a festive treat?

Crook Peak App

Get all the notices in your pocket. Search your Google play or App store for ‘Crook Peak’

            

 The Vision and Future of Crook Peak Parish

Before any action can be taken, we need further discussion at Café Church on 2nd December. All should be encouraged to attend so they may contribute to the discussions. The results need to be taken to PCC on 4th February.

 Notes from the meeting at Café Church on 4th November 2018 regarding:

 Revd JJ introduced the session with a summary of declining congregation and use of resources being stretched with human resources and also the maintenance of 6 Church Buildings. Discussion with the Diocese has not helped with Bath and Wells as they ‘do not close churches in the diocese’ from Archdeacon and Bishop. They suggested we could have special services in some and not use them every week, but maintenance would still be needed. The lack of new members of any age and increasing demands therefore is stressful on our existing Church members. She questioned the meaning of ‘Church’ and felt our resources should be used for the furthering of the Gospel of Christ.

A note from David Parker had been distributed to consider in October (attached) and a note from Sue Bennett who was unable to attend was read, as follows.

 I’m sorry that I am unable to join in any discussions at cafe church on Sunday but would like to share a few thoughts with you.

 I feel that we as a parish, have become more fragmented recently...not sure why?

I fully understand that the locals like special services in their own church but unfortunately they are still poorly attended. I went to a harvest at Biddisham recently where we struggled to get into double figures. I personally would love to see a United Parish for special celebrations like Christmas, Harvest and Easter with folk taking part from every village. We could organise lifts/car stops to any villagers, have a warm, packed church supporting one another and praising God together! I’ve also wondered about a Christmas tree service at Compton Bishop where we could ask different businesses i.e. Lunns, Yew Trees, the school, women’s fellowship, lunch folk, a village etc to buy a tree and decorate it for a special service!

In all honesty, I can’t say “the Lord has spoken to me” but I have been given a strong desire for us to become more united in our main services.

 It’s probably too late this winter, but I also think that we should consider all 3 services in one church each Sunday so that our elderly congregation are kept warm and more comfortable. These services could rotate but it would be more economical and eco friendly to fully heat one church per Sunday.

I’m sure that I’m not saying anything new but this is how I feel. I look forward to hearing about other ideas. Love Sue x

 Fragmented/United: Many agreed the Parish had become more fragmented and that the services were poorly attended. It was felt we should be more ‘united’, sharing resources and supporting each other across the whole Parish.

 Celebration/ one church a week: Single Celebration Parish services were suggested for Carol Services, Easter and Harvest and a Parish Festival. The idea of one church for all the Sunday Services was discussed. Rev JJ pointed out it would be every 6 weeks that a Church has a service. This has been discussed and was not acceptable in the past, but in this discussion this was felt acceptable and had not been tried before, many were in favour of trying this, encouraging the offers of lifts from other villages.

 Less liturgy: It was suggested our services could be more free of liturgy, more understandable by newcomers. Although many variants have been tried in the past with little impact. Advertising is needed.

Facilities:  Our Churches need to be welcoming, warm and with toilet facilities and JJ felt this was very needed and gave an example of the lack of a WC at a wedding. It was stated that modern families expect toilets, good seating and heating and will bring their children only if they are entertained and catered for.

 Children and younger generation: It was asked why we had no children and our efforts were explained: competition from Cheddar and Axbridge, Messy church and events/services and larger population of younger generations congregate where others are, which makes it very hard to get a regular core group going. Problem over all the Diocese. We have good work at the school, JJ has a good relationship with the school and has been working with the school on closer school, community and church relationships, which have been realised in part but new ways of doing this are constantly being considered. Open the Book of dramatised Bible stories put on by our OTB team are highly valued and help the children with theological thought with questions at the end of the drama. In school, children are taught very well the Christian Faith, every class has a prayer/quiet spot and a prayer box for children to request prayer in assembly. An example was given by JJ of Harvest in Church at Weare this October with 180 children and 80 adults, there was no room to move! There is a good attendance at our Crib, Christingle and more recent annual pet service, all are good outreach and encourage new people over the threshold.

Is our ministry in Crook Peak meant to be by God more for mature or alone? Women’s Fellowship, Sunday Lunch and car scheme are all very popular and highly valued while being outreach too.

 Advertising: was felt to be perhaps lacking in local newspapers and credit was given to Ruth for her work on the Website, App and we have ‘Contact’ and notices in Villages on notice-boards. Help was asked for planning a more cohesive PR/Advertising schedule. It was suggested that ideas submitted need people to back them up and realise the project.   Ruth has drafted a leaflet on what the Church can offer the community. Another document (also from Ruth) showing our income and outgoings was used recently in discussions at Badgworth. We felt that both of these were good publications and should be distributed widely and sent to those on the electoral roll.

 Friends of Churches: A discussion took place on the Friends of our Churches and funds being released to use, however there is lots of legal criteria attached to releasing funds and David P explained the difficulties in helping another Church in our Parish from his experience.

Gospel/Church Buildings: All present valued the Ministry we have and preaching the gospel over and above the care of the buildings. Suggestions were made to close all the churches and have one new church or use just one of those we have. Concerns were made about the long term future of Christon by Mary Counsell. In such a tiny community it was felt no one would continue the care of the church. The work required is considerable and there is no interest. Other Churches in our Parish are in the same position with little or no attendance from the local community. There is great affection/nostalgia for the buildings.

It was suggested that the Villages should care of their Church if they wished to keep it. It was said ‘Is this not what the Friends do? So why try and take control of their money? Leave them to maintain the buildings?’

It was felt Christon could be of historical interest being from 10C and of value to visiting groups and schoolchildren.

 Plan: Gary Orriss felt we should have a plan, Short term, Mid term and Long term.

 Short Term.

Improve advertising- Doorstep talk to people

3 Services, 8am BCP/CW, 10am-informal, 6pm BCP/CW

Give out financial information

Get views and ideas from the congregation.

 Mid Term.

Sort out fund from Friends- so they can be shared among the churches.

Perhaps: ‘Friends of Crook Peak Parish’ rather than individual Churches.

 Long Term.

Consider (closing) changing Church Building Function.

 

 

      

 

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