NOTICES (scroll down for News)
You are encouraged to continue to pray around the Future and God’s Vision of the Parish and Ministry
In November and December 2018 there were discussions and prayers for the future of the Church in our Parish. For a summary of the discussions please scroll down this page.
Notices for June 2019
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Axbridge Deanery Choral Evensong 6.30pm
St Andrew’s Church, Burnham-On-Sea
Women’s Fellowship Mary Counsell’s 7.30pm
Lunchtime Concert. Clarendon Recorders 11.30am Compton Bishop Church
Crook Peak Coffee Pot 10.30-12 Cross Hall
Loxton Hall Cream Teas 2.30-5.30pm
Live Music, Bring and Buy
Followed by Songs of Praise
Somerset Ride+Stride for Churches Saturday 14th September.
Ride+Stride is England’s open churches day, but as well as getting out and visiting churches, chapels and meeting houses, you can also raise money to help churches in good repair.
The idea is to visit as many places of worship as possible open near you and also get sponsored for visiting them. In 2017 Ride+Stride raised £1.3 million for churches.
The sponsorship money you raise is shared 50/50 between a county church trust that helps historic churches and our church buildings.
For more info go to https://www.rideandstrideuk.org/
The Case for Christ Film
Thursday Sept 26th 7.30pm. The Roxy, Axbridge.
True story of how a sceptic proved himself (and many others) wrong.
This showing is open to all, so encourage friends to come along.
Sign the list on font in Weare Church or give Lynda a ring 750533 Lynda
Help on the Bournville
Dried and tinned food for those in crisis. Please leave in the box by the Font.
Crook Peak App
In Google play or App store download the ‘Chancel’ app and search for ‘Crook Peak’
Notes from the meeting at Café Church on 4th November 2018 regarding: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.
The Vision and Future of Crook Peak Parish
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.
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.
Sort out fund from Friends- so they can be shared among the churches.
Perhaps: ‘Friends of Crook Peak Parish’ rather than individual Churches.
Consider (closing) changing Church Building Function.
Sadly our Reader, Alan Parfitt died in February; at the Thanksgiving for his life his son Nigel shared these thoughts:
"Thank you everyone for joining Mum, Stuart, myself and our families in celebrating Dad’s life and it is wonderful to see so many of you here today.
Last Friday, was the hardest thing I have ever had to do – saying goodnight to my Dad for the last time and reflecting on our lives together remembering and cherishing the moments where we walked side by side as father and son with two sets of footprints and thinking on the sentiments of the poem ‘Footprints in the Sand’ knowing when there was only one set of footprints this was when my Dad was carrying me...that is who he was.
I could say so much about Dad and I hope I can speak on behalf of my brother Stuart too, all the treasured moments we shared as a family growing up but remembering above all that he was our Dad, our friend and our hero, who was always there for us unconditionally. Dad always included us and made time for us in everything he did. Whether it was taking us to work with him during the school holidays, time on the allotment and of course the wonderful memories of holidays and trips whether it be camping, visiting relatives or just capturing that magical moment.
How can I capture all these magical moments and portray fully what our Dad meant to us? – I’ll give it a go!
Both Mum & Dad created a wonderful place for us to grow up in our home town of Midsomer Norton where we had a lot of fun and so many friends and neighbours around us where we lived both in Somer Avenue and St John Crescent.
Particularly, I remember holidays in the Forest of Dean South Devon, Severn Valley or trips to see family in far flung places such as Aldershot, Charlton Mackerel, Tonyrevail or Wigan. Dad never left anyone out and I always believed he was the bond that held us all together and memories of visiting our grandparents in Bath and Bristol, Dad never seemed to drive the same way twice. Every trip always was an adventure and actioned packed and sometimes didn’t always go to plan such as Dad struggling up the steep hill out of Chepstow with the Caravan in tow or Dad getting stuck in the mud near Ilfracombe, or losing rowing boat roars in the middle of the river or simply it was just being with Dad feeling happy and looking up to him.
One thing that was consistent throughout all my memories of Dad was his un-waiving dedication and service as a Christian and his full committed involvement growing up in and around St Johns Church where Dad was a server, bell ringer, churchwarden to name a few and when Stuart and I were younger standing alongside him as altar servers at Glastonbury and the undiminishing memories of taking part in church trips, shows, fetes and social evenings. Dad and I once did a ‘Two Ronnie’s double act – the Village Idiots which was hilarious – Dad even forgot his words!
Dad always tried his hand at everything and would always attempt to do things himself first whether it was landscaping, electrics, plumbing, or construction (and not always with the desired results!) or simply working in his shed making or repairing toys and bikes. I learnt so much from Dad – he is the best.
We always had an allotment growing up and looking back it often felt like we were in a series of the ‘Good Life’ although we didn’t have any chickens, Dad grew all our own vegetables and fruit and memoires of those lazy summer days picking dandelions in the fields near us for Dad to make homemade wine or Dad doing the gardening in his Sunday best or slippers One of my most favourite memories is Dad towing a rotavator up Midsomer Norton High Street with myself sat in the boot steering the rotavator – no Health & Safety back then!
Dad was always patient and created a wonderful environment where we could bring friends to play he built tents, dens and igloos for us and even allowed the lawn to be dug up for crazy golf courses! We had a stream at the bottom of the garden and Dad was on hand to help build bridges and dams.
We had a cat called Tufty for over twenty years and Dad was really attached to him – that is who Dad was.
Dad was always there for us and I really missed him when he was away on training courses in Staffordshire and remember the songs he sang to get us to sleep including his rendition of the Yellow Submarine and a rhyme about bedbugs! As we grew older Dad was always on hand to guide and support us with our school work and help us with scout activities and so much else (including a 15p bag of chips on a Tuesday night) Dad always took us swimming on a Saturday morning – if one pool was closed he would drive for miles to find another as Dad never wanted us to miss out. However busy he was he never complained. We even went to the same school (though thirty years apart) and even had the same teachers – Dudley Evans & Mrs Neate to name a few. Even comparing our text books much of the notes were identical! – I say no more! Dad taught us to drive and often lent us his car...that’s another story!
Even when I started work and eventually moved to South Wales, Dad was always there on hand supporting me and carrying me through some difficult times coming to my rescue, providing practical help and re-assurance and other times just being a gentle ear on the end of the telephone. Dad had immeasurable kindness and patience and always ensured we were safe. Dad wasn’t a cook and I still believe the only sandwich Dad could make was cheese and pickle – it’s still part of our staple diet!
Dad was really fantastic as a Granddad and Father-in-Law giving so much to us all and knowing how much he loved us. Dad really enjoyed being a Grandparent and gave us so much quality time together on holidays and daytrips and when we visited. Dad was always on hand to help with house moves, DIY and even babysitting.
Over the last few years as Dads health deteriorated and he was less able to do all the things he enjoyed and cherished, he seldom ever complained and always greeted us with a hug, smile, joke and a sparkle in his eye. Dad gave himself selflessly to very end to helping us even though he was in great pain and I’m so proud to call him Dad.