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Update: Friday 13th May 2022                        Printable version

Dear brothers and sisters

This coming Sunday’s Bible reading contains another wonderfully distinctive way of describing the Good News as Jesus appearing. This time it involves the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, all involved in giving us a fresh start and a new heart. Come and enjoy Titus chapter 3 together in our last Communion service before my sabbatical starts at the end of the week.
 
PCC met yesterday evening; Key Points will follow but I’ll just say now that we faced up to the issue of rising energy bills and its effect on the church budget and are looking at a smart way of heating the people more than the building. Our sister church in Claverton blazed a trail with this so it’s tried and tested. We also looked forward to the Village Show and want to say now: let’s start gearing up for getting involved. Last year we were asked to supervise a stall at quite short notice and struggled to rally enough help. This year it would be good if more of us could have Saturday 10th September in our diaries and come to enjoy the show in the community and throw ourselves into some volunteering as a church. Please contact David Peill dpeill001@gmail.com to get your name down for this through the church.
 
See you on Sunday! God bless you,
 
Here is a repeat of some notices previously announced.

Our annual church meeting was at 4 pm on 24th April 2022. Here are the Minutes, which won’t be formally adopted until next year’s APCM on 23rd April 2023, but please do click the link and take a look, whether you were at the meeting and it’s reasonably fresh in your memory rather than leaving it till next April, or you missed the meeting and would like to hear what you missed.
 
Miniclub has re-launched for babies and toddlers and their grown-ups. Do invite anyone you know in those categories: it’s in the Miller Room on Wednesdays 9-11am in school term time, and have a word with Becky if you feel you might be helpful setting up, serving refreshments (organised by Sylvia), preparing crafts, telling bible stories or chatting with the mums and toddlers.
 
We look forward to the day when we hear the church bells on a Sunday morning calling the parish to worship. More ringers are needed to join the team before that can happen. Practice is 7.30-8.30pm Mondays; some experience is needed to ring in Bathampton but if you are a complete novice Candy will be pleased to take you along to a Bath church for training. Contact Candy McCabe candy.mccabe63@outlook.com
 
Life 22: If you missed the interviews and talks or would like to hear them again, they are now available on our YouTube channel via the Life 22 tab at the right hand end of the menu on our website.
 
The Communion Cup had become a source of worry for many following the risk of a highly infectious virus. On the other hand, our Lord Jesus commands “Drink this, all of you” and “do this in remembrance of me”. As we eat bread and drink wine together, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. The temporary measure of dipping a wafer in the cup has been a substitute for actually drinking but not entirely satisfactory for the longer term. Many non-Anglican churches have individual cups, but our tradition values the common cup for all the people as an expression of our unity as the Body of Christ. To honour this, we now have all the wine in one flagon for the thanksgiving prayer, then pour it into individual wine glasses. If you are receiving Communion, you will then be handed a glass containing a little wine. Please drink it all and wait to hand the empty glass back. We will also kneel or stand at the rail together, rather than coming up one at a time.

Coffee is now served after the 10.45am service rather than before. We still need a few more members of the team to prepare, serve and wash up. Would you be able to serve in that way?
 
 
Jonty Frith
Rector, Bathampton and Claverton
The Vicarage, Bathampton Lane, BATH BA2 6SW
01225 338055 (home & study) / 07905 883075



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