I hope that this message finds you in good health and heart.
You will have heard of Bishop Peter's illness, with acute myeloid leukaemia and we pray for him, Jane his wife and their family, and for Bishop Ruth as she responds to Diocesan needs.
We are all continuing to make adjustments to our current circumstances and to worship in different ways and, I hope, are finding new possibilities for sharing faith despite all the restrictions. This is an update on some Deanery matters.
Deborah Perreau now in post as our part-time Deanery Mission Priest and Tom Tame recently appointed as the Youth Pioneer based in Chard as part of the Diocesan Pioneer's team under Tina Hodgett.
Philip Albrow is to be Ordained as Deacon, working with Phil Denison and Tim Gibson in the Isle Valley Benefice. Please do pray for him to find great joy and inspiration at the time of his Ordination even though the congregation at the service will have to be much smaller than usual.
This is all most encouraging, and when we can meet in person for Synod, we hope to introduce each of them to you.
We would very much like to be able to introduce a new Rector in Seven Sowers Benefice, but as yet that post remains Vacant, as does the part-time post at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Chard. Prayers please for them to be encouraged in this time of waiting.
We are very grateful to Mr Geoff Lucas for his contribution as Deanery Treasurer.
The DMPG (Deanery Mission and Pastoral Group) is meeting by Zoom, and Chapter will continue to meet by Zoom until safe to be together in person.
We have had to postpone the two training courses we were intending to run, so the Lay Worship Assistants' and Pastoral Care courses will now run, we hope, in the New Year.
We will also get on with Triennial Inspections when we can.
We have a date for Synod by Zoom: Tuesday 10th November from 7 - 8pm. Details will be sent nearer the time.
We do hope to be able to meet for a ‘proper' Synod in the Spring.
For now, in challenging times, let us continue to love and to serve one another as we can, looking always to God for strength and help.
For some of us, this time will have been deeply sad and lonely, or have held regrets and some guilt at the things we might have done and never got round to. For others, it has been a time even of refreshment and an opportunity to think, reflect and reset priorities. And for most of us, I expect, a mixture of all things. We must all be wondering what the longer-term impact will be on our parish churches - and we must believe that all things work together for good as we trust in Christ Jesus.
One day we will be able to share our experiences, and many words will be written on the subject. For now, I offer one very brief exhortation from the early days of the Church, and the Desert Fathers:
Abba Paul said: Keep close to Jesus.
with my prayers and love, in Christ,
On this website, you will find various pages including:
Prayer, Art & Music, and What Matters, for our ongoing engagement with community and global matters such as modern-day slavery and Green issues.
For now, while our physical space is confined, may our hearts and minds be free to love God and neighbours in all the ways we can, and we continue to pray for all who are suffering or working to relieve the ill effects of Covid-19.
We are a group of six Benefices and two single Parishes in South Somerset; we are part of the Taunton Archdeaconry. As members of the Church of England and in common with all Christians, we are inspired by the love of God and are committed to following the Way of Christ in our lives and our worship.
If you would like to know more about Christian faith, please do be in touch with any of us and we would be delighted to talk to you. We aim to make all of our 36 churches open and accessible, and you will be welcomed at any service on Sundays or weekdays.
We also want to share the love of God and the hope we have been given in our communities.
Our particular Deanery mission is to ask ourselves:
which means; what is important to the people of our parishes? What are the real concerns of daily life? What kind of issues are there for communities or the natural environment in our area?
And then: Who is part of the response to these matters? Which are the organisations involved already, or might become involved, and how do we as Church members join in or initiate a caring and effective response?
What matters a great deal to us is the safety and well being of all members of our communities and as churches we operate careful Safeguarding Policy practices.
We hope that you will be able to use this website to find information, and to join in our vision of deepening and extending the work of the Holy Spirit in the Deanery.
Revd Judith Abbott
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