There are 14 photo albums.
East Brent fete 2018 (4 photos)
Practical issues prevented the St Mary’s Fete from being held on the Village Green, so it was held in the church and the churchyard – as it should be….! The usual stalls selling food and goods were set up, and the churchyard provided the space for games. It was very hot and the lucky stall holders were the ones with stalls in the church itself. The All Sorts Community Choir provided entertainment in the church.
Those who attended the fete made it go with a swing, but attendance was almost certainly affected by England’s unexpected progress to the semi-finals of the World Cup.
Lympsham Fete 2018 (3 photos)
Lympsham Fete was held in brilliant sunshine and scorching temperatures in the Lympsham Manor Gardens. There was the usual display of vintage cars and traditional fete stalls.
The Church stalls at the event included one for Christian Aid. Members of our Church sing in the All Sorts Community Choir, which performed at the fete.
Brent Knoll Fete 2018 (2 photos)
The theme of the Brent Knoll Fete in 2018 was Pirates, and everyone was encouraged to dress up as a pirate. The usual events took place in the arena and there were the usual commercial stalls. The school provided the games for the event (ably supported by our Foundation Governor).
The Church was involved in three stalls, our usual cake and plant stalls and the Pimms Bar.
And the sun shone throughout the afternoon.....
Labyrinth at Pentecost 2018 (2 photos)
A labyrinth was set up over the weekend of 19th & 20th of May, and we were blessed with really beautiful weather. This time our labyrinth was in a garden with the centre of it under the shade of the apple trees. We were encouraged to use it any time over the weekend and people did, walking early morning and in the cool of the evening.
There was a small basket of suggested prayers that we could use. Alternatively we could pick up a pebble or shell and use this on our contemplative journey, bringing our problem before the Lord or thanking Him for a blessing.
Feedback from the labyrinth has been wonderful, people found it really useful. One of the interesting things was when you thought that you may have reached the middle you were faced with another gentle incline to climb. Our spiritual journeys are never straight forward, are they!
Simon's Leaving Gift (1 photo)
Simon & Icon
St Michael's Christmas Fair (2 photos)
The St Mary’s Handbell Ringers provided a wonderful background to the opening of the Christmas Fair. The church had been decorated for the occasion by local church members and was a magnificent setting for the sale of festive goods. Refreshment was provided by local church volunteers and included some warming soup and rolls as lunch time approached. Thanks are due to Rosemary Keele for her valiant cooking efforts. Two choirs sang carols during the morning, the Brent Knoll School choir and the local All Sorts Community choir. Thank you to all who made this event a memorable occasion. The Fair raised £590 for the Church.
Lights of Love (2 photos)
In medieval times the Church prayed for the souls of those who had died the previous year on All Souls Day. Our Parish holds a service that we call Lights of Love for those who wish to remember relatives and friends who have died. A candle is lit for all those who are being remembered.
Communion for newly confirmed (2 photos)
Those who had recently been confirmed were given bibles at the Parish Eucharist service in St Christopher’s. They also received their first Communion.
Passchendaele Exhibition (3 photos)
On Wednesday November 8th 2017 at St Michael's Church Ged Keele opened a poster exhibition on the battle of Passchendaele, which took place 100 years ago.
This was followed by a presentation about the life of the War poet Siegfried Sassoon.
Sally Wingate and John Harper then read selected poems by Sassoon.
Harvest Festival (7 photos)
Our Harvest Festival service was held on October 1st at St Michael’s, Brent Knoll this year. As usual the St Michael’s flower arrangers did us proud with a stunning floral display accompanied by suitable produce from orchards and vegetable gardens. Simon Lewis presided at the service. Afterwards we were very fortunate to be able have lunch at Woodlands House. Sarah and Paul McClean allowed us to use their dining room and they and others provided a splendid spread. When we arrived we had various “ice breakers” to get us talking to each other. It was a very sociable occasion.
All-Sorts Community Choir Conc (5 photos)
A concert by the All-Sorts Community Choir Concert was held on 27th July at St Mary’s Church, East Brent. The choir sang songs that ranged from straight “pop” to Negro spirituals. The audience participated, initially with simple songs, and finally with a rather complicated “round”. The choir was conducted by its director Josh Burns and Simon Lewis led singing with his guitar. It was a really lively evening, very much enjoyed by all who attended.
Repairing St Michael’s Church (3 photos)
Ivy had penetrated the coping tiles on top of the wall on Church Lane, and these required removal, which was done at the Friends of St Michael’s annual clean up in February. The tiles have been replaced by large coping stones, which have been installed by a small team of volunteers. So self-help has saved the Parish nearly £300, which means we have to do less fundraising!
Confirmation of LPAs (2 photos)
Various members of our Parish Team have recently undergone training to become Lay Pastoral Assistants (LPA) and were confirmed at a service conducted at West Huntspill Church.
Koinonia Festival (5 photos)
Koinonia is a Greek word that means communion, joint participation, sharing and intimacy. The idea behind the festival was to give us an opportunity achieve these goals in a setting other than our traditional churches. Christianity is not bounded by the buildings in which we worship and we would celebrate Pentecost in the open air at Woodlands House. This started well as we made our Pentecostal flames before the service, but the weather then played a hand as it started to rain…so a decision was made to move indoors…then the rain stopped! During the service we were challenged to think about meditations from St Peter, St Barnabas and St Paul. Following this there was a convivial picnic, and then activities for all, including Messy Church.