Category Archives: Church

Team Vicar: Rev. Vicky Fleming – Tel: 827021
Church Warden: Richard Sansum – Tel: 831473
Church Warden: Donald Page – Tel: 825693

Church News – July 2011

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The next High Five service for children up to 5 years will be on Friday 1st July at 10am. There will be no service in August .

‘Craft Company’
We are meeting again at Mary Cooper’s house (Dryden House) 2pm Wednesday13th July and 10th August, More details form Mary or Vicky Fleming.

Saturday Scene
Saturday Scene will be back in September.
Contact Donald Page on 825693

Thank you
Mr Tony Harris has given our ‘Guttering Fund’ a gift of £500 —we are so grateful for this gift. Each gift is a step towards ensuring our ancient church is maintained and not lost to future generations. It is a place of quiet and peace where many of our village friends and family have been laid to rest. It is a place that people use to come and think, to reflect and meditate. Not all those who use this sacred place are Christians, or come to church, it is used by many who just value the atmosphere and history. Do you value it? Do you want to preserve it? If so, any gift you can give will help towards its preservation. Thank you for your generosity.

POLITE NOTICE
Have you noticed how tidy the church grounds are now? A huge thank you to Colin and Jenny McEwen for cutting the Glebe grass and Richard Sansum and William Hiscocks for working hard in the churchyard. PLEASE help us to keep it tidy by disposing of non-biodegradable things in the bin provided and compost the rest in the designated area. Thank you.

 

The 7.30 Club
for 10 to 16 year olds from Stratton, Stanton & South Marston
Held on alternate Sunday Evenings 7.30pm to 8.45pm at St Margaret’s Centre
Please call the St. Margaret’s Church Office for more information

 

The Meeting Point


Coffee morning with table top sales

9th July and 13th August
9.30 –12 noon
In the Village Hall

Please book a table early:

  • £2.50 for people who live in the village,
  • £5 for those outside and free to village organisations

Come and meet your friends, chat and enjoy catching up on the latest news.

Refreshments provided by South Marston Church
We look forward to seeing you

Church News – June 2011

High Five

The next High Five service for children up to 5 years will be on Friday 10th June at 10am.

‘Craft Company’

We are meeting again at Mary Cooper’s house (Dryden House) 2pm Wednesday 8th June. More details form Mary or Vicky Fleming.

Saturday Scene

Saturday Scene meets on 11th June in the Village Hall 4-5.15pm. An exciting church event for young families. Stories, songs, crafts, games and food. Contact Donald Page on 825693

The 7:30 club

The 7.30 Club for 10 to 16 year olds from Stratton, Stanton & South Marston.

On alternate Sunday Evenings – 7.30 – 8.45pm, St Margaret’s Centre. The 7.30 club, preparing young people for Confirmation

- if you are interested please contact Vicky Fleming for more information.

Church Funds

Many of you will remember Mrs Win Smith. She was very involved in village life and is remembered with great affection. Win loved this village and its church. Sadly Win died last year but she remembered her church to the last and has left £1,000 for Church funds. We wish to express our deep gratitude for this generous and thoughtful gift.

We are also grateful for other donations we have received for our guttering appeal—wouldn’t it be good to get this work done before the winter comes? Damp brings so many problems to old buildings and the more we can do to prevent it the better. Its is after all our heritage we are looking after. We can’t do it without your help.

POLITE NOTICE

Have you noticed how tidy the church grounds are now? A huge thank you to Colin and Jenny McEwen for cutting the Glebe grass and Richard Sansum and William Hiscocks for working hard in the churchyard. PLEASE help us to keep it tidy by disposing of nonbiodegradable things in the bin provided and compost the rest in the designated area. Thank you.

Church News – May 2011

High Five:

The next High Five service for children up to 5 years will be on Friday 6th May at 10am

‘Craft Company’

We are meeting again at Mary Cooper’s house (Dryden House) 2pm Wednesday 11th May, More details form Mary or Vicky Fleming.

Saturday Scene

Saturday Scene meets on 14th May in the Village meets on 14th May in the Village Hall 4-5.15pm.  An exciting church event for young families. Stories, songs, crafts, games and food.

Contact Donald Page on 825693

The 7.30 Club 

for 10 to 16 year olds from Stratton, Stanton & South Marston. Held on alternate Sunday Evenings. 7.30pm to 8.45pm at St Margaret’s Centre

Please call the St. Margaret’s Church Office for more information

The Annual Meeting.

Donald Page and Richard Sansum were elected as Church Wardens once more. William Hiscocks is Treasurer and Tina Hiscocks is PCC Secretary. We are very grateful for their commitment to continue in office. Also elected as PCC members are Diane Gambles and Shirley Wildern. Diane is also our Deanery Synod Representative. Our vision continues to be helping people to explore faith, serving the community through our links with the school, Meeting Point and sharing the joys and difficulties of life when called upon. We want to repair and renew the guttering and downpipes but raising the money for this necessary maintenance is proving very difficult — will you help us?

Church News – April 2011

The next High Five service for children up to 5 years will be on Friday 1st April at 10am— with a mini-egg hunt!

Saturday Scene

meets on 9th April in the Village Hall 4—-5.15pm. An exciting church event for young families. Stories, songs, crafts, games and food. Contact Donald Page on 825693

‘Craft Company’

We are meeting again at Dryden House on Wednesday 13th April at 2pm. Last month some of us had a go at making items with self-drying clay. More details form Mary or Vicky Fleming

The Celebration Fellowship Supper

We had a great supper with a choice of hot meals and followed by sumptuous deserts and all washed down with a glass of wine. We watched a Powerpoint presentation celebrating last year—a lot of banter about the pictures ensued! A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the food, setting up and clearing up – and to those who supported the evening.

Guttering News

At the March Meeting Point we held a raffle in aid of the guttering and with extra donations raised £73.50. Thank you so much for supporting this. We are thinking about putting together a village cookbook—do you have a recipe and maybe a local story to go into this? If so please send it to Vicky Fleming at the Vicarage or email it to revs.fleming@tiscali.co.uk. Raising the money we need is going to be a long haul but we don’t want future generations to have to deal with the larger problems damp and water damage bring. The church building is part of our heritage and is used by many people other than those who worship on a Sunday. Will you help us?

The Meeting Point

Coffee morning with table top sales (Please book your table by 6th April: £5 for people who live in the village, £10 for those outside.)

Date: 9th April from 9.30 –12 noon

Venue: In the Village Hall

Refreshments provided by South Marston Church.

Those who come often remark about the enjoyment of sitting down with a neighbour they haven’t seen for a while with a cake in one hand and a coffee in the other.   We look forward to seeing you.

Church News – March 2011

High Five

The next High Five service for children up to 5 years will be on 11th March at 10am in church. Please note the date.

‘Craft Company’

Our ‘company’ is growing in number as we enjoy meeting with others of like mind and share ideas, inspire and encourage each other and enjoy a natter while doing our crafts. Please come and join us on Wednesday 9th March 2–4pm at Dryden House. More details from Mary Cooper or Vicky Fleming.

Guttering News!!

In this months Tower and Tap, you will see how well we are doing in our efforts to protect the village church and heritage. You will see we have increased our fund since the last magazine. We have a long way to go and we need your support so we are making available cardboard ’guttering’ tubes which we are asking you to fill with your loose change etc and return to us. These are available from Donald Page and Meeting Point.

Stratton Team Ministry Lent Studies 2011

This year we are joining with other Christians and with the Diocese in celebrating the 400th year of being able to read the Bible in our own language. As part of this we are going to study Matthew’s Gospel in Lent. As a corporate Lenten Spiritual Discipline, following the leadership of our Bishops, we are encouraging people to join with Anglicans in the Diocese to read Matthew’s Gospel duringthe 6 weeks of Lent. This is roughly a chapter each working day. Everyone is of course free to do this is their own way, whatever best suits your taste and pattern, but here is an outline programme that you may find helpful useful available in church. You will also find in church the Lent Study Programme. This is a wonderful opportunity to come together and seek to grow in our relationship with God and each other. Please make this part of your journey through Lent.

Meeting Point

Coffee morning with table top sales

(Please book your table by 10th March: £5 for people who live in the village, £10 for those outside and free to village organisations )

12th March from 9.30 –12 noon

In the Village Hall with refreshments provided by South Marston Church

Those who come often remark about the enjoyment of sitting down with a neighbour they haven’t seen for a while with a cake in one hand and a coffee in the other.

We look forward to seeing you

Church News – Feb 2011

The Christmas Gift

At Christmas we gave everyone in the village an opportunity to give a gift to the church towards the guttering fund. I would like to thank you for your generosity the appeal raised £576.80 some of which was ‘gift aided’ and will eventually yield more from the taxman. Vicky Fleming

The next High Five service for children up to 5 years will be on 4th February at 10am

‘Craft Company’

It is so good to get together with others of like mind and share ideas, inspire and encourage each other and enjoy a natter while doing our crafts. Please come and join us on Wednesday 9th February 2–4pm at Dryden House. More details from Mary Cooper or Vicky Fleming.

‘Saturday Scene’

meets on the 12th February in the Village Hall 4-5.15pm. An exciting church event for young families. Stories, songs, crafts, games and food. Contact Donald Page on 825693.

Guttering News!!

At the side of the page in Tower and Tap you will see how well we are doing in our efforts to protect the village church and heritage. We have a long way to go and we need your support. Last month I asked for help with fundraising ideas and someone to trawl the grant bodies that may help us. Unfortunately none has been forthcoming—perhaps now the Christmas season is over you would reconsider my appeal.

The Meeting Point

Coffee morning with table top sales

(Please book your table by 10th Feb: £5 for people who live in the village, £10 for those outside and free to village organisations )

12th February from 9.30 –12 noon

In the Village Hall

Refreshments provided by South Marston Church

Those who come often remark about the enjoyment of sitting down with a neighbour they haven’t seen for a while with a cake in one hand and a coffee in the other.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Vicky Fleming, tel: 827021

Christmas at South Marston Church 2010

18th December:

5 pm: Carols and Village Nativity on the Glebe.

Come dressed as angels, shepherds, kings,  or any of the characters from the nativity story.

19th December:

6 pm: Nine Lessons and Carols with minced pies and mulled wine

Christmas Eve:

4 pm: Christingle service raising funds for The Children’s Society

11:30 pm: The first Communion of Christmas

Christmas Day:

10 am: Family Communion

If you would like to give a special donation towards the church guttering this Christmas, you will find an envelope enclosed in the Tower and Tap, which may be brought to any Christmas Service or handed to Rev. Vicky Fleming, Donald Page or Richard Sansum.

Thank You

Church – Guttering News!

We have now heard from the Diocese that we must replace the guttering on the Church with cast iron. This means we will need to raise £13,000 including VAT. It would be possible to reclaim the VAT if we get the work done before the end of March when that particular scheme runs out.
Unfortunately we do not think we shall be able to raise that kind of money in time. As you know, at the moment my life is overly busy with looking after the whole of Stratton Team Ministry and so I am asking for your help.
Have you got any fundraising ideas, or perhaps the skills and time to trawl trusts and grant bodies who may be willing to give us a grant? If you feel you can give some time to this, please make contact with me at the Vicarage. Many hands make light work!
Vicky Fleming, Tel 827021

We have now heard from the Diocese that we must replace the gutteringon the Church with cast iron. This means we will need to raise £13,000including VAT. It would be possible to reclaim the VAT if we get the workdone before the end of March when that particular scheme runs out.Unfortunately we do not think we shall be able to raise that kind of moneyin time. As you know, at the moment my life is overly busy with lookingafter the whole of Stratton Team Ministry and so I am asking for your help.Have you got any fundraising ideas, or perhaps the skills and time to trawltrusts and grant bodies who may be willing to give us a grant? If you feelyou can give some time to this, please make contact with me at theVicarage. Many hands make light work!Vicky Fleming, Tel 827021

Back to Church Sunday

Book of Common Prayer
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South Marston Church is taking part in the national campaign ‘Back to Church Sunday’ which is on Sunday 26th September 2010. If its been a while since you last came to church and somehow one thing has led to the other and you have got out of the habit, then why not take this opportunity to come and be with us on this special Sunday? We would love to see you and as all our parishioners have been asked to invite people to come, you won’t be alone. We’d love to see you and you will receive a warm welcome.
The Service times are:
8.00am Holy Communion using the Book of Common Prayer
9.30am Morning Praise

Alpha Course 2010

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Date: Monday 27th September

Time: 7pm

Venue:  St. Margaret’s Centre, Kenwin Close, Stratton St. Margaret’s

The Alpha course is an opportunity to explore the Christian faith. It’s relaxed, low key, friendly and fun. It’s a place where people can come and ask questions, delve into issues and look for answers together. The Alpha course evenings start with a meal, followed by a talk and an opportunity for discussion in small groups. It is for everyone, especially those wanting to investigate Christianity, new Christians, newcomers to the church and those who want to brush up on the basics.

There is no charge but please book a place for catering purposes by contacting Vicky Fleming on 827021 or by email: revs.fleming@tiscali.co.uk