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Church News – Oct 2012

English: St. Mary Magdalene Church, South Marston.

Dear Friends,

I am writing as we launch our ‘Sow for the Harvest’ Campaign.

All kinds of people are grateful for their village church. They are thankful for a quiet place to go to think, to remember loved ones and to celebrate the important occasions in life. We have people who come for baptisms, weddings and funerals and the church is used by the school and community for all kinds of events.

Our village church needs your support to remain open and keep the fabric in good order. You may not be a church goer but wouldn’t you be sad to see it closed or in a really bad state of repair?

We try to serve the community and support other organisations in their work. A good example is Meeting Point where people can gather to meet with friends, enjoy very reasonably priced refreshments (really good home made cakes). Other organisations can and do use this forum to  raise money or advertise what’s going on—for free. We pay for the hall hire and each month a committed band of volunteers set up and run it.

We all know that ‘we reap what we sow’ and if we sow little we reap little. This is an invitation to take a step forward and sow for the future of your church. It is a challenge, it may make you feel a little uncomfortable, but we hope that you will make a positive commitment. We are not just asking for financial help; we need volunteers to give of their time and talents too with prayers for every blessing,

Rev. Vicky Fleming

Priest in Charge

Sow for the Harvest

A Time to Sow—Time and Talents

These are some of the needs and opportunities you may wish to consider.

  • Bell ringing (training will be given)
  • Arrange flowers
  • Help clean the church
  • Help with refreshments at Family Service
  • Deliver leaflets and magazines
  • Be part of the Administrative Team
  • Be part of the fabric Maintenance Team
  • Social Events Planning
  • Social and Events Volunteers
  • Fundraising Planning
  • Help with Meeting Point

So consider…. The more people who take part the more we can achieve.

What we need financially

It costs £1077 per month to keep South Marston church open We do not receive any subsidies from the Government or the Church of England.

Planned Giving helps you to give regularly whether or not you are able to come to church and it helps us because we know what we are going to receive each month. This may be done through the envelope scheme or by standing order through your bank which also has the advantage of saving us bank charges.

How much? Here are some thoughts to help you:

  • Some people spend as much as £1.20 for their daily newspaper £36 a month
  • The price for a couple bottles of wine is about £10
  • A good cup of coffee in a café can cost £2.25
  • A round of drinks ? £10+?

What value do you put on the heritage of the village and the provision of a place to reflect and celebrate the major events of your life? £5, £10, £20 a month?

  • If you pay tax, the church can claim back this tax on your gift increasing the value of your gift by 25% at no extra cost to you. This means that for every £1 you donate we can claim 25p from the tax man but only if you sign a Gift Aid Declaration Form which will cover all your gifts to the church
  • Leaving a legacy in your Will is also a lovely way to remember your church and will help future generations.

What next? If you want to know more please speak to Donald Page, Richard Sansum, William Hiscocks or the Vicar, Vicky Fleming who will answer your questions and if you want to respond you may pick up forms from church or Meeting Point.

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

School Update – November 2010

The latest news from our village school:

We have been very busy this term at South Marston C of E Primary School.

The new children in Reception have made a fantastic start to school, many of whom are from our village. They are really enjoying making new friends and have already started to explore the village on their famous welly walks!

We were all particularly excited about the Mr Men dressing up day on the 21st October and seeing their amazing costumes.

We are looking forward to the start of hot meals being served in the new school dining room after half term. The children have already been wowed by the food they tasted in a special after school tasting session and are excited about trying more of the healthy meals available.

We are in the process of naming the new school dining room and would welcome any suggestions.

Also this term we have already made some important links with other local schools. Class 4 have made a link with Bishopstone Primary School and have enjoyed visiting Swindon Town Football Club together before returning to our school to work together on Maths problem solving involving the dimensions of the football stadium and souvenir prices.

Class 3 have also made a link with Oaktree Primary School and have had fun looking at similarities and differences between themselves and the locations of their schools. Our children really enjoyed showing them our village location. We look forward to more exciting opportunities with these projects.