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									              ST. ANDREW’S IN THE VILLAGE AND WIDER COMMUNITY

                                           Drop In
      Drop-In is held in the church, every Tuesday between 2.00 and 4.00 pm. Freshly
baked cakes and beverages are served in a friendly & welcoming gathering of people
who meet for an informal chat.

                                        Church Fete

       The Church Fete at St Andrew’s is the major annual summer activity, held in July
on The Green. Much work is put into this event which gives a chance for the church to
provide a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon of entertainment to the whole village. It is also
a major opportunity to raise needed funds.
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              The 2010 fete is planned for Saturday 3 July
         To be part of the Fete planning group or offer yourself to help on a stall, please
                      contact the PCC Secretary on 01458 251355
                                         Bible Study
   From time to time study groups, including the Lent course, take place as advertised.
   For Bible Reading Fellowship notes, ‘Guidelines’, ‘New Daylight’ or ‘Day by Day with
    God’: contact Mrs. Rosemary Leaf on 01458-252438.
                                           Prayer.
       Prayer plays an important part in the Benefice. At times prayer evenings are
organised at St. Catherine’s in Swell. There is a prayer chain for emergency prayer; for
information contact the Rector. The Benefice participates in Women’s World Day of
Prayer, each year on the 1st Friday in March; this event is always well attended.
                                      Prayers & Bears
        This is a fun time with songs, Bible stories, craft and refreshments for pre-school
children with their parents or carers. It is held in St. Martin’s Church, Fivehead on the first
Friday of each month. Contact: Mrs. Meg Tyler on 01460-281574.
                                        Pastoral Care
        Life isn’t always straightforward and sometimes we all need a confidential listening
ear. In the Benefice we have a team of people trained for this purpose. If you need their
help, please contact the Rector. The Church can not promise to solve all problems but
we will try our best to be alongside those who ask.
       Also, a network of ‘eyes and ears’ exists in the various areas of the village, to
inform a co-ordinator of new arrivals. Church visitors will welcome newcomers and carry
out general visiting.
      The Rector has overall responsibility for this work and will be available to anyone
as needed; she is also happy to take home Communion to those who are house-bound.
                        Langport Area Christians Together (LACT)
        Under this initiative, representatives from the Churches from different Christian
denominations in the Langport area (Anglican, Baptist, Roman Catholic, United Reformed
and Quakers) meet regularly, to look at ways in which the churches can worship and
work together. An ecumenical service takes place on the 5th Sunday in a month, in one of
the churches. LACT join together at other times of the year, especially during Lent when
we seek to study together, leading into the Easter celebrations. This takes place at St.
Gilda’s Christian Centre, in Langport.
       Information about events is published in the monthly ‘pew sheet’ issued in church,
on church notice boards, in the Curry Rivel News and Fivehead News.
                                Good Neighbour Scheme
        Good Neighbours is an initiative that came out of Bishop Peter of Taunton’s
‘Changing Lives’ series DVDs, which explored ways in which widely held (some might
say ‘old fashioned’) values could become more relevant in people’s everyday lives.
       Good neighbours, who come from a wide cross section of the community and
include both churchgoers and non-churchgoers, help each other and anyone in the
Benefice -young or old- who needs a helping hand.
        If you require help, ring the mobile number 07531 940928 (Monday to Friday,
between 9 am and 5 pm); the call will be taken by one of the Good Neighbour volunteers
(or a message can be left and you will be phoned back). We will try to help with all
enquiries but there are criteria of what is possible for the volunteers and what is not. The
help is provided free of charge.
       What the volunteers can do:
           - Small household repairs and replacements
           - Help with filling in forms
           - Reading
           - Lifts to local surgeries (North Curry and Langport)
           - Collecting prescriptions
           - Changing library books
           - Emergency shopping / dog walking
           - Taking small parcels or packages to the Post Office
           - One-off small gardening jobs
           - Helping to make telephone calls
       What the volunteers can NOT do:
           - Personal care / nursing
           - Child care / baby sitting
           - Heavy lifting
           - Regular gardening / maintenance work
           - Long car journeys
           - Cooking
           - Any job that requires a qualified person i.e. plumber / electrician
              (we may be able to help you contact a professional, if necessary)

								
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