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Ash Wednesday Service

posted Mar 8, 2014, 10:13 AM by Julian Garner   [ updated Apr 17, 2015, 2:38 PM ]

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. The colour in the church changes to purple and the flower ladies have a well earned break while we seek to live simply and prepare to make the journey with Jesus through his temptations and to the cross. Lent is a time of self reflection and a time to give up things to make more time to pay attention to God through prayer and Bible study. We are invited to "enter into a holy lent, by self examination and repentance, by prayer and fasting and self denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy word." Revd Michael Boyes led the service of Ashing and folk from across the parish gathered together to turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ.

Pancake Party

posted Mar 8, 2014, 10:09 AM by Julian Garner   [ updated Apr 17, 2015, 2:39 PM ]

Thanks to Moira for cooking hundreds of pancakes and for Jacquie for organising some great games and the story of Jesus in the wilderness in the church and thanks to everyone who helped make this a fun and very tasty evening by coming along and helping and joining in. We definitely used up lots of sweet stuff!

Taking Jesus on holiday?!

posted Jun 19, 2010, 2:45 AM by Julian Garner   [ updated Oct 17, 2010, 7:59 AM ]

10 June 2010.
The Men's Group had another good session - this month looking at how we can nurture our faith while on holiday.

We talked about 'Christian holidays' and conferences such as Lee Abbey, Spring Harvest Holidays (image right), New wine and Greenbelt, and also thought about how we can take time out on any holiday to reflect on and nurture our faith.

Comments on why (christian) holidays enable us to nurture our faith included:
  • It can provide a focus on faith/Christianity
  • It can provide a common interest ... gives permission to chat about our faith
  • A chance to talk, to get to know people better, and to talk more deeply about issues
  • Holidays often provide opportunities to appreciate creation around us
  • A chance to re-connect with Christian 'heritage' (eg churches, holy places)
  • They can provide a still quiet place away from the normal routine of life.
The Men's Group 'Top Ten Tips' for nurturing your faith on holiday ...
  1. Take mp3 talks or christian music with you
  2. Chill out and talk to people ... and learn to love them
  3. Don't leave your bible at home
  4. Swith off!
  5. Visit the local church
  6. Experience church in a different culture
  7. Give thanks for things
  8. Find a still, quiet place
  9. Take the chance to re-visit core values and priorities in your life
  10. ... didn't get to 10 ... the curry arrived!
Some Christian holidays are listed here

There are further details on the Men's Group

£15,000 Award for CREATE

posted Jun 10, 2010, 9:04 AM by Julian Garner   [ updated Oct 17, 2010, 7:59 AM ]

Fantastic News!

We have some very exciting news to share about funding for CREATE youth and children’s ministry. This is the Centre for Rural Training and Excellence that we are setting up in our Mission Community here in Uffculme with Willand, Kentisbeare and Ashill.

We have been awarded £15,000 from the Diocese to help us fund the first three years and we have sold 55 shares at £5 per month and received some donations - so it  is all now possible!

However, we still need to do loads of fundraising, so if you are able to help run an event or would like to join in with a sponsored bicycle ride on 3rd July do download a sponsor form (or sponsor me or someone who is going to join in).

Alternatively, you may like to buy a share for £5 month or give a donation - if so please download the form and fill in your details and return to Babs Roach who is treasurer for the project or me. (leaflet and form pdf)

And finally please pray for the young people who will come and help us get this dream started!


Church BBQ and holiday club service

posted Jun 10, 2010, 8:52 AM by Julian Garner   [ updated Oct 17, 2010, 8:00 AM ]

6 June 2010.
Children and young people who were involved with the Spacecamp Holiday Club last week led our Sunday Service and introduced some of the main themes they looked at during the week.

The service was followed by a BBQ at the Vicarage.

Space Camp!

posted Jun 10, 2010, 8:47 AM by Julian Garner   [ updated Oct 17, 2010, 8:00 AM ]

3 June 2010.
A massive thanks you to all 27 young people from across the churches who helped run our Space Camp Holiday Club in Willand school. We learned lots about God’s hope in a broken and polluted world through the eyes of Wall-E and Eve and had loads of fun exploring the Christian faith together.

Check out the photos on the Squarefish website

Crealy 'Main Event'

posted May 22, 2010, 4:04 PM by Julian Garner   [ updated Oct 17, 2010, 8:00 AM ]

A big group of Squarefishers from across the villages had a great day out in Crealy on May 15th living life to the full and enjoying all of God’s creation! We learned about the different Christian camps run by South West Youth Ministries, heard from some young people who were excited about getting to know Jesus and had a brilliant day filled with rides, rounders, friends, food and loads of fun.

Have a look at the photos on the Squarefish website [link]

£1,730 for Christian Aid week

posted May 22, 2010, 4:01 PM by Julian Garner   [ updated Oct 17, 2010, 8:00 AM ]

Thanks to all of those in Uffculme who gave donations during Christian Aid week. The car wash and cream teas at the vicarage raised over £150. Thanks to all those who ran events and collected envelopes from houses across the village. Overall we raised an AMAZING £1,730 plus a bit more from Gift Aid which should take it to over £2,000! Brilliant!

Mission Community Celebration with Bishop Bob

posted Apr 28, 2010, 2:35 AM by Julian Garner   [ updated Oct 17, 2010, 8:00 AM ]

27 Apr 2010.
In our Mission Community Celebration last night we formally committed ourselves to working together as Christians in the Parishes of Blackborough, Kentisbeare, Uffculme and Willand, which also include Ashill and Bradfield.
Together we believe we can develop creative ways to to share the Christian faith with people of all ages across our villages, and to grow in spiritual maturity.

Representatives from each church shared their vision of how the Mission Community could grow and develop -
both in the larger communities but also in our smaller villages.

It was also the launch for CREATE Youth and Children's Ministry ... a centre for rural training and excellence. The vision is to recruit at least two young people and to support them as they gain skills and experience in youth and children's ministry, and undertake accredited youth work training.

It was a great evening of celebration and shared hospitality ... with a some great homemade cakes!

CREATE Youth and Children’s Ministry

posted Apr 27, 2010, 5:55 AM by Julian Garner   [ updated Oct 17, 2010, 8:00 AM ]

CREATE is a Centre for Rural Training and Excellence to raise young leaders in youth and children’s ministry.

The CREATE programme will see the Culm Valley Mission Community becoming a place where young leaders can be trained, and their ministries developed.

We will recruit at least two young people wanting to explore their vocation and to be trained in youth and children’s ministry.

Trainees will encourage children and young people to explore the Christian faith by supporting a broad range of activities in the primary and secondary schools across the Culm Valley Mission Community.

They will get involved with running after-school clubs, holiday clubs, special events, small groups and retreat days.

They will help with our Sunday morning provision for children and young people by supporting one session a month in each parish, and will become valued members of our church communities.

It’s an exciting, challenging and BIG vision and we will need to work together to achieve it!

Find out more from the Squarefish website [link]

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