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A letter from Mrs Chloe Kingdon

Mrs Chloe Kingdon, Curate designate to our parishes:

Chloe will be joining us in the middle of July this year and will be ordained at Wells Cathedral on 1st July – this service will be open to everyone.

“I grew up on Exmoor and from a young age was involved with my local church playing the flute and from the age of fifteen the organ, for services. I ran a youth church when I was in sixth form and was fairly sure that ministry was for me, although I was not confident enough to articulate that I wanted to be a vicar. After studying Music at Lancaster University I returned and took the job of Exmoor Deanery Youth Worker. I taught music in several primary schools and became heavily involved in the English folk scene. In 2002 Steve and I met in Dunster church; he was playing the organ and I was playing the Flute for a wedding, later we sang in the same choir, and out of that we formed the 'Kingdon Singers.' We married at Porlock in 2003, our first son, Joshua, followed in 2004, then Ben in 2005 and Annie in 2007. It was at this stage with three children under 3 that I announced I wanted to be a vicar!

The process of selection takes about two years with many interviews and explorations of every aspect of ones character. This process of discernment culminates in a three day selection panel whereby the selectors have the final 'yes' or 'no'. Following a 'yes' I extracted the family from our beloved Exmoor for the chaos of city life in Oxford; actually, Ripon College, Cuddesdon is in a small quiet village on the outskirts of the city so many people think it is rural, but it is a bit close to the M40 for our liking. The first part of training takes three years if you are under thirty when selected, and during this time training has two strands; a formational process and an academic learning programme. I am now at the end of this stage and am delighted to have been offered a title post to continue my training (it is never completed) with Father Geoff in the Winsmoor Benefice. Whilst at college, we have completed our family with the arrival of Dominic who has just had his first birthday.

I shall, God willing be ordained on the 1st July in Wells Cathedral and along with the Dogs, the Cats, the Rabbits the Hamsters and four children, Steve and I shall descend upon the Benefice with much excitement and joy at the prospect of learning and living alongside you all. With every blessing, Chloe x”

From the Church Registers:

25 Jan 2012“Bob” Stone, 91 yearsCremation at Yeovil followed by Thanksgiving service at Barrington.
04 Feb 2012Elizabeth VassillissinAshes interred at Barrington
04 Feb 2012Madeleine Grace NasarHoly Baptism at Dowlish Wake

Sunday 25th March – British Summer Time begins

Evensong at Kingstone begins again for the summer months.

Rota Notes:

1. From mid April there will be a small time change to services at Puckington and Shepton – please check next months rota carefully.
2. Also from mid April there will be a change in the style of services offered at Shepton.

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