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The Joy of Easter

It really doesn’t seem that long since Christmas! I’m told that the earliest possible day for Easter is 22nd March – so it is really early this year. One advantage that this brings is that we can feel the continuance of the story that began at Christmas, instead of treating it as a series of stories.

The single most important truth about our faith is that God came into the world because he loved you and me – even when we don’t love him back, he is still there for us.

But his love doesn’t stop there, rather it grows through human life the same way we grow …… infancy, childhood, teenage years and into adulthood; growing learning, experiencing, loving, losing, laughing, crying.

The life of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is one long story of love, service and example. Love of his Father and of his people. Service in the real world, for real people. Example of life, living, sacrifice, for us to imitate.

For you and me that love endured arrest, humiliation, torture and a painful death on the Cross; but it also brought about Christ’s Resurrection and the birth of the Christian faith.

I hope you have a great and joyful Easter; that you find renewed faith in the example of Our Lord and love in the service of others – as he did.

Fr Geoff

Moving on

You may have read in the local papers or this web site that the District Planning Committee have refused the Diocese of Bath and Wells permission to build a new Rectory in Shepton Beauchamp.

Despite the over-whelming local support for a purpose built Rectory, a few of the District Councillors decided to ignore public opinion. This created a very serious problem for the Diocese and for the Eight Parishes….. three years of hard work had gone into the planning of the new place and so it seemed that the only option left was for the Vicar and his family to be moved to South Petherton or Ilminster.

However I am very pleased (and extremely relieved) to say that, at the eleventh hour (and the eleventh minute), the Diocese have managed to find a suitable (and affordable!) bungalow in Shepton and negotiations are in hand to buy, and convert, this for use as the new Rectory. I will of course let you have more details as things progress.

Fr Geoff

There are no works being done on our churches in March. If you see anyone “working” on them they are probably stealing the lead … call the Police (999), Vicar or Wardens – but tell someone FAST!

Church Annual General Meeting

Monday 28th April 2008 – Shepton Beauchamp: 7.00pm in church

From the Church Registers

22nd December 2007: James Mullin and Louise Nuttall joined in Holy Matrimony at Shepton Beauchamp Church.

On the First Day

On the first day, God created the dog and said; 'Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.'

The dog said: 'That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?' So God agreed.

On the second day, God created the monkey and said: 'Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span.'

The monkey said: 'Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the Dog did?' God agreed.

On the third day, God created the cow and said: 'You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.'

The cow said: 'That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. What about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?' And God agreed again.

On the fourth day, God created man and said: 'Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years.'

But man said: 'Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?' 'Okay,' said God, 'You asked for it.'

So that is why for our first 20 years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next 40 years we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next 10 years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren, and for the last 10 years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

How to tell the sex of a fly

How to Tell the Sex of a Fly: A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter. ‘What are you doing?' she asked. 'Hunting Flies' he responded. 'Oh! Killing any?' she asked. 'Yep, 3 males, 2 Females,' he replied. Intrigued, she asked, 'How can you tell them apart?' He responded, '3 were on a beer can, 2 were on the phone.'

Sent to the Vicar by a very dear friend: There have been times when I may have; disturbed you, troubled you, pestered you, irritated you, or got on your nerves with all the email's I send. So today I just wanted to tell you that ……… I PLAN TO CONTINUE !!!!!!

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