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A farmers Advice

As you read this we will just have completed the annual round of thirteen Harvest Festival services in each of our churches and schools. Attendance has been very high and the style of service has meant that a much larger number of people have been involved, which has added to the sense of “Harvest” being a “community” celebration.

Also this year, the focus has been entirely on the local farmers part in producing food for us, particularly as this has been such a difficult year for them. Despite their considerable investment in terms of time, skill and money, crop yields have been very low and the quality is much lower than the normal high standard they achieve. They have brought in the harvest in the most difficult and trying conditions.

So Harvest Festival has truly been about them; remembering all their hard work; celebrating their dedication and their resilience; praying for them as they work to grow our food.

A part of each service has also reflected their humour, in the form of a reading titled “A Farmers Advice”, taken from articles attributed to real farmers. I have been asked to print some of these here:

A Farmers Advice: A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.
Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.
Every path has a few puddles.
When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
The best sermons are lived, not preached.
Don't judge folks by their relatives.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.
Always drink upstream from the herd.
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
Letting the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back in.
If you get to thinking you're a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's dog around.

Annual Loved and Lost Service - Sunday 11th November at 5.00pm
If someone you love has died (at any time not just recently) and you want to remember them, why not join us for half an hours quiet, reflection, prayer and memory, as we seek to honour and remember those whom we love, but see no more. We will be holding this service again at Shepton Church on Sunday 11th November at 5.00pm and everyone is invited; it is not just for Shepton villagers and it is not full of bells and incense! It is open to all and for everyone.
Dear God: help me to say a last goodbye. Give me a quiet place to cry. Amen.

First Sunday Services: Sunday 2nd December
Dowlish Wake8.45am Communion service - 1662
Kingstone10.00amFamilyService
Shepton Beauchamp10.00am Family Service
Cudworth11.15amCommunion – CW
Barrington 6.00pmEvensong - 1662
Changes to Regular Services: PLEASE not that there is some disruption to normal service times on:
Sunday 11th November, as this is Remembrance Sunday in all churches.

STOCKLINCH, on 25th November, the Communion Service (1662 style)

will be held at 10.00am to allow for the annual Advent Coffee Morning at 11.00.

Please be vigilant around our little churches. No work is planned in November
Stocklinch First SundayDavid and Sue Tucker invite you to a First Sunday Worship – 10.30am Sunday 4th November & 2nd December 2012 Please contact David & Sue (52791) or Paul & Valerie (55519) for details.

From the Church Registers

Holy Baptism at Shepton Beauchamp22nd September George and Henry Rock
6th OctoberRowan Pitman Sarah Pitman
Memorial Service at Shepton Beauchamp (Funeral Service in Australia 16th OctoberJean Walshe, 90 yrs
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