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 +====== Fun in Church - revisited! ======
 +===== By Fr. Goeff =====
 +Last month I wrote about how some of our time in church is about enjoying ourselves and this month I want to follow on from that – somewhat! ​  At Weddings and Baptisms (Christenings) there can be no doubt that families and friends all come together to enjoy themselves and to celebrate. ​  
 +But it has become quite noticeable (to me at least) that those visitors who are not regular church-goers are sometimes “reluctant” to go into church (especially if they arrive by themselves) and often aren’t sure what to do or say when they get in.   
 +Regular churchgoers just go in, sit or kneel to say a prayer, and then sit or talk quietly with their neighbour whilst waiting for the service to start. ​  ​However,​ it seems that many visitors quite nervous about the whole “being in church thing” and I think this is a great pity, because it is so easy to overcome, indeed, much of the time people will leave a Wedding or Baptism much more relaxed and having enjoyed the experience.
 +I think that part of the problem is that people don’t generally visit churches: this is more so in towns and cities, but probably less so in villages where the church is more “obvious” and more involved in village life.    ​
 +When I was at school in the Midlands, we all went to the town’s Minster Church regularly as a school; we had a Clergyman who was the RE Teacher, and RE and Assembly had a Christian focus, with other world faiths being taught in addition to Christianity. ​
 +So essentially we were brought up knowing what the church was about. ​  In the intervening years we have lost this and many people do not have any experience of being in church.
 +Consequently,​ I think it is vitally important that we help people overcome any nervousness or fright or ignorance: church is a good place to be.   This is why I put so much effort into our village schools: by bringing our children into church for assemblies and services, they can explore and touch and walk around and discover that it is full of the history of our communities,​ there are lots of strange and wonderful things and there is a lot to learn and lots of fun to be had doing so.   
 +Similarly I try very hard to make Weddings and Baptisms, relaxed and informative,​ so that the spiritual side of the service can be experienced,​ but also so that un-churched people don’t feel excluded, rather they feel that they have understood and been a part of the worship and they feel that they can come back for more, with less apprehension.
 +**Fr. Geoff** ​
 +===== From the Church Registers =====
 +|22nd August|Alexander St John Wright and Caroline Appleton entered into Holy Matrimony|Shepton Beauchamp.|
 +|22nd August|Timothy Vinney and Joanna Hards entered into Holy Matrimony|Barrington.|
 +|28th August|Peter Parsons and Frances Orme, civil wedding followed by marriage blessing|Stocklinch Church.|
 +|29th August|Buchan Dennis and Jessica Budd entered into Holy Matrimony| Shepton Beauchamp.|
 +|12th September|Jessica and Emily Bergin, baptised|Barrington.|  ​
 +|12th September|Simon Kempster and Clare Ashford entered into Holy Matrimony|Shepton Beauchamp.|
 +===== Visual Demonstration =====
 +A Vicar decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his
 +Sunday sermon. ​  Four worms were placed into four separate jars.   The first worm was put into a container of alcohol. ​  The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke. ​  The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup. ​  The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil.
 +At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results: ​  first worm in alcohol - dead.   ​Second worm in cigarette smoke – dead.   Third worm in chocolate syrup – dead.   ​Fourth worm in good clean soil - alive.
 +So the Vicar asked the congregation,​ “What did you learn from this demonstration?​” ​  
 +Maisie was sitting in the back, quickly raised her hand and said, “As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won't have worms!” ​  That pretty much ended the service. ​  ​(**Sent in by Rob Allen**)
 +===== 1st Sunday at Stocklinch =====
 +David and Sue Tucker invite you to First Sunday Worship – 10.30am – Sunday 4th October 2009      **Stocklinch Village Hall**
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