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 +====== Fund Raising ======
 +There can be no doubt that the current economic climate is making life very difficult in a number of areas, not least in the lives of our little village churches where running and maintenance costs are rising steadily year on year.    YET I continue to be amazed at the amount of hard-work, effort and ingenuity that goes into fund-raising,​ topped only by the generosity of people who give their time and money. ​  So far this year each community has held its ground in regard to the money it needs to raise to support it's church – which is after all, there for everyone.
 +So thank you VERY MUCH for everything so many of you have done.
 +
 +===== Exploring Prayer: =====
 +Prayer = talking to God.   It also means listening to him.   It won't surprise you to learn that I have a keen interest in talking to God (!) and, most of the time, listening to what he has to say to me; though the latter is usually the most difficult bit, and I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling this.   So from time to time, on a second Sunday I will be holding an “Exploring Prayer” service wherein the aim is for us to work on ways of “listening prayerfully”,​ so that we include God in everything that we do, in a “two way” relationship. ​  
 +They will usually last about thirty minutes. ​  If you're interested, please do come along, dates/times will be on the service rota on the back cover of this magazine, as usual.
 +
 +===== Prayer: ​  =====
 +Following on from my article above, here is a prayer to get us started, the late Robert Coates asked for it to be read at his funeral service; I hope you find it helpful, I think he had.......
 +
 +God be in my head, and in my understanding;​\\ ​
 +God be in mine eyes, and in my looking;​\\ ​
 +God be in my mouth, and in my speaking;​\\ ​
 +God be in my heart, and in my thinking;​\\ ​
 +God be at mine end, and at my departing.\\ ​
 +Amen.
 +
 +==== Am I that old? ====
 +Have you ever been guilty of looking at others your own age and thinking, surely I can't look that old? Well...... I was sitting in the waiting room for my first appointment with a new dentist. ​  I noticed his dental degree, which bore his full name.   ​Suddenly I remembered a tall, handsome, dark haired boy with the same name had been in my secondary school class some 40-odd years ago.   Could he be the same boy I had a secret crush on, way back then?
 +
 +Upon seeing him, however, I quickly discarded any such thought. ​  This balding, grey haired man with the deeply lined face was far too old to have been my classmate. ​  After he examined my teeth, I asked him if he had attended Rangeworthy Court School .
 +
 +'Yes, yes I did! ' He beamed with pride. ​  When did you leave?'​ I asked
 +and he answered, “in 1966.   Why do you ask?​” ​  '​You were in my class!'​ I exclaimed.
 +
 +He looked at me closely. ​  Then that ugly, old, bald, wrinkled, fat, grey haired, decrepit, old man asked me.....'​What did you teach?'​
 +
 +(sent in by David and Sue from Stocklinch (who are both very young looking!))
 +
 +==== Registers ====
 +|17 July|Rhoda Lawrence|Holy Baptism at Kingstone|
 +|23 July|Tim England & Natalie Nolan|Holy Matrimony at Shepton Beauchamp|
 +|29 July|Pat Pearce ​    82 years|Funeral and burial at Shepton Beauchamp|
 +|30 July|Lucas Linten|Holy Baptism at Shepton Beauchamp|
 +|13 August|Oliver Bewley|Holy Baptism at Puckington|
 +|17 August|Robert Coates 70 years|Cremation at Taunton followed by Celebration & Thanksgiving Service at Dowlish Wake|
 +|19 August|Thelma “Jean” Sumption 86 years|Thanksgiving Service at Dowlish Wake|
 +|19 August|Philip Oshva & Stephanie White|Blessing of Marriage at Stocklinch|
 +|20 August|Rufus Bond|Holy Baptism at Chillington|
 +
  
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