Welcome to St. Andrew’s Church from Fr.Clive Fairclough, our new parish priest, and our churchwardens, Cori Savage and Didi Byrne.
We hope you will enjoy the very special atmosphere of this holy space . Our church is open to visitors during daylight hours. We offer you the opportunity to light an electric candle on a stand near the Lady chapel on the L.H.S of the church. Our church and the grounds are a place for you to ‘tarry- a – while’ for reflection, prayer or simply to enjoy the art and history of this beautiful place.
Worship @ St Andrew’s .
We have a service every Sunday usually at 9.30am on almost every Sunday of the year. You are most welcome to join us .The services for April are as follows:
Fr Clive would be delighted to talk to you about any of these options. email@example.com, Tel 01373 673 431 & Twitter @clivetherev.
The occasional offices of baptisms, weddings are one of the most important elements of our ministry here. There is some excellent information about these services on the C of E website https://churchofengland.org/weddings-baptisms-funerals.aspx.
CHURCH SERVICES JUNE 2017
|Pentecost||Mells||10.00am||Group Family Service of prayers, music and songs||Rev. Clive Fairclough|
|Buckland Dinham||11.00am||Village Day Service||Rev. Clive Fairclough|
|June 11th||Chantry||11.00am||Holy Communion||Rev. Colin Horn|
|Trinity||Great Elm||9.30am||Morning Service||Rev. Colin Horn|
|Mells||9.30am||Parish Communion||Rev. Clive Fairclough|
|Buckland Dinham||11.00am||Holy Communion||Rev. David Gatliffe|
|June 18th||Chantry||11.00am||Mattins||Rev. Clive Fairclough|
|Trinity 1||Great Elm||9.30am||Holy Communion||Rev. Clive Fairclough|
|Mells||8.00am||Holy Communion||Rev. Clive Fairclough|
|Whatley||9.30am||Holy Communion||Rev. David Gatliffe|
|Buckland Dinham||11.00am||Holy Communion||Rev. Andrew Saunders|
|June 25th||Chantry||11.00am||Holy Communion||Rev. Clive Fairclough|
|Trinity 2||Great Elm||9.30am||Mattins||Hilary Daniel|
|Mells||9.30am||Morning Service||Rev. Clive Fairclough|
|Whatley||8.00am||Holy Communion||Rev. Clive Fairclough|
|Trinity 3||Whatley||10.00am||Group Service, Holy Communion||Rev. Clive Fairclough|
Fr. Clive Fairclough writes:
We celebrate at the feast of receiving the Holy Spirit at Pentecost 4 June.
Here’s what happened. When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.
There are images for the Spirit – bird, dove, wind, fire, water – it seems clear that the Spirit’s presence in us will change us. He will purify us, make us move forward and give us new life. At least, if we open ourselves up to him and cooperate with him. This change, I have found in my own life and observed in that of others, is not an automatic thing. The Spirit is not a divine magician, chasing away all our wounded impulses and weaknesses in a blink of an eye, even though he can do great and miraculous things. We have to do our own very hard bit of work as well, as St Benedict said, Orando , Laborando by prayer and by work.
It is a bit ironic that the Spirit, who is usually considered to be the most spiritual of the three persons of the Trinity, Father Son and Holy Spirit, seems in fact to be the one who is most materially oriented. The Creator Spiritus was very active at creation. He made the dark void birth life. The first human mentioned in the Bible as being filled with the Spirit, was in fact a craftsman or artist. ‘The Lord spoke to Moses: See, I have called by name Bezalel son of Uri son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: and I have filled him with divine spirit, with ability, intelligence, and knowledge in every kind of craft, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, in every kind of craft’. Creativity is the Spirit’s trade, assisting us to be creators as well, forming new and beautiful things out of matter.
In the same way the Holy Spirit is forming us into beautiful things. The image of the fruit of the Spirit makes clear that this does not remain hidden and invisible, but we can actually notice these fruits of love, patience and peace grow in ourselves and each other. And these fruits of the Spirit will in their turn produce visible fruits of acts of grace and love. The work of the Spirit is now. Christ died for us and raised again, opening the way to a new life in communion with God. But the Spirit helps us to move forward, to grow in love, to become as we were intended to be, to be as we will be.
|Fr Clive Fairclough|
|Priest in Charge the Mells Group of Churches|
For further information.
Please contact our Churchwardens for more information : Diana Byrne 01373 812 804, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Cori Savage 01373 813 905, email email@example.com just to confirm.
Roman Catholic Worship
Mass is celebrated every Sunday in St Dominic’s Chapel in Mells Manor House garden at 11.30 am and at St Catharine’s Church, Park Road, Frome at 9.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m.
Celebrant: Fr J O’Brien 01373 462705
Mass is also said at 6.00 most evenings at St Dominic’s Chapel, and at 11.00 on Saturday mornings. To confirm times please contact Monica Jennings on 01373 812262 or check the weekly timetable in Mells Village Shop. All welcome.
Mass is also celebrated on Sundays at Holcombe at 9.00 a.m. and at Downside Abbey at 10.00 a.m.
The Parish Magazine (Village & Church News)
The Parish Magazine is delivered free each month to every house within the Mells Group of Parishes: Buckland Dinham, Chantry, Great Elm, Mells with Vobster and Whatley. Besides church matters it publicises events and meeting times of various groups and clubs in the area. Letters from parishioners on relevant matters are also included and other contributions are welcome, space permitting. A “Contacts Page” provides contact information for Church personnel, County, Mendip District and Parish Councils, Police and Community Support Officers.
Editors: Jim Duffus & Lin Taylor – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Advertising and administration: Peter: tel. 01373 466 536 or (preferably) email: email@example.com
We have a fine ring of eight bells and would like to make up a team from the village area. Our current Captain is Terry Nicholls at firstname.lastname@example.org
The clock tower is open to the public on Easter Bank Holiday Monday. Private tours can be arranged through Justin Brown (01373 813 461) email@example.com).
We regularly ring for weddings.