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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 MAY 2017
|Easter 4||Great Elm||10.00am||Group Service, Holy Communion||Rev. Clive Fairclough|
|Buckland Dinham||11.00am||Village Day Service||Rev. Clive Fairclough|
|May 14th||Chantry||11.00am||Holy Communion||Rev. Colin Horn|
|Easter 5||Great Elm||9.30am||Morning Service||Rev. Colin Horn|
|Mells||9.30am||Parish Communion||Rev. Clive Fairclough|
|Buckland Dinham||6.00pm||Evening Rogation||Rev. Clive Fairclough|
|May 21st||Chantry||11.00am||Mattins||Rev. Clive Fairclough|
|Rogation||Great Elm||9.30am||Holy Communion||Rev. Clive Fairclough|
|Mells||8.00am||Holy Communion||Rev. Clive Fairclough|
|Whatley||9.30am||Holy Communion||Rev. Kevin Tingay|
|Ascension||Buckland Dinham||10.00am||Holy Communion||Rev. Kevin Tingay|
|Buckland Dinham||11.00am||Holy Communion||Rev. Andrew Saunders|
|May 28th||Chantry||11.00am||Holy Communion||Rev. Ian Pearson|
|Easter 7||Great Elm||9.30am||Mattins||Hilary Daniel|
|Mells||9.30am||Morning Service||Janet Caudwell|
|Whatley||8.00am||Holy Communion||Rev. David Gatliffe|
|Pentecost||Mells||10.00am||Group Service, Holy Communion||Rev. Clive Fairclough|
Fr. Clive Fairclough writes:
How do we discern who to vote for in the Election? The church has, in its history, been closely linked with politics. However, in our post-Christendom world old understandings of the relationship between church, state and society have significantly changed. Today many new ways of doing things are often transient and vote-catching and lack any depth or roots.
However, the Christian faith today is full of political language. It proclaims that ‘Jesus is Lord’. It bears witness to the ‘Kingdom’ of God. It may be difficult to make the connections between these terms and how we think about politics. Christians or not, all of us should be concerned about who runs our nation and how it should be governed. We are all called to make the world a better place for all people.
Jesus’ life was set in a world in political turmoil and civil unrest. His response was to focus on the needs of the community, social justice, the plight of those who suffered, were outcast and unloved. His short ministry of three years changed the thinking of Emperor Constantine, the leader the Roman Empire. That empire was at the heart of the civilised world during Christ’s life and in the centuries after his death and resurrection.
Constantine reversed the persecutions of his predecessor, Diocletian, and issued the Edict of Milan in 313 AD, which proclaimed tolerance of faith throughout the empire. Constantine recognised the need for both humility and an understanding of the needs of others. That principle of serving others needs to be at the heart of anyone who leads us in government.
When we read the manifestos and hear the various candidates giving their views and policies perhaps, before deciding for whom we should vote, we should take into account, amongst other policies, equality, social cohesion, racial and religious harmony, poverty, unemployment, education, and training.
|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: email@example.com or Cori Savage 01373 813 905, email firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
Advertising and administration: Peter: tel. 01373 466 536 or (preferably) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
The clock tower is open to the public on Easter Bank Holiday Monday. Private tours can be arranged through Justin Brown (01373 813 461) firstname.lastname@example.org).
We regularly ring for weddings.