Friday, 7 December 2018

January 2019 News & Notes

No two celebrations are the same; for every baptism family, wedding couple, or funeral gathering are unique. These are awesome times when we shout out what's important: the quality of our living, the depth of love, the miracle of life, its rich variety, and God who created and sustains the universe.
For Robert Janssen the friendship and humour he enjoyed on the golf course was an important part of his rich and varied life. His family are delighted to have the picture I took included here as a reminder of the guard of honour at his funeral.

The town was packed out on 11 November for the important commemoration of the end of the First World War, with our Churches holding amazing acts of remembrance too. St Nicholas, Broadwey included displays of local history, and ghostly outlines of those whose memory and sacrifice we treasured were placed in among the seats.
Our thanks to all our Churches for their creativity in honouring the peace, and praying that peace may be maintained. Thanks too for all the Christmas fun which can only happen because of many extras behind the scenes.


Friday, 5 October 2018

November 2018 News & Notes

11am on the 11th of the 11th will be particularly poignant this year as we recall the end of World War I, in which so many young lives were sacrificed. The names on our war memorials bear witness to the cost, but of course there's no such public record for the maimed. Do join in one of the services that day. Each will include an act of remembrance.
Most of our Ridgeway Churches have memorials in a churchyards, so as the growing season comes to an end let's hear it for all those who maintain theses spaces. It's a massive task, and warrants a massive thank you.

Patterns ebb and flow like the tide, and this time it's Evensong that's changing at St Andrew's. As of this month the Sunday evening services come to an end, to be replaced by Candlelight Evensongs on second, fourth, and fifth Tuesdays. Our thanks to all who have led Sundays over the years.

Our next Archdeacon is to be collated at Sherborne Abbey on Sunday 25 November. Penny Sayer has experience in sharing the Gospel, and growing Churches.

Next month includes umpteen carol services and there's space for everyone. Some will take place in small farmyard churches, and others out of doors. You're warmly invited to take part.

17 Dec, Our next Springhead baptisms take place after 6.30pm Open Air Carols, led by the Salvation Army Band. If you want to know more please make an appointment to see Canon Tim.

Friday, 7 September 2018

October 2018 News & Notes

Levi Dailey and Nadia Kusminoff were married at St Andrew, Preston on a deliciously hot day but no worries because shorts were the dress code. The groomsmen had the challenge of finding the right brightly coloured bridesmaids. The occasion was great fun, full of meaning, and vows made with real conviction.
One little chap had received singing lessons, to make sure he didn't bark at the wrong time. Zulu proudly brought the rings up on his collar for the best men to carefully detach and present to Canon Tim for blessing.
There were links to Levi's time at St Andrew's School. His first teacher, Caroline Crisp arranged flowers while his headteacher, John Tallon played the organ and school secretary, Nora Tallon turned the music pages. Just goes to show that every wedding is unique, and has its own flavour.

Skylar was baptised in a lively fun-filled service with members of the family taking part. Her sister Jasmine topped up the font with plenty of splash, as prayers were said over the water.

Our next Archdeacon is to be collated at Sherborne Abbey on Sunday 25 November. Penny Sayer has experience in sharing the Gospel, and growing Churches ~ so we welcome new ideas alongside expertise. Meanwhile Antony MacRow-Wood, once team vicar here, is keeping oversight and in particular assisting St Osmund with plans for access and welcome. We are grateful for all the energy given to New Friends by Geoff Codd, who has recently stepped down.

17 Dec, Our next Springhead baptisms take place after 6.30pm Open Air Carols, led by the Salvation Army Band. If you want to know more please make an appointment to see Canon Tim.

Friday, 3 August 2018

September 2018 News & Notes

Hymns & pimms are a good combination, as shown by the fun on display at St Osmund's. Thanks to David Parsons for leading the music, and singing a poignant solo. Traditional hymns were in the majority, but a few contemporary pieces stretched the repertoire.

Annabel is part of Go Bellistica youth band of bell ringers which came third in a national competition. Tom and Trish Garrett taught her basic skills, call-changes [simple patterns], and method ringing [complex patterns which produce tunes and huge variety]. If you want to know more just Google their name.

Hallie and Bonnie Brook had great support when they were baptised at St Andrew's, Preston. It was a lively happy occasion which included Holy Communion and/or blessing. Afterwards clan and friends gathered on the Church Rooms steps for a record of the gathering.

9 Sep, a Pet Service for all is being hosted 10.30am at St Osmund, Osmington. It's a great opportunity to thank God for companionship with creation, and you don't have to own a pet to take part. We have amazing RSPB and Dorset Wildlife Trust reserves on our doorstep, so it may be you'd like to give thanks for our home environment.Sam and Zoey Alvey pose after their July wedding, held on a very warm day with gentle sea breeze. It was a unique occasion reflecting the couple's tastes. No two services are alike, for each couple is unique.

17 Dec, Our next Springhead baptisms take place after 6.30pm Open Air Carols, lead by the Salvation Army Band. If you want to know more please make an appointment to see Canon Tim.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

August 2018 News & Notes

Lloyd James Cranny & Leah Joanne Gilks were the first wedding couple to use the new church path at St Andrew. Family and friends pass on their thanks to all involved. The new lampposts 'watch over' as confetti is thrown.

Charley Moggeridge & Rachel Hallsworth had one of the hottest weddings this year. Service sheets were used as improvised fans. Their mothers witnessed signing of the registers, and father was best man for son. The bridesmaids and pageboy enjoyed the shade of the lychgate.

A Pet Service at St Osmund, Osmington gives opportunity to thank God for companionship in creation. Ten years ago the range of creatures was amazing: from dogs and cats [conveniently separated by pews] to ponies, grass snakes, snail, and hamster.
Humans in all shapes and sizes added to the mix, and no pet returned home inside another. Do put 10.30am 9 September in your diary, and of course everyone in the Ridgeway area is welcome.

Our next Springhead baptisms are on Monday 17 December, after 6.30pm Open Air Carols. We welcome the Salvation Army Band to provide rousing accompaniment. If you want to know more please make an appointment to see Canon Tim.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

July 2018 News & Notes

John and Nicola Cartwright enjoyed a great celebration at St Andrew's Church, Preston. They were the first couple to tread the newly laid path into the Church.

St Osmund's and St Nicholas Cafe Church is on first Sundays at 10.30am at either Osmington Village Hall or Broadwey. All welcome to take part in these times of informal worship and fellowship. The music band is ace!

Our next Springhead baptisms are on Monday 17 December, after 6.30pm Open Air Carols. We welcome the Salvation Army Band to provide rousing accompaniment. If you want to know more please make an appointment to see Canon Tim.


Mark and Karen Moderski were married in St Osmund's, Osmington on another glorious Saturday. The couple had made their own confetti from rose petals.





Thursday, 10 May 2018

June 2018 News & Notes

Maintaining and upgrading our churches is an important part of creating beautiful worship spaces. Our thanks to St Osmund's for mending the roof [boring but necessary], and St Andrew's for wheel-friendly access with improved lighting. All this is done with minimum disturbance.



St Osmund's and St Nicholas Cafe Church is on first Sundays at 10.30am, and alternates between Osmington Village Hall and Broadwey. All welcome to take part in these times of informal worship and fellowship. 

11 November = 100 years since WWI ended and it is hoped to ring all available bells that day. If you want to know more see www.big-ideas.org or join a bell ringing practice at St Andrew's or St Laurence.