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From Revd David Sherwood - February 09

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St Mary's Church At the beginning of January we all went around wishing each other a 'Happy New Year' and I suspect that, given the current climate, there was considerable feeling behind each greeting. The Credit Crunch is has now become a financial crisis and this country, as well as many others in the world are moving into a recession which is set to last for some time. It is a difficult time for all of us. Those who are employed are worried about the security of their jobs. Others have lost their jobs and face an uncertain future. Those who are retired are finding their income restricted as savings or investments show poor returns.

Christingle Service

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St Mary's Church Late on the afternoon of Sunday 7th December the Church was almost full as people of all ages joined together to sing carols at the village Christingle service conducted by Rev David Sherwood. The history of the Christingle was dramatised by youth members from Hi-zone and the Tower Room Club, carols were sung by Hemyock Primary School choir accompanied on guitar by head teacher Mrs Gill Peters and Christingles were distributed amongst the congregation before being lit, as church lights were extinguished and Away in a Manger sung.

St Mary's Christmas Fayre a Great Success!

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The Christmas Fayre was opened by David Bawler, recently retired Churchwarden, who was presented with a buttonhole by Isabelle Cole. The fayre, in conjunction with Culm Davy Chapel, was held at Hemyock parish hall, and raised over £1309.

Christmas Fayre

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St Mary's Church This year's Christmas Fayre will take place on Saturday 6th December, from 2:30pm to 4:30pm in the Parish Hall.

Star of Wonder, Star of....

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St Mary's Church For many years now the Christmas period at St Mary's has been marked by the erection of a lighted star on top of the tower. This year it will not appear.

St Mary's Guild - December 08

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St Mary's Church The last two meetings - October and November had slightly different formats from our usual meetings. October had apples, a jigsaw, and homemade cake. November had a quiz on sweets and parkin.

From Revd David Sherwood - December 08

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St Mary's Church For me, 'Silent Night' is perhaps the most evocative of all the Christmas Carols.  There are others of course, but they are mostly 'busy' carols, echoing the world as it runs helter skelter through the festive season. And those bright and busy carols are the ones that we will have heard a hundred times in shops and in the media in the run up to Christmas Day - along with the Christmas songs that today's children often confuse with carols. I like 'Silent Night' because it grounds us - it brings us back to the truth of what Christmas Day is all about.

Pilgrim's Guide To Devon's Churches

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St Mary's Church A reminder that it is not too late to order a copy of "The Pilgrim's Guide To Devon's Churches", a book outlining the Church of England churches in Devon, all 627 of them. It is due to be published in late October. It will cost £7.99. St Mary's will be having a supply available on publication, and if you would like to reserve a copy (or two or three) then please contact the PCC secretary.

Remembrance Day service at St Mary's

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St Mary's Church The parish church of St Mary's was filled when the village joined together to commemorate Remembrance Sunday. Led by the church choir and uniformed youth groups and villagers walked from the Parish Hall to the church where the service was conducted by Reader David Palmer.

From Revd David Sherwood - October 08

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St Mary's Church As we begin our annual round of Harvest Festivals, I have been thinking about how important 'taste' is to us. As very small babies as soon as we find something new, we put it in our mouth! If it's nice, it stays there, if not we spit it out! As we grow, we tend to use our hands and eyes more than our mouths but taste still remains important to us. We even use the word to describe our preferences for something - 'I like the way she has decorated her home, clearly a woman of taste.' 'He's a nice chap but I'm not sure about his taste in music.' Taste is something which remains an important part of our lives long after we start using our others senses. King David was aware of this and included it when writing in Psalm 34: "O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him."