Pewsheet 12th June 2016


After the Royal Variety Performance one year, the Queen is introduced to the stars of the show, including Tommy Cooper who asks her if she minds answering a personal question.

‘No,’ she says, ‘But I might not be able to give you a full answer.’

‘Do you like football?’ asks Cooper.

‘Well, not really,’ the Queen replies.

‘In that, case do you mind if I have your Cup Final tickets?’


It seems very evident that the Queen has learnt how to take all the jokes and awkward moments in her stride. There are many stories of how her grace and consideration has won people over.  Today we join in asking God to bless our Queen for her faithfulness and hear a challenge in our Gospel reading of how Jesus deals with a particularly awkward moment at a dinner party he attends.


Collect for The Queen

Heavenly Father,

as we celebrate the ninetieth birthday of Her Majesty the Queen,

receive our heartfelt thanks

for all that you have given her in these ninety years

and for all that she has given to her people.

Continue, we pray, your loving purposes in her,

and as you gather us together in celebration,

unite us also in love and service to one another;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Galatians 2.15 – end

Luke 7.36 – 8.3


Prayers at the Minster

For the next fortnight Pray Ilminster will be praying for those who live in Ashcombe Lane / Court, Breowan Close and Saxon Court.


For those who are unwell, particularly Freda Cave, Yvonne Hunt, Martin Rawstorne and Carol Burchett.


The family and friends of those who this week remember the death anniversary of Ronald Smith, Marjorie Seaward, Rev Glen Kilgour Ford and Bradley Michael Cullen.


Prayers and Bears – Story Time

We are excited to announce that Prayers and Bears will now be weekly! A brand new ’Story Time’ will start on Wednesday 15th June, 10 – 10.45am.   Our normal group is thriving and continues to meet fortnightly between 9.30 – 11am.


Pray Over Ilminster

Just a note to let you know that Monks Yard Community will be hosting their third annual ‘Pray Over Ilminster’ gathering on Beacon Hill on Sunday the 19th June, 1:30pm.  Prayer, worship and fellowship will be followed by a ‘bring and share’ picnic lunch. Flyers have been left at the back of the Church – everyone is welcome to join. Bradley Veltre


Ivan Cottrell

A short Thanksgiving Service for the life of Ivan will be held at Cricket St. Thomas Church on Saturday 25th June at 2.30pm. All are welcome.

Audrey Cooksley


Final Service

Archdeacon John will be taking his final service on Sunday 26th June,10.30am. If you would like to contribute a small gift of garden vouchers, please give your contribution to Lydia or Becky Beggs, or leave it in an envelope in the Minster Rooms post box. Thank you. Lydia


Choral Evensong

A special choral Evensong has been organised for the evening of Sunday 26th June at 6.00pm here in the Minster Church, with a guest choir from The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Olveston. The Choir’s repertoire is mostly ecclesiastical in the Anglican tradition.  There are, however, strong dashes of Methodist, especially in hymn-singing. Please do come and join us for this service of worship with exquisite music. Rob Allen


Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon

An illustrated lecture on BHUTAN: the last remaining Kingdom of Himalaya, by Zara Fleming will be held on Friday 8th July, 7 for 7.30pm at Whitelackington Manor. Exploring the history, art & culture of this extraordinary country with its unique policy of ‘Gross National Happiness’: can it survive in the modern world? Tickets £15 to include aperitif and light buffet supper afterwards. In aid of Whitelackington Church Tower Fund. Reservations: email or call (07802) 583885.


Local Family Concert

Advance Notice: Please make a note in your diaries to come along to the Gibbins Family Concert here at the Minster on Saturday July 2nd at 7.00pm. This promises to be a very special evening and we would love to see this local family supported by the community. There will be a retiring collection for the Bible Society. SAH



The PCC met on 16 May 2016. Subject to the    approval of the minutes the PCC discussed and agreed the following.


Being on the PCC

ND spoke about the role of the PCC members and welcomed the PCC to express their thoughts, which would allow us to make a corporate decision. We reviewed the teams which are Minster Rooms, Hospitality, Fabric, World Community and Communication.  New PCC members were welcomed and previous members of the PCC/teams were thanked.


Review of stored items in Gallery

The Gallery has several items that have been stored there for a long time. These are the former Wadham alter table, a prayer kneeler, small copper lectern, eagle lectern, plain lectern and alter rail.  The PCC members went into the church and reviewed them in Gallery.  Following the review, they agreed that ND should ask the Archdeacon what the next appropriate step should be with a review to remove them.


Finance Report

The first quarter has ended with both Income and Expenditure below budget and with an overall surplus of £13,009 (budgeted for surplus of £10,983), as the deficit in Expenditure is greater than the deficit in Income at this point in time.


Review 2016 Regulations for Chalice and  Paten Assistants

Currently the Bishop authorises Chalice and Paten Assistants every 3 years and the General Synod has simplified the procedure.  PCC’s can decide to stay with this process or can decide that they wish to devolve this responsibility to the Vicar and PCC.  At the same time the General Synod were aware of churches that involve children and may wish to think about children being involved.  The PCC agreed that they want to devolve responsibly to ND and noted that this may include children where appropriate.


Vicar’s Update

ND confirmed that Deborah will start on 3 July 2016 and there will be a service at Whitelackington at 6pm. Patricia


Today’s Services

8am                       Holy Communion

10.30am               Holy Communion with

Prayers for Healing

6.00pm                 Civic Service



Monday 13th June

8.10am Silent Prayer Wadham Chapel

8.40 am Morning Prayer

2 – 4pm Craft & Fellowship


Tuesday 14th June

4.30pm Evening Prayer


Wednesday 15th June

8.10am  Silent Prayer Wadham Chapel

8.40am Morning Prayer

10am – 12pm Memory Café

10 – 10.45am Story Time

11.00am Midweek Communion

3.30pm Homework Club


Thursday 16th June

4.30pm Evening Prayer


Friday 17th June

4.30pm Evening Prayer

6 – 7.30pm Yummy Youth


Saturday 18th June

8 – 9.30am Prayer Breakfast


Sunday 19th June

4th Sunday after Trinity

8am Holy Communion

  1. 30am Morning Prayer

4 – 6pm Fire and Faith

6pm Holy Communion


Revd Nigel Done

01460 57811 or 01460 250802

Nigel takes Fridays as his day off


Associate Priest: Revd Val Hoare:

01460 54542 /


Church & Community Pioneer (volunteer): Tracy Hallett

01460 419344 / 07854 489753


Verger: Christopher Lawrence

07894 272 268

Chris takes Fridays as his day off


Parish Administrator: Becky Viggers

Pewsheet Contributions by Wednesday please

Parish office: 01460 57811


Becky Viggers

Parish Administrator

Parish Office, St Mary’s Church, The Minster Rooms, Court Barton, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0DU

Office: 01460 57811