Pewsheet 24th April 2016

It would be lovely to see as many parishioners and members of the congregation on Sunday evening for our Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM).  It is an important moment in our life together to celebrate what God has been doing among us. We present our 2015 accounts, make appointments such as churchwardens and PCC members and, as vicar I make a report and am pleased to receive questions. Please make every effort to come this Sunday. Evensong is at 6pm, arrive at 7pm for a drink before our meeting starts.





Welcome to our worship this weekend.

Today’s reading from Acts allows us to eavesdrop on the early church struggling to get used to a major development.  What we hear is healthy debate, openness to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and a willingness to take the risk. Not a bad reminder of a way to be a healthy Church community on the day of our Annual Meeting.



Almighty God,

who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ

have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:

grant that, as by your grace going before us

you put into our minds good desires,

so by your continual help

we may bring them to good effect;

through Jesus Christ our risen Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.



Acts 11.1 – 18

John 13.31 – 35d


Prayers at the Minster

  • For the next fortnight Pray Ilminster will be praying for those who live in The Incline and Aplins Close, Adams House, Carpenter House, Duke House, Taylor House and Street House.
  • For those who are unwell, particularly Freda Cave, Robin Harris and Betty Aldin.
  • The family and friends of those who this week remember the death anniversary of John Yeandle-Hignell, Sydney Akhurst and Walter (Reg) Grinter.
  • For the family and friends of Brian Godfrey who sadly died this week.


St George’s Day Parade

A warm welcome to the Ilminster Beavers, Cubs and Scouts for today’s St George’s Day Service.


Today’s Services

8am                  Holy Communion

10.30am           Holy Communion

3pm                 St George’s Day Parade

6.00pm            Evensong


APCM  (Tonight)

A reminder that the Annual Parochial Church meeting will be held this evening at 7pm in the Church.


Last year’s minutes and the APCM booklet are now available in the Cooper Chapel, please feel free to take a copy. If you are planning on attending the meeting, we would ask that you please bring your copy with you.


Call to Prayer

Ministry is empty and barren without prayer.

A letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York has recently been sent out to every serving parish priest in the Church of England in a Call to Prayer in the week leading up to Pentecost.


“We long to see a great wave of prayer across our land, throughout the Church of England and many other Churches. Our hope is:-

  • for all Christians to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • for all of us to have confidence to share the Gospel.
  • for all to respond to the call of Jesus Christ to follow Him as disciples, to live out the Gospel and to seek God’s kingdom from day to day.”


There is time to pray together at our next Saturday morning Prayer Breakfast at 8 – 9.30am on the 7th May and on Saturday the 14th May in the Minster Church at The Upper Room worship time.


How would you like to make real our response? There are ideas and resources on the website:



Wednesday11th May – the Minster will be hosting the Archdeacon’s Visitation.

Sunday 22nd May – Choral Evensong with a choir from Taunton, preceded by an Afternoon Tea to say goodbye to Rob Allen, who will be taking his last service at The Minster.


If you can provide sandwiches, cakes or help for either of these occasions, please sign on the rota in the back of the Church.


Minster Meditation

The second of our six ‘Introduction to Meditation’ sessions will be taking place this Wednesday, April 27th at 7.30 – 8.30pm in the Minster Church.


Guest speaker Patrick Woodhouse, will be looking at ‘Jesus and other traditions of silent prayer’.  Patrick retired a couple of years ago as Precentor from Wells Cathedral.


Golden Oldies Singing

Fancy feeling young again? Why not join us in the Minster Rooms on Tuesday 26th April between 2 – 3pm and sing along to some Golden Oldies. Bring a friend. Such fun! £2 donation. SAH


Mission to Calais

At 7.30pm on Tuesday 26th April Peter Lansdown will give an illustrated talk in the Minster Rooms, about his trip taking a vanload of locally donated clothes and camping gear to the refugees at Calais. Everyone is welcome – tea and coffee will be served.


May Coffee Morning

On Saturday 7th May between 10am – 12pm we will be holding a table top sale / bring and buy stall here in the Minster Rooms. Please do come and join us for this fun and sociable occasion. All proceeds raised will be given to the Bible Society. SAH


The Upper Room

A time of worship, prayer and testimony to welcome the Holy Spirit in readiness for Pentecost. Join us for contemporary worship with music from Rend Collective, Chris Tomlin,

Phil Wickham and Jeremy Camp in the Minster Church on Saturday 14th May, 7:30pm.


For more details please contact Dave LeFeuvre

(1460) 259282.


Healing Trust Course

The third Acorn Healing Trust sessions ‘Leaves for Healing’, will take place this Monday, April 25th in the Minster Rooms at 7.30pm. Leaflets with more information can be found at the back of the church or alternatively contact Val Hoare, or a member of the healing ministry team.


Monday 25th April

8.10am Silent Prayer Wadham Chapel

8.40 am Morning Prayer


Tuesday 26th April

4.30pm Evening Prayer


Wednesday 27th April

8.10am  Silent Prayer Wadham Chapel

8.40am Morning Prayer

9.30 – 11am Prayers and Bears

11.00am Midweek Communion

3.30pm Homework Club

7.30 – 8.30pm  Week 2 of Meditation Course


Thursday 28th April

4.30pm Evening Prayer


Friday 29th April

4.30pm Evening Prayer


Sunday 1st May

6th Sunday of Easter

8am Holy Communion

  1. 30am First Sunday All-Age Service




Becky Viggers

Parish Administrator

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

Office: 01460 57811