2012 Annual Report

St. James Beercrocombe          Annual Report 2012.


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St James church in Beercrocombe has enjoyed another good year.

With two churchwardens and a strong supporting PCC the church and services have been catered for in a mindful and thorough manner. We are fortunate to have an enthusiastic vicar in Paul Reynolds and a ministry team who have a huge depth of experience between them.

In terms of facts and numbers this last year has seen 41 services held here at St James with some 820 people attending!

Our service times remained unchanged at 08.30 for the early risers, and using the Common Prayer Book is still enjoyed by many. The 1000 Sunday services have been generally well attended as have our informal services.

Last March saw the Women’s World day of prayer service held here with some 35 ladies attending. The Lent service was again popular with the theme being Faith. We had an interesting talk from the Bible society at one of our informal services.

Easter was a busy time with Roger Godin ably taking the Mother’s day service, and we were lucky again to have a Good Friday devotional and Easter day service.

July unfortunately saw one of our parishioners Sam Dalton dying, he was laid to rest in the churchyard and the church was standing room only for his funeral.

On a lighter note the harvest festival service and lunch in September was a huge success, food and a little drink was served up in Muskay behind the church with good weather prevailing. Tins of food were collected and donated to the open door charity in Taunton.

Also in September we welcomed Mary Godin who being newly licensed took her first service here at St James, we wish her well for her future in the Benefice.

Cheryl Govier our youth worker again led the Advent service to much acclaim and we enjoyed a busy and rewarding Christmas period with the carol service raising the rafters and being noted as one of the best in recent times. The collection from the carol service was donated to the Children's Hospice in Barnstaple.

Following a request from the Bishop of Bath and Wells to all Churches in the Diocese, the congregation also gave generously to the East Africa Crisis Appeal.

Fundraising consisted of the now famous plant sale in April and over £ 900 was put into the church coffers. Fortunately the church building has had a quiet and relatively inexpensive year and is in good all round condition. The grass is now being mowed by Mike Petit and the bi annual church and churchyard clean-up has been well supported, a big thank you to all who turn up to help.

Finally a thank you to all who contribute to the church effort, bell ringers, sides-men and flower arrangers , to Grace Warfield as organist and secretary and Tony Reed as our accountant and a huge thank you to Paul and his ministry team.    

We are blessed indeed.