Upcoming Events and News
Welcome to The Benefice of The Huntspills and Mark.
In addition to the schedule of events shown on the right, you can find further details about upcoming events below and a monthly calendar at the bottom of this page.
Monthly recordings of services held throughout the Benefice are available via our Recorded page
If you are looking for social events planned for the year ahead visit our Social Calendar
Why not check out our Gallery page for a snap shot of village life
We look forward to seeing you soon.
St Peter and All Hallows Church, West Huntspill, TA9 3RN
We are looking to appoint an Activities Co-ordinator to oversee a range of activities in the newly to be formed community hub at St Peter and All Hallows Church. This is part of a National Lottery Heritage funded project, and the project co-ordinator is key in encouraging and developing a wide range of activities and events.
We need a person with excellent people and communication skills, a positive attitude and enthusiasm, team working skills and good local contacts.
It is expected that the co-ordinator will work flexibly for 3-4 hours per week on a self-employed basis. The start date is expected to be to be as soon as possible.
For full details and job description please send an expression of interest to David Lemon email [email protected] by 31st May 2022.
A new anthem ‘Rise Up and Serve’ has been commissioned by HOPE Together and partners, and written by song writers Graham Kendrick, Mal Pope and the contemporary worship band Rend Collective.
Join us as we practise this new song for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, which honours the Queen’s 70 years of faith and service. You can also bring your community together to sing the anthem at street parties and special events over the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.
Sunday 5th June Platinum Jubilee Celebration Service
9.30am Holy Communion Holy Cross Church, Mark
11.15am Holy Communion All Saints Church, East Huntspill Followed by tea and cake
3.00pm St Peter & All Hallows Church West Huntspill Followed by tea and cake
Sunday 12th June Open Gardens in Mark
Sunday 12th June we are organising an Open Gardens Day to raise funds for the Church of the Holy Cross, Mark. Money raised will go towards the back of church project to replace and update the kitchen and toilet facilities.
If anyone is interested in opening their garden; help with organising the event; making cakes and serving teas at one or two gardens on the day, please contact either Heather or Joan.
25th June Strawberry Tea at All Saints, East Huntspill
Downing Street has announced today (10am, 28 April 2022) that the Rt Revd Michael Beasley will be the next Bishop of Bath and Wells. He is currently the Bishop of Hertford, a role which he has held since 2015.
Prior to taking a fulltime role with the church, Bishop Michael was an epidemiologist, a background he was called on to use during the pandemic as a member of the Church of England’s Covid task force.
Bishop Michael is already familiar with Somerset. His wife Lizzie is from a farming family from Somerset and prior to Bishop Michael being interviewed for the role of Bishop of Bath and Wells, they both undertook a 60 mile walk around the county.
Speaking in advance of today’s announcement, Bishop Michael shared his joy in becoming the 80th Bishop of Bath and Wells and said he was looking forward to getting to know the people of Somerset.
He says, “I am delighted to be coming to be the Bishop of Bath and Wells and to joining with everyone in the diocese as together we live and tell the story of Jesus.
“We have strong family connections with Somerset and I’m very much looking forward to working alongside its people, communities and churches.
“We have all been through a challenging few years. The Covid pandemic pushed us all apart. Now is the time to come back together. Our churches have an essential role in helping us rebuild communities and in facing the challenges present to us both internationally and at home.
“Jesus’s message is one of peace – a peace I’m looking forward to sharing and pursuing as I join you as your bishop.”
Before his ordination as Bishop of Hertford in the Diocese of St Albans, Bishop Michael served as Director of Mission in the Diocese of Oxford. A scientist by background, he was an epidemiologist specialising in infectious diseases of children in low-income countries.
As well as being a member of the Church of England’s Covid task force he also worked with UNICEF, the NHS, the Government and leaders of different faiths to launch vaccinaid.org which has raised more than £10 million in support of vaccination for low-income countries.
Commenting on his work on the taskforce he says, “I thought I’d left science behind but God never wastes anything! So in the last few years the skills I gained before have been of use to the Church now.”
Commenting on the news Bishop Ruth said, “I am very much looking forward to having him as my new colleague and to welcoming him and his family to Bath and Wells in due course.” Bishop Michael will spend the day meeting people from across Somerset.
Brought up in rural Staffordshire, Bishop Michael attended a small Church of England primary school and a rural church. Bishop Michael was ordained in 1999 and until his appointment as Director of Mission in the Diocese of Oxford in 2010, he combined his scientific work 50:50 with work in Christian ministry as a missioner and theological educator.
The Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, the Bishop of St Albans said, “I am delighted to receive the news that Michael Beasley is to be the new Bishop of Bath and Wells. Michael has served with distinction as Suffragan Bishop of Hertford in this diocese since mid-2015, and he will leave an impressive and long-lasting legacy here.”
Bishop Michael and Lizzie have two young children. In his spare time, he enjoys tending his garden and his bees.
We are delighted that Stage 1 of the reordering project to move the font from the west door to the north door and to put storage cupboards in the northwest corner of the Church is progressing well.
Please come along either to chat and make friends or simply to enjoy the church. Open to everyone. Donations welcome.
Every Wednesday coffee, tea and home made cakes are served in the church 10.30a.m. – 12 noon. A warm welcome to any newcomers – it is an informal gathering usually 15 – 25 people having coffee and a chat.
Do come along. If you need a lift to get there please give me a ring Carol on 641345.
Join in the celebration of The Benefice of The Huntspills & Mark with the recorded service of The Licensing of The Revd Christine Judson as Rector
Donations can be left in Holy Cross Church, Mark Sundays 9am—11am and Wednesdays 10am—12noon.
Please contact 07725 149581 if you would like to make a donation or to arrange for some items to be collected from you.
OUR SHOPPING LIST
LONG LIFE FRUIT JUICE
JAM OR CHOCOLATE SPREAD
INSTANT MEALS (ADD BOILING WATER)
WASHING UP LIQUID
LAUNDRY POWDER, LIQUID, TABLETS ETC
CLEANING SPRAYS – KITCHEN/ BATHROOM
TOILETRIES & LIQUID SOAP
WE’VE GOT PLENTY OF
In order to keep yourself and others safe, please do use hand sanitiser as you enter and leave the church.
…and allow others the space they feel comfortable with.
The wearing of masks is now optional, but please do continue to be mindful of the needs of all those around you.
In our services we are sharing Christ’s peace without physical contact and providing hand santatiser for use before receiving communion.
We will be delighted for you to join us for worship however only come if it is safe for you to do so.
See how they love one another (Jn 13:35)