Christmas Fair, Charlton - 30th November 2019

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Kick off the Festive Season!

Raising money for Home-Start North Dorset

Saturday 30th November 2019
10.00 am till 12.00 noon

at St John’s Church, Charlton, SP7 9LZ

Christmas Decorations - Children’s Gifts
General Gifts - Cake Stall
Coffees and Teas with Mince Pies

Home Start LogoHome-Start North Dorset is an independent registered charity that supports struggling families living in the former North Dorset District Council area and where there is at least one child under five.

 


Family Eucharist Service Streamed Over the Internet - Easter Sunday 12th April 2020

empty tombI do hope that you will be able to join us for our Easter Family Service on Zoom. You can join live at 10.00 am, or the service will be available via the Benefice Facebook page (the link to the Facebook page is in the left hand margin of this website). We are only allowed 100 participants at the live service which we may exceed in which case you might not get admitted. Facebook later in the day will then be your only option.

This service will be a little bit different because it will be a Family Eucharist Service with Richard celebrating. Click here to download and/or print a copy of the service sheet. Alternatively, words of hymns and communal prayers will appear on screen during the service.

We start the service with a visit to the tomb, and we declare three times that ‘Christ is risen indeed’. It is the tradition in some churches, after the third repetition, to make a great deal of noise. I thought that it might bring us all together if everyone could have a noise maker for that moment – bells, whistles, football rattles, saucepan and wooden spoons, all will do very well. If all else fails then you could always clap.

Details for Zoom:

Topic: Easter Sunday Service
Time: Apr 12, 2020 10:00 AM

Join Zoom Meeting by pasting this link in your browser:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2872955220?pwd=NTN5OHE0anVTRmNwYmpUVHdoSWI3QT09

or log into Zoom and use this ID, in which case you will also be asked for the password:

Meeting ID: 287 295 5220
Password: 175430

You will then be placed in a ‘waiting room’ and will be let in at about 9.55 am.

Please pass these details on to others who may be interested.

Click here for guidance on how to join a Zoom meeting. If you need more assistance, please email Bob before Easter Sunday and he will help. To email Bob, click here and when the new window opens, select the 'Contact Form' tab to send Bob your message.

Bob Thackray


The Donheads, Charlton & Ludwell Harvest Festival - 15th September 2019

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Harvest Festival has always been a time for the whole community to celebrate together. The churches in the Donheads and Charlton invite you to join them for their traditional Harvest Service followed by a light lunch..

The Donheads Harvest Festival Family Service

St John's Church, Charlton

Sunday 15th September 2019

at 11.00 am

Celebrant and Preacher: The Venerable Alan Jeans, Archdeacon of Sarum
The service will be followed by a light buffet lunch to which all are invited. 

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Ways in which you could contribute:

On Saturday 14th September from 10.00 am to 12 noon:

• Gifts of flowers and garden produce to decorate the church would be most welcome.

On the day:

• There will be a cash collection in aid of the Trussell Trust.
• Bring tins and dry goods for the Food Bank.
• Provide a plate of finger food, either savoury or sweet, for lunch.


Christmas Eve 2019 Crib Service - St John's Church, Charlton

A Crib Service

will be held at

St John's Church, Charlton

on

Christmas Eve (Tuesday 24th December 2019) at 3.00 pm

 Nativity

'The Christmas story told for everyone who is still a child at heart.'

Tea & refreshments will be served after the service.

You are very warmly invited to join us for this service.
Children might like to come dressed as shepherds, kings, animals or angels.
We will also have some simple costume bits and pieces to lend.

Collection for the Children's Society


tea@thechurch, Charlton - Most Mondays

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If you haven’t been to tea@thechurch before, why not give it a go. A warm welcome awaits you along with tea or coffee and a selection of delicious cakes

Come and make new friends and enjoy the opportunity to sit and chat. It might be that you like company but prefer to be busy. In that case, had you thought of volunteering to help set up and serve the tea and cakes? We are always very happy to have new helpers. Or perhaps you would like to make a cake for us once in a while?

For more details, contact Theresa on 01747 829188, or come along between 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm on most Mondays. We will be taking a break over the whole of August 2019, restarting on Monday 9th September.  The dates for the period until September are as follows:

June 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th
July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th
September 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th

Do drop in and say hello even if it is only for a few minutes or so. See you there!

If you are new to the area and wondering where this event takes place, it is in St John’s Church, Charlton, which is just north of the A30 (before it goes down the hill to Ludwell) in Coronation Close. Click here to see a map showing the location of the church.


Baptism Welcome !

baptism genSometimes it is easy to forget that when we Baptise anyone we are welcoming them into our Church Family. On 16 June 2019, at St. John's Church, we did just that. A young Portuguese family live near to the church and some weeks ago they came to a service there and afterwards they asked if their new son could be Baptised in the church. After talks and visits, surmounting the language barrier and getting to know them, the Baptism of William Ulisses Marques Solipa was duly arranged.

From our visits, we really expected just a small gathering of family as their relatives seemed scattered to various parts of the UK. However, and to our joyful surprise, a much larger group of the family arrived, complete with the most splendiferous cake for all to enjoy with our tea or coffee. Within minutes the church was full of happily mingling English and Portuguese voices as the welcoming tea, coffee and cake was consumed.

The Family had chosen two hymns as part of the Service - a Family Eucharist - and they all took part, many of their youngish children already being full communicants of the Church. A young member of the congregation presented William with the Baptismal Candle whilst William's older sister presented him with a Candle which the family had obtained especially from Portugal. The Churchwarden also presented William with a Bible which had been bought by the congregation of St. John's. During the final hymn, the Candle bearers led William and his immediate family through the congregation to the back of the Church.

Our Tea and Coffee Team of the day volunteered to make coffee again at the end of the Service as the beautiful, and very large, cake, had not been half consumed. Again the whole Baptismal Family stayed to share in the Fellowship.

It was an occasion of total joy and love so that at the end everyone left feeling positive and happy. Despite the fact that I had started the day feeling tired and the fact that we were in church for almost three hours in total, I left feeling so happy and full of the love and joy of Our Lord. I just want to say a public ‘Thank You’ to everyone who helped to make it such a wonderful occasion.

June Lane


Palm Sunday at St John's Church, Charlton - 14th April 2019

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The churches in the Benefice will be coming together on 14th April 2019 at St John's Church, Charlton, to celebrate Palm Sunday, Once again, we are marking the occasion by walking from Ludwell Primary School to St John's Church with a donkey. The procession and telling of the Palm Sunday story will start on the school field, and our outdoor singing will be accompanied by folk musicians. The celebration will begin at Ludwell School at 9.30 am.

Children (of any age) are invited to dress up for the occasion. We will have a small supply of costume bits and pieces to lend if needed. Something to wave would be good, perhaps streamers or a flag, and children are welcome to bring percussion instruments. Anything that can be banged or shaken in time with the music would be great, and 'home made' is encouraged. It should be fun!

The procession will be followed by a Family Service in the church. After the service, there will be refreshments (coffee, tea, juice and biscuits) and time for a chat in the church.

Extra parking will be available at the New Remembrance Hall on the other side of the A30 from the church.

All are very welcome - please do come and join us !

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tea@thechurch - St John's Church, Charlton

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If you haven’t been to tea@thechurch before, why not give it a go. A warm welcome awaits you along with tea or coffee and a selection of delicious cakes

Come and make new friends and enjoy the opportunity to sit and chat. It might be that you like company but prefer to be busy. In that case, had you thought of volunteering to help set up and serve the tea and cakes? We are always very happy to have new helpers. Or perhaps you would like to make a cake for us once in a while?

For more details, contact Theresa on 01747 829188, or come along between 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm on Mondays on the following dates:

November 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th
December 3rd, 10th and 17th
We then take a break and reconvene in mid January as follows:
January 14th, 21st and 28th
February 4th

The session on 17th December 2018 is our Christmas Party which will be a jolly occasion folowed at about 3.30 pm by informal singing of your favourite carols - just right for getting you in festive mood with only a week to go before Christmas Day!

Do drop in and say hello even if it is only for a few minutes or so. See you there!

If you are new to the area and wondering where this event takes place, it is in St John’s Church, Charlton, which is just north of the A30 (before it goes down the hill to Ludwell) in Coronation Close. Click here to see a map showing the location of the church.

Theresa


Christmas Eve 2018 Crib Service - St John's, Charlton

Christmas CribA Crib Service

will be held at

St John's Church, Charlton

on

Christmas Eve (Monday 24th December 2018) at 3.00 pm

'The Christmas story told for everyone who is still a child at heart.'

Tea & refreshments will be served after the service.

You are very warmly invited to join us for this service.
Children might like to come dressed up as one of the characters in the story.
There will also be some simple costume bits and pieces to borrow.


tea@thechurch - St John's Church, Charlton

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2018 finished in fine style tor those who come to tea@thechurch on a Monday. As you can see from the photos below, we all enjoyed a splendid festive tea with sandwiches, savouries, cakes and, of course, Christmas cake. This was followed by about 45 minutes of carol singing accompanied by our local church band consisting of piano, violin, two flutes, oboe, clarinet, guitar and euphonium, with ages ranging from 11 to late 80s’.

So, if you missed out in 2018, why not come along in 2019 - you can be assured of a warm welcome.

Our dates are:

4th, 11th, 18th and 25th February 2019
4th, 18th and 25th March 2019
1st and 8th April 2019
NO Tea on 11th March

We always meet between 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm in St John’s Church, Charlton, just off the A30. Click here to see a map showing the location of St John’s Church.

Hope to see you there!

Theresa

Editor’s Note: click on each photo below to see a larger version.


Harp, Piano and Young Choir Concert, Charlton - 22nd June 2018

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Summer Recital

featuring

Kachina Aimee & Pupils of Ludwell School

Harp, Piano, Voice & Enthusiasm !

Friday 22nd June 2018 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

at

St. John’s Church, Charlton, SP7 9LZ

We invite you to come and share in our joyous celebration of music.

During the first half of the programme, some of Kachinas pupils from Ludwell School (and even some of the staff!) will be playing and singing with Kachina. During the second half, Kachina Aimee will be playing harp and sharing her magical Celtic inspired sounds and music.

“We are delighted to share our love of music with you - see you there!”

Kachina Aimee is a composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist playing harp, piano, cello, flute and guitar. Inspired by her strong connection to the natural World and other dimensions, Kachina’s voice has been described as “resonant & pure” and her unique sound as “ethereal, Celtic and magical.” Click here to find out more about Kachina.

Tickets to include an interval drink: £10.00 and £5.00 for those under age 18
Available from Ludwell Stores (www.ludwellstores.co.uk) or on the door.

Proceeds will be shared between Christian Aid, Ludwell School music provision and Church Funds