Welcome to St Vigor’s and St John’s Churches

Welcome to the Anglican churches of St. John’s Chilcompton and St. Vigor’s Stratton-on-the-Fosse, situated in rural Somerset just south of Bath. Our desire is to continue to grow and develop as disciples of Jesus and to see people of all ages get to know Jesus as their saviour and friend and to discover the gifts God has given them. We offer a warm welcome to all at our services, groups and community events. Visit our News pages for all the latest information.


Rector’s Letter

Weekend of 17th / 18th October 2020:
Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity

Dear Friends,

It was a joy to welcome (one class at a time) the whole of our school to St Vigor’s Church on Wednesday morning this week.  The sun shone as they walked over with their harvest gifts and it was very moving to hear them pray out loud a Thank You Prayer for the things they most treasured. I think they echo our own thoughts as they thanked God for friends and family, teachers and school, our beautiful world and life itself. However, I was most inspired by one young lady who said, ‘Thank you Jesus for the future.’ Out of the mouths of babes and infants….  Their Harvest Gifts were delivered to The Dairy House to bless others who are less fortunate than they are. Also, do take a moment to watch the delightful video of their Harvest Celebration.

Looking to the weeks ahead, another way in which we could bless others would be to fill a shoe box for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child – click here for additional information. In previous years, Kate has masterminded the collection of our boxes for us. Sadly, as Monday will be her last day with us this will not be possible this year. In this, as in many things, we will miss her and ask God’s blessing on her for the next season of her life. Should you wish to donate a shoebox, please take it to The Entertainer, The High Street, Midsomer Norton, 9-16th November.

In these uncertain times, it is important to remember, like our young friends above, to be thankful and to have hope for the future which is found in Jesus. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 reminds us:

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.’

Our homegroups and services this week will be considering what Jesus had to say about paying our taxes (Matthew 22: 15-22) The service in person this week will be 9am at St Vigor’s. To book a place, please visit our Services page. Zoom morning Prayer will be at 10.30am. Please Subscribe to The Rector’s Letters to receive an invitation for future weeks if you do not already get a copy.

At 11.30am on Sunday, those who live in the parish or worship at St Vigor’s are invited to join St Vigor’s APCM, which will also be on Zoom. Please Contact the Office for further information.

I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.

Every blessing,

Esther

St. Vigor & St. John
Harvest Celebration


APCMs

For details about our forthcoming APCMs, including the 2019 Annual Review for the Benefice and agendas, together with nomination forms for Churchwardens, Laity Reps and Deanery Synod Reps, please click the button below.


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