Our harvest celebration this year takes place on Sunday 14th September at 11am.
The Templecombe Bake Off will return on Saturday 25th October see the dedicated page here for further information.
Templecombe United Reformed Church plants poppies for peace and remembrance
Templecombe United Reformed Church, planted poppies of peace and remembrance over the Easter Weekend with the hope that they will bloom on or around 4 August, the 100 year commemoration of the declaration of the First World War.
United Reformed Churches across the three nations, along with churches from other denominations, have been planting both red and white poppy seeds throughout Holy Week. Red poppies have been used since just after the First World War as a symbol of remembrance for those who have died in war, whilst white poppies have come to be a symbol for peace and an end to all wars.
The Revd Stella Hayton, United Reformed Church minister of the South Somerset Group of United Reformed Churches, said: “The planting of both white and red poppy seeds offers an opportunity for members of the congregation to join together to actively remember those who lost their lives during the First World War, whilst contemplating Christ’s message of peace and justice. It was an occasion of prayer, reflection and planting that ended with a message of hope – that there may come a time when the peace of Christ prevails and there is no more war.”
The URC poppy planting initiative is just one of the ways in which the URC is commemorating the First World War. More information is available from http://www.urc.org.uk/mission/church-and-society/commemorating-ww1.html
We are currently planning events for the coming year, they are likely to include a quiz night, the 4th craft exhibition, a cream tea, the Templecombe Bake Off and messy church meetings.
Our Christmas offerings from the Christmas lights service, the group carol service and Christmas morning amounted to just short of £120 which has been donated to the DEC Phillippines appeal.
Final prepartations are underway for the Bake Off as kitchens around the village become busy.
We celebrated Messy Church on 14th September thinking about Harvest celebrations and focussing on the story of 5 loaves and 2 fishes. Not only did we celebrate Mark's 30th Birthday but Messy Church in Templecombe's 1st.
We will be hosting another Messy Church on Saturday 1st December, from 10:30am, this time on the theme of Advent. if you are interested in finding out more click here.
We will be hosting Messy Church on Saturday 22nd September from 10:30am if you are interested in finding out more click here.
Another successful craft exhibition was held with over twenty exhibitors displaying a wide range of different crafts. There were a number of exhibitors demonstrating their skills and offering others to have a go and some people were selling items. Thank you to everyone who took part and all who visited, hopefully we will see you all again next year. Money raised from entry donations and refreshment sales was split between Somerset and Dorset Animal Rescue and the church.
Our Christmas offering this year of approximately £45 was donated to Yeovil Hospitals ASPIRE Project who help stroke victims and their carers to adjust to an altered way of life.
Saturday 10th December saw the Induction of the Reverend Stella Hayton as the Minister for the South Somerset Group of the United Reformed Church. The Induction Service took place at the United Reformed Church (URC), Princes Street, Yeovil.
Stella has been the Minister at Shipley joint Methodist/United Reformed Church and Bingley United Reformed Church in Yorkshire, where she has been since her Ordination into the Ministry in 2003. Following a visit to the area to lead worship at Yeovil and Martock in July a joint meeting of the membership of the five Churches issued a call to her to become their Minister.
Along with her husband John and cat Barney she moved into the manse in Yeovil. Her Induction service at 2.30pm on 10th December was led by the Moderator for the South West Province of the United Reformed Church, the Rev David Grosch–Miller and Ministers from other Churches, along with other local dignitaries, were present to welcome her into the area.
We will be holding another quiz night at 7pm on Saturday 22nd October as usual people are invited to enter a team of 4 to 6 people at a cost of £5 a head to include a ploughman's supper. The winning team will receive a cash prize. Questions start at 7:30pm. If you wish to enter a team please email Mark Coombes.
A date has been set for the service to mark the Induction of a new minister to the South Somerset Group of United Reformed Churches. Details will be published as they are made available.
We are pleased to announce that following a visit over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th July a minister has accepted the call to become the new minister of the South Somerset group of United Reformed Churches.
In response to the Disasters Emergecny Committee appeal for the East African region the churtch was open on Saturday 16th July from 11am to 3pm serving teas and coffees and accepting donations for this cause. Whilst we had a low turn out on the day we were able to forward £170 to DEC.
Were held on Saturday 25th June from 3 - 5pm. The event was well supported and over £80 was raised to be sent to Breast Cancer Care. Thank you to everyone who supported.
On Saturday 7th May from 10 - 12 we held a coffee morning in the church despite the poor weather and a low turnout we did have a good time of fellowship and raise some extra funds for the church.
The memorial garden is now fairly much complete with gravel paving added and a large number of perenial and annual plants in giving a nice splash of summer colour. As part of our united group service on the fourth sunday of May we had a prayer of thanksgiving, for the work, and dedication of the garden. We now look forward to being able to provide a form of seating for people to be able to use the area for quiet reflection.
We wish to thank the 21 exhibitors whoe between them exhibited a wide variety of crafts, including painted silk, lace making, water colour, wood turning, metal work, quilts, jewellery, dress making and a large selection of needle work. Extreme thanks also to the people who called in during the day to have a look around. Donations on the door and sales of refreshments raised £120 to be split between Children's Hospice South West and the church. A repeat of this event is in the planning stages for next spring so keep an eye out for notification.
The exhibition currently has about a dozen exhibitors signed up showing a range of craft from Wrought Iron and Wood turning through to a variety of needle works. These will be displayed in the church and hall on Saturday 9th April from 10am to 4pm. Refreshments will be available throughout the day.
Many thanks to all who supported the Super Soup Lunch and enjoyed the choices of soup available, currently the amount raised to send to Christian Aid stands at £78.50
The garden is now taking shape with the majority of landscaping complete and the planting underway.
The stone wall was rebuilt and works are now commencing again following a winter halt. A process of landscaping the area to level off the ground and provide convenient access is about to begin and thoughts are turning towards thinking about the planting scheme.
An exhibition of local amateur craft is being planned at Templecombe United Reformed Church for Saturday 9th April. Anyone interested in exhibiting articles please contact Helen Coombes on 01963 370818
The wall around the memorial garden is developing nicely, despite an arson attack on the fence.
The quiz night was a success and we thank all the teams who took part and helped make it the enjoyable evening it was. Congratulations to the team from St Mary's who took the prize money and were dnating it to The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.
The guttering, downpipes and fascias have been replaced around the church.
We are pleased to share the newly designed, updated, website please have a look around.
Shortly we will be having all of the guttering, downpipes and fascias replaced around the church as the existing ones have reached the end of their functioning life. Work has also been undertaken in the small graveyard clearing plant growth and tidying up. This has resulted in some problems with the stone wall which has been demolished and will be rebuilt with the graveyard being developed into a Memorial Garden.
The new South Somerset group can now begin to look for a minister to serve all five churches. On Saturday the 4th September the joint congregations of the newly formed South Somerset Group met in Stoke sub Hamdon to celebrate the formation of this new grouping of Churches in the area. The combining United Reformed Churches (URC) are in Martock, Middle Lambrook, Stoke-sub-Hamdon, Templecombe and Princes St. Yeovil. They are part of the local Free Church tradition since 1662 and 4 of the 5 are valued Grade 2 listed buildings in the community. The formation of the group is made possible by having two adjacent Groups, each with a ministerial vacancy, to create a united Group to more ably meet the challenges ahead. The South Somerset Group will also face a testing challenge because of its wide dispersion, some 20 miles EW with a concentration West of Yeovil. A social-centre of the group could be Yeovil with an active membership of some 65 in a group of 130.
The combined membership was addressed by the Rev David Grosch-Miller, Moderator of the SW Synod of the URC, speaking on “Wrestling out a new identity with God”. Taking his text from the book of Genesis, chapter 32, vv 22 to the end, he spoke of Jacob at the Ford Jabbok, preparing to be reconciled to his brother Esau. “Jacob needed to confront his past in order to move forward and claim the future. Likewise the South Somerset Group needed to be realistic about the present situation of the churches while moving forward with optimism. It will be as we wrestle with the questions from contemporary culture that we will find our way into the future that God intends for us. We are not merely members of churches but disciples of Christ, called to leave comfort behind and take risks for the transformation of society into a place of justice and freedom.”
Now that the new Group is officially recognised the membership are looking forward to actively seeking a minister to share the challenges. During the service the congregation committed themselves to the Statement of Faith and each contributing Church membership committed to working with other members of the Group “To fulfil God’s purpose in South Somerset as you are able and as you are led”. The celebration concluded with a splendid tea provided by the combined membership and the cutting of a celebration cake.
Templecombe United Reformed Church along with our sister church in Princes Street, Yeovil (East Somerset Group) are now part of a new group of churches with the United Reformed Churches of Stoke sub Hambdon, Martock and Middle Lambrook (South Somerset Group). The new South Somerset group can now begin to look for a minister to serve all five churches.
The cream tea fundraising took place every saturday afternoon in June from 3 - 5pm in the Church. Over the four weeks we managed to raise £120 for Breast Cancer Care.
The renovation and decoration work in the sanctuary is now coming towards completion only leaving us to decide how the floor should be finished. For the most recent works see our picture gallery here.
Templecombe United Reformed Church along with our sister church in Princes Street, Yeovil (East Somerset Group) will shortly be forming a new group of churches with the United Reformed Churches of Stoke sub Hambdon, Martock and Middle Lambrook (South Somerset Group). The new group should be official by the middle of 2010 when we can together begin to look for a minister to serve all five of the United Reformed Churches in South Somerset.
We are launching to new groups to provide people in the community to gather on Thursday evenings. This kicks off at 7pm with a craft group where people can bring along their craft project to work on while socialising and sharing skills with others over a cup of tea. This will be followed by a session of table tennis from 8 until 9:30pm where people of any experince or skill can come along for a game or knockabout and maybe pick up some tips along the way. For more information contact Mark.
The new double glazed windows have been installed in the sanctuary pushing forward the redecoration and development work. For the latest pictures click here.
All of the repair and improvement work in the sanctuary is progressing well with new windows being fitted this week and much of the much needed wood replacement in the finishing stages. To see some pictures of the most recent work click here.
A service was held at Princes Street URC, Yeovil on Saturday 3rd October to mark the conclusion of Sandra's pastoral ministry.
Templecombe URC again hosted a Strawberry Tea in aid of Breast Cancer Care on the afternoon of Saturday 20th June at the Templecombe Recreation Ground from 3 - 5pm.
We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to everybody who supported us and helped us raise £100 for this very worthy cause.
The Quiz Night was a success and yet again everyone had an enjoyable evening. Congratulations to the Bravehearts who won the evening and donated the prize money to Yeovil Heart Beat
We raised £180 for Breast cancer care thankyou to everyone who came along to support us.
Templecombe URC will be hosting a Strawberry Tea in aid of Breast Cancer Care on the afternoon of Saturday 28th June at the Templecombe Recreation Ground from 3 - 5:30pm. For more information please contact Helen on 01963 370818. If the weather is not good we will be in the social club.
Well done to all the teams that took part in the quiz, an enjoyable time was had by all. Congratulations to the Bowden Bees who won the evening and donated the prize to Yeovil Heart Beat.
Following on from the success of last years "Harvest of Village Life" we held our 2007 Harvest Festival under the heading of All God's Gifts Around Us. Though the turnout was not as good as last year a number of people did come into the church and view the displays from various village organisations. To see some pictures from the weekend please click here.
At Christmas we invited all the organisations taking part at Harvest to join in a Candlelit Carol Service. Many again responded - choosing a carol for the occasion.
The church decided to make itself known to the whole village in the latter part of 2006. At harvest we held an exhibition under the banner of "The Harvest of Village Life" inviting all voluntary organisations and the principle employer to provide an exhibit revealing something of its contribution to the life of the village. Three quaters of those invited responded favourably and the Church and Church Hall portrayed a dozen diplays for three days. Publicity included a leaflet drop to each house. Visitors saw contributions from preschool to golden age and from youth organisations to the Knights Templar and included the trophies won by the village Short Mat Bowling Club - quite a display in itself. A hundred local people appeared many of whom had never been inside the church before.
To see some photographs from the weekend please click here