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St Michael & All Angels          Jane Pemberton, Becky Patch - Churchwardens       Angela Smythe - Lay-reader We are, along with the whole Benefice, delighted at the appointment of The Revd David Gent as our new Rector. We look forward to welcoming David and his wife Janet to St Michael and All Angels following his Installation on June 4th and to the rich ministry they will bring. We would like to extend our thanks to all the retired Clergy who have helped with our Services during the Vacancy and also a special thank you to The Revd Andrew Hemming for his tireless guidance and support during this time. Diary Dates: Sunday 4th March 9am "Xplore " Butcombe village hall Sunday 11th March 10am Mothering Sunday Service including "Hugging the Church" which will require sensible shoes ! Friday 30th March 10am - 1200 Childrens' Easter Workshop in village hall ( under 3s accompanied by an adult please) Sunday 1st April 11.15 am Easter Sunday Family Communion Sunday 29th April 6pm United Benefice Choral Evensong All Saints’ SAVE THE DATE - Butcombe Village Fete Saturday 23 June Jane Pemberton
 Pilates classes at Butcombe Village Hall - Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Butcombe News An Evening of Magic for the Bristol Eye Hospital Butcombe Village Hall, Friday 23rd March 2018, 7pm Stephen Wells, who is a member of the Magic Circle, will be delighting and amazing his audience with his magical skills. We will be having a delicious supper, with a choice of hot pies from the Unusual Pie Company, followed by scrumptious desserts. There will be a licensed bar, and of course a raffle with some excellent prizes. Tickets are £18 for adults, and £10 for children, and can be obtained from Georgina Jefferies on 01761462269 or by email at <georgina.jefferies7@gmail.com> . Book your tickets soon, as they will be selling fast (like hot pies!): state your pie order when you book please! (Chicken& ham, Beef & ale, steak & kidney, or vegetarian) ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ At Christmas I received a 1,000 small-piece jigsaw puzzle, an almost addictive hobby of mine. The image shows a section of a haystack: dark brown, light brown and streaks of cream. Included is a tiny magnifying glass, in order to find the proverbial hidden needle. To do so will need a very good light, cleaned spectacles, dedicated time, patience and resolve, to form its outline, fill in the pieces, sometimes three or four at once, at times just one or even none, building the picture in order to find the needle which the maker’s print promises me is there. I always have a puzzle “on the go”, open on a board for the quick peep which evolves into an hour or more – a cloth covers it at times to distract me. The Church’s season of Lent is a time when we are called to be distracted away from usual pursuits and to endeavour to seek to grow our relationship with God by giving him quality time to study scripture, attend a Lent Group, to pray, quietly reflect on our discipleship. We know God’s promise: “I am always here, waiting for and wanting you to draw closer”. My current jigsaw will be covered during Lent. Open books will re-place it to which I hope to be drawn more frequently. The magnifying glass is our making time for whatever way we wish to “find God” and experience the joy of “knowing him more dearly, loving more dearly, following more nearly day by day” (Richard of Chichester). May our Lenten journeys be those of discovery. Angela Smythe