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Harvest 2023

Harvest Supper is on Saturday 23rd September starting at 6pm
with a bring and share meal, followed by games.
Please see Linda Day if you would like to come or if you are able to bring something. All are welcome. 

Harvest Festival is on Sunday 24th September at 10:30am
and this year we will be collecting items for the
Somer Valley Foodbank | Helping Local People in Crisis
Below is a list of the most needed items:

Milk Powder, Instant Mashed Potato, UHT Milk, Tuna, Mac Cheese (Tinned), Sponge Puddings, Coffee, Custard, Jam, Vegetable Soup, Tinned Vegetables, Meat Pies (Tinned), Razors and Shaving Products, Toilet Cleaner, Household Cleaner, Washing Up Liquid, Deodorant, Toilet Rolls, Hair Conditioner and Shampoo

Throughout the weekend we will also be having a collection for
All We Can – Methodist Relief and Development
All We Can is an international development and relief organisation, rooted in the Christian faith, working to see every person’s potential fulfilled. All We Can works through partnership alongside our global neighbours most impacted by disasters, poverty and injustice to enable flourishing and resilient communities.
Please give as generously as you can. Thank you.

EcoChurch Bronze Award

We are delighted to have been awarded an EcoChurch Bronze award, becoming the first Church in the Somer Valley area to do so.

EcoChurch is run by the Christian conservation group, A Rocha, and aims to encourage Churches to take the care of creation into every part of the life of the Church. The scheme asks Churches to look at five areas of Church life and to see what action they are taking in each area.

The first area is the Church’s worship and teaching – does care of God’s creation feature regularly in Church services and in teaching for all ages? Peasedown Methodist scored highly on this. But, it’s important that this is translated into action. The next three areas look at the environmental standard of the Church building, at the way that any land the Church owns is used and how the Church gets involved in community engagement both at home and abroad. So, in recent months the Church has twinned its garden with a garden in Kenya where women are being encouraged, through the Bath-based charity Ripple Effect, to grow crops in an environmentally friendly way.

Open The Book

Open the Book is a Bible Society project which offers Primary School children the opportunity to hear and be part of major Bible stories presented by a team of Christians from local churches.

We, in Peasedown St John, have people from all three churches in our team and every Thursday afternoon we go to Peasedown Primary School to present a Bible story to one half of the school, repeating it for the other half the next week.

We use the Lion Storyteller Bible and follow a handbook which guides us in our presentation. The children respond well and some assist us when we need 'extras' to act. It's a great way of getting Bible stories across to the youngsters.

As a team from all 3 churches in Peasedown, we really appreciate your prayers as we go into the school to bring these Bible stories to life. And if anyone is interested in joining the team (1 hour on a Thursday afternoon - not everyone comes every week), please do let us know.

This was Abraham, Sarah and one of the three messengers getting ready to tell the story 'God's Friends' to the older children at Peasedown Primary School by the Open the Book team a while ago. There was a lot of laughter, everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves and we had a great group of children helping with the acting and the projector.

This completed a story begun a week or so before of Joseph, from his time with his brothers who envied him as he was Jacob's favourite, sold him into slavery, he was then imprisoned and, because God helped him to interpret dreams, he became second in importance to the Pharaoh. Again the children helped by acting as brothers and servants and it went down very well.