St Mary's Church, Marston Magna

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The Rectory


Newsletter October 2017



Here, as part of the Diocese of Bath and Wells, we are so fortunate to have such a beautiful cathedral set in an equally beautiful town (sadly not chosen to be next year's City of Culture). As someone who has been part of dioceses who are new creations and have had parish churches as cathedrals, I am thrilled every time I go to Wells, not just to the Cathedral but to the Bishop's Palace and stunning gardens. Clergy even get a free pass for themselves and friends. Let me know if you would like to visit and I will take you.


A cathedral is the principal church of a diocese containing the bishop's throne. It can also be the chief centre of teaching. A dean is the head of the chapter (a kind of governing body ) of the cathedral. Wells Cathedral has a wonderful Chapter House where the Chapter meet.


Recently we have had a new dean come to our diocese, Dr John Davies. He is very keen for the Cathedral not to be a remote place with nothing to do with the rest of the Diocese. The Cathedral should be seen as more of a mother church to all. Some of our parishes have the Dean and Chapter as their patron and the Dean wishes these parishes to feel more part of the Cathedral especially. Last month some of us spent a day there, listening to talks, having guided tours and going to Evensong. Wells also has an excellent choir. Some of our Church Wardens and I have had a meeting with the Dean, who was happy to listen to the problems and joys of being small rural churches. I was very surprised and pleased when I asked him if he would come out to us and he agreed.


This year is the Five Hundredth Anniversary of Martin Luther nailing up his 95 theses on Indulgences to the church door at Wittenberg, where he was a professor, on 31st October 1517. This came to represent the beginning of the Reformation.


The Dean is coming to Chilton Cantelo on the nearest Sunday to this date, the 29th October at 4pm. It will be Choral Evensong with the Dean preaching on the Reformation. The service will be followed by refreshments. Do try to come and meet our Dean.


Diary Dates


Monday 2nd October Harvest supper Marston Magna Village Hall Tickets from

Mrs Molly Crabb

Thursday 5th October PCC The New Rectory 7.30pm

Friday 6th October 24 hour of prayer begins at St James Yeovil

Wed 11th October 11am The Cathedral's Dedication Festival Eucharist

up to 6 people from each parish are invited. The Dean will

preach on “What mean these stones?”

Tuesday 17th October Deanery Synod 7.30pm

Wed 25th October Fun Day for Primary aged children Mudford Village Hall

Thursday 26th October CC Rimpton 7.30pm

Sunday 29th October Choral Evensong Chilton Cantelo Preacher

The Dean of Wells 4pm


24 Hour of Prayer for Yeovil and the Surrounding Area 6th -7th October


All places of Christian Ministry will be prayed for.

Key times to come to St James Church Preston Road Yeovil

7pm Friday -Praise and Prayer

9.30pm Friday -Night Prayer

8am Saturday breakfast prayer (bring and share-feel free to bring bacon)

12noon Saturday -midday prayer

6pm Saturday -closing celebration and intercession for Yeovil and the surrounding villages, and for the rest of the time there will be various prayer stations, prayer resources, and your prayer requests, for people to use. Everyone is welcome to come and go as they please.

Anyone who would like to help lead or contribute to the opening and closing gatherings please let Rev'd David Keen know.


If anyone needs more information about any of these events please contact

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