St Mary's Church, Marston Magna

Newsletter from the Vicar

The Rectory

Newsletter September 2018


Music can be an up lifting part of daily life. Younger people listen to music most of the time. Music has been an important part of worship for thousands of years. In recent centuries organs have been installed in churches. Our problem now is it is not always possible to find musicians to play them and sometimes pay those who can. I heard a comment once from someone that they do not go to Mudford Church as the organ was not used. O that it could be! At Marston Magna we have recently gone down from three organists to one, so like Mudford, the electronic machine will sometimes have to be used. We need people to learn to use this. Is there anyone out there who could play the organ or piano, one of which we also have at Marston Magna? At Chilton Cantelo the person who played has moved. Rather than carrying on singing with no accompaniment we have decided not to sing. This reminds me very much of much of my life, and I suspect many more have the same memories, when I used to go to a said service at 8 o’clock. That left lots of time in the day to do other things, so if a short, said service is something you would appreciate, remember Chilton at 9.30 the second Sunday in the month.


This doom and gloom is not the whole story. We also have bells at Marston Magna rung every Sunday. Our excellent ringers had a much-needed holiday in August. Mudford bells have been away to Bridport to be retuned and have been rehung. There is a national movement this year for more people to learn to ring and thus have all the bells in England ringing to mark the end of the first World War on Remembrance Sunday. If anyone is interested in learning to ring, please contact me. We have a peel of bells in three of our churches.


We still have the advantage of several excellent organists and the Benefice Choir. I heard so many remarks of appreciation for the music after out last service with the Benefice Choir at Rimpton, when we celebrated Lammastide. The next special service is the Patronal Festival which we hold annually at Marston Magna, to remember the dedication of three of our churches to St Mary. At this sung service, using the Book of Common Prayer, the Benefice Choir will lead the singing. The preacher will be the Rev'd Tim Horsington, who many of us know from the interregnum and who often covers for my holidays. The service will be followed by refreshments. Do come and hear the choir and the organ 5pm 9th September. St Mary's Marston Magna



Revd Barbara Stanton


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