St Mary's Church, Marston Magna

Benefice Lent Group in Marston Magna Village Hall

These reflections will be bible studies with a difference, as they will be based on Handel’s ‘Messiah.’ We will be listening to some of the music and then learning more about the verses and their biblical context. We will aim to limit ourselves to an hour, after which there will be coffee and biscuits and time for a chat. The evenings will be led in turn by representatives of our different villages. Everyone, is very welcome, whatever your point of view. We hope you will come and join us!

Richard Gardner

Street Pastors

Early in March Keith Stephens gave us an insight into the work of Yeovil Street Pastors at church. This is a church response to night problems, engaging with people on the streets: caring, listening and helping. It was pioneered in London in 2003 by Revd Les Isaac, director of the Ascension Trust, and has seen some remarkable results including drops in crime in areas where teams have been working.

There are projects all over the UK with each project being set up by Ascension Trust and run by a local co-ordinator with support from the police,local Churches and community groups.

Yeovil Street Pastors started in April 2009 and there are Street Pastor teams out on the town centre streets every Friday and Saturday night from 10 pm to 3 am; Yeovil currently has 50 Street Pastors. Each team in Yeovil consists of at least 4 members, each of whom will work a minimum of one night a month. Do look out for them and have a chat!

For general information see www.yeovil.streetpastors.org.uk

Benefice Project 2013

The Message Trust – Houses of Hope

The Message Trust is a Manchester- based Christian charity, now in its 20th year, with a passion for improving young people’s lives, through its work in schools, prisons and tough communities. The latest initiative has led to the establishment of the Message Enterprise Centre, which aims to tackle head on the problem of youth re-offending by providing a package of training, housing and community to young men and women on release from prison.

Within the next five years, they aim to provide up to 50 ‘Houses of Hope,’ located in areas, where there is maximum support outside working hours. Building apprentices will refurbish the properties to become homes for the next apprentices and other ex-offendors to occupy.

Our initial target is £1000, which would enable the Message Trust to make 2 houses into homes for 3-4 young people each, straight from prison. This would include starter kits of basic bedding, towels, soap, shower gel, kitchen equipment, plus a few home comforts such as rugs, pictures for the walls etc.

I would encourage each village to organise fund raising events separately, but I would be grateful if you could let me have details when these are arranged, then we can encourage maximum support from across the Benefice and avoid dates clashing.

Kenneth Field, from Marston Magna, is kindly acting as Treasurer and all funds raised should be passed to him.Please start thinking of ways we can work together to raise funds for this worthwhile cause -thank you!

Richard Gardner

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