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Saturday 12 June 2021

Pew News for 13 June 2021

Pew News for 13 June 2021
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Pew News for 13 June 2021

with readings and prayers for the second Sunday after Trinity

Thursday 10 June 2021

Milborne Port Magazine June 2021

Milborne Port Magazine June 2021
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Milborne Port Magazine June 2021

with Our Rector's Letter, Sarah's Moving On, news from the Parish Council, the Primary School, Gardening Club, Cricket Club and other organisations, Church Services for June and much more.

Friday 28 May 2021

Pew News for 30 May 2021

Pew News for 30 May 2021
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Pew News for 30 May 2021

with prayers and readings for Trinity Sunday.

Monday 24 May 2021

Change of Guidelines for Choirs

Change of Guidelines for Choirs
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Change of Guidelines for Choirs

For several weeks, since restrictions were eased in April, St John's Choir has been singing hymns during communion at the 10.30 service, with the necesary precautions to ensure the safety of choir and congregation.

But, on 18th May, the day after many more restrictions were removed, allowing people to drink and eat in pubs and restaurants and sports venues to open to the public, the government announced that amateur choirs must be restricted to only six when in church or rehearsal.  This makes it very difficult for Rachel to decide who sings and who does not each Sunday.

There is a petition set up to request the Government to change this ridiculous restriction, which applies equally to the smallest church and the largest cathedral. The petition can be found at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/586559 and it would be helpful if all those who are able to could sign it. It only takes a minute or so. At the time of writing nearly 20,000 signatures had been added since Friday.

Friday 14 May 2021

Pew News for 16 May 2021

Pew News for 16 May 2021
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Pew News for 16 May 2021

with prayers and readings for the 7th Sunday of Easter

Monday 10 May 2021

Milborne Port Magazine May 2021

Milborne Port Magazine May 2021
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Milborne Port Magazine May 2021

with Our Rector's Letter, church serviuces, news from the Parish Council, The Spirit of Milborne Port, the Primary School, the Gardening Club, the History and Heritage Group and much more.

Tuesday 4 May 2021

The closing of our marriage registers

We have always had special books in all our churches where we record baptisms and funerals. For historical continuity we will be purchasing a book for each church in the benefice to record all the marriages that take place in the future. Each book will cost £25. If anyone would like to help with this cost of each for Milborne Port, Goathill or Charlton Horethorne let Sarah know.

On May 4th I am required by law to close our marriage registers. I will say special prayers in each church on the following Sunday to close the registers and pray for couples that have married in our churches in the past and those that will marry in our churches in the future. 

A record of all marriages will be held nationally by the Registrar-General, but we shall still rejoice to welcome couples to marry here, and pray that God will bless and support them in their unions. The Church has been closely involved in witnessing and solemnising marriages since the 11th century, and from the Reformation parishes were required to keep written record of all those married in their churches, a requirement formalised in Canon 70 of 1610, which remained in force until the 18th century.  The Marriage Act 1836 provided for the duplicate green register books with we are all so familiar, and whose use comes to an end on the 4th May 2021.  For centuries it has been our privilege as a church, entrusted to us by the state, to keep these legal records of marriages. In years to come the Weddings in Church will still continue!

The main impact of this change is that church will no longer give couples a legal certificate of marriage. Church marriage registers as we have always known them will be closed. The responsibility for registering the marriage now lies with the local civil Registrar of the district where the marriage takes place. The marriage certificate will be issued to the couple by the Register office when we have let them know that the marriage has taken place in church.

From May 4th 2021, the registration of all marriages whether civil or in Church is changing. The new registration process will enable all marriages to be recorded and stored online. A good thing is that the details of mothers will be included on the marriage certificate for the first time. 

Friday 30 April 2021

Pew News for 2 May 2021

Pew News for 2 May 2021
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Pew News for 2 May 2021

with prayers and readings for the 5th Sunday of Easter

Wednesday 14 April 2021

APCM Reports for 2020

APCM Reports for 2020
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APCM Reports for 2020

Saturday 10 April 2021

Milborne Port Magazine April 2021

Milborne Port Magazine April 2021
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Milborne Port Magazine April 2021

with Our Rector's Letter, news from the Parish Council and the Primary School, plus much more.

Thursday 1 April 2021

Pew News for 4 and 11 April 2021

Pew News for 4 and 11 April 2021
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Pew News for 4 and 11 April 2021

with readings and prayers for Easter Sunday and Easter 2

Sunday 28 March 2021

Pew News for 28 March 2021

Pew News for 28 March 2021
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Pew News for 28 March 2021

with prayers and readings for Palm Sunday

Thursday 11 March 2021

Pew News for 14 March 2021

Pew News for 14 March 2021
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Pew News for 14 March 2021

with readings and preyers for Mothering Sunday.

Wednesday 10 March 2021

Milborne Port Magazine March 2021

Milborne Port Magazine March 2021
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Milborne Port Magazine March 2021

with Our Rector's Letter, news from the Parish Council, the Spirit of Milborne Port, Climate and Nature Action and others plus lots more information.

Friday 5 March 2021

Pew News for 7 March 2021

Pew News for 7 March 2021
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Pew News for 7 March 2021

with prayers and readings for the third Sunday of Lent

Thursday 25 February 2021

Pew News for 28 February 2021

Pew News for 28 February 2021
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Pew News for 28 February 2021

with readings and prayers for the 2nd Sunday of Lent

Easter Window Village Trail

To celebrate Easter, and, following a dark and anxious time over the winter months, to look forward to brighter times ahead with hope, the SOMP would like volunteers to decorate a window in their house. Let your creativity and imagination loose to make a display that reflects the new growth and re-birth associated with this important springtime festival. Will you choose eggs, or chicks, or lambs, or flowers? Whatever, it must be colourful, bright and cheerful, be visible from the street, and will provide an exciting Easter trail for villagers, young and old alike. If you would like to take part by decorating a window, this is what you need to do:

To take part in the window display:

1. Go to the front porch at 26 Wheathill Way.

2. Pick up a numbered paper Easter Bunny (available from Monday 15th March). This will need to be incorporated in your display.

3. Write your name and address on the pad provided in the porch so that we know where that numbered bunny will be displayed.

4. Decorate your window by Sunday 28th March ready for people to come and find them. Don’t forget the bunny.

5. There will be a prize for the ‘best’ window.

To take part in the trail:

1. Collect an entry form from the Co-op, Wayne’s or the front porch of 26 Wheathill Way. These will be available from Saturday 27th March.

2. Visit the streets/roads where the windows are located from Monday 29th March, spot the number of the bunny, and write the name of the road where you have found it on your form.

3. When you have found all the bunnies, and enjoyed looking at the wonderful window displays, return the form to 26 Wheathill Way, by Friday 9 th April. There will be a prize for the first two correct answers out of the hat.

Thank you all in advance and have fun.

Friday 19 February 2021

Pew News for 21 February 2021

Pew News for 21 February 2021
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Pew News for 21 February 2021

with readings and prayers for the first Sunday of Lent

Friday 12 February 2021

Pew News for 14 February 2021

Pew News for 14 February 2021
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Pew News for 14 February 2021

with readings and prayers for the Sunday before Lent.

Wednesday 10 February 2021

Milborne Port Magazine February 2021

Milborne Port Magazine February 2021
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Milborne Port Magazine February 2021

with Sarah's letter plus news from the Parish Council, The Spirit of Milborne Port, Climate and Nature Action, Milborne Port History Group and others.