Christian Aid Cafe church

We’re very grateful to all those who made a donation at February’s café service. A total of £530 was received (Including gift aid). Your gifts demonstrate our willingness to stand in solidarity for justice, equality and dignity with our global neighbours.

The local Christian Aid group are preparing for this year’s Christian Aid week. Every Christian Aid Week, people across Britain and Ireland raise funds, act and pray united in hope for a fairer world.

This year’s appeal runs from May 12th to 18th and is focussing on the organisation’s work in Burundi, one of the most densely populated and poorest countries in Africa. There will be more information about the project we are featuring in next month’s Signpost.

This Christian Aid Week (from May 12th to 18th) supporters are once more stepping up, knowing that every prayer, every gift, every action helps transforms lives. You can be part of the team fundraising or taking on your fundraising challenge

There are seven days and so many ways to make a difference – find out all the ways you can support Christian Aid Week by visiting the Christian Aid website.

You can already donate directly to the Winscombe, Sandford and Churchill Christian Aid Week appeal here:

We also have an exciting fundraising event coming up.

Friday 7th  June – Joyful Spirit Choir

Sidcot School, Large Meeting Hall.

Joyful Spirit – a community gospel choir based in Wrington. With a live four piece band and around 40 singers they’ll perform a range of songs inspired by gospel music from artists such as Abba, Jackie Wilson, Dusty Springfield, Marvin Gaye, Simon & Garfunkel, Toto, ELO, Earth Wind & Fire, etc.

More details on how to obtain tickets to follow in next month’s magazine.

World Day of Prayer



You are invited to join us.

at All Saints Church, Sandford

Friday 1st March at 10.30 am.

This year’s World Day of Prayer Service has been prepared by the women of Palestine and is being hosted by All Saints Church, Sandford.

World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church organisation which enables us to hear the thoughts of women from all parts of the world: their hopes, concerns and prayers. 

Taiwan is an island rich in natural resources and culturally diverse. During the service the women of Taiwan will share the issues they face geographically, politically and socially and also their hopes for the future. 

This painting ‘Praying Palestinian Women’ created by artist, Halima Aziz, shows three women partying together in a peaceful, outdoor space.

Halima has used motifs and symbols which indicate the origin and cohesiveness of these women.

Olive trees are a sign of everlasting and abundant life because they can live for thousands of years. The Palestinian people are deeply rooted in their country, and this is underlined by the golden roots of the tree. Poppy flowers are abundant and meaningful as they are a reminder of loved ones who have given their lives for their country. Traditional Palestinian dress such as the tatreez (embroidery), thobe (dress) or the white scarf symbolise the people’s creativity and their country’s rich heritage. 

Let us join with the women of Palestine as they reflect on continuing challenging times, encouraging them to keep searching for a deeper understanding among all people who share the land, trusting and hoping in the humanity of one another.

The Day of Prayer is celebrated in over 120 countries. It begins in Samoa and prayer in native languages travels throughout the world before finishing in American Samoa some 38 hours later.

Leap Into 2024 Quiz

Leap Into 2024 Quiz 

The themes for rounds included: Leap Day Events, Leap Day Top Of the Pops (music round), Its Not Easy Being Green (frogs and toads), Valentines Day word and food rounds, and a What’s the Connection? round on the theme of Chinese New Year.

All the questions were illustrated and projected onto the big screen and each round had a starter question based on a sound clip on the same theme as the round. 

Teams were encouraged to swap papers after each round by the time the ‘Countdown’ style timer had finished!

Nine teams completed hotly for the victor’s crown which was eventually won by the ‘Wandering Minstrels’ from Winscombe Community Singers. They were awarded some suitably themed goodies including a chocolate ‘Freddy’ bar and ‘Love Hearts’ which had featured in the quiz.

The table top picture quiz challenged teams to match the TV couples who were ‘romantically, not so romantically or not even at all romantically linked’! The winners of this were the ‘Holstein Hustlers’, one of four teams from the Woodborough Grange development.

Everyone seemed to agree that the quiz was good fun with a mix of easier and slightly more challenging questions and enjoyed the different format used.

As well as being a most enjoyable evening the Events team raised about £400 for Church Funds.

Carols by Candlelight at St James’s

On Sunday 17th December a traditional service of carols and readings was held at St James’s. The church had been beautifully decorated with candles and displays of seasonal foliage from the churchyard and parishoners’ gardens.

Members of the local community read the lessons, the scouts performed a special rendition of ‘We Three Kings’ and Wells Cathedral School’s Cole performed a beautiful solo on his trumpet at the beginning of Silent Night.

Carols By Lantern Light

The wonderful Weston Brass Band played, and the crowds sung their hearts out at Carols By Lantern Light on Saturday 16th December at the Church Centre. This was the 2nd Annual community carol event and this year we were blessed once again with dry weather.

Santa, in typically jolly mood, arrived in a white sports car as the reindeer were resting in preparation for Christmas Eve. There was already quite a queue for Santa’s Grotto where each child explained their Christmas wishes and received a small gift from Santa and his elves.

The musical programme included traditional carols and a selection of other Christmas music. Little Donkey was accompanied by a splendid band of children providing the clip clopping using coconut shells, and we created a twinkly night sky with torches to provide the atmosphere for the younger children to sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Mulled wine, hot chocolate and hot dogs helped to keep everyone warm during the event.

This year there were also a number of stalls aimed at the younger ones, but equally enjoyed by older members of the 300 or so strong crowd. These included ‘Santa’s Fun Machine and ‘Everyone a Winner’ which sold out very quickly.

Reverend Andrew delivered a short Christmas message before we finished by singing ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ to each other.

The bucket collection raised just over £250 to be shared between St James’s Church and the Foodbank at the For All Healthy Living Centre in Weston.

Once again everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, so if you were there spread the word. If you weren’t you missed a great time so, look out for the date of next year’s event!

Badgerset Christmas Folk

On 9th December, Badgerset returned to Winscombe for their annual Folk at Christmas concert.  

A sell-out crowd at the Church Centre were treated to an evening of music, comedy and dance.  As usual, there were plenty of opportunities for the audience to join in the singing of some familiar carols.  

Badgerset also treated us to songs and tunes drawn from the folk music and Morris tradition including regional carols from Taunton, Bishop Sutton, Oxford, Kent, and Sheffield, some dating back to the 14th century.  One song was sung in Latin, and another, Nadal da Luintra, in Galician!  Fortunately there were no Galican speakers in the audience to detect any errors in pronunciation!

This was Badgerset’s 10th anniversary concert in Winscombe having played here every Christmas since 2013 except for 2020.  

The concert raised over £1300 which will be shared between St James’s and All Saints churches.

Here’s hoping Badgerset will be back for 2024!

Wreath Making

The Sustainable Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

A very big thank you to all who came to the Christmas wreath making workshop on Wednesday December 13th and created such a variety of beautiful wreaths with so much enthusiasm and talent!  

The diversity of the greenery, the fragrance and the abundance of red berries this year was glorious. As well as greenery there was a selection of beautiful accessories and refreshments of mulled wine, ginger cake, shortbread and mince pies.