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Annual report to Clayhidon Parish Council meeting

20 March 2017


Rosemary Lane Chapel:


We are a free evangelical church with a strong emphasis on Bible teaching. We meet twice on Sundays and throughout the week for various events with the intention of meeting with God, following Jesus together and sharing His love with the community in which we serve.


As part of our role in the Church, Emma (my wife) and two sons moved to 1 Blackdown Court and feel grateful to have had opportunity to cultivate relationships with the people of Clayhidon Parish, whether through our partnership with the Blackdown Hills Support Group or joining together with friends at St. Andrews, Clayhidon.


Sunday Services:


RML continues to have Services each Sunday at 11.00 and 18.30. These will include Family Services, Bible Teaching and Open Worship. Sunday Schools for the children and young people are also run upstairs each Sunday with the exception of the Family Service when all remain together. The evening service on the final Sunday of each month has become a celebration service during which time; there is opportunity for people to share a testimony of how God has been at work in their lives. This has been a great encouragement as we strengthen our trust in God and deepen our relationships with one another. We also have a time of contemporary acoustic worship led by several members of the fellowship.




Mid-Week Activities


Home Groups:


RML currently maintains two Home Groups who meet to study the Bible and pray together on a Tuesday evening. Recent topics of study have included the books of James and Judges, and study on the life of Elijah.




Run on Friday mornings, Toddlers has continued to experience growth in numbers attending and has had upwards of 20 toddlers, along with parents, grand parents or carers. This remains a vital service for toddlers and their carers, and we are grateful the to team of volunteers of make this group possible.


Teenscene and Venturers:


Our Youth Programme on Friday evenings alternates between our Venturers group (Primary School age children) and our Teenscene group (Secondary school age children) except for school holidays. These programmes provide entertainment during the evening followed by a short bible based talk by one of the volunteers or a visiting speaker. Both groups had several outings during the course of the year. Venturers enjoyed an outdoor education experience with Wildside Education, whilst Teenscene took a group of 12 young people to AIRHOP in Bristol.


Luncheon Club and Tea Club:


RML has continued its long association with the Blackdown Support Group in the running of the Luncheon Club which takes place on the 2nd Wednesday each month, 12-3pm. Numbers have remained consistent from last year with 30-40 attending each luncheon club, many of whom stay on beyond the meal to listen to the visiting speaker or musician. Recent highlights have included visits from David Beazley (Sainthill) who talked about his interest in WW memorial sites and, more recently, an interview with Geoff Pike who shared about his recent awarding of the ‘Ambassador for Peace’ through his service in the Navy during the Korean War. We also greatly enjoyed our annual visit from Hemyock Primary School Choir.


The Tea Club is run in a similar format, once more in partnership with the Blackdown Hills Support Group. Whilst numbers are lower than those attending the Luncheon Club, nonetheless a good group of regular attendees enjoy the time together. We look forward to recommencing this meeting after the yearly winter break.


Ladies Prayer Group


Several ladies from the church maintain a Ladies Prayer group and welcome all who wish to attend. This is held in one of the member’s homes.





On the 4th November 2016, RML held their annual bonfire night for the members of Teenscene and Venturers as well as the wider community of Clayhidon and the surrounding area. This event, which included a bonfire, fireworks and hot food, was enjoyed by the many who attended. The event concluded with a short Bible reflection shared by Emma Williams from Hemyock Baptist Chapel.


RML continues to be part of the Blackdown Hills Christians Together network and continue to enjoy meeting with members of others churches through the regular Barn Praise events at Kerswell.


Closer to home, we continue to enjoy strong connections to our brothers and sisters at St. Andrews, Clayhidon. We have met together several times since this the Annual meeting was last held with the anticipation of joining together for future events.



Rosemary Lane in the wider community


Members of the fellowship continue to support the wider community in both the Parish of Clayhidon and further afield. These activities include: Open The Book at Hemyock Primary School, Torch Fellowship Meetings (Wellington), volunteering on the County Hall Chaplaincy Team, Street Pastors (Wellington), Gideons and football coaching at Churchstanton Primary School.



Overseas Mission


Within the fellowship several members have at one time or another had involvement in the overseas mission field. Currently, Chris Menzfeld is the South West and South representative for the Slavic Gospel Association (SGA), which involves deputation meetings in this country as well as Bible Teaching visits in Eastern Europe.


Our SGA meeting in March saw RML welcome Pastors from Moldova who provided us with an insight into their work in this region and how SGA supports them.


Rosemary Lane also supports the work of several other overseas missionaries, which include:


Israel, Charlene and Miles (The Neale Family) are serving with the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). They are involved in work amongst the Yolngu indegenous people in Arnhem Land, Northern Australia. They recently took on the work previously carried out by the Stockley Family who have now returned to the UK and have relocated to the Lake District.


Jonathan and Jingle Bradford have a Bible Teaching programme for young potential church workers in the Phillipines, Asia, where floods and health problems regularly affect them. Several floods this year have made their work increasingly difficult but they have, through God’s faithfulness, seen many more come to know the Lord in the communities where they work.


Chrissie and Jano Mulindabigwe have a unique role in Rwanda, Africa, seeking to help in refugee camps, with orphans and others affected by HIV/Aids and as well as supporting vocational training centres. They are now in the UK undertaking a time of further training before returning to Rwanda later in the year. We were very grateful to received them towards the end of 2016 when they told us first hand about the work they are undertaking in Rwanda.


Esther and Gjergji Renja have a very demanding work in a very poor area of Albania, Europe, with the Roma people.


We also had events or services over the last year in support of several larger charities. Our recent Missions Sunday focused on the work of Mission Aviation Fellowship and Tearfund. A good time was had afterwards when the Chapel conducted the annual ‘Hunger Lunch’ and remembered the work of Tearfund. In the Autumn of 2016 we enjoyed a visit from Matt Lofthouse who represented London City Missions and talked about the work he is engaged in as part of their mission across our capital city.




Easter Celebrations


Last years Easter event was a great blessing with Derek Cleave, Bristol, speaking at both our Good Friday services and Easter Sunday services. This year we look forward to David Beazley sharing a word during our Good Friday services which take place at 3.30pm and 6.30pm with a tea served in the interval. On Easter Sunday Jonathan Hillman will take our all age Easter Day service (11am) with a communion service to be held in the evening (6.30pm) – RML would like to extend a warm invitation to all.



As a fellowship we would once more like to thank all those that, upon looking back, make a great deal happen through their love and servant heartedness for one another in this parish and the wider community of the Blackdown Hills.


Above all, we recognise the everlasting faithfulness of God through each and every season and pray that in the year ahead our song may be in one voice with the Psalmist:


Give thanks to the God of heaven. His faithful love endures forever.


Psalm 136:26