TOGETHER IN DEVIZES
At the AGM on 30 April
the following were elected:
St James' Church)
Vice-Chair: John Saunders
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h e w e b s i t e is
Together Prayer Group
(Alternate Tuesdays at 9.30 a.m. unless otherwise stated.)
to see Priorities for Churches Together in Devizes.
reconstituted and recommitted
Together in Devizes
in Devizes have signed up to a new constitution and a new name,
marking the next stage in the life of the Partnership of Churches
which was founded in 1978.
last eighteen months the member churches have held discussions and
prayed. They have glimpsed God’s will and reviewed the basis of
collective activity, that is, the constitution. There was a
Vision Day in October 2013, services and discussions in the Week of
Prayer for Christian Unity in January 2014 and in Lent 2014.
Draft documents were drawn up and circulated to member churches for
discussions were not all about formal structure of course.
Priorities for the future were also agreed which include nurturing
children and young people, championing social justice, finding
confidence to talk more about our faith and being good stewards of the
Chair of what is now to be called, “Churches Together in Devizes”
said, “Many good things have been achieved in the last 36 years and
there are many supportive friendships across the churches. Our new
constitution and fresh vision will help us to build on all this. We
now hope to work more closely together and become increasingly
involved in the life of Devizes, responding to some of the real need
that there is in the town.”
photo was taken at the signing of the new Constitution
29 January 2015 at the Church of Our Lady.
to right) Revd. Gary Gotham, (St Andrew’s), Revd. David
Fiddy (The Rock), Lawrie Smithson (St James’), Revd. Vincent
Perricone (St Peter’s), Liz Overthrow (St John’s and St
Mary’s), Jacky Thomas (Quakers), Fr. Philip Baptiste (Church of
Our Lady), Revd. Paul White (Sheep Street Baptist Church).
held at the Quaker Meeting House every Monday at 6.30 pm
(prompt) usually lasting half an hour. This is part of the World
Community of Christian Mediation.
Together in Devizes - Prayer Link
The Prayer Link
provides a contact for people with urgent or serious needs to ask for
prayers. There are two
groups providing morning and evening links and they are from the
Partnership of churches.
Prayer requests are
confidential and never left on an answer phone.
Where possible, a Christian name only will be used.
The groups will pray for a person for about a week, or longer if
requests are renewed.
news is always welcome and will be passed down the chain.
With several people
having moved from the area, we are getting low on numbers. We are
looking for people who would be willing to join members of other
churches on an Evening or Morning Prayer Link. You would receive
prayer requests by phone and pass them on to the next person, who would
do the same. Prayer requests are not left on the answer-phone, you
just contact the next person on the list.
If you are willing to
help, please contact Dorothy Hague, St Andrew's Church.
is Foodbank Co-ordinator.
joined the Foodbank
after retirement from BADAS
(the Bath Area Drugs Advisory Service)
known as Turning Point (formerly New Highway)
Devizes Food Bank has been operating a collection point at St Andrew's
for the past three years. This is staffed by volunteers from the
Food Bank and is run in conjunction with St Andrew's Church coffee mornings
held each Thursday between 10.00 a.m. and 12 noon.
Recipients bring their vouchers, which they have
previously obtained from one of the authorised agencies, and present
them to the volunteers to obtain a food box. These contain
sufficient food for three days, either for a single person or a family.
The boxes also contain a message showing that the box has been given by
a Christian organisation and also a recipe leaflet to help recipients to
know what can be made with the contents.
generosity of donations is invaluable and is greatly appreciated by the
Food Bank and the people who receive the boxes. Thank you.