Welcome

from our Minister, Revd Gary Gotham

and thank you for visiting the website of St Andrew's United Church!

St. Andrew's is a good place to be!!  There is a great sense of fellowship and belonging, and we can truly say that we are a welcoming Church. 

As you browse through our website, you will see there are many opportunities for people of all ages to share in the life of the church.

   

We believe that to be a Christian, and to attend church, should be both a good and happy experience.
At St Andrew's we can assure you that should you decide to come and visit us - 
and we hope you will - you will receive the warmest of welcomes.

Jesus said:

"I have come that you may have life,

and have it to the full.

(John 10:10)"

 

 MEMBERS OF ST ANDREW'S CHURCH COUNCIL 2017-2018

REVD GARY GOTHAM

Minister

Gary graduated from Northern College, Manchester in 2000 and has been serving the United Reformed Church ever since. In his spare time he enjoys lazy summer days with friends, real ale, messing about with computers and is trying his hand at growing his own veg. There is a rumour he is building a kit car, but internal combustion engines will be outlawed before he ever gets round to finishing it.

 

RUTH McGREGOR

Church Secretary

I was born and brought up in Devizes and apart from eight years when I worked in Child Care, I have lived here since.    I am married to Neil and we have a daughter and two sons and now four grandchildren.  For the 18 years until retirement I worked as a Laboratory Technician at Devizes School, a job I enjoyed.  I have seen St Andrew’s develop into the church it is today and StAR (St Andrew’s Refurbishment) was part of my life for several years.  I am a local preacher and I currently serve as Church Secretary.  

 

MARION BUTLER

Church Treasurer

 
 

PAUL NEWMAN

 

My working day.......  To make sure that I get up on time - 5.30 am - I have 3 alarms!! Gentle music to rouse me, a conventional alarm and the cats (several)!!!!!  I work as a fabricator/welder for a small Christian family run business some 8 miles on the other side of Swindon.  We manufacture snow clearing equipment.  Together with my colleague I travel to customers' sites, who have ordered equipment.  We take vehicle measurements, make drawings and liaise with the customer to confirm their requirements.  On return to the workshop we use the information to produce detailed drawings from which we will manufacture the finalised item.  This will then be shot blasted and painted before we return to the customer to fit. At the end of the day at home I write music and practice the guitar before an early night in readiness for the next working day.

 

JOHN SAUNDERS

Local preacher

Vice Chair - Churches Together in Devizes

John is happily married to Kath. They have two children and four grandchildren under the age of ten, who live close enough to have a profound impact! In 2012 he retired from paid employment which had involved many years in Devizes School classrooms and a further thirteen as a community worker on a deprived Swindon housing estate. He now enjoys supporting the Devizes Opendoor project and other Churches Together in Devizes activities. He also helps lead a fortnightly church house group and occasional worship services around the Wiltshire United Area.

 

JANINE FANSHAWE

Gift Aid Organiser

Co-ordinator - Churches Together in Devizes

Although born and brought up in Birmingham I have lived in Wiltshire for over 40 years, as this is where my husband had his job. We have a daughter, son and two grandsons. I began my working life as a primary school teacher and ended it as a secondary school librarian. I used to enjoy amateur dramatics but now confine myself to church entertainments and Open the Book. My main relaxation is gardening.  

 

PETER BREARLEY

Worship Leader & Member of Finance Committee

Peter is a northerner – growing up in Blackpool and studying and training as an accountant in Manchester.  Recently retired, much of his career was as Finance Director in charities such as ActionAid, Friends of the Elderly and, since moving to Devizes in 2010, Community First.  Before his charity work he lived in Malawi in central Africa and Botswana in southern Africa.  He is a Trustee and Chair of the Devizes Foodbank. 

 

RICHARD HEATH

Property Secretary

College study - I lectured in engineering and building at University of Plymouth, at which time I completed an OU degree. I lectured at Lackham from 1997.  Subsequent employment was to design crop storage, processing and handling systems for UK and Uganda. I have been involved in Trade Union activities; professional bodies and several hobby groups; kept bees and played Judo. I am treasurer of Devizes bell ringers; a nationally certificated church bell ringing teacher at three towers; on Rowde Fete committee; work an allotment and repair vehicle, house and household goods.

 

GILLIAN TAYLOR

Gill works in the Police HQ taking 999 & 101 calls which is a very busy and stressful job. To relax goes away in the caravan as much as possible. Used to enjoy time on the canal, having owned a narrow boat for nearly 20 years but the caravan is a less wet and safer option!  She is very much a family girl and loves spending time with her 5 year old Grandson and looking forward to the imminent arrival of another Grandchild.

 

MARGARET PIGG

I am married to David and we have five children and five grandchildren between us.  I enjoy knitting, reading and the voluntary work that I am involved in which, without David's help and support, I would not be able to do.

 

Church Council Away Day - 7 March 2015

 

 

WELCOME & INDUCTION OF REVD GARY GOTHAM

as Minister of St Andrew's Church, Devizes;  Marston;  & Trinity Church, Market Lavington

Sunday 10 November 2013

with Revd Ruth Whitehead (Moderator of the South Western Synod of the United Reformed Church);

Janet Gray (Synod Pastoral Advisor); Revd Roy Fowler of Calne and Pamela Packer (Area Officer).

                              
 

 

St Andrew's is a Methodist and a United Reformed Church, and we have been united for about 30 years.  As such we are part of the Methodist Church of Great Britain and also the United Reformed Church (URC) in England & Wales.  This widens our horizons and gives us opportunities to learn from, and benefit from, both parent Churches.  Locally, we have been pleased to share our resources as we have grown together as the people of St Andrews.

                    www.bristolmethodist.org.uk                    www.urcsouthwest.org.uk

We are united for a purpose, which is is that we might share through worship and service, the love that God has for all people - a love that is revealed uniquely and completely through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Because we cannot exist on our own, St Andrew's Church belongs to the 'Wiltshire United Area', which embraces all the Methodist and URC Churches in quite a large area.  Some of these churches are United, others are one or other denomination but we all work together.  The area includes Corsham, Melksham, Calne, Devizes, Trowbridge, Bradford-on-Avon, Warminster and Westbury as well as the villages around these towns.

    www.wiltsunitedchurches.org.uk

The Area is overseen by the Executive Committee, which is made up of both Ministers and Lay people.  Revd David Ellis (Trowbridge) is the Chairman and Mrs Beryl Hill is the Co-ordinator.