The monthly magazine of St Andrew’s, Devizes; Marston Chapel;

and Trinity, Market Lavington

July/August 2018

Minister's Musings


Revd Gary Gotham




Dear Friends,


Journeys - we are all on so many journeys.


Small journeys - like the trip to school I make with Marcia every day;

Long journeys - my step-daughter flies to Australia to live in a few months;

Boring journeys - the endless stream of shoppers I saw going round and round in

           Sainsbury's this afternoon;

Exciting journeys - all the holidays that are behind the queue in the post office for

           foreign currency;

Final journeys - the lady whose funeral I conducted this afternoon;  and

Faith journeys - all of us, living the life of faith, pondering God's will for us, seeking to

           live lives that are pleasing to God, that honour God and reflect God's love for

           God's world.


Tomorrow I will climb in my car and drive to Dover, board a ferry and sail to France and drive on to Le Mans.  It seems simple when I put it like that but right now I am part excited but mainly terrified.  Terrified I've over-looked some documentation and will get turned back at the ferry.  Terrified my car will misbehave on the roads.  Terrified the traffic will misbehave.  But in the end I have to trust.  Trust I have prepared properly and leave the rest in God's hands.


Is our faith journey any different? We are encouraged to prepare ourselves for all that life offers (and indeed sometimes throws at us) by equipping ourselves, re-sourcing ourselves with Christian faith and character.

You may have heard mention of 'Walking the Way' - an initiative of the church with an exciting focus on lifelong Christian discipleship and mission. It moves beyond a set of programmes into the world, where each step we take is accompanied by Jesus, helping us to bring about change in our own lives and, ultimately, in Church culture and society. As you engage in 'Walking the Way', I hope your understanding of what being a Christian disciple means will deepen. Who knows, you may grow beyond your wildest dreams, living as a disciple in all parts of your life.

Look out for further mention of this in the September Link. Until then, may your summer journeys bring you refreshment and renewal.

Be all that you can in God, for God is good,

The United Reformed Church and the Greenbelt Festival  Fri 24th to Mon 27th August 2018 - Boughton House, Kettering, Northamptonshire 

For the second year running the United Reformed Church has gone into partnership with the Greenbelt Festival.  This year they are asking for knitted, crocheted or sewn flowers to decorate the tent.


Last year they asked for fruit and after one bunch of knitted cherries, I gave up!!  So I am having another go, as this year's request seems much more approachable.


If anyone would like to join me in having a go, please get in touch.


Eileen Robinson






ENVIRONMENT DAY : 22 JULY 11.30 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.


Devizes Quakers would be happy to invite you to two events in the near future.  Firstly, an invitation to their first Environment Day to be held on 22 July.  They will have a display in the Marsden Room about how we can make a contribution to reducing our impact on the environment.  The display will be open to view following the regular Meeting for Worship and visitors will be welcome between 11.30 and 3.30 p.m.  There will be an opportunity to discuss how we as churches can support each other in the Eco Church Project.


The second event is their annual Meeting for Worship in the former Quaker Burial Ground in Hillworth Park.  This will take place on 5 August at 1.30 a.m. This will be followed by a picnic.  All are welcome.



                       Wiltshire Council will increase the items we can recycle from July 30th. "Oh no, not more boxes" I here you say. Thankfully not. In the blue-lidded bin, as well as plastic bottles, cardboard and shredded paper, they will now take food and drink cartons, plastic pots, tubs and trays. They will NOT be able to accept black plastic or plastic film. All other recycling and collections are as before. 

                     At last governments and companies are taking action on the plastic pollution problem. We have a long way to go but it is a start. There is a shop in Scotland that sells household cleaners, health and beauty products as refills for glass containers. Oil and vinegar can be bought the same way and a recent innovation is a milk vending machine with glass bottles that can be refilled. I hope this style of shopping will be more popular.

                                                                                      Christine Madigan



There is now a good selection of jigsaws in the library.   They are mostly 500 and 1000 piece puzzles.   A variety of pictures and subjects are here.

Please contact me if you are interested in borrowing any, and I will be glad to hear from each you.

Hilary Burn. (01380 724063)




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