St Andrew’s, Devizes; Marston Chapel;
Trinity, Market Lavington
following items are taken from the
June 2017 Edition
couple of days ago I had the privilege to share in the
performance of A Concert for Kibera in St Paul's Church,
of your will have had the opportunity to experience the story
told by this musical when we performed it at St Andrew's last
November. Well, that went so well we got the invite to
Swindon - and that went so well we are exploring offering it at
Devizes Catholic Church; Bishops Cannings, and a church in
Farringdon. We will need tour T-shirts!!
the songs and stories unfolded I got to thinking ... the
performance is not unlike church life ... bear with me on this
one. Without everyone being present and playing their part
the whole suffers. We all have different roles, different
instruments, different voices, some people front and centre like
the soloists and speakers, some leading like the conductor,
others enabling the rest, like the sound and light
technicians. Some performed roles others might think
beneath them but I can assure you the pianist would have sounded
rubbish without the total concentration and reflexes I saw
displayed by the page turner! As a soloist I can attest
that the strength of the choir singing right behind me made me
feel a foot taller and gave me the courage to overcome my
is the same - we all belong together, all have our roles to play
and all suffer when one is missing or 'dis-abled' by life's
unexpected turns. The Bible says it well in 1
Corinthians 12, "There is one body but it has many
parts". It goes on to add, "All of
them will take care of one another. If one part suffers,
every part suffers with it. If one part is honoured, every
part shares in its joy. You are the body of Christ.
Each is a part of it".
we look back at the passing of another Easter and forward to
what God has in store for us in the coming months, may we give
thanks for all His good gifts, recommit ourselves to one another
and together, in partnership with our loving Lord, bring in the
Kingdom of God.
you for all you contribute. You are the body of
Christ. Each one of you is a part of it.
the Church Secretary
May we held our Annual Church Meeting. As all the Saturdays were
occupied, we tried having a Sunday lunch followed by the AGM. I
would welcome comments about this arrangement. It was the
opportunity to thank those who are stepping back from office at this
time and we do thank you for your involvement in so many ways.
reports from the various activities in the Church were available at
the AGM but if you would like one please ask me for a copy.
May Day Bank Holiday we had our usual Big Breakfast. This time
we incorporated some stalls - plants; toys and Grannies Attic.
We were afraid the absence of the Lions Fayre in the Market Place
might have affected our numbers, but ... Wow!! .. we had people
queuing for tables! It was an amazing morning and a huge success
financially which will benefit our three charities. Thank you to
everyone who helped make it such a success. And a special thank
you to those who cleared up afterwards, when everyone was so tired
(and I went off on holiday).
also want to mention St Andrew's 'Tour Company'. Following the
Koncert for Kibera in November, we were asked to repeat it in Swindon,
which we did mid-May. How wonderful that our Church is able to
produce a choir, soloists, musicians, not to mention a composer, to
put on such a show and at the same time raise awareness of the lives
of slum dwellers in Nairobi, especially the children, and the work
that Turning Point Trust is doing there to help bring hope for their
future. So my thanks to those who shared that evening - and
watch this space for other 'Bookings'. We are not done with
the Church community, there are several opportunities to offer help -
with Messy Church; Under 5's group; help on the flower arranging rota;
welcomers; tea and coffee makers ...... If you can offer any
help, I will be so pleased to hear from you. If you have
experiences from other churches that we might be able to adopt, again
please speak to me.
you all for your support during this year - we look forward to all
that lies ahead and we place ourselves and our Church activities into
to you all,
the big day arrived for our organist, Pauline. Accompanied by
husband Mick, she attended
one of the Queen's garden
parties at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 16 May 2017.
Pauline was nominated by the Lord
Lieutenant of Wiltshire for her fundraising charity work;
services to the Church (she has played the Church organ for over 60
years) and her dedication to golf at Club, County and England level
over many years.
Well done, Pauline, the honour is
by North Wilts Golf Club)
to read "Worship
– Is it worth it?"
Article prepared by Peter Brearley
as part of his training to
be a Local Preacher.
St. Andrew's has
applied to become an Eco church.
WHAT IS ECO CHURCH?
Points are awarded
through an on-line survey, as a result of which the church is awarded
a bronze, silver or gold award. The aim is to gradually improve our
ecological awareness. The survey covers five key areas of church life.
This involves all
of us in the responsibility to care for God's creation
There is great
concern from farmers and gardeners about the low levels of water in
our rivers and reservoirs just now. Imagine having no rain for
months or even years on end. In many countries, climate change
has brought drought leading to major disasters. So what can we
do about it? We can pray ... and listen to God's answer.
11 v 13-15 we read:
faithfully obey the commands - to love the Lord your God and to serve
God with all your heart and with all your soul - then I will send rain
on your land in its season, so that you may gather in your grain, new
wine and oil, and you will eat and be satisfiedl
On a practical
level, we are told that baths and power showers use three times as
much water as an ordinary shower. Think about your use of water
- can I reuse it before pouring it away? Getting clean water to
our taps takes a lot of energy. Should we have a national
network? Read about it, get informed, maybe get involved but
please keep praying.
Here are some points
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It has been
estimated that 6% of UK domestic energy consumption is by goods left
on standby: the output of one nuclear power station.
for the latest TURNING POINT news
Parsons (daughter of Jean &
God, make our hearts burn with insight on our ordinary road.
as we recognise and grasp You in broken bread,
may also speak Your Word of life to others on our journey, in the Name
the risen Lord, breathe on our minds and open our eyes
we may know Him and follow Him in His risen life.
without Your Resurrection our faith would be empty and without
You are alive, and we rejoice in the wonder and mystery of Your presence
by Jacky Williams on Sunday 30th April.