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

and Trinity, Market Lavington

July-August 2019



Revd Gary Gotham






Last year we were able to send off a parcel of knitted flowers to decorate the United Reformed Church tent at the Greenbelt Festival. (See October “Link”).   This year the URC is again one of the festival partners.   As part of the URC’s theme of “Walking the Way with Wit and Wisdom”, we would like postcard sized items with familiar quotes, Bible passages and/or sayings which will be hung around our tent. They can be embroidered on fabric, cross-stitched, knitted, or even handwritten on a postcard from your local town.


If anyone would be able to join me in playing our part in this annual Festival please let me know and I will do the rest.   I need to send them off by the end of July.



Thank you.


Eileen Robinson





St. Andrew's has attained the silver standard of the A ROCHA Echo Church scheme. By the time you read this, you may have seen the plaque that we can display to advertise  this fact. We already had in place disabled access and toilets, a sound system with a loop for hearing aids and large print Hymn Books and Bibles. For many years we have used only Fairtrade products and had a monthly Tradecraft stall. The church is warm, well-lit and comfortable and the garden is well tended. We recycle as much as possible.

More recently the fuel supplier has been switched to a Green Energy provider and even my monthly scribblings ticks one of the boxes. The latest addition is water softeners that will make any water carrying appliance run more efficiently, thus saving fuel. Anyone using one of the kitchens will notice that they need far less washing – up liquid and other cleaners.

A big thank you to all who have helped us gain this award and I am sure many of you are doing your bit at home as well.

We are now heading for gold!



The Ladies Evening Group had WaterAid as their chosen charity for the year 2018-2019. They were able to give the magnificent sum of £640 to this worthwhile charity.

A recent pamphlet of WaterAid says that thank to their efforts 9 out of 10 people in the world have clean water. In spite of this they calculate that 800 children every day will die from drinking dirty water. In sub-Saharan Africa each year 40 billion hours are wasted by women and girls collecting water. By having a water pump in the village there is time and energy to spare for education and progress. Because the children are being taught hygiene, the deadly diseases will become a thing of the past. Apart from wells and hand pumps, WaterAid provides equipment to harvest rainwater, build dams, gravity-fed water systems and school latrines.

I know they will be delighted to receive this money from our church group and anything that the rest of us can afford. 

Christine Madigan



Holy Habits No. 9 – Worship

 This Holy Habit will be introduced in Café Worship at the end of July.

Worship is generally defined as reverent honour and homage paid to God. In John 4:23-24 Jesus said that the time is coming when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, and they are the kind of worshippers that the Father seeks. God is spirit, meaning he is present everywhere and can be worshipped at any time. Our worship must be genuine and true. If we have regard for our own eternity, we will want to ensure that we worship God in spirit and truth, praising Him in gratitude for who he is and what He has done. Worship reminds us of our position before God and His worthiness and position over us. Worship is for God’s glory, praise and honour and is when we thank Him for his love and ask for forgiveness for our sins. Worship should become a way of life, making all we do, and all decisions made in our daily life an act of worship and an offering to God. Through worship we bring the hurts of the world to God and take the healing of God to the hurts of the world. This will show our commitment and express awe at the wonder of who God is. Awe and wonder are appropriate responses to God’s beauty and glory. On a lower plain, these are similar reactions we have to scenes of natural beauty.

In the early church Worship was spirit filled praise offered in the home, the temple and on the streets. A prayer used as the centre of Jewish prayer services includes the words “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” This refers back to Moses delivering the Ten Commandments to Israel. Deuteronomy 6: 4-9 helps us to relate the word of God to our daily lives. We are to live each day by the guidelines in these words and offer all we are in response to God.

Worship should not be something which occurs only when Christians gather together. There is obviously much more to it than this, as seen in the previous paragraph. Christian worship in churches involves praising God in music and speech, readings from scripture, various types of prayers, sermons and forms of ceremony such as Eucharist. All churches encourage the congregation to participate fully in praising God with heart, mind and soul. However, we have seen that Christians can and should also worship on their own and in any place. 

Imagine a whole life worship. The whole of your daily life being offered in worship. Glorifying God in your daily life and work, your relationships with others, your welcoming of others and campaigning for justice. Do everything in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to God through Him.

The Wise Men followed Jesus. People who are wise still do!

Bill Thomas




Tools for Self Reliance


If you have any tools that are surplus to your needs, I am willing to collect them to go to our local Self Reliance collection place in Holt.  I am also willing to collect gardening tools to go to another local charity.  In both cases, tools can be refurbished.


Please contact Neil McGregor.




PRAYER FOR JULY/AUGUST - from The Prayer Group


Loving God, Father of us all we thank you for all you have created.   We thank you for life, for all the beauty of everything around us, for our families and friends, and all the love we know.

We thank you for our Church, for worship, and that we can approach you in our prayers, knowing you hear us and respond to us.    Everything comes from you, and to you we lift our praise and thanks to you as we seek to be your people.

Be with us, we pray in good times and in bad, that we may truly know you and your love for us, shown to us in Jesus Christ our Saviour. 




From the Pastoral Secretary

Your Summary Care Record

(Information taken from NHS Wiltshire ‘Your Summary Care Record’ leaflet)

Your Summary Care Record is an electronic copy of key information held in your GP record.  It provides authorised healthcare staff with faster, secure access to essential information about you and is used when you need emergency care or when your GP practice is closed. If this information isn’t included in your Summary Care Record you may have to remember it and repeat it to healthcare staff treating you.

Your Summary Care Record contains information on medicines you are taking, any allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines that you have previously experienced.

Essential details about your healthcare can be very difficult to remember when you are unwell, so you can choose to add more information to your Summary Care Record. This is then known as a Summary Care Record with Additional Information and will help you and those caring for you to know your healthcare details. 

The extra information includes details of your:

Long term health conditions – such as asthma, diabetes, heart problems or rare medical conditions

Relevant medical history – clinical procedures that you have had, why you need a particular medicine, the care you are currently receiving and clinical advice to support your future care.

Health care preferences – you may have your own care preferences which will make caring for you more in line with your needs, such as special dietary requirements.

Personal preferences – you may have personal preferences, such as religious beliefs or legal decisions that you would like to be known.

Immunisations – details of previous vaccinations, such as tetanus and routine childhood jabs.

 If you are the parent or guardian of a child under the age of 16 and believe they may benefit from additional information in their Summary Care Record, you can request this on their behalf.

Vulnerable patients such as those who are frail, elderly or have complex health problems can particularly benefit from additional information in their Summary Care Record.

If you care for another person and believe that they may benefit from additional information in their Summary Care Record, then you can discuss this with them and their GP practice.

For more information:

Talk to the staff at your GP Practice or visit:

                                                                                      Jennifer Brearley



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