St Andrew’s, Devizes; Marston Chapel;
Trinity, Market Lavington
I recently bought a new Hymnbook - 'Songs to Shake us Up' by John
and found the following words in it - words that have spoken a
powerful challenge to me as we continue our journey together...the
challenge is this - in all we do, how much of it is for our benefit
and how much for ‘others’? I welcome conversations with you around
all too easily assume (Isaiah
Suggested tune: Good Christians all,
that worship needs a special room,
solemn words with hang-dog face,
all offered in a gloomy place.
You cry out for love and care
that's practised freely ev'rywhere:
worship all can share, offered everywhere!
seem to think that holiness
means separation from the rest
keeping safe and nice and good,
not mixing in the neighbourhood.
You, instead, would send us out,
for that's what you are all about:
holiness to share, offered everywhere!
And ministry, the whole world knows,
is done by those in special clothes:
those who preach and lead and pray,
and help the faithful go God's way.
You want ev'ryone you call
to live your love for one and all:
ministry is care, offered everywhere!
And when we'd build community
we think we know how that should be;
safe, secure, without a doubt,
so 'we' are in, and they are out.
You persist in pulling down
each bound'ry wall we build around.
All are asked to share, here and everywhere!
World Day of Prayer
everything is ready'
This is a truly worldwide,
ecumenical movement. This is a service prepared by women for the
whole Church. This year, women of Slovenia, one of the smaller
and newer countries in Europe, have prepared the service, and they
encourage us to reflect on the barriers they have faced since the end
of the Second World War when their country was part of Yugoslavia.
They share the challenges they have faced and the hopes they have for
The service is held in 120
countries. It begins at dawn in Samoa and prayer, in every
language travels around the world, finishing in American Samoa as the
sun sets. It is always held on the first Friday in March.
The service in Devizes will be
on Friday, 1st March at 10.30
a.m. in St. Andrew's Church. Everyone is welcome to share this special
service, and feel part of this great circle of prayer travelling
around the world.
Fortnight 2019 (February 25th – March 10th) will
focus on cocoa. Farmers of this iconic Fairtrade product have seen
prices crash to crisis levels in the last few years, particularly in
West Africa where most cocoa is grown. The situation highlights in
stark terms the scandal of unfair trade. We have a choice about
whether we take a stand against this.
Many farmers – both men and women – are underpaid and exploited.
That means they can’t earn enough for the basics many of us take for
granted, including food, education and housing, because they don’t
earn a living income.
It’s even worse for the women who work in the fields and in the
home. Despite the hard work they put in, they’re often overlooked
and under-represented, and usually see even less of the money for
their crop. They deserve more.
Women are central to the cocoa story. Here in the UK, there’s a
growing movement calling for equal pay and respect for women. Ideas
like living incomes, fairness and dignity are already at the heart of
the public conversation. Women everywhere deserve respect, dignity,
rest, relaxation and appreciation. Fairtrade supports women’s
when you buy chocolate make sure it's Fairtrade!
Fortnight event in Devizes:
Wine and Chocolate Tasting Wednesday 27th February 7.30 pm
in the Town Hall. Tickets £5 from Antonia Tel: 01380 720571 or Devizes
a Living Income
Habits No. 6 : Serving
Holy Habit will be introduced and explored in Café Worship on the 24
Habits generally and “Serving” in particular, help us to steer an
earthly course by the standard and ways of heaven. This earthly course
occasionally lifts the veil on what heaven is like by showing a heaven
(in our dimension) on earth. The good news of Jesus is that the
kingdom of God is both here and yet to come. A Christian's challenge
is to proclaim the good news of living and serving on earth as if in
heaven. Acts of love (including serving), justice and peace are a
taste of how God’s world is to be.
20:28 reminds us that the Son of Man came not to be served but to
serve. In serving others we are not only responding to their needs,
but we are also glorifying and serving God. In Matthew 25: 31-46
Jesus makes it clear that in serving others “……just as you did
it to one of the least of those who are one of my family, you did it
to me.” He describes such people as being blessed by his Father and
they will inherit the kingdom prepared for them. In Mark 10:43
Jesus teaches his disciples that “whoever wishes to be first among
you must be slave of all.” Similarly, in Galatians 5:13 Paul
writes “That …..through love become slaves to one another.”
holy habit of “Serving” offers an opportunity to acknowledge the
many ways in which Christians are already serving by giving to
charity, through voluntary work and importantly by everyday listening,
supporting and caring for others. Caring does not have to be only in
major acts or in glamorous ways. Simple acts of serving develop
relationships which help to build God’s kingdom. Moving chairs or
tables in church, making tea or coffee in church or at home for
visitors are all the equal of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet
where He was the servant showing his disciples that he loved them.
Volunteering to help others in any way is an important way of serving
others and making them feel loved and this can be a springboard to
showing the love of Christ for communities.
is productive to pray how you might use your time to serve others for
time with someone housebound, babysit for parents of young children,
listen to young children read at
school, help at the Foodbank
or Open Doors for the homeless. In the church add your name to
the car Rota, assist on the door at reception, give out hymn books,
collect for Christian Aid, pray for those in jobs and positions which
serve the community e.g. fire officers, hospital workers, police
may not always be thanked when you try to help someone but Jesus knows
you are showing His love. When it comes to our service it is good to
be self-aware and test ourselves to examine our motives when we set
out to serve. Do not be someone who really wants to just enhance your
own feel-good factor but will not be available for the long haul of
service throughout the year.
prayer below sums up what is in this article.
King Jesus, thank you for coming as a servant to help us and love us.
We thank you for all the times people have helped us. Be with us as we
try to help others and be kind and say a prayer for them. Amen
We have a
Play Reading Group which meets in the foyer on the 2nd Tuesday of the
month from 2 - 4 p.m. and we would welcome some new members. We read a
variety of plays from Ayckbourn to Francis Durbridge, so there will be
something to suit everyone’s taste.
information, ring Jenny Warren on 01380 729529.
have received a letter of thanks from Parkway Methodist Church in St.
our Christmas gifts were sent.
"Dear friends at Devizes,
Very many thanks for your
continuing support with the Christmas parcel scheme at Parkway.
We packed for 118 families with many parcels going out through Refugee
Rights and the Asylum teams, as well as Social Workers and Health
Visitors. We do receive thanks from team leaders saying how much
the gifts are appreciated.
I have been involved with this
packing scheme for over 40 years and I know it was happening before
that! We do hope we will be able to continue this and thank you
so much for your support. Without your help it cannot continue.
We do appreciate you bringing
your gifts all the way to Bristol. They are always most welcome.
Thank you so much.
We will be packing again on
December 2nd, 3rd, 4th and would welcome your gifts during that time.
With many thanks and good
wishes for 2019.
FOR MARCH - from The Prayer Group
We pray for our Church, the one we love and cherish - help us to see
the world beyond its walls and pray for those outside.
Open our eyes to their needs as well as our own, that we may shine the
light of your love into their lives. We thank you loving
God for the people of your Church throughout the world.
For their dedication and service, for those obeying your command to
love and care in places of need and darkness.
we join them in bringing the light of your love where ever we go, that
your name is known and your Kingdom comes. AMEN
With good wishes,
A ROCHA UK
Challenge for Lent
recent report stated that in 2017 carbon emissions in the UK were down
36% from 1990. This improvement is due in part to stricter rules on
vehicle emissions but also lower demand for electricity in homes,
industry and business through more efficient designs of light bulbs
and other appliances. Renewable energy sources are growing rapidly, so
that by 2021 this should outstrip fossil fuels. However, the world is
still a long way off achieving the target of keeping the global
warming increase to
all need to “do our bit”. So here is a challenge offered by
the joint public issues team of the URC, Methodist, Baptists and
Church of Scotland entitled LIVING LENT. It suggests taking on
one of the following challenges for the 40 days of Lent
take up an alternative form of transport
give up single-use plastics
have an “electricity free” hour every day
buy only locally sourced food
commit to buying nothing “non-essential” new
earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof, the world, and they
that dwell therein.” Psalm 24
the Pastoral Secretary
with Alcohol Dependency in Wiltshire
drinking myths are being debunked as part of a campaign to encourage
more people dependent on alcohol to get help:
people living across Wiltshire had to go to hospital for alcohol-related
problems between 2016 and 2017 and it is estimated that 3,892 people are
alcohol-dependent in Wiltshire.
were 205 alcohol-related deaths in Wiltshire in 2016.
a bid to help people, Alcohol Change UK has published some common
myths around drinking, including the belief that it is OK to drink more
at weekends - the charity says the weekly 14-unit recommended guidance
should be spread over three days. It says another common belief
that going to the gym can 'sweat out' the alcohol is also wrong - only
time will get the booze out of the blood stream.
Change UK is a new charity formed by the merger of Alcohol Concern
and Alcohol Research UK. There is a lot of information about
alcohol on their website www.alcoholchange.org.uk.
Keasey, of Public Health England (South West) said: "We know
how easy it can be for people to underestimate the amount they are
drinking. It can start with a glass of wine with dinner, then
progresses to one while you cook and then one after your meal and
suddenly before you know it, you could be exceeding the weekly
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