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

and Trinity, Market Lavington


Most of the following items are taken from the May 2017 Edition


      Minister's Musings       

             Revd Gary Gotham








Dear Friends,


As I prepare for a week's post-Easter break, let me share these words that someone shared with me ...


Let me say this as clearly as I can today, Jesus is alive and it has changed everything!


Early on this day, years and years ago, Mary was on her way to the tomb where Jesus has been laid, lifeless.  She had with her spices and the things she needed to prepare Jesus' body for burial and say her final goodbyes.


When she go there she found the stone had been rolled away and only the grave clothes remained in the tomb.


"On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.  They found the stone rolled away from the tomb but when they entered they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus."


Luke 24 v1-2


What struck me about this and, to be honest made me think about how I live my Christian life, is that Mary expected nothing different, just what she knew, what she could see and what she had experienced.


This is normal and totally understandable but it isn't how God works.  He does the impossible;  he works in the unimaginable and He reveals the limits of our understanding.


It wasn't just Mary who couldn't see this at first, the disciples struggled with it too.  These men, who had followed Jesus, were downcast, feeling utterly miserable and grieving for Him.  They couldn't see, couldn't even hope that what Jesus had told them would happen had actually  taken place.


What's this got to do with you and me today?  Well, I've seen the unexpected;  I've seen God rebuild destroyed families;  I've seen the most beaten lives born again; I've seen grace and love poured out in valleys of despair and chaos;  I've also been in those valleys myself and I've seen and experienced the impossible, the hope and unity through brokenness that only Jesus can bring.


Jesus is alive and He has changed everything!  We can be made new men and women free from sin, guild and shame.  In short, we can be restored.  Peace and hope are available to us.


Approach Jesus today and expect the unexpected;  be ready for the impossible;  believe that this is what He does.  Let me leave you with this from the Apostle Paul, his life was a perfect example that in God, nothing is impossible!


Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!  Amen."


Ephesians 3 v20-21


God bless






 Click HERE to read "Worship – Is it worth it?"

an 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.


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.

Worship and teaching

Management of church buildings

Management of church land

Community and global engagement


This involves all of us in the responsibility to care for God's creation

                                                                 Christine Madigan


Here are some points to ponder:-

When you shop use your LOAF



Animal friendly


It has been estimated that 6% of UK domestic energy consumption is by goods left on standby: the output of one nuclear power station.

Churches Together in Devizes


Wednesday 10th May 7.30 pm

at Friends Meeting House

  Speakers: Jacky Thomas on Eco Churches


Paul Kessell on The Gideons

Open Meeting – all are welcome






Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 2017


Do you have things that are too good to send to the jumble sale but would like to

get rid  of to a good home?

If so, do send it to our Granny's Attic - you would benefit Church funds at the same time. 

The Social and Catering committee are collecting items of jewellery; nearly new bric-a-brac; fashion accessories and plants.

If you have any of these, please get in touch with Trish or bring to church

and we will carefully keep them for this event. 

In addition, we will be collecting donations for the Big Breakfast

sausages; free-range eggs, bacon, baked beans, marmalade.

Please bring these to church and give to any member of the SOCAT team: Trish, Ruth, Viv, Beryl, Pam, Jen Warren, Joyce. We will be pleased to receive these things! This is a fantastic fundraiser for our charities and is a popular event for the community as people come into town on the Bank Holiday Monday.

Do support us!

With many thanks, Trish Lee ( or 01380 723689)



You will be delighted to hear that Pauline Hawkins has been invited to attend one of the Queen's garden parties at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 16 May 2017.

She 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 well deserved.

(written by North Wilts Golf Club)




Click HERE for the latest TURNING POINT news

from Jo Parsons (daughter of Jean & Michael Simmonds)



Koncert for Kibera

repeat performance


7.30 p.m. on Saturday 13 May


St Paul's Church, Covingham, Swindon.


Tickets £7.00 available either from from St Paul's website;

St Paul's Church direct; or

please contact Paul Newman 07751 793117

Paul Newman




Churches Together in Devizes

Churches working for the environment

Churches Together in Devizes has established a small group of representatives of local churches to work on the Eco Church project organised by Christian environment group Arocha UK.  Churches are well placed to take up the challenge of reducing their environmental impact because the work can reach a wide range of people within and beyond their congregations. Each church has a different set of issues to work on. Some have old and special buildings, some have large churchyards while others have none.  Forms of worship vary from church to church but the desire is still to make the life of the churches, its buildings and use as green as possible.

The programme is a well-designed online survey on which churches can record their achievements and apply for an award. The topics covered range from inclusion of environmental issues in worship and teaching; management of land and buildings; individual actions and reaching out into the wider community at home and abroad. The advantage of the Churches Together group is that local churches can work to support and encourage each other. The sub group meets regularly to discuss progress and any problems they face. Ideas are exchanged and joint projects are being considered. The work is in its early stages but already the Quaker Meeting House has achieved the bronze award and others are not far behind.

The group was pleased to support a road show at St James Church on 25 February, brought by Salisbury Diocese and Arocha, where they were able to meet people from churches outside the town. Any church considering starting on the programme would be welcome to join the group too.


Wednesday 10th May 7.30 pm at Friends Meeting House

Open Meeting – all are welcome



 Holiday Club

for 5 to 11 year olds

Monday 14 to Friday 18 August 9.30 am - 12.30pm

Volunteers needed!

In order for the holiday club to run this year we need at least 15 adult helpers (18+ year olds) for each morning.

The deadline for volunteering is by 30th April.

Please email Sarah on






The leaflet has replaced the helping hand,

the helping hand is now a pile

of pamphlets saying where to go

and when you get there they don't know.


They don't show mercy, that's no fun,

they tell you what you haven't done,

and pass you down the corridor

to other sorts of places,

where other people look and make

other sorts of faces.


And when you say you're penniless and homeless

and you've got a piece of red tape in your eye

and you've got a pain from reading piles of leaflets

and the small print makes you cry,

and you're wearing thirteen pamphlets

'cos you can't afford a frock,

they say you should have noticed

that they close at four o'clock.


This earth that should be heaven and more

is now Form PP54.


Charlotte Mitchell 1926 - 2012