THE LINK  

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

and Trinity, Market Lavington

The following items are taken from the Summer 2017 Editions

 

      Minister's Musings       

             Revd Gary Gotham

 

 

 

 

 

                                                        

 

Dear Friends,

 

In June I had the privilege to share in the performance of A Concert for Kibera in St Paul's Church, Swindon.

 

Many 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!!

 

While 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 nerves.

 

Church 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".

 

As we look 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.

 

Thank you for all you contribute.  You are the body of Christ.  Each one of you is a part of it.

God bless

 

Gary

 

 

 

From the Church Secretary

 

During 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.

 

The 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.

On 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).

 

 

 

 

I 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 yet!!

 

Within 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.

 

Thank 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 God's hands.

Blessings to you all,

Ruth

 
 

Greetings from Vueti and Mere and our family here in FIJI.

How's everyone back at Devizes?  We are both fine and getting on well with our everyday routine.

We really miss the congregation of St Andrew's, the wonderful singing, the sermon and the refreshments after the service.  We also miss the wonderful friendship before and after the service.

We have shared a lot of new things with our church members and participated in charity work and sharing the work of God in different small groups, something we learnt from St Andrew's.

Please convey our love and regards to all the members of your church.  May the Lord Jesus bless and give us the strength to carry out our work more effectively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRIBUTE 

Anne Rollin

 

Anne and Norman, came to live in Devizes in the late 1960’s, while Norman was still serving in the RAF.  She loved her time in Devizes and quickly became part of the fellowship of the then Devizes Methodist Church.

 

Her great love was music and in time she became the Choir Mistress and Organist.  Over the years she explored music and encouraged the Choir to take up new challenges with new music as well as old.  This was an era when new hymns and songs were being written and Anne never shied away from them.   Her love of music and singing took her into choirs, less choice then than now, but she formed a singing group with two other ladies and together they entertained local groups in the town with Anne accompanying them on the piano.

 

Sadly, over the last three years and with her eyesight deteriorating, she found it so much harder to take part in events.   However, her one aim was always to get to Church and, with the help of lots of people, she did get there right up to the time she moved to Market Lavington Care Home back in the Autumn, when she could no longer care for herself.

Celebrations were held with lots of her friends in February when she achieved her 100th birthday, an occasion which

 will never be forgotten.  

 

We send our love and sympathy to Norman, Ros and Josie.

                                                                                                                              Pauline Hawkins and Eileen Robinson

 

 

 

Pauline Hawkins

Well, 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 well deserved.

(written by North Wilts Golf Club)

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Garden Party at the Palace - a first-hand account!

After much pondering about what to wear at the Queen's Garden Party, everything came together on the day.  All the things that I had bought were perfect and I was so glad that I had decided to wear my old shoes.

 

After photos outside in the courtyard, 8,000 of us were shown through security.  The sun shone, the band played.  Finding a chair to sit on was almost impossible but my husband found one.  We waited for the signal to queue for our tea and to sample the cucumber sandwiches - as you would expect, the tea was delicious.  This was also a good time to spot celebrities.

 

Suddenly, the Beefeaters marching down the steps was a sign that Her Majesty was coming.  She arrived dressed in a lovely shade of salmon pink with a very pretty umbrella to match.  Most of her family were there.  The band then played the National Anthem as they all stood on the steps.  The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh then walked up and down the lines of people, talking to the ones who had been told beforehand they would be addressed by the Queen.

 

While I was taking some pictures of Princess Anne, one of the Queen's aides came up to us and asked if we would like to be interviewed by Princess Michael of Kent.  This was a moment to remember.  She asked what charity work I had been doing and was very interested in me playing the church organ for such a long time.  She told us she had played the organ when she was much younger.  We then moved away from her as someone else was waiting to be interviewed.  We were fascinated by the different outfits.  I never saw one the same and, considering there were over 4,000 women there, that was unusual.

 

We watched the Queen walk across to the Royal Tea Tent to have tea.  We then walked a long way around the beautiful gardens and the lake.  You would never believe you were in London.  Walking back to the very large lawn in front of the Palace, one of the waiters asked us if we would like a Royal Ice-cream.  We started eating it and, to our surprise, the ice-cream was from Chippenham.

 

The Garden Party ended at 6 p.m. and we stayed until about 6.30 p.m.  We made our way back through Buckingham Palace into the courtyard where we were told "No photos".  I do have some lovely ones of the people there.  Oh dear, no doubt my sins will find me out!  We were told after that, it was the police carrying guns we could not take pictures of.

 

We we moved through those lovely iron gates into the bright sunshine, we paused to remember what we had seen that day.  I think the thing uppermost in our minds was ...the Queen and how lucky we were to have been involved in a very small part of that wonderful day!

Pauline and Michael Hawkins

 

 

New Group to Combat Poor Sight

 A new support group has launched in Devizes for people suffering from the most common cause of sight loss in the UK.

The Devizes Macular Support Group offers information, encouragement and friendship to people who are affected by age-related macular degeneration affecting more than 600,000 people.

Macular Society regional manager said: “This new group is here for anybody affected by macular degeneration and we want to encourage people to come along. Friends and family are also very welcome. It is good to be able to learn from each other’s experiences and get tips. Our group can really help people increase in confidence and become more independent.”

The group meets on the last Thursday of every month, excluding December, from 1.30 – 3.30 at the headquarters of Wiltshire Sight, St Lucy’s Sight centre, The Beeches, Browfort, Bath Road, Devizes.

(Taken from the Gazette & Herald)

 

 
 

ECO CHURCH

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.

Worship and teaching

Management of church buildings

Management of church land

Community and global engagement

Lifestyle.

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

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ECO CHURCH   -   NATURE

Each little flower that opens,

each little bird that sings,

He made their glowing colours,

He made their tiny wings.

He gave us eyes to see them

and lips that we might tell

how great is God Almighty

who has made all things well.

Such familiar words remembered from childhood reminding us that we need to give thanks to the creator. Whether in garden or park, on a beach or up a mountain, take time to observe nature from the smallest insect to the tallest tree; maybe take a photo or paint a picture.

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust (next to St. Andrew's) has many opportunities for volunteers, as does the Canal and Rivers Trust, the RSPB, the National Trust and many more. It is our responsibility to care for God's creation - remember to put clean water out for the birds and plant insect friendly plants. 

                                                                 Christine Madigan

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Here are some points to ponder:-

When you shop use your LOAF

Local

Organic

Animal friendly

Fairtrade

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

 

 

Click HERE for the latest TURNING POINT news

from Jo Parsons (daughter of Jean & Michael Simmonds)

 

www.tptrust.org

 
 

The Bright Field

 I have seen the sun break through

to illuminate a small field

for a while, and gone my way

and forgotten it. But that was the pearl

of great price, the one field that had

the treasure in it. I realise now

that I must give all that I have

to possess it. Life is not hurrying

 on to a receding future, nor hankering after

an imagined past. It is the turning

aside like Moses to the miracle

of the lit bush, to a brightness

that seemed as transitory as your youth

once, but is the eternity that awaits you.

                         R.S.Thomas