THE LINK  

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

and Trinity, Market Lavington

 

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

 

      Minister's Musings       

             Revd Gary Gotham

 

 

 

 

 

                                                        

 

Dear Friends,

 

A couple of days ago 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 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.

 

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

 

 

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)

 

 

 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.

 

 
 

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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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.

In Deuteronomy 11 v 13-15 we read:

If you 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.

                                                                 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

 
 
 

Emmaus Road

 

O God, make our hearts burn with insight on our ordinary road.

 

That as we recognise and grasp You in broken bread,

 

We may also speak Your Word of life to others on our journey, in the Name of Christ.

 

   

May the risen Lord, breathe on our minds and open our eyes

 

That we may know Him and follow Him in His risen life.

 

   

Lord without Your Resurrection  our faith would be empty and without hope.

 

But You are alive, and we rejoice in the wonder and mystery of Your presence among us. 

 

Amen.

  used by Jacky Williams on Sunday 30th April.