The Wiltshire United Area

LATEST NEWS, NOTICES

and PREACHING PLANS

Follow the links for the latest Preaching Plans:-   November 2017  December 2017 January 2018  February 2018

Follow the links for the latest Area Newsletters:-       December 2017

Click HERE for the latest Church Compendium, November 2017

 

MELKSHAM UNITED CHURCH

Our Bible Fellowship will be undertaking the YORK ADVENT STUDY course "So what are you waiting for?"

                                             WHEN:  EVERY WEDNESDAY IN ADVENT

(Starting 22 November)

WHERE:  MELKSHAM UNITED, HIGH STREET

      TIME:  10.15 am [for coffee] 10.30 am start time

 

   4 Sessions
     1. Go with haste.
     2. How Long O Lord how long?
     3. Prepare the way of the Lord!
     4. Kairos and Chronos: is time running out?

 

ALL WELCOME

 

 

WORLD CHURCH GROUP

Send a Cow

The Kakrao Project   -   Area Project for 2017-2018.

    On Saturday 23 September members of the Area Churches met for the Launch of the new project, Send a Cow. Over supper we heard from Ann Hatton, the Church Development Officer from the charity.

     Ann firstly reminded us of the history of Send a Cow which was started in 1988 by a Bristol Dairy farmer in collaboration with a visiting Bishop from Uganda. Initially planeloads of pregnant cows were flown from this country to the families in Uganda that needed them. These days livestock, (including cows, rabbits, goats and bees), is sourced more locally to where they are needed. Over the years the charity has evolved to work with smallholder farmers across seven African countries, providing support, tools, monetary advice so that families are given the confidence and knowledge and skills to improve their lives.

    When working on such a vast scale there are many individual projects and it is one of these, The Kakrao Project that the area is supporting. Kakrao is a village in Western Kenya where most people make a very basic living from agriculture and live in dire poverty. One of the crops, tobacco is particularly poorly paid, and the continual cropping causes soil erosion. HIV has a high prevalence so many families have taken in orphans and have dependant relatives to support. Many families consist of widows, who are ill themselves, and their children. One of these is Caren, widowed and responsible for three grandchildren.

    Ann has sent the Area the following email, informing us about the project, and informing us about a photography exhibition (see details below). She will also keep us informed about the 30th anniversary celebrations for Send a Cow next summer to be held at Wells Cathedral

Dear Wiltshire United,

Thank you so much for your warm welcome on Saturday night. It was lovely to meet you and to share delicious food with you. Thank you so much for your commitment to bring about change in other parts of the world. We’re about to embark on a Mission Partnership with the Kakrao project. This is in Kenya and the details of the project you’ll find in the attached document. As you help fund this project I will keep you updated on the progress of it, and will send you photos and prayer requests. Our hope is that you will feel really engaged with the community in Kakrao and will support them not only financially, but prayerfully too.  Please do get in touch if you would like anything explained. But to help you to understand the need and our approach I have provided you with two video links:

•         Caren’s story ( representing the people we’re working with): https://vimeo.com/209767955

•         Sylvia’s explanation (the Send a cow Kenya team) : https://vimeo.com/218629004

 This project has just started this September and will  be running for three years. Currently, the new team is undergoing their training and getting familiar with the setting as well as the need in this region. The farmers have not yet been chosen for the project, that should happen  later next month -  please do pray for this community as they hope that Send a Cow will come to transform their lives. Pray too that these people will not expect a hand out, but a hand up, and that they will be prepared to work hard to change their circumstances.

Webmaster's note;   Copy and paste the following links into the address box of you browser to view the excellent videos provided:-   https://vimeo.com/209767955          and            https://vimeo.com/218629004  Male sure your sound is turned on!

 

 

Israel 2017 Pilgrimage Led By Revd. Peter Whatton 

20th  - 28th November, 2017

 Rev Peter Has led numerous pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Turkey and Jordon.

He and his wife Ann also worked as Volunteers at The Garden Tomb in the heart of Jerusalem, so you will be in experienced Hands.

The tour takes in all the important Holy sites in Jerusalem, Bethlehem , Galilee and Nazareth. We have an experienced local Christian Guide a coach and all entrance fees and Gratuities are included in the cost which is £1495.

I would love to take you along we share in great fellowship, make new friends and have the Bible opened up to us in a most wonderful way.

If you are interested please contact me on 01225 971607

or e-mail     p.whatton@wiltsunitedchurches.org.uk

 

 

Two buildings and one people: the story of Methodism in Westbury

Revd Ward Jones has recently produced a 30 page illustrated history of Westbury Methodist Church entitled "Two buildings and one people - the story of Methodism in Wiltshire"

Copies can be ordered from Ward at a cost of £5 plus a £1 for postage and packing.
Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Methodist Church, Westbury’
(NOT ‘Westbury Methodist Church’) Proceeds go to church funds.
Copies will be available from awardjones@wiltsunitedchurches.org.uk

 

 

The United Church, Trowbridge

We reported at the Area Meeting that the Church had agreed that we would be vacating our church premises.  

We are now holding our morning worship at 10.30 in The Park Club in Trowbridge. We are looking to the future with faith and hope as we enter into this exciting new phase in our church life.    

All are welcome t 

 

Holt United Reformed Church

ANY OLD TOOLS?

Did you know that there is a refurbishing workshop at the Holt United Reformed Church?

We are part of the small national charity, Tools For Self Reliance. All sorts of hand tools are refurbished to go into dedicated tool kits that go to projects in Africa. Such kits are for  Carpentry, Bicycle Repair, Auto Mechanics, Shoe Repair, Electricians etc. We also refurbish Singer sewing machines and collect haberdashery items. We don’t ask for gardening tools but if any turn up, we try and sell them for funds. Any other tools donated will be gratefully received.

The workshop is open on a Wednesday morning, 9 ‘till 12-30.

Contact Geraint Owen on 01225 752555 or search www.tfsr.org for more information

 

 

Methodist Orb
The Methodist Church and the Church of England move closer to unity

The Joint Implementation Commission (JIC) of the Church of England and Methodist Church in Britain has called for “Church leaders and decision-making bodies to make the Covenant a priority in order to bring our Churches closer together in mission and holiness”.

In a major report the JIC calls on both Churches to consider the impact that the 10-year-old Anglican Methodist Covenant has made on their relationship, to rejoice in the progress that has been made and to face together the challenges of mission.  

The JIC is inviting feedback on the findings of the report. Over the next few months, various national and connexional bodies of the two Churches will be reflecting on the report in order to discern how to move forward into the next phase of the Covenant journey. Comments and submissions are being invited by 31 January 2014.

Proposals for the next phase of implementation of the Covenant will then be presented to the General Synod and the Methodist Conference in July 2014.

 

Melksham United Church, having recently been substantially re-furbished, offers the building for hire to other organisations.  Please click HERE for a poster  for hiring purposes and HERE for a brochure  with details of accommodation and hiring costs. 

 

Calne Methodist Church

Click on the link for information about room hire. 

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