The Wiltshire United Area
LATEST NEWS, NOTICES
and PREACHING PLANS
Follow the links for the latest Preaching Plans:- March 2018 April 2018 May 2018
Follow the links for the latest Area Newsletters:- March 2018 April 2018
Click HERE for the latest Church Compendium, November 2017
The United Reformed Church have produced daily devotional material which is available by clicking HERE
BIG BREAKFAST & PLANT SALE
in St Andrew's Church Hall, Long Street, Devizes.
Bank Holiday Monday, 7 May from 8.00 a.m. - 11.00 a.m.
Free entry. Menu with prices. Come along for a great start to your Bank Holiday Monday.
Click HERE for a poster
The Joy of the Gospel
Bradford on Avon & Area Churches Together (BACT)
An invitation to join
In ‘The Joy of the Gospel’, Paula Gooder has developed a course based on Pope Francis’ inspiring and acclaimed reflections on sharing the love of God.
· The course will run for five sessions, with each session scheduled for an hour and a half. The course starts in the week beginning Sunday Feb 18th.
· There are several venues being offered in and around Bradford on Avon.
· If you would like further information, please contact Patrick Henderson
· On the first Sunday after Easter all are invited to celebrate and share a time of worship together on Sunday April 8th: 3.30pm at Holy Trinity Church followed by tea & cakes & conversation at 4.15pm.
MELKSHAM UNITED CHURCH
Melksham United’s Bible Study Group will begin in the New Year on Wednesday the 17th of January (not the 10th as originally discussed) at 10.15 am [for coffee/tea] and 10.30 am to begin. This will be held weekly but each study stands alone so it is not compulsory to attend the previous week or the following one. In fact, if you are only able to attend one or two, we will be pleased to welcome you.
Our last study will be held on the 21st of March, leaving Holy Week free for reflection.
The Study is entitled, "Love is ... found at Easter." The sessions focus on the events leading to Holy Week and beyond. These include readings about, Jesus washing the disciple's feet at the Last Supper, Judas leaving the Upper Room, Jesus' teaching on the true vine, Jesus' sacrifice unto death and His post resurrection appearance. This Group Study is distributed by the Scottish Bible Society and is conducive to conversations around Scripture. Please come and join us and contribute to these conversations. I know you will be blessed. Heather
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!
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.
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
|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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