The Wiltshire United Area
LATEST NEWS, NOTICES
and PREACHING PLANS
Follow the links for the latest Preaching Plans:- Nov 2018 Dec 2018 Jan 2019 Feb 2019
Follow the links for the latest Area Newsletters:- November 2018
Click HERE for the latest Church Compendium, November 2017
The Welcome and Induction Service for Rev. Tracey Lewis was held at Holt U.R.C on Saturday 15th September 2018. (See the Staff page for a picture!)
AREA QUIET DAYS.
The next Quiet Day on 24 November, just before the season of Advent, is called Why Am I Talking?, and is about tuning in to the voice of God.
The Quiet Days are for anyone at all who wishes to come along. We gather from 10, and begin at 10.30 with worship. The day ends between 3.30 and 4.00.
We provide tea/coffee/lunch; time and space for reflection and prayer; worship; introduction to the theme of the day; books, and a lovely setting at Whitley Methodist Church. There is no rule about joining in anything at all - we don’t mind if you go to sleep or go for a walk; the day is there just for you to accept as it is and take as a breather from daily life.
We hope to encourage anyone to think about coming along – although spaces will be limited.
We hope to see you!
Izzie Smears and Janet Tanner
for a poster.
Sunday Worship. Monday Life
Saturday 26 January 2019
Swindon and Wiltshire Area
Gathering to be held at Wesley Road Methodist Church, Trowbridge.
for a full poster on the event.
Wesley Road Methodist Church has a large number of surplus books such as Mission Praise, Hymns and Psalms and some Bibles. If any of the Area churches could use any of these or knows of an outlet for them, please contact the church secretary or senior steward.
Holt United Reformed Church
We are hosting an Exhibition of Live Steam Trains and Models
Saturday 27th October from 10 till 4.30pm.
Tickets on the door at £2 per person or £5 for a family.
Refreshments will also be available.
Proceeds will go towards our project of refurbishment in our church hall.
Click HERE for a poster
The Chance of a lifetime.
See the amazing Holy Sites Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, Nazareth and Nazareth Village and walk the shores of Galilee and imagine Jesus and the Disciples at Capernaum, at the feeding of the 5000 and then wonderful St Peter's Primacy (Feed my Sheep).
We go to Masada bask in the Dead See, find out where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and witness the probable site of the Baptism of Jesus.There is so much to see and learn, you will find the Bible opening up and see it in a clearer light.
Please come to the Information Afternoon at the United Church, Bradford-on-Avon
5.00pm on the 23rd of April.
If this is not possible please get in touch with Rev Peter Whatton on 01255 971607
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . I would love to hear from you.
God bless Rev. Peter.
A programme of Worship, Healing and Ministry
@ St Katharine’s Church, Holt
Click HERE for a poster
(Training for Learning and Serving)
(Local Introductory Training Experience)
A number of
people have expressed an interest in doing the TLS lite course from
the United Reformed Church.
Revd. Sue Henderson
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.
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.
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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