The Wiltshire United Area

LATEST NEWS, NOTICES

and PREACHING PLANS

Follow the links for the latest Preaching Plans:-  May 2018  June 2018 July 2018 August 2018

Follow the links for the latest Area Newsletters:-   June 2018

Click HERE for the latest Church Compendium, November 2017

 

T.L.S.

(Training for Learning and Serving)

L.I.T.E.

(Local Introductory Training Experience)

TLS button

A number of people have expressed an interest in doing the TLS lite course from the United Reformed Church.

The course can be undertaken for a person’s own interest and education or it can be for local accreditation as a Lay Preacher.  This means that the person gets accreditation from the Synod to preach within the local area.  It is an interesting and not onerous course.  More details are attached by clicking HERE.

If anyone is interested, please get in touch with me  e-mail.  It is hoped that we could begin the course sometime in May after a preliminary meeting.  Please get in touch if you have any questions.

                                 Revd. Sue Henderson

                       Contact;   shenderson@wiltsunitedchurches.org.uk     

 

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. 

All welcome

Click HERE for a poster

 

 

 

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!

 

 





 

Hearing the HEARTBEAT of God.

Beginning January 20th we’ll be meeting together, monthly, in an attitude of unfettered worship to magnify Jesus. 

We are coming to Him in a response to His love, to sense His heartbeat, to listen to His voice and respond to His plans. 

We are coming together ready to move in any way that the Holy Spirit directs.  This means that we will put aside our own agendas, challenging as that is, and seek Him for who He is, not just for what He will do. 

We are meeting together recognising that we are one in Christ, and hence coming in an attitude of genuine friendship and honour for one another.

Join us at Melksham Town Hall, Saturday January 20th at 7:00pm. 

(Above information provided by Eric Clifford)

 

 

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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