What we did in 2015

Carols in Albion Place 

17th December 2015 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Town Council had erected a 20 foot high Christmas tree in Albion Place. That and the recently repaved courtyard provided an ideal place to sing carols out of doors. About 50 people from various Devizes churches gathered to enjoy the cheerful, relaxed occasion. They were accompanied by a group of  musicians from Sheep Street Baptist Church and Mark Evans of Fantasy Radio provided interesting links between carols. Beth Hutton, chair of Churches Together also contributed. This was a live radio broadcast; let's hope the listeners enjoyed the occasion at least half as much as those present that evening. 

For more of Peter Brearley's photos please go to our Photo Gallery  Comunity Carol Singing 2015. 

 

London Climate Rally 

Sunday 29th November 2015

Ten of us from Devizes joined others on a coach from Marlborough and two hours later we were joining thousands of others in Park Lane, lining up for the march to Parliament Square. There was a carnival atmosphere with lots to look at and music of various sorts to keep our feet moving. 

From São Paulo to Sydney, 785,000 of us shook the ground in over 2,300 events in 175 countries, united in one voice calling for a 100% clean energy future to save everything we love. It was front page media worldwide, and the impact was felt at the summit in Paris.

At the Paris Conference the countries of the world have at last agreed that we really do need to do bring to an end our dependence on fossil fuels and set our collective sights on a 100% clean fuel future. Now the real work begins. There is a great deal to do to phase out oil, coal and gas and shift across to wind, solar and hydro systems.

Let's pray that every business enterprise and every government initiative is tailored to this important requirment. Thank God for the wind and the rain ... and most of all, for the sun! 

 

Successful Children's Holiday Club 

Monday 24th to Friday 28th August 2015

Holiday Club 1

55 children had a great time at this year's Churches Together Holiday Club which ran during the mornings in the week beginning 24th August. For the second year the venue was the wonderful Trinity School, Quakers Walk.  

The theme this year was Treasure Hunters, pirates and parrots added spice to games, craft and teaching sessions. Passages from Mark's gospel helped deliver the gospel message and lively songs with dance routines kept the good ship afloat. 

A big thank you to Becky, Rachel and all those in the leadership team for running "the best holiday club in town". 

For more photos click here

 

Abseiling for Christian Aid   

Sunday 10 May 2015.

Abseiling St. Mary'sSeveral local clergy leapt off the tower of St Mary's Church, Devizes on the Sunday at the start of Christian Aid Week this year. 

They were raising money for Christian Aid by abseiling from the tower and managed to raise several thousand pounds by their bravery.  Bishop Edward and his wife, Sarah, also joined in, together with the Revd.Canon Paul Richardson from St John’s (pictured), the Revd. Gary Gotham from St Andrew’s Methodist/URC church, the Revd. Beth Hutton from St James, the Revd. William Lang from Urchfont and Cameron Naughton, an elder from Sheep Street Baptist Church.

Katrine Musgrave, Christian Aid co-ordinator for Wiltshire, said “We had a total of 31 people jumping and I was delighted with the way everything went.  A few people were a bit scared but no-one back out.  I think people really enjoyed the view from the top of the tower.”

The event included a barbecue meal, Messy Church for the children, teddy bear zip wire and music and refreshments.  Over a hundred people supported their brave leaders and enjoyed joining in with the fun throughout the day. 

Good Friday Respected

3rd April 2015

Peter with cross
For decades the crucifixion of Jesus has been respectfully acknowledged by an 11 o'clock Good Friday crowd at the Market Cross in Devizes. This year (2015) most came from a short service in St. Mary's Church that had preceded this; singing as we processed down the Brittox with the three crosses. At the close of the Market Place service a good number of people followed the crosses out of town and up to Roundway Hill, where the crosses were erected . Both in the market place and  along the way the well known spiritual, "Were you there?" was the gentle refrain. 
 

Christian and Muslims get together

18th April 2015
 
On Saturday morning, a few Muslims and a few Christians (ten people in all) started to get to know each other better. Each took it in turn to say something about their own faith and what contact they had previously with people of other faiths. It was really interesting and heartening to hear about of what mattered to different people and to recognise one or two commonly held values. 
 
These meetings are approximately bi-monthly. The next one is planned for 2.30pm Sunday 3rd April 2016 at the Quakers' Meeting House, Sussex Wharf, Bath Road. Everyone welcome. 
 

Election Question Time in Devizes

21st April 2015 

There was standing room only at Devizes School for the Election Question Time organised by Churches Together in Devizes, but the lack of space didn’t dampen the audience’s enthusiasm.

Ably chaired by the Archdeacon of Wiltshire, the Ven Ruth Worsley, the panel of five candidates from the Conservatives, Labour, Lib-Dem, Green Party and UKIP, faced a wide range of questions, covering local concerns and national issues, such as:

Who would you be willing to join in a coalition?  How would you ensure that overseas aid goes to those in most need?  Was it right to have hospital wards standing empty, such as that in Green Lane Hospital?

Their answers were frequently greeted with spontaneous applause as well as some sceptical comments from those attending, who were unanimously urged to use their vote on Thursday, 7 May.

 

Unity Lunch and the Week of Prayer, Jan 2015

Unity Lunch

People from several churches came together for a lovely buffet lunch after their own churches' Sunday morning services. St. Andrew's hosted the event which included live music, parachute games and information stands on the our new priority areas .There was also an interesting visual summary of events in 2014 and an outline of what is coming up in the first three months of 2015. This special event concluded with a short, meaningful act of worship.

In the week there were no less than seven different prayer meetings in six churches There was a rich variety of style and all were attended by members from various churches. Each meeting focused on one of the priority areas being adopted by Churches Together in Devizes (see Vision statement). So, for example, on Wednesday morning at the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady, thought and prayer was given to the difficulties faced by the disadvantaged and homeless in Devizes.

In all things we seek God's guidance and blessing in the year ahead.

Harvest Supper October 2014 

Eighty people, representing all eight churches in the Partnership enjoyed a lovely supper, good company and a table quiz on 4th October at St. Andrew's Church.

The theme was Making Bread and a short Christian Aid video introduced us to a South Sudanese baker. There was also an amusing blindfold bread tasting competition.

£264.78 was raised for Christian Aid that evening.

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