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Chippenham Deanery News

PRAYER BREAKFASTS at 8.30am to 10am

 

Saturday September 9th

at St Andrew’s Church, Chippenham will focus on Chippenham and Corsham town.

Each Prayer Breakfast is open to all. Come, pray and share breakfast together as we pray for each other.

 

 

 

DEEPER ROOTS = GREENER LEAVES

The Just Life – Living Simply

Luke 12:13-34 & Proverbs 13:7-8

God is simply there loving us with open arms longing to embrace us, how come we so often

botch up our response, by over complicating it and becoming distracted by life's riches and

pleasures?

It is said we live in times of “want want want” and “have have have”. How can we resist this

and allow a life of simplicity to liberate us?

 

What’s your “inner” life like? How do we pay more attention to living simply?

 

Please remember …

Our churchyard is a lovely, peaceful place, despite its proximity to the road.
Many people come to tend the graves of those they have loved and lost, and spend a few moments remembering them.
Sadly, recent visitors have been distressed to find the area being inappropriately used by someone exercising a dog.
We welcome everyone to come and visit the churchyard, but please remember that for many it is the last resting place of someone they loved, and they regard it as a sacred space.
 

 

Christian Resource Exhibition is at Sandown Park
17-19 October 2017

 


Dick says:-

St. Nicholas' Parochial Church Council has agreed to the request from The Diocese of Bristol to increase our parish share from £12,120 per annum to £15,800 per annum.

The parish share (previously known as quota) is the amount a parish pays to the diocese as a contribution towards its share of ministry and ministry support costs. These costs include stipendiary clergy, future ministers (e.g. curates), minister support and support for schools and those parishes which cannot afford these costs.

Increasing our 'gift' to the diocese by 30% is an act of faith. The step was taken because the PCC wants to act both responsibly and generously.

Beside the parish share, the PCC still has to find the money for the running costs, upkeep and repair of our Grade II church and churchyard.

If you feel the time is right for you to increase your giving then please talk to Angela the PCC treasurer.
 

 

 

If you would like to help with floral decorations for St. Nicholas please see Mary Clarke

 


The Parochial Church Council
(PCC) for 2017 - 2018 consists of Churchwardens Paul Davis and Mark Sheppard; Treasurer Angela McClean, Secretary Deborah Loveday and Deanery Representative Helen McCann. Other members are Brenda Bird, Judith Eckersley and Cynthia Smith. The team clergy are also members. Electoral roll officer is Mary Clarke.

To see the minutes please ask Deborah.
 

 


Dates for your diary!



Women’s Union

 No meetings in August. We meet again on September 7th

 

Details Barbara Wood 655413

 

 

Bishop of Bristol announces retirement

Posted on January 24, 2017 by Ben Evans 

The Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Revd Mike Hill, has announced his retirement with effect from 30 September 2017.

Bishop Mike, who has been in the post since 2003, will end his time at the Diocese with a special service at Bristol Cathedral.

Bishop Mike said that he had made the decision after he and his wife, Anthea, had decided that the timing was right for him to retire.

He said: “I have loved my time in this Diocese and there are many people I shall deeply miss. Working with colleagues, both lay and ordained has been a privilege and a gift.

“There will be many opportunities between now and 30 September to say more, but my overwhelming sense is a deep gratitude for the privilege of serving amongst you all. Please pray for Anthea and me as we prepare for this next phase of our lives.”

 

Bishop Mike’s final service will be at Bristol Cathedral on Saturday 23 September at 3.30pm. More details will be released nearer the time.
 

 

This month Bishop Lee tells how one boy’s life is having a transforming impact for the Kingdom of God.

Sometimes we come across a person who makes a deep and long-lasting impact on us – someone who changes our attitudes, our understanding and opens our horizons. On 2 November 2016 this happened to me when I confirmed 10-year-old Jonathan Bryan at Malmesbury Abbey.

I first heard of Jonathan when he and the family moved from Lechlade and his father, Christopher, became responsible for the Gauzebrook Group of churches in North Wilts. What I knew was that Jonathan had a serious, life-limiting condition which I later discovered was the result of a car accident when Chantal was expecting him. The brain injury he sustained means that Jonathan cannot speak and has little control of his limbs. He has been wholly dependent on others for care throughout his life.

What did not begin to emerge until he was nine years old is Jonathan’s lively intellect and poetic imagination, his sensitivity and understanding, and his deep, sustaining Christian faith. We have heard of adults who are diagnosed as having ‘Locked-in Syndrome’, the result of a stroke or other illness; the frailty of his body and lack of a voice had effectively made Jonathan a locked-in boy. That began to change when his Mum took him out of special school to teach him to read and write. A year-and-a-half later Jonathan could spell everything he wanted to say, enabling his inspiring voice to be heard through using his eyes to spell out words.

For his Confirmation, Jonathan had written a testimony. This is what he said to us through his godfather:

"With Jesus as my Saviour, companion and friend, I have lived my hours here with happiness in my spirit and content calm in my soul. Knowing He is with me; cradling me in pain, sheltering me from darkness and beckoning me forward, has given me the strength and serenity to look life in the eye and smile. Like the constancy of the second hand of a clock, Jesus inhabits the quaver beats of my life; and as that beat slows, I look forward with excited anticipation to the day I will see Jesus; and live together with Him in His garden forever. In the meantime I cleave to Jesus; my faith and my life."

Jonathan entitled his testimony ‘Living Life in all its Fullness’ and described the Confirmation as the best service of his life. It was truly one of the most memorable and moving of mine and since then I have been discovering more about Jonathan, and more importantly, learning from him. He has become a powerful advocate for other children who are finding themselves locked-in and unable to communicate who they truly are because assumptions have been made about their mental, spiritual and emotional competence on the basis of their lack of physical abilities. Jonathan describes himself as an ordinary boy yet he has met with a senior Minister with responsibility for special educational needs, raising the importance of children like him being taught how to read and write with the right support. Now a young man of 11, he is seeking to give a voice to voiceless children – a vision with deep biblical resonance.

Reconciling the suffering, injustice and pain we see so much of in the world with a God of mercy, compassion and self-giving love, is probably the greatest challenge people have in coming to Christian faith. Jonathan’s description of living life in all its fullness, and how his trust in Jesus is being embodied so powerfully, bypasses the default philosophical and theological debates. Instead we are given a living word and a story told in a life, one which is about to touch a much greater number when ‘My Life’, a film produced for CBBC, is broadcast in February 2018. The significance of Jonathan’s faith may have been greatly limited in the final cut but we can be confident that his voice and witness to Christ will continue spreading out and touching many more lives: “I don’t know how long I will live, but I am determined.”

+Lee