Partnership News Letter

In Partnership, September 2018

Looking outwards and growing together

I am the true vine. John 15:1.

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Go Learn!

September is here already, and the new academic terms begins. Educational establishments up and down the country look forward to enhancing and transforming the lives of the young people in their care.

The Bible gives us just one small insight into the childhood of Jesus (Luke 2:42-52). At 12 years old, on the verge of his teenage years, we discover that while holidaying with his family in Jerusalem for the Festival of Passover, Jesus gets lost for a few days.

This leads me to wonder, how did he get separated from his parents for such a long period of time? The Bible says Mary and Joseph thought that Jesus was in their company. Perhaps because of his age they had given him greater freedom to explore and wander with friends. Possibly with this freedom and responsibility Jesus is emboldened, he steps out, takes a risk, purposely staying in Jerusalem to seek out the opportunity to expand his knowledge of the scriptures and to spend time in his Fathers house. Once in the Temple conversing with the teachers completely immersed and engaged in learning, time becomes immeasurable.

My wonderings allow me to visualise the amazing scene of Jesus the pre- teenager enjoying this new freedom, using the great teaching that his faith community have given him, to debate and discuss the scriptures with the teachers in the temple courts for himself. Full of passion and confidence he explores scripture, listens to teachers, asks questions, and answers them.

When Mary and Joseph find Jesus they are obviously distressed, angry and frustrated by his disappearance, they ask the ‘why’ question that all parents ask when anxious and distraught. Jesus answers in a teenage way, there is no sorry Mum I should have let you know my plans, but a profound ‘didn't you know I would be in my Father's house?’.

I wonder what conversations took place as they travelled back to Nazareth together. Although not completely understanding who Jesus was, Mary perhaps thought back to his birth and all she had seen and been told. I wonder what she thought about Jesus's eagerness to learn, his knowledge, his passion, his individuality, his difference, his uniqueness as ‘she treasured all these things in her heart’.

As we look forward to a new academic year, what can this story of the young Jesus teach us.

Firstly, that God places value in young people, their learning, and their voice. Freedom, risk taking, engaging learning, and questioning are central to young people developing their own relationship with Jesus.

Secondly, that no matter our age we should all be passionate to learn more about God and be about our Father’s business. Jesus shows us that exploring the scriptures, listening to teachers, asking questions, and answering them is central to our development and growth as disciples.

Thirdly, that we have much to learn from others, people older than ourselves or younger than ourselves: and we all have much to share to help each other grow in faith. This story is perhaps the first example of ‘intergenerational’ worship or whatever term you want to give it. Our challenge is to learn together and to grow together.

So, let’s Go Learn!

As we venture through Holy Habits as a Partnership, perhaps we could each start a ‘Treasured Memory Book’ and record, the thoughts, questions, answers, stories, and encounters with Jesus that change us and transform us.

A prayer

Let us come into our Father's house

for it is there we will find Jesus.

Let us come into our Father's house

for it is there we will find young and old.

Let us come into our Father's house

for it is here that we learn, and grow,

and change together into the image of Christ Jesus.

Let us come into our Father's house.

©2018 Spill the Beans Resources Team.

Some reflection questions:

Gayle Bryon

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Regular activities.

EventTime, @Venue
2nd Sunday each month
Messy Church9 Sept 4-5:30pm @Shaw
Every Monday
After School Youth Group Restarting 10 Sept
4:30 - 6:00 pm @ Holy Trinity Shaw
Every Tuesday
Bell ringing7-9pm, St Mary's Bell Tower
2nd Wednesday of each month
Mothers Union12 Sept. 2pm @St Mary's Stable Room
Every Thursday
Toothill Tinies10-11:30am @Toothill
HTS Homegroup led by Sue GreenThursday 7:30 pm
Toothill Homegroup led by Jan Partridge3rd Monday of each month 2:30 pm
Westlea Homegroup led by Pete GilderAlternate Tuesdays 8:00 pm

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News from around the Partnership.


New people have been attending Holy Trinity and a baptism has been held also a married couple have been confirmed.


Strawberry teas were held during June and July with many people enjoying the glorious summer sunshine. The Thy Kingdom Come prayer tree is good and will remain in place for a while. St Mary's hosted Friends of Wiltshire Churches who came to Choral Evensong. An impressive £920 was collected for the Wiltshire Historic Trust.


Children's groups Toothill Tinies, Cheeky Monkeys and Friday Club are growing. For the first service in July the children’s groups actively took the lead. The theme was International day and they wrote different facts about different countries. The choir sang some very popular songs and there were more children than adults.


Litter picking is growing with people coming to help who are not connected to the Church. There is always an opening prayer when we meet next to the Church. Westlea have had a couple of enquiries about Baptism from 2 young people.

Ride and Stride.

8 September

Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust sponsored cycle, horse-ride or walk around Wiltshire’s churches and chapels to raise money for your own church and the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust. Discover your local church heritage, explore your county and enjoy a warm welcome along the way. Please consider supporting St Mary's members who are participating in this event, either by cycling or walking.

Please contact Wendy Deverell for more information on 877111.

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Messy Musings.

Messy Church splat logo

To my surprise I realise that Messy Church in West Swindon is now in its 9th year. When we started back in May 2010 some questions were spinning around in our heads. What was this new initiative called Messy Church? Would it take off or just be a flash in the pan? Would children want to come for messy activities and would parents encourage them? How would we feed people when we didn’t know how many to expect? Could we run a Celebration time that appeals to adults and children?

Over the years these questions have been answered, locally we have learnt by experience and internationally Messy Church now has its own quarterly magazine full of ideas and news about Messy Churches all over the world. It has its own website; with lots of inspiring information. But more questions remain. Sustainability: we are all 9 years older than when Janet Gray promoted Messy church as an attractive and viable way to share the good news of Jesus with families and energy levels are not what they were. Activities: there are always plenty of ideas but do we have enough to involve the toddler and someone moving on to secondary school? Follow up: what happens when children feel they are too old for Messy Church? Outreach: why are we still not attracting many families who live locally to Shaw?

These questions will remain. Sometimes numbers have been low but God has always provided the help and encouragement we need and we are mindful that like all fresh expressions of church we need to be flexible and prepared for change. There is a good team of people of all ages from all our Partnership churches but we would always welcome more. We intend to regularise our planning for each session to 3rd Tuesday of each month and this includes time to review and pray too. These are our plans for the next couple of months:

4.00pm Sunday 9th Sept.- Messy Church at Shaw: Creating and Caring

7.30pm. Tuesday 18th Sept- Planning for session on 14th October

Do come along to any of these with or without children, you will be very welcome.

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Open the Book primary school project.
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A New Adventure!

I’m delighted to introduce myself to you as I prepare to take up post as a Methodist minister within the Partnership at the beginning of September.

My dad was a Methodist minister, and so I grew up in a Christian family and we moved around a lot. I was born in St Austell and then moved to Watford, but between the ages of 7 and 19 my family lived in Cheltenham which was where I spent the bulk of my school years. After school I spent a year at Cliff College where I was able to explore more about what it means to be a Christian and also learn about mission. I then did one year of a music degree but decided that wasn’t for me, and I went on to train as a pharmacy technician and worked in hospital pharmacies in Cambridge and Chesterfield for about 12 years.

My dad died when I was 21, and for a number of years I walked away from the church because I was so angry with God. I never doubted God's existence, but I didn’t want to know God. It was only when I met my second husband, Graham, that I gradually began to let go of some of that anger, and slowly returned to the church. As a teenager I had initially felt that God was calling me to ordained ministry but I decided that wasn’t for me. However, while I was pregnant with my youngest child in 2004 the call returned, and this time I felt I needed to explore it. I was sure that at each stage in the interview process (which lasted a couple of years in all) somebody would find out that I was mistaken – but this was not the case! At each stage I felt affirmed and encouraged and I knew I was doing what God was calling me to do. I went to train in Cambridge for 2 years, and then I was stationed to a Circuit in Cornwall before moving to this Circuit in 2011.

I am married to Graham and we have 3 children – Robin who is 21, Dom who is 20 and Trinity who is 14. Graham also has an older daughter and an 11 year old granddaughter, so I am a step-Grandma! Life can be busy, but I try to make space for the things I enjoy – reading and music, cinema and exercise, and all manner of crafting!

I feel that God is calling me to get to know people and to journey with others as we all try to grow deeper in our relationship with God and learn more about our faith. Prayer and discipleship are very important to me, and I want to encourage others in their own spiritual lives. I find that this enriches me as much as I hope it enriches them. I have recently returned from a sabbatical, so watch out! I feel that I have re-ordered my priorities and I want to try and take life at a slower pace so that I have plenty of time for people, and for noticing what God is doing around me. I want to encourage others to do the same, and if that means as churches there are things we need to stop doing or let go of, then I will be championing that!

I am looking forward to being part of the West Swindon Ecumenical Partnership community and to getting to know you all better. I pray that God will bless us all as we move into this new adventure!

Rachael Wilson

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World' Biggest Coffee Morning.

Macmillan Big Coffee Morning logo

Friday 28 September 2018

The world’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28 September is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. We ask people all over the UK to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year alone we raised over £27 million and together we can make this another successful year. To get involved all you need to do is sign up on and you will be provided with a kit.

Vicar to man carrying huge marrow - I hope you don't mind me checking, but we've received an anonymous tip-off about your Harvest Festival offering
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Church Services in the Partnership.

St Mary’s, Lydiard Tregoze.

2 Sept10:00 amMorning Service followed by Baptism
9 Sept10:00 amCommunion
16 Sept10:00 amHarvest Family Service
23 Sept10:00 amMorning Service
30 Sept10:00 amHarvest Communion

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Holy Trinity Shaw.

2 Sept10:30 amCommunion
9 Sept10:30 amAccessible Worship
4.00 pmMessy Church
16 Sept10:30 amMorning Service
7:00 pmEncounter
23 Sept10:30 amAccessible Worship
30 Sept10:30 amSpecial Harvest
8:45am Morning Prayer on Fridays during term time


2 Sept10:30 amCommunion
9 Sept10:30 amCommunion
16 Sept10:30 amMorning Service
23 Sept10:30 amHarvest
30 Sept10:30 amharvest Parade

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2 Sept10:00 amMorning Service (Birthday)
9 Sept10:00 amFamily Service
16 Sept10:00 amCommunion
22 Sept10:00 amHarvest Festival
30 Sept10:00 amFamily Service

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Circuit Service.

Toothill Church, 2 Sept 2018. 6:30pm

There will be a service of welcome and celebration for Revd Rachael Wilson who will be joining us as a Methodist appointment working mainly at Toothill.

Please join us for a Faith Tea at 5pm followed by the Circuit Service at 6.30pm

Harvest Celebrations across the Partnership.
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Swindon Food Collective logo

The Swindon Foodbank closed down earlier this year. Some of us associated with the charity couldn't see people go hungry in Swindon as a result of the closure so we got together to form a new community group and take over the running of the warehouse and distribution centres from the former foodbank. We operate with only 1 paid staff member and 65+ volunteers and have managed to keep all centres open - as a result people are still being fed and we haven't missed a day.

The Swindon Food Collective distributes donated non-perishable food to those in need; helping individuals and families that are finding it hard to feed themselves because of low wages, family crisis, delayed payments, bereavement and sickness. We exist because of the current levels of poverty and deprivation in our local area. People are going hungry, and with each passing day, more and more are falling into poverty with little chance of escape. Today there will be parents wondering how they are going to feed themselves and their children. There will be schoolchildren struggling to focus because their stomachs are rumbling, parents who have skipped breakfast to ensure that their children did not have to, families searching their cupboards for what is left and elderly people who are unable to access food.


Previously your church has been kind enough to donate non-perishable, tinned and packet food to us during Harvest and we hope that this will be so again this year.

We really welcome all donations, whatever the quantity, of tinned or packets of…

tomatoes, potatoes, vegetables, squash/juice,

meat, fruit, soup, cooking sauces,

long life milk, coffee, sugar, puddings,

tea, biscuits, cereals , meal,

plus extras such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet rolls, soap, shampoo/conditioner & shower/bath gel

Please send any requests or queries to admin (at) swindonfoodcollective (dot) org

Cher Smith MBE


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Jairus' Daughter - come and sing in a musical. 29 Sept, 10am. Cricklade United Church.
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The Consecration of the Rt Revd Vivienne Faull.

Clergy on the steps, after the consecration of the Rt Revd Vivienne Faull.

The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull was consecrated as the 56th Bishop of Bristol by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, in a service at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on 3 June.

She was presented to the Archbishop by David Tunley, Revd Beverley Charles and the Archbishop of York, the Most Revd John Sentamu.

The service saw her make the Declaration of Assent before a cathedral filled with friends and colleagues, both from York Minster and the Diocese of Bristol. Following her declaration, she was given a Bible and anointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Bishop Viv said: “It was wonderfully affirming to know that, in the congregation, there were those who had supported my journey as a follower of Christ from my baptism until now.

“What I had not anticipated was the large number who came from the Diocese of Bristol - lay people and clergy, representatives of the wider church, other faith communities and wider civil society. The warm formal welcome inside the cathedral and the informal welcome by so many outside (where I was moved by the request from so many to pray for God's blessing then and there as they knelt on the steps) was a blessing to me. Thank you so much to those who travelled to London to be part of the day.

“Now, at long last, I can begin to focus on all that lies ahead in the Diocese of Bristol. I do look forward with great anticipation to all that lies ahead for us, and continue to hold the Diocese in my prayers.”

Bishop Viv will begin her public ministry in Bristol in the autumn, following her move to the Diocese from York over the summer. There will be a service of welcome at Bristol Cathedral later in the year.

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Would you Adam and Eve it? The first 90 chapters of the bible in 90 minutes. Bath Rd Methodist. Fri 14 Sept 7:15pm. £10.
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Sponsored walk In aid of Pilgrim Homes.

15 September 2018

Ardington Wood, Nr Wantage OX12 8PD

Approximately 5½ mile circular walk for Ardington Wood car park to West Hendred & the Ginges. Bring a picnic to eat en-route.

Good walking shoes or boots are strongly recommended as the route is a mixed terrain. Dogs to be kept on a lead and children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

All proceeds go towards the support of the Framland Pilgrim Homes En-suite project.

Sponsorship forms are available from David Pepler on email : -dave(dot)a(dot)pepler(at)gmail(dot)com

The Courage Tour.

Cirencester Baptist Church

Saturday 29th September

Stuart Townend and his band will be at Cirencester Baptist Church on Sat 29 September. Doors open at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets are £12.00 booked in advance and £14.00 on the door.

For further information and booking: or Telephone 01285 643510

Toothill Church 40th Anniversary of the building.

Sunday Nov 25th, 2:30pm

There will be a special service called “Yesterday, Today and Forever” at 2.30 pm on Sunday 25th November to mark 40 years since the building of Toothill Church. This is a chance to meet and catch up with past ministers and people who have been instrumental in bringing the Good News to the people of Toothill. All are welcome.

For further information please contact David on 487661 or Email: Newsletter(at)toothillchurch(dot)org(dot)uk

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Part-Time Partnership Administrator.

West Swindon & Lydiard Tregoze Church Partnership requires a part-time Administrator based at the Partnership Office in Holy Trinity Church, Shaw. The position provides administrative support and information services for the Staff team, Partnership Council and local churches. Duties include producing partnership newsletter, worship plan , taking minutes of meetings, maintaining secure records and assisting in the implementation of policies and procedures, safeguarding, data protection, and collecting information for weddings.

Good IT skills are essential

Salary: £8.75 per hour. 16 hours per week, over 3 to 5 days (to be negotiated) with 6 evening meetings per year

Appointment will be subject to DBS clearance

Closing date for applications: 14th September 2018

Contact: Sue Green on sueg(at)btinternet(dot)com

Brenda says goodbye.

As you can see from the above advertisement, this will be the penultimate Partnership News that I will be the editor of as I will be leaving at the end of September.

10 years ago I came here not knowing what to expect and it has turned out to be a very happy period of my life. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone and helping with tasks that have arisen.

I intend to relax a bit, travel a bit, dance a bit and enjoy time with my family.

Thank you for making me feel so welcome.

Best wishes


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Congratulations on your Confirmation 15 July 2018 to Elizabeth Allan; Linda Bugden; Mark Shepherd; Lee Chi Lun; Pat Smart; Carly Smart; Irene Lee Yip

Our baptised people and friends.

Congratulations to our young people.

who have worked so hard to gain excellent results this year.  Let'ls support them in our prayers as they go out from us to start a new phase in their lives - that the Lord will guide and bless them in every way and strengthen them in their faith

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From the Registers.

15 July 2018Scarlett Rae Hart
15 July 2018Lee Chi Lun
21 July 2018William Anthony Trafford to Elizabeth Kate Needham Cosgrove
11 August 2018Darren Roger Gray to lesley-Anne Chapman
15 August 2018Graham Dafydd John Mitchener to Claire Elizabeth Williams
18 August 2018Stuart Daniel Payne to Emma-Jayne Casey
25 August 2018Michael James Ramselaar to Rose Lindy Marion
30 July 2018Olga Harris
14 August 2018Joan Noble
24 August 2018Paul Harris
28 August 2018Celebration for the life of Nesta Nicholson


Those impacted by the flood in the Indian state of Kerala

The new ‘Open the Book’ adventure

The Partnership Administrator appointment

Week beginning 2.09.18 - Rodbourne Cheney Baptist Church

Week beginning 9.09.18 - St Marys Anglican Rodbourne Cheney

Week beginning 16.09.18 - Emmanuel URC

Week beginning 23.09.18 - St Andrews Moredon Methodist Church

Week beginning 30.09.18 - St Marys Roman Catholic Rodbourne Cheney

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Contact information.

The Partnership office is open:

Monday, Tuesday, Friday 9am to 1pm.

Wednesday 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Thursday Closed.

The office number is 01793 874221.

There will always be an up to date message on the Partnership Office telephone giving any changes.

The office e-mail is:

To publicise any News or Events in the next edition of Partnership News, covering September please send them to the office no later than 20 August.

The address for correspondence is:

The Partnership Office, Holy Trinity Church, Shaw Village Centre, SWINDON, SN5 5PY.

The editor’s email address is also

Events advertised may not, on occasion, fully represent the views of the Partnership

The Partnership web site is

Partnership Minister;: Revd Capt Clive Deverell

Email: Clive Tel: 01793 877111

(Anglican Priest, CofE Swindon Area Dean. Authorised to Serve in the Methodist and the URC Church)

Assistant Minister: Rev Trevor Day

Email Trevor Tel: 01793 875373

Mobile: 07918 125826

(Anglican Priest)

Partnership Curate: Rev Teresa Townsend

Email Teresa Mobile: 07464 272894

Partnership Youth Missioner: Claire Camm

Email Claire Tel: 07981 951381

Partnership Schools Missioner: Gayle Bryon

Email Gayle

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Previous Newsletters.

In Partnership, July/August 2018; The Partnership Newsletter PDF format (20 A5 pages across 5 A4 sheets - 2.05 Mb)

In Partnership, June 2018; The Partnership Newsletter PDF format (24 A5 pages across 6 A4 sheets - 1.5 Mb)

In Partnership, May 2018; The Partnership Newsletter PDF format (20 A5 pages across 5 A4 sheets - 2.1 Mb)

In Partnership, April 2018; The Partnership Newsletter PDF format (20 A5 pages across 5 A4 sheets - 2.1 Mb)

In Partnership, March 2018; The Partnership Newsletter PDF format (20 A5 pages across 5 A4 sheets - 2.1 Mb)

In Partnership, February 2018; The Partnership Newsletter PDF format (16 A5 pages across 4 A4 sheets - 2.3 Mb)

In Partnership, January 2018; The Partnership Newsletter PDF format (20 A5 pages across 5 A4 sheets - 2.5 Mb)

2017: Old News - the 2017 PN archive.

2016: Really Old News - the 2016 PN archive.

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