Partnership News Letter

In Partnership, March 2018

Looking outwards and growing together

Waterfall. I will pour out water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground - Isaiah 44:3.

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What does it mean for you? Daffodils, Tulips, preceded by Crocuses and Snowdrops. Lambs in the fields, blossom on the trees, or AGMs.

For me, the Magnolia flowers bursting forth from the silky enclosures in which they have grown, colourful and pointing upright, are a sure sign of spring and warming temperatures, for which I am grateful.

When in Scotland recently, whilst all the moorland was covered in snow which was beautiful, the comment I heard more than once was that in a month or two the heather would turn the mountains a beautiful pink and purple. New hope, new life, flourishing in same context. Signs of new growth and new hope are signs of not only Spring, but a healthy Christian community.

In February, the Church of England voted overwhelmingly to push forward with formal conversations with the Methodists regarding unification.

Some signs of change are obvious like the mountains of Scotland, or formal conversations between denominations, others are less visible.

In our own context, within each community and across the whole we need to look carefully for the signs of hope, encouragement, and growth of the activities of God, in our midst. On the Feast of the Epiphany, I was at Toothill Church. After talking about the gifts given to Jesus and how the gold was all that was needed for the familie's flight and extended stay in Egypt, I felt God prompting me to pray that the Christian Community in Toothill would be surprised this year.

I believe wholeheartedly, God will answer that prayer.

Praying for new hope and new life is paramount for us as a Christian community and we all have a part to play in supporting and encouraging each other.

What would it be like for us to pray a blessing on each other that we might be surprised by God this year? Please can I invite you to join with me in praying this blessing on each other.

Heavenly Father, help us to see you at work, encourage us to prayerfully support each other, and this year inspire and surprise us we pray. Amen


Spring flowers
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Regular activities.

EventTime, @Venue
2nd Sunday each month
Messy Church11 Mar 4-5:30pm @Shaw
Every Monday
After School Youth Group 3:30 - 6:00 pm @ Holy Trinity Shaw
Every Tuesday
Bell ringing7-9pm, St Mary's Bell Tower
2nd Wednesday of each month
Mothers Union14 Mar. 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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Partnership Worship at Toothill Church
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Church Services in the Partnership.

St Mary’s, Lydiard Tregoze.

4 Mar10:00 amMorning Service followed by AGM
11 Mar10:00 amMothering Sunday Communion
18 Mar10:00 amFamily Service followed by Baptisms
25 Mar10:30 amPalm Sunday Partnership Service with Gerlad England at Toothill
30 Mar7:00 pmGood Friday Tenebrae

Holy Trinity Shaw.

4 Mar10:30 amMorning Service
11 Mar10:30 amMothering Sunday All Age Service
4.00 pmMessy Church
18 Mar10:30 amMorning Service Communion
7.00 pmEncounter
25 Mar10:30 amPalm Sunday Partnership Service with Gerald England at Toothill
29 Mar7:45 pmmaundy Thursday Communion with washing of feet
8:45am Morning Prayer on Fridays during term time

Easter Day 1 April 2018

Holy Trinity, Shaw - 10:30 am

The service at will be led by the Reverend Ruth Whitehead, who is the URC Moderator for the South Western Synod.

Ruth was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament back in 1993, and as Moderator for the South Western Synod, she covers churches both big and small, from Cornwall to Wiltshire.

We are looking forward to welcoming her to Holy Trinity at Easter, I am sure it will be a blessed time of worship and praise at this most special festival.

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4 Mar10:30 amAll Age Service
Wed 7 Mar11:30 amMidweek Worship
11 Mar10:30 amMothering Sunday Morning Service, Parade
Wed 14 Mar11:30 amMidweek Communion
18 Mar10:30 amCommunion
Wed 21 Mar11:30 amMidweek Worship
25 Mar10:30 amPalm Sunday Partnership Service with Gerald England
Wed 28 Mar11:30 amMidweek Communion
30 Mar2:00 pmGood Friday Holy Hour


4 Mar10:00 amAGM
11 Mar10:00 amMothering Sunday All Age Service
18 Mar10:00 amCommunion
25 Mar10:30 amPalm Sunday Partnership Service with Gerald England at Toothill
30 Mar10:00 amGood Friday Worship

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From the Registers.

18 February 2018Jack Thomas Murphy
3 February 2018Mark Yates-May and Reyna Talinio Cristobel
15 February 2018Dean William Stainer and Samantha Audrey Oakey


The people of Syria as violence has escalated, putting millions of innocent lives at risk.

Partnership Emerge and Schools work.

Week beginning 04.03.18 - Rodbourne Cheney Baptist Church

Week beginning 11.03.18 - St Marys Anglican Rodbourne Cheney

Week beginning 18.03.18 - Emmanuel URC

Week beginning 25.03.18 - St Andrews Moredon Methodist Church

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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 January please send them to the office no later than 22 March.

The address for correspondence is:

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

The editor’s email address is also

The Partnership web site is

Partnership Team Minister; Interim Area Dean: Revd Capt Clive Deverell

Email: Clive Tel: 01793 877111

(Anglican Priest and 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 Youth Missioner: Claire Camm

Email Claire Tel: 07981 951381

Partnership Schools Missioner: Gayle Bryon

Email Gayle

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Previous Newsletters.

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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