Foundations of Faith is an informal discussion group on the “Christian Basics” (what do we mean by God? Who is Jesus? How can I understand the bible? What about other faiths? – there’s no end to the possible questions!) – looking at the central claims of our faith and trying to understand them better. It’s very informal and there are no right or wrong answers on offer, just a chance to share ideas and hear some of the ways people have answered these questions in the past. It’s as valuable for committed Christians as it is for people who are considering the claims of faith – and it’s also a good preparation for adults thinking about baptism or confirmation. The initial course is of 8 session course and it will begin soon! We’ll meet fortnightly, but which evening depends on who is interested and when they can come! So contact Rod, 652788, if you’d like to learn more, or keep watching this space for the starting date once we’re in business!
What is “Andy’s Tots” all about? It’s a mixture of songs, craft, stories and games for children aged 0 to 4 years. We begin in church sitting in a circle and singing a few songs – favourites include “Mister Cow” and “Have You Seen the Pussycat?” – and then a simple story followed by making something (it might be a Mother’s Day card or a decoration!). Then we might have a march – and have a turn at ringing the church bell. Then it’s drink and a biscuit, after which, we get the ride-ons and toys out for the last 10 minutes or so.
Why? Well, we’re not trying to recruit anyone for church! We simply want to give an opportunity to parents who feel that knowing God loves us is an important part of their children’s learning, to explore that together in a fun way!
One of the mums says, “My daughter is 2 and she loves Andy’s Tots. She’s always excited about going and she sings the action songs all week long!”
There is no charge, but a contribution of £1 is helpful if you are able. You can park in the front of church whilst you’re at Andy’s.
Come along and join us – you’ll enjoy it too, we’re sure!
It’ll soon be Advent, which means Christmas is fast approaching. Below, you’ll find a list of all our festive services and concerts – these are in addition to our normal service times. All are very welcome to attend – and you can join us for mince pies and mulled wine after Carols Round the Piano, the Wiltshire County Council Carol Service and the Chippenham Male Voice Choir’s Cracker Concert. Continue reading “Christmas at St. Andrew’s”
Viva Voices, a community choir, formerly known as the Village Singers will be performing a heady mix of old time favourites and contemporary classics in St Andrew’s Church on Saturday 3rd December. Doors and bar open at 7pm with the music starting at 7.30 pm. Tickets £10 (children £5). Available from Sutton Benger Post Office, Christian Malford Post Office, www.vivavoices.co.uk or Jenny Norris at Sunday 10.00 am service.
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- In this edition: ‘Is there anything inside?’ A message from our Parish Priest, Rod Key
Music Matters: Becoming an organist
Fair Trade News: Buying Fair trade Products
Plus all the regular features: letter from Uncle Eustace, Children’s pages, crossword, and Church diary for August
- News from the Market Place August 2016 edition
Today’s pewsheet is now available for download.
- The parish priest is on holiday until May 12th. For enquiries, please contact the Churchwardens.
- There is no service on the morning of Thursday 12th May.
- A service will be held for the Archdeacon’s Visitation at 7:30pm on Monday 16th May.
- An all-day Coffee Shop will take place on Saturday 28th May during the Folk Festival.
Sunday’s pewsheet is now available for download.
- The 2016 Informal Lunchtime Concert series dates have changed slightly.
- The Parish AGM will take place in church on Monday 25th April at 19:30.
- Please contact Daphne Jefferies if you would like to volunteer as a sidesperson.
- A Rogation Sunday service with The Wiltshire Farming Club will take place at 18:00 on 1st May.