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Walking and Talking 2016


 

ouzel-valley-park-river-mainThe walking group is a good opportunity for those who like walking to also meet other members of the St Mary’s community as we definitely like talking!


The walks are mostly 5-6 miles starting at 10am, taking about 2 hours. We usually carry a flask for a coffee break and have a drink at a pub at the end for those who want.


You will need to wear walking boots, bring a drink and a snack and wet weather gear or even, maybe, suncream and a hat!


One or two of us are willing to reconnoiter and lead walks but would welcome suggestions or for other people to take us on their favourite walks. Most walks are the 3rd Saturday in each month.

 

21st May:    10am    leader  Richard Lamb  6.25 miles

 

Start: car park on the Wolverton to Haversham road, close to the Ouse Valley Way. Grid reference is SP817422; there is no charge and no facilities. Nearest toilets are at Tesco's Wolverton store.

 

Route: West along the Ouse Valley Way, Iron Trunk path to Cosgrove, canal towpath south to Bradwell, redway and Ouse Valley Way back to the start. One stile. The way is almost flat and over hard surfaces except for about a mile of field path, which itself is broad and well-defined.

 

Refreshments: The Galleon at Wolverton, which has a good range of hot drinks as well as the usual offerings.

 

The remaining dates for this year are:

Jun 18              Jul 16               Aug 20              Sep 17

Oct 15              Nov 19             Dec 10 (2nd Sat in month)

 

 

You are very welcome to join us -if you are interested or want to know more please contact Sue Fletcher or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
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June 2016

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May 2016

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April 2016


HOPE FOR REHOBOTH

Supporting Orphans & Vulnerable Children (South Namibia)


rhobothExciting Developments!


The past six months has been exciting as we have seen prayers answered and the work of Kid’s First Kids Club, which was set up for orphans and vulnerable children, now running 3 times a week after school with up to 75 children attending. A dedicated group of volunteers are working hard alongside our founder Milly Bock, to ensure a range of activities along with the provision of food and drink.


Milly has also opened a Kindergarten for younger children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years old. There are currently 45 children on the register.


With the help and support of Hope for Rehoboth (the Charity) and the regular gifts of St Mary’s Church and individuals Milly has been able to purchase a plot of land (which was an answer to prayer in itself) on which she is building her own facilities. Back in 2013 we had the privilege of praying over the land that Milly hoped to buy. She has now built a surrounding fence, 3 classrooms, an office and separate toilets for children and staff. Electrics have recently been added to each room. Without the support of St Mary’s this would not have been possible. Recent gifts have ensured that the roof and internal infrastructure has been completed enabling the facilities to be in full use daily.


We are excited about the expanding facilities and would like to thank all those who support us and have helped to make this possible.


If you would like to know more about ‘Hope For Rehoboth’, who we are and what we do, please contact Mike Wittle or visit our website www.hopeforrehoboth.co.uk The website also outlines the different ways in which you can support us; through prayer or by making a donation.


In 2017 we hope to take a team with David our Rector from the UK to Rehoboth. If you are interested in joining this team please get in touch.


Thank you for your interest.


Catherine Humphries and Mike Wittle (Founding Trustees)

April 2016

 
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Updates and useful information

from the St Mary’s Bletchley Annual Church Meeting 2016

 

Updates and information shared on Monday 25th April 2016 for those unable to make it or who might like some reminders!

 

Wardens for the coming year: Chris Hayter and Oliver Hermes

 

Deputy Wardens for the coming year: David Stewart, Rob Harrison, Stuart Burke, Rob Grindley, Peter Johansson.

 

Electoral role of the church stands at 417

 

PCC for the coming year: Richard Lyons, Sophie Fletcher, Katie Smith, Chris Day, Jessica Hampson, Sue Burke, Michael Down, Andrew Barton, Stephen Walker, John Penny, Steven Snook and Mike Wittle.

 

Appreciation was shown to: John Penny standing down as Chair of Finance, Gill Bradley standing down as Warden, Pete Ager standing down from publishing The Good News Magazine, Stephen Walker after 25 years of service with Sound and Audio Vision, Peggy Faithful for her work at Caton House, Susan Winter standing down as a Welcome team leader, Anne Rolfe standing down from PCC, Nicky Whitmore standing down as PCC secretary, Chris Shrimpton standing down as leader of Alpha.

 

Their roles are being filled by: Chris Day as Chair of Finance, Chris Hayter as Warden, Church office team for Good News, Richard Robinson for AV team. Trevor Kingham for Caton House, Jess Hampson and Sue Burke and Mike Down for PCC, Malcolm and Ann Bagnall as Welcome team leaders, Matt Beer our new Curate as Alpha team leader.

 

The year ahead: I, as Rector shared the following things that we are looking forward to (the intention was not to cover every aspect of ministry!);  

 

 

·         Our church yard being restored and made beautiful and honouring - the church is already more visible and ‘Open Days’ are soon to take place

 

·         The development of our Youth Vision that was launched last year

 

·         Discovering more creative ways to develop our spiritual lives/worship

 

·         Deepening our relationships with each other through our first Church Weekend Away this Autumn

 

·         The start of a new experimental independent pioneer church with its own minister on Newton Leys

 

·         Overseas mission teams to Uganda and Romania – taking more of all ages away to encourage God’s people abroad

 

·         Community work will be developing and we as God’s church are looking forward to serving our community more sacrificially

 

·         The renewing of our mid-week communion service with more participation and new liturgies

 

·         Discovering a fresh vision for our Children’s Work

 

·         Matt Beer our Curate arriving in the summer with wife Emily

 

·         Pete Stone taking on the newly combined role as Wedding and Funeral Steward

 

·         Stella Bassett taking on the church cleaners role

 

·         Increasing fun social events for the central church family

 

·         Discipleship courses helping us to deepen our spiritual roots

 

·         Finding our way forward in planning and financing a new Church Community Centre

  

It was a good opportunity to reflect on Acts 2: 42-47 - seeing in that passage what God longs for his church to be like.

 

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved”

 

God longs for us to belong to His church because our presence, support, faithfulness, fruitfulness, encouragement, prayers, ministry, willingness and love are all very much needed.

 

We need to belong to God’s church because His church shapes us, sharpens us and secures us in who we are in Christ Jesus.

 

It was a good positive and envisioning evening.

 

In this coming year let us offer ourselves to God’s service and see His kingdom grow.

  

Rev David McDougall

 

Rector of St Mary's Church Bletchley

 

 

Updates and useful information from the

St Mary’s Bletchley Annual Church Meeting 2016

Updates and information shared last night for those unable to make it or who might like some reminders!

Wardens for the coming year: Chris Hayter and Oliver Hermes

Deputy Wardens for the coming year: David Stewart, Rob Harrison, Stuart Burke, Rob Grindley, Peter Johansson.

Electoral role of the church stands at 417

PCC for the coming year: Richard Lyons, Sophie Fletcher, Katie Smith, Chris Day, Jessica Hampson, Sue Burke, Michael Down, Andrew Barton, Stephen Walker, John Penny, Steven Snook and Mike Wittle.

Appreciation was shown to: John Penny standing down as Chair of Finance, Gill Bradley standing down as Warden, Pete Ager standing down from publishing The Good News Magazine, Stephen Walker after 25 years of service with Sound and Audio Vision, Peggy Faithful for her work at Caton House, Susan Winter standing down as a Welcome team leader, Anne Rolfe standing down from PCC, Nicky Whitmore standing down as PCC secretary, Chris Shrimpton standing down as leader of Alpha.

Their roles are being filled by: Chris Day as Chair of Finance, Chris Hayter as Warden, Church office team for Good News, Richard Robinson for AV team. Trevor Kingham for Caton House, Jess Hampson and Sue Burke and Mike Down for PCC, Malcolm and Ann Bagnall as Welcome team leaders, Matt Beer our new Curate as Alpha team leader.

The year ahead: I, as Rector shared the following things that we are looking forward to (the intention was not to cover every aspect of ministry!);

·         Our church yard being restored and made beautiful and honouring - the church is already more visible and ‘Open Days’ are soon to take place

·         The development of our Youth Vision that was launched last year

·         Discovering more creative ways to develop our spiritual lives/worship

·         Deepening our relationships with each other through our first Church Weekend Away this Autumn

·         The start of a new experimental independent pioneer church with its own minister on Newton Leys

·         Overseas mission teams to Uganda and Romania – taking more of all ages away to encourage God’s people abroad

·         Community work will be developing and we as God’s church are looking forward to serving our community more sacrificially

·         The renewing of our mid-week communion service with more participation and new liturgies

·         Discovering a fresh vision for our Children’s Work

·         Matt Beer our Curate arriving in the summer with wife Emily

·         Pete Stone taking on the newly combined role as Wedding and Funeral Steward

·         Stella Bassett taking on the church cleaners role

·         Increasing fun social events for the central church family

·         Discipleship courses helping us to deepen our spiritual roots

·         Finding our way forward in planning and financing a new Church Community Centre

It was a good opportunity to reflect on Acts 2: 42-47 - seeing in that passage what God longs for his church to be like.

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved”

Gods longs for us to belong to His church because our presence, support, faithfulness, fruitfulness, encouragement, prayers, ministry, willingness and love are all very much needed.

We need to belong to God’s church because His church shapes us, sharpens us and secures us in who we are in Christ Jesus.

It was a good positive and envisioning evening.

In this coming year let us offer ourselves to God’s service and see His kingdom grow.

 

Rev David McDougall

Rector of St Marys Church Bletchley

 
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The agenda for the 2017 Annual Parishioners' Meeting and Annual Parochial Church Meeting, the minutes of the 2016 APM and APCM, and the annual reports from our mission groups and committees to members of St Mary's Bletchley 2016/2017 can be found here.

 

The Statutory Report and Accounts of St Mary's Bletchley 2016 can be found here.

 

If you would like a paper copy of both documents, please contact the church office on 01908 366531.