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The Team Clergy are: Rector: Revd Canon Simon Weeden; Vicars: Revd Candice Marcus and Revd Sue Rodd; and Assistant Curate: Revd Karen Rizzello.  The Team Office is in Ramsbury.

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Notices and Readings for Sunday 16 September 2018

Minister’s Letter – September 2018

In the last few days, I’ve heard and experienced several examples of what seem to be serendipitous coincidences – cases where someone has “happened” to be in just the right place at the right time, either to make something good happen, or to avert or deal with a problem.
And it made me think of Gary Player, the great South African golfer of the 60’s and 70’s. Someone was watching him practice, and remarked on his astonishing luck as he holed ball after ball. “It’s odd; the harder I practice, the luckier I get,” replied Player.
And I think it’s a bit like that with the “coincidences” I mentioned above. The more we try to live gratefully for the things that make our lives good or rescue us from the consequences of our own and others’ mistakes, the more likely we become to notice them – and that triggers a “virtuous cycle” that actually helps us to live more happily and generously in our turn.
The things is, though – grateful to whom? I don’t believe it’s enough just to feel vaguely cosy and rosy (and maybe take the credit ourselves); I do think we need to acknowledge that sometimes we’re prodded unexpectedly into doing something we’d not normally have done, or we get help from an unexpected quarter. And the impetus comes from somewhere else – which is what Christians would describe as God’s Spirit working within us to help us see (and do) what needs doing, or to get the assistance we need.
So maybe the “coincidences” are really “God-incidences”? That means we can’t take the credit for them – but we can listen and look out for them and not ignore them – and be grateful for them afterwards. Just like Gary Player started off with a God-given talent, but he put in the hours and the graft to become one of the world’s greats, so we need to use the skills and the opportunities we have – and then thank God for the way he can work through us and others to make his world a better place.
With love

Sue Rodd – Whitton Team Vicar

Cake and Company

The United Churches Together invite you to join them on the first Monday of every month from 10.30am to 12 noon, Aldbourne Methodist Hall.
For further information Contact Revd Karen Rizzello on 07882 055878.

Visit from Notre Dame des Bois

On Friday 27th April the Whitton Team welcomed 10 visitors from our link parish in Evreux Diocese.
We had the pleasure of greeting old friends and meeting some new ones too and began our time together with coffee and cake before taking them on a tour of five of our six churches in the team. We stopped off at each and were welcomed and given a brief tour with some interesting facts and things to see. They then went to their hosts’ houses for the rest of the evening.

On Saturday morning we gathered together and took them in the Ramsbury Flyer to Ramsbury Brewery where we were given a great tour by Alistair Ewing complimented with tastings of their very fine beers, gin, vodka and liqueurs! Alongside delicious products such as their smoked venison, duck and trout. After this we journeyed into Swindon to the Steam Museum and ate a good lunch, followed by a great tour of the museum. We had Arthur, aged 13, with us and he had great fun working the signals and then being given a certificate for what he had done to take back and show his friends in France. After this there was a short retail break (while the driver and I had coffee!) and then we drove back to Ramsbury for a short break before sitting down in fellowship for an evening meal together talking about the day and life.

Sunday was not a day of rest, at our Communion service in Ramsbury the readings were done in French and the intercessions were done in both languages. They were given the text of the sermon in French, so they had an idea of what it was all about. They had a tour of Holy Cross, Ramsbury which was followed by drinks and nibbles and then a sumptuous lunch. In the afternoon we shared what was happening in both benefices either side of the Channel, the way things had moved on and changed. We looked at things we share together too.

The day was rounded off with a choral evensong and another wonderfully catered meal by our great team in the Benefice. Monday was their last morning and we went to Baydon School where we watched a Collective Worship and then did a tour around the school to give our visitors an idea of how the Christian distinctiveness of our church schools is evident in work and displays, which is something they don’t experience in France. As an added bit of fun, we went to the Heritage Museum in Aldbourne to which they wonderfully added an historical tour of the village which fascinated our visitors. After a wonderful coffee and cake break we waved goodbye and look forward to seeing them again.
Many, many thanks to all those who catered, hosted and gave our visitors a really good visit with lots in it.
Candice Marcus – Whitton Team Vicar