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Sharing the Vision – June 2019
News from the Wessex Synod

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United Service hosted by Andover URC
We may be a small church (average attendance 12-15), but when Andover Churches Together was looking for a host for a community service, our representative suggested we take a turn. Her enthusiasm became contagious. ‘Serving the World’ became the theme to mark the end of Christian Aid Week and we invited a Christian Aid speaker.

Enlisting readers and musicians from several other churches (we usually use a music machine), we took our role as hosts seriously and
prepared a tasty spread for 60. Much to our surprise almost 100 people arrived! The welcome, music, message, worship and hospitality added up to a wonderful experience for everyone. We collected overflowing baskets of postcards directed to the Chancellor regarding the writing off of Sierra Leone’s debt and donations for Christian Aid and Andover Churches Together. We may have run out of service sheets and hymnals, but all were filled with the Spirit and left full of joy and goodies! Take a look at the photos from the day on the Synod website.

September Area Gatherings
We will be looking at 2 very different aspects of “Using Resources well”
• Finding Resources: Learn more about how to raise funds and access grants for your
church projects
• Using Resources wisely: How can we and our churches work towards zero carbon
6.30pm for 7pm start – finish by 9.15pm

South West Monday 23rd Southbourne, Bournemouth
North East Tuesday 24th High Cross Church, Camberley
North West Wednesday 25th tbc Aston Tirrold
South East Thursday 26th tbc Avenue St Andrew’s Southampton

From M&M Secretary – Peter Pay
With immediate effect I now have a dedicated email address for all M&M enquiries being: [email protected]
Mr Colin MacBean will be assisting me with my role while I am Lay Moderator of General Assembly, and he is contactable on the same email address:
Letters for 2020 requests will be sent to each church very shortly.
Peter Pay

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