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Wolborough & Ogwell Churches
About us...

Our Vision Statement

In fellowship with other Christians, we are committed to using the gifts God has given us in the service of His Kingdom.

In joy and love we respond to 

God's grace through a commitment to:

Regular prayer and worship
Seeking to grow daily in Christ
Faithful witness to those around us
Loving service wherever we may be

Through Christ we look to a new oneness with God, with each other and with the world in which we live.

Diocese of Exeter

Lord of the Church, set us on fire for you in this Diocese. Claim our worship and wealth, our abilities and our time, that we may be worthy stewards of all that you have given.
Save us from complacency and fear of new ways; inspire us with vision; make us a power-house of prayer, a community of loving service, and faithful witnesses to your Kingdom, as we grow daily in and through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Our Christian Church
Founded: Whit Sunday, C 30 AD

Its Organisation

Its Members All the baptised - old people and infants; good and bad, living and departed.
Its Adult Members All confirmed Christians.
Its Ministers: Bishops, Priests, Deacons; called inwardly by God, appointed outwardly by the Laying on of hands.
Its only Head Jesus Christ, its founder

Its purpose

By Service to make this world a better place according to God's Will.
By Salvation to save man from sin and to make his life good and therefore eternal.

Some of its benefits

Fellowship by which Christians stand together as one body in Christ, that as men affect each other by their faults, so here they may help each other by their faith.
Food the Body and Blood of Christ is given for the strengthening and refreshing of our souls as bread and wine is refreshment to our bodies.
Forgiveness given through Christ after every failure to any member who repents.

Contributions - Voluntary but due.

Length of Membership - For ever.

All of the pages are listed in the links at the top left of each page.
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A FEW THOUGHTS ON THE LORD'S PRAYER ? 

I was recently talking to a good friend of mine who's hasn't long come to Christ. "Can I talk to you about the Lord's Prayer" he said, "and share some of my thoughts with you " ? I'd like to share them with you. 

I can't pray OUR, if my faith hasn't room for others and their need.
I can't pray WHO ART IN HEAVEN, if all I'm interested in and aiming for are earthly things.
I can't pray HALLOWED BE THY NAME, if I'm not striving, with God's help, to be holy.
I can't pray THY KINGDOM COME, if I'm unwilling or resentful of having it in my life.
I can't pray ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, unless I'm really ready to give myself to God's service here and now.
I can't pray GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD, without working honestly for it, or if I didn't share it with my neighbour. I can't pray FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US, if I continue to harbour a grudge against anyone.
I can't pray LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, if I deliberately choose to stay in a situation where I'm likely to be tempted.
I can't pray DELIVER US FROM EVIL, if I'm not prepared to fight evil with my life and my prayer.
I can't pray THINE IS THE KINGDOM, if I'm not willing to obey HIM.
I can't pray THINE IS THE POWER AND THE GLORY, if I'm looking for power for myself and putting my own glory first.
I can't pray FOREVER AND EVER, if I'm far too anxious about each day's affairs.
I can't pray AMEN, unless I can honestly say, "Cost what it may, this is my prayer".

Food for thought?

Keith Butler


Members of our churches at Sheldon retreat led by Rev Graham Stone (seated) Feb 2013

 

Coalition for Marriage (C4M) - short videos  LINK

Video 1 - What is C4M Video 15 - Reckless haste
Video 2 - Why is Marriage Worth Preserving? Video 16 - It's not all over yet
Video 3 - Further Definitions Video 17 - Great for Kids
Video 4 - Impact on Schools Video 18 - Flaky Quod Lock
Video 5 - Free Speech Video 19 - Two-tier marriage
Video 6 - Just a Small Step? Video 20 - Government blocking protections
Video 7 - All to play for Video 21 - Male 'wives', female 'husbands'
Video 8 - A respectful debate Video 22 - We will carry on
Video 9 - Undemocratic Video 23
Video 10 - More than love Video 24
Video 11 - Equality already exists Video 25
Video 12 - Public Opinion Video 26
Video 13 - It affects us all Ann Widdecombe on redefining marriage
Video 14 - It won't strengthen marriage Lord Carey on redefining marriage

Our Church

Introduction

The world is going through great changes at this time which affect us all. We cannot ignore the circumstances in the world - indeed we are called to consider them in our prayers, and to hold on to what God has to offer us in these times.

We believe that life has a meaning and purpose as portrayed in the Scriptures and that there is a means of living set out there which we should try to follow.

We believe that Jesus Christ, born some 2000 years ago, died for our good and that as a result we are able to live a future life in His presence through Faith. We do not profess to understand it all, but we believe it and we see God at work in His world now through the actions of the Holy Spirit influencing lives everywhere.

New ev'ry morning...

I want to thank you Lord for being close to me so far this day.

With your help, I haven't been impatient, lost my temper, been grumpy, judgmental, or envious of anyone.

But I will be getting up in a few minutes and I think I will really need your help then. Amen.

Find out more - Alpha

The way to find out in some detail and in a friendly atmosphere what our beliefs are all about.

To find a course near you or for more information about Alpha - see the Alpha website.

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How can God allow such things to happen?

Don't we all hear this cry from time to time about events in the world. The catastrophic events of September 11, 2001 stand out as an example. But there are many things that happen to people in their personal lives and we ask sometimes in our anguish:

Why does God allow suffering?

We don't have a ready answer but it is worth examining what would really happen if God did intervene at such times. Perhaps we would gradually realise that we could take risks with our lives and the lives of others, knowing that there is a safety net which will prevent the worst from happening. Ultimately we could become totally irresponsible and do what we felt like. In fact our lives would be far from free; we would become robots.
Sobering thought?

The good Lord didn't create anything without a purpose, but mosquitoes come close.

 

When you get to your wit's end, you'll find God lives there.

Thoughts of a seeker

I'm thinking of trying the Church. My life is in a mess and I don't know whether I am coming or going; but I am scared stiff what will happen when I first set foot inside the door.

What should I wear? In Mum's day they wore hats and Dad wore a suit and tie.

Do they sing hymns or is it all guitars and do they sway to the music? Will I be ignored or will the welcome be so effusive that I will feel instantly trapped into something when I only want to test the water? How will I know when to sit, stand, kneel - do they still kneel?

Will I be expected to say something? anything? - on my own even? And since I haven't been consummated, or whatever, what happens when they all go up to the front?

I'm not sure I can cope with this - I think I'll leave it another day...

And another month, or a year or more goes by...

Reassurance

You will get a welcome! But don't worry - you won't be press-ganged into anything! You will be handed a service leaflet, a sheet giving information about today's specific readings and notices and some other information, and you will be given a book of hymns or songs that we will sing during the service.

Come smart but relaxed, hats, ties and suits are optional; everyone wears what they feel comfortable in and in winter the church is usually quite warm.

Yes we sing, and quite well too, but no particular actions go with it. If we introduce movement or dance in any form it will be for those who want to do it and only for particular events under careful direction.

You will know when to sit or stand from the service leaflet and it will probably be announced anyway.

If it is a Communion Service you may come up to the altar rail even if you have NOT been confirmed where you will be blessed. (Nice that one - I wish it had happened when I was young. Ed.)

After any morning service you will be invited to stay for a little while for a cup of coffee or other light refreshment which will give you a chance to meet people informally. We will want to get to know you better but whether you stay is entirely up to you.

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Dear God,
Please untie the knots that are in my mind, my heart and my life.
Remove the have nots, can nots and the do nots.
Erase the will not, may not, might not that may find a home in my heart.
Release me from the could nots, would nots and should nots that obstruct my life.
And most of all, dear God, I ask that you remove from my mind, my heart and my life
all of the "am nots" that I have allowed to hold me back.
Especially that thought that I am not good enough. Amen.

Order or Re-order?

We sometimes like to have an informal service in church; perhaps where we could gather round in a circle for teaching, occasional singing, readings, music or whatever comes to mind at the time.

The Anglican churches in particular in the UK have struggled with trying to make their buildings more user-friendly, warmer in winter and effective for modern worship. But these buildings are often of great historic interest and significance in the community and are regarded as "sacrosanct" especially so far as their fabric is concerned.

Did you hear of the vicar who met opposition to his proposed relocation of the piano? He moved it just one inch every day until it eventually arrived where he wanted it! We should not forget that much of the internal fabric of our churches was substantially altered relatively recently by the Victorians to suit their styles of worship, so we should bear in mind that our present needs may not be met in today's historic buildings. If anyone is worried by this they should consider the amount of alteration carried out in the cathedrals: York, Canterbury and Exeter have all seen major internal alterations in recent years to the great benefit of congregations and visitors.

So we should not be surprised if, as a result of review or some other need, one or more of us identifies a weakness affecting us within the church building pointing towards some possible alteration. Let us not look on this as a threat, rather an opportunity for careful and prayerful consideration.

Flower arrangers

May God grant that our hearts, our eyes and our hands may receive this His inspiration enabling us to glorify His house with the beauty of the leaves and blossoms which He has created.

During Advent and Lent, the seasons of preparation, the church is rather bare, the altar frontal is purple, and there are few flowers in church. But Christmas and Easter change all that!

But why do we forgo flowers during Lent? Surely this is the season of new life and the church would do well to recognise this. Remember Christ spent much time in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Have you thought of going on a retreat or Christian holiday? The Brochure for Lee Abbey in North Devon is now out and available, there's a copy among the mission Magazines in the entrance corridor at St Paul's - it's worth a read! Church Urban Fund Poverty Sunday is on 13th June, please do remember those living in hardship in the towns of our country and pray for our Church's ministry of care to them, for more details why not visit the CUF website:
www.cuf.org.uk/poverty-sunday.aspx

God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

How the Church is run

The Church is run by the Parish Priest and Parochial Church Council. It is overseen by the Church of England through the Diocese of Exeter which is subdivided into Deaneries. We are in the Newton Abbot & Ipplepen Deanery under the Archdeacon of Totnes.

The PCC cannot do what it likes. Permanent alterations to the fabric of the church building for example need to be processed through the Diocese and a Faculty obtained. Grants may be available for major projects or repairs.

In order to do its job effectively a busy PCC will delegate many of its functions to committees. This is good - it involves those who do not wish to have the more general responsibilities of running the church, but who have a particular talent to offer. Such people are the backbone of the church and often do their valuable work almost unnoticed.

Who pays?

Despite opinions to the contrary, the Church of England is not that wealthy. It has assets, but to dispose of these to fund day to day expenses would be irresponsible. Anglican church congregations have had to learn that they must fund most of the costs of running the building, paying for the clergy and supporting the many activities of the Church. It has been a painful lesson. It used to be common for the "collection" to be the main method of personal giving.

But doesn't a 20 note look huge in the collection plate while very small in the supermarket?

But there is no need to despair! If the Church concentrates on its core activity of bringing people to Christ, and engages its congregation in a sustainable way, then the money needs tend to fall into place.
But let's keep it real - we cost over 100,000 per year to run.

This means that the PCC will spend approaching 1M over the next 10 years! We are a big business and must run this side of our church carefully.



The above ad did not apparently flout the Advertising Standards Authority's rules.

We think the ad should have read:

THERE IS DEFINITELY A GOD!
Now stop worrying and enjoy your life to the full!

More recently

this add from the Trinitarian Bible Society has prompted 400 requests for Bibles.

From the Christian Institute.

Mission and Outreach

The Church in the UK and elsewhere cannot wait for new members to just arrive. We are commanded to

"preach the Gospel to the world".

So churches are getting into the whole business of reaching out.

This website is part of that but the work will be largely personal - one-to-one. This will be an exacting task and will make us all think carefully what we believe in and what we can offer openly to people who are struggling. We hope that they will then feel able to come back to the church as a physical and symbolic centre of the ministry. We hope many seekers will find this site helpful in clarifying their thoughts on what we believe in. We know it is not easy but it may be an introduction to a way of life that is wonderfully fulfilling.

 

 

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July 2015