Renewed, Reconstituted and Recommitted

by Gerry Lynch last modified 04 Feb, 2015 04:24 PM

Churches in Devizes work together under new name and new constitution

Renewed, Reconstituted and Recommitted

After the signing of the new consitution at the Church of Our Lady in the Wiltshire town.

Eight churches in Devizes have signed up to a new constitution and a new name - Churches Together in Devizes - marking the next stage in the life of the Partnership of Churches which was founded in 1978.

Over the last eighteen months the member churches have held discussions and prayed. They have glimpsed God’s will and reviewed the basis of collective activity, that is, the constitution.  There was a Vision Day in October 2013, services and discussions in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in January 2014 and in Lent 2014.  Draft documents were drawn up and circulated to member churches for approval.

The discussions were not all about formal structure of course.  Priorities for the future were also agreed which include nurturing children and young people, championing social justice, finding confidence to talk more about our faith and being good stewards of the environment.

Denominations involved in Churches Together in Devizes include Baptist, Church of England, Methodist, Pentecostal, Quaker, Roman Catholic and United Reformed Churches.

John Saunders, Chair Churches Together in Devizes said, “Many good things have been achieved in the last 36 years and there are many supportive friendships across the churches. Our new constitution and fresh vision will help us to build on all this. We now hope to work more closely together and become increasingly involved in the life of Devizes, responding to some of the real need that there is in the town.”

The new Constitution was signed on 29 January at the Church of Our Lady. Representatives included the Revd Gary Gotham from St Andrew’s Methodist/URC, the Revd David Fiddy  from The Rock, Lawrie Smithson  from St James’, Southbroom, Fr Vincent Perricone from St Peter’s, Liz Overthrow from St John’s and St Mary’s, Jacky Thomas from Devizes Quakers, Fr Philip Baptiste from the Church of Our Lady and the Revd Paul White from Sheep Street Baptist.

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