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1 John 4:11






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Christmas Gifts & Cards, Cakes, Bring & Buy etc

Saturday 18th November

Poole Keynes Village Hall

10:00 – 12:00

Please come and join us and start your Christmas shopping!  Proceeds towards benefice Youth Work

Tel Ginny 770551, Liz 770698 or Margaret 770889




Messy Church is back!

Come and join us for

Messy Advent Logo

Sunday 19th November

3.30 - 5.00 p.m.

Kemble Primary School

School Road


Fun, Games, Craft, Worship & Tea

For more details contact Liz Collins
Tel: 01285 770698      email: e.collins@farming.co.uk





SATURDAY 2nd DECEMBER 2017, 2.30-4.30 p.m.



Santa holding a gift behind his backA great family event with

Christmas Tree of Wishes Raffle

Festive Stalls & Crafts

and Children’s attractions including

Father Christmas in his grotto

Mulled wine, teas and refreshments,

Crepes, cakes and mince pies

in aid of Rodmarton parish churches

Followed by a lantern-lit procession to light the village Christmas tree



A magazine for rural ChristiansCountry Ways Magazine Cover

Some countryside magazines seem to be written for urban people contemplating the rural dream. But Country Way is about real people in the real countryside, and the inspiring Christian work that is going on there.

You will find Country Way of interest if you enjoy stories of farming, the rural church, the environment and rural communities; as well as thoughts and reflections, and information on Christian resources and events. It comes out three times per year (January, June and October). The managing editor, Canon Dr Jill Hopkinson, is the National Rural Officer for the Church of England.

More details: http://countryway.org.uk/







Under the Thorn Tree: when Revival comes

by Richard Bewes, Christian Focus, £9.99

This is a heart-warming book of stories of people’s sheer joy in finding Jesus. “I wrote it,” Richard explains, “having grown up in East Africa during a great spiritual awakening, in which many, many thousands were added to the Church, including in our own land of Kenya. I’ve explored the biblical and historical instances of similar movements, including the Wesley awakening and others - including in America, Wales, the Hebrides, Korea, Indonesia, the Sudan - and plenty more.” Revival comes with the sole pursuit of Jesus - He encompasses everything.


The Recovery of Joy: finding the path from rootlessness to returning home

by Naomi Starkey, BRF, £6.99

Recovering your joy involves more than following our social codes and conventions. It involves walking with God at our right hand, step by step in the radiant light of His presence. It involves remembering that we have already arrived at our destination - the safety of our Father's house - even as we continue on the pilgrim road that takes us through life.'

The Recovery of Joy weaves imaginative story and profound biblical reflections on several of the Psalms to trace a journey that many of us will relate to. The narrative begins in rootlessness and despair and takes a wanderer across the sea to a series of islands. These are the setting for a series of events and encounters through which emerges a progression from that initial rootlessness, through healing, to a rediscovery of the joy of feeling at the centre of God's loving purpose for our lives.


Writes of the Church: Gripes and grumbles of people in the pews

by Gary Alderson, BRF, £6.99

What would a church magazine letters page look like if the locals just wrote what they actually thought - and what does it tell us about how we think of our church? In Writes of the Church, the locals bicker, complain and wonder; the vicar is overworked and occasionally lets them know they're pushing him over the edge. But through it all, we learn something valuable about ourselves.

It's an unusual and loving angle on the Church of England. The characters are odd, aggressive, frustrated or sometimes just plain stupid. But the depth of their love for the church comes through the threats to boycott the church over a tea towel, the obsession over saving money and the complaints that children are allowed into the church during an act of worship. Through laughing at ourselves, we learn about what really makes us tick. Through learning, we might change.


Does The Bible Really Say That? - challenging our assumptions in the light of Scripture

by Mark Woods, Monarch £8.99

Does God have a specific plan for your life? Does God want to heal us all? This book started as one article, looking at whether God has a plan for our lives. But then the idea grew and the author wondered whether there were other things that deserve a hard look.

What about forgiveness, evangelism, and spiritual growth? What about Genesis? Are we missing some of the richness and depth of our faith because we don’t like to ask the questions we ought to ask? Are there different ways of thinking about old truths that might challenge and inspire us? Are there, even, old truths that turn out not to be true after all?”

In this biblically faithful book, Mark Woods takes a forensic look at some favourite evangelical assumptions and asks whether they are built on strong Scriptural foundations. Is the truth deeper, more radical and more dangerous?


Forgotten Bible Stories

by Margaret McAllister and Alida Massari, Lion Childrens, £9.99

An elegantly illustrated collection of 13 lesser-known Bible stories. Margaret McAllister imaginatively retells these tales of often-forgotten people, specially chosen for their care and compassion towards the vulnerable, and their (sometimes unexpected) strength of character. Balaam, Hagar, Mephibosheth, Naboth’s Vineyard, The Widow, Naaman’s Servant, Ebedmelech, Elizabeth, Centurion, The Servants in the Courtyard, Dorcas, Barnabas, Eunice, Philemon


Grace of Waiting: learning patience and embracing its gifts

by Margeret Whipp, Canterbury Press, £10.99

This wise and beautiful book draws on the experience of unchosen waiting - in sickness, in old age, and in the struggles and frustrations of everyday life - to explore the challenges of waiting and the skills it demands.

A lifeline for anyone who finds themselves in a time of waiting, chosen or unchosen, or accompanying others through such times, it shows how the paradoxical gifts of patience point to the God who kindly waits for us.

Beginning with an introduction exploring practices for spiritual formation as we wait, it explores four vivid metaphors for life's waiting times:
Wilderness - the practices of surrender and struggle; the gift of sustenance
Winter - the practices of resilience and rootedness; the gift of renewal
Winepress - the practices of constancy and compassion; the gift of consolation
Womb - the practices of nurture and noticing; the gift of newness and naming

A book of grace, depth and beauty, destined to become a modern spiritual classic.


Breathing Under Water

by Richard Rohr, SPCK, £9.99

This book aims to help us identify our addiction (whatever it may be) and to overcome it through the grace of God. The author says: We are all addicted in some way.

But when we learn to identify our addiction, embrace our brokenness, and surrender to God, we begin to bring healing to ourselves and our world. In Breathing Under Water, Richard Rohr shows how the gospel principles in the Twelve Steps can free anyone from addiction — from an obvious dependence on alcohol or drugs to the more common but less visible addiction that we all have to sin.

The book has been called 'a must-read for any person who recognizes the need to go "inward" on their soul's journey to question what their relationship is with God, themselves, and others.'




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