PAST EVENTS:

From April 2020:

Welcome to the United Church in Bradford on Avon

Thank you for visiting our website. If you don't already know us, 
it would be good to welcome you to our church community.
PLEASE SCROLL down the PAGE 
to see our most recent news and information.

Although we are not currently meeting in our 
church building due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 
we are still very much a CHURCH!

Please use the links below to find help or support...

THE MINISTER AND PASTORAL TEAM CAN BE CONTACTED VIA THE
WEBSITE CONTACT PAGE, FACEBOOK PAGE OR 01225 755372.

Special resources link

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Christian Aid Week 10-16 May 2020     christian aid logo

 Christian Aid Week has now finished, but it is possible to make a donation to their main appeal for Christian Aid Week up until June 30th.  If you would like to do so, please click below:

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/CAWeek2020

Or, if you would like to sponsor Kath Saunders, from our United Area, she is challenging us to raise £1560 for a dam in East Kenya, by doing a sponsored bike ride throughout May in aid of Christian Aid, specifically for this.  For more details, and how to sponsor her, click on Kath's photo below:

              Kath Saunders on her bike             

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Walks in the Wiltshire Countryside

View of BoA from Tory  Swans River Biss

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Sunday Mornings at 10.30am....

  Our minister and others will be sharing in reading and praying through a worship service relevant for that Sunday; uniting our congregation in worship when 
we cannot be in the same building together.

Click here for: Sunday 7th June

Holy Week and Easter 2020 links can be found on our Past Events page
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MIND logo 

Click on the MIND logo - or here - for Information and support. 
"This might a feel difficult or stressful time but there are 
lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing".
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Are you in a family who may be struggling in the current Coronavirus crisis?
Call The Hub on 01225 920748
or 0800 8402298
or email boacommunityhub@gmail.com
to receive food.

The Hub wishes to say a big thank you to the generosity of our church members and church as a whole, for food and monetary gifts.

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Each evening at 9pm...
Message from Revd Gary Gotham (United Area Chair) and Revd Coppard (Superintendent):
You may like to join us each evening at 9pm, praying to God for all those suffering, their loved ones and those caring for them, and remembering those who mourn.  You may also like to pray for all the members and friends within the churches in the United Area

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From March 2020:

IT IS WITH REGRET THAT THERE WILL NO LONGER BE WORSHIP 
OR CHURCH MEETINGS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

THE MINISTER AND PASTORAL TEAM CAN BE CONTACTED VIA THE
WEBSITE CONTACT PAGE, FACEBOOK PAGE OR 01225 755372.

Click here for special links and resources: ISOLATED but NOT ALONE 
readings, music, audio, etc
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Holy Week and Easter 2020


During this Holy Week, unlike any we have experienced in our lives to date, please join us in reflections for each of the days Monday to Thursday, prepared by our Minister, Maree Farrimond, then in the Service from the URC Daily Devotions on Good Friday, and our Easter Sunday service (again prepared by Maree).  Click on the day for the relevant link:

Reflections for Holy Week 2020:  Monday;   Tuesday;   Wednesday;  Maundy Thursday

Lewes Passion Play 2015   Lewes Passion Play 2015


Good Friday Service:   Link below:         

https://m.soundcloud.com/andy-braunston/good-friday-service/s-vGJw9KZm4si

Click here for Easter Sunday Service:                                          

Easter flowers              Easter Cross with Flowers

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MIND logo 

Click on the MIND logo - or here - for Information and support. 
"This might a feel difficult or stressful time but there are 
lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing".
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Are you in a family who may struggle over the Easter period?
Call The Hub on 01225 920748
or 0800 8402298
or email boacommunityhub@gmail.com
to receive food.

The Hub wishes to say a big thank you to the generosity of our church members and church as a whole, for food and monetary gifts.

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Sunday Mornings at 10.30am....

  Our minister and others will be sharing in reading and praying through a worship service relevant for that Sunday; uniting our congregation in worship when we cannot be in the same building together. See above for link to Easter Sunday Service.

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Each evening at 9pm...
Message from Revd Gary Gotham (United Area Chair) and Revd Coppard (Superintendent):
You may like to join us each evening at 9pm, praying to God for all those suffering, their loved ones and those caring for them, and remembering those who mourn.  You may also like to pray for all the members and friends within the churches in the United Area.
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HOLY TRINITY CHURCH IN THE CENTRE OF BRADFORD ON AVON
 IS OPEN DAILY FOR QUIET PERSONAL PRAYER.
WE PRAY THAT YOU ALL STAY CLEAR OF THIS INFECTION.

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CHRISTMAS SERVICES 2019

Joseph and Mary travel to Bethleham

Sunday 22nd December – Carol Service at 10.30am
Christmas Eve – Carol Celebration in Westbury Gardens at 6pm –
   followed by Holy Communion in the United Church at 7pm
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Advent Study Course

Shepherds seeing the star

Come and join our informal Advent Study time
All Welcome!
Led by Revd Maree Farrimond
Click here for further details

Advent Study Course: December 2019

Advent Candles
Come and join our informal Advent Study time
All Welcome!
Led by Revd Maree Farrimond
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COFFEE MORNING DEC 7th 2019

Coffee Morning Dec 7th 2019 
please click on the image to see the details
Our Christmas Coffee Morning in the United Church Hall is Saturday 7th December from 10am.
Christmas gifts & other bargains for sale  - everyone welcome!
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COFFEE MORNING DECEMBER 2019

               Choir Coffee Morning Dec 2019    Choir Coffee Morning Dec 2019    Church coffee morning Dec 2019 organised by the choir                                                     
please CLICK HERE for more photos
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Tourist Information One of our Church Members helps at the Bradford on Avon Tourist Information Centre. They need MORE volunteers! If you are interested, click here for further information...
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WORSHIP for the SEASON of CREATION: September 22nd 2019

The Eco Church group prepared the Sunday Morning Act of Worship, based on an Ecumenical Prayer Service for the Season of Creation. There were a number of ways in which the issues of Stewardship of the Planet were presented - through prayers &  hymns, as well as in a poignant Drama and an address entitled 'The Web of Life'. 

Informative links about our Christian responsibilities for our endangered Ecosytem can be found through two Christian charities:
    Eco Church      and      Green Christian

Eco Church logo           Green Christian            

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          NEW Church Profile - on the Members' Page  

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HARVEST & DEDICATION OF NEW HYMN BOOK SEPTEMBER 15th 2019:

Revd Maree Farrimond with the New Hymn Book at the Harvest Table
Revd Maree Farrimond at the Harvest Communion Table
after dedicating our new Hymn Book, 'Singing the Faith'.
The inscription in the new Hymn Book is:

In memory of
Mrs A.W.Edwards
and her daughter
Dorothy Edwards,
organist of this Church
1926 - 1950

Views of Harvest produce displayed in the church:

Display of Harvest gifts at the front of the Church    Display of Harvest gifts at the front of the Church

NEW Church Profile - on the Members' Page  

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  Church Meeting   CHURCH MEETING: Sat OCT 19th 2019
                        in the CHURCH, with a 10am start.

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PRAYER DAY SEPTEMBER 7th 2019:

Prayer Day in the Church

The Church was transformed into a wonderfully inviting space for our Day of Prayer, arranged in eight areas. Each area focused on a different aspect of our lives, with simple visual aids and prayers to guide us. Gentle meditative music played in the background and projected on the screen were images to help contemplate the beauty of God's creation.

More photos of the event will shortly be available on a separate page.   _______________________________________________________________

Joint Issues logo Joint Public Issues Team

Church leaders’ letter to the new Prime Minister: a no-deal Brexit is gambling with the basic needs of our poorest citizens. To read this letter, please click here. Those signing include the leaders of the United Reformed Church and of the Methodist Church 
      
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All who currently attend our Church, may like to see an important document which relates to the calling of a new Minister. This can be found by following the link here.

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ECO CHURCH: A group at United Church is studying what it would mean to dedicate ourselves to becoming an 'Eco Church' - both for United Church as well as for us as individuals!. Please contact us by email if you are interested in knowing more. The website for Eco Church is at: https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/

There is a new link to the LECTIONARY readings for each Sunday - and the links take you to the actual Bible readings too! Try it out here: Lectionary Readings

Please explore the website using the main tabs and links or the ones which you find attached to this and other pages - to help discover more about us!

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     Holy WeekYou are most welcome to come and join us at any time.

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August 2019
Revd Heather Wilson

FAREWELL to REVD HEATHER WILSON: We hold Heather and her husband Hugh in our prayers as they prepare to move to Lincolnshire in late August. We wish Heather every good wish and every blessing in her new Ministry there.

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Wednesday August 7th 2019

A Special Congregational Meeting has been called to discuss the Ministerial Vacancy. This will be held in the Church at 7.30pm. All members of our congregation are most welcome. We are delighted that several members of the Wiltshire Area Executive will be there to provide information and support about the process.

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EVENTS advertised May/June 2019

There are some really compelling events coming up shortly - please click on the link on the title to see more details...

1. "The Situation in the Yemen - the World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis" - organised by our local BoA Oxfam Group - on Wednesday June 5th at 7.15pm in the United Church
2. "Finding Stillness and Strength" from June 7th to June 9th, led by Sue Glanville
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. "Soul Space" Thursday June 13th from 8.30am to 5.30am at Holy Trinity Church, BOA.         ________________________________________________________________________

Holy Week


You are most welcome to come and join us at any time - we have some special times of worship during Holy Week, in the week leading up to Easter Day which is April 21st this year! Maundy Thursday, April 18th: Tenebrae, at 7pm in our Church Hall
- a time of readings and reflection, led by Revd Heather Wilson
Good Friday, April 19th. Walk of Witness, begins at 11am - shared with other Christians - starting from Westbury Gardens and finishing at Christchurch. Good Friday Reflections: at 3pm in United Church, led by Revd Heather Wilson Easter Day, April 21st: 10.30am in United Church: All Age Worship with Holy Communion, led by our Minister Revd Heather Wilson.

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MARCH 6th 2019 

STOP PRESS! The Ashing Service and Prayer Time scheduled for Ash Wednesday, March 6th, at 2.30pm will take place at 25 Downs View and not at the Church, as originally planned.

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World Day of Prayer The World Day of Prayer is an International, ecumenical Christian laywomen's initiative. It is run under the motto "Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action" and is celebrated annually in over 170 countries on the first Friday in March.
The local World Day of Prayer Service is at St James' Church, Trowbridge at
10.30am on Friday 1st March 2019. All are most welcome. The World Day of Prayer website is at www.wwdp.org.uk/. The theme this year is 'Come - Everything is Ready', which has been developed by women in Slovenia.

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Walking the WayIf you missed the Walking the Way event in Trowbridge on Jan 26th, you may like to attend the URC Southwestern Synod event on February 2nd 2019. A poster with details can be found by clicking here

Saturday January 26th at 10.30am - 3.30pm:

Walking the Way Swindon and Wiltshire Area Gathering to be held at Wesley Road Methodist Church in Trowbridge. A poster with all the details about this event can be found by clicking here.
Further Information available from:
Revd. Gerald England
Synod Pastoral Advisor
geraldengland@btinternet.com

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Please find Revd Heather Wilson's Christmas Newsletter below:

Wilson Newsletter in Holly

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Sorry, you will have missed the fun at our Coffee Morning on Saturday Dec 1st:

December Coffee Morning fun! December Coffee Morning fun! December Coffee Morning fun! December Coffee Morning fun December Coffee Morning fun! December Coffee Morning fun! December Coffee Morning fun!For larger versions of these pictures, go to the PHOTO album page.

…as well as the presentation on Friday December 7th in the Church, of Sing Gloria!

Congratulations to David Scrivens and all who took part in this venture - the total raised for the charities listed below was a magnificent £218.

Sing Gloria!

Refreshments will follow. Proceeds from a Retiring Collection to benefit:
'The Hub' in BOA; Wiltshire Youth for Christ; Breakthrough Trowbridge;
and 'Send a Cow' - African Self Sufficiency project
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Saturday December 1st 2018: at the United Church Hall

10 St Margaret's Street, Bradford on Avon BA15 1DD

Coffee Morning

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Lest We Forget
WE WILL REMEMBER….

Remembrance poppies

Welcome to Fellowship@4

11 November 2018
4.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Followed by Light Refreshments
10, St Margaret’s Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1DD

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GOOD NEWS...

Tools for Self Reliance is a UK based charity working to help relieve poverty in Africa.
One of our church members leads the local group which meets in Holt.

The concert in September 2018 given by Con Brio at Holt URC raised £400 for the charity.

Tools for Self Reliance
Photo taken at the 30th Anniversary of the local group earlier this year

"We work with local African organisations to deliver a programme of tools and training to bring about effective and sustainable change to trades people and their communities."

Link to the main website: https://www.tfsr.org/

   

Garth Hewitt Concert

International Day of Peace Fri 21st Sept 2018 7pm
with Garth Hewitt
at Christ Church,
Bradford on Avon
tickets £10/8 cons at Ex Libris/Eventbrite
£12/10 on night

Founded the human rights charity
Amos Trust in 1985,

Garth worked for 26 years as its Director, then handing that role on to Chris Rose while maintaining a role with Amos as Founder.

Link to the Bradford on Avon Friends of Palestine for more information about the concert.
Link to Garth Hewitt's website

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