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Team Talk - September 2017


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Team Talk is the quarterly magazine of the Parish of Great Marlow and Marlow Bottom with Little Marlow and Bisham

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Team Talk - September 2017

  1. 1. Team TalkSEPTEMBER 2017 A newsletter of the Marlow area team ministry serving the communities of Great Marlow, Marlow Bottom, Little Marlow, and Bisham. Youth Work in Marlow Where to begin? The last time we wrote we were dreaming about the youth work and now the final pieces we are trying are about to begin. As well as our wonderful Sunday morning leaders and groups for youth, we now have a ‘Breakfast Club’ which runs between the services to offer the young people a chance to have fun and get to know each other and the team. We are going into Borlase each week to run the ‘Doughnut Club’ where the students can come and learn more about Jesus, play some games and of course eat a doughnut! We have had the exciting development of a small group called ‘C.A.K.E with God’, (Come And Keep Exploring with God) which Kirsty Blake runs in Marlow Bottom and a good number have been going to that each week. Finally, we are about to launch our new Wednesday night Youth Club called ‘Game On’ & our town wide youth service ‘Unity’. The youth council came up with the name Game On and we were really encouraged as the initials are GO, which is a major part of the great commission and is the hope for this club. As for ‘Unity’, this will be a monthly youth service run jointly between the churches on a Saturday night. We would love to offer more support to the school and could especially do with a few more male leaders for our ‘Game On’ Club and Sunday mornings, so it would be wonderful to hear from you if you would like to know more. Helen Godwin Autumn Sermon Series Sundays across the 4U Team, up until Advent, promise to be a Biblical journey of adventure and wonder! In September we will be marvelling at Creation and Creativity ... This short series explores the rich vein of Biblical teaching around Creator and creation, drawing on the Wisdom literature of the Old Testament. King David and his son Solomon, Job, the Psalms and the book of Proverbs will help us explore more deeply the person of God as creator whilst at the same time help us celebrate creation and draw us in to play our part. In October we will be diving into Jonah... Jonah is a fantastic Old Testament character whose story leaves us asking the question, “Do we really love people like God does?” Now that is a challenge not to be missed! In November we will be meeting James ... Hold onto your hats! The challenges that James, through his New Testament letter lays on us should at least unsettle us if not knock us off our feet. “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.” (1.19) “Listen you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you.” (5.1). But also don’t forget, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (5.16) May God, who breathes life into all of creation, speak to us and increase our love for him as we journey through this series together. Graham Watts Teeny Saints “Just a few weeks before I went back to work, I discovered the nicest place to have a cup of tea and home baked scone [...] It wasn’t a High Street cafe, nor a friend’s house. It was a local Church toddler group”. This isn’t a quote about one of our churches (however lovely that would be!) but it did get me thinking about what we would like church to be for our local community. The Surrey-based mother of two goes on to describe the group as being: “like a warm hug on a Wednesday morning, where a group of somewhat unlikely people come together without having to pay an extortionate termly cost, to have a hot drink, a chin-wag and a couple of hours entertainment for the kids”. This September at All Saints we are launching TEENY SAINTS - a new toddler group for 0-3 year- olds and their parents/carers/grandparents. The
  2. 2. Team Talk SEPTEMBER 2017 smallgroups4you Septemberseesuslaunchthesecondprogramme of small groups under our new system. In our first term we had nearly 300 people attend groups and courses. We’ve had great feedback about supportive relationships being formed, stimulating learning and discussion taking place and people having fun together. We hope that this term will see even more exciting stuff taking place. There is lots of variety in groups, from craft and chat to Alpha, to studying the book of Revelation! Whether you are new to church or have been coming for years you should find something. We are grateful to all those who have helped to make this programme possible by offering to lead a group and hope they find it a rewarding experience. We want the number of groups to expand in the future to offer more people the opportunity to take part and to have a good variety. To do this we will need more people to be willing to lead a group. If this is something you might be interested in perhaps this term you could offer to help an existing leader and get some experience. If you want to know any more about this or anything related to small groups please contact one of the planning group or email Sarah Fitzgerald, Ruth Frost, Marilyn Clarke and Kathy Burns We wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all across the churches in the Marlow Team for making us feel so welcome. Each church we have visited has received us This Autumn the 4U team of churches is excited to be running the Alpha course. Alpha is a great place to explore some of the big questions of life in a friendly environment. We will start with a great meal together. This is followed by a short talk which is designed to inspire thought-provoking conversation. Each week there is a different topic which will explore a big issue around faith. Finally and possibly most importantly we will sit in small groups and share our thoughts on the topic and hear what others think. It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment. Do you have questions about faith? Do you have friends who would like to be invited along to discuss topics of faith? Whether you have no previous experience or church or you have been to church for many years but still have questions – Alpha is a great place to consider some of the big questions of life and faith. There are two venues on two different days (though you need to choose a group and stay with it). There is a group that will meet on Tuesdays from September 26th for 10 weeks in All Saints church hall. There is also a Thursday group that will meet at 165 Marlow Bottom. For more information on how to sign up visit Roland Slade ... continued from page 1 vision? For church to become a place, as described in this lady’s blog, where parents/carers feel at home and can enjoy time with one another whilst their little ones have the opportunity to engage in a variety of activities. It’s easy to get caught up in wanting to do more, to be more, and see “quick fruit”, but if we pause long enough to think about how Jesus welcomed and loved those he came into contact with, we realise just how much a cup of tea, cake and a chat can mean. As we begin this new adventure at All Saints, I ask that you would join with me in praying that Teeny Saints may become a safe place for the little ones in our community and a loving support network and space for parents/carers to pause, relax and connect with one another. Through our welcome, I pray we will be able to share God’s love with our community and that in this way we will be able to live out the words of Matthew 5: 16 – “...let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Teeny Saints runs every Thursday morning at All Saints Church from 10-11.30am. If you would like to get involved in supporting this new group then please get in touch. Anna Clarke
  3. 3. Team Talk SEPTEMBER 2017 Lantern Deanery Update Well its been a busy year so far in the Deanery! We have successfully recruited a new Rector for the West Wycombe team of churches, and we have a full Mission and pastoral team. Our quarterly meetings have included visiting speakers, debates and updates on deanery projects such as the rejuvenation of the church at St Mary and St George at Sands High Wycombe which is progressing well and the recruitment of a Pioneer Minister there is well under way. All things Deanery can be found at our website Three bits of news for you to reflect on and pray for: 1. We had a presentation from Richard Peters of Lighthouse, and he spoke of Lighthouse aiming to grow nationally. We are asked to pray for all Lighthouse leaders, and for the appointment of the new Lighthouse Central Director. 2. Following on from the visit to Marlow of Bishop Steven we have continued to develop his aim for us to be a Christ-like church, and to be a church of the Beatitudes. You can hear his presentation and read more on his developing strategy at and follow the link to developing a Common Vision. 3. We debated what the Church could look like in 10 years time, and what part should we play? • Reach out to younger people. • Be confident and pro-active with our faith. • Be mutually supportive. • Encourage more lay leaders, their training and provide opportunities for them. Graham Slocombe We’re excited about the new term in Marlow Bottom at the Lantern! In our Sunday services (1st and 3rd Sundays) we are looking at ‘God’s Big Story’covering some of the best known stories in both Old and New Testaments. We’ll be covering similar themes in our new ‘Lantern Lights’ service on Sunday afternoons (2nd Sunday) which will be geared more towards toddlers and pre-schoolers. Alongside that, we’re running our first evening Alpha course, on Thursday evenings, and at our ‘Just Looking’ group for women we’ll be doing a Bible overview. So, one way and another, we’re hoping to cover the big sweep of the Bible in the next few months. Our Lantern Kids and Lantern Youth are both at a stage where we are growing from one group to two, partly because the age ranges are becoming too wide and also because we are outgrowing the spaces we use, which is a great problem to have. And on October 29th we’ll be doing another ‘Service Sunday,’ where we go out into the community after a short act of worship and share the love of God in practical ways. These are some of the things that we have planned – and we look forward to see what else God has in store for us! For more info on the Lantern please contact Graham or Sami Watts 01628 440106 or have a look at Over the October half term we are taking thirty seven boys and girls along with men and support staff on our third international tour to Erfurt in Germany! Previous participants have found such an opportunity to have a profound effect both for themselves and the group. In a wider sense we are also linking together to be part of the international church taking a bit of Marlow abroad and sharing with the congregations and audiences. We will be singing in Erfurt Cathedral, the monastery of St Augustine (where Martin Luther spent several years) and Gotha Castle which has links to our royal family. We have been working hard to raise funds to help families who find it a financial stretch to send their chorister and we are very grateful or the support we have received so far, thank you. If you would like to sponsor an arm or a leg of a chorister there is still time to do so at our JustGiving page - Martin Seymour Choir Tour 2017
  4. 4. Team Talk SEPTEMBER 2017 Compassion Project in Tanzania Following on from our sad withdrawal from the India project with Compassion we are now sponsoring a new programme in Tanzania. Currentlywesponsor24childreninTanzaniafrom across the 4U Churches and we have a further 17 waiting for a sponsor. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, or know anyone who may be interested, please contact Liz Kendall- Jones by phone on 07774 436383 or via email to Below is a brief background to this project. Project Country: Tanzania Project: Deeper Life Msitu wa Tembo Student Centre Location: Msitu wa Tembo, Moshi, Kilimanjaro Church Partner: Deeper Life Bible Church The community of Msitu wa Tembo is situated on flat plains and is home to approximately 4,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Pare, Chagga and Maasai and the most commonly spoken language is Swahili. Secondary school is the highest level of education available in Msitu wa Tembo and the majority of the children are literate. The public school system is poorly resourced and chances for Government secondary school are so limited. Fortunately, girls and boys are able to attend school equally and get an education due to past national and governmental intervention. Msitu wa Tembo faces an unemployment rate of 65 percent. Adults tend to work as plantation workers, herders and subsistence farmers. They earn the equivalent of £30 per month. The population would benefit from training in income generation skills that they might become self- employed. The community environment is healthy. They have access to public health services and hospitals with professional and specialist doctor within a few kilometres. However, individuals can face medical conditions requiring medication which far exceeds their level of income. They need health insurance and nutritional education to both address and prevent that. The majority of the population are migrant workers that come in season to work on the sugar plantations. They would benefit from social service facilities and a vocational training centre. Msitu wa Tembo is a rural community situated on a plain with a mild climate. Rain normally comes in the months of March and April during which time many of the farmers will plant their crops. Harvest season is between June to August. Liz Kendall-Jones You can contact the churches via the parish office: The Causeway Marlow, Bucks SL7 2AA Tel: 01628 481806 Email: Web: