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Contemplative Prayer

‘Be still and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46:10)

Contemplative prayer, ‘the heart’s simple repose in God’, enables us to commune and rest with God in silence and stillness. It has biblical origins and an ancient tradition within the Christian church. In his beautiful and practical book ‘Into the Silent Land’, Martin Laird reminds us that we are ‘built for contemplation’, that ‘communion with God in the silence of the heart is a God-given capacity, like the rhododendron’s capacity to flower, the fledgling’s for flight and the child’s for self-forgetful abandon and joy’.

Alongside mission and worship, a principal function of the parish is to nurture the spiritual education and transformation of its congregation. In order to further this role, we are exploring the ancient contemplative tradition of the Christian church.

Lawrence Freeman explains that ‘the parish structure is a defining sign of its witness to the world of its inner life and faith’. Therefore, the parish community becomes the place where the nurturing of this ‘inner life and faith’ can be fostered, practised and celebrated.

In order to cultivate this 'inner life and faith', we are collectively exploring what it means to be a 'contemplative community' so that the fruits of contemplation can emerge within ourselves, our parish and the wider community in which we live.

If you are interested in joining us on this journey, or wish to know more about the Christian contemplative tradition or contemplative prayer, please do let us know.


Ecumenical Relationships in Devizes

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We work in outreach to the whole town of Devizes together with Churches Together in Devizes. The three Church of England parishes in the town are in partnership with Methodists/URC, Roman Catholics, Baptists, Quakers, Community Church and Salvation Army. This partnership tries to make visible our communion with each other in a variety of ways.

We celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity together every January, praying in each other's churches during the week and coming together for a large service on Sunday in the Corn Exchange.

During Lent we join in Lent lunches and Lent courses together.

Songs of Praise is held each year at the canal Wharf.

We share a Harvest Supper together.

In December we sing carols together in the Market Place followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

Declaration of Intent

We believe that the unity of His Church is the will of God.

We believe that we can forward this unity by venturing together into a Devizes Partnership of Churches.

Therefore We covenant together

To share our life as fully as we can
For the greater glory of God
And in love for our neighbour.

We rejoice in the rich variety of our heritage and remain loyal to our denominations.

We will continue to pray and work for the unity of the whole Church, and the reconcilliation of all mankind.

We would welcome all to share in this work for our Lord Jesus Christ.