Salisbury Pilgrimage - St. John's Church, Devizes

 

Here at St. John with St. Mary our members get involved in many diverse activities, supporting the community and one another not only spiritually but in a wide range of practical activities.

Local children can play in a safe environment at our range of regular family events such as the Edward Bear club while their carers share experiences over a cup of tea.

Vulnerable adults are helped to cope with the stresses of everyday life through our outreach work, whilst everyone is welcome to pursue personal meditation through bible reading and quiet reflection.


For the parish statement on our Safeguarding Policy click here.


The Mothers’ Union engages each year with the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which runs from 25th November to 10 December which is Human Rights Day. Click here (http://www.themothersunion.org/sites/default/files/11.%20Signposting%20leaflet%20UK.pdf)  for a link to this campaign. Jacqui Clark, our Associate Priest, preached a sermon on this subject at Salisbury Cathedral last year.  Click Sermon


 Our Rule of Life

Living our Wild and Precious Lives

During Advent 2016 and Lent 2017 we spent time reflecting on Mary Oliver’s Poem A Summer Day which ends with the line ‘Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?’. From these reflections, we developed a parish Rule of Life. A Rule or Rhythm of Life has long been an aspect of the Christian way of living. Gail Foster (local poet) has written a poem that captures something of our hope to share this vision of our life together.

What Will You Do?

What will you do, the poet said, with this

One wild and precious life you have today

Within the womb the Baptist leaps for bliss

Upon the cross He gives his life away


What will we do indeed, for heaven’s sake

We motley crew of children, priests, and fools

We offer fairy cakes and prayers, and break

Communal bread according to the rules

What did he do?  He died, and rose again

Was unconventional, and wild, and brave

He gave his precious life that other men

Might rise in easy conscience from the grave

And you, sat there all cosy in your pew

What will you do with what he gave for you?


© Gail Foster 11th June 2017

 

 Rule of Life


Please feel free to down load our weekly pew sheet

7th July


Please feel free to down load our Monthly Magazine

July 2019


Here at St John's we are striving to be an Eco- Church, please read our progress:

 

January         February         March 

 

Churchyard 1

 “The birth of our Living Churchyard project.  We hope to have a circular Mediation area with benches in the south west corner of the churchyard.  Watch this space!  “

 Churchyard 2 2