Men’s Breakfast – May 2017

Mens BreakfastJoin us Saturday 27th May for our next men’s breakfast!

Fancy a full English with a band of brothers? Come and join us at 8:00am, the Bath Arms on the high street (41, Market Place, Warminster BA12 9AZ).

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Meeting at 8am, we plan to eat about 8:15am, and be finished up by about 9:00, set up perfectly for the rest of the  weekend.

This is a great opportunity to invite your friends along to another open Strive event, share a great time together and enjoy a big breakfast. So invite your mates!

The price is likely to be about £3-5 each depending on what you chose from their amazing menu!

This is a totally relaxed, roll-up-if-you-can event.  However if you’re planning on coming please let us know if at all possible, so we can warn ‘spoons to get more bacon on!  Either phone Si Pope (01985219688), email strive.warminster@gmail.com or comment on this post.

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August Men’s Breakfast

Mens BreakfastJoin us this Saturday 27th August for our next men’s breakfast!

The same time as usual, 8:30am, Saturday 27th August, at the Bath Arms on the high street (41, Market Place, Warminster BA12 9AZ).

BathArms

We will plan to eat about 8:45am, and be finished up by about 9:30, set up perfectly for the rest of the weekend.

This is a great opportunity to invite your friends along to another open Strive event, share a great time together and enjoy a big breakfast. So invite your mates!

The price is likely to be about £3-5 each depending on what you chose from their amazing menu!

If you are planning to come along please do drop us a line so we can gauge numbers; either phone Si Pope (01985219688), email strive.warminster@gmail.com or comment on this post.

See you then!

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September Bible Study

BibleStudyOur next bible study is this coming Saturday!

This men’s bible study consists of a relaxed chat through a chapter or two from a book of the bible, of course with a coffee!

Saturday September 12th, 8.30am in Christ Church Hall, Warminster.  We plan to make these meetings fit in a busy schedule, so we promise to finish by 9:30 at the latest.  

What is it like?  We take a chapter or two, read it through together & chat through what we find. Absolutely no experience of bible study is necessary, all you need is a thirst to find out more & a willingness to share.

Where is it? We will meet in the Church Hall, Christ Church, Warminster; see map below.

What shall I bring?  Yourself!  We will supply coffee/tea and a bible if you like.

Is there any cost?  No, not a bean!

Look forward to seeing you there.

Valentines Day (…no bible study)

Christian LoveA quick note to say there will be no men’s bible study this month.

Why?  Because it’s scheduled for Valentines day – Sat 14th Feb!

We realise that a good part of this day is purely centered around boosting the coffers of the florists and chocolatiers.  However, it is also a perfect opportunity to ensure your loved ones know how you feel.

So if you are in a relationship try spending some time considering John 13:34-35 and how that should shape your relationship.

If you are not, then please do spend time praying for the friends & family who are.  There isn’t a relationship that I know of that couldn’t benefit with a dose of prayer!

On that note.  All relationships are rarely straightforward or easy.  Please also take a moment to read through the work of Restored.  Research shows 1 in 3 women globally have experienced violence, and 2 women every week in the UK are killed by a current or former male partner.  Shocking statistics, and it would be good if each of us can take a stand to make a difference.

Be a First Man Standing this Valentines day;

In Memory of the Fallen

In Remembrance

Strive is a group for men and of men in Warminster. This week six men were murdered in Afghanistan. To date over four hundred men and women serving in the British armed services have died in action. This week some of them came from our community.

We reach out to their families in prayer and offer our heartfelt sympathy. And we honour their memories; naming them in our prayers:

Wilford, Daniel, Private, aged 21

Wade, Daniel Private aged 20

Kershaw, Christopher, Private aged 19

Frampton, Anthony, Private aged 20

Hartley, Jake, Corporal, aged 20

Coupe, Nigel, Sergeant, aged 33 

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them

When dentistry and theology collide.

Just because something is irrational doesn’t mean that it is unreal especially when it comes to fears. I have a friend who is one of the most unflappable people I know, someone you can always count on to keep their head in a crisis. Unless there is a cat involved. It doesn’t even have to be a real feline, a picture of one brings on a panic attack. She knows it is totally irrational but she can’t help herself. I don’t particularly like cats but I’m not afraid of them, with me it’s dentists.

I have a dread fear of dentists and have had for many years. In the twelve years since we moved to Wiltshire I had never been for a check up. I did register with one and even made an appointment but in the end I bottled it.

Man up dad.” was a common plea from my daughters!

Why was I so scared? Until recently I wasn’t sure; I had lots of excuses but I knew they were really a smokescreen. A little innocent sophistry that would probably have kept me away from the dentists forever and then two things happened.

First, at Christmas, I was eating a soft centre sweet when I realised that it had become crunchy! It transpired that one of the three fillings I had when I was a kid had crumbled. Pain followed. I knew that I would have to do something.

Secondly, I shared what had happened with my friend Carl, a dentist. He promised me that he would treat me and that I would not suffer any pain.

Now I have always been taught that if you have a need and a solution you have the makings of a plan. So I agreed to go to Carl’s surgery; which I did eight weeks later! O.K eight weeks might seem like a long time but remember I have a morbid fear of dentists; I’m not going to book an express ticket to the hydraulic chair!

Anyway, eventually I arrive at the surgery (I confess I did bottle it once). Carl, assisted by Paul, was brilliant; I felt no pain. They let me call a time out so I could have a little personal panic attack whenever I needed. Of course it was a frightening experience but I survived it and now have pain free teeth.

Later, reflecting on what had happened and why I was so frightened I realised it was all to do with intimacy.

Paul and Carl were in my mouth!

Looking down my throat!

I’ve never seen my upper molars but they could! They had what felt like half of Sheffield’s steel production in my mouth but I had no control over it. They had a more intimate knowledge of my mouth than I ever could and it scared the hebejebes out of me! I was vulnerable and they had power! I’m starting to think that my fear is not so irrational!

At the same time that I discover the intimacy of dentistry I am working with a man who is so close to accepting Jesus in his life but he is scared of the intimacy involved! He is scared that Jesus will look right down his throat into his soul and that will be uncomfortable. I want to say,

don’t be stupid, you have nothing to fear”.

But I remember the mouthful of Sheffield steel and hold back. One man’s irrational fear is another’s reality: personally I can accept Jesus in my life but rail against the dentist. I’m so glad I got it that way round by the way.

So I am thinking about how I can help my friend and a few of us are praying it through and then someone sends me an invite to read a blog. You can read it here http://www.cvm.org.uk/blog/the-welford/a-letter-from-jesus/ Nick Welford has the audacity to write a letter from Christ!

Thank you Nick! Of course Jesus looks right into our soul, of course he sees us as we are but we don’t have to be afraid because that’s how he made us. That’s the humanity he shared with us. Thanks Nick, you’ve helped me and my friend.

To paraphrase Nick; Jesus has a gift of grace for each of us and the irrational fear that keeps us from that grace is as silly as my fear of dentists!

One last thought for you engineers out there. How come Nissan, Toyota et al can produce electric motors that can accelerate a compact family car to 60mph in under 10 seconds and in silence; but the motors on dental drills have to be so noisy?