Men’s Breakfast May 2016

Mens BreakfastJoin us Saturday 28th May for our next men’s breakfast!

The same time as usual, 8:30am, Saturday 28th May, 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!

The arrow is the place;

Advertisements

The Gathering 2016

TG15-logo3

It’s coming around to our big weekend spectacular – The Gathering 2016.

The Gathering takes place 24-26 June in a field near Swindon (SN6 7QZ), costs £95 (£100 from 1st June) and is a whole lot of fun!

There will be speakers, seminars, sport, cars, tins & hymns, huge multi-lane scalextric, axe throwing…. and much more besides!

This short video about covers it;

Fancy coming?  Book up on this link, and come to our planning evening at The Organ Inn, Warminster – 8pm Saturday 21st May.  We will work out things like shared camping, food and travel.  Don’t worry if you have no tent/kit – we can sort all of that!

If you would like a free ticket there are also steward places available – apply here.

Also if you can’t make that evening, but still want to come drop us a line strive.warminster@gmail.com or comment on this post.  We’ll get in touch and fill you in.

If you need any more info, have a hunt around The Gathering website – http://thegatheringformen.com – or contact us as above.

Look forward to seeing you there!

October Men’s Bible Study

BibleStudyOur next bible study is this coming Saturday!

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

Saturday October 10th, 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.

January Men’s Breakfast

Mens BreakfastJoin us Saturday 24th January for our next men’s breakfast.

From 8:15am, Baptist Church, North Row, Warminster (directions below).

This month we will have a full English breakfast and a chance to wrestle with ‘Total Fitness: How do we look after our mind, body and soul?’. This won’t be another New Year resolution guilt-fest (just as well after a big fry-up!), but a chance to look at what real wholesome fitness means.

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

If you are planning to come along, please let us know so we can get enough sausages; either phone Si Pope (01985219688), email strive.warminster@gmail.com or comment on this post.

PS we don’t charge for our breakfast, but ask for a contribution of £3 to cover our costs.  If you can’t afford it, please come anyway.

See you there!

The arrow is the place;

June Bible Study

HardCorps_DaiHankeyOur next bible study is this Saturday!

This month we’re continuing to use this book (Hard Corps) to help lead our bible study.

We’ll hear about Eleazar – the white-knuckled warrior, and then take a look at Luke 4.

Strengthen your grip: on the frontline with Eleazar

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

So join us Saturday June 14th, 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.

March Men’s Breakfast

Mens BreakfastJoin us this Saturday for our men’s breakfast!

From 8:15am, Saturday 22nd March, Baptist Church, North Row, Warminster (directions below).

This month we go back to having a Full English Breakfast and a speaker.  Join us to hear from our very own Si Pope, conqueror of Kilimanjaro!  He will show us pictures and talk us through his 6 day trek to the top of the worlds tallest freestanding mountain, and also talk about the work of Compassion, who he raised money for.

This is how the Wiltshire Times reported the feat… Warminster man’s got summit to be truly proud of

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

If you are planning to come along, please let us know so we can get enough sausages; either phone Si Pope (01985219688), email strive.warminster@gmail.com or comment on this post.

See you then!

The arrow is the place;

Slow Down

Slow DownAs we take a break for summer – the next Strive events are in September – I’ve been thinking about slowing down.  So many of my friends and colleagues are running on empty… me too.  It’s about time we took a look at slowing down.

I took a look at scripture, and am stunned about where this appears… from start to finish and all in between!  So here is a synopsis of what I found & how it spoke to me;

 

First I found this in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing

‘Surrender my body to the flames’… I don’t know about you but when I work my socks off it can sometimes feel like that.  I’m even thinking maybe this is the source of the Monday morning feeling!  If work (or whatever is exhausting you) drains so much, then there is likely no love in it.  So how to change this?  I was led to Isaiah 40:28-31

31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

This is a stunning piece of scripture that speaks so much to me. Such power in the words.  Rest & hope in the Lord, soar on wings like eagles.  Doesn’t get better than that!

Worried that others will work harder & achieve more?  That’s covered in Psalm 37

7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways

Being busy all the time inevitably means we miss God.  It seems we are called to pray and ask God for what’s on our hearts, and just as important; be still and wait patiently to hear from Him.  Not convinced?  Well He is the creator of all, look at Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

If He has the plans… why on earth would we not spend time earnestly seeking Him?!

Finally, what did the ultimate man do?  Well…

  • After a full-on day, feeding the 5000? He went off by himself to pray, do you ever do that after a tough day? Matthew 14:22-23  
    He also took the apostles off to a quiet place for some rest. Mark 6:30-31
  • Before choosing the 12 apostles?  He also went off to pray for this tough decision.  Luke 6:12-13
  • When he’d had just about enough?  Again he retreated to pray. Luke 22:39-43

The message seems loud and clear to me.  Even if you can only retreat (like Jesus in Luke 22) a stones throw away.  Even if it’s only for a few minutes.  Grab those minutes, take time out, and give it up to God.

We must strive to find a manageable pace of live.  We owe it to ourselves, and to those around us to be the best we can.  We also must make God the obvious centre of our lives – which looks nothing like working ourselves to the bone, but more about giving up authority and power to Him… He is the creator afterall!

MenUnited Wiltshire

Recently Strive have been in contact with some like-minded men from MENUNITED Wiltshire – based over in Trowbridge. We find this a huge encouragement! Hopefully over the next few months & years we will be able to share events. Look out for those in our events section.  For now though, read & be encouraged by their latest newsletter;

 

MENUNITED
Wiltshire
(The newsletter of the Wiltshire Men’s Prayer & Fellowship Group)

In opening our April prayer and fellowship group meeting, Tony Smith quoted from an article prepared by Southampton Christian Network on “Transforming Prayer”. The author, referencing her own experience in Manchester, said that where there is vision – the kind that is realistic, sustainable and easy for people across the board to grasp – a great deal can be achieved. Tony exhorted us to pray specifically into the vision God has given us – for our town; our county; the nation and for non Christian men in our area –and not be sidetracked. He encouraged us to ask ourselves “What do we want Trowbridge to look like five years from now?” For about 45 minutes a dozen guys interceded for our Queen; David Cameron and other government leaders; Christian MPs of which there are known to be 49 “committed Christians” and could be more; and for various aspects of Trowbridge life including the Town Council, the Mayor and Town Councillors, the emergency services; our schools; and the large amount of voluntary work that is being carried out.

In his Easter Address at No 10 as reported by The Guardian, the Prime Minister, David Cameron said, “This is the time when, as Christians, we remember the life, sacrifice and living legacy of Christ. The New Testament tells us so much about the character of Jesus; a man of incomparable compassion, generosity, grace, humility and love. These are the values that Jesus embraced, and I believe these are values people of any faith, or no faith, can also share in, and admire.

“It is values like these that make our country what it is – a place which is tolerant, generous and caring. A nation which has an established faith that together is most content when we are defined by what we are for, rather than defined by what we are against. In the book of Luke, we are told that Jesus said, ‘Do to others as you would have them do to you’ – advice that when followed makes for a happier, and better society for everyone.”

He told the assembled guests that he welcomed a Christian “fight back”. He said: “I think there’s something of a fight back going on, and we should welcome that. The values of the Bible, the values of Christianity are the values that we need.”

These comments – a public avowal of his faith which is to be welcomed – contrast with previous jocular remarks. In a 2008 interview in The Guardian the then future Prime Minister said: “I am a sort of typical member of the Church of England.” The Sunday Telegraph commented recently that ‘the bemusement of Christians was understandable when David Cameron, at his Easter reception for churchmen in Downing Street, welcomed a Christian ‘fight back’, while his own Government is pursuing a case at the European Court to enforce the ban on the cross at work.

Let us continue to be steadfast in praying for the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Government – particularly Ian Duncan Smith, a cabinet member who is a committed Christian – and all MPs. Let us pray for wisdom to be granted to our leaders. Let us pray also for the many Christian Members of Parliament, that they will bring a godly influence in the affairs of state.

Around 300 people from different churches – and none – gathered in Holy Trinity Church on Easter Sunday evening for an Easter Celebration. The celebration was organised by the Maranatha Church and is yet a further demonstration of how churches can work together effectively in Trowbridge. Surely this is a further indication that God has started something new and exciting in our town.

In anticipation of our July prayer breakfast, we are seeking to establish links with men’s groups across the County. We have been able to make a good link with Emmanuel Church in Chippenham. Spencer Shaw, the Pastor, tells us that a group of men from his church attend the Bristol Men’s Convention – now in its 3rd year and being held at the Colston Hall. If you are interested please visit the convention website – http://www.bristolmensconvention.org.uk/

We have been given a link to Paul Bradbury from the Salisbury Diocese who was licensed in Sept 2008 into the regeneration area of Poole. Paul runs a project called Wild Spirit which is a series of social and spiritual events specifically for men. Those of you who have a love/passion for walking/climbing may like to have a look at his web site – http://wildspirit.org.uk/

We have been encouraged with up to 20 men on occasions meeting to intercede for our town and its leaders; the County and all its elected officials and civil servants; and our Nation – our blessed Queen Elizabeth, the Prime minister and the Government. We have had some powerful times when we have sensed that we were being an influence for good as we brought these matters before our mighty God. We are conscious however that 7.00 pm on the second Wednesday evening each month may not be convenient for some of you who feel a burden like us to pray together. So we are considering having a second meeting on another day, perhaps another time and would appreciate input from any who would be interested in us developing this. The only suggestion that was made the last time we raised the subject was to have a meeting during the day which might be more suitable for men who are retired or who work in Trowbridge and could get away from their business around lunch time. If you have any thoughts, could you email them to Geoff Tate please?

Dates for your diary:
Saturday 21st April: Breakfast meeting at The Food Factory, Airsprung Beds, Canal Road, Trowbridge, BA14 8RQ – speaker Joey Perez from Philadelphia, USA.
9th May: our usual time of prayer, fellowship and ministry at Bethesda Baptist Church at 7.00 pm. We would encourage you to join us if you can.
25th – 27th May: Mighty Men’s Conference at Nidderdale Agricultural Showground, Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire. Speaker – Angus Buchan. The conference is free of charge. For more information visit www.daleybread.org
29th June – 1st July: CVM’s “The Gathering XII” at Lynt Farm, nr Swindon SN6 7QZ. As the UK’s biggest Christian Men’s Movement they hope to provide the perfect weekend for guys to take stock of their lives with excellent activities and top class speakers, including Carl Beech, Lyndon Bowring and Jon Burns, and worship led by Graham Kendrick and his band. For more information visit http://cvm.org.uk
7th July: MENUNITED Wiltshire – “Sharing the vision: Moving on with God” – a men’s “doughnuts and coffee” morning from 8.30.am to 10.30.am at Holy Trinity Church, Trowbridge. Rees James from Bethesda Baptist Church will be the speaker. We are now in contact with groups of men from across the County and are praying that this time will be a good opportunity for us all to worship together; network; share stories; hear God’s word and make a commitment to unite in prayer right across Wiltshire. May God be pleased to heal our land.

Finally, a couple of thoughts for you to mull over. A study in the USA shows that if a married man comes to church/Christ, 90% of the time his family does too. May this encourage us in our prayers for men.
TRANSFORMATION. “[All] change, even very large and powerful change, begins when a few people start talking with one another about something they care about.” ( Margaret J. Wheatley)

There is a real sense that God is doing something new in Trowbridge (and we are sure this is reflected elsewhere in the County). Let us continue to pray in the expectancy of a real spiritual breakthrough in the area and indeed in our Nation.

Produced on behalf of MENUNITED by Geoff Tate
Issue No.8 – April 2012

Generosity

The CVM guys Beechy & Willmott are back & the latest episode is a great one on ‘Gold’.  You can get their podcasts here.
We’re called to be generous, the bible talks about it in 2 Corinthians 9 & that podcast also struck a resounding note for me.  Not purely about money, but also following on from my last blog on time.
What if you find yourself with a little time on your hands… or you’ve taken that day off I spoke about previously and your loved ones are all good?!
Or you feel you don’t have time?  You may well be surprised what you can help achieve, even with a few minutes here and there.
Here are some ideas, some that take seconds, some longer.  There is such a variety & many more than I could put down here.  Have a look at some, search for things you find interesting, challenging & engaging.  Many of these will end up in you having fun, building people up & be a brilliant use of time.
Seconds to 30 minutes (Help From Home);
All sorts on here, using your skills & time on the internet.  This video intro will give you an idea;
Opportunities in our area (Do-it.org);
This website is superb for those looking to help our community.  Lots of opportunities, from buddying young people who need support, befriending the elderly, helping with local charities – the list is huge, even just in Warminster.
Encouraging practical acts for serving those with need.  The local coordinator is in Taunton & it would be superb to put the Warminster area on the map!
Raising money while you use the internet (Easy Fundraising);
This site has lots of charities to chose from… if you’re wondering who you may chose, Sambourne school is on there!  By renewing insurance & clicking through to the likes of Amazon through them we have raised over £100.  As a governor there I can tell you every penny of that is gratefully received & well used!
There are a team of people from Christ Church going out to Bulgaria in a few weeks.  Renovating, painting, tidying, supporting and caring for those in need.  We hope to bring you more on that soon, but have a look on the website for more details.
Raising money;
Guys need a challenge from time to time.  I know for sure I do.  Life is meant to be interesting, challenging, and it’s good to make it so!  While doing this we can raise money for charities – many fantastic organisations depend on it.  There are lots of companies that can help this.  The link here is for the company Andy & I used a couple of years ago.  We walked from Winchester to Salisbury – the Spire to Spire Trekathon over marathon distance.  It was a great challenge & we raised a stack of money for NSPCC, Help for Heros and CC21.
Lending money (Kiva.org);
The costs associated with loans are crippling developing countries.  Kiva is a good way to lend small amounts of money to projects around the world.  This takes very little time, a small amount of money & makes a big difference.  Collectively $301 million has been lent across the world!
The Church;
What about the church?  The church always needs more people with a wide skill set.  Yours is very much required, I can guarantee that personally!  It’s written in the bible in Romans 12.  From the sound and vision desk through prayer ministry, grass cutting, and especially Strive!  Chat to people who already do it & see if you can give it a go.
Let us know what you find – if there are ways to give you find, please do let us all know.

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