Photographer Steve finds God through the lens

Photographer Steve Miller will tell his story of facing tough challenges and finding God with him through them at the next meeting of Room’N’Ate – the Stantonbury Ecumenical Partnership’s men’s group.

Steve will be giving a presentation entitled Life Through The Lens at the meeting which takes place at The Cock Hotel Oak Room Suite at 72-74 High Street, Stony Stratford, MK11 1AH on Monday May 8 at 7.30pm. The meeting also includes supper.

Steve is a keen photographer and will show some images and talk about the stories behind them.

For menu details email Roy Laurent at roy@laurent.eclipse.co.uk  or Andy Jowitt at jowitts@btinternet.com Roy can also be contacted on 01908 322064 and Andy on 01908 320850.

* On Thursday July 13 at 7pm Fred and Fran Gill bring the Pilgrim Bike – a Harley Softail Custom machine – to a barbecue at St James’ Church, New Bradwell.

Download the Life Through The Lens poster for publicity in your church.

Reactive to the times – Roughshod Theatre Company

Bradwell Church received a treat for the start of Holy Week when the Roughshod Theatre Company staged a performance of its latest production, Reactive.

The church was the lucky beneficiary of a cancelled date for the York based company – minister, Rev Andy Jowitt, stepping in to welcome the company even though the venue was smaller than they would normally play.

There was a full house – or should that be church – for the production in which the five strong cast performed a series of short sketches with a Christian or at least moral message.

Current world events formed the theme for some of them – United States President Donald Trump and Brexit not escaping their attentions.

For other mini plays the cast comprising Emily Feltham, Phobe Hutchinson, Andrew McCracken, William Gowers and Christopher Russenberger called on Bible stories.

Reactive and its cast provided more than two hours of solid, often humorous, entertainment with a message.

If you missed the production then look out for Roughshod as it tours the country taking in schools, prisons and church communities.For further details visit the website: www.ridinglights.org or email info@rltc.org.

Minister Andy set to leave Bradwell and Downs Barn

Andy and Jane Jowitt

After 17 years as minister at Bradwell Church, the Rev Andy Jowitt, has announced he is to take early retirement later this year.

For the past few years he has doubled up as minister of Cross and Stable Church in Downs Barn as well.

Andy is to take up a voluntary role with the Christian conservation charity, A Rocha, working as Community Engagement Officer for Foxearth, a small nature reserve on the Suffolk-Essex border near Sudbury.

During Andy’s sabbatical in 2015 he and his wife, Jane, spent two months volunteering with A Rocha in Southall.

News of Andy’s decision was announced to members of the congregation at Bradwell Church’s annual meeting.

Since his appointment to succeed the Rev Peter Worthen, Andy has built strong links for the church in the community – serving on Bradwell Memorial Hall management committee, holding positions of school governor and being welcomed at sheltered housing units in the parish.

He has helped set up the Room’n’Ate men’s group for men in the Stantonbury Ecumenical Partnership and is also chair of the Cross and Stable Charities.

Andy says: “We have been prayerfully considering God’s leading for our future ministry together and have made a big decision … to take early retirement in order to take up a voluntary role with A Rocha.

“Our role will be as Community Engagement Officer for Foxearth, a small nature reserve on the Suffolk/Essex border, near Sudbury. This is a step of faith for us as the role will involve finding somewhere to live in the Sudbury area and finding other part-time work to provide some income until we can depend on pensions.

“A Rocha would like us to start before the end of this year. They originally proposed a start date of October 1, but after discussions have agreed to adjust this to a start period between the beginning of October and the end of December. So we expect our last Sunday in the Partnership to be mid-October and then to move in November. This all depends on finding a home to move into.

“We approach the move with very mixed emotions. We feel sure about this being the way God has been leading us, but will be very sad to leave friends here and the ministry we have put our hearts into,” he says.

“Our great hope is that the churches we have had a part to play in will be strong in love and faith and hope, holding together with courage and confidence in God, in love for each other and in vision for the future.”