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  • Monday House Group - St Mary's Church Watton
    We are a friendly fellowship group discussing modern day issues from a Christian viewpoint and how they affect us as Christians always referring back to the bible for scriptural guidance We learn about the bible and Jesus Christ and gain a wider knowledge and understanding There is also the support of members towards each other in their Christian journey and in their times of need We grow in our faith

    Original URL path: http://www.stmaryswatton.org/biblestudymon.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Wednesday Morning House Group - St Mary's Church Watton
    followed by drinks and biscuits and more chat We share problems and successes and we laugh a lot We will always welcome new members What Our Members Say For time together to understand much more of the bible and to strengthen fellowship with other members of the church It s a time of understanding covering all ages to participate as much as possible in the fuller life of St Mary

    Original URL path: http://www.stmaryswatton.org/biblestudyweds.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Thursday Afternoon House Group - St Mary's Church Watton
    embarrassment It is small enough to really get to know each other We have a variety of versions of the bible and enjoy discussing the differences We have a lovely cup of tea We share our memories and experiences and laugh a lot Group Highlights When there are 5 Thursdays in a month we all go out for a pub type lunch together We put a coin in a jar

    Original URL path: http://www.stmaryswatton.org/biblestudythurs.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Thursday House Group - St Mary's Church Watton
    welcoming When we meet we meet as friends No one person dominates the conversation and no one is too afraid or shy to give their opinion on any subject Everyone feels valued We have had meals at different places at Christmas time Also BBQs in the summer What Our Members Say We have become great friends Social gatherings are good fun For the fellowship What is said in the group

    Original URL path: http://www.stmaryswatton.org/biblestudythurs2.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Faith Journeys - St Mary's Church Watton
    soldiers of Christ who is mighty to save and his banner the cross is unfurled I remember my grandfather giving me a prayer book I was just 9 and insisting on using it by being taken to church Mother took me to Matins and after that I went every week with the Curate s daughter I was confirmed a week after my 11th birthday We went up in pairs to the Bishop but we were an odd number in our pew and I was sent up alone so I got both the Bishop s hands on my head To my young mind it felt like a sort of ordination The next highlight was going to King s college London to read theology I went to a missionary weekend at which Canon Bewes spoke of the courage of a Christian in the face of terrorists That was a tremendous personal challenge and major turning point Some years after graduating I went to work for NATO in France being far too naïve and innocent to cope with some of the social challenges There came a time of serious backsliding and feeling I had thrown everything away Restoration came not through church but

    Original URL path: http://www.stmaryswatton.org/faithjourney.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Helping Children to Know God - St Mary's Church Watton
    for a phone call from Granny Amen We all learn from one another and your prayers will act as a model for your child As you build something like this into your daily bedtime routine you teach your child to speak naturally about God and to God together you give thanks to God for life for everything good You teach your child to receive life as a gift from our Father in heaven It only takes a few minutes SAYING SORRY It soon becomes natural to include sorry prayers from time to time At the end of a particularly grim day it is tempting to ask Can you think of anything you need to say sorry to God for tonight and then to offer a list But you may easily find your child wanting to say sorry to Jesus wanting to get rid of a sense of guilt at the end of the day Jesus is always willing to forgive us when we turn away from the wrong things we do in life children soon learn that saying sorry gives them a fresh start A special hug at the end of such times can help your child to receive God s love through you and will bind you together in this shared time with Jesus A few minutes each day can become very special and will help you bond with your child Individual attention from you makes them feel special to God Later on if there s a problem at school or a crisis in the family you have a daily chance to catch up and talk If you build it into the routine during good times so it s there when life gets harder PLEASE GOD Children very easily learn to ask God for help for themselves and for people they care for It is good to be able to share these prayers and to look out for the ways in which God will answer your child s prayer Times shared in prayer with your child can really help in the tough times When one of your parents dies which happens to us all sooner or later children ask questions for months Their questions can easily make you cry But if you are used to thanking God together for good things about the day you can thank God together for good things about Granddad The slot you build into their routine then helps you and them as you grieve together Sharing Bible Stories together As soon as bedtime stories begin include a Bible story There are some great children s Bibles and books of Bible stories with brilliant illustrations Switch naturally between Thomas the Tank Engine or whatever you normally read and a Bible story Enjoy the pictures together Look for the babies boats animals birds or whatever your child loves There are plenty of good stories to choose from Move on from one story to the next just as you do with the other books you read together

    Original URL path: http://www.stmaryswatton.org/childrenknowinggod.html (2016-05-02)
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  • History of St Mary's - St Mary's Church Watton
    to the right as you enter the main doors from the bell tower was new in 1840 when the reseating was done This Font replaces an earlier Decorated Font which was sold shortly before 1840 and can now be seen in neighbouring Ovington Church The Nave A cross on the apex of the Nave roof came from a former medieval porch which can be seen in Ladbrooke s drawing It looks to have had Christ within a ring of glory which is now indistinct The Nave is 37ft 7ins long and 17ft 7ins wide 11 55 x 5 36m approx the height to the top of the ridge is 32ft 9 75m approx At 64ft 11ins 19 79m approx the combined widths of the Nave and the Aisles makes the church wider than it is long The arches of the arcades match the pillars on the South side are C 14 but the North ones are later The windows in the Clerestory at high level date from C 15 and are early Tudor or late perpendicular Three equally spaced on the South side above the full length Aisle and 3 closer together above the shorter North aisle Between the Clerestory windows are memorials for members of the Younge family on the South side and a memorial to the Rev d Scott of Saham on the North side A brass plaque on the South wall tells of Francis Grigson who fell at Gallipoli in 1915 whilst dressing the wounds of a fellow officer to whose rescue he had gone The Chancel The Early English Chancel is original and oldest part of the Church It is 22ft 10ins long by 13ft 9ins wide 6 96 x 4 20m approx The beautiful ceiling is of deep blue painted plaster scattered with gold stars and a frieze along the top of the Chancel walls It was painted from designs by Thomas Waters a local artist c 1887 The windows are Early English and date from c 1250 The triple lancet East window was re glazed as a war memorial to the men of Watton in 1919 It depicts Christ rising from the tomb with the boy David on the left inscribed Faith and Valour and on the right Jonathon inscribed Love and Loyalty The smaller double lancet window in the South wall is of St Peter and St Paul in strong blues and yellows was re glazed c 1850 These beautiful windows have a clarity that seems very modern In this wall below the window is a simple piscina a niche with basin and drain and sedilia seat A second piscina is cut into the Nave nearby On the South South West wall now hidden by the choir stalls carved with poppy heads is the priest s door and low window The low window or suint is of particular interest It is very low in the wall and has a massive iron grill with a good oak door on the inside It shows no

    Original URL path: http://www.stmaryswatton.org/history.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Healing Ministry - St Mary's Church Watton
    us to the end of time when we pray for his help he comforts strengthens and heals us responding to our deepest needs The Church s ministry is a continuation of the ministry of Jesus Christ We seek to fulfil it in the power of the same Holy Spirit who anointed Jesus at his baptism in the Jordan Jesus ministry was totally faithful and obedient to his Father The gospel

    Original URL path: http://www.stmaryswatton.org/healingministry.html (2016-05-02)
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