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Uk Housing Through History

Tudor – 1485 – 1603

tudor house

The Tudor house was defined by its Tudor arch and oriel windows. The Tudor period was the first period to move away from the medieval style houses and was more like a timber framed country house. Today Tudor houses are all listed building and highly sought after due to there location and the amount of space and history involved. Tudor houses are an expensive housing option so be prepared for the financial layout and upkeep costs. If that doesn’t put you off then buying a Tudor house could be a great investment and opportunity to keep English heritage alive.

Elizabethan – 1550 -1625

elizabethan house

Elizabethan houses can be recognised by their large vertical timber frames that are often supported by diagonal beams. The Elizabethan style houses were similar to medieval style houses. These houses were built sturdy to last through the age. The houses were built by the middle class are are today listed building.

Jacobean – 1603 – 1625

Jacobean house

The Jacobean style gets its name from King James 1 of England who reigned at the time. The Jacobean style in England follows the Elizabethan style and is the second phase of Renaissance architecture. May Jacobean houses were very large both inside and out with large rooms for family living.  Common features included columns and pilasters, arches and archades. These features were to create a sense of grandeur. There are many Jacobean style houses on the market today if your lucky enough to be able to afford one.

Stuart – 1603 – 1714

stuart house

One of the most common period property types for country houses. This period house boasted elegant exteriors with sash windows, high ceiling and spacious rooms. The outside was commonly bare brick and flat fronted.

English Baroque – 1702 – 1714

During this period houses were decorated with arches, columns and sculptures and took many features and characteristics from the continent. The interiors were very exuberant with artwork and ornaments in all rooms main rooms

Palladian – 1715 -1770

palladian house

The Palladian era started in 1715 and these types of houses are characterised by symmetry and classic forms, more plain than other eras however on the inside houses were lavish and often had elaborate decorations

Georgian – 1714 – 1837

georgian house

The Georgian house was styled with rigid symmetry, the most common Georgian house was built with brick with window decorative headers and hip roofs. The Georgian house period started and got its name due to the 4 successive kings being named George.

Regency – 1811 – 1820

regency house

The Regency housing style was common among the upper and middle classes from 1811 to 1820 the houses were typically built in brick and then covered in painted plaster. The plaster was carefully moulded to produce elegant decorative touches to give the exterior of the house more elegance.

Victorian – 1837 – 1910

victorian house

Very common even today especially in London. A Victorian house in general refers to any house build during the reign of Queen Victoria. The main features of a Victoria house are roofs made of slate with sash windows and patters in the brick work that are made using different colour bricks. Stained Glass windows and doors were also a common feature as were bay windows

Edwardian – 1901 -1910

edwardian house

Edwardian architecture got its name during the reign of King Edward from 1901 – 1910. These types of houses were generally built in a straight line with red brick. Edwardian houses typically had wooden frame porches and wide hallways. The rooms inside were wider and brighter moving away from the older style houses that were more gothic. Parquet wood floors and simple internal decoration was common also.]

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Pastoral Ministry

Looking out and caring for one another are an important part of what it means to be a member of St. Mary’s. We are being challenged to see care as a vocational calling of the whole people of God, so that Pastoral Care becomes the responsibility of all of us, not just the Church leaders.

Pastoral Care is the term that we broadly apply to a ministry of compassion, encouragement and transformation within our shared Christian lives. We recognise that Jesus came to bring a fullness of life for all people (John 10:10) and our goal is to help people on that journey, to encourage and support them to live in the strength of the Holy Spirit and according to the example of Jesus.

It is about taking the focus off ourselves, and looking outwards to the needs of individuals in the community. “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4)

We continue to pray, discuss and work towards how we might be more effective in seeking to offer pastoral care to one another, and out into the wider community, as we serve, walk alongside, draw near, support and build community in real and practical ways.

This originally focussed on two key areas, with Scriptural teaching for the whole fellowship, linked to the formation of a new Pastoral Care Team.

A preaching series looked at aspects of Caring, Serving and Pastoring Well, teaching us about how and why we should all care for one another, and the attitudes we should demonstrate, in particular the Agape, self-giving, unconditional love of God that we receive ourselves, and which unmerited we should pass on to others.

We continue to listen, respond, pray, accept, share, encourage and provide practical, caring support to each other. Part of our teaching focussed on the 9 different aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

In addition to learning about our own responsibilities as individuals, we formed a new Pastoral Care Team. This is made up of some people already experienced over many years in aspects of care, as well as people who have had little experience but have a heart for learning and growing in this ministry.
Reverend Phil Dykes, the Winchester Diocesan Adult Discipleship Adviser, offered much practical and spiritual guidance in helping us with the formation of the team, including leading a Training Day. This helped us clarify what it is we believe the Lord is calling us to do, as well as identifying what ongoing training and resources we need on the journey. We ended the day with a helpful period of reflection, before moving forward with a clearer sense of the way ahead.

The Pastoral Care Team has now been operational since Autumn 2013, offering support and help to anyone who would like to receive care as they face the varying circumstances that life can bring. In addition we give ongoing care, particularly to those who are not in Home Groups as the members in
the group can normally offer care for one another. We seek to show the love of Jesus to those who are in need at any particular time

Three of the current team members attended the Association of Christian Counsellors Pastoral Care Course, which proved to be very informative and helpful. Any members of St. Mary’s Church who feel that they have a listening ear and would like to be part of the team, should speak to Diane in the office.

Communion at Home

In addition many team members take Holy Communion to Residential Homes within the parish and to individuals in their homes who are no longer able to come to church. Tim heads up this part of the ministry. If anyone in the parish would like to know more or would like to receive Holy Communion at home please speak with Tim via the Church Office.

Bereavement

We also follow up those in the parish who have lost loved ones and whose funerals have taken place at St. Mary’s.
A card is sent to the bereaved expressing our sympathy and offering a visit.
We also let them know the date of the All Souls’ Service each year when they can come and share a special time of remembrance. Heather looks after this part of the Pastoral Care Ministry so if we are made aware of anyone who would welcome a visit because of bereavement, Heather is the person to contact.

Healing & Wholeness Ministry

During January 2018 we followed a sermon series around the area of Healing and Wholeness, addressing ‘Healing and Wholeness,’ ‘What is Healing?’ ‘Who can be Healed?’ and ‘The Significance of Faith.’

A group of us then completed an exciting new short course entitled ‘Growing a Healing Ministry.’ The subjects covered were:

Seeds of Faith (Breadth of God’s healing, including today)

Rich Soil for Growth (Respectful, Inclusive, Communal, Holistic)

Leaves for Healing (Different ways of offering healing)

Growing a Healing Church (Becoming a healing community)

On Sunday 29th April 2018 we held out first Healing & Wholeness Service, and we have had regular services approximately every two months since then. We are excited about how God is continuing to lead and develop these fruitful and valued aspects of pastoral ministry here, as we work towards this one strand of God’s Vision to SERVE one another. May He continue to guide and bless us for His glory.

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Prayer Ministry

“And I will do whatever you ask in My name,
so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.
You may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it.”

John 14:13-14

We continue to be challenged and encouraged by the promises of God in the Bible where we have been exhorted to pray! As prayer is one of the three key areas we are engaged in as part of the Vision that the Lord has for us here at St. Mary’s, we are continuing to seek to learn what this means in practice.

We pray because we understand prayer to be a form of service to God which He commands of us, and which we delight in obeying. As God also intends prayer to be the means of obtaining His solutions to many of the circumstances and situations we find in the challenges of everyday life, because it gives us the strength to face and overcome temptation, to strengthen other people spiritually and as a means of God’s will being ‘done on earth as it is in Heaven’, so we are continuing to seek to become a more prayerful community in many ways.

Further to a Prayer Workshop and a Prayer Ministry Training Day we followed this up with the formation of a Prayer Ministry Team. To encourage all members of the church, we offered a Sermon Series studying what God’s word has to say about prayer, engaging with key issues such as:

  • Human frailties and Jesus’ teaching about the three imperatives to Ask, Seek, Knock
  • God’s call for persistence and sincerity in our prayers
  • How can we pray ‘mountain moving’ prayers
  • How to pray when God seems absent
  • Modelling ourselves on Jesus as the perfect example of what a prayerful life could be like

All in all, this was a thought provoking series for us as we came to realize more and more, not just the challenges but also the immense privileges, of being able to pray to our loving Heavenly Father.

The Team benefitted from a further Training Day on Saturday 16th April 2016 and it was also available as an opportunity to recruit more members to the team.

The St. Mary’s Prayer Ministry Team offers prayer for members of the 10.30am congregation, and for visitors and guests, every Sunday of the month. Also Prayer Ministry is available during the second Sunday of the month at the 9am service.

Since inception, the Team has asked God to help with numerous aspects of personal requests, which people have explained to them, either concerning themselves or on behalf of others. A team member writes, “The team are in awe of how they are being used by God. We remind ourselves that we are just channels through which the Holy Spirit can work, and it is a huge privilege to be part of something that touches people and builds community.”

15 people, some existing team members and others interested in Prayer Ministry, attended a very informative and helpful Training Day on Saturday 15th October 2016 from 10am to 3pm. Led by two experienced Prayer Team practitioners from Woking, the day included Biblical teaching, practical guidance, modelling examples and the opportunity to practise listening to God and to the person being prayed for at the same time. Our grateful thanks to leaders Colin and Judy.

The Prayer Chain plays an important part of our prayer life outside the Sunday services. As intercessory prayer is simply prayer for other people we intercede when we take the place of someone else by pleading to God on their behalf.

In his letter to the church at Ephesus, Paul says that Christians should be “….praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication ….” The word supplication has the meaning of bending, in humbleness and humility, and kneeling before the majesty of the Creator God in prayer for another person is a tremendous privilege.

The scope of intercessory prayer is awesome because it opens up the possibility that those we pray for may experience the power of God’s love, and feel the peace, healing and comfort of God’s presence with them in their time of need.

Here at St. Mary’s we seek to connect any of our members who are already leading a life of prayer, and who wish to intercede for others, with other people in our fellowship who would value prayer. We want all members of this fellowship to join in prayers to seek God’s best, not just for ourselves, our family and our church, but also for those with a particular need at a particular time. We believe that when everyone is praying simultaneously for the same request, there really exists a tremendous power in our shared prayers.

To be a member of our Prayer Chain simply means that you will receive a request to pray for someone in need, for whom you immediately intercede in prayer. The prayer request will normally come to you by email via the Church Office. If you are a member of St. Mary’s and would like to be included on the Prayer Chain list, then please contact the Parish Administrator.

At St. Mary’s we continue to host our Parish Prayer Meetings throughout the year. During our interregnum these will be held every Thursday from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in the Church Centre. The evenings are led by a variety of people using different styles, models and patterns of prayer, so that each evening is unique, stimulating and engaging.

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Music Ministry

In the Bible, the word worship is usually derived from the Hebrew word shachah which roughly translates as “to bow down.” This is what we come to do when we join together as St. Mary’s Church for our songs, Bible study and prayers seek to reflect that fundamental part of the Christian faith, the desire to bow down in humility before our Almighty Creator. 

At St. Mary’s we seek to be an encouragement to people and to help equip believers to communicate the truth and joy of this wonderful Gospel story through the use of their artistic gifts. From the Classic Traditional using our magnificent organ to the Contemporary and Modern with the latest technological and innovative developments in worship, there is a place for everyone at St. Mary’s Church, a building which has excellent acoustic properties that provide an ideal setting for the whole range of worship styles and concerts.

We are always looking for additional singers and musicians to help and lead worship for our Sunday Services.

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Mission and Outreach

Outreach is a fundamental and key part of the Vision which God has for the members of St. Mary’s Church. Jesus gave a final command to His followers, at the end of His earthly mission:

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

We believe the mission of the local church is to share the love of Jesus in real, practical and helpful ways, so that our communities can understand and respond to the good news for themselves, and in so doing see a developing transformation of society.

Each member of the body of Christ at St. Mary’s has a part to play, and we continue to be challenged as we grow individually and collectively to be the people of God who bring hope to Andover and out into the world, as we share this good news of Jesus. “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” 1 Peter 3:15

Building on outreach activities over the past few years, such as After School Clubs, School Assemblies, Light Parties, Summer Holiday Clubs, Baptism follow up visits and courses; further development and mission continues. Tom Etherton has joined the Ministry Team as an Ordinand. A highly skilled musician, Tom already has extensive experience of working with children and young people, and is developing his own ministry skills through sharing in outreach activities.

The Men’s Group is well established with a significant number of men meeting monthly for soup and a roll followed by Bible Study. Social activities have included a Skittles Night at a local pub, a cricket match against another church, Pub Quiz nights, Barbecues and Prayer Breakfasts with guest speakers.

Members of St. Mary’s are well represented in Andover, with other church members offering Ministry to the Homeless, helping at the Night Shelter and to extend cover and activities on the day time initiatives. Hope into Action is an award-winning charity set up to enable churches to fight homelessness, and to change the lives of the most disadvantaged in our society by finding them homes rather than a bed for the night. Working together with other local Christians, members of St. Mary’s have played an important part in promoting, investing and achieving sufficient funding to have recently purchased a house in Andover. An ecumenical Support Team will now be set up and trained to help residents back into mainstream society.

Members from St. Mary’s have undergone the relevant training and are now exercising this ministry in the Town Centre, either as Street or Prayer Pastors. St. Mary’s was privileged to host the 5th Anniversary Celebrations as well as the Commissioning and Presentation of Caps, during a service on Wednesday 20th April 2016. Reverend Les Isaac, who was awarded an OBE for his work fostering community cohesion in his role as Head of Ascension Trust, the umbrella organisation that overseas the work of Street Pastors, spoke at the service.

Our Pastoral Ministry Team is growing, and is kept busy taking Holy Communion to a growing number of individuals and Residential Homes in the Parish. The Third Thursday Group offers support and encouragement to those who have in more recent years been bereaved. Greatly valued and appreciated for its quiet and sensitive approach, the group members enjoy discussion and support, good friendships and social activities together.

Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith, in a friendly, open and informal environment with the opportunity of enjoying supper as well! It is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith.

Guests come on Alpha for many different reasons; some want to investigate whether God exists and some have questions they would like to discuss. No question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish.

Many guests have never been to church and others may have attended church, but feel they have never had a personal understanding of the Christian faith.
The future here under God is a privilege as we experience, understand and respond to the gospel ourselves, and as we respond to the needs of our local communities.

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Men’s Church

Men’s Ministry:

Our Men’s Meetings aims:


To help men to grow in knowledge of God’s Word, particularly topics that relate to men
To help each other to be more Godly men through friendship
To reach out to the lost in Andover and to bring whole families to know Christ
We focus on enjoying activities together in our varied programme, whilst also exploring topical and relevant issues that connect with the lives of men in the twenty first century. This way we seek to build our friendships and our faith, in a relaxed and informal manner.

We meet monthly, usually on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 6.30pm over soup and a roll, for a time of Worship, Bible study and discussion.

We enjoy good fellowship in a variety of social contexts, which include Prayer Breakfasts in a local pub with an invited speaker, cricket team matches, entering pub quiz nights and barbecue evenings.

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Church for Children at St. Mary’s.

St Mary’s Church warmly welcome your children to Children’s Church

What is St. Mary’s Children’s Church?

In the simplest terms, Children’s Church does what is says on the tin:

It will be Church, for Children, at St. Mary’s.

We’ll be mostly covering the same scriptures and topics being studied in St. Mary’s Church. We’ll simply be making them most accessible to younger people. We’ll sing together, study the Bible together, pray together and seek to get to know God better, all in contemporary and relevant ways for children aged
4 to 13 plus.

We meet in St. Mary’s Church Centre and Chapel.

When does St. Mary’s Children’s Church meet?

On the first Sunday of every month children and their families are encouraged to attend the All Age Service with Baptisms which is simply a church service suitable for all people from 0 to 80 and above, whatever your knowledge of God or wherever your relationship with Jesus Christ is.

On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays we meet for St. Mary’s Children’s Church, with registration from 10.20am, in St. Mary’s Church Centre. This means you’ll have plenty of time ahead of the 10.30am church service in St. Mary’s.

On the 5th Sunday St. Mary’s Church holds a United Parish Communion Service where the congregations from both our 9am and 10.30am services worship together. This service starts at 10am, so registration for St. Mary’s Children’s Church will be from 9.50am.

Children will be brought back to parents each week in time for Blessing/Holy Communion at St. Mary’s Church.

Our Heart and Our Vision

Start children off on the way they should go, & even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)

Our heart is to create an environment of mutual learning where the Holy Spirit is given opportunity to speak and work in the lives of children and adults alike. We can learn much from the children, as Jesus regularly made a point to highlight.

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:2-3 (NIV)

We have a tremendous privilege when we spend time with the children. We can teach them how to mature in their faith; to disciple them. We can also learn from them what faith needs to look like, no matter how old we are.

Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:13-14 (NIV)

SEEKS

We’ll have a dedicated time and space for children
We’ll have worship & prayer
We’ll listen to the Holy Spirit

SERVES

We’ll open and study God’s word together
We’ll grow together and have fellowship together
We’ll study the same scripture as the adults do [as practicable]

SHARES

We’ll learn to be more like Jesus together
We’ll learn how to show Jesus to everybody we meet
We’ll create a safe place for us all to explore the gifts of the Holy Spirit

…all in ways that are most suitable

to the discipleship of these precious children…

Psalm 8:2 (NIV)
Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

Registration:

When you leave your children with us for the first time, we know it can be a little daunting for you both. If you wish to come and see what we do, along with your child, you are more than welcome to accompany them so they can settle as speedily as practicable.

We’ll ask you to fill out a simple registration form on your first visit, and once per year – which we’ll happily help you fill out. This ensures we have all the important information about your child with us in St. Mary’s Children’s Church.

If you’re not sure where to bring your child, simply come to St. Mary’s Church and one of our lovely Welcome Team will show you where Children’s Church happens each week.

Safeguarding:

We believe that keeping to the ‘best-practice-guidelines’ is a great starting point to ensuring children can worship God in a safe and secure environment.

If you wish to see our Child Protection Policy, please speak to any of the St. Mary’s Children’s Church Team Members or St. Mary’s Church leaders and we’ll be happy to arrange for you to see a copy. Our Safeguarding Representative is Diane Caruana.

All staff are DBS (The Disclosure and Barring Service) checked and we regularly receive training on Safeguarding matters.

Children with additional needs:

If you have a child with additional needs please speak to us so we can help your child feel settled and comfortable in St. Mary’s Children’s Church.

We wish to make all children feel welcome as they learn to explore their own relationship with Jesus Christ.

We are very much looking forward to meeting you!

Unsupervised crèche facilities for the under 4s are available at the back of church,
where there is comfortable seating, toys and books available.
The service in church is relayed through to the crèche via a TV monitor and speaker.

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Alpha in St. Mary (Andover)

Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith, in a friendly, open and informal environment with the opportunity of enjoying supper as well!

It is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith.

Guests come on Alpha for many different reasons; some want to investigate whether God exists and some have questions they would like to discuss. No question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish.

Many guests have never been to church and others may have attended church, but feel they have never had a personal understanding of the Christian faith.

Alpha is proving to be greatly used by God with 9,970 courses running in the UK and more than 60,000 courses operating worldwide in 169 countries and 112 languages. The total number of people who have been on Alpha is approximately 18 million worldwide, so it is hugely popular.

One of the most significant contributions that Alpha makes is an emphasis which it places on the value of relationships. The practice of guests returning to the same group each week, sharing a friendly time together over a meal together, on neutral ground, ensures that people are put at ease and better able to hear a talk and ask questions at the end. This is where Alpha is at its strongest.

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