Residents come together to worship in a BMW garage

Residents come together to worship in a BMW garage

Residents come together to worship in a BMW garage

Residents come together to worship in a BMW garage

Residents come together to worship in a BMW garage

Residents come together to worship in a BMW garage

Residents come together to worship in a BMW garage

Residents come together to worship in a BMW garage

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THE Mayor of High Wycombe held his civic service in a different venue this year opting for the BMW garage in Wycombe Marsh- instead of a church.

Cllr Trevor Snaith decided to hold the service on his home turf, as he is councillor for the Ryemead area.

Surrounded by cars, dignitaries and members of the public from all different faiths gathered on the top level of Sytner BMW and sang hymns and worshipped God.

Cllr Snaith said: "Suffice to say I am extremely pleased to see so many local residents and so many dignitaries have come to this event.

"I thank you for that."

The Mayor's Chaplain, Robin Caine, welcomed about 150 people to the Mayoral service, which is an annual event and usually held at All Saints Church.

He said: "We are part of an amazing miracle. This has never ever happened before and I have never ever been part of anything like this.

"When it was suggested we wondered if we could pull it off. We didn't, but God did.

"Last night I was at a Burns' evening and his name was mentioned many times.

"Today we will mention the name of Jesus- that is what we are here for."

The gathering, which included the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, sang three hymns including Amazing Grace, Be Thou By Vision and How Great Thou Art.

There were readings by the Mayor, Paul Turner from the Elim Church and Paul Willis from St Anne's Church.

Sarah Mordaunt, who is the founder director of the One Can Trust, gave a talk about the work the charity do, which is one of the Mayor's chosen charities this year.

She encouraged people to get more involved in their community and to help those who need it.

She said: "As a widow myself, bringing up two children alone in modern Britain- it can be very tough.

"I also know Jesus and his promise to look after the widows and fatherless- that is why God gave me One Can Trust."

One Can Trust is a charity that facilitates community based projects, including providing free food parcels for those in need.

It is opening up a food bank in Wycombe Marsh. Liz Hollman from The Church of Shalom then spoke about her love for Jesus.

The Mayor of Marlow, Suzanne Brown, attended. She said: "It is different and it is inclusive of all faiths.

"I think that is what it is all about."

Wycombe Marsh resident Pat Randall, who attends the Union Baptist Church, said: "I think it is a very good idea. People that won't go to church are sometimes fearful to go to one.

"Holding it here really encourages people to come."

Sandra King and Christine Morris, who attend St Anne's Church, said they thought the change of venue was a great idea.

Mrs King said: "It is really nice to see other people from different churches comes together today."

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2:19am Mon 27 Jan 14

Dickitdo says...

Another tradition gone !. Who makes these decisions, A Ceremony that has been held in the Parish Church for years , and it appears that it can be dropped on a whim, It is tradition that helps to make High Wycombe the town that it is ! Next somebody will decide that having the Weighing of the Mayor at Handy Cross Sports Center because they have a set of Digital Scales. These people have let the Town down. How dare they ,Just another fiasco like drawing the name out of a hat to decide who is to be the next Mayor. Why did these clowns not use Saint Anns church a few yards away , at least they could have given the Ceremony some sense of Dignity . But maybe this was a commercial decision !.
Another tradition gone !. Who makes these decisions, A Ceremony that has been held in the Parish Church for years , and it appears that it can be dropped on a whim, It is tradition that helps to make High Wycombe the town that it is ! Next somebody will decide that having the Weighing of the Mayor at Handy Cross Sports Center because they have a set of Digital Scales. These people have let the Town down. How dare they ,Just another fiasco like drawing the name out of a hat to decide who is to be the next Mayor. Why did these clowns not use Saint Anns church a few yards away , at least they could have given the Ceremony some sense of Dignity . But maybe this was a commercial decision !. Dickitdo
  • Score: 13

6:49am Mon 27 Jan 14

1wycombe says...

christianity is dead churches are empty.....very said
christianity is dead churches are empty.....very said 1wycombe
  • Score: -14

9:16am Mon 27 Jan 14

townraider says...

Dickitdo wrote:
Another tradition gone !. Who makes these decisions, A Ceremony that has been held in the Parish Church for years , and it appears that it can be dropped on a whim, It is tradition that helps to make High Wycombe the town that it is ! Next somebody will decide that having the Weighing of the Mayor at Handy Cross Sports Center because they have a set of Digital Scales. These people have let the Town down. How dare they ,Just another fiasco like drawing the name out of a hat to decide who is to be the next Mayor. Why did these clowns not use Saint Anns church a few yards away , at least they could have given the Ceremony some sense of Dignity . But maybe this was a commercial decision !.
Civic Services can be held anywhere within the town.. Previous Mayors have held services in the Baptist Church,Catholic church and Mosque

This was a community celebration bringing together 4 churches. There is no Church venue big enough in Micklefield or Wycombe Marsh.

Its great to be able to take religion out to the people ....
It was a wonderful event !!
[quote][p][bold]Dickitdo[/bold] wrote: Another tradition gone !. Who makes these decisions, A Ceremony that has been held in the Parish Church for years , and it appears that it can be dropped on a whim, It is tradition that helps to make High Wycombe the town that it is ! Next somebody will decide that having the Weighing of the Mayor at Handy Cross Sports Center because they have a set of Digital Scales. These people have let the Town down. How dare they ,Just another fiasco like drawing the name out of a hat to decide who is to be the next Mayor. Why did these clowns not use Saint Anns church a few yards away , at least they could have given the Ceremony some sense of Dignity . But maybe this was a commercial decision !.[/p][/quote]Civic Services can be held anywhere within the town.. Previous Mayors have held services in the Baptist Church,Catholic church and Mosque This was a community celebration bringing together 4 churches. There is no Church venue big enough in Micklefield or Wycombe Marsh. Its great to be able to take religion out to the people .... It was a wonderful event !! townraider
  • Score: -11

9:44am Mon 27 Jan 14

MunsterX says...

Erm Townraider, there is church venue large enough in Micklefield or Wycombe Marsh, which is exactly why it is held at All Saints!

Please stop bullsh!tting about this "civic service". The fact is that a chaplain was involved and he is a representative of one religious tradition or another, albeit acting on behalf of a secular institution (in this case the Mayor's Office). This certainly was a religious service.

The problem that society and religion has is the same, the leaders of both are no longer respected, and intellectual midgets who will do anything to be hip and "Cool Britannia". Snaith has besmirched so many christian doctrines and at so many levels with this little stunt...but ignorance is bliss as they say.
Erm Townraider, there is church venue large enough in Micklefield or Wycombe Marsh, which is exactly why it is held at All Saints! Please stop bullsh!tting about this "civic service". The fact is that a chaplain was involved and he is a representative of one religious tradition or another, albeit acting on behalf of a secular institution (in this case the Mayor's Office). This certainly was a religious service. The problem that society and religion has is the same, the leaders of both are no longer respected, and intellectual midgets who will do anything to be hip and "Cool Britannia". Snaith has besmirched so many christian doctrines and at so many levels with this little stunt...but ignorance is bliss as they say. MunsterX
  • Score: 15

2:38pm Mon 27 Jan 14

BucksComment says...

The Mayor declared the event to be a total success......

......As he drove away in his 530d
The Mayor declared the event to be a total success...... ......As he drove away in his 530d BucksComment
  • Score: 11

2:48pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Gaulnut says...

The sooner government and religion are completely separated the better.
The sooner government and religion are completely separated the better. Gaulnut
  • Score: -5

5:11pm Mon 27 Jan 14

sai-diva says...

Great, Church of England now sponsored by German firm BMW. What a farce. How many people in Micklefield are regulars in that particular retailers do you think?
All a waste of time anyway, Every one knows God rides a Harley....
Great, Church of England now sponsored by German firm BMW. What a farce. How many people in Micklefield are regulars in that particular retailers do you think? All a waste of time anyway, Every one knows God rides a Harley.... sai-diva
  • Score: -11

10:43pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Welwyn Dowd says...

All worship at the altar of mammon
All worship at the altar of mammon Welwyn Dowd
  • Score: -8

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