19th February 2017

Sunday 19th February 2017

2nd Sunday before Lent

A PRAYER FOR EVERYDAY

O God, who meets us, who finds us at our places of work, in our homes and communities; Holy God, who disturbs us and turns the ordinary into the extraordinary; Living God, who calls us to find you and hear your voice in the ordinariness of our daily living, help us, move in the power of your Spirit, to make places of our work into places of your glory. Amen                                                    The Methodist Church

Today

8.00am     Holy Communion

10.00am    Parish Communion

4.00pm     Church at 4

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 19th February

Monday 20th February

8.30am         Holy Communion – Church

10.00am       Bible Study Group – 11 St John Road

Tuesday 21st February

8.30am         Morning Prayer

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery

Wednesday 22nd February

8.30am         Morning Prayer

10.00am       Holy Communion – St Josephs

Thursday 23rd February

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

7.30pm        Deanery Synod – St Peter’s Penhill

Filling Station         – Colin & Fran

Friday 24th February

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice

8.00pm        Bellringers AGM – Vicarage

Saturday 25th February

9.30am         Healing on the Streets – Ellendune Centre

11.30am       Pancake Party and Races – Willowbrook Gardens

7.30pm        Legge House Family Barn Dance – Church Hall

Dates for your diary

Quiz with optional fish and chip supper

On Saturday March 4th. 7.30pm start in the Church Hall, Priors Hill. Further details from Jean Ford 522964.

Saturday 13th August 2017

Barbecue at Legge House from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Talk and Chat

Monday 20th February at 8pm at 43 Savill Crescent.

Ladies who Lunch

Tuesday 21st February at the Calley Arms at Hodson at 12.30pm. Please let Gwen Poole know if you are going.

Sunday 26th February

Sunday before Lent

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Cheryl Hawkins

Sidesmen:     Alan & Christine Wrixon

10.00am    Parish Communion including Baptism of Margot Weighell

Preacher:      Cheryl Hawkins

Intercessor:  Helen Toomer

Reading:       Exodus 24: 12-end

Reader:        Tiffany Weighell

Servers:        Cheryl Hawkins and Kathy Gregory

Sidesmen:     David & Mary Evans

4.00pm       Church at 4

Leader:         Teresa Townsend

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Sam Johnson, Kenneth Yule, Keith Freegard and Lynda Payne who celebrate their birthdays during the coming week. 

Bishop Mike to retire

Bishop Mike has announced his intention to retire from 30th September. After 14 years as our bishop. He wrote, ‘ As you can imagine, there have been some amazing times and some difficult seasons, but it has been a huge joy and privilege to have served you as your Diocesan Bishop and I thank you for the love, friendship, support and encouragement you have offered.’

We wish Bishop Mike every happiness in his retirement.

Lent small groups 2017- Creating connections This year we will be using a Lent course prepared for us by our bishops and other members of the bishop’s staff team themed around our diocesan vision, ‘Creating connections’. Each week we will be exploring what it means to be a disciple connected to God, each other and our communities. Groups will meet on Monday mornings or Monday or Tuesday evenings for five weeks starting on 6th March. Please sign up to indicate your interest- there is a space to let us know if another time would suit you better- we’ll see what we can arrange! East Wichel Primary visit

We will be welcoming children from foundation stage at East Wichel Primary School this year- about 55 children between 4 and 5 yrs old coming to find out more about what happens in a church- and we’d love your help! They will be visiting on Tuesday 21st March in the afternoon from about 1.30pm for an hour- if you would be available to show them around, I promise that they will make you smile! Please let Nicola know.

Pancake Party and Races Come along to Willow-Brook Gardens at 11.30am on Saturday 25th February for some fun races, then to the Parish Hall for some yummy pancakes! Please take an invitation to pass on…

Pancake makers are wanted please speak to Barbara if you are able to help.

Quiz with optional fish and chip supper

On Saturday March 4th. 7.30pm start in the Church Hall, Priors Hill. Further details from Jean Ford 522964.

Women’s World Day of Prayer

On Friday 3rd March 2017 this year it is being hosted by St Joseph’s church and the service will be at 1.45pm.

All are welcome – men and women, young and old.

Please let me know if you would like to read in the service. Also please let me know your thoughts on the time compared to last years 4pm.

Thank you. Janet Henderson Tel 525856 

Honouring our VC Sunday 2nd April at 10.30am

On Sunday 2nd April we are having a special service to mark the centenary of the act of bravery which led William Gosling to be awarded the Victoria Cross. The service will be followed by a parade to the War Memorial where a plaque in his honour will be unveiled. This service takes the place of our normal 10am service on that day.

Lent Lunches

At the recent meeting of Churches Together in Wroughton, the viability of the Friday Lent lunches was discussed. There has been a decline in numbers attending and there was some uncertainty as to what might be done: should we accept they have run their course, as it were, and be given a rest for a year or two or even be abandoned altogether. If you have any ideas on the issue, please talk to our Churches Together in Wroughton rep Ann Rainey, or the vicar.

Quiet Day

On Saturday 18th March in Legge House from 10.0am to 4.0pm. Cost £10 each. Plus lunch available £5.25 – jacket potato with egg/cheese or tuna followed by yoghurt/fruit or cake. Drinks provided. Morning workshop, afternoon own choice finishing with group prayer. Please talk to Gwen Poole on 813573 or in church by Thursday 16th March

Churches Together Banner

Churches Together in Wroughton are commissioning a roll-out banner to use at events. The banner will feature a background of photos taken around Wroughton. If you have an photos you think may be appropriate, please email them to Geoff Naylor (g.naylor2@ntlworld.com). Thank you.

Legge House Family Barn Dance

At the Parish Hall on Saturday 25th February from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Caller Clive with recorded music. Tickets  £5 from  Gwen, Sheila  or Mark. Please bring a plate of food to share.

Bible stories at the Infants school

There may be an opportunity for us to go back into Wroughton Infants School with our Open the Book assemblies about once a month at 9 am on Monday mornings. As this is a different time our old team are not all available and so if you would like to be part of the new team (no experience needed) reading/acting Bible stories please sign up on the sheet provided. The assemblies usually last less than half an hour so it would not take up your whole morning. Any questions just ask Barbara Abrey.  

Running the London Marathon in aid of Hospice UK

On April 23 I am running London Marathon in aid of Hospice UK, aiming to fundraise £2,000. You can donate online at www.justgiving.com/Victoria-J-Ford and Mum (Jean Ford) has a sponsorship sheet if you would prefer to donate in the old fashioned way. On Mothering Sunday (March 26) I will be selling cakes after the 10am service. Please do let me know if you can bake and donate a cake, and bring your spare change to buy one, too! Thank you in advance,

Victoria Ford vjford@gmail.com

CHURCH IN THE WIDER WORLD

Swindon Youth for Christ

Swindon Youth for Christ works in many of the secondary schools in Swindon. They are sometimes invited to lead assemblies or RE lessons. In some schools the BIOS van may visit at lunchtime or after school to provide opportunities for the young people to talk with the SYFC workers. Some schools may have Christian groups which SYFC are able to support.

Please pray for all the young people in Swindon’s schools, that they will be able to find out about God’s love for them. 

Knitting for Seafarers

Thank you to all who have handed in hats, scarves, gloves and balaclavas. The Mission to Seafarers is grateful for donations throughout the year so please keep knitting and put your finished items in the box in church. There are a couple of balls of wool in it if you need some to get started and some suitable patterns, but you can use your own favourite patterns. Please call Janet Henderson on 525856 for more information.

This week please pray for:-

  • Swindon Youth for Christ
  • The Residents of Marine Close and Leaze Street
  • The homeless, the unemployed, the lonely.
  • Those organising the Legge House Family Barn Dance
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently, especially Harold Jefferies, Ronald Reynolds, Pamela Selby and Colin Butler. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.