26th February 2017



Sunday 26th February 2017

Sunday next before Lent



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


8.00am     Holy Communion

10.00am    Parish Communion and Baptism of Margot Weighell

4.00pm     Church at 4

Wednesday 1st March

Ash Wednesday

6.30pm       Ash Wednesday Eucharist

                   with Imposition of ashes

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 26th February

Monday 27th February

8.30am         Holy Communion – Church

10.00am       Bible Study Group – 11 St John Road

Tuesday 28th February

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery

7.30pm        Standing Committee Meeting

Wednesday 1st March – Ash Wednesday

8.30am         Morning Prayer

10.00am       Holy Communion – St Josephs

6.30pm        Ash Wednesday Eucharist

Thursday 2nd March

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station         – Neen & Chris

Friday 3rd March

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

1.45pm        Women’s World Day of Prayer – St Joseph’s

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice

Saturday 4th March

4.00pm        Wedding Service for Peter Cullingford and Teresa Clarke

7.30pm        Quiz with optional fish and chip supper

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.

Talk and Chat

Monday 6th March, 7.30pm at 43 Savill Crescent.

Saturday 13th August 2017

Barbecue at Legge House from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Sunday 5th March

Lent 1

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Revd Barbara Abrey

Sidesmen:     Gillian Pitter and Sally Speller

10.00am    Parish Communion

Preacher:      Revd Barbara Abrey

Intercessor:  Janet Henderson

Reading:       Romans 5: 12-19

Reader:        Helen Toomer

Servers:        Gillian Pitter and Jean Ford

Sidesmen:     Sue Dallyn and Pat Herring

4.00pm       Church at 4

Leader:         Paul Woolley

6.00pm       Evensong

Preacher:      Canon Michael Johnson

Intercessor:  Cheryl Hawkins

1st Reading: Deuteronomy 6: 4-9 & 16-end

Reader:        Malcolm Morrison

2nd Reading:          Luke 15: 1-10

Reader:        Dr John Godfree

Servers:        Gillian Pitter

Sidesmen:     Jean Ford and Malcolm Morrison


Happy Birthday to David Bathe, Carolyn Kirk, Safia Burdell, David Saunders, Sophie Houlton, Tom Townsend and Christine Wrixon who celebrate their birthdays during the coming week.

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! Please sign up today!

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

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.

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.

East Wichel Primary visit – 21st March

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.

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

Dementia Friends Information Session

Last year I trained as a Dementia Friends Champion with the Alzheimer`s Society. This enables me to run information sessions to local community groups. Dementia Friends is a social action movement that aims to increase understanding of dementia and inspire people to take action to support people affected by dementia in their community. The sessions last for 1 hour  – would you like to come along to learn more about dementia and how we can help those around us?? If so, please sign the sign up sheet with your details on the Church Chest. I will then plan dates and let you know when the sessions are running –

Many thanks Cheryl 

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.

Tea and Chat

Our next meeting is Monday 6th March, 7.30pm at 43 Savill Crescent. Newcomers are welcome to join us to discuss topics of current and religious content. Please contact Gwen on (813573).

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


Swindon Youth for Christ

For the past nine years, SYFC has been developing “LUSH”, a course on sex and relationships which is used as part of schools’ personal, social and health education curriculum. This year, in addition to the tried and tested material, they have added a new strand looking at the effects of pornography. The programme recognises that young people need safe spaces to talk about these important life issues.

Please pray that more schools will invite SYFC to provide this course for them, and that young people will be transformed for the better by this work.

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 Markham Place and Stonehenge Road
  • Peter & Teresa and their families for their forthcoming wedding on Saturday.
  • Our Standing Committee as they meet this week
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently, especially Caroline Stewart, Mollie Tanner, Harold Jefferies, Margaret Watts, Ken Farncombe and Roy Sloan. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.