26th March 2017

Sunday 26th March 2017

Mothering Sunday

Lent 4

A Prayer for Westminster

A Collect for Peace from the Archbishop of York

O God, the author of peace and lover of concord,  to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


8.00am     Holy Communion

10.00am    Parish Communion

4.00pm      Church at 4 – Mossy Church

Wednesday 29th March

6.30pm       Compline and Address

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 26th March

Monday 27th March

8.30am         Holy Communion – Church

10.00am       Bible Study Group – 11 St John Road

7.30pm        Lent Group – Church

7.30pm        Mission Matters Meeting

Tuesday 28th March

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery

7.30pm        PCC Meeting

Wednesday 29th March

8.30am         Morning Prayer

10.00am       No Holy Communion this week

6.30pm        Compline and Address – Church

7.30pm        Church at 4 Meeting

Thursday 30th March

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station         – Jack & Margaret

Friday 31st March

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

4.30pm        VC rehearsal—War Memorial and Church

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice

Saturday 1st April

Dates for your diary

Thursday 13th April 10.30am

Chrism Eucharist at Bristol Cathedral

Sunday13th August 2017

Barbecue at Legge House from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Sunday 2nd April

Lent 5 

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Mark Tubey

Sidespeople: Pat Lewis and Dee Vincent

10.30am    Service of Thanksgiving at the

Centenary of Awarding the VC to William Gosling

Preacher:      Canon Michael Johnson

Servers         Jean Ford and Gillian Pitter

Sidespeople: David & Mary Evans

4.00pm       Church at 4

Leaders:       Joan Orman

6.00pm       Evensong

Preacher       Mark Tubey

Intercessor   Dr John Godfree

1st Reading  Ezekiel 37 verses 1-14

Reader         Helena Thomas

2nd Reading Matthew 20: 38-45

Reader         Helen Toomer

Sidespeople  Trish Turner and Sophie Houlton

Servers         Gillian Pitter


Happy Birthday to Andrew Bond who celebrates his birthday during the coming week.


The Church will be floodlit on Sunday 26th March by Trish Morgan in memory of her mum, Violet Strand on Mothering Sunday and also on the 1st Anniversary of her passing.

Church Leaders send sincere condolences

Statement in response to the Westminster attack,

The Presidents of Churches Together in England (which includes the Archbishop of Canterbury) express sincere condolences to the bereaved families and friends of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack that was perpetrated in Westminster yesterday, Wednesday 22 March 2017.

The Presidents pray for the healing of those injured, and for the wellbeing of our society in which all seek after and promote the common good in a spirit of love for our fellow human beings.

They pray too for Parliament, the police and the emergency services who responded with such bravery, professionalism and compassion, and who continue to support all those affected by this terrible attack.

Lent small groups 2017- Creating connections

This year we are 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 are 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. As each week is a separate study, please come when you can.

Church Electoral Roll Revision

At this time of year we are revising our Church Electoral Roll in preparation for our annual church meeting on 30th April. This is the roll of members of our church who are entitled to vote at that meeting. If you are not yet on our Church Electoral Roll, please fill in a form today and place it in the box as you leave the church.

Data Protection

As an organisation we are obliged to follow the rules set out in the Data Protection Act, and have a Data Protection Policy which states how we comply with these requirements.

As a church we hold personal data for the purposes of maintaining membership of the church, and for administering activities for individuals who are either members of the church or have regular contact with it. We will never disclose personal details to parties outside the church, without the express permission of individuals to do so.  If anyone has any concerns on personal data held, or any questions on data protection, then please contact Helena Thomas (Data Controller) or speak to one of the clergy or churchwardens.

Traidcraft Easter Eggs

I still have some Traidcraft Easter eggs for sale at £3.60. They are Fairtrade and have a bar of chocolate plus the story of Easter inside. Please see Sally Parker.

Honouring our VC Sunday 2nd April at 10.30am

On Sunday 2nd April , next Sunday, 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.

Parking for VC Service on 2nd April

There will be no public parking at the church on that day except for VIPs and those with blue disabled badges. We do have a limited number of parking permits for the day so if you need to park at the church and are unable to walk up, please ask the vicar.

Maundy Thursday Passover Meal

On Maundy Thursday, 13th April, we shall be having a Passover meal. This is the meal that Jesus shared with his disciples on the night before he died. We invite everyone to share in this meal in church. If you are able to come please sign the sheet on the church chest. There is another list to sign if you are able to contribute food for the supper. Thank you.

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

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.

LENT 2017

Lent Groups and Lent Compline

Following a special course based written by our Bishops and Senior Staff on the Creating Connections theme

Monday morning 10 am

Leader Margaret Penfound at 11 St John Road

Monday evening in Church 7.30pm

Leaders Barbara Abrey, Nicola Such, Michael Johnson

Tuesday evenings 7.30pm

Leader Carolyn Kirk at 12 Artis Avenue

Please sign up on the sheet on the church chest


This year we are offering Compline and Reflection based on Walter Brueggemann’s book Into Your Hand: Confronting Good Friday.

This week please pray for:-

  • Swindon Youth for Christ
  • The Residents of Maunsell Way and Yardlee Walk
  • Our PCC as they meet this week
  • Those suffering as an result of the dreadful events last Wednesday at Westminster.
  • Those suffering drought in South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently, especially, Rita Binstead, Debbie McGaw, Irene Holton, Moyra Collett, June Roberts and Alan Goodenough. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.