30th April 2017

Sunday 30th April 2017

A PRAYER FOR EASTER

Lord of life You defeated death To demonstrate a love that is Beyond our understanding That reaches out even to me Saving Grace to all who hear Christ the Lord is risen to-day. Alleluia!

Today

8.00am     Holy Communion

10.00am    Parish Communion

11.00am     APCM

4.00pm      Church at 4

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 30th April

Monday 1st May—Bank Holiday

Tuesday 2nd May

8.30am         Morning Prayer

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery

7.30pm        Church Yard Committee Meeting – Vicarage

Wednesday 3rd May

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer

10.00am       Holy Communion at St Joseph’s

12.45pm       Funeral Service for Clive Hooper – Kingsdown Crematorium

7.30pm        Standing Committee Meeting – Vicarage

Thursday 4th May

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

7.30pm        Swindon Churches Together Meeting – The Willows, Prospect Place

Filling Station         – Neen & Chris

Friday 5th May

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice

Saturday 6th May

9.30am         Healing on the Streets – Ellendune Centre

Dates for your diary

Sunday 25th June

Legge House 50 years Celebration. Bishop Lee will be coming to Legge House to give thanks for its life over the last half-century. He will also preside and preach at our 10am service that day.

Sunday 7th May

Easter 4

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Tracy Mason

Sidespeople: Pat Lewis and Dee Vincent

10.00am    Parish Communion

Preacher:      Tracy Mason

Intercessor:  Sheila Tubey

Reading:       Acts 2: 42-end

Reader:        Cheryl Hawkins

Gospel:        John 10: 1-10

Servers         Cheryl Hawkins and Gillian Pitter

Sidespeople: Alan & Kathy Gregory

4.00pm       Church at 4

6.00pm      Evensong

Preacher:      Dr John Godfree

Intercessor:  Marion Colton

1st Reading: Ezra 3: 1-13

Reader:        Sophie Houlton

2nd Reading:          Ephesians 2: 11-end

Reader:        Margaret Penfound

Servers         David Bathe

Sidespeople: Jean Ford and Malcolm Morrison 

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Samantha Ferguson, Lydia Saward, Matthew Clarke, Kenneth Logan and Gillian Freeman who celebrate their birthdays during the coming week.

Floodlighting

The Church was floodlit on Wednesday 26th April by Angela Condict in memory of her husband, Neal David Condict; On Monday 1st May by Jane Phillips on the anniversary of her joining the Church Choir.

Michael’s Farewell

Michael’s farewell service will be on Sunday 28th May at 11.00am (no 8am service on that date) and we’re planning to give him and Sue a good send off! (details to follow)

If you’d like to contribute towards a gift, please put this in an envelope (‘Michael – Gift’) and give to a Churchwarden (Helena or Mike); or Barbara or Nicola; or deliver to the Parish Office.

Wroughton Duck Race 20th Anniversary- Monday 1st May The annual duck race will take place on Monday 1st May from 1-5pm this year, with stalls, refreshments and the all-important races! We will be working alongside Discovery Church to provide some activities for the children. If you are free to help set up from 12 midday or set down or are able to come and supervise our games for an hour please let Nicola know- we’d love to have a good presence there!

New Creation – Sunday 7th May

For the Parish Communion on Sunday May 7th at 10 a.m., New Creation are re-forming just for the day, in order to say a fond thank you and farewell to Canon Michael. Many of you (we hope!) will still have our CDs to hand—in particular please have a listen to the second one ‘The Flame’, as the Gloria, Sanctus and Agnus Dei will be used in the service. We will practise them with you on the day as well. We are really looking forward to the service. Please, if you are in touch with any non-parishioners who would like to come, would you invite them along?

Thy Kingdom Come- global wave of prayer-  25th May – 4th June

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. There will be a number of opportunities to meet to pray for ourselves, our nation and our world and the chance to take part in a prayer posada! Think about which country God might be calling you to pray for particularly during this time and the posada will be explained…

Sunday 25th June – Bishop Lee at 10am and

Legge House 50th Anniversary

We look forward to welcoming Bishop Lee in Sunday 25th June when he will be preaching at 10am as part of our sermon series on Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

After the service he will be going to Legge House to give thanks at the 50th Anniversary celebration. Please come to both! 

Wanted – Cakes for Legge House Spring Fayre

Sunday 21st May

Please can you bake a cake (or 2) for the Legge House Spring Fayre on Sunday 21st May. Cakes can be brought to Church or directly to Legge House from 12 noon.  

Many thanks Jean Ford 

Wroughton Carnival- Saturday 1st July Last year we were able to support the carnival by providing stewards for the procession and the field and the carnival committee has asked for our help again this year. We are looking particularly for someone who is able to be a link between the committee and stewarding volunteers and for those who might be able to steward on the day. Please talk to Michael or Nicola.

Healing on the Streets

Once a fortnight on Saturdays you will find a team of four Christians offering to talk and/or pray with people in the Ellendune shopping centre. We have been offering this service to our community for several years, but would love to have more names on our rota of people willing to join us in this valuable work. A friendly greeting and a willingness to have a conversation is all most people expect, so if you aren’t comfortable praying for someone, there will be others to do this. Our thanks go to Michael our Vicar for his commitment to HOTS over the years, and also to Teresa who will now be very busy with her training for the ministry, but without them our numbers are considerably reduced. Please prayerfully consider whether you could offer to be with us for a couple of hours on the occasional Saturday as part of our Christian outreach and have a chat with Barbara Abrey or Margaret Penfound to find out more.

Serving in Church

Would you like to become a server?? I know when dear Bill Ruck asked me quietly one day after the Church service if I would think of becoming a sever, it was my first step to gaining confidence to taking a more active role in Church services – I will always be grateful to Bill for giving me that gentle “push” !!! – we are looking for Volunteers to join the servers rota, if you feel God is giving you a “gentle push” to Volunteer, please speak to one of the servers or Michael about what is involved – training will be given!!!  Many thanks Cheryl 

London Marathon 2017

Mike and Hannah Awre would like to thank you all for your support when we ran the London Marathon on 23rd April with over £2,600 being raised for Parkinson’s UK. It was a great day and one we will remember long after the aching muscles have been forgotten! The crowds were amazing and we did it together in 4 hours 27 minutes and 29 seconds!

Victoria Ford would like to thank everyone for their support during the London Marathon. I did it in 4 hours 12 minutes and 56 seconds it was hard!!

Wooden Tables

We have some 5’ and 6’ wooden tables available that are now surplus to requirements. If you would like one ,or two, or more, please speak to Nick Orman 

CHURCH IN THE WIDER WORLD 

Church Mission Society

Kate Quarrell, our CMS link in Kuluva, Uganda, has requested our prayers for:

  • the staff in the hospital where she works as a midwifery tutor, that God would inspire their practice and provide the resources they need to meet the needs of women and their babies
  • Kate and the other tutors, challenging old ways and encouraging the students to adopt better practices
  • the students, that they might be willing to learn and use modern information
  • praise God that people like Kate are willing to go in His name to benefit others.

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:-

  • Church Mission Society
  • The Residents of Moore Close and Barbrook Road
  • Those suffering drought in South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia
  • Our Church Yard Committee and our Standing Committee as they meet this week.
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently, especially Clive Hooper. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.