21st May 2017

Sunday 21st May 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

4.00pm      Church at 4

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 21st May

Monday 22nd May

8.30am         Holy Communion

10.00am       Bible Study Group – 11 St John Road

7.30pm        Mission Matters Meeting

Tuesday 23rd May

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery

7.30 pm       Holiday Club Meeting – 17 Edgar Row Close

Wednesday 24th May

8.30am         Morning Prayer

10.00am       Holy Communion at St Joseph’s

7.30pm        PCC Meeting – Church

Thursday 25th May

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station         – Tony & Tracy

Friday 26th May

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice

Saturday 27th May

2.00pm        Wedding Service for

Guy Green and Patricia Turner

4.00pm        Thanksgiving for Marriage service

for Alan & Jill Hinds 

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.

Christmas Ladies Who Lunch

Will be on the Tuesday 20th of December at The Bell Inn at Purton Stoke. The pub is closed on Mondays. Details later. Gwen 

Sunday 28th May

Sunday after Ascension

11.00am    Michael’s Farewell Service

Preacher:      Canon Michael Johnson

Intercessor:  Helen Toomer

Reading:       Ephesians 1-15-end

Reader:        Carol Gibbon

Gospel:        Luke 24.44-53

Servers         Jean Ford and Kathy Gregory

Sidespeople: Mike & Bridget Awre

4.00pm       Church at 4

Leader:         Teresa Townsend / Revd Nicola Such

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Philip Ferguson, Ian Cliff, Jean Leo, Tessa Tubb and Grace Barnes who celebrate their birthdays during the coming week.

Michael’s Farewell Service

This will take place on Sunday 28th May at 11.00am – do try and be there to give Michael and Sue a good send off!  Following the service and presentations, light refreshments will be served in the north aisle and outside (if the elements allow!)  Contributions to a gift can still be made – please put in an envelope (‘Michael – Gift’) and give to a Churchwarden (Helena or Mike); or Ross Fralley; or deliver to the Parish Office 

Refreshments for Michael’s Last Service.

Michael’s last service will be at 11am on Sunday 28 May and we are planning to serve drinks and light refreshments after it. There are two lists on the chest in the baptistry for you to sign up if you would like to bring some food. Please bring it already cut up into bite size pieces as we will have limited serving space. Many thanks. For further information please ask Janet (525856) or Jean (522964).

General Election Hustings 1st June 7.30pm

Come and ask the candidates for the General Election the questions that are important to you. All candidates have committed to come to the Swindon Churches Together Hustings at Immanuel Church, Upham Road, SN3 1DH. Questions to be received in writing by 7.15pm; doors open 6.45pm. All are welcome.

Thy Kingdom Come- collect your prayer boxes

If you’ve signed up for a prayer box then do take it today… The idea of it is simply to provide a visual reminder to pray for your chosen country as regularly as you can during our focused time of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost. Pray as you choose! You might like to colour the flag and light the tea light, you might choose to write a few useful prayer points, and if you would like to bring your box to swap and pray for another country then please do on either of our evening prayer meetings on Sunday 28th. We’ll be meeting for an hour at the church on Wednesdays 24th and 31st May between 6 and 7pm to pray for our local community, our nation and our world in different ways, please do come! 

Children’s Gardening Morning

On Wednesday 31st May from 10.30am, we will be working with Vision 4 Wroughton to run a children’s gardening morning at Willowbrook Gardens. We need people to serve refreshments, and to help the children pot up and plant out seedlings and sow seeds. If you can help, or if you have spare plants or seeds that we could use, please speak to Nicola, or Joan Orman.

Cream Teas and Bring & Buy

Saturday 3rd June 2017, 2.45pm to 4.30pm

In the grounds of St Joseph’s Church

Featuring Wroughton Silver Band in aid of Prospect Hospice. If you are able to make scones please would you phone Ann Moss (813318). Also if you have a gazebo that they can borrow on the day please also let her know.

Chapel Anniversary – Wroughton Methodist Church

Sunday 11th June at 6.30pm

Revd Rosemary Fletcher will be taking the Service. All welcome to attend 

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! 

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.

Holiday Club

We are planning to run Holiday Club on the mornings of 14th to 18th August. If you are able to help for all or part of the week please let me know, I will give you dates for planning meetings soon. Barbara

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 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.

Wooden Bookcases

We have two wooden bookcases which are now surplus to requirements if you would like one or both of this 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 Mission to Seafarers

Thanks again to all our keen knitters. I sent off another batch of hats and scarves to the charity last week and have just received another large number of hats and scarves. Also thanks to those who have donated wool – there is a good selection in the white boxes on the bench by the choir vestry together with patterns, so please help yourselves if you want to get started on a hat, scarf or gloves. Completed items should be put in one of these boxes. Although it is coming into warmer weather here, it is winter in the southern hemisphere so the need for knitwear carries on. For further information talk to Janet Henderson (525856).

This week please pray for:-

  • Church Mission Society
  • The Residents of Overtown Hill and Trecastle Road
  • Guy & Trish and their families as they marry in Church on Saturday
  • Alan & Jillian and their family as they renewal their wedding vows in Church on Saturday
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently., especially June Eames, Eric Sutton and June Hazzard. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.