18th June 2017

Sunday 18th June 2017

Trinity 1

This weekend we offer prayers for those
who died and those who are injured and made homeless
by the shocking fire at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington,
for those who mourn and all others affected by this disaster. Amen


8.00am     Holy Communion

10.00am    Parish Communion

11.45am     Baptism Service for Jessica Curtis

4.00pm     Church at 4

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 18th June

Monday 19th June

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

10.00am       Bible Study Group – 11 St John Road

Tuesday 20th June

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

3-5pm         Season of Invitation training– Haydon Wick

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery

7.30pm       Deanery Synod meeting

7.30pm       Listening Post prayer meeting– Church

Wednesday 21st June

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Parish Office

Thursday 22nd June

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station         – Sarah Jane and Sherralyn

Friday 23rd June

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice – Church

Saturday 24th June

Dates for your diary

Ladies who Lunch

Next date is Monday 3rd of July at The Sally Pussey on the Wootton Bassett road at 12.30pm

Christmas Ladies Who Lunch

Will be on the Tuesday 19th of December at The Bell Inn at Purton Stoke. The pub is closed on Mondays. Details later. Gwen 

Sunday 25th June

Patronal Festival

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Revd Barbara Abrey

Sidespeople: John & Iris Smith

10.00am     Parish Communion

Preacher:      Bishop Lee

Intercessor:  Teresa Townsend

Reading:       Phillippians 1: 12-26

Reader:        Alan Gregory

Gospel:        Luke 1: 57-66 & 80

Servers         Kathy Gregory and Cheryl Hawkins

Sidespeople: Lillian Wicks and Ross Fralley

4.00pm       Church at 4

Leader:         Ruth Orman


Happy Birthday to Barbara Hawkins, June Bradley, Norma Clare, June Jackson, Lilian Maisey and Gill Hand who celebrate their birthdays during the coming week.

Leading services at 10am

We have a very capable team, both licensed and lay, involved in leading our Church at 4 services each week, and we thought we would extend this to our 10am service too! Most weeks the beginning of the 10am service will now be led by one of our LLMs or clergy-in-training and the priest will lead from the sharing of the peace. We hope that you will appreciate the diversity and that together we might reflect the involvement of the whole church in worship.

Vacancy & Parish Review

We’re now starting our period of ‘vacancy’ – i.e where we’ve said goodbye to Michael as our Vicar, and now start the journey to find the right person who is called to lead our Parish in the future.  This process is estimated to take 6 to 9 months.  In the interim our team of Nicola & Barbara, Lay Ministers, Churchwardens and the PCC will lead us in worship and the running of our church.  We will be supported through this transition process by the Diocese, and particularly by George Rendell – aptly named our ‘Transition Manager’! – and his assistant Jane Briggs.  George and Jane would love to get the views of as many people as possible – where you feel we are as a parish now, where we’re going or hope to go, and the sort of vicar we’re looking to lead us in the future.  Please feel free to contact them to arrange a conversation. Their details are: george.rendell@bristoldiocese.org or Jane on 01666 825996  or drkjbriggs@hotmail.co.uk

We’re very blessed to have a strong church community with many people involved in both the day to day running of the parish, and our work in the wider community.  Please continue to support each other, and those leading the church, during this time of change, and do ask the clergy or Churchwardens (Helena Thomas & Mike Awre) if you have any questions or concerns.  The PCC will keep you informed as we go through the transition.

Sunday 25th June – Bishop Lee at 10am and

Legge House 50th Anniversary

We look forward to welcoming Bishop Lee next Sunday when he will be preaching at 10am as part of our sermon series on Paul’s letter to the Philippians and presiding. After the service he will be going to Legge House to give thanks at the 50th Anniversary celebration. Please come to both!

Prayer for The Deanery Church of England Academy

Our next prayer meeting for the new secondary school in Middle Wichel is on Monday 26th June, 7pm at the Parish Church. Please do join us in praying for the newest part of our parish!

Wroughton Carnival- Saturday 1st July Thank you to those who have volunteered to help with the carnival stewarding. We will have a stall on the Weir Field too, so do come and find us on the day– we’ll be face painting and have a fun photo booth set up too!

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

A message from Michael:

I promised that we would let you know where we’ve moved to…. Our new address is 20 Brettingham Gate, SN3 1NH, and the phone number 01793 434696.

Poterion Fair Trade Communion Wine

About 8 years ago we decided to change to Fair Trade communion wine and although we pay a little more for it I thought I would tell you what the organic wine helps to buy.

The wine comes from the Stellar Winery in South Africa. About 6 years ago the Stella foundation began a project to provide a meal-a-day to at-risk children during the school holiday and has so far provided 30,000 meals cooked and served by volunteers (angels) who organise activities for the children as well. They have about 350 workers and their families living on the estate are provided with Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET). The Stella Healthcare programme provide free medical help from a Registered Nursing Sister for all employees and their families. Part of the estate is split into allotments so that the staff can grow organic vegetables and fruit. Recently they have provided a Football Field for the local community to use. In keeping with Stella’s organic status Indian Runner Ducks are used in the vineyard as a natural way to keep snails and other pests that destroy the grapes at bay. The ducklings are hand reared until they are released into the vineyards to do what ducks do best, eat snails. John Godfree


Mission to Seafarers

Thomas Ware, assistant Chaplain at Tilbury Docks writes:

At the port of Tilbury, on the north bank of the Thames estuary in Essex, there is a little hut comprising a suite of two or three large rooms, a bar, a kitchen, a chapel and a few offices, which is the Tilbury Seamen’s Club. The seamen’s club is a place that merchant sailors can come while their ship is in port to relax, have a drink, use the free Wi-Fi and generally be away from the ships, which are claustrophobic even after a brief visit and must feel like floating prisons after several weeks aboard.

Ship visiting is the mainstay of maritime chaplaincy, the original work of the Mission to Seafarers. Ships come into the port every day—massive container ships, oil tankers, grain carriers, cruise liners, small vessels shuttling between the North Sea ports and so on—and they might be in port a few hours or a few days. There is generally a crew of about ten men, including officers, engineers, a cleaner and a cook (the most important man on the ship!). They are a broad mix of nationalities, but mostly Filipino, Indonesian, Somalian, West African, Chinese or Eastern European. In other words, they are a long way from home, doing a very testing and sometimes lonely job for months on end in a language they might not speak. Generally, the ships function in (broken) English, the international language of the sea. So the role of the chaplains is to go on board the ships and speak to the sailors and try to address a few of their basic needs. Most of these seafarers are young men in their twenties and thirties with wives and children and university degrees, and the best job they can get is working on ships bringing in the goods that maintain our lifestyle.

90% of Britain’s goods are brought in by sea, including the vast majority of our food, clothes and machinery.

Please pray –

  • for the chaplains like Thomas who visit the sailors on the ships in ports
  • for the young seafarers having to cope with different cultures and languages
  • that the charity will continue to fight for fair treatment and conditions for seafarers.

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 The Pitchens and Thorney Park
  • Families in Manchester & London after the recent attacks
  • Our Church Wardens Mike and Helena
  • Young people taking exams at school, college and university.
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently., especially Brian Richardson. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.