5th November 2017

 

Sunday 5th November 2017

All Saints / All Souls

A Prayer for All Saints

Bring us, O Lord God, at our last awakening into the house and gate of heaven, to enter that gate and dwell in that house, where there shall be no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light; no noise nor silence, but one equal music; no fears nor hopes, but one equal possession; no ends or beginnings, but one equal eternity; in the habitations of your glory and dominion, world without end. Amen

Today

8.00am     Holy Communion

10.00am     Parish Communion

4.00pm     Church at 4

6.00pm     All Souls Evensong

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 5th November

Monday 6th November

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

10.00am       Bible Study – 11 St John Road

7- 8pm         Prayer for the Deanery Academy– Church

7.30pm        Standing Committee – 49 Perry’s Lane

Tuesday 7th November

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery

7.30pm        Confirmation Group – 17 Edgar Row Close

Wednesday 8th November

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Parish Office

Thursday 9th November

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station         – Neen and Chris

Friday 10th November

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice – Church

7.00pm        115 Club

4.30pm        Remembrance Sunday Rehearsal

Saturday 11th November

Dates for your diary

Christmas Ladies Who Lunch

Ladies who Lunch Christmas lunch is on Monday 18th December at 12.30pm at the Baker’s, Badbury

Sunday 12th November 2017

Remembrance Sunday

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Revd Barbara Abrey

Sidespeople: Jean Reens and Christine Wrixon

10.00am     Parish Communion

Preacher:      Revd Barbara Abrey

Intercessions:Led by Discovery Church

Servers         Alan Gregory and Jean Ford

Sidespeople: Mike & Bridget Awre

10.54am     Act of Remembrance

                    starts at the War Memorial

4.00pm       Church at 4

Led by:         Tracy Mason  

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Hilda Tippetts, Dennis Stanley, Sheila Tubey, David Mantell, Petrina Kingsley and Tiffany Weighell on their birthdays during the coming week. 

Floodlighting

The Church will be floodlit on Monday 6th November by Daphne Cooper on the 12th anniversary of her Grandaughter, Amber’s Baptism;

On Thursday 9th November by Ann Godwin in memory of Alan Godwin on his 80th birthday.

TODAY— All Souls Evensong 6.00 pm

On All Souls Day the church remembers and gives thanks for the lives of those who we have known and loved; we will be doing this at our All Souls Evensong. 

NEXT SUNDAY– Remembrance Sunday 10am

We will be welcoming young people from the local uniformed organisations and their leaders and families to the service next Sunday, as well as members of Discovery Church who are joining us– please do make them feel welcome and arrive early enough to be seated!

Vacancy Update

Although over 300 people downloaded the information pack, we have received no applications for the post of Vicar of Wroughton and Wichelstowe. We are obviously very disappointed by this, but we have not lost hope! The Archdeacon has told us that recruitment is currently a major challenge both in the Bristol Diocese and nationally.

So, what happens next? The PCC met on Tuesday to discuss and agree a way forward.

First, we are setting aside Saturday 2nd December as a day of prayer, to ask God to lead the right person to us. The church building will be open from 8am to 3pm, and you are warmly invited to come and spend some time (long or short) in prayer. If you are not able to be there in person, we would be delighted if you would join in this day by praying at home. A prayer guide will be available to support you in this.

Second, we are reviewing the information pack and job advert to see if any changes are needed.

Third, we will be re-advertising the role again in January with the hope of conducting interviews in February. We hope that the beginning of a new year will be a better time to attract candidates looking for new challenges.

We will keep you up to date with developments. In the meantime, please continue to pray. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask Nick Orman or Paul Woolley.

Stewardship Update

We now have around half of the pledge cards returned-

If you have not yet got round to filling yours in, please do return it soon or ask for another if it has been mislaid. Thank you for your generosity.

Please also consider signing up for the Parish Giving Scheme if you currently give by standing order– it will mean very little change for you, but will save the church many hours in admin.

Open the Book

We have been given permission to go into Wroughton Infant School on Tuesday afternoons at 2.30pm once a month for Open the Book Assemblies. If you would like to join us reading and acting out Bible stories with the children please let me know. You will need to have been checked for child protection but that will not be a big problem. Barbara 

Youth Group

Our monthly youth small group meets on the first Sunday of the month 6.30-8.30pm in the Parish Hall– if you know anyone between 11 and 18 who might enjoy meeting for fun, food and space to think about important questions then do talk to Ruth Orman or Nicola for more info.

Prayer for the Deanery C of E Academy

We will be meeting to pray for the newest school in our parish this coming Monday for an hour– 7-8pm at the church. Please do come as we seek God’s blessing on the staff and young people who will be a part of the school and God’s wisdom for our own involvement there.

Children’s Society Boxes

Many thanks to all box holders, £299.60 has been sent to The Children’s Society from this year’s box opening.

Carolyn Kirk

Christmas Knitting Angels and Stars

As our yarn bombing was such a success last Christmas we thought we would repeat it again this year. So it is time to start knitting again. Please make more of the angels we made last year, or if you can find a pattern we would like to add some stars this year. If you don’t knit well why not try making stars from fabric, as long as they are not too big and are stiff enough to look good when we put them out.  Any questions to Barbara.

 

AN EVENING OF DICKENS AND CHRISTMAS 

Three special evenings have been organised in connection with Lion Hudson’s publication of Dr Keith Hooper’s new book on Charles Dickens.  Celebrating the author’s connection with Christmas, there will be readings from his best known works, and insights into the author’s work and life.  Entertaining and informative, the events are as follows:

Thursday 16th November 6.00- 8.00 p.m Mustard Seed Bookshop, Marlborough SN8 1BE (01672) 511611

Tuesday 21st November 7.00- 8.30 p.m  Central Library, Swindon SN1 1QG (01793) 466454 (£10.00 includes copy of the book)

Wednesday 6th December 7.30 – 9.00 p.m Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire SN16 9BA (01666) 824331 (£3.00)

Tickets are available in advance (recommended) or on the door

CHURCH IN THE WIDER WORLD

Tearfund

Over the next two months we shall be asking for your prayers for the work of Tearfund (The Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund). Their aims:

We’re Christians committed to following Jesus where the need is greatest. God has called us to serve those living in poverty, regardless of race, gender, nationality or religious belief.

We know the gospel has the power to transform lives and heal communities, we see this truth in our work every day. God isn’t giving up on the poor, neither are we. 

Tearfund is working in many countries alongside local groups to alleviate poverty and suffering. Please pray:

  • For their workers in areas of conflict such as Syria, Afghanistan, Darfur and the Democratic Republic of Congo who are providing shelter, food and emergency supplies.
  • For those helping to build peace in areas such as Nigeria.
  • For the staff at headquarters to have wisdom and discernment in distributing funds and people where they are most needed.

This week please also pray for:-

  • Tearfund
  • The Residents of Victoria Cross Road and Normandy Road
  • Our Standing Committee
  • Our Confirmation Group
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Phyllis Edwards. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.