Sunday 26th November 2017
Christ the King
A prayer for the festival of Christ the King
Almighty and merciful God,
you break the power of evil and make all things new in your Son Jesus Christ,
the King of the universe.
May all in heaven and earth
acclaim your glory and never cease to praise you. Amen
Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 26th November
Monday 27th November
8.30am Morning Prayer – Church
10.00am Bible Study – 11 St John Road
6.30pm Advent Reflection – Church
7.30pm Mission Matters – 11 St John Road
7.30pm Church at 4 planning – 49, Perry’s Lane
Tuesday 28th November
The Parish Office will be closed today
8.30am Morning Prayer – Church
6.00pm Clergy Surgery
Wednesday 29th November
8.30am Morning Prayer – Parish Office
7.30pm PCC meeting – Church
Thursday 30th November
8.30am Morning Prayer – Church
7.15pm Choir Practice – Church
Filling Station – Tony and Tracy
Friday 1st December
8.45am Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice
1.30pm Funeral Service for John Hoyland
7.00pm Bellringers Practice – Church
7.00pm 115 Club
Saturday 2nd December
8am- 3pm Day of prayer – Church
9.30am Healing on the Streets – Ellendune Centre
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
Sun 17th Dec 6pm Christmas Carol Service
Sun 24th Dec- Christmas Eve
8am BCP Holy communion
10am Parish communion
3pm and 5pm Christingle services
11.30pm Midnight Communion service
Monday 25th Dec- Christmas Day
10am Christmas Day service
Sunday 3rd December 2017
8.00am Holy Communion
Preacher: Revd Nicola Such
Sidespeople: Gillian Pitter and Sally Speller
10.00am Parish Communion
Preacher: Revd Nicola Such
Reading: Isaiah 64: 1-9
Reader: Keith Bassett
Gospel: Mark 13: 24-end
Servers: Jean Leo and Cheryl Hawkins
Sidespeople: Lillian Wicks and Ross Fralley
1.45pm Sunday Teas – Church Hall
4.00pm Church at 4
Led by: Revd Nicola Such
Preacher: Revd Barbara Abrey
1st Reading: Isaiah 1: 1-20
Reader: Clive Parker
2nd Reading: Matthew 21: 1-13
Reader: Roger Moore
Servers: Gillian Pitter
Sidespeople: Trish Green and Sophie Houlton
Happy Birthday to Richard Perry, Joan Reader, Joe Townsend, Margot Weighell and Ronald Reader on their birthdays during the coming week and to Felix Courtliff who celebrated his first birthday on Saturday.
The Church will be floodlit on Friday 1st December by Jeanne Howland in memory of her husband, Roy Howland
5 years of his passing.
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? 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.
The Lighting of the Christmas Tree
The lighting of the Christmas tree will be on Saturday December 2nd at 6pm. There will be some entertainment in the Ellendune Centre beforehand. All members of Churches in Wroughton are invited to lead the carol singing from 5.40 – 5.55pm. Lets be in good voice to help the residents of Wroughton to remember the real meaning of Christmas.
These will be held in church on Monday evenings from
6.30– 7.15pm beginning on 27th November and will focus on the four songs found in the gospels around the story of Jesus’ birth.
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.
Building in Wichelstowe
Drop into the Waitrose café on Tuesday between 3.30pm and 8pm to find out more about the current activity and future plans for the Canalside area of Wichelstowe. The plans for new housing, the school, pub and general infrastructure will be on display with representatives from the developers and Swindon Borough Council on hand to answer questions. We will be there alongside The Stowe Church to talk with people about their hopes and dreams for the area.
Reminder – Bible Study Notes 2018
Last chance to order Bible Study Notes for 2018. Please see Marion for order forms & further information. Thank you.
Concert in Church 9th Dec
Wroughton Choral Society’s 21st Annual Christmas concert will be in church at 7.30pm on Saturday 9th December. The programme will include Schubert Mass in A-flat, John Rutter Brother Heinrich’s Christmas (the tale of a carol, a monk and a donkey) and Carols. Tickets from choir members £6 (children £3) which includes refreshments. Profit to The Harbour Project .
Last Sunday I announced that I will be moving on to be Priest-in-Charge of St Mark’s Church, Kempshott in Basingstoke– though I’ll still be around for a little while longer here. My final service will be on Easter Sunday and my licensing at St Mark’s will be on 18th April at 7.30pm. I will be sad to leave Wroughton as I’ve very much enjoyed my curacy here, but am looking forward to the next step and new adventures!
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 last event is as follows
Wednesday 6th December 7.30 – 9.00p.m Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire SN16 9BA (01666) 824331 (£3.00) Tickets are available in advance (recommended) or on the door.
Journey to the Cradle– Thurs 30th Nov 7.30-9.30pm
Holy Trinity, Shaw, SN5 5PY
Join Dai Woolridge and Sound of Wales for an evening of song, stories and festive poetry as we celebrate a journey which changed the world.
This special one-off event by Bible Society is free of charge and is suitable for anyone of secondary school age and above. Flyers are available at the back of church.
CHURCH IN THE WIDER WORLD
Over the next two months we shall be asking for your prayers for the work of Tearfund (The Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund). 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.
Knitting for Mission to Seafarers
Thanks again to all our keen knitters. I have received a letter from The Mission to Seafarers thanking us for the knitware I sent in September and last week I was able to send off another batch of 22 hats and 21 scarves to the charity. 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. As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in this is an ideal time to get those needles busy. For further information talk to Janet Henderson (525856).
This week please also pray for:-
- The Residents of Whalley Crescent and Frogden Road
- Mission Matters group that meet this week
- For those involved in our Advent and Christmas preparation over the next few weeks
- Members of our PCC who meet this week
- We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Margaret Rebbeck, Albert Anderson Trevor Davies, Jean Leader, Emma Turner and John Hoyland. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.