Sunday 3rd December 2017
THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT PRAYER
Almighty God, who has
promised to be with us to the
end of time, accompany us on
our Advent journey and draw us
ever more into the life of your
kingdom; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen
Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 3rd December
Monday 4th December
8.30am Morning Prayer – Church
10.00am Bible Study – 11 St John Road
6.30pm Advent Reflection – Church
Tuesday 5th December
The Parish Office will be closed today
8.30am Morning Prayer – Church
6.00pm Clergy Surgery
Wednesday 6th December
8.30am Morning Prayer – Parish Office
7.00pm Wroughton Choral Society Rehearsal—Church
Thursday 7th December
8.30am Morning Prayer – Church
7.15pm Choir Practice – Church
Filling Station – Jack & Margaret
Friday 8th December
8.45am Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice
7.00pm No Bellringers Practice
7.00pm 115 Club
Saturday 9th December
2.00pm Jessie May Christmas service
7.30pm Wroughton Choral Society Christmas Concert
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 10th December 2017
8.00am Holy Communion
Preacher: Revd Barbara Abrey
Sidespeople: Pat Lewis and Dee Vincent
10.00am Parish Communion
Preacher: Revd Barbara Abrey
Intercessions: Helen Toomer
Reading: Isaiah 40: 1-11
Reader: Lillian Wicks
Gospel: Mark 1: 1-8
Servers: Kathy Gregory and Louise Sampson
Sidespeople: Alan & Kathy Gregory
4.00pm Church at 4
Led by: Paul Woolley
Happy Birthday to Duncan Rogers, Joy Wheals, Jean Macleod, Cheryl Hawkins, Thea Gillard, Neil Slingsby and Paul Woolley who celebrate their birthdays during the coming week.
I recently 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!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our day of prayer on Saturday 2 December. It was good to spend a day seeking God and asking Him to lead the right person to us.
On Wednesday (29 November) the PCC reviewed and agreed the advert and paperwork that will be used in recruitment. The intention is to advertise the post over a period of 4 weeks, starting just before Christmas. Shortlisting and interviews will take place in February.
Do please continue to keep this matter in your prayers, and please circulate the advert as widely as possible in due course. We will continue to keep you updated with any developments. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask Nick Orman or Paul Woolley.
If you are thinking about wanting to do something to connect with the advent season here are a few ideas…
#AdventChallenge – join in with Bible Society’s Advent Challenge. They will email you 3 options of biblically themed challenges each day sign up at https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/get-involved/adventchallenge/
Tearfund – sign up to receive Tearfund’s daily reflections throughout advent https://advent.tearfund.org/
Adventure family devotionals – download this free family devotional series for advent from http://theresource.org.uk/product/adventure-family-devotions-2/
Read Luke’s Gospel – Luke’s gospel handily has 24 chapters. Why not read a chapter a day?
Reverse Advent Calendar – instead of consuming chocolate each day why not put aside food for those in need throughout the advent season and donate it to the Foodbank or Filling Station.
Advent Reflections – These are being held in church each Monday evening from 6.30– 7.15pm and 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.
Jessie May Christmas service- Sat 9th Dec
Jessie May are a local organisation providing care for children with terminal illness. We are hosting a short Christmas celebration for their local families and anyone from the local community who would like to join them. Do come for a few carols, story and refreshments, along with the families and Jessie May staff, starting at 2pm for about an hour.
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 .
115 Club Christmas Cake raffle
As in previous years the 115 Club are holding a raffle for a Christmas cake, which has been made and kindly donated to us by Kathy Gregory. The draw will be made on Sunday 17 December at the 10am service. Proceeds from the raffle will be used to subsidise the residential weekend which the Club plans to hold in the summer of 2018, and to replace ageing games equipment for the members to use. Raffle tickets can be bought from Ross Fralley. Thank you.
An evening of Dickens and Christmas
Do go along to the final event 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- Wednesday 6th December 7.30 – 9.00p.m Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire SN16 9BA (01666) 824331 (£3.00) Tickets are available in advance or on the door.
This year we will be preparing the christingle oranges on Saturday 23rd December from 9am in church. All help most welcome.
Reminder – Bible Study Notes 2018
Last chance to order Bible Study Notes for 2018. Please see Marion for order forms & further information. Thank you.
Wanted – 5 Volunteers
5 volunteers wanted to read a lesson at the Carol Service on Sunday 17th December at 6pm. New readers welcome. Please speak to Marion Colton.
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.
Part time job opportunity
Swindon City of Sanctuary is looking for someone to work 8 hours a week to develop the network & coordinate its hosting project, Room for All in Swindon, to recruit volunteers, hosts and manage referrals of guests. Role includes record keeping and producing reports to the board of trustees and for any Room for All funders.
The closing date for applications is Monday 4th December. If anyone is interested in applying, please speak to Margaret Penfound (tel 812139) as soon as possible.
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
- For those involved in our Advent and Christmas preparation over the next few weeks
- Wroughton Choral Society as they prepare for their Christmas Concert
- We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Margaret Rebbeck, Albert Anderson and John Hoyland. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.