10th December 2017

Sunday 10th December 2017

Advent 2

THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

PRAYER

Make us, good Lord,

wakeful and watchful as we await the coming

of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,

that he may find us ready to greet

him with gratitude and joy;

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 10th December

Monday 11th December

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

10.00am       Bible Study – 11 St John Road

6.30pm        Advent Reflection – Church

Tuesday 12th December

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

9.30am         Wroughton Infant Christmas Service – Church

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery

Wednesday 13th December

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Parish Office

Thursday 14th December

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

9.30am         Wroughton Junior School Christmas Service

7.15pm        Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station         – Jack and Margaret

Friday 15th December

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

9.30am         Wroughton Preschool Nativity Service

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice

7.00pm        115 Club

Saturday 16th December

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

Christmas services

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 17th December 2017

Advent 3  

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Mark Tubey

Sidespeople: Jean Reens and Christine Wrixon

10.00am     Parish Communion

Preacher:      Mark Tubey

Intercessions: Diane Phillips

Reading:       Isaiah 61: 1-4 & 8-end

Reader:        Carol Gibbons

Gospel:        John 1: 6-8 & 19-28

Servers:        Gillian Pitter and Alan Gregory

Sidespeople: David & Mary Evans

2.30pm       Church at 4 carol singing

followed by mince pies, hot chocolate and Church at 4 at 4pm

Led by:         Joan Orman

6.00pm       Christmas Carol Service   

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Peter Jeffreys, John Smith, June Lilley, Dallas Bernard and Joan Gosling on their birthdays during the coming week.

Floodlighting

The church will be floodlit on Thursday 14th December by Pat & Matthew Brown in memory of their son, Stephen;

On Saturday 16th December by Pat Lewis in memory of Christine Spooner, missed so much by Pat & Ann; in memory of Bettie Rumming, missed so much by Carol and family.

Vacancy Update

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.

The PCC recently 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.

Advent ideas

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. 

Carol singing!

Join Church at 4 at 2.30pm meeting at the Parish Hall for a bit of a sing-song around the local area. Mince pies and hot chocolate to follow.

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. 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.

Community Christmas Card

Sign the brickwork on the chimney to send Christmas greetings to your friends in Church and put a donation for Children’s Society in the chimney pot.

Angels and stars

Please get your knitted angels and stars to church or the Parish Office by Sunday 17th December so that they can be put out during the following week.

Lansdown Care Home

Some residents would like to attend our 10am Service. Do you think you would be able to help by picking them up? Please let Janet or Nicola know if you can help. 

Poppy Appeal

Thanks to all who donated to the Poppy Appeal. We raised £72.94 as a church with the local running total at £1406.

Christingle making
This year we will be preparing the christingle oranges on Saturday 23rd December from 9am in church. All help most welcome.

The Children’s Society

This Christmas, more than 2,000 children will go missing from home. Some of them may also be criminally exploited by gangs. Gangs deliberately target vulnerable children, such as those in care or living in poverty. Most are boys, but some are girls. Gangs groom, deceive or threaten these children and young people into carrying and selling drugs for them. Children and young people criminally exploited in this way often also experience child sexual exploitation and abuse, serious violence and psychological trauma.

These young people will often go missing for days at a time, as they are trafficked around the country by gangs.

The Children’s Society, along with Missing People, is providing support to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on young runaways and missing children and adults. In December the APPG is holding an event in parliament to raise awareness of children and young people who go missing because they are exploited by gangs.

Please pray:

  • For the safety of children missing from home this Christmas
  • That the Children’s Society will be able to make contact with missing children and help them resolve their problems
  • For the Society’s influence on the government to tackle the increase in child exploitation
  • That every child will have the opportunity to see the light of Christ coming into the world at Christmas

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 Children’s Society
  • The Residents of Wharf Road and Collard Close
  • For those involved in our Advent and Christmas preparation over the next few weeks
  • Staff and residents in the care homes in Wroughton Schools and Preschools who are preparing for their Christmas Services
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Margaret Rebbeck and Albert Anderson. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.