17th December 2017

Sunday 17th December 2017

Advent 3

THE THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT

PRAYER

Enkindle our hearts by your Holy Spirit,

as we wait in patience for

the advent of our Saviour,

that we may blaze out with praise at his

coming; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Today

8.00am     Holy Communion

10.00am     Parish Communion

2.30pm     Church at 4 Carol Singing

followed by mince pies, hot chocolate

                   and Church at 4 at 4pm

6.00pm     Christmas Carol Service

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 17th December

Monday 18th December

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

10.00am       Bible Study – 11 St John Road

12.30pm       Ladies who Lunch – Baker’s, Badbury

6.30pm        Advent Reflection – Church

Tuesday 19th December

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery

7.30pm        The Listening Post Prayer Meeting –

11 St John Road

Wednesday 20th December

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Parish Office

11.00am       Funeral Service for Baby Poppy Crannis

2.30pm         Carol singing around local residential homes

Please see separate notice

Thursday 21st December

8.30am                  Morning Prayer – Church

7.15pm                  Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station         – Carol & Tricia

Friday 22nd December

8.45am                  Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm                  Bellringers Practice

Saturday 23rd December

9.00am                  Christingle Making – Church

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 24th December 2017

Christmas Eve

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Marion Colton

Sidespeople: John & Iris Smith

10.00am     Parish Communion

Preacher:      Marion Colton

Intercessions: Sheila Tubey

Reading:       2 Samuel 7: 1-11 & 16

Reader:        Dr John Henderson

Gospel:        Luke 1: 26-38

Servers:        Andrew Kirk and Jean Ford

Sidespeople: Rose Humphries and Pat Herring

3pm and 5pm Christingle Services

11.30pm     Midnight Communion service

Preacher:      Paul Woolley

Intercessions: Dr John Godfree

Reading:       Isaiah 52: 7-10

Reader:        Janet Henderson

Gospel:        John 1: 1-14

Servers:        Sarah Ruck and Dominic East

Sidespeople: Jean Ford and Ross Fralley

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Hannah & Rebecca Awre, Heather Gee and Jeanne Duckworth on their birthdays during the coming week.

Floodlighting

The Church will be floodlit on Monday 18th December by Claire Morris in memory of Peter Charles Aylett; on Tuesday 19th December by Marion Durston in memory of John Daniels and his wife Sofie; by David & Julie Mantell in memory of Sheila Ann Mantell; on Thursday 21st December by Rebecca Sarjent and Rosemary Nassie in memory of Rex & Joan Sarjent; on Friday 22nd December by Julie Gabe in memory of Violet & Eric Whyte; on Saturday 23rd December by Joyce Symonds in memory of her dear friend, Pauline Kershaw.

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
Wroughton Choral Society and friends will be singing next Wednesday afternoon 2.30pm at Langton/Lansdowne Hill Care Home; 3.30pm at the Prospect Hospice and 4.30pm at Ladymead Nursing Home. Anyone wishing to join in is most welcome. Carol sheets provided.

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. 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.

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.

The Harbour Project

If you are having a clearout before Christmas and are discarding men’s warm coats  (Small sizes are particularly needed), please consider donating them to the Harbour Project. During this cold weather, many of the asylum seekers are ill equipped – any gloves and hats will also be gratefully received. Please speak to Margaret Penfound if you can help.

The Choral Society

The concert in church last Saturday raised £300 for The Harbour Project.

Love and Blessings from New Creation this Advent season! Love and Blessings is the title of a 3-track CD we have just produced to thank Michael Johnson for his support over the years and to mark his retirement. The CD features the song specially written for Michael which we sang after the service in May. There are also two more of our songs, previously unrecorded. We’re giving the disc away free of charge and hope that you enjoy it! We hope it will make you feel happy to make a small contribution to a cause of your choice (perhaps The Children’s Society which is currently one of our chosen charities). Please feel free to ask for more than one copy if you think the album would make a good seasonal gift. Helen Toomer and Andrew Bond are the people to ask.

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 Willow Walk and Blackhorse Way
  • For those involved in our Advent and Christmas preparation over the next few weeks
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Lorraine Tuck and Baby Poppy Crannis. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.