25th March 2015

Sunday 25th March 2018

Palm Sunday


God of love, my prayer is simple:
Your son, Jesus, suffered and died for me.
I know only that I cannot have real strength
unless I rely on you. I cannot feel protected
from my many weaknesses until I turn to you
for forgiveness and your unalterable love.
Help me to share this strength, protection
and love with others. Amen


8.00am     Holy Communion

10.00am     Parish Communion

4.00pm     Church at 4


Diary – Week Commencing 25th March

Monday 26th March

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

10.00am       Bible study Group – 11 St John Road

Tuesday 27th March

8.30am         Morning Prayer

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery – Parish Office

Wednesday 28th March

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Parish Office

9.30am        Wroughton Infants Easter services

7.30pm         Rehearsal for Choral Devotion

Thursday 29th March– Maundy Thursday

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

9.00am         Wroughton Juniors Easter service

10.30am       Chrism Eucharist– Bristol Cathedral

6.30pm         Communion service with foot washing

Friday 30th March– Good Friday

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

10am           Good Friday service and procession

4.00pm       Rehearsal for Choral Devotion

7.30pm        Good Friday Choral Devotion

Saturday 31st March– Holy Saturday

8.00pm         Easter Vigil service


Parish Office

Please note that the office will be open Monday to Thursday this week from 9am to 12 noon. It will be closed from Tuesday 3rd to Friday 6th April.

Dates for your diary

Wednesday 18th April- 7.30pm– Nicola’s licensing service at St Mark’s Church, Kempshott, Basingstoke

The annual Harbour Project Quiz will take place on Friday 13th April, 7.30 pm at St Joseph’s College.

‘Walk through the Bible’

Saturday 23rd June- 10am- 4pm, Parish Hall- ‘Walk through the Bible’ is an opportunity to explore the big picture of the Bible with a trained presenter, alongside The Stowe Church. Booking fee and further details to follow.


Take some time to journey with Jesus towards the cross and beyond during Holy Week…

Maundy Thursday – 29th March

10.30am     Diocesan Chrism Eucharist

at Bristol Cathedral

6.30pm       Communion service with footwashing

We will be reflecting on the way in which Jesus took, blessed, broke and gave the bread through the words of priest and writer Henri Nouwen and thinking about how we too are taken, blessed, broken and given.

Good Friday – 30th March

10am          Reflective Service (Parish Church)

followed by procession at 11am and gathering of churches in Wroughton at Ellendune shops for short act of worship, including hot drinks, hot cross buns and a family Easter story stone hunt.

7.30pm       Good Friday Choral Devotion

The Crucifixion by Sir John Stainer (Parish Church)

Holy Saturday – 31st March

8pm             Easter Vigil service

Easter Sunday – 1st April

6.30am         Sunrise service at Barbury Castle

Please note change of time of this service There will no 8am or Church at 4 today 

10.30am       All-together Easter Celebration

(Parish Church) followed by cake and bubbly as we say farewell to Nicola.

Preacher:      Revd Barbara Abrey

Intercessions: Teresa Townsend

Reading:       Acts 10. 34-43

Reader:        Ron Stevens

Gospel:        Mark 16. 1-8

Servers:        Kathy Gregory and Louise Sampson

Sidespeople: Mike & Bridget Awre


The church will be floodlit on Sunday 25th March by Debra Herring in memory of her husband, Dave Herring on his birthday.

Appointment update!

It was wonderful to be able to announce recently that

Revd Phill Harrison will be joining us with his family as vicar– here’s a short message from him:

‘My family and I very excited about joining you all in Wroughton and Wichelstowe in July. My wife, Karen, and I were impressed by both the warmth of the welcome we received on our familiarisation day and the strength of the team in Wroughton. We have two secondary school age children, Aidan and Ciara (say: kee-ah-rah), both of whom are eager to explore what will become their new home. We currently live in Corsham, near Chippenham, where I am the Assistant Curate. Before this we lived in north Bristol… so God has been gradually calling us eastwards along the M4 towards Wroughton. We look forward to being with you in the not too distant future!’

 Appointment update– Licensing service

Good news! Revd Phill Harrison will be licensed as vicar of the parish of Wroughton and Wichelstowe on Monday 16th July at 7.30pm– get the date in your diary!

Nicola’s Farewell

“Our lovely curate Nicola will be leaving us after Easter to move to her new parish of St Mark’s, Kempshott.  Nicola’s last service will be the 10.30 service on Easter Sunday when we’ll say farewell and give thanks for her time with us here.  If you’d like to contribute towards a gift, please put this in an envelope (‘Nicola – Gift’) and hand to a churchwarden (Helena or Mike), or deliver to the Parish Office.”

Nicola’s Licensing– April 18th

The coach to Kempshott is now full, please see Jean Ford or Ross Fralley with your payment. Cost per person is £15- including a tip for the driver. We will leave Wroughton at 5.30pm. If you are planning to go under your own steam, please could you let Nicola know so that she can make sure that you get an invitation and the good people of St Mark’s can get clear numbers for catering. Thanks!

New contact details

Nicola’s new address from 6th April will be:

171, Kempshott Lane,



RG22 5LF

Tel no: 01256 475494

Email: revnicsuch@gmail.com

Blanket Box

To give thanks and to celebrate the new boiler in Church, there is a blanket box by the book case in Church – please feel free to  donate any blankets which can then be passed to Charities that support the homeless in Swindon – Thank you Cheryl

Dementia Friends Information Session

Further to running a session last year, I am looking to run a further session after Easter. Dementia Friends is a social action movement that aims to increase understanding of dementia and inspire people to take action to support people affected by dementia in their community. The sessions last for 1 hour  – would you like to come along to learn more about dementia and how we can help those around us?? If so, please sign the sign up sheet with your details on the Church Chest. I will then plan dates and let you know when the sessions are running – Many thanks Cheryl 

Revision of Electoral Roll

It’s the time of year when we update our Electoral Roll. If you are a regular worshipper here and are not yet on our Electoral Roll, please fill in an Application Form available in church and return it to a churchwarden/clergyperson/parish office by 6th April.

If you wish to vote at our Annual Parochial Church Meeting in church on Sunday 29 April at 11am and are not already on our church’s Electoral Roll you need to have returned your signed form by 6 April.

Any queries, please speak to Helen Toomer (PCC Secretary) or Mike/Helena (Churchwardens).

Legge House Newsletter

There will be the new Easter Newsletter for Legge House on the Church Chest at the Morning Service for those who have not had one by email or hand delivered. Please take one.

Quiz time.

It’s nearly time for the annual Quiz Night in aid of the Harbour Project. This is one of their main fundraising events, and if you would like to support their work and also have a fun evening as part of a quiz team with fish and chips as well, please come along on Friday, 13th May to St Joseph’s College in Swindon, 7.00 for 7.30 p.m. start. We already have one team signed up from our church and it would be great to have another. Tickets are £10 each including supper and if you are interested, please speak Margaret Penfound (tel. 812139).


 Swindon Youth for Christ

Swindon Youth for Christ works in partnership with local churches to reach young people in schools and in their communities. As Easter approaches, please pray for the SYFC teams and those from the churches who will be working to present the real story of Jesus’ death and resurrection in assemblies, lessons and church visits. And please pray for all that is done in communities this eater to reach people with the Good News of Jesus.

 Knitting for Mission to Seafarers

A big thank you to our faithful knitters. This week I have sent off 27 hats, 1 pair of gloves, 1 balaclava and 8 scarves. There are several balls of wool in the box so if you have the time please get knitting. Patterns are also in the box. Janet Henderson

This week please also pray for:-

  • Swindon Youth for Christ
  • Our Lent Groups
  • Those preparing for Easter services and events
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Derek Thompson, Paul Murray, Edward & Ivy Bates and Ron Pearce. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.