Sunday 15th April 2018


Sunday 15th April 2018

Easter 3


Lord of life
You defeated death
To demonstrate a love that is
Beyond our understanding
That reaches out even to me
Saving Grace to all who hear
Christ the Lord is risen to-day. Alleluia!


8.00am       Holy Communion

10.00am     Parish Communion

4.00pm       Church at 4


Diary – Week Commencing 15th April

Monday 16th April

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

10.00am       Bible study Group – 11 St John Road

Tuesday 17th April

8.30am         Morning Prayer

12.30pm       Ladies who Lunch – Calley Arms, Hodson

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery – Parish Office

7.30pm        Listening Post – Church

Wednesday 18th April

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Parish Office

7.30pm        Nicola’s Licensing at St Mark’s Kempshot

Thursday 19th April

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

2.30pm        Funeral Service for Joyce Davis

4.00pm        Healing Team Meeting – 15 Beaufort Road

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

Friday 20th April

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice

Saturday 21st April

9.30am         Healing on the Streets – Ellendune Centre

Dates for your diary

‘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.

Holiday Club

Mornings of 13th –17th August

Sunday 22nd April 2018

Easter 4

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Revd Trevor Day

Sidespeople: Pat Lewis and Dee Vincent

10.00am     Parish Communion

Preacher:      Revd Trevor Day

Intercessions: Teresa Townsend

Reading:       Acts 4. 5-12

Reader:        Lillian Wicks

Gospel:        John 10: 11-18

Servers:        Jean Ford and Alan Gregory

Sidespeople: Lillian Wicks and Ross Fralley 

4.00pm       Church at 4

Led by:         Teresa Townsend


The Church will be floodlit on Wednesday 18th April by John Hawkins in memory of Fred & Min Hawkins.

Nicola’s Licensing– April 18th

The coach to Kempshott will leave promptly at 5.30pm from the Health Centre Car Park. The cost of the coach has included a tip for the driver. We will leave for our return at 9pm. I can collect any outstanding payments on Sunday. Thanks Jean Ford

New contact details

My new address from 6th April will be:

171, Kempshott Lane,



RG22 5LF

Tel no: 01256 475494


Nicola says a big thank you for the lovely farewell on Easter Sunday and for the gifts and cards especially the G&T. She looks forward to seeing us at her licencing.

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! 

PCC elections at Annual Parochial Church Meeting on 29 April at 11am

Please consider prayerfully whether you could stand for election to the Parochial Church Council at the APCM this year. There are five vacancies to be filled and to be eligible you need to have been on the electoral roll for 6 months. Nomination forms are available in church and when completed please hand either to Helen Toomer (PCC Secretary), either of the churchwardens or to the Parish Office. If you think you may be interested or would like more information, please ask any of the current PCC members or leadership team.

Letter of thanks from Bishop Lee for 2017 Parish Share

We have received a letter of thanks from Bishop Lee thanking us for the £94,000 we gave as a parish in 2017 to support ministry and mission across the Diocese through Parish Share- please see the poster on the noticeboard at the back of church. 

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.

Although the closing date is gone you can still complete a form but will not be on the new role in time for the Annual Meeting.

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

The Listening Post

We live in times of rapid change and uncertain developments, both at home and abroad. Don’t believe that you can’t influence events – come and be a prayer warrior! Our next hour of praying together will be on Tuesday, 24th April at 7.30 p.m. in the church. We would love to see you there! 

Healing meeting 

There will be a Healing team meeting on Thursday 19th April at 4pm at 15 Beaufort Road. Tel. 813823.

Clergy Surgery

From now on Tuesday evening surgery will only be on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Thank You

Thanks for your support financially in making my course at Schumaker College a success. Thank you also for your love and support when I come to your Church, I must confess you make me feel at home away from home.

The course was a great experience, different people from different countries, nice food and the beautiful countryside of Devon. I am sure my Kenyan friends and farmers will benefit from my experience. I hope and trust that I will come back again in the near future. Thanks again, Joyce Mwangi

Dementia Friends Information Session

Further to running a session last year, I am looking to run a further session soon. 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   

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

Ladies who Lunch

Tuesday 17th April at 12.30pm at The Calley Arms, Hodson.

Please let Gwen know by/on Sunday. Lifts available. Gwen 


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. 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
  • For Nicola as she prepares for her licensing on Wednesday
  • Healing on the Streets
  • For preschools, schools, colleges and universities as they prepare for the next term
  • Ladies who Lunch
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Gordon Burchell, Barry Carter, Valerie Clark, Derek Thompson, and Evelyn Joyce Davies (known as Joyce). We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.