23rd September 2018

Sunday 23rd September 2018

Trinity 17

A prayer for God’s guidance

Almighty Lord and everlasting God,
we ask you to direct, sanctify and govern both our
hearts and bodies in the ways of your laws and the
works of your commandments;
that through your most mighty protection,
both here and ever, we may be  preserved in body and soul;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen


  8.00am     Holy Communion

10.00am     Parish Communion

  4.00pm     Church at 4

Diary – Week Commencing 23rd September

Monday 24th September

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

10.00am       Bible Study Group – 11 St John Road

7.30pm        Churches together in Wroughton

Tuesday 25th September

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm        Community Engagement Meeting –

12 Artis Ave

Wednesday 26th September

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Parish Office

Thursday 27th September

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station – Joan and Neil

Friday 28th September

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice

7.00pm        115 Club (1st & 3rd Friday of the month)

Saturday 29th September

Dates for your diary

Community Engagement Meeting

Next meeting will  be on Tuesday 25th September, 7.30pm at 12 Artis Avenue

Harvest Festival

Sunday 7th October

Pumpkin Party

Wednesday 31st October 4.00pm-6.00pm Church Hall

Remembrance Concert

Saturday 10th November

Sunday 30th September 2018

Trinity 18

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Marion Colton

Sidespeople: Pat Lewis and Dee Vincent

10.00am     Parish Communion

Preacher:      Marion Colton

Intercessions: Carolyn Perry

Reading:       2 Corinithians 8. 1-9

Reader:        Ben Cooper

Gospel:        Mark 12. 38-44

Servers:        Kathy Gregory and Kathy Leach

Sidespeople: Sally Parker and June Bradley

4.00pm       Church at 4

Led by:         Tracy Mason

6.00pm       Evensong

Next Evensong Service Sunday 7th October 


The Church will be floodlit on Wednesday 26th September by Angela Little in memory of Robin Little ‘forever in my thoughts’.

The Deanery CE Academy, Wichelstowe

If you’ve driven past Waitrose in Wichelstowe recently you will have seen that the new secondary school building is becoming less purple, as the builders apply the final render to the outside. This is the first new Church of England secondary school to be built in Bristol Diocese since 1571! It represents a unique opportunity to build a school with a distinctive Christian ethos, which will bless not just Wichelstowe, but the whole of Swindon. The building is in our parish and we have been invited to get involved with this fantastic project. Please pray for the Principal, Linda Culling, and all of the team as the building gets ready to receive students in September 2019. Please also have a look at the new display boards in the North Aisle. 

Open the Book

The team taking Open the Book to Wichelstow Primary School needs some more members. We go the school once a month, usually on the third Wednesday, at 9am for the infants’ assembly. Lifts from Wroughton can be arranged, and we don’t expect people to be able to make every session. If you would like to join us to tell a dramatised Bible story to the children, please speak to Joan Orman or Jean Ford. 

Children Society Boxes

If you have a Children’s Society collection box that needs emptying please give it to me at church or call me on 07596 001716 to arrange a time for me to  collect it. I would like to receive all boxes by 5th October.  Many thanks, Carolyn Kirk

Future of 115 Club

Our church has run a successful youth club in the village since 1991 – 27 years! It encourages team spirit, fellowship and fun; ; and promotes a better understanding of christianity, our Church and its role in the community. Since 2004 the members have sponsored, and fundraised for children & communities in Albania, through World Vision  We currently have a full club of 28 members and a waiting list – BUT are desperately short of leaders and may have to close in 2019 if we can’t find new leaders to organise the running of the club.  If you are able to help, or know of someone who may be interested please speak to Ross Fralley or Helena Thomas (07909 882150). Please pray that new leaders will come forward and that the club will be able to continue.

Thank you “there but not there”

Thank you for the donations received towards the purchase of the military figure for the “there but not there” nationwide installation to commemorate the end of the 1st Word War. The figure has been purchased and delivered and we will be deciding where to install within the Church. Many thanks Cheryl 

Poppy Display

We are planning to make a large display of poppies in church to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 in November. So that we have enough poppies we would like you to get knitting and sewing poppies using any pattern you can find. (there are many patterns on the internet particularly on pinterest) If you need a pattern there are some on the church chest and a box for finished poppies on the pew by the choir vestry. Please get them to us by October.

Home Communion

If you know of anyone who would like the option of Holy Communion at home please speak to Janet in the Parish Office. 

Can you help!

The coffee team would greatly appreciate some volunteers to give us a hand. It would entail doing the coffees about once a month. If you are interested please talk to Sally Parker, Carolyn Kirk or Karen Ferguson


I have just had a very sad email from Traidcraft. Trade has been poor recently and they are at present in consultation with the possibility of ceasing trading by the end of the year.  They will continue to run Traidcraft Exchange which works with farmers and local people to give them a fair deal

Filling Station / Harvest

The Filling Station goes into Swindon to provide food for the homeless. The food given to them needs to be things they can eat out of the tin. We particularly need tinned fruit, soup and meat.  We need donations all year round and as usual we will be giving our harvest gifts to the Filling Station this year, please bring your harvest gifts on Sunday 7th October. 

Help with accommodation

Is anyone prepared to rent a room to a young Iranian who has to leave his temporary accommodation by 28th September? He is quiet, polite and clean, but is currently on benefits which severely restricts any possibility of renting privately. If you feel you can help, please speak to Margaret Penfound.



A few years ago, if you had a mango tree in Chagunda village, Malawi, you would guard it carefully. Mangoes weren’t for sharing!  The climate had changed and people’s crops were failing. Everyone held onto the little food they could grow.  But then the village was thrown a lifeline. Tearfund’s partners in the region, AG Care, trained them in some amazing farming techniques. It showed them how to grow nearly 10 times as much food from their land. Now the people of Chagunda have got more than enough food. They can sell their spare food and pay for precious things like education.  As for the mangoes… now the local children are free to climb the trees and help themselves whenever they want.

Please pray:

  • for Tearfund’s work in villages like Chagunda, making a real difference in people’s lives
  • that people will see the love of God in action in Tearfund’s work
  • for governments, banks and industry to make a real effort to address climate change
  • that we will be willing to do what we can to reduce our carbon footprint.

Knitting for Mission to Seafarers

During the last three months I have been able to send off three large boxes of knitted hats, scarves and gloves to Mission to Seafarers. These are distributed to those working on ships in adverse weather conditions who do not own warm clothing.  Thank you to everyone who keeps knitting and to those who provide wool. If you would like to get started there are patterns and wool in the boxes by the choir vestry.  For further information please contact Janet Henderson 525856.

This week please also pray for:-

  • Tearfund
  • Our CMS Mission Partners Phil & Sylvie Good
  • Linda Culling the Principal of The Deanery CE Academy, Wichelstowe
  • For those going through difficult times
  • Community Engagement Meeting taking place this week
  • Members of Churches together in Wroughton
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Winifred Bissoni, George Nutley, Anna Mathias and Mary Farncombe. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.