30th September 2018

Sunday 30th September 2018

Trinity 18

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 30th September

Monday 1st October

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

10.00am       Bible Study Group – 11 St John Road

12.30am       Ladies who Lunch – The Plough on the Hill, Chiseldon

Tuesday 2nd October

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery – Parish Office

7.30pm        Church at 4 Planning – 16 St Andrew’s Close

Wednesday 3rd October

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Parish Office

Thursday 4th October

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

1.00pm        Funeral Service for Anna Mathias

4.00pm        Healing Meeting – 15 Beaufort Road

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station – Lucy and Anne Marie

Friday 5th October

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

11.00am       Funeral Service for Winifred Bissoni

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice

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

Saturday 6th October

10.00am       Healing on the Streets – Ellendune Centre

10.00am       Baptism Preparation – Church

Dates for your diary

Harvest Festival

Sunday 7th October

Pumpkin Party

Wednesday 31st October 4.00pm-6.00pm Church Hall

Remembrance Concert

Saturday 10th November

Sunday 7th October 2018

Harvest Festival

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Revd Barbara Abrey

Sidespeople: Jean Reens and Christine Wrixon

10.00am     Parish Communion

Preacher:      Revd Barbara Abrey

Intercessions: Dr John Godfree

Reading:       Exodus 16. 9-18

Reader:        Margaret Penfound

Gospel:        Matthew 6. 25-33

Servers:        Jean Ford and Kathy Leach

Sidespeople: Lillian Wicks and Jean Leo

4.00pm       Church at 4

Led by:         Ruth Orman

6.00pm       Evensong

Preacher:      Dr John Godfree

Intercessions: Margaret Penfound

1st Reading: Joel 2. 21-27

Reader:        Gillian Pitter

2nd Reading:          Timothy 6. 6-10

Reader:        Helen Toomer

Sidespeople: Sylvia Woodward and Pat Brown


The Church will be floodlit on Friday 5th October by
Mrs Edmonds in memory of her husband, Roy Edmonds.

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.

Car Park Duty for Wedding and Funerals

We are looking for volunteers to help man the car park for funerals and weddings.  If you think this is something you can help with please speak to Ross, Jean or Janet Burchell, Parish Office 812050.

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. 

Stewardship Letters

If you did not take a Stewardship Letter last week please could you take one from the back of Church.  There is either one addressed to you or take a blank one.  A few of the letters contained inaccurate information.  If yours was one of those letters then there is another correcting letter for you to collect.  Apologies for this confusion. 

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. 

Children’s 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 it within the Church. Many thanks Cheryl

Poppy Display

We are  making a large display of poppies in church to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 in November. We have already received a lot of poppies and the display is almost complete. If you still have poppies please bring them to church asap and put in the box for finished poppies on the pew by the choir vestry. Thanks to all the knitters and sewers who have done such a great job so far.

Ladies who Lunch

Monday 1st October at 12.30pm at The Plough on the Hill , Chiseldon.  Please let Gwen know by phone or email by Sunday .

Healing meeting

There will be a Healing meeting on Thursday 4th October at 4pm at 15 Beaufort Road, Wroughton SN4 9HQ.  TEL: 813823 Carolyn Perry 

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

Shine Walk

The Shine Walk was held very successfully on Saturday, and Mike was very grateful for your support  again this year. I will be in church on Sunday 7th, if anyone has donations.

Thanks to your  help and many Cancer Ninjas , to bringing the total  raised so far,  for Cancer Research to  over £100,000. Thank you.  Rosemary  and Brian Horlock.

The Journey 9th December

There is still a need for more volunteers to join in street theatre retelling the story of Christmas in Old Town. To find out more go to www.oldtownjourney.co.uk or see Facebook


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
  • Our uniformed groups rainbows, brownies, guides, beavers, cubs and scouts
  • The Filling Station and Swindon Food Bank
  • Church at 4 meeting this week
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially David Foxwell, Winifred Bissoni, George Nutley and Anna Mathias. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.