25th November 2018

Christ the King

A prayer for the festival of Christ the King

Almighty and merciful God,
you break the power of evil and make all things new in your Son Jesus Christ,

the King of the universe.
May all in heaven and earth
acclaim your glory and never cease to praise you. Amen


  8.00am     Holy Communion

10.00am     Parish Communion

4.00pm     Church at 4   

Diary – Week Commencing 25th November

Monday 26th November

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

10.00am       Bible Study Group – 11 St John Road

7.30pm        PCC Meeting – Church

Tuesday 27th November

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

Wednesday 28th November

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Parish Office

Thursday 29th November

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station – Joan & Neil

Friday 30th November

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice

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

Saturday 1st December

10.00am       Healing on the Streets – Ellendune Centre

4.30pm      Christmas Tree Lighting and Carols – Ellendune Centre

Christmas Services

Wroughton & Wichelstowe Parish Church

Sunday 9th December

6.00pm        Service of Lessons and Carols

Mulled Wine and Mince Pies will be served after the Service

Sunday 16th December

7.30pm        Wroughton Choral Society and Friends

Christmas Concert  with refreshments – in Church

Wednesday 19th December

2.15pm        Carol Singing – starting at Prospect Hospice before moving onto Ladymead and The Orchards  All welcome, carol sheets and music will be provided 

Sunday 23rd December

8.00am         Holy Communion

10.00am       Parish Communion

4.00pm        Informal Christmas Nativity –

Come dressed in your favourite nativity character – (Church Hall)

Monday 24th December – Christmas Eve

3.00pm        Christingle Service

5.00pm        Christingle Service

11.30pm       Midnight Communion Service

Tuesday 25th December – Christmas Day

10.00am       Christmas Day Service

Sunday 2nd December 2018

1st Sunday of Advent

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Revd Phill Harrison

Sidespeople: Gillian Pitter and Sally Speller

10.00am     Parish Communion

Preacher:      Revd Phill Harrison

Intercessions: Carolyn Perry

Reading:       Jeremiah 33. 14-16

Reader:        John Henderson

Gospel:        Luke 21. 25-36

Servers:        Petrina Kingsley and Jean Ford

Sidespeople: Lillian Wicks and Ross Fralley

4.00pm       Church at 4

Led by:         Cheryl Hawkins

6.00pm       Evensong

Preacher:      Dr John Godfree

Intercessions: Margaret Penfound

1st Reading: Joel 3. 9-21

Reader:        Gillian Pitter

2nd Reading: Revelation 14. 13-15. 4

Reader:        Roger Moore

Sidespeople: Trish Green and Carol Brown

Healing Team

On the 1st Sunday of the month the healing team will be praying at the front of  the St Helen’s Chapel from 9.30am.


The Church will be floodlit on Sunday 25th November by James Beech in memory of Eileen Beech;

On Thursday 29th November by Ross Fralley in memory of Joseph Fralley on the 100th Anniversary of his birth.

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.  

Bless Wroughton and Wichelstowe

We would like to be a church where people are energised by faith and that brings God’s presence and blessing to the communities where we live, work and worship. Beginning on Tuesday the 18th December, we will be meeting monthly at 7:30pm in the Church Hall to pray for God’s blessing on the people, institutions and employers in our parish and to think and pray together about what God might have in store for us over the years ahead. Please come and join us. (Revd Phill)

Funeral of Ron Stevens

As most people will know, Ron served as a lay minister in this parish for many years before he became ill. Ron sadly died on Tuesday this week and his funeral will be held in church at 12:00 on Thursday 6th December. Please keep Rosina and family in your prayers over the coming weeks and months.

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who made our wedding day such a wonderful and memorable occasion, and to everyone who sent their kind best wishes. Our heartfelt thanks to you all. Louise and Jeremy 

Tearfund Big Quiz

Many thanks to all who supported the Big Quiz last Saturday. It was great fun (despite some difficult questions) and we raised nearly £400 for Tearfund’s work. Thank you also to all the helpers and food suppliers for contributing to the evening’s success.

Poppy Display

We will be taking down the Poppy Display before Advent begins next Sunday. If you made poppies you would like back please speak to Jean Ford if you haven’t already done so .  If you didn’t make any poppies but would like one or two as souvenirs please speak to Jean.

Christmas Tree Lighting and Carols

This will be on Saturday 1st December at 4.30pm.The churches in Wroughton have been asked to lead the carol singing accompanied by the Wroughton Silver band. The tree lighting will be at 5pm. The event will be in Willowbrook Gardens beside the Ellendune Hall. 

Children’s Society

Many thanks to all Children’s Society box holders. We have raised £311 from this year’s box opening. Having been our church Children’s Society co-ordinator for the past 9 years,

I am thinking of passing this role to someone new. If you would like to support The Children’s Society in this way please speak to me at church or call me on 637161 for further details.  Carolyn Kirk

Ladies who Lunch

Menus for the Christmas Lunch on Monday 17th December at 12.30pm at The Bakers at Badbury will be available soon. Choices will need to be made on the menu and handed back to Gwen by the beginning of December please.  Any suggestions for the New Year list gratefully received – also any omissions.  Gwen Poole 

Armistice Concert

The concert in church last Saturday raised over £550 for the armed services charity SSAFA. Thanks to all who came and donated.

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. 

The Journey

We are looking for people to take part in “The Journey” as our ‘SEA OF PEOPLE’ on 9th December in Old Town.

As part of this epic piece, we are looking for families and individuals of all ages from all walks of life, culture and background to join us for a small but vital part of the experience.  You will be part of the sea of people, the huge number of citizens who were asked to leave their home, without warning and take a long and dangerous journey at the behest of an oppressive regime – sound familiar?

This is still happening now and as part of our retelling of this story, we are paying tribute to the millions of refugees that are experiencing this today.  You will join us at Bath Road and finish your journey at Wood Street. You will just need to wear your own clothes. Families are welcome, unfortunately no prams but babes in arms and hand holding toddlers are welcome.  Can you join us to create this epic visual reminder of troubled times, both past and present?

Contact Anna Friend at thejourneyswindon@gmail.com



Tarija, a small town in Bolivia, is considered to be a little corner of paradise, with green valleys and a mild climate. This makes it a magnet for migrants seeking work, but also those wanting to exploit them through drugs and people trafficking. Tearfund workers are helping churches address these risks and stand by the community to find solutions. Please pray:

  • for the ten churches which have taken up Tearfund’s training and are helping to keep young people free of drugs
  • for Pastor Justiniano, ministering in a slum outside Tarija where there is a severe lack of public services
  • for the Tearfund staff in Bolivia, that they will continue to bring the love of Jesus to the communities in practical ways.

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
  • Members of our PCC who meet this week
  • For those involved in ‘The Journey’ taking place in Old Town on 9th December
  • Traidcraft
  • All those who are part of the Healing on the Streets team
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Ron Stevens, Derek Farr, Cathy Kitt, Fred Burnett and Brenda Pope. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.