Sunday 2nd December 2018

Sunday 2nd December 2018

Advent 1

THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT PRAYER

Almighty God, who has

promised to be with us to the

end of time, accompany us on

our Advent journey and draw us

ever more into the life of your

kingdom; through Jesus Christ

our Lord.  Amen

Today

8.00am     Holy Communion

10.00am     Parish Communion

  4.00pm     Church at 4

  6.00pm     Evensong

Diary – Week Commencing 2nd December

Monday 3rd December

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

10.00am       Bible Study Group – 11 St John Road

7.30pm        Deanery School Prayer Meeting – Church

Tuesday 4th December

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm        Church at 4 Planning Meeting –

16 St Andrews Close

Wednesday 5th December

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Parish Office

Thursday 6th December

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

12.00noon    Funeral Service for Ron Stevens

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station – Lucy and Ann Marie

Friday 7th December

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice

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

Saturday 8th December

Sunday 9th December 2018

2nd Sunday of Advent

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Dr John Godfree

Sidespeople: Pat Lewis and Dee Vincent

10.00am     Parish Communion

Preacher:      Diane Phillips

Intercessions: Mark Tubey

Reading:       Malachi 3. 1-4

Reader:        Tiffany Weighell

Gospel:        Luke 3. 1-6

Servers:        Andrew Kirk and Jean Ford

Sidespeople: Alan & Kathy Gregory

4.00pm       Church at 4

Led by:         Revd Phill Harrison

6.00pm     Service of Lessons and Carols

Mulled Wine and Mince Pies will be served after the Service

Floodlighting

The Church will be floodlit on Friday 7th December

by Ceri & Darren Crannis in memory of their beautiful daughter, Poppy Rosalyn Snowflake Crannis born sleeping.

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.

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

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 last 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. 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.

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 (please note change of time)

Christmas Lunch is on Monday 17th December at 1pm

at The Baker’s Arms, Badbury.  This lunch is open to any lady in any of the 4 congregations  – even if you have never joined us before – you will be very welcome.

Menus on the church chest – please make your choices and return the menu to me by Sunday 2nd December  Thank you, Gwen (813573) 

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.

CHURCH IN THE WIDER WORLD 

Tearfund

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:-

  • Children’s Society
  • Our CMS Mission Partners Phil & Sylvie Good
  • For those involved in ‘The Journey’ taking place in Old Town on 9th December
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Ron Stevens, Derek Farr, Cathy Kitt and Brenda Pope. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.