24th March 2019

Sunday 24th March 2019

Lent 3

Prayer of St Richard of Chichester

Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus Christ

For all the benefits Thou hast given me,

For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me.

O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,

May I know Thee more clearly,

Love thee more dearly,

Follow thee more nearly. Amen.



  8.00am          Holy Communion

10.00am          Parish Communion

  4.00pm          Church at 4

Diary – Week Commencing 24th March

Monday 25th March

8.30am            Morning Prayer – Church

10.00am          Bible Study Group—11 St John Road

Tuesday 26th March

8.30am            Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm            Lent Course – Church

9.00pm            Night Prayer Compline – Church

Wednesday 27th March

8.30am            There will be no Morning Prayer during Lent

10.00am          Lent Course – St Joseph’s Church

Thursday 28th March

8.30am            Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm            Choir Practice

Filling Station – Lucy and Ann Marie

Friday 29th March

The Parish Office is closed today

8.45am            Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

12noon            Lent Lunch – St Joseph’s Church

7.00pm            Bellringers Practice

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

Saturday 30th March

The Parish Office

The Office will be closed on Friday 29th March, Monday 1st & Tuesday 2nd April and will reopen on Wednesday 3rd April.

Dates for your diary 2019

Holiday Club 2019

This year’s Holiday Club will be Monday 12th to Friday 16th August 2019

Sunday 31st March 2019

Mothering Sunday, Lent 4 

8.00am         Holy Communion

Preacher:        Revd Phill Harrison

Sidespeople:    John & Iris Smith

10.00am       Parish Communion

Preacher:        Revd Phill Harrison

Intercessions: Mark Tubey

Reading:          Exodus 2. 1-10

Reader:           Carol Gibbon

Gospel:            Luke 2. 33-35

Servers:           Petrina Kingsley and Andrew Kirk

Sidespeople:    Jean Leo and Lillian Wicks

4.00pm         Church at 4

Leader:            Joan Orman

6.00pm        Evensong

Our next Evensong Service will be on Sunday 7th April

Compline during Lent

There will be a short said service of Compline (Night Prayer) at 9pm each Tuesday evening during Lent. The service will include a short reading from the bible and a period of silence for personal reflection. 

Gluten free wafers

If you require a gluten free wafer for holy communion please let a sidesperson know.


The Church will be floodlit on Monday 25th March by Debbie Herring in memory of Dave Herring on his birthday.

Electoral Roll 2019

A copy of the new electoral roll is on the notice board at the back of church. Please take a few moments to check your details. If your details are incorrect or your name is missing please contact the office as soon as possible.

Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place at 11am in church on Sunday 7 April. Elections will be held to fill six vacancies on the Parochial Church Council. Please consider prayerfully whether you might stand- PCC nomination forms are on the church chest and the Bristol Diocese website has useful information on what being on the PCC involves. Copies of the Agenda and Annual Report  2018 will be available towards the end of March. 

Lent course

We’ll be using the Bible Society’s Lent material this year. Focusing on Jesus’ last words from the cross we’ll discover what the Bible has to say about loneliness as we explore six messages of great hope and great challenge. These themes will be supported by weekly BBC radio services and podcasts leading up to Easter. Sessions will be on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm in church and then REPEATED on Wednesday mornings at 10am in St Joseph’s church hall. People are free to come to a mix of mornings and evenings. The first session will be on Tuesday 12th March.

Lent Lunches

Lent lunches every Friday during Lent at St Joseph’s Parish Centre from 12 noon to 12.45pm.  Donations for Christian Aid / Cafod.  

Count your Blessings

Today you should be given a booklet from Christian Aid entitled ‘Count your Blessings”. Please use it each day during Lent to remind yourself of the blessings we receive from God and to show your gratitude by engaging with the activities suggested. Any donations you make will be put to good use by Christian Aid for those who don’t have as many blessings as we do. 

Tearfund’s Mean Bean Challenge

I shall be taking on the Mean Bean Challenge to eat only plain rice and beans for 5 days from 20th to 24th March to raise awareness of the many people in the world whose everyday diet is very simple food. Any sponsorship money will go to Tearfund to support their work among some of the poorest people in the world. Please sponsor me if you are able. Here is a link to my page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/margaretsmeanbeanchallenge2019   or add your name to the sign up sheet. Having done this challenge a couple of years ago, I know it’s not an easy one to complete. Margaret Penfound

Quiz Night

The Harbour Project is hosting its annual Quiz night on Friday, 26th April, 7.00 -10.00 pm at St Joseph ‘s College, Swindon. Tickets are £13.50, which includes a fish & chip supper. Those of us who have previously taken part have had a really good evening. Let’s see if we can get two teams of 8 from Wroughton! Please speak to Margaret Penfound for more information.

Ordination of Teresa Townsend

Teresa Townsend is being ordained a priest on Saturday 29th June. The service is 3.30pm. We have hired a coach, if you would like join us for the service or just an afternoon in Bristol we will leave at 1.45pm. Return from Bristol at 6ish. Cost should be £10/12. Please sign up with either Jean Ford or Ross Fralley.

Honda Closure

The closure of the Swindon Honda plant indirectly puts at risk 12,000 jobs throughout the region and the wider supply chain. Supporters of Honda workers will be marching from the County Ground to Faringdon Park at 11.00am on Saturday 30th of March. St Mark’s church, directly opposite, will be praying for all those impacted from noon until 7.30pm. Please let Revd Phill know if you can help St Mark’s by stewarding, making cakes, organising a prayer station etc.

 Do you shop at Waitrose?

If you shop at Waitrose in Mill Lane please can I ask you to use your green tokens throughout April to support Cancer Ninjas. This group was set up by Mike Horlock following the loss of his wife to Breast Cancer, they support Cancer UK in the belief that by doing a little, together we can achieve a lot. Thank you. Jean Ford

Swindon Business-Owners’ Self-Help Discussion Group You are warmly invited to join us at The Pilgrim Centre, Regent Circus, Swindon SN1 1PX (2nd Floor)

Tuesdays at 12.00 noon.  Bring your own lunch. Drinks will be provided.  Are you working on your own or in a small business? Are you stressed, worried, or coping with a difficult life situation? Would you like to meet up with others who are going through something similar? Come in and talk through your issues in a safe, confidential, accepting environment. This activity is organized by Swindon Commercial Chaplaincy which is open to all faiths and no faith. We will not preach; we are just here to offer support.

Knitting for Mission to Seafarers

The year got off to a good start as I was able to send a parcel of 25 hats and 14 scarves  to Mission to Seafarers this week.  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.

 Legge House Monthly Prayer Point

Pray that Legge House has the right combination of staff and volunteers for the coming busy months over the Spring and Summer.  May the House continue to be a beacon of Christian hospitality.

This week please also pray for:-

  • Swindon Youth for Christ
  • For the staff and patients of Wroughton Health Centre
  • Those leading our Lent Courses this year
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Irene Page, David Bottrill and Frank Whatley. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.