7th April 2019

Sunday 7th April 2019

Lent 5


Lord, grant us simplicity of faith
and a generosity of service
that gives without counting cost.
A life overflowing with Grace

poured out from the One
who gave everything, that we might show
the power of love to a broken world,
and share the truth from a living Word.
Lord, grant us simplicity of faith,
and a yearning to share it.   Amen.


  8.00am          Holy Communion

10.00am          Parish Communion

11.00am          Annual Parochial Church Meeting

  4.00pm          Church at 4

  6.00pm          Evensong 

Diary – Week Commencing 7th April

Monday 8th April

8.30am            Morning Prayer – Church

10.00am          Bible Study Group—11 St John Road

Tuesday 9th April

The Parish Office is closed today

8.30am            Morning Prayer – Church

1.00pm            Burial of Kenneth Turnball

7.30pm            Lent Course – Church

9.00pm            Night Prayer Compline – Church

Wednesday 10th April

8.30am            There will be no Morning Prayer during Lent

10.00am          Lent Course – St Joseph’s Church

Thursday 11th April

8.30am            Morning Prayer – Church

11.30am          Burial of David Bottrill

7.30pm            Choir Practice

Filling Station – Margaret & Julie

Friday 12th April

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 13th April

Dates for your diary 2019

Holiday Club 2019

This years Holiday Club will be Monday 12th to Friday 16th August 2019

Sunday 14th April 2019

Palm Sunday 

8.00am            Holy Communion

Preacher:        Revd Phill Harrison

Sidespeople:    Gillian Pitter and Sally Speller

10.00am          Parish Communion

Preacher:        Revd Phill Harrison

Intercessions: Dr John Godfree

Liturgy of the Palms: Luke 19. 28-40

Liturgy of the Passion: Luke 23. 1-49

Servers:           Petrina Kingsley & Andrew Kirk

Sidespeople:    Mike & Bridget Awre

4.00pm            Church at 4

Leader:            Revd Phill Harrison

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.

Easter Lilies

Donations for Easter Lilies may be placed in the appropriate box or given to the Church Wardens or directly to the Parish Office.


The Church will be floodlit on Wednesday 10th April by Di, Bethany & Daniel Foxwell in memory of David Michael Foxwell on his birthday – we love and miss you.

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. 

PCC vacancies

Due to a number of people coming to the end of their term and others stepping down, we have a number of vacancies on the PCC for 2019. Please prayerfully consider whether you might be able to help with the governance and spiritual leadership of our church by joining the PCC. There are approximately 5 PCC meetings each year. Nomination forms can be found at the back of church. 

Chrism service

The annual Chrism Eucharist with the Blessing of Oils and the Renewal of Commitment to Ministry will take place in Bristol Cathedral on Thursday 18 April at 10:30am. All are welcome to attend this service. There will be a small group going from Wroughton, so if you would like a space in the car please let Revd Phill know. 

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. 

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.  

Good Friday

For the service on Good Friday morning I need a sword in a scabbard (doesn’t need to be a ‘real’ sword but big enough to be seen) and a reasonably large white feather (big enough to be seen in church). If you are able to lend one of these items please let me know. Barbara

Holiday Club

We have had some offers of help so it looks as if we will be able to go ahead. The next meeting for leaders and helpers is on Tuesday 23rd April at 7.30 at 16 St Andrew’s Close.

Meanbean Challenge.

Thanks to everyone who sponsored Margaret, Carolyn and Kathie. Please let us have your sponsor money as soon as possible if you haven’t already done so.  We will let you know the final total when all donations have been collected.

Ladies who Lunch

Tuesday 16th April  at 12.30 pm

At The Three Trees Cafe,  Marlborough Road, Chiseldon

Please talk to Veronica for details if you are not sure where it is. 

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.

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.

Joyce Mwangi

Joyce is desperately trying to raise £350 towards her daughter’s school fees which are due at the end of March. Without it her daughter will not be able to take her exams. I know some of you have been very generous in the past and I have said we will certainly pray that she finds the money but if anyone is happy to contribute, however small, I will collect on Sunday.  Sally Parker  

Swindon Youth for Christ

Swindon Youth for Christ is aiming to take the Good News of Jesus to every young person in Swindon. They want to do this in ways that are relevant to the lives the young people are living.  They work with local churches in primary and secondary schools, taking assemblies and lessons, and running lunchtime and after-school clubs.

The focus of their out-of-school work is changing to use sport to connect churches and their communities.

Please pray for their partnerships with local churches as they work to make contact with the town’s young people.

Knitting for Mission to Seafarers

Knitters you are amazing. This week I have sent off a parcel of 20 hats and 15 scarves and am already half way to the next box full. Thank you all very much. We have been given a lot of wool recently so thank you to the donors and please take some if you would like to get knitting. It is on the pew near to the piano. Further information from Janet Henderson 525856.