14th April 2019

Sunday 14th April 2019

Palm Sunday


God of love,  my prayer is simple:
Your son, Jesus, suffered and died for me.
I know only  that I cannot have real strength
unless I rely on you.  I cannot feel protected
from my many weaknesses until I turn to you
for forgiveness and your unalterable love.
Help me to share this strength, protection
and love with others.  Amen


  8.00am          Holy Communion

10.00am          Parish Communion

  4.00pm          Church at 4

  6.00pm          Evensong (1st Sunday of the month)

                          Our next Service will be Sunday 5th May 

Diary – Week Commencing 14th April

Monday 15th April

8.30am            Morning Prayer – Church

10.00am          No Bible Study on 15th or 22nd April.

Tuesday 16th April

The Parish Office is closed today

8.30am            Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm            Lent Course – Church

9.00pm            Night Prayer Compline – Church

Wednesday 17th April

8.30am            There will be no Morning Prayer during Lent

10.00am          Lent Course – St Joseph’s Church

Thursday 18th April – Maundy Thursday

8.30am            Morning Prayer – Church

10.30am          Diocesan Chrism Eucharist – Bristol Cathedral

7.30pm            Maundy Thursday Service – Church

Filling Station – Paul & Hazel

Friday 19th April – Good Friday

10.00am          Good Friday Service followed by walk of witness

2.00pm            An hour at the Cross – Church

7.30pm            Good Friday Choral Devotion – Church

Saturday 20th April

10.00am          Healing on the Streets – Ellendune Centre

7.30pm            Easter Vigil Service 

Dates for your diary 2019

Holiday Club 2019

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


Take some time to journey with Jesus towards the cross and beyond during Holy Week…

Thursday 18th April – Maundy Thursday

10.30am          Diocesan Chrism Eucharist

at Bristol Cathedral

7.30pm          Maundy Thursday Service – Church

Friday 19th April – Good Friday

10.00am          Good Friday Service

followed by walk of witness

2.00pm          An hour at the cross – Church

7.30pm          Good Friday Choral Devotion – Church

Saturday 20th April – Holy Saturday

7.30pm         Easter Vigil Service – Church

Sunday 21st April 2019 – Easter Sunday

5.45am                  Sunrise Service at Barbury Castle

8.00am            Easter Day Communion

Preacher:        Revd Phill Harrison

Sidespeople:    Pat Lewis and Dee Vincent

10.00am          Easter Day  Communion

Preacher:        Revd Phill Harrison

Intercessions: Margaret Penfound

Reading:          Acts 10. 34-43

Reader:           Janet Henderson

Gospel:            John 20. 1-18

Servers:           Jean Ford and Andrew Kirk

Sidespeople:    Tony & Julia Edmonds

4.00pm         Informal Easter Day Communion Church Hall

Leader:            Revd Barbara Abrey

Compline during Lent

There will be a short said service of Compline (Night Prayer) at 9pm this Tuesday evening. 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.


Congratulations to choir boy and notice sheet folder
Keith Bassett on a ‘significant’ birthday!


The Church will be floodlit on Thursday 18th April by
John Hawkins in memory of Fred and Min Hawkins.

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. 

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

Low Sunday 28th April

Our organ bears a plaque marked “Herbert Vanstone Castle, organist and choirmaster at this church from 1952-1963.” Bert moved to Uganda after leaving Wroughton and died there suddenly at the age of 61 in 1969. His daughter Lynne was born in Swindon in 1943 and was married in Wroughton Church, with her father as organist, in 1962. Trained as a nurse and latterly the Night Manager of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, she was also a piano teacher and still plays the organ at local churches in the Holsworthy area of Devon. On Sunday the 28th April she will return to Wroughton for the first time and will play music for part of the service on the organ her father played upon. We welcome her and members of her family to church on that day.

Sunday 19th May: 5th of Easter

Although not the first Sunday of the month, we will sing a fully Choral Evensong on 19th May (at 6.00pm) to mark the 25th anniversary of my first playing at Wroughton Church. Many guest singers from all over the region will supplement our own choir for this musical feast and there will food and drinks afterwards.  John Henderson

Filling Station Sandwiches

Our church has been asked to provide sandwiches etc. for the homeless in Swindon on Thursday, 25th April. If you are able to provide something, please put your name on the sign-up sheet on the church chest and take a reminder card. All items need to be brought to 11St John Road by 5.00 pm on 25th.  Many thanks. 

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.

Margaret and Carolyn together raised £578 from sponsorship for taking the Meanbean Challenge. This amount will be doubled by the UK government and will be used by Tearfund to help those who struggle to feed themselves and their families. A huge thank you to everyone who sponsored us so generously.

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. 

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

Joyce Mwangi

I have just heard from Joyce and am delighted to say that she was able to pay for her daughter’s exams which have now begun. Thank you to all of you who contributed and prayed for her. 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.

Legge House Monthly Prayer Point

Pray that the upgrade and transition of Legge House
Accounting Programme goes smoothly and that Mark can learn how to use it properly!

This week please also pray for:-

  • Swindon Youth for Christ
  • Those leading our Lent Courses this year
  • Those travelling away over the School Easter Holidays
  • Healing on the Streets
  • For those who feel lonely, sad, depressed
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Royston Gobey, Richard Bracher, Pam Allen, Ray Morse and David Bottrill. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.