6th October 2019

Harvest Festival

A Prayer for Harvest

For the success that has been shared, we celebrate;
for the poor who cannot yet share its sweetness, we pray.

When all are made equal before God;
why are millions still unequal in the eyes of the world?
Let us walk in solidarity, marching together for equality, for land and livelihoods.
Abundant God, where we have sown in tears,
may we reap together in joy.  Amen.


  8.00am          Holy Communion

10.00am          Parish Communion

  4.00pm          Church at 4 

  6.00pm          Evensong

Diary – Week Commencing 6th October

Monday 7th October

8.30am            Morning Prayer – Church

9.00am            Morning Prayer – Chapel Deanery School

10.00am          Bible Study Group – 11 St John Road

Tuesday 8th October

The Church Office will be closed today

8.30am            Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm            Buildings Committee Meeting

Wednesday 9th October

8.30am            Morning Prayer – Church Hall

Thursday 10th October

8.30am            Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm            Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station – Carol and Tricia

Friday 11th October

8.45am            Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

1.00pm            Funeral Service for Brian Richards

7.00pm            Bellringers Practice – Church

Saturday 12th October

9.00am            Parish Weekend at Home – Church Hall

7.00pm            Celebrating all God’s gifts! – Our Harvest Supper, Church Hall

Dates for your diary 2019

The Deanery CE Secondary School

As part of our commitment to this new Church of England school in our parish we will be holding a short service of Morning Prayer in the school chapel every Monday at 9am during term time. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Ladies who Lunch

Tuesday 22nd October at 12.30pm at The Waggon and Horses, Beckhampton. Please let me know by Monday 21st October, Gwen

Tearfund Big Quiz

Saturday 16th November, 7.00 pm. In the Church Hall. Please start forming your team!

Ladies who Lunch – Christmas Lunch

Tuesday 17th December at 12.30pm at The Baker’s at Badbury. Menus on paper to be in to me by the 15th December. Gwen

Sunday 13th October 2019

Parish Weekend at Home

8.00am            Holy Communion

Preacher:        Canon Roger Morgan

Sidespeople: Pat Lewis and Dee Vincent

10.00am          Parish Communion

Preacher:        Canon Roger Morgan

Intercessions: Marion Colton

Reading:          Colossians 2. 6-12

Reader:           Ben Cooper

Gospel:            Luke 11. 1-13

Servers:           Kathy Leach and Jean Ford

Sidespeople:    Lillian Wicks and Ross Fralley

4.00pm            Church at 4 – Church Hall

Leader:            Tracy Mason

6.00pm            Evensong (1st Sunday of the Month)

Next service will be Sunday 3rd November

Gluten free wafers

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


The Church will be floodlit from 9th to 15th October in honour of babies

that have been lost too soon in the village as part of Baby Loss Awareness Week.

During this week the lights will be lit up in pink and blue in their memory.

The floodlighting has been organised by Ceri Crannis, whose baby daughter Poppy is buried in the churchyard.

Also on Saturday 12th October by Julie Gabe in memory of Vie Whyte on her birthday;

on Sunday 13th October by Pat Bevan in memory of her husband, John Edward Bevan; by Natalie Gudgeon in memory of her Mother, Hazel Margaret Wylie (Purvis).


TODAY our harvest festival service is on we will be joined by Bishop Eridard and Mama Jane from our link diocese of Luweero in Uganda. Bishop Eridard is visiting the UK as part of the celebration of the 50 year old link between the Diocese of Bristol and the Province of Uganda. We hope that Bishop Eridard and Mama Jane will be able to offer us a perspective on harvest that is different from our own experience. There will be an opportunity to meet and talk with them over coffee after the service and later over lunch at 11 St John Road.  We will be collecting non-perishable items for The Filling Station as usual.

Uganda Link

This year is the 50th anniversary of the link between the Church of Uganda and the Diocese of Bristol. Celebrations are taking place around the Diocese  from Saturday 5th to Saturday 12th October. Thirty visitors from Uganda are planning to join us for the celebrations. Guests from our link partners are spending several weeks visiting their link deaneries. The Anglican Youth Fellowship Choir will be touring the Diocese from Saturday 5 to Monday 14 October, performing in schools, churches and halls with their unique blend of traditional and contemporary gospel combined with compelling testimonies to the grace of God. A special event will take place at St Michael’s Church, Stoke Gifford on Saturday 12 October at 7pm. For more information visit: https://www.bristol.anglican.org/Bristol_Uganda_50/

Visit from Bishop Viv

Bishop Viv will be coming to visit us here in Wroughton and Wichelstowe at 10am on Sunday the 20th October. We look forward to welcoming her as she continues to get to know the Diocese.

Parish weekend @ home 12th and 13th October – When you pray…  LAST CHANCE TO BOOK!

We will be staying at home for our parish weekend this year, using the church hall and church as our venues for getting together. This will keep costs down and hopefully enable as many people to join in as possible. There will be a special programme of sessions and activities on Saturday 12th, with the themes from Saturday carrying on into our regular Sunday services on October 13th.  We will be thinking about some of the things that Jesus said about prayer. Last chance to book please contact Janet, Parish Office if you wish to attend.

Celebrating all God’s gifts!

Our Harvest Supper will be on Saturday 12th October, 7.00pm in the Church Hall.  As well as celebrating God’s gift of a good harvest, we will also be celebrating one-another by showcasing our talents… So, if you might be able to recite a poem, sing a song, perform a sketch, tell a story (or a joke?) then get your thinking cap on and get rehearsing. This is part of our parish weekend, however we would love you to come and join us in the evening, even if you can’t manage the rest of the day on Saturday. This is a social event, so please think about inviting a friend, whether they come to church or not.  Helena Thomas is now collecting names for the entertainment!

The Big Quiz is back!

Tickets are now available for Tearfund’s Big Quiz on Saturday, 16th November at 7.00 pm in the Church Hall. £10 includes supper, but please bring your own beverages. Teams will be ideally 6-8 people, but we can be flexible. Tickets from Margaret Penfound or Carolyn Kirk. 

Dallas and Graciella Barnard

Dallas and Graciella have decided to move to be closer to their family in London and will be leaving us this week. We wish them well and pray that they will quickly feel at home in their new surroundings. They have a large pine wardrobe and bookcase to dispose of (free), if you would like them then please get in touch.


Thanks to all who attended the two concerts in church last week. The collection at the Arval Choir concert raised £100 for the Swindon Night Shelter and £100 for the Swindon Food Collective. The Choral Society workshop was much enjoyed by all the participants but raised no money as it was free!

The 4 Let’s

  1. Let’s Talk 2. Let’s Pray
  2. Let’s Chat 4. Let’s Update

The aim of the 4 Let’s is to enhance communication within the community of Wroughton and Wichelstowe and amongst the parents of students at ‘The Deanery’ and break down invisible bounders.  As a CE Parish Church, we are expected to have a presence at the new CE School. We would like to be as inclusive as possible and the idea of the 4 Let’s where anybody is welcome to attend felt just right.

Please take a little leaflet with more detailed information on each of the Let’s.  If you feel you would like to find out more about it or love to get involved please feel free to approach me after the service or contact me afterward.

You are also warmly invited to an informal info session next week Wednesday at ‘The Deanery’ in the Community Room between 10am and 11:30 am Mobile: 07806227678

Email: martina.lewis@ntlworld.com


Our mission prayers during October and November concentrate on Tearfund, a Christian organisation that works in many countries of the world helping to improve the lives of marginalised people. Much of their work involves promoting self-help groups in communities so that people learn to use and share what resources they have in a more economical and productive way. In Pakistan they are encouraging imaginative ways of recycling the large piles of plastic waste which have become a health hazard. This not only lessens the impact of the plastic on the environment, but also creates an income for the local people.

There are petition cards on the coffee table in church, addressing the problem of single-use plastics by big businesses. Please take a card, fill it in and send it off as directed. Together we can be very effective in bringing about change.  Please pray:

  • for the communities in Pakistan as they address the problems caused by plastic waste
  • for the involvement of Tearfund with local self-help groups
  • for their “rubbish campaign” to succeed in persuading large businesses to reduce single-use plastics

Knitting for Mission to Seafarers 

This week I have sent off the latest batch of 35 scarves and 14 hats to the Mission to Seafarers. These items are given to seafarers who are recruited in warmer climes and find themselves without suitable clothing to keep warm as they sail into colder areas.  Thank you as always to our faithful band of knitters. If you would like to do some knitting there are patterns and wool in the box near the piano in church and if you can’t knit, but would like to support us by buying wool, this also can be left there. Further details from Janet 525856

This week please also pray for:-

  • Tearfund
  • Those organising and leading our Parish Weekend
  • Our Building Committee who meet this week
  • The homeless as it gets colder
  • Those attending the Connect Conference in Bristol
  • Staff and patients at the GWH
  • Staff and patients at Lansdown Care Home
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Beryl Henderson and Brian Richards. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.

The Parish Office, Priors Hill, Wroughton, SN4 0RT

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01793 812050.  office@wroughton.com

Revd Phill Harrison – 01793 812301 vicar@wroughton.com

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