20th October 2019

A prayer to start the day

Key verse from our Parish Weekend:

But when you pray, go into your room,

close the door and pray to your Father,

who is unseen.

Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matt 6:6)


  8.00am        Holy Communion

10.00am        Parish Communion

12.00noon     Christening Service for Zoe Cadden

  4.00pm        Church at 4    

TODAY we welcome the Bishop of Bristol, Viv Faull, to our 10am service. We look forward to welcoming her as she continues to get to know the Diocese.

Diary – Week Commencing 20th October

Monday 21st October

8.30am                        Morning Prayer – Church

9.00am                        Morning Prayer – Chapel Deanery School

10.00am          Bible Study Group – 11 St John Road

Tuesday 22nd October

The Church Office will be closed today

8.30am                        Morning Prayer – Church

12.30pm          Ladies who Lunch – Waggon & Horses,


Wednesday 23rd October

8.30am                        Morning Prayer – Church Hall

Thursday 24th October

8.30am                        Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm                        Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station – Neen & Chris

Friday 25th October

8.45am                        Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm                        Bellringers Practice – Church

Saturday 26th October

Dates for your diary 2019

Pumpkin Party

Thursday 31st October, 11.30am to 1.30pm – Church Hall

Pumpkin theme craft, games and fun!

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 27th October 2019

8.00am          Holy Communion

Preacher:         Cheryl Hawkins

Sidespeople:    John & Iris Smith

10.00am        Parish Communion

Preacher:         Cheryl Hawkins

Intercessions: Dr John Godfree

Reading:          Romans 15. 1-6

Reader:           Gillian Pitter

Gospel:           Luke 4. 16-24

Servers:           Alan & Kathy Gregory

Sidespeople:    Petrina Kingsley and Gillian Pitter

4.00pm          Church at 4 – Church Hall

Leader:            Ruth Orman

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 on Monday 21st October in memory of Vera Newman. 

All Souls Evensong 6.00 pm Sunday 3rd November

On All Souls Day the church remembers and gives thanks for the lives of those who we have known and loved; we will be doing this at our All Souls Evensong. If there is someone that you would like to be remembered in the prayers on that day, please fill in their name on the form in church or email office@wroughton.com and we will be pleased to remember and pray for them on that day.

Parish weekend @ home

Last Saturday and Sunday we spent time together thinking about the power of personal prayer (Matt 6:6), the importance of praying together (Matt 18:19) and we prayed for the gift of the Holy Spirit (Lk 11:13). I wonder which of these three topics connected with you most strongly? As disciples, it’s important that we keep taking deliberate steps forwards in our relationship with God. How did God speak to you and what response do you need to make?

Parish finances – an update

Following our Stewardship campaign in July, we’re delighted to be able to report that our weekly planned giving income has increased by £218. This almost fills the £241 weekly ‘hole’ in our finances and means that we can begin to plan a budget for 2020 that looks more sustainable. We are anticipating that we will still have a deficit in 2020, but we are now in a much better position. As a church, and as individuals, we give thanks to God for all that we have and we continue to trust in Him to provide for our needs.

Uganda Link

This year is the 50th anniversary of the link between the Church of Uganda and the Diocese of Bristol (https://www.bristol.anglican.org/Bristol_Uganda_50/). Celebrations have been taking place around the Diocese and we welcomed Bishop Eridard and Mama Jane from the Ugandan Diocese of Luweero for our Harvest Festival last week. Please pray for then this week as they prepare for their onward journeys.

The 4 Let’s

The first Let’s sessions are coming closer and we need to advertise anywhere we can think of over the next few weeks.  We need volunteers that would kindly take responsibility for one or two posters and swap those over on a regular basis until we review this venture in March. It would also be great to have some people that could take flyers to key places.

The dates for our new  Let’s sessions are:

Lets Talk  – 06/11/10 ‘Inner Peace And How To Find It’   and 4/12/19 ‘Family First Aid’

Let’s Chat  – 13/11/19 and 11/12/19

Let’s Pray – 20/11/19  and 18/12/19

Let’s Reboot – 27/11/19 and 08/01/20

These sessions will take place at The Deanery School in the Community Room every Wednesday during term time 10am-11am.  If you can offer help with the advertising or would like to help with the setting up or hospitality please let Martina know.  Also, are there any volunteers that would like to come on the radio to speak about our new venture?

Martina  – 07806227678 or email  – martina.lewis@ntlworld.com

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) – volunteers wanted Geoff Naylor, the pastor of Wroughton Discovery Church, has asked whether anybody from our congregation might be willing to volunteer with CAP, a Christian debt counselling charity that aims to help people break the cycle of poverty. If you’re interested please speak to Revd Phill, or get in touch with Geoff direct.

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. 

Marion Durston

It was with sadness that we announce the death of

Marion Durston, wife of Mike our previous Sexton and Church Warden for many years.  Marion’s funeral will take place in Church on Thursday 31st October at 10.45am.

Mike and his family would like to thank you for your prayers and cards at this time. 

Please welcome

Alan Smith, who now lives in Frome was baptised in Wroughton Parish Church on 27th October 1939.  Alan and his wife, ‘Mary’ are planning to join us at 10.00am on Sunday, 27th October this year to celebrate the 80th anniversary of his baptism.

Rainbow Bookshop, Edgeware Road, Swindon

We are very fortunate to have a Christian Bookshop in Swindon when so many other shops in the town are closing down.  Rainbow bookshop sells so much more than books, there is a wide range of cards, gifts, devotional items and cd’s.  Please try and support the shop, as it really is a case of ‘Use it or lose it’. 



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 reduces 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 pray for:-

  • Tearfund
  • For the family and friends of Zoe Cadden who is Christened in Church today
  • The homeless as it gets colder
  • The patients and staff of Lansdown Care Home
  • Our Bible Study Groups
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Marion Durston and Muriel Nelmes. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.

Legge house prayer point

We give thanks, because we have been extremely busy in the last three months. We now have a young full time  assistant, Theo Roberts.  Theo will be going to India in January with  ‘Youth With A Mission’,  in the meantime  Mark and Sheila will be able to have much needed time off, while the centre continues to be well used.

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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