22nd & 29th December 2019

Sunday 22nd December

Advent 4

  8.00am          Holy Communion

10.00am          Parish Communion

  2.00pm          Blue Christmas Service – Church Hall

  4.00pm          Church at 4

Tuesday 24th December – Christmas Eve

3.00pm            Christingle Service

5.00pm            Christingle Service

11.30pm          Midnight Communion Service

Preacher:        Revd Phill Harrison

Sidesperson:    Ross Fralley & Jean Ford

Servers:           Alan & Kathy Gregory

Wednesday 25th December – Christmas Day

10.00am          Christmas Day Service

Preacher:        Revd Barbara Abrey

Sidespersons: Sally Parker & June Bradley

Servers:           Andrew Kirk and Jean Ford

Sunday 29th December 2019

1st Sunday of Christmas

8.00am            Holy Communion

Preacher:        Dr John Godfree

Sidespeople:    John & Iris Smith

10.00am          Parish Communion

Preacher:        Dr John Godfree

Intercessions: Helen Toomer

Reading:          Hebrews 2. 10-18

Reader:           Keith Bassett

Gospel:            Matthew 2. 13-23

Servers:           Alan & Kathy Gregory

Sidespeople:    Mike & Bridget Awre

No Church at 4 today will resume

Sunday 5th January

Sunday 5th January 2019


8.00am            Holy Communion

Preacher:        Revd Phill Harrison

Sidespeople:    Alan & Christine Wrixon

10.00am          Parish Communion

Preacher:        Phillip Good – CMS Mission Partner

Intercessions: Mark Tubey

Reading:          Isaiah 60. 1-6

Reader:           Peter Ferguson

Gospel:            Matthew 2. 1-12

Servers:           Gillian Pitter & Andrew Kirk

Sidespeople:    Tony & Julia Edmonds

4.00pm            Church at 4

Leader:            Revd Phill Harrison

6.00pm            Evensong

Preacher:        Mark Tubey

Intercessions: Dr John Godfree

1st Reading:    Isaiah 49. 1-13

Reader:           Margaret Penfound

2nd Reading:   John 4. 7-26

Reader:           Roger Moore

Sidespeople:    Sylvia Woodward and Pat Brown


The Church will be floodlit on Saturday 21st December by Rebecca Sarjent & Rosemary Nassie in memory of Rex & Joan Sarjent;

On Sunday 22nd December by Julie Gabe in memory of her father, Eric Whyte;

On Monday 23rd December by Joyce Symonds in memory of her friend, Pauline Kershaw;

On Tuesday 25th December by Janet Burchell & family in memory of her father, Jack Bamford; and by Patricia Bevan in memory of her husband, John Edward Bevan; and by Jackie Jefferies in memory of her Mum, Vera Hutchins.

On Thursday 26th December by Roger Moore in memory of David Moore;

On Monday 30th December by Alan & Christine Wrixon in celebration of their 40th (Ruby) Wedding Anniversary;

On Tuesday 31st December by Helene Patterson in memory of Frank on his 92nd Birthday still so sadly missed by all the family.

Diary – Week Commencing 22nd December

Monday 23rd December

8.30am            Morning Prayer – Church

9.00am            Morning Prayer – Chapel Deanery School

Tuesday 24th December – Christmas Eve

8.30am            Morning Prayer – Church

9.00am            Christingle Making – Church

3.00pm            Christingle Service

5.00pm            Christingle Service

11.30pm          Midnight Communion Service

Wednesday 25th December – Christmas Day

10.00am          Christmas Day Service

Thursday 26th December – Boxing Day

Filling Station – Joan & Neil

Friday 27th December

8.45am            Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm            Bellringers Practice

Saturday 28th December

9.30am            Healing on the Streets – Ellendune Centre

Diary – Week Commencing 29th December

Monday 30th December

8.30am            Morning Prayer – Church

9.00am            Morning Prayer – Chapel Deanery School

Tuesday 31st December – New Years Eve

8.30am            Morning Prayer – Church

Wednesday 1st January – New Years Day

Thursday 2nd January

8.30am            Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm            Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station – Lucy & Anne Marie

Friday 3rd January

8.45am            Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm            Bellringers Practice

Saturday 4th January



Christingle is something of a phenomenon on Christmas Eve in Wroughton and we welcome well over 800 people across two services (3pm and 5pm). If you’re able to help with Christingle making from 9am in church on 24th December then please let us know. Many hands make light work!

Christmas Day services

At its recent meeting, the PCC took the decision not to hold 8am or Church at 4 services on Christmas Day. Instead we will have a joint Holy Communion service at 10am, where the whole church family is invited to come and celebrate together. 

A Christmas thought…

As we all know, times have changed. We can no longer expect people to come and worship on a Sunday out of a sense of duty, they need to know and experience the power of God in their own lives. This means that we need to reach out to them, wherever they are, and tell them our stories in ways that are meaningful and relevant to their lives. Most Christian mission therefore happens outside the church building. However, once a year the tables are turned. Once a year people come actively seeking us out. They come into our buildings to sing Christmas carols and to hear the story of Jesus. Please pray that they will find a warm welcome and encounter the wonder and mystery of God for themselves.

Community Christmas Card

The children at Church at 4 have made a card for us all to sign sending greetings to our friends in church. Please sign the card and put a donation for The Children’s Society in the box provided. 

Pub Crawl

Our pub crawl on Saturday December 21st will start at 7pm at the Brown Jack then 9 at the White Hart and then maybe on to the Carter’s. Everyone welcome.


Thanks to a kind donor, we now have a defibrillator (also known as AED) in the church for use in situations where someone is in cardiac arrest (a heart attack). Initially this is being kept on top of the safe in the vestry, where it will be accessible during services and other functions in the church. We ultimately plan to install it in the church porch, where it will be available for use by the wider community (it takes some time to get the necessary permissions…). Mark Tubey will be giving a short talk about when and how to use the AED at 9:15 on Sunday 22nd December, in church. Everyone welcome.

Church and Church Hall building work

Over the next two years we need to complete some significant building maintenance on both the church and the church hall. We’re delighted to be able to report that we recently received a donation of £40,000 towards the cost of some of this work. We are currently working with our architects to appoint a contractor to take care of the exterior and interior repairs to the church (note that these are repairs, not changes!). More details will follow in the first part of next year.

Children’s Society

Many thanks to all Children’s Society box holders, £290.84 has been raised from this year’s box opening. Carolyn Kirk 

Pray and Bless Wroughton and Wichelstowe

There will be no ‘Pray and Bless’ meeting in December, we return in January. 

Monday morning Bible Study group

We are now taking a break over Christmas and New Year. Our next term starts with an informal meeting and bring and share lunch on Monday, 13th January. 

Plastic Recycling

Wiltshire Air Ambulance are collecting some plastics that the council don’t take at  present. We now have a box in the church hall kitchen where you can put clean BREAD BAGS, CRISP PACKETS AND BISCUIT WRAPPERS, which will then be taken to their collection point. The best time to drop them off would be on a Sunday afternoon when the hall is open for Church at 4, or any time you are going to a meeting in the hall.

Knitting for Mission to Seafarers

On Monday I sent off the last box of knitting for 2019 which brings our grand total for the year to 166 hats and 83 scarves which is a magnificent achievement. Keep those needles clicking and we’ll see if we can beat that total in 2020. Janet Henderson

A Date for your Diary

World Day of Prayer service at 11 am on Friday 6th March at St Joseph’s Church. Further details to follow.

Filling Station

Thank you for all your gift items for the filling station. We have been able to send 15 parcels to be distributed to the homeless in Swindon. It should make Christmas a little easier for some.

CMS Partners visit

Phill and Sylvie Good will be visiting our church on 5th January to tell us of their work in Beirut. There will be an opportunity to meet with them over lunch at 11 St John Road after the 10.00 am service. If you would like to come, please let Margaret Penfound know for catering purposes.

This week please pray for:-

  • Children’s Society
  • The Homeless over Christmas.
  • Patients and staff who are in Hospitals and Hospices
  • Our Choir and Director of Music
  • Our Clergy and Lay Ministers
  • People who work over the Christmas holidays
  • Swindon Food Collective and The Filling Station
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Christine Gosling, Vera Hutchins and Constance Brown. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.


The Office will closed from Tuesday 24th

December and will reopen on Thursday 2nd

January.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all and thank you for all your help during the year.  Janet

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

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am to 1.30pm

01793 812050.  office@wroughton.com

Revd Phill Harrison – 01793 812301 vicar@wroughton.com

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