1st March 2020

Prayer for the Week

Lent 1

Heavenly Father,

your Son battled with the powers of darkness,

and grew closer to you in the desert:

help us to use these days to grow in wisdom and prayer

that we may witness to your saving love

in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen


8.00am          Holy Communion

10.00am          Parish Communion

  4.00pm          Church at 4

  6.00pm          Evensong

Diary – Week Commencing 1st March

Monday 2nd March

8.30am            Morning Prayer – Church

9.00am            Morning Prayer – Chapel Deanery School

10.00am          Bible Study Group – 11 St John Road

Tuesday 3rd March

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am            Morning Prayer – Church

11.00am          Coffee & Chat – The Cornerstone Cafe

7.30pm            Lent Group – Church Hall

Wednesday 4th March

8.30am            Morning Prayer – Church Hall

10.00am          The Let’s Group – Let’s Pray

Thursday 5th March

8.30am            Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm            Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station – Tony & Tracy

Friday 6th March

8.45am            Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

12noon            Lent Lunch – St Josephs

7.00pm            Bellringers Practice

Saturday 7th March

10.00am          Healing on the Streets – Ellendune Centre

3.00pm            Christening Preparation – Church 

A Date for your Diary

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

Opportunities to join in

Easter Rocks – Tuesday 7th April

Duck Race – Friday 8th May

Sunday 8th March 2020

Lent 2

8.00am            Holy Communion

Preacher:        Dr John Godfree

Sidespeople:    John & Iris Smith

10.00am          Parish Communion

Preacher:        Dr John Godfree

Intercessions: Janet Henderson

Reading:          Romans 4. 1-5, 13-17

Reader:           Ann Richards

Gospel:            John 3. 1-17

Servers:           Alan & Kathy Gregory

Sidespeople:    Colin & Jackie Ash

4.00pm            Church at 4 – Church Hall

Leader:            Cheryl Hawkins

6.00pm            Evensong (1st Sunday of the Month)

                        Our next Service will be Sunday 1st April

Lent Course – Talking Jesus

Did you know that two thirds of non-Christian adults in the UK say they know a practicing Christian and that a similar number would describe the Christian they know as friendly and caring. Around one in five describe Jesus as God in human form. What an opportunity! Non-Christians already know and like us, and a good number think that Jesus is God. So what holds us back from talking to them about our faith and how can we become more confident in sharing it naturally and helpfully with the people we know? We will be exploring these questions during our Lent Course this year. Sessions will be at 7:30pm in the Church Hall starting on Tuesday 3rd March for six weeks (24th March in Church). 

Compline during Lent

Like last year, there will be a short said service of Compline each Tuesday evening during Lent. This will be at 9pm in the Church Hall (24th March in Church).

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.

Congratulations to Mark Tubey

Mark is one of our lay Ministers and also Warden of Legge House youth retreat centre. On March 1st 1990, Mark started working for Leicester Diocese in the Parish of Highfields, and as a diocesan advisor to Charities. Congratulations to Mark on 30 years working for the Church (and 26 years as a Lay Minister).

This is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book for 2020 ‘Saying Yes to Life’ by Ruth Valerio draws on the Days of Creation (Genesis 1) to relates themes of light, water, land, the seasons, other creatures, humankind, Sabbath rest and resurrection hope to matters of environmental, ethical and social concern. This is available via all of the major booksellers. The C of E have also produced lent reflections inspired by this book that cover each of the 40 days in Lent entitled ‘#Live Lent Care for God’s Creation’ and costing £1.99 each. We can bulk order these for anyone who is interested. Samples to look at and a sign-up sheet are available at the back of church.

Ordination of Cheryl Hawkins

We are delighted to be able to confirm that Cheryl Hawkins will be ordained as a Deacon on 5th July this year. Cheryl will be moving to Bristol, where she will be the Assistant Curate at Holy Trinity Church, Westbury-on-Trym. Please do pray for Cheryl as she prepares to embark on this exciting new phase of her journey. Our loss is very much Westbury’s gain…

Legge House – trustees needed

Legge House is operated by an independent charity, with its own board of trustees. They are currently looking to recruit new trustees to help ensure that they can continue to provide residential and conference facilities for young people and others in the years ahead. If you’re interested then please speak to Mark or Sheila Tubey and have a look at their website: https://www.leggehouse.com/

Electoral Roll Revision 2020

We are approaching the time of our annual Electoral Roll revision.  If you completed a form last year you do not need to do anything. The roll is open to anyone over 16 years old who is either resident in the parish or who regularly attends our services. Being on the roll allows you to attend and vote at the Annual Meeting and, if you are not resident in the parish it gives you certain rights otherwise only given to residents. If you regularly attend our services and are not already on the roll, we would like to encourage you to join the electoral roll. If for any reason you attend our services, but do not feel able to be on the electoral roll please would you complete just page 1 and return the form so that we have your consent to hold your details so that we can keep in touch with you.

Coffee and Chat

We will be meeting for our next Coffee and Chat at The Cornerstone Cafe  this coming Tuesday, March 3rd, at 11am.

Please come along and join us.  Christine Wrixon 

Let’s Group –

Wednesday 4th March – LET’S PRAY 

Please submit your prayer requests and encourage friends and family to join us in person or send prayer requests via email, text or Facebook by Wednesday 8am.  

March Green Resolution

We’ve all seen pictures of the awful floods that have affected parts of the country. Global heating means that rainfall is becoming more intense, and poor land management means water enters our rivers faster. One thing that gardeners can do to help prevent this situation getting worse is to avoid buying peat. Peatlands are important to keep carbon locked in the ground and to hold water. Before buying that bag of multipurpose compost or grow bag check the label! Unless it says “peat-free” it will be contributing to the destruction of peatlands, which will in turn contribute to the climate emergency. The Royal Horticultural Society says that using peat is unnecessary, so look for the alternatives. 

Swindon Youth for Christ

Sport, especially football, has come to play an important role in Swindon Youth for Christ’s ministry with young people in the town. Some of this is done in schools: they run an after-school enrichment activity of football coaching at the Deanery Academy. In other places they organise sessions on the recreation grounds around the town. At each “hub” they meet young people on a particular day of the week and organise a game and coaching, with a time of prayer and conversation before and afterwards. This has proved to be an effective way of reaching those who may have no other contact with Christians, and has led to interesting conversations, and even decisions to follow Jesus.

“Synergy” is a faith and sports event held six times a year where church youth groups can take their young people and their friends for an evening of games, testimonies and worship. It provides encouragement for the Christians who attend, and opportunities to reach out to a wider circle.

Please pray for the SYFC team as they meet with young people, and for fruitful conversations to happen. 

World Day of Prayer

There will be a service at 11am on Friday 6th March at St Joseph’s RC church in Wroughton. This will be followed by a Lent Lunch in their church rooms. The service this year has been prepared by the women of Zimbabwe and representatives from St Joseph’s, St Johns, Discovery church and the Methodist church are taking part. Everyone – men and women, young and old – is welcome to attend. Further details from Janet Henderson 525856.


This week please pray for:-

  • Swindon Youth for Christ
  • Those effected by the recent floods
  • All health workers looking after those with the coronavirus
  • The teachers and leaders of Tick Tock Preschool
  • The Filling Station
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Peter Thomas, Betty Harris, and Lilian Brittan. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.

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01793 812050.  office@wroughton.com

Revd Phill Harrison – 01793 812301 vicar@wroughton.com

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