5th Sunday of Easter
Occasionally I find that life catches up with me a bit and this week was one of those weeks. After seven Sundays (vicars count in Sundays, not weeks!) I suspect that social isolation, restrictions on movement and a whole new way of living and working have taken their toll on all of us. The book of Psalms is a good place to go when the shine comes off life. Many of the Psalms give voice to the fact that we can sometimes find ourselves walking in dark places. The psalmists pull no punches, often confronting God with their struggles and their feelings of loss and abandonment. And yet they choose to cling on to their knowledge of a God who is good and merciful, kind and compassionate. Sometimes we just need to cling on.
I recommend Psalm 86:1-10 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ps+86%3A1-10&version=NRSVA
10:00 Morning Worship – telephone conference
Phone: 03300 945 940
Room number: 60527473 #
PIN: 2656 #
12:00 Morning Worship – live on Facebook
Tracy Mason will repeat the reading, the sermon and lead some short prayers. Go to our Facebook page ‘Wroughton and Wichelstowe Parish Church’
4pm Church at 4 via Zoom – join the Church at 4 group on our Facebook page for the meeting invite and password.
7.30pm PCC Meeting
12:00 Let’s will be live on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1168029310066050/
6th Sunday of Easter
Sunday 17th May
10:00 Morning Worship
Preacher: Revd Phill Harrison
Intercessions: Janet Henderson
Reading: Acts 8: 4-8; 26-40
Reader: Helena Thomas
12.00 Morning Worship live on Facebook
Revd Phill Harrison will repeat the reading, the sermon and lead some short prayers. Go to our Facebook page ‘Wroughton and Wichelstowe Parish Church’
4pm Church at 4
via Zoom – join the Church at 4 group on our Facebook page for the meeting invite and password.
10am service by telephone
Our Sunday morning service is an audio meeting that people can dial into using just their telephones – no computers involved! Follow these instructions to join:
- To join the Sunday service first dial this number: 03300 945 940.
- When prompted, enter the room number, followed by # on your telephone keypad: 60527473 #
- Finally, enter the guest PIN: 2656 #
- You may have to listen to some announcements, but you will then be automatically joined to the conference call. Join in with the responses in the liturgy as you would normally.
Please try and dial-in at 9:55, as it may take a little while for everyone to be connected to the conference. Calls to ‘03’ numbers are charged at the standard national rate and are included in your ‘free minutes’ if you have a call-plan. Revd Phill has delivered service sheets and dial-in instructions to a number of people that we know don’t use email, or for whom we have no email address. If you know someone who doesn’t have email and would like to be included please let us know so that he can drop something through their letterbox.
For those of you able to get out for walks (but also suitable for those confined to a garden), there is a lovely resource I’ve been using from the Sanctuary Centre, that explores the richness of the connection between creation and worship, and relates what you might see when you’re out to a verse of scripture. It’s very simple and can be used as a gateway to prayer or praise outside in our wonderful natural world. I’ve found it very helpful at this time. If you want to take a look the link is here: https://www.thesanctuarycentre.org/resources/creative_prayer_idea_wild_worship_field_guide.pdf
Easter to Pentecost – the book of Acts
During the period of time from Easter to Pentecost we will be reading through the book of Acts together as a church. Our sermons will pick up some of the key themes in Acts and this also ties in with the theme from Spring Harvest. If you would like a book to read alongside this then we suggest the Spring Harvest theme book for this year ‘Unleashed: The Acts Church Today’ by GAVIN CALVER and ANNE CALVER (available in Kindle and paperback). Daily readings from Acts are now appearing on our Facebook page, or a reading plan is attached. Like the disciples, we now find ourselves in a world where everything has changed – what can they teach us about the way ahead and what might the Holy Spirit be inspiring us to do now?
The Community Engagement Group have decided that it would be good if we could yarnbomb Wroughton and Wichelstowe as we did a few years ago with knitted angels and a note sending good wishes to anyone who picks one up. We will not do this until it is safe to do so. We don’t know how soon that will be but we thought we could prepare now by knitting some of the little angels that we used before. I hope that many of you will still have the pattern, it is very simple and requires only a small amount of DK yarn that many people have a little of at home. It also needs a little toy stuffing for the head, but that can be seen to later. If you no longer have the pattern or never had one I have a copy that can be sent as an email attachment if you let me know. If you know someone who would like a paper copy I could print and deliver if I have an address, please email requests to Janet email@example.com or telephone 812050. Barbara
Pray and Bless Wroughton and Wichelstowe
The next ‘Pray and Bless’ will be at 7:30pm on Tuesday 19th May via Zoom. Look out for details about how to join the meeting next week.
SPRING HARVEST HOME
There are lots of really great teaching, worship and prayer sessions for all ages on the Spring Harvest YouTube channel. The good news is that, due to popular demand, they have extended the time during which these resources will be available for free – you can now catch-up until the end of May. If you haven’t ‘dipped in’ yet then these really are recommended. You can watch something for a few minutes and if you decide you don’t like it, find something else – you have nothing to lose!
Daily Hope – free prayer hotline
The archbishop of Canterbury has launched a 24-hour free phone line for Christian worship and prayer, aimed at those who have no or limited access to the internet. People calling the free phone number will hear a greeting from the archbishop and can then choose from a range of options including hymns, prayers, reflections and advice on Covid-19. Daily Hope is available on 0800 804 8044.
Weekly or monthly giving envelopes with cheques in can be sent to the Parish Office (by post or put through the letterbox); they will be collected once a week. Thank you to those who have been doing this. You can also now give by card through our website http://wroughton.com/?page_id=2576 and if you pay tax you can gift aid your donation.
Parish giving scheme
The parish giving scheme is still functioning, with all members of staff working remotely. If you need to contact them to amend your giving or for Gift Aid changes, please either ring them on 0333 002 1260 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. They are able to receive instructions by post again at their new address Parish Giving Scheme, 76 Kingsholm Road, Gloucester. GL1 3BD. In addition they can now able to sign up new donors by phone, if you are interested in this please go to https://register.parishgiving.org.uk/. You will need our Parish Name (Wroughton & Wichelstowe) and Reference Number (050605188). If you have any questions please contact Ross Fralley our treasurer email@example.com.
Ordination – change of plans
Thank you for those that have contacted me about the plans for my Ordination and the prayers – it has meant a lot to know I have been remembered.
As you can imagine, as a lot of things at present, plans for my Ordination have had to change. My Ordination has been postponed from the 5th July to a date to be announced, but not before September. I have therefore, had to change my plans a little around leaving the Civil Service, so will now leave my current employment on the 31st August. Subject to restrictions because of Covid 19, I am still hoping to move to Westbury on Trym at the end of June, so I can settle into my new home and start getting to know the area and congregation.
As like all of us, I look to the time when we can all come together again physically in Church to worship – if this cannot be before the end of June, then I will look forward to coming back to see you all before my Ordination. With prayers and blessings to you all. Cheryl
Swindon Food Bank
Food banks are still open, and the independent food bank for Swindon – Swindon Food Collective – is continuing to help local households. If you can, do consider making a financial contribution at this time. Donations can be made via the website: https://www.swindonfoodcollective.org/
Our Parish Office has temporarily relocated to Janet Burchell’s dining room! The telephone number and opening hours remain the same: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am to 1.30pm 01793 812050 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mission to Seafarers Knitting
Got time on your hands? Why not join the army of knitters and make hats for the Mission to Seafarers . These are given to seafarers who may have been recruited in warmer climes and then travel to colder areas. For more information please contact Janet Henderson 525856.
Funeral this week
Please pray for the families and friends of Mary Rogers, Rodney Sansum, Francis Embling, David Lane and Nora Meaden as their funerals take place.
And finally, a prayer for this week:
We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs
For as long as it takes
wherever you call us. Amen
Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference
The Parish Office, Priors Hill, Wroughton, SN4 0RT
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am to 1.30pm
01793 812050. email@example.com
Revd Phill Harrison – 01793 812301 firstname.lastname@example.org
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