I hope you are all keeping well. With lockdown beginning to ease the Church nationally and locally has been thinking about how we can re-imagine the way we use our buildings for worship with social distancing and hygiene in mind. Our ancient building with pews does not make it easy for us. However, it seems to me that we need a much bigger vision for the future. How can we be not just a worshipping community but a serving community when Covid 19 has lost it’s grip? Many of our worshipping community have age and health issues which makes receiving more likely than giving at the moment, so perhaps we can use this pause to seek the mind of God, allow this breathing space to be a time to let God breath into us a new vision of what he wants us to be in the future as a community that shares his love as it serves others. So as we continue to be a community that gathers at a distance let us listen to what God is calling us to be.
Love and blessings, Barbara
10:00 Morning Worship – telephone conference
Phone: 03300 945 940
Room number: 60527473 #
PIN: 2656 #
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.
Sunday 5th July
10:00 Morning Worship
Preacher: Tracy Mason
Intercessions: Marion Colton
Reading: Phill 3. 1-11
Reader: Peter Ferguson
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.
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. Service sheets are being delivered 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.
An opportunity for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat after the 10am service
One of the things that many of us enjoy doing after church is catching up with people and having a bit of a chat, it could be about the state of the weather, or the state of the vicar’s sermon. We also very much enjoy a slice of cake to go with our tea of coffee. It is hard to share a cake remotely; but perhaps we can still have that chat.
If you would like to join an informal conversation (about the state of the weather?) after the 10am telephone service on Sunday then choose your favourite treat and join one of our virtual meeting rooms. To access a meeting room you will need to dial the usual national rate telephone number:
03300 945 940 …followed by the room number and PIN.
Each meeting room has a pair of hosts, who will welcome you and hopefully help to get the conversation going. Just like in church, there is no obligation to stay for long, you can just pop in and say “hi” before rushing to the kitchen to think about lunch. Meeting rooms will be opened by their hosts after the 10am service and aim to close by 11:15 at the latest.
|Your tasty treat…||Room number||PIN||Room hosts|
|Date and Walnut||23905416 #||6076 #||Helen and Helena|
|Battenberg||31584976 #||3650 #||Sally and Clive|
|Coffee Cake||90442676 #||3946 #||Ross and Jean|
Opening the church building for private prayer
In response to the easing of some of the measures put in place by the government to control the spread of COVID-19 we are now able to open the church building for private prayer by members of the public. The church will be open this Sunday between 12:30 and 4pm and you are welcome to visit during this time. Please use the hand sanitiser located in the church porch before and after your visit, stay within the areas that have been clearly marked and remember to maintain a 2m distance from anyone else who might be there. You’ll find that much of the interior has been cordoned off – this is to make cleaning simpler and therefore help to keep everyone safe; the areas in use will be cleaned at 2pm and 4pm.
…and an opportunity for a new rota:
We have building repairs going on at the moment, which means that we have handed the building over to the contractors as their work site. They have agreed to allow us to us it on Sundays on the condition that it is supervised at all times. Therefore we need a team of volunteers who are each able to commit to being in church for half an hour on Sunday afternoon. If you can take a turn doing this (perhaps you were planning to visit anyway?) then please can you let Janet in the church office know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We also need cleaners to cover the 2pm and 4pm cleaning slots. Again, please let Janet know if this something you help with. Thank you.
Update on Cheryl
Cheryl Hawkins successfully moved into her new home in Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol this week; she is very grateful for all your prayers and support. Cheryl will be licenced as a lay worker in Westbury-on-Trym at the start of July and then ordained deacon probably in August or September (COVID-19 permitting).
Church building work
Contractors arrived on site as planned on Monday 22nd June and have begun the slow process of chipping away at some of the cement based mortar that has been trapping moisture and is now starting to come away from the wall. The timing of the various other jobs that they have to do will depend partly on the weather (they will work outside if it’s fine and inside if it’s wet). Do say hello to the builders if you see them!
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.
Funeral this week
Please pray for the families and friends of Ken Middleton, Edward Meaden, Margaret Guyatt and Louise Wilson as their funerals take place.