As we slowly emerge from lockdown people are beginning to imagine how things may be in the future. There has been a great deal of talk about how things can change and be different, but there is also a lot of talk about getting back to normal. I thought I would share with you this piece which I fear it is more a wish than a reality.
And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated,
some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed. Kitty O’Meara
Love and blessings
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 2nd August
10:00 Morning Worship
Preacher: Martina Lewis
Intercessions: Margaret Penfound
Reading: Matthew 14. 13-21
Reader: Veronica Garside
12.00 Morning Worship live on Facebook
Martina Lewis 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.
LAST CHANCE – 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|
|Coffee Cake||90442676 #||3946 #||Jean and Ross|
|Lemon Drizzle||11620235 #||6880 #||Karen and Peter|
|Date and Walnut||23905416 #||6076 #||Helen and Helena|
Janet – Parish Administrator
Just to let you know that I will be on holiday next week. If you have anything for the notices please send directly to Phill email@example.com I will return Monday 3rd August (working from home).
Church building work update
The contractors have now moved the focus of their work from the outside of the building to the interior. Everything inside the church has been covered with dust sheets (see photo), including all the pews and especially the organ. Plaster removal is now well under way and the builders have already ‘discovered’ the outline of one of the deeper medieval windows that were originally in the North aisle. Once all of the plaster has been removed we will need to allow the walls to dry out for 12 months before they can be re-plastered – we will therefore have areas of bare stone wall to look at for quite some time.
In view of this ongoing work, we have reluctantly decided that it simply won’t be practical for us to use the building at the moment. This means that we won’t be able to begin worshipping in it again until probably around Sunday 23rd August.
Opening the church building for private prayer
The building work means that the church is now closed. We hope to re-open it on Sunday 23rd August.
Church family news
We say a fond farewell to two families who are leaving Wroughton for pastures new. Neil and Kath Slingsby are leaving Wroughton after many years, but won’t be far away when they move to be nearer to family in Rodbourne. Meanwhile, Ben and Anna Cooper and family are making a big move to Edinburgh, where Anna will start a postgraduate course in the autumn. We wish them all well in the changes that lie ahead and our prayers go with them.
Posting Giving Envelopes in the Church Hall
If you are posting envelopes in the church hall letterbox during the day and find the door open, please place your envelopes in the red Parish Office letterbox inside the porch on the right. This is emptied regularly.
Swindon Corona Choir
Since I last wrote about our Corona Choir, we have continued to make weekly recordings of music appropriate to each Sunday by recording our single voices on a phone and then stitching them together as a choir. This week’s offering, our 17th recording, is made specifically with our Wroughton 10.00am service in mind. In our service this Sunday we will be hearing Philippians Ch.4 which contains the well-known Prayer Book text: “Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say, rejoice.” This text has been set to music by many composers over the years and we have recorded a setting by an anonymous composer of around 1560, just after the BCP was published. It can be heard (Audio only) at https://www.dropbox.com/s/y3sr1w1sv0fh62j/Rejoice%20in%20the%20Lord-Final.mp3?dl=0 or on Facebook (with Video) at https://www.facebook.com/angela.breakspear/videos/4607195692631224.
Monday morning Bible Study
We have been continuing our bibles studies by phone conference calls during the lockdown, but will now break for the Summer and will resume in September, hopefully face to face by then. We have enjoyed following the sermon series through Acts and Philippians, looking at the set readings in more depth.
The Church was floodlight on Thursday 23rd July in celebration of Frank & Doreen Curtis 60th Diamond Wedding Anniversary.
Please remember the friends and family of the late Catherine Hoyland.
‘Preparing for building work 21st July 2020’