13th September 2020

Season of Creation 1


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.


Season of Creation 2

Sunday 20th September

10:00                   Morning Worship

Preacher:             Tracy Mason

Intercessions:     Janet Henderson

Reading:              Exodus 16. 2-4; 11-21

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.

Church Service -10am    We will continue with our 10am Service in church.  If you wish to book a place please continue to let Janet know you will be attending (Please let her know on office@wroughton.com or 01793 812050 by Friday lunchtime).  Things will be different to normal, so please make sure you have and wear a face mask; and be aware that you may not be able to sit in your ‘normal’ pew!  We will of course be following all the government and C of E guidelines with regard to social distancing, cleaning and other advice…..

The 10am telephone service is still taking place, so if you can’t join us in the church building please do dial in – you will be taking part in the service in church, albeit remotely.

  • 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.

Calls to ‘03’ numbers are charged at the standard national rate and are included in your ‘free minutes’ if you have a call-plan.

Season of creation

Throughout September we will be joining with Christians around the globe to celebrate The Season of Creation. This is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through repenting, repairing, and rejoicing together. We can all do something to walk more lightly on the planet. It may interest you to know that the paper cups we have been using at Holy Communion are compostable, as are the bin liners in the bin the by the door. Please put your used cups in this bin and then they will be added to the vicarage composter and turned into plant food (this also ensures that any left-over drops of consecrated wine avoid going into the general waste).


The church floodlights have been switched off now that we’re able to worship in the building again. This will reduce our carbon footprint as well as our energy bill. If you would like to sponsor the floodlights in memory of someone or to mark a significant anniversary then please speak to Janet in the Parish Office or fill in the form that can be found on our website.

Parish office update

Janet is now working some of her hours from the Parish Office. Due to the small size of this space it is not possible for her to welcome visitors, so please continue to contact her via email (office@wroughton.com) or telephone (01793 812050).

Service Sheets

Now that Janet is back in the office she is able to print the weekly service sheet as ‘normal’, so you no longer need to bring your own copy with you when you come to church. There will be a (very) limited number of notice sheets available in church, please leave these for people who aren’t able to receive the notices via email.

Face masks

Unless you are exempt for medical reasons, please wear face masks whenever you’re in church and please try to ensure that they cover both your nose and mouth. People who are reading or leading intercessions may remove their mask when they get to the lectern. Thank you.

Building work

Crowstep BSL have now substantially finished their programme of work on the church building – we look forward to the re-plastering next year. As one job finishes another begins… so Dawson’s Steeplejacks are now doing some re-pointing on the South elevation of the Tower. We have also been busy in the Church Hall, with improvements to the ventilation that should reduce heat loss due to drafts as well as a substantial amount of work refurbishing the Victorian windows – which should now both open AND close!

‘Annual Meeting of Parishioners for the Election of Churchwardens and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)’ – we are hoping to be able to hold these meetings, postponed from April, on Sunday 11 October with opportunities to attend in person (limited) and on the telephone after the 10am service. Please put this date in your diaries. More details to follow.

Notice of PCC meetings – the next PCC meeting will be held on 28 September at 7.30pm by Zoom/telephone. There will also be the usual very short PCC meeting immediately following the Annual Meeting on 11 October to elect PCC officers’

Bless Wroughton – Tuesday 15th September

Having been praying over Zoom for the last few months, we thought it would be nice to meet in person for a change, so next Tuesday we will be having a prayer walk around Wroughton, to pray for our community.

We will meet in the church hall car park, where we will split into groups of 3-4 to head out into the village to pray together outdoors. In order to comply with the new government rules, we will have a start time window of 6.45 to 7pm (choose the best time for you in that window). We will send out groups as people gather, in order that we will never have more than 6 people together in the car park.

The last time we did this was very uplifting for everyone who took part, and we would encourage as many as possible of you to come and pray while getting a bit of fresh air and gentle exercise! Karen Harrison 

Janet Henderson Race for Life 2020

Five years ago my daughter, daughter in law and I took part in the Race for Life, raising money for Cancer Research, at Newbury Showground. This year I am taking part in a very different Race for Life. It isn’t being held at big venues like Liddiard  Park or Newbury showground but Participants are being asked to walk or run 5km in

their own neighbourhood, on their own or in their bubble, at any time on September 26th. Please can you help either by also signing up for the event or by sponsoring me by donating to Cancer Research UK on the page https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/janets-very-2020-race-for-life-6 ?
For further details contact Janet Henderson on 525856

Monday Bible Study Group

This will start again on Monday, 14th September at 10.30 a.m. as a phone conference until we can meet in person once more. If you would like to join us you will be very welcome. Just have a Bible to hand and dial in as you would for the Sunday service. If you have any questions about it, please ring Margaret on 01793812139.

Spring Harvest 2021

Having thoroughly enjoyed Spring Harvest Home 2020, but having missed the “going away” aspect, a group of us are hoping to attend Spring Harvest 2021 from 10th-15th April 2021 (“Minehead 2”), and we’d love you to join us. The theme for this year is “Why we worship” (Roman’s 12:1). There’s an e-brochure with all the details about the event on the spring harvest.org web-site.

Booking opens at 8am on Tues 22nd Sept, and there is a Covid guarantee of your money back if you cancel up to 72 hours before the event starts for any Covid related reason. Capacity is currently limited due to social distancing requirements, so it’s likely to sell out fast! Karen Harrison


The Traidcraft website has some lovely face masks that are available at a discount – £3.20 instead of £4.00 – if ordered through Sally Parker.  If you’re missing the Traidcraft goods that are normally on sale after church, then do look at their website:  www.traidcraftshop.co.uk   Orders for any items can be sent to Sally by email:  sally2002@live.co.uk, and the discount she receives will be passed on to you.

Dorothy Leo (Jean Leo’s daughter)

has been busy clearing Jean’s home ahead of putting it on the market.  She has given Jean Ford and Ross Fralley a box of various items: Birthday, Christmas and assorted greetings cards, boxed (unopened) children’s toys, boxed unopened wall clock, boxed unopened scented candle etc. With local charities not currently taking donations Phill has agreed we can operate a ‘honesty box’ in church. People can put in what they like (donation wise) for any item(s) they are interested in.  All proceeds will go to the church’s general fund. The box of items will be in the baptistry corner.

Cheryl’s Ordination

Ember Cards – as I now have a date for Ordination, I have designed and had printed my ember cards – ember cards are cards which asks for prayers for those being Ordained and for the parish where curacy will be served. The cards also include on the back a Bible verse chosen by the Ordinand. Cheryl Hawkins

STOP PRESS: These are now available at the back of church – please take one.

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.


Please continue to send your photo’s to me office@wroughton.com  so that I can include on the notices and service sheets.  Janet 

Floodlighting this week

The Church was floodlit on Thursday 10th September by Chris Collins in memory of Barbara M Collins; On Saturday 12th September by Sharon Hawkins in memory of her Mum, Ann Hawkins. 


Please remember the friends and family of the late John Morse.      

‘The Road Ahead’ taken by Jane Catchpole                                          

The Parish Office, Priors Hill, Wroughton, SN4 0RT, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am to 1.30pm

01793 812050.  office@wroughton.com  Janet is now working from home but normal hours.

Revd Phill Harrison – 01793 812301 vicar@wroughton.com

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