1st Sunday of Advent
We’re now coming to the end of lockdown mk II and from next Sunday we will be able to worship face-to-face again. We welcome the fact that the government’s Winter Plan allows places of worship to remain open at all 3 levels of the new Covid-19 tier system. However we are still waiting for detailed guidance about what this will mean at each level. Our Christmas planning may be a little less planned than usual!
Next week there will be services at 8am, 10am and 4pm in the church building. We recognise that some of you are not able to meet in person on Sunday mornings, so the 10am service in church will run in parallel with the telephone service. We recently had a camera installed in church and hope to shortly be able to replace the 12:00 Facebook service with a live-stream the 10am service (it may take us a few weeks to get to grips with the technology!). If you have younger family members then do please bring them along to Church at 4 this week for a fun interactive service. With prayers, Phill
10:00 Morning Worship – telephone conference
Phone: 03300 945 940
Room number: 60527473 # PIN: 2656 #
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
Sunday 6th December
2nd Sunday of Advent
8:00 Holy Communion (traditional language)
Preacher: Revd Phill Harrison
10:00 Holy Communion / Morning Worship in Church and on the Telephone
Preacher: Revd Phill Harrison
Intercessions: Helen Toomer
Reading: Isaiah 40. 1-11
Reader: Veronica Garside
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
A short service for families with younger children
Please note: this will take place in the Church, not the Church Hall
Attending a service in church
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 and cleaning etc. our detailed Covid-19 risk assessment is available on request.
The need for social distancing means that the capacity of the church building is limited. There is also a legal requirement for us to keep a record of everyone who attends our services for the purposes of Covid-19 track and trace. If you wish to attend a service in person then please can you book your place in advance each week. You can do this in several ways:
- On Line Booking – please follow the link to Eventbrite and select the date of the service that want to book:
4 O’Clock Service
- Telephone – phone Janet in the Church Office on 01793 812050 (Mon, Weds, Thurs, Fri mornings)
- Email – email@example.com
10am Telephone service
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.
Church at 4 next week
We will be marking the start of Advent and thinking about the Christmas story in a fun interactive service aimed at families. There will be with things to do and join in with (all in a socially distanced kind of a way of course!). The service will be a around 35 minutes long and we will meet in the church (not the church hall!).
Praying for our nation during the pandemic
The Archbishops have urged us to pray for our nation every Thursday at 6pm. If you would like to join together to pray with others then dial the usual teleconference number at 6pm: 03300 945 940; Room number 60527473 #; PIN 2656 #
Tearfund Big Quiz
Thank you everyone who joined us for the Big Quiz and everyone who gave a donation. Our grand total for the work of Tearfund is £470 which will benefit people living on the margins of society in many different countries.
Thanks from Lynn Hezlett
Lynn has asked me to pass on her thanks for all of the support that she has received from members of the church family following Martyn’s sudden death. Please continue to hold her, Ruth, Vicky and Tom in your prayers.
Parish Safeguarding Officer
Dear all, as Phill has been saying for the past couple of weeks, I have now taken over as Parish Safeguarding Officer. Janet Henderson has done the role for a number of years and is a very hard act to follow; we all owe her a lot of thanks.
What is safeguarding? In the days before we became so tied up in jargon it is simply good old fashioned looking out for each other (without being nosey of course!). We can all experience situations where something is not quite right or there are hidden issues or problems. A friendly word (not gossip!) to either the clergy, church official or myself can help. It means it can be checked out discretely and appropriately by the relevant body. Do not try and interfere yourself. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
In Christ we love one another; in Christ we care for each other. That basically is what safeguarding is all about. Mark Tubey
Message from Bishop Viv – Transforming church
We have been asked to share with you the attached letter from Bishop Viv (see: “Ad Omnes”) about important developments in the life of the Diocese of Bristol. It’s well worth viewing the video which accompanies the letter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i1QK6Wmnvo
Thank you to everyone who has been knitting angels. When you have finished please either deliver them to me at 17 Edgar Row Close or when we are able to worship in church again please leave them there. Barbara
Knitting for Mission to Seafarers.
I am still collecting hats, scarves and gloves ready to send to the Mission to Seafarers when they resume collections. If you have any completed items please either bring them to church or give me a ring and I will arrange to collect them. Also if you are not a knitter but would like to support this project you could buy balls of Double Knitting yarn (the Prospect shop sells it) and bring them up to church. The boxes for completed items and wool are near the choir vestry. Some of our house bound knitters would welcome some new supplies. Many thanks Janet Henderson 525856
Please continue to send your photo’s to me email@example.com so that I can include on the notices and service sheets. Janet
Please remember the friends and family of the late Margaret Hooper and Martin Hezlett.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
I am the Lord your God: you shall have no other gods but me.
You shall not make for yourself any idol.
You shall not dishonour the name of the Lord your God.
Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
Honour your father and mother.
You shall not commit murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not be a false witness.
You shall not covet anything which belongs to your neighbour.
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
During the day, at any time,whenever you might feel flat or come across any challenges ask immediately for help with these or other words:
‘Heavenly Father, send the Holy Spirit on me!’