2nd Sunday of Advent
We are now out of lockdown and into Advent. The rules seem to be changing all the time, but for now at least some of us can meet for worship in church. With the development of vaccines, it looks as if the end is in sight all be it some way off, so we need to continue to keep each other safe, and keep things in perspective after all it has been less than a year so far. I was surprised to read that although a fictitious figure Robinson Crusoe was on his island for 28 years, so we should have no trouble keeping the Advent hope alive for a bit longer.
Love and blessings, Barbara
10:00 Morning Worship –
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 THIS SUNDAY – Church at 4 in Church
A short service for families with younger children
Please note: this will take place in the Church, not the Church Hall
Sunday 13th December
3rd Sunday of Advent
8:00 Holy Communion (traditional language)
Preacher: Dr John Godfree
10:00 Holy Communion / Morning Worship in Church and on the Telephone
Preacher: Archdeacon Christopher Bryan
Intercessions: Janet Henderson
Reading: Isaiah 61. 1-4, 8-11
Reader: Lillian Wicks
4pm Church at 4 via Zoom join the Church at 4
group on our Facebook page for the meeting invite
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:
- Telephone – phone Janet in the Church Office on 01793 812050 (Mon, Weds, Thurs, Fri mornings)
- Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 #
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: email@example.com
In Christ we love one another; in Christ we care for each other. That basically is what safeguarding is all about. Mark Tubey
We can stop making angels now. If you have any completed angels they can be left in church or you can deliver them to 17 Edgar Row Close. If you need to have them collected call Barbara on 633024.
Eric and Sandra Woods
Some of you will remember Eric who was our vicar before Michael. Eric has asked me to let you know that he and Sandra have now moved after 27 years at Sherbourne. He was due to retire in a blaze of glory at Easter this year but in the end did not retire until 30th June and moved at the end of August.
Their new address is – 5 Hosey Road, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 1QP
email – firstname.lastname@example.org phone – 07900 682371
email – email@example.com phone – 07395 572648
They are settling well into their new home although getting to know neighbours and their new community will have to wait a while. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can include on the notices and service sheets. Janet
Please remember the friends and family of the late Margaret Hooper, Martyn Hezlett, Mary Barrett,
Margery Indge and Anthony Thomson.
Advent is a time of spiritual preparation. We get ready for the great feast of Christmas, when we welcome Emmanuel, God with us; we also prepare ourselves to be ready for the day when Jesus comes again in glory.
This Advent, you are encouraged to include the prayers below in your daily routine. You might want to print this sheet and leave it at your bedside.
When waking from sleep…
The Lord’s Prayer
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.
Upon going to bed…
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!’