Chris Hunter, our new curate, joins us today. In more normal times we would celebrate with cake and perhaps some fizz after the 10am service, however that still isn’t possible (although the rules on this may be changing soon…). In lieu of this, we will mark the occasion by going outside to sing some hymns at the end of the 10am service. There will then be an opportunity for people to say a socially distanced “hello” and to welcome him in person.
8:00 Holy Communion in Church (traditional language).
10am Holy Communion / Morning Worship in Church and on the Telephone and YouTube. The need for social distancing means that the capacity of the church building is limited, so if attending in person you will need to book your space (details below
4pm Church at 4 meeting in church. All ages welcome. The need for social distancing means that the capacity of the church building is limited so you will need to book your space (details below) The booking link for church at 4 is: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/church-at-4-a-contemporary-all-age-service-tickets-155616010677?aff=ebdsoporgprofile
Sunday 18th July 2021
8:00 Holy Communion (traditional language)
Preacher: Revd Phill Harrison
Sidespersons: Jean Reens and Christine Wrixon
10:00 Holy Communion / Morning Worship in Church and on the Telephone and YouTube. The need for social distancing means that the capacity of the church building is limited, so if attending in person you will need to book your space (details below
Preacher: Revd Phill Harrison
Intercessor: Janet Henderson
Reading: Ephesians 6. 11-14
Reader: Tiffany Weighell
Sidespersons: Alan & Kathy Gregory
4pm Church at 4 via Zoom join the Church at 4 group on our Facebook page for the meeting invite and password.
Booking for Church Services
The need for social distancing means that the capacity of the church building is limited. If you wish to attend the 10am or Church at 4 services in person then you will need to book your place in advance each week. You can do this in two ways:
- On Line Booking – please follow the link to Eventbrite and select the date of the service that want to book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/1000-am-sunday-service-at-wroughton-wichelstowe-parish-church-tickets-121970305467
- Telephone – if you can’t use the online booking then please phone Janet Burchell, Church Administrator, 01793 812050 during office hours – Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri – 9am to 2pm.
There is no need to book if you are attending the 8am or 6pm services, but you will need to sign-in for Covid track and trace purposes Please make sure that 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.
10am Telephone service
The Sunday 10am telephone service will continue until 18th July (see the update on this below), 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.
Live streaming the 10am service
The 10am service will be live streamed on You Tube. As well as getting video, the sound quality should be better than the phone. However, unlike the telephone option, you will not be able to interact with other people or to be heard in the service. We don’t recommend trying to use both You Tube and the phone at the same time as this could cause an echo on the phone line, there is also a delay of about 30 seconds which is very off-putting. Please visit our YouTube Channel on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc6wnuTqXBYTixq-NpQgeLQ and press the ‘subscribe’ button.
Welcome to the Hunter family!
Chris was ordained deacon in Bristol Cathedral on 4th July. We are delighted to welcome Chris, Sally and their family to our parish and we look forward to getting to know them over the months ahead. Chris will be ‘read-in’ in this Sunday as he officially begins his ministry with us. Sally is herself a Licenced Lay Minister and we will look at transferring her licence here when the process allows. Chris can be contacted by email on: firstname.lastname@example.org Please pray for them as they settle into their new home. Please also pray for school and nursery places to become available locally (and for Swindon Borough Council to be a little bit more helpful).
Message from Chris Mattock – Hospital Chaplain
We are grateful to Rev Chris Mattock, Lead Chaplain at the Great Western Hospital, for his help with our ‘NHS Thank you Day’ service last week. If you would like to hear his message again then it can be found on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x538PGkJYI8
Our Telephone Service
We have been having a few technical challenges with connecting the telephone service to the 10am service in church and we’re aware that music really doesn’t sound good when compressed down a telephone wire. With Covid-19 restrictions expected to end after 19th July, we anticipate being able to have more music in church, which will be a good experience for those who are physically present, but probably not for those on the telephone. After discussing the challenges with the telephone congregation two weeks ago, the time now feels right for the service in church and the Telephone Service to go their separate ways. The last 10am telephone service will therefore be on Sunday 18th July. We recognise that the Telephone Service meets a need for those people who find it difficult to get to church, or who just aren’t ready to return yet. We are therefore going to trial a new mid-week telephone service at 10am on Wednesday mornings. The new mid-week service will begin on Wednesday 21st July.
Full Choral Evensong in Wroughton Church sung by the RSCM
Royal School of Church Music Voices West is rehearsing in Wroughton Church on Saturday 24th July. Subject to any changes in COVID regulations before then they will sing a full cathedral-style Choral Evensong at 3.30pm to which all are invited. No booking needed. For further info telephone John on 525856.
Community Engagement Meeting
We will have a real meeting on Thursday 14th July at 7.30 in the garden of 17 Edgar Row Close.
LAST CHANCE – Your Parish Church – moving forward survey
As we begin to look beyond the pandemic, we need to consider how we might move forward as a church. We are seeking to discern the direction that God wants us to take; we will do this through prayer and reflection and by consulting with church members and our wider parish community. Please take a few minutes to complete the short ‘moving forward’ survey (7 questions). The survey is available via email and on Facebook (search for ‘Wroughton and Wichelstowe Parish Church’). Paper copies can also be found at the back of church. Please return you survey before the 11th of July to the Parish Office or the box provided at the back of the church. Email responses can also be sent to: email@example.com
Forging Connections Monthly Prayers
Thursday 15th July 13:00-13:30 (the Third Thursday of each month). The prayers are hosted by Forging Connections and the hope is that Christians from all over Swindon will join together to unite and pray for the town and the surrounding region. The Prayers are open to anyone with a heart for Swindon and a desire to see God’s Kingdom Come. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/99160785935?pwd=M2ZnZ1BvMWtOQ0hsT0d4TkFzRStaQT09
(Meeting ID: 991 6078 5935; Passcode: 378539)
Churches count on nature…
Our Church at 4 nature survey last week recorded 51 plant species, plus 25 types of tree and whole host of birds and invertebrates in just 20 minutes! Looks like our churchyard is a bit of a biodiversity hotspot.
Hand Made Bags on Church Chest:
There is a small collection of lovely bags on the church chest, that have kindly been made by a member of our church. Please have a look and do take one if you’d like one – they would make a nice gift. There’s a suggested donation of £5 for church funds, which can be placed in the offertory plate, or in the locked wall safe to the left of the south (main) door. If the demand is there, I’ve been told more can be made available! Many thanks, Helena
Art and Poetry Trail 1st-8th August
We wish to join in the trail both at church and at the church hall, but we need your ideas. Do you have a favourite piece of poetry, or a psalm you would like us to use, or do you have a piece of art that could safely be left in the churchyard? Perhaps you could make some art out of recycled objects? Please let me have your ideas, we may not be able to use them all, but tell me anyway. Barbara (tel.633024)
Knitting for Charity
The Mission to Seafarers is unable to accept any hats or scarves at the moment so please put your knitting of these garments on hold for the time being. If you would like to get involved in a local project you could be a Brighter Futures Blanketeer. The Brighter Futures charity at Great Western Hospital is asking for people to knit or crochet 6 inch (15cm) squares and thread in the wool tails. These will be assembled into 5ft by 4ft blankets for end of life patients. You may wish to assemble your own blanket in which case you are asked to add a butterfly to it and gently wash it before it gets passed to the hospital. Alternatively either myself or a friend of mine are happy to assemble your squares into blankets so you can leave any completed squares (with the wool tails sewn in and washed please) in the usual box by the choir vestry in church. Many thanks Janet Henderson 525856.
Eco Top Tips – practical ways to take better care of God’s creation
July – Your electrical appliances
Take your phone charger out of the socket when not in use. It uses energy even when it’s not charging your phone.
We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have, died recently Joyce Pounder, James Scanlan,
Jean Sidwell, John Ing, Peter Orman and Betty Hall.
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So how do we do this contemplative prayer thing?
Let me start by saying there are many ways, none right or wrong but this is one example of a way in.
When you are starting out you will need to practice and putting aside a specific time and place will help.
- Find a quiet place to be.
- Sit in a comfortable upright chair, feet on the ground and hands loosely on your lap.
- Try to relax, breathing evenly and use an image of God, or a picture of creation (a tree, some flowers) or a lit candle to focus on. If you have a beautiful garden use that as your focus. You may want to close your eyes. Then choose a small piece of scripture to bring back your attention when it wanders, and it will. You may just want to repeat the name ‘Jesus’, or ‘my peace I give to you’ nothing too long.
- Then just sit comfortably and repeat your scripture in time with your breathing and as you practice over time you will be able to concentrate for longer and you may find that the focus and the word are less important and you will slip into the presence of God.
Start with perhaps 10 mins a day and gradually extend to 30 mins. It may take weeks or months but as with all prayer persistence is good.
When you are practiced you will be able to slip into God’s presence at many different times and places.
The more you use this method of prayer the more you will be in tune with the mind of God and your other prayers will be more in line with his will.