8am Holy Communion (traditional language).
10am Morning Worship in Church and on YouTube (no need to book a place).
4pm Church at 4 via Zoom join the Church at 4 group on our Facebook page for the meeting invite and password.
WEDNESDAY 18th AUGUST
10am Mid-week Phone Service
Our new mid week telephone service HAS started and the sound IS much better! Everyone is welcome to join this short service.
- To join the Wednesday 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.
SUNDAY 22ND AUGUST
8am Morning Prayer (traditional language)
Preacher: Dr John Godfree
Sidespersons: Jean Reens and Christine Wrixon
10am Holy Communion in Church and on YouTube.
Preacher: Dr John Godfree
Intercessor: Janet Henderson
Reading: 1 Peter 3. 8-22
Reader: Helen Toomer
Gospel: John 14. 15-21
Sidespersons: Sally Parker and June Bradley
12.30pm Christening Service for Enna Thomas
4pm Church at 4 meeting in church. All ages welcome (no need to book a place).
WEDNESDAY 25TH AUGUST
10am Mid-week Phone Service
Please see above for dial-in details.
Live streaming the 10am service
The 10am service will be live streamed on You Tube. Please visit our YouTube Channel on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc6wnuTqXBYTixq-NpQgeLQ (or search for Wroughton and Wichelstowe Parish church) and press the ‘subscribe’ button.
Covid-19 restrictions after 19th July
On 19th July the government changed the way it is managing Covid restrictions in England. We want everyone to feel safe and comfortable in our church, so for the time being we will be continuing with the following measures:
– Face masks (these are chiefly for the protection of others)
– Social distancing for those who want to
– Regular cleaning
– Good ventilation
– Taking names as people arrive (for track and trace)
The congregation will now be able to sing! (behind masks) and you will no longer need to book a space at any of our services. The PCC has made a commitment to review these measures in September and we expect the situation to evolve.
Refreshments after 10am Service
We will once again be serving refreshments after the 10am service, cold drinks only for the time being, but coffee and tea once we are able to use the area in the North aisle.
We thought it would be a good idea for people to bring their own cups if possible. Paper cups will be available for visitors or for those who forget their cup!
Standing up for justice
Last week Sally Hunter spoke about the need to challenge unjust structures in our society and she used the example of Universal Credit. Sally writes:
As many of you may know this is the main unemployment benefit and many people who receive it find it a daily struggle to pay their bills and feed their family. During the pandemic the government increased it by £20 per week and this made a huge difference to so many families. This increase is set to end in October and so once again families will find themselves struggling to cope. I suggested we all email our MP and ask them to support keeping the increase in place.
The Trussell Trust, who run the largest network of Foodbanks across the country and who also lobby government, have set out a handy guide to action here: https://www.trusselltrust.org/keepthelifeline/#join-us this includes a tool to enable you to email your MP. You can add in details to make it relevant to your MP so that it has more of an impact, maybe listing your specific reasons for supporting keeping the increase, or letting them know that you have voted for them in the past. Remember to be polite and courteous, maybe reassuring them that you want to be a critical friend rather than a hostile enemy. I hope this is helpful as something you can do to show love to our community. Sally.
Telephone number for Chris-the-curate
Chris’ telephone line has now been installed. You can reach him on: 01793 814987. All offers of tea and cake gratefully accepted…
Church Hall roof replacement
The tender process for the replacement of the Church Hall roof and installation of solar panels is now complete and we have accepted a quote from Oakridge Construction for £54,966 to replace the main roof covering plus an additional £22,736 from GB Sol for the solar panels. We anticipate that the remaining contract for the drainage works will be awarded when the roof work is nears completion. Most of this cost has been met through a combination of two very generous gifts and the grant that we received from the Wiltshire Communities Foundation. The roof replacement secures the fabric of building and helps us with our ambition to become more environmentally sustainable, if we want to improve the internal facilities (modern and accessible toilets for example) then we will need to do some serious fundraising… Building work starts in the middle of August and will last for 8 or 9 weeks. During most of this time the Church Hall will remain open for use. Phill.
Cream Teas for the Hospice
Cream Teas & Table Top Sale, featuring the Wroughton Silver Band will take place on Saturday 4th September, 2.45pm at St Joseph’s Church in aid of the Prospect Hospice. If you have any table top, raffle prices or tombola gifts you could donate please leave with Janet at the Parish Office, Priors Hill. If you are able to help on the day please ring Anne Moss, 813318. Nearer the time I will be asking for scones! Anne Moss
Ride and Stride for Churches
This year, the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride for Churches is back and takes place on Saturday 11th September. The event raises funds for the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust, a charity involved in giving grants for the maintenance of our historic places of worship in the County.
The event takes place between 10.00 am and 6.00 pm on the Saturday and as usual, participants visit as many of the local participating Wiltshire Churches as they choose, either by cycling, walking or even on horseback! The event is sponsored, with the participant typically raising more, with the more Churches visited. The participating churches provide a wonderful range of rural and urban churches, in many architectural styles and fashions to admire.
If you would like to take part, please contact your parish organiser for the event, Mike Mason. Mike can be contacted via the office via firstname.lastname@example.org or in person. Mike can provide further details and a sponsorship form – there is also a JustGiving option available.
Macmillan Cancer Support Fundraising
On 11th September Tim Winter will be hiking 26 miles along the Wye Valley from Chepstow to Monmouth to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, because we all need help in dealing with cancer. You can donate directly to his fundraising page – https://www.justgiving.com/Friends-through-Adventure .
JustGiving sends your donation straight to Macmillan Cancer Support and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more. Alternatively, contact Tim if you want to make a donation straight to him, so that he can transfer it to his fundraising page on your behalf. Many thanks.
Eco Top Tips – practical ways to take better care of God’s creation
August – In the car
- In the car drive away immediately when starting from cold – idling to heat the engine wastes fuel and causes rapid engine wear.
- When driving the most efficient speed depends upon the car in question but is typically around 55 – 65mph, faster speeds will greatly increase your fuel consumption. Slow down and allow a little more time for journeys.
We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have, died recently Thea Gilliard and Carol Sole.
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