26th September 2021

Trinity 17

Creation – Sky


8am                    MORNING PRAYER traditional language). 

10am                   HOLY COMMUNION in Church and on YouTube (no need to book a place).

4pm                     CHURCH AT 4 MEETING IN CHURCH –  All ages welcome (no need to book a place).   


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.

Wednesday Telephone Service

As there has been a very low response to this service we have decided that Wednesday the 29th September will be the last service.  We will continue to review how we could provide a midweek service in the future.


Trinity 18

Creation – Mountain


8am                      HOLY COMMUNION (traditional language)

Preacher:             Revd Phill Harrison

Sidespersons:     Pat Lewis and Dee Vincent

10am                    HOLY COMMUNION in Church and on YouTube.

Preacher:            Revd Phill Harrison

Intercessor:        Peter Ferguson

Reading:              Isaiah 65. 17-25

Reader:               Alan Gregory

Gospel:                Mark 16. 14-18

Sidespersons:     Mike & Bridget Awre

4pm                     CHURCH AT 4 MEETING IN CHURCH –  All ages welcome (no need to book a place). 

6pm                      EVENSONG

Preacher:            Dr John Godfree

Intercessor:        Janet Henderson

1st Reading:        Joel 2. 21-27

2nd Reading:        Matthew 6. 25-33

Sidespersons:     Tony & Julia Edmond

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 update – social distancing

Many of us are becoming used to being in situations where strict social distancing rules have been relaxed and would welcome the chance to sit a bit closer to friends in church. We would like to take a cautious approach to easing social distancing measures, not least because there are still plenty of people who aren’t yet ready to take this step. We have therefore designated the rear section of the nave as an area where social distancing is no longer required, with social distancing remaining in place in the rest of the church.

If you want to be socially distanced then please avoid the pews in the rear of the nave.

Martina Lewis’ announcement

We are delighted to be able to announce that Martina has been selected for ordination training. Martina is being sponsored by Bristol Diocese and has started a two year course at Sarum College in Salisbury. All being well, she will be ordained Deacon in July 2023. The shape of Martina’s ministry will change as she prepares for ordination and to mark this transition the Diocese have asked that she sets aside her current role as a Licenced Lay Minister. Martina will symbolically lay-down her blue Lay Minister’s scarf at the 10am service on Sunday 26th September.

Solar panels!

It is very exciting to see the long awaited solar panels being fixed to the Church Hall roof. But you have to look very closely to spot them… Our panels are designed to look almost exactly like natural slates (which they do) and rather than being attached to the top of the roof they are part of the roof covering itself. They aren’t generating electricity quite yet though, there is some electrical work to be done during October half-term. This is a big step forwards in making our building more sustainable by reducing our carbon footprint.

Schools update

  • Our newest school, The Kingfisher Church of England Academy, opened its doors to its first pupils on Thursday 2nd A small class of 15 small children successfully dealt with both their first ever day at school, as well as around 100 grown-ups all being excited by the official opening, which was led by Bishop Viv. The school will grow one year group at a time, with the size of each intake being set by Swindon Borough Council. Numbers will grow as the houses are built.
  • The Deanery School continues to grow and we now have three year groups out of an eventual 7 (including sixth-form). We are currently running Youth Alpha as part of after-school enrichment. This is a series of sessions designed to help young people to engage in conversations about faith. Please pray that we will be able to have open and honest conversations and that we will be able to help some of these young people to discover Jesus for themselves.

You may have noticed the name ‘Wichelstowe Trinity Learning Campus’ being used. This is the name for the whole site used by the two schools, including the sports facilities. The shared name reflects the two schools share facilities, and in some cases staff as well. There is also a single governance structure (Academy Council) that looks after both schools.

Harvest festival

We will be celebrating our harvest festival next Sunday, 3rd October. As usual, we will be collecting food and toiletries I support of the Filling Station (see the list on the back page). The Filling Station is  a mobile kitchen that sets up in a car park in central Swindon every Thursday. The team supports 50 homeless people or those at risk of homelessness each week. They serve soup, hot and cold drinks, hotdogs, sandwiches and a variety of cakes and biscuits, while building relationships and just talking to the people who come along. They also hand out a ‘care package’ which contains a variety of basic essentials ranging from toothbrushes to blankets.

Hot drinks at 10am!

We are now serving tea and coffee after the 10am service. Please bring your own cup if possible and try to avoid crowding the serving table (social distancing is still a good idea!).


I am hoping to do at least one Traidcraft table before Christmas. This will mainly be to sell Christmas cards. If you would like other items from Traidcraft please look at their website and pass on your orders to me.

Living in Love and Faith

The Living in Love and Faith course will be running in the Church Hall for six weeks from 12th October (7:30-9pm). The course sets out to inspire people to think more deeply about what it means to be human and to live in love and faith with one another.  It tackles the tough questions and the divisions among Christians about what it means to be holy in a society in which understandings and practices of gender, sexuality and marriage continue to change.  The course is open to the wider Swindon Deanery and will have an external facilitator. This is an important time for the Church of England’s mission, please consider taking part. Please visit https://bit.ly/SwinLLF for more details of what you can expect if you take part in a course and how to sign up.

Flowers for Harvest

The Church Flower Guild will be decorating the church for Harvest and would be grateful for any garden flowers such as Chrysanthemums, Dahlias, Michaelmas Daisies, Asters, or any other flowers please. Buckets will be left in the porch for donations of flowers on Wednesday 29th September  and we will be decorating the church on Thursday 30th and Friday 1st. 

Join the Coffee Team

Would any of you lovely people like to join the coffee team? At the moment we have three couples and two ladies on standby. If we have another couple it would mean doing the coffees once a month. It’s always been a wonderful way of catching up with people and meeting new ones,a tribute to David Penfound . The wonderful Sue Day provides us with some delicious cakes. Please speak to Sally Parker if you would like to help.

‘Songs from the Heart’ Concert – (all proceeds to Prospect Hospice)

A concert, ‘Songs from the Heart’  will take place on Sunday 10th October, 2.30pm & 6.30pm at The Deanery CE Academy, Peglars Way, Swindon, SN1 7DA.  Britian’s Got Talent semi-finalist Dennis DeMille supported by 41o Big Band, local choirs Songbids, Guys & Dolls and students from the Ridgeway School.

Tickets £5.00 now on sale www.ticketsource.co.uk   

Swindon Youth for Christ

Swindon Youth for Christ are involved in two activities in Wichelstowe, to meet with young people there. One is a weekly football session to meet with 16-17 year olds and provide opportunity to talk about their lives. The other is at the Deanery Academy, where they work with local churches to run a Youth  Alpha group as one of the school’s enrichment options.

Please pray that these different activities will be effective at giving the team opportunities to share God’s love with the young people they meet.

Eco Top Tips – practical ways to take better care of God’s creation

September – Lighting your home

Turn your lights off when you’re not using them. If you switch a light off for just a few seconds, you will save more energy than it takes for the light to start up again, regardless of the type of light. www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-efficiency/energy-saving-quick-wins 

and finally…

The following exchange occurred at a recent wedding:

Vicar:     A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T man and wife V W X Y Z

Groom: Why did you say that?

Vicar:    Because I now pronounce u ‘man and wife’ 


On Sunday 26th September by Angela Little in memory of Robin Little so sadly missed always in my heart.                                                                       


We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have, died recently Sylvia Bungay (formerly Cook),  Eric James. Doreen Evans and Jillian Powell. We pray for all those who mourn the loss of a loved one.

Parish Office

The Office will be closed next week on  Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th September.

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

01793 812050  office@wroughton.com  Revd Phill Harrison – Vicar 01793 812301 vicar@wroughton.com

Revd Chris HunterCurate 01793 814987 curate@wroughton.com  Church Twitter Account – @WroughtonWichel

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feeding the hungry on the streets                                                                                                                

Registered Charity No 1072429



Please put yourself in the position of a person sleeping on the streets, or living in a bedsit with limited, if any, cooking facilities. Consider whether it can be eaten from the can, heated simply, and opened easily (ring pull)

Peaches or Fruit       

Baked Beans with sausage

Rice Pudding

Tuna Chunks

Corned Beef / Tinned Ham


Baked Beans / Spaghetti / Ravioli

(NOT, tinned tomato or any other vegetable, or tinned pies.

Please think ”Can I eat it now!)


The life style of most of the clients is such that they need everything, every week. Surprisingly, soap is one thing we don’t need, as there is limited access to water to use it, and the toilets they use supply it anyway! Again we have listed some suggestions. Small and many is better than big, as they will get lost quickly!


Roll-on Deodorant


Shaving Cream

Loo Rolls

Household Candles