The 3rd Sunday before Lent
8am HOLY COMMUNION (traditional language).
10am MORNING WORSHIP in Church and on YouTube.
12.30pm CHRISTENING SERVICE for Mia Ilona Drew
4pm CHURCH AT 4 MEETING IN THE CHURCH HALL All ages welcome.
TUESDAY 15th FEBRUARY 9.00am Morning Prayer in Church
THURSDAY 17th FEBRUARY 9.00am Morning Prayer in Church
SATURDAY 19th FEBRUARY 9.30am Breakfast Social at Hall & Woodhouse, Wichelstowe
SUNDAY 20TH FEBRUARY 2022
The 2nd Sunday before Lent
8am HOLY COMMUNION in Church
Preacher: Sally Hunter
Sidesperson: Pat Lewis and Dee Vincent
10am HOLY COMMUNION in Church and on YouTube.
Preacher: Sally Hunter
Intercessions: Janet Henderson
Reading: Revelation 4
Reader: Helena Thomas
Gospel: Luke 8. 22-25
Sidespersons: Lillian Wicks and Ross Fralley
4pm CHURCH AT 4 MEETING IN THE CHURCH HALL All ages welcome.
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.
The government recently took the decision to relax some of the legal Covid restrictions. However, levels of Covid remain high and some people continue to be vulnerable. Different people will have different attitudes to risk. Love and generosity are key principles in the way that we live together and meet as one body in Christ. To help everyone to feel comfortable and safe in church we are continuing to ask people to take these precautions:
- Please wear a mask unless medically exempt, particularly while singing. You may remove your mask to eat or drink, but please replace it afterwards.
- Please be aware of social distancing and respect the wishes of those who might need a bit more space than you do. If you want to be socially distanced then please avoid the pews in the rear of the nave.
- The church building is being regularly cleaned and ventilated.
- Please use the hand sanitiser provided.
The Children’s Society Box Opening
If you are a Children’s Society boxholder and you would like to have your box emptied, please could you let me have your box by 20th February if at all possible. I am in church most Sundays at the 10am service or you can contact me, Carolyn Kirk on 07596 001716 to arrange a time for me to collect it. Thankyou
We will be meeting to share breakfast and have some social time on Saturday 19th February at 9.30, at Hall & Woodhouse in Wichelstowe. This is a time simply to get together for conversation and laughter, so if you would like to join us, we would love to see you. If you would like to come but do not have transport, please talk to me and we will arrange lifts. Rev. Chris
Filling Station Sandwiches
Our church’s turn to supply sandwiches etc. for the Filling Station comes around on 24th February. As usual, if you can supply a loaf of sandwiches or other food as per the sign-up sheet, for the homeless in Swindon, please put your name on the sheet on the church chest and take a reminder card.
We are having pancake racing and eating on Saturday 26th February in Willow-Brook Gardens and the Church Hall starting at 11.30am. All are welcome regardless of age, but those wishing to race should bring a frying pan. Volunteers to cook and serve pancakes welcome, batter etc. will be provided. Barbara
Community Tree Planting Day in Wroughton, Saturday 26th February, 11.30am – 4pm, Meet at Maunsell Way Recreation Ground SN4 9JF. Bring a spade and wear sturdy footwear/gloves. Wroughton Girlguiding will be running a pop up café. We hope to see you there! For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the same day as our pancake races, but there will be time for you to go to this after you’ve eaten your pancakes!
I am on the Carnival committee and we would love to see a group from our Church volunteer for us. This is how Clive and I got involved originally. Volunteering can be on the field for a couple of hours or helping with the parade. The date this year is July 9th which hopefully won’t clash with ordinations as it did last year. It was a big success last year with £1000 shared between local charities. Hopefully it will be bigger and better this year and the Parade is back!. Please talk to me if you are interested, Sally Parker
The church notice board…
People often stop to glance at our church notice board as they walk past and it is… a bit dull. It doesn’t say very much about who we are or what we’re interested in and it certainly doesn’t suggest that there is any life within (or outside) the walls. It would be really good if could be better used. The key is now hanging up on a hook near the window in the church porch. Please feel free to display posters advertising community events, church activities, mission partner updates, flower arranging classes etc. etc. it would be better to have to tidy it up occasionally than to leave it empty!
Do you know someone who is thinking about getting married?
Anyone who has lived in Wroughton and Wichelstowe for at least six months at some point in their lives is entitled to get married in the parish church, whether they worship with us or not. We’d love to welcome more couples into our building and to help them to begin their married lives together in a way that puts God at the very heart of the promises they make. Spread the word.
Swindon Youth For Christ
For the past 70 years, Swindon Youth for Christ has been working to take the good news about Jesus Christ to the young people of Swindon. The methods have changed over the decades from large evangelistic rallies to work with individuals in schools or on the streets.
The Covid pandemic has brought most of the current work to a halt. The pause has provided an opportunity to review the best way to work in the future.
It has been decided that rather than SYFC working independently, but being supported by the local churches, instead the churches should lead on the work, whilst being aided and resourced by SYFC.
Locally, there are two projects taking place in Wichelstowe. One is a weekly football session for 16 and 17 year olds, and the other is part of the enrichment activities held after school at the Deanery Academy.
- For wisdom and discernment as opportunities are researched, and new ways of working put in place.
- That the teams working with young people will be enabled to share God’s love with them.
- That churches will be open to working together and with SYFC to reach young people.
Eco Top Tips – practical ways to take better care of God’s creation
February – Be informed
- Read a book to become more “carbon literate” and understand the greenhouse gas cost of your choices. Try “How Bad are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything” Mike Burners-Lee
- Do your own internet research to become more “carbon literate”: choose one item a day this week to find out what its carbon “cost” is. For example a kg of rice produces 4kg of CO2e in production or a kg of potatoes is 0.37kg CO2e.
Photos for the notices
Don’t forget you are still able to send me photos of any interesting pictures you take on your travels to put in the notices. Janet
The Church will be floodlit on Monday 14th February by Mrs Edmonds in memory of her husband, Roy on his birthday.
We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have, died recently Sandy Wharton, June Marriner and Pauline Martin. We pray for all those who mourn the loss of a loved one.
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Climate Action – Shop local, Act Global!
Give the supermarkets a miss, support local businesses and buy more sustainably……. The following suggestions have all been recommended by members of our Eco Church group…..
- Wroughton business Berkeley Farm Dairy for milk deliveries – doorstep delivery by electric vehilcle. Re-usable glass bottles, plus lots of other locally sourced food and cleaning products to buy and have delivered Home – Ten Green Bottles (10green.co.uk)
- Wroughton Country Market – for seasonal local fruit & veg (plus lots more!) Friday mornings at Ellendune Community Centre
- Three Trees Farm Shop, Chiseldon – for fruit, vegetables, meat etc; or All Seasons Fruit & Vegetables, Wootton Bassett – you can also order online and they’ll deliver. Grocery Online Shop And Deliveries Swindon | All Seasons Produce
- Pulse Wholefoods, 27 Curtis Street, Swindon – this wholefood shop is a worker’s co-operative and has been going since 1976! Runs on principles of fair trade, organic, local suppliers, less plastic & refills (zero waste) Swindon Pulse » Wholefoods Co-operative (swindon-pulse.co.uk)
- Zero Waste Shops – No packaging! Take your own containers – they all have a lovely selection of produce and gifts: The nearest are:
- ‘Packaging Not Included’ – Marlborough
- ‘Bare Bone’s – Purton
- ‘The Town Pantry’ – Wootton Bassett
- Charity Shops – for re-use of clothes, books and much more. Lots in Swindon, Marlborough & Wootton Bassett – or pop in to our Wroughton ‘Prospect Hospice’ charity shop and support the hospice
- SMOL – run on no plastic, re-use principles. Environmentally friendly washing tablets, fabric conditioner, dishwasher tablets & cleaning products. Not local, but can order online and re-order as and when you need to. Excellent products. smol | laundry detergent delivered through your letterbox (smolproducts.com)
- Loo Rolls – ‘Serious Tissues’ – buy carbon neutral toilet paper… No plastic, Made in the UK – one tree planted for every roll bought – what’s not to like! 100% recycled toilet roll – UK made | Serious Tissues
- Olio – its principles are ‘share more, waste less’. This is a food waste app. olioex.com Volunteers collect food from supermarkets and other food outlets, that would otherwise be thrown away as waste. They put what’s available on the app, and anyone can collect from the volunteer’s house. Also unwanted non-food items available to collect for free.
If anyone has other recommendations, please do let Janet in the Parish Office know,
and we’ll include in our weekly Newsletter!