27th February 2022

Sunday before Lent


8am                     MORNING PRAYER (traditional language).

10am                   HOLY COMMUNION in Church and on YouTube.

4pm                     CHURCH AT 4 MEETING IN THE CHURCH HALL All ages welcome.



TUESDAY 1st MARCH                    9.00am   Morning Prayer in Church

WEDNESDAY 2nd MARCH           7.30pm   Ash Wednesday Service in Church

Ash Wednesday Service 7:30pm pm 2nd March

We will be offering ashes during this short but moving service at the start of the season of Lent. Lent is a time of spiritual preparation for the great feast of Easter, the core of our Christian faith. Ashes are an ancient symbol of penitence; from the middle ages it became the custom to begin Lent by being marked in ash with the sign of the cross. 

THURSDAY 3rd MARCH        9.00am   Morning Prayer in Church

                                                        11.00am   Funeral Service in Church for the late Charles Greening

FRIDAY 4th MARCH              11.00am   Funeral Service in Church for the late Joan Gordon




8am                     HOLY COMMUNION in Church

                             Preacher:            Revd Barbara Abrey

                             Sidesperson:       Ron & Joan Reader            

10am                   HOLY COMMUNION in Church and on YouTube.

                             Preacher:            Revd Phill Harrison

                             Intercessions:     Helen Toomer

                             Reading:              Genesis 17. 1-7

               Reader:               Veronica Garside

                             Sidespersons:     Rose Humphries and Pat Herring

4pm                     CHURCH AT 4 MEETING IN THE CHURCH HALL All ages welcome.

6pm                     EVENSONG in Church

                             Preacher:            Mark Tubey

                             Intercessions:     Dr John Godfree

                             Reading:              Jonah 3

              Reader:               Jean Ford

                             Sidespersons:     Sylvia Woodward and Pat Brown

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.


We have come to realise that there are some ‘church’ activities going on that many of us know nothing about. If you run some sort of church group then please let Janet know so that dates can go into the newsletter diary and

people looking to join something or to volunteer know who to contact.  Feel free to ask Janet to put notices in the newsletter at any time.  Barbara

Lent course

Some people think that vocation, or spiritual calling, is just for special people… but God calls us all to live our lives shaped and directed by his call. Our Lent course this year explores the meaning of vocation for everyone. It will help us to embark on an adventure with God – a journey through life in which we make a contribution to the world around us. Whether we are 9 or 99, God calls us to follow him and make a difference in his world.

We will be running the course in small groups at various times throughout the week, beginning from Monday 7th March. Please SIGN UP for the small group that suits you best, either using the sign-up sheet at the back of church or by emailing Janet in the church office (office@wroughton.com). Groups will meet weekly for 5 weeks:

Monday at 10am (11 St John’s Road)

Tuesday 7:30pm (Church Hall)

Tuesday 7:30pm (12 Artis Ave)

Wednesday 11am (49 Perry’s Lane)

Wednesday 7:30pm (The Vicarage)

Electoral Roll Revision 2022

We are approaching the time of our annual Electoral Roll revision (27 Feb to 25 April 2022).  The roll is open to anyone over 16 years old, who is baptised and is either resident in the parish or who regularly attends our services. Being on the roll allows you to attend and vote at the Annual Meeting and, if you are not resident in the parish it gives you certain rights otherwise only given to residents. If you regularly attend our services and are not already on the roll, we would like to encourage you to join the electoral roll. Application forms are available from the Parish Office- tel 01793 812050 or email office@wroughton.com. If for any reason you attend our services, but do not feel able to be on the electoral roll please would you complete just page 1 of the form and return it so we have your consent to hold your details so we can keep in touch with you. All completed forms to be returned to the Parish Office by 25 April.

Pancake Races

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

Tree Planting

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 projects@wroughton.gov.uk

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!


Will be on March 10th please come along and feel free to invite members of the community. Invites to give out are at the back of the church and also one on the back of the notices.  We would love to invite anyone that contributes in any way to our community.  From the lady that leads a knitting group to the Mayor.  Most of us will be part of a group or club and we would very much like to welcome a representative at our next LET’S CHAT session. Thank you for your support.  Martina & the LET’S Team

Art Exbition

There will be an Art Exhibition at the Church Hall on Saturday 2nd April (11am-3pm) celebrating the theme of “People, Animals and Planet” and raising money for CMS. The aim is to encourage members of our local community to share and demonstrate our artistic talent whilst raising money for a worthwhile cause. There is a nominal display fee for exhibitors of £2 (under 16s £1) with free admittance for those submitting entries.

Could you produce any art, photography, poetry or sculpture to explore this deliberately broad, inclusive and contemporary theme?

Entry forms are available from the Church and Church Office and the event will of course be open to all on the day.


I have several Christian books now surplus to requirements which are in a box in the South aisle near the refreshments table. If you would like any of them, please help yourself.  Margaret Penfound

Coffee Team – Thank You

Thank you so much to the people who have come forward to help the coffee team. It makes such a difference to us and allows for more flexibility should anyone be off sick or on holiday. It also means we are on the rota once every five weeks instead of one in three.  Sally Parker

Lent Lunches

Soup ~ Bread ~ Cheese

Tea Or Coffee

Every Friday during Lent at St Joseph’s Parish Centre, Devizes Road, Wroughton

From Friday 4th March, 12noon to 1.00pm – Donations for Christian Aid/Cafod

Everyone Welcome

Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade fortnight is with us from February 21st. You will find offers on Fairtrade goods in some of the supermarkets. Traidcraft have a new catalogue and although I won’t be doing a table at Church please feel free to order through me and I will deliver your items to you.   Sally Parker

Be a Brighter Futures Blanketeer.

Here  are the latest blankets which I’ve made from selected scarves ( originally made for Mission to Seafarers). One in shades of red, blue and purple; one in greens and navy and one in reds and browns. Please keep making 6inch squares. We have two more blankets being assembled from squares at the moment, which is wonderful. Thank you. Janet Henderson Tel 535856 

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.

Suggestions in response to ‘Shop Local, Act Global’ ….(thank you Jane!)

Some supermarkets (including Waitrose) let you take your own containers for the deli, cheese, meat and fish counters. Use muslin or cotton bags for loose fruit and vegetables (try and buy loose instead of plastic covered) ….. Sainsburys are currently selling muslin bags for 30p each 🙂

Many supermarkets will take back packaging that can’t generally be recycled ….. and Tesco have very good recycling outlets for crisp packets, all sorts of plastics etc.  Do lobby your supermarket to ‘do better’ if you think there’s an area they can improve on….


The Church will be floodlit on Saturday 26th February by Judith Wharton in memory of Sandy Wharton.


We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have, died recently Joan Gordon and Charles Greening.

We pray for all those who mourn the loss of a loved one.

The Parish Office, Priors Hill, Wroughton,

SN4 0RT Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am to 1.30pm. Closed Tuesdays. 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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