22nd January 2023

Epiphany 3


8am                     HOLY COMMUNION in Church 

10am                   HOLY COMMUNION in Church and on YouTube



Tuesday 24th January                     9.00am          Morning Prayer in Church

Thursday 26th January                   9.00am          Morning Prayer in Church 



8am                     HOLY COMMUNION in Church

Preacher:            Mark Tubey

Sidesperson:       Pat Lewis and Dee Vincent

10am                   HOLY COMMUNION in Church and on YouTube.            

Preacher:            Mark Tubey

Intercessor:        John Henderson

Reading:              Hebrews 2. 14-end

Reader:               Peter Ferguson

Sidespersons:     Sally Parker and June Bradley

Small Groups

If you would like to join a small group, please contact the leaders of the groups below and find out where there is space. We would love to have everyone involved in a small group.

22 Kellsborough Avenue Mondays 10am-11.30


Lillian Wicks

Louise Bessent

12 Artis Avenue Tuesdays at 7.30pm Carolyn Kirk
Church Hall Alternate Tuesday evenings Nick Orman
The Vicarage Wednesday evenings during term time. Karen & Phill Harrison
Church Hall Saturday men’s breakfast Mike Mason


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/@WroughtonWichelstoweParChurch (or search for Wroughton and Wichelstowe Parish church) and press the ‘subscribe’ button. 

Churchyard Closure

On 14th December King Charles met with his Privy Council and made the final closure order for our churchyard (yes, it really does need an order from the King!). This means that it is no longer possible to create any new graves. However, we are still allowed to bury additional family members in existing graves (provided that there is space). We are also able to bury ashes, either in existing family plots, or in the Garden of Remembrance. There has been church on the site since Saxon times and in all probability burials have been taking place for just as long; we have reached the end of an era. Going forward, we intend to manage the site in a way that balances the needs of visitors and wildlife and we hope that it will remain popular with both.

Warm Space on Sundays in the Church Hall

From January we will be opening up the Church Hall as a Warm Space between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday afternoons. The hope is that this will provide a social place for people to drop in and chat, have a cup of tea and maybe some cake. There might be board games and jigsaws for those that want to use them, but all very informal. Everyone is welcome, regardless of how warm your home actually is and whether you are a churchgoer or not. There will be a short voluntary act of worship at 4pm, but there is no pressure or obligation to stay for this.

Phil & Sylvie Good

It was good to meet up with our Church Mission Society link partners, Phil & Sylvie Good last Tuesday and learning what they have to say regarding the Church Mission Society.

Transforming Church. Together (Diocesan strategy)

During 2021 and 2022 we have been going through a process to discern and develop the next five year vision and strategy for the Diocese of Bristol. Implementation of the strategy will bring additional support to ministers and parishes, so that both can thrive and grow. This will be paid for through our parish share, fundraising, grant giving bodies, and the National Church; the Diocese of Bristol expects to receive significant National Church investment from the start of 2023.

We are now being encouraged to review and reflect on the plans going forward; to determine what it means at parish level and to discern which elements of the strategy are relevant – and possible – in a local context. PCC will be discussing the at its January meeting. For more information, please visit: https://www.bristol.anglican.org/visionandpriorities/transforming-church/

Knitting for charities.

Thanks to those of you knitting squares for GWH’s End of Life unit. We are now sewing together a blanket in autumn colours and have already got 40 other squares -halfway to the next one. 6 inch squares in any colour DK wool are most welcome. Please do not use glittery wool and please thread the ends of your squares in.

Last week I heard from Mission to Seafarers that they can accept hats, gloves and scarves again. I have two large boxes of hats and scarves waiting since early 2020 to be sent off. If you would prefer to knit these rather than squares then now is the time to get started again. I will put some patterns in the box by the choir vestry in church. If you would like to contribute but cannot knit then donations of Double Knitting wool are always welcome. These can also be left in the box in church. Many thanks. Janet Henderson. 

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

January – In the kitchen

  1. Never put warm or hot food into the fridge or freezer as this will make the fridge work extra hard to try and keep it cold; always allow food to cool down first.
  2. Use a bowl to wash up rather than a running tap and save £25 a year in energy bills. energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-efficiency/energy-saving-quick-wins
  3. When making a cup of tea, only boil the amount of water that you need. You waste electricity (and money) heating water you won’t use. 


The Church will be floodlit on Tuesday 24th January by Paula Glass in memory of Pamela Little.


We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have, died recently John Fallows and Harold Rushden.

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

01793 812050  office@wroughton.com

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

Revd Chris HunterCurate 01793 814987 curate@wroughton.com

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