8am HOLY COMMUNION in Church
10am HOLY COMMUNION in Church and on YouTube
This Sunday is the 1st Sunday of the month, so we will be offering healing prayer during our 8am and 10am services. If you would like receive prayer for a physical ailment, spiritual or mental distress then please go to one of the prayer stations during communion.
12.30pm CHRISTENING SERVICE FOR ARLO, HENRY & EMILIE HILL
2pm to 4pm WARM SPACE ON SUNDAYS in the Church Hall
6pm EVENSONG in Church
Tuesday 7th March 9.00am Morning Prayer in Church
Thursday 9th March 9.00am Morning Prayer in Church
Friday 10rd March 12-12.45pm Lent Lunches at St Joseph’s Church
SUNDAY 12th MARCH 2023
8am HOLY COMMUNION in Church
Preacher: Revd Chris Hunter
Sidesperson: Alan & Christine Wrixon
10am MORNING WORSHIP in Church and on YouTube.
Preacher: Revd Chris Hunter
Intercessor: Peter Ferguson
Reading: Nehemiah 6. 1-9
Reader: Helena Thomas
Sidespersons: Tony & Julia Edmonds
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
|12 Artis Avenue
|Tuesdays at 7.30pm
|Alternate Tuesday evenings
|Wednesday evenings during term time.
|Karen & Phill Harrison
|Saturday men’s breakfast
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.
Legacy gifts – Grateful thanks
We are very grateful for legacy gifts recently received from the estates of Vincent Bush and Joyce Archer. Their gifts will be used to support the ministry and mission of the church here in Wroughton and Wichelstowe. You can find additional information about leaving a legacy on the back page of the notices.
This Sunday: Swindon Food Collective
We welcome Cher Smith from Swindon Food Collective to our 10am service this Sunday. Swindon Food Collective (AKA the ‘food bank’) is one of the local organisations that we support and a number of church members are volunteers. Cher will be telling us more about the very necessary work that the Food Collective does and the ways we can support them.
Long Covid and me
As you may know, I have been living with long covid – also known as post viral fatigue – since Easter last year. Symptoms are different for different people, but fatigue is experienced by most sufferers; this is definitely the main issue for me and it is something that affects me every day. My recovery is not linear, sometimes things go backwards. I need to be careful to manage my energy so that I can avoid cycles of boom and bust, where I do too much one day and then find I’m unable to do anything the following day. I am able to be ‘normal’ for a few hours at a time, but I need to take regular breaks and I have an afternoon nap! At the moment I am working five days a week, rather than six, and if I have an evening meeting then I am taking some time off in the morning to compensate. I’m afraid that I’m not currently able to keep up with my emails and phone messages. If you need to talk about a pastoral matter then the wider ministry team will be happy to help, as will your small group. For more practical issues, try Janet in the office or a churchwarden. Thank you for your prayers and patience. Revd. Phill
‘Electoral Roll Revision 2023
Our annual church Electoral Roll revision runs from 27 Feb to 24 April 2023. 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 on 21st May 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 in church or from the Parish Office- tel 01793 812050 or email email@example.com and completed forms should be returned to the Parish Office by 24 April.’
Update on Parks and Walcot
We are delighted that Rev Patrick (Patch) Webb has been appointed as the new rector of Parks and Walcot. Rev Patch will be licenced at St. John’s on 12th April at 7:30pm. Revd Chris is continuing to support Parks and Walcot on a part-time basis until Easter and Revd Phill will be with them on Sundays 26th Feb and 5th March. Please do hold Patch and the community at Parks and Walcot in your prayers as they prepare for this exciting next step.
Bishop Lee retirement
Bishop Lee has announced that he will retire on 30th April 2023, after 18 years as Suffragan Bishop of Swindon. We wish Lee and Liz every blessing as they move on to new beginnings.
Soup ~ Bread ~ Cheese
Tea Or Coffee
Every Friday during Lent at St Joseph’s Parish Centre, Devizes Road, Wroughton
From Friday 24th February, 12noon to 12.45pm – Donations for Christian Aid/Cafod
Summer activity day
We are planning to run a children’s activity day in the school summer holidays this year. We will be having our first planning meeting on Monday 13th March at 7.30pm at 12 Artis Avenue Wroughton. If you would like to help out at this event please join us at the meeting or speak to Hannah Wrixon or Carolyn Kirk for further information.
Thank You – Sandwich makers!
Kathy Gregory would like to thank all who made sandwiches they were very well received by the filling station.
As an Eco church we are keen to look after our local environment. We are going to do a litter pick around Wroughton on 14th March, if you’d like to join in please meet at the church hall at 2.30pm. Litter picks will be provided! We will also be meeting on 15th April at 2pm to cover the areas on the edge of the village (including Brimble and Priors Hill) where there’s often a lot of rubbish thrown from cars. We will give a reminder about that date nearer the time.
We will be holding another family activity morning on Monday 3rd April (first day of school holidays) to celebrate Easter. Keep the date in your diary as we will be asking you to provide food for lunch and to come if you can to chat to adults and help with crafts.
|Nehemiah Chapter 5 – questions for small groups and reflection
1. Should Christians be concerned about social and economic justice?
2. Should Christians focus their efforts on alleviating poverty within the church community (rather than the wider society)?
3. Read Leviticus 25. What might a Jubilee look like in our country?
4. Nehemiah sees the immediate need and addresses it. What would that look like in our context?
Mental Health First Aid Training
One in four people each year experience mental health problems. In order to help churches respond well and be more mental health friendly The Diocese of Bristol are offering Mental Health First Aid Training on 18th and 19th April 9am-5pm at St Nicholas Church, central Bristol. If you would like further information or an application form please contact: Mentalhealthfirstaid@bristoldiocese.org. We welcome applications from anyone who feels it would be helpful to have these skills in their church community.
Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Online Training
A short online course highlighting how we can recognise and respond to a concern about modern slavery or human tracking (MSHT) and how churches have an important role in raising awareness and taking action. It is available in the same place as the Basic and Foundation Safeguarding courses here: Safeguarding Training Portal (cofeportal.org)
Eco Top Tips – practical ways to take better care of God’s creation
March – Going shopping
- Make a list before you go food shopping to help avoid over impulse buying and buying food you will end up throwing away.
- Reduce your impact on the environment by buying second hand when you can. Ebay and charity shops are good sources of reused items.
Just to let you know that my day off next week will be Friday. My working hours next week will be Monday to Thursday 9am to 1.30pm. Janet, Parish Office
The Church will be floodlit on Tuesday 7th March by Ida Morton in memory of Mr William Morton.
We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have, died recently. We pray for all those who mourn the loss of a loved one.
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Gifts of Faith, Hope and Love
A lasting gift to your church……..
“The Lord loves a cheerful giver’ (2 Corinthians 9: 7)
As a Christian, and a member of this church, many of us have been giving regularly to the mission and ministry of the Parish of Wroughton & Wichelstowe. Our generosity is a response to God’s abundant grace.
A legacy or gift in your will to our church can be a final expression of your gratitude and thanksgiving towards God – and is one of the most valuable and lasting ways you can continue to support its ministry and mission.
A legacy can be left for specific or general purposes. (However, since needs change over the years, we encourage gifts to be left for the general purposes of the parish, i.e ‘unrestricted’).
No matter how large or small, your gift would be used to make a real difference, and could transform its future and help us to meet the needs of future generations.
We acknowledge gifts in whatever way you, or your executors, feel most appropriate. Equally, we can ensure gifts remain anonymous if preferred. (All gifts to charities, including churches, are tax free).
Please consider making provision for your church in your will.
For further information on how to do this, and suggested wording etc, there are leaflets on the church chest, or contact the Parish Office to have a legacy leaflet sent to you. Or to discuss a gift in a will in confidence, please contact Revd Phill, or our treasurer Nick Orman.
|“Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendour, for everything in heaven and earth is yours”.
1 Chronicles 29:11
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