8am HOLY COMMUNION in Church
10am MORNING WORSHIP in Church and on YouTube
12.30pm CHRISTENING SERVICE FOR ELISE & EMILIA WILLIAMS
Tuesday 10th October 9.00am Morning Prayer – Vicarage
Thursday 12th October 9.00am Morning Prayer – Vicarage
Saturday 14th October 2.00pm Autumn Ramble – Meet at the Church Hall
SUNDAY 15th OCTOBER 2023
8am HOLY COMMUNION in Church
Preacher: Dr John Godfree
Sidesperson: Ron & Joan Reader
10am HOLY COMMUNION in Church and on YouTube
Preacher: Revd Phill Harrison
Intercessor: Helen Toomer
Reading: Psalm 23
Reader: Peter Jones
Altar Servers: Louise Sampson and Gillian Pitter
Sidesperson: Lillian Wicks and Ross Fralley
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.
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
|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|
Come and join our Eco Church group on an autumn walk on Saturday 14th October at 2pm, meeting at the Church Hall, Priors Hill. The walk will be no longer than 3 miles, with tea & cake after. This is a lovely opportunity to take in the autumnal beauty of our local surroundings, in good company and with time to chat.
(The leader has assured us that the route will have been planned and walked beforehand – and that there will be no nettles!!)
Replastering the church
The failing gypsum plaster on the lower half of the walls at the western end of the church was removed during lockdown in July 2020. A significant (and very expensive!) amount of work was then done on the outside of the walls replacing cement based mortar with lime mortar, which allows the wall to breathe. After waiting for the walls to dry out, and a couple of false starts with architects and builders, we are now ready to put lime plaster back on the inside. This work will take a number of months, as each layer of plaster needs drying time before the next can be applied. There will be some mess and disruption, but we’re hopeful that this work will be finished before Christmas. Replastering will cost circa £34K and will use up all of the remaining money in our church building fund. Any further work (e.g. replacing the South aisle roof, interior decoration, accessibility improvements) will require fund raising.
September is always a good time for new beginnings and assessing what we are currently doing. As a church, one of our priorities is ensuring that every member of our community feels appreciated and valued. In the gospels, Jesus always takes the time to recognise each individual, their needs and their situations, never skimming over people or overlooking them. We want to be the same.
Part of this is provided through small groups: We would love everyone to be part of a small group, where they can explore issues of faith more deeply than is possible on a Sunday morning and can engage in regular bible study alongside other Christians. We also have a pastoral visiting team, whose primary aim is to make sure people who are not able to attend worship regularly are visited and still feel included as part of the community.
If you would value being visited, or you know someone who would, please let me know. Also, if you don’t know about the pastoral visiting team or would like more information, or if you think we can improve how we think about pastoral care, I’d love to talk to you. I am always happy to have a chat about this area of our ministry, either after a Sunday service or over coffee during the week. Revd Chris
All Soul’s Evensong – Sunday 29th October at 6.00pm
All Souls Day is the day in the church year when we particularly remember, pray for, and commend to God all those who have died. At this service we will be remembering by name some of those who have died. If you would like the name of your loved one remembered in this way then please add their name to the back of church. If you prefer, you can also email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07193 812050 (9am to 1pm Mon, Weds, Thurs and Fri). All are welcome to join us for this reflective and moving service, please consider inviting anyone your know who has been affected by bereavement, whether recently or in the past. Tea and coffee will be served after the service.
Join in the mission – Pumpkin Party – Saturday 28th October
On Saturday 28th October from 11.30am to 1.30pm we will be having a Pumpkin Party in the Church Hall. This is a family event for the village as an alternative to Halloween and the organisers need more people to make it work. There will be crafts, games and food. All the craft and games will be set up but we need people to oversee them and we need people in the kitchen to set out food make drinks and wash up. No special skills are needed but a willingness to chat would be good. There is a sign-up list in church and nearer the time we will be asking for volunteers to supply some of the food. Barbara
Coming soon to Wells Cathedral: eight million stitches expressing God’s love!
‘Threads through Creation’ is an astonishing, uplifting bible-based textile art exhibition, on show from 17th October to 27th November at Wells Cathedral.
(Some of your parishioners may have seen it at Bath Abbey early in the year. Now it’s reaching Wells on its national tour of twenty cathedrals. Many people will be keen to see it again and bring friends.)
It consists of twelve beautiful silk panels re-imagining the story of creation from the bible. They’re huge – nearly 3m high and up to nearly 4m wide. It appeals to people of all ages and backgrounds, and is very family friendly.
You’ve read Genesis in black and white: now see the story in glorious colour, dramatic and complex designs – truly breathtaking. You’ve never seen anything like it. It’s one of the largest textile art projects by a single artist, ever. It took Christian artist Jacqui Parkinson three years – and eight million stitches! A number of churches have used it as an opportunity for a highly enjoyable group visit. This can create a lovely focus for a group of churches, maybe in the same benefice or town, maybe different denominations as a Churches Together initiative. (We can also provide some study materials). It can also – importantly – bring in people at the edges of the church. See www.wellscathedral.org.uk
Admission to the cathedral is by recommended donation: full price £8; concessions (11-18, 65+, students) £7; under 10s free; family £20; reductions on groups See more at www.creation-threads.co.uk
Mike Awre and Family – Thank you
Mike & family would like to say a big thank you for the numerous messages of condolence and sympathy which they have received since Bridget’s death on the 6th September. They also thank you for supporting them at Bridget’s Service of Thanksgiving on 2nd October. It was a very special day and one they will long remember.
Filling Station – Thank You
“A huge thank you from the Filling Station for your wonderfully generous harvest gifts. They are already making a huge difference to what we can provide to our clients on the street. Thank you once again.”
Harvest gifts – it’s not too late!
If you didn’t have the opportunity to bring harvest gifts for the Filling Station to church last week (or even if you did) you can still make a big difference to some of the most deprived people in our town by making a cash donation: Cheques to “the Filling Station (Swindon)”, cash in an envelope clearly marked ‘Filling Station’ or bank transfer to: Sort code 40-52-40 Acct. No. 00011788. Gift aid forms are available on request.
Mission to Seafarers knitting
I have had a message from Mission to Seafarers asking for more knitted hats as the weather gets colder. There is lots of spare wool and some patterns in the box by the choir vestry if you would like to get knitting. Many thanks Janet Henderson 525856
Brighter Futures blankets.
Here are photos of the two blankets delivered to the End of Life unit at GWH recently. Also six beautiful baby blankets for the Neonatal unit at GWH. Many thanks to all who have contributed knitted or crocheted squares for the large blankets. Please remember that they should be DK wool with no glitter. 15 cm or 6 inches square and have the ends sewn in please. More squares always welcome – there is DK wool in the box in church. For details about baby blankets please contact me. Janet Henderson 01793 525856.
Eco Top Tips – practical ways to take better care of God’s creation
October – Keeping Warm
- Make sure you close your curtains when it gets dark to stop heat escaping.
- Get draft proof to stop loosing heat. Professional draught-proofing of windows, doors and blocking cracks in floors and skirting boards can cost around £200, but can save around £25 a year on energy bills. DIY draught proofing can be much cheaper. Installing a chimney draught excluder could save around £15 a year as well. energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-efficiency/energy-saving-quick-wins
We are still having problems with the floodlighting due to a electrical fault. We are unable to take any floodlighting requests until this has been rectified. We will let you know when this has been sorted.
We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have, died recently Bridget Awre. We pray for all those who mourn the loss of a loved one.
Just to let you know that I have changed my day off to Friday this week. If you have anything for the notices please let me have them by Wednesday. Many thanks Janet Burchell
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