8th October 2017

 

Sunday 8th October 2017

Trinity 17

A Prayer for Children

Loving God, your Son told his disciples to become like little children. Lead us to work for the welfare and protection of all young people. May we respect their dignity that they may flourish in life, following the example of the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Today

8.00am     Holy Communion

10.00am    Parish Communion

4.00pm     Church at 4

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 8th October

Monday 9th October

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

10.00am       Bible Study – 11 St John Road

Tuesday 10th October

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery

7.45pm        Wichelstowe planning meeting with The Stowe

Wednesday 11th October

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Parish Office

7.30pm        Baptism Preparation – 49 Perrys Lane

Thursday 12th October

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station         – Paul & Hazel

Friday 13th October

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice – Church

7.00pm        115 Club

Saturday 14th October

Dates for your diary

Ladies who Lunch

Change of date – Thursday 19th October at 12.30pm at the The Blue Boar at Aldbourne.

Christmas Ladies Who Lunch

Ladies who Lunch Christmas lunch is on  Monday 18th December at 12.30pm at the Baker’s, Badbury

Sunday 15th October 2017

Harvest and Thanksgiving Service

Breakfast available from 8.45 am

9.30am       Parish Communion

Servers         Jean Ford and Louise Sampson

Sidespeople: Lillian Wicks and Ross Fralley

11.45am     Baptism for Tao Phanweises and Eleanor Pentelow

3.00pm       Maasai Dancers – Church

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Patricia Wilkinson, Maddie Rogers, Kate Orman, Anne Middleton and Keith Lambert on their birthdays during the coming week.

Floodlighting

The Church was floodlit on Thursday 5th October by Mrs Edmonds in memory of her husband, Roy Edmonds; on Friday 13th October by Patricia Bevan in memory of her husband, John Edward Bevan.

Small group Would you be interested in meeting in a small group for Bible study, discussion and fellowship? A new group, led by Sadie Wells, will be meeting on alternate Tuesdays from 10 October, 12 Artis Avenue at 7.30pm. Please either speak to Sadie or to Carolyn Kirk for more details or add your name to the sign up sheet on the church chest.

Youth Group

Our monthly youth small group meets on the first Sunday of the month 6.30-8.30pm in the Parish Hall– if you know anyone between 11 and 18 who might enjoy meeting for fun, food and space to think about important questions then do talk to Ruth Orman or Nicola for more info about inviting them.

Harvest- 15th October Our Harvest and Thanksgiving service on 15th October is an all-together service for all congregations to celebrate God’s generosity. We’ll begin at 9.30am, but join us for a harvest breakfast from 8.45am. Our harvest donations will be going to The Filling Station to help those homeless on the streets in Swindon. Pick up a leaflet about suggested items.

Maasai dancers In the afternoon of 15th October we’ll be joined by the Osiligi Troupe of Maasai warriors from Kenya for a mix of dancing and music. It promises to be fun for all ages-invite your friends and neighbours! Flyers and invitations to give out are available. Please could you bake/bring cakes for the Maasai dancers on October 15th, we are hoping for lots of visitors and are serving tea and cakes. Please bring your offerings to Church Thank you.

All Souls Evensong 6.00 pm Sunday 5th November

On All Souls Day the church remembers and gives thanks for the lives of those who we have known and loved; we will be doing this at our All Souls Evensong. If there is someone that you would like to be remembered the prayers on that day, please fill in their name on the form in church or email office@wroughton.com and we will be pleased to remember and pray for them on that day.

PCC News– Vacancy Update and Stewardship

The PCC has met on two occasions recently. Much of the time was spent discussing the paperwork required in order to advertise for a new Vicar.  The good news is that this has now been agreed and the Job is now being advertised.

Please pray that the person God is calling to this post will apply. Copies of the Application pack are on the church chest (in the Baptistry) and can also be downloaded from the Vacancies section of the Bristol of Diocese website  – do take a look!

At our last meeting the PCC also considered the draft budget for 2018. Unfortunately, this news is not as good as, once more our income is likely to drop because donors have died or moved away.  At the moment (before we have received the pledges for next year’s giving) it looks like not only will we be unable to make any grants to other charities in 2018 or make a transfer to the fabric fund but in addition we will have to cuts in other areas of our ministry.

As we strive to continue growing in our mission and ministry as a church, our giving needs to grow too! You’ll see from the ‘giving guide’ leaflet that even those on a smaller income really can make a difference- and those of us who have more have a greater opportunity to be generous. Please consider this in your prayers. Please also consider signing up for the Parish Giving Scheme if you currently give by standing order– it will mean very little change for you, but will save the church many hours in admin. We’d love as many of your completed stewardship leaflets returned by our Harvest celebrations next Sunday.

Confirmation/Refresher Course

We are hoping to run a short course in October/November for those thinking about confirmation and those who would like to refresh their knowledge of basic Christianity. It would be great if a few more experienced Christians could join us too to help the discussions along. If you are at all interested please talk to Barbara or Nicola.

Diocesan Newsletter

The new diocesan newsletter is available to take away with you. Please help yourself to find out what is going on around the diocese.

Healing meeting – The next healing meeting will be at 15 Beaufort Road , Wroughton, SN4 9 HQ on Monday 16th October at 4pm. Anyone interested in the planning of healing services/healing on the streets are most welcome.  Carolyn Perry 813823

Bristol Diocese- Draft Pastoral Scheme

There is a legal notice in the church porch publicising a draft Pastoral Scheme for changes to the existing parish of West Swindon & the Lydiards and creating two new parishes of North West Swindon & Lydiard Millicent and West Swindon & Lydiard Tregoze. It affects us in a small way as the scheme includes some minor changes to our own parish boundary by tidying up a couple of historical anomalies as shown on the plan displayed in the porch. This has already been approved by the PCC in March 2017 but representations can be made to the Church Commissioners following the guidance on the notice. The closing date is 9 October 2017. For further information please see Helen Toomer, PCC Secretary.

Christmas Knitting Angels and Stars

As our yarn bombing was such a success last Christmas we thought we would repeat it again this year. So it is time to start knitting again. Please make more of the angels we made last year, or if you can find a pattern we would like to add some stars this year. If you don’t knit well why not try making stars from fabric, as long as they are not too big and are stiff enough to look good when we put them out.  Any questions to Barbara.

Cancerninjas.com

I walked the half shine in 4hrs 50mins, still trying to catch up on sleep. Thank you for your prayers and support , I will be collecting sponsor money until end of October should still want to donate. Jean Ford

Tearfund

Over the next two months we shall be asking for your prayers for the work of Tearfund (The Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund). Their aims:

We’re Christians committed to following Jesus where the need is greatest. God has called us to serve those living in poverty, regardless of race, gender, nationality or religious belief.

We know the gospel has the power to transform lives and heal communities, we see this truth in our work every day. God isn’t giving up on the poor, neither are we. 

Tearfund is working in many countries alongside local groups to alleviate poverty and suffering. Please pray:

  • For their workers in areas of conflict such as Syria, Afghanistan, Darfur and the Democratic Republic of Congo who are providing shelter, food and emergency supplies.
  • For those helping to build peace in areas such as Nigeria.
  • For the staff at headquarters to have wisdom and discernment in distributing funds and people where they are most needed.

This week please also pray for:-

  • Tearfund
  • The Residents of Stirling Road and Falklands Road
  • Open the Book at East Wichel School
  • Harvest talks at Schools and Preschools
  • The Filling Station
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Brian Allen, David Garrett, Josie Kenny, Wilfred Robinson, Susan Guest. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.

 

 

 

 

24th September 2017

 

Sunday 24th September

Trinity 15

A Prayer for Children

Loving God, your Son told his disciples to become like little children. Lead us to work for the welfare and protection of all young people. May we respect their dignity that they may flourish in life, following the example of the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Today

8.00am     Holy Communion

10.00am    Parish Communion

4.00pm     Church at 4

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 24th September

Monday 25th September

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

10.00am       Bible Study – 11 St John Road

7.30pm        Churches Together in Wroughton Meeting – St Josephs

7.30pm        Mission Matters

Tuesday 26th September

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

2.00pm        Renewal of Vows of Robert & Karen Palfrey

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery

Wednesday 27th September

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Parish Office

1.00pm        Funeral Service for Barbara Collins

7.30pm        Wichelstowe Planning Group – 49 Perrys Lane

Thursday 28th September

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station         – Tony & Tracy

Friday 29th September

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

10.30am       Funeral Service for Wilfred Robinson

3.00pm        Burial of Tristao Jose Saldanha

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice – Church

7.00pm        115 Club

Saturday 30th September

9.30am to 12.30am Preaching Training – Church Hall

Dates for your diary

Christmas Ladies Who Lunch

Ladies who Lunch Christmas lunch is on  Monday 18th December at 12.30pm at the Baker’s, Badbury

Sunday 1st October 2017

Trinity 16

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Mark Tubey

Sidespeople: Jean Reens and Christine Wrixon

10.00am     Parish Communion

Preacher:      Mark Tubey

Intercessor:  Dr John Godfree

Reading:       James 5: 13-18

Reader:        Carol Gibbon

Gospel:         Matthew 8: 5-10; 13-16

Servers         Kathy Gregory and Andrew Kirk

Sidespeople: Sherralyn Gower and Sean Woodfield

4.00pm       Church at 4

Led by:         Paul Woolley

6.00pm       Evensong

Preacher:      Dr John Godfree

Intercessor:  Margaret Penfound

1st Reading: Ezekiel 37: 15-end

Reader:        Sophie Houlton

2ne Reading: 1 John 2: 22-end

Reader:        Sarah Ruck

Servers         Gillian Pitter

Sidespeople: Maddie and Duncan Rogers

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Denis Sansum who celebrates his birthday during the coming week.

 

Floodlighting

The Church will be floodlit on Tuesday 26th September by Angela Little in loving memory of Robin Little.

PCC News– Vacancy Update and Stewardship

The PCC has met on two occasions recently. Much of the time was spent discussing the paperwork required in order to advertise for a new Vicar.  The good news is that this has now been agreed and the Job is now advertised on the Diocesan Website.  It will also be in next week’s Church Times.  Please pray that the person God is calling to this post will apply.

At our last meeting the PCC also considered the draft budget for 2018. Unfortunately, this news is not as good as, once more our income is likely to drop because donors have died or moved away.  At the moment (before we have received the pledges for next year’s giving) it looks like not only will we be unable to make any grants to other charities in 2018 or make a transfer to the fabric fund but in addition we will have to cuts in other areas of our ministry.

As we strive to continue growing in our mission and ministry as a church, our giving needs to grow too! You’ll see from the ‘giving guide’ leaflet that even those on a smaller income really can make a difference- and those of us who have more have a greater opportunity to be generous. Please consider this in your prayers. Please also consider signing up for the Parish Giving Scheme if you currently give by standing order– it will mean very little change for you, but will save the church many hours in admin. We’d love as many of your completed stewardship leaflets returned by our Harvest celebrations on 15th October.

Confirmation/Refresher Course

We are hoping to run a short course in October/November for those thinking about confirmation and those who would like to refresh their knowledge of basic Christianity. It would be great if a few more experienced Christians could join us too to help the discussions along. If you are at all interested please talk to Barbara or Nicola.

Letter from Bishop Mike:

The Rt Revd Mike Hill, retires as Bishop of Bristol on 30 September 2017. He has written a final letter to parishes in the Diocese of Bristol, calling for churches to pray for, equip and release a new generation of workers to lead our churches. Copies of this letter are on the church chest –please do take a copy to read. The letter can also be found on the Diocese of Bristol website.

Your views about the next Bishop of Bristol

The Diocesan Vacancy in See Committee is consulting across the Diocese to inform the Statement of Needs for the next Bishop of Bristol and want to hear from as many and as broad a range of people as possible.

You can submit your views online through the online questionnaire or attend one of the open meetings held across the Deaneries for you to pray, discuss and share your views. You do not have to be part of a particular Deanery to attend; each one is open to anyone from across the Diocese. The most local to us is:

Toothill Church, West Swindon on Thu 5 Oct – 7.30pm

Harvest- 15th October Our Harvest and Thanksgiving service on 15th October is an all-together service for all congregations to celebrate God’s generosity. We’ll begin at 9.30am, but join us for a harvest breakfast from 8.45am. Our harvest donations will be going to The Filling Station to help those homeless on the streets in Swindon. Pick up a leaflet about suggested items. Maasai dancers In the afternoon of 15th October we’ll be joined by the Osiligi Troupe of Maasai warriors from Kenya for a mix of dancing and music. Fun for all ages- invite your friends and neighbours! Flyers and invitations to give out are available.

Small group Would you be interested in meeting in a small group for Bible study, discussion and fellowship? A new group, led by Sadie Wells, will be meeting on alternate Tuesdays from 10 October, 12 Artis Avenue at 7.30pm. Please either speak to Sadie or to Carolyn Kirk for more details or add your name to the sign up sheet on the church chest.

Bristol Diocese- Draft Pastoral Scheme

There is a legal notice in the church porch publicising a draft Pastoral Scheme for changes to the existing parish of West Swindon & the Lydiards and creating two new parishes of North West Swindon & Lydiard Millicent and West Swindon & Lydiard Tregoze. It affects us in a small way as the scheme includes some minor changes to our own parish boundary by tidying up a couple of historical anomalies as shown on the plan displayed in the porch. This has already been approved by the PCC in March 2017 but representations can be made to the Church Commissioners following the guidance on the notice. The closing date is 9 October 2017. For further information please see Helen Toomer, PCC Secretary.

Christmas Knitting Angels and Stars

As our yarn bombing was such a success last Christmas we thought we would repeat it again this year. So it is time to start knitting again. Please make more of the angels we made last year, or if you can find a pattern we would like to add some stars this year. If you don’t knit well why not try making stars from fabric, as long as they are not too big and are stiff enough to look good when we put them out.  Any questions to Barbara.

Quiz Night

Can’t wait for the next church quiz night? Now you can satisfy that craving by coming to the Harbour Project’s Quiz Night on Saturday, 7th October at St Joseph’s Catholic college in Swindon. Tickets are £10 per person which includes fish and chips from the famous York Road chippie! (There’s a vegetarian alternative if you prefer). You will to only be having a very enjoyable evening but also helping to raise funds to help asylum seekers and refugees. Please speak to Margaret Penfound if you would like to come.

 CHURCH IN THE WIDER WORLD

Tearfund

Over the next two months we shall be asking for your prayers for the work of Tearfund (The Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund). Their aims:

We’re Christians committed to following Jesus where the need is greatest. God has called us to serve those living in poverty, regardless of race, gender, nationality or religious belief.

We know the gospel has the power to transform lives and heal communities, we see this truth in our work every day. God isn’t giving up on the poor, neither are we. 

Tearfund is working in many countries alongside local groups to alleviate poverty and suffering. Please pray:

  • For their workers in areas of conflict such as Syria, Afghanistan, Darfur and the Democratic Republic of Congo who are providing shelter, food and emergency supplies.
  • For those helping to build peace in areas such as Nigeria.
  • For the staff at headquarters to have wisdom and discernment in distributing funds and people where they are most needed.

This week please also pray for:-

  • For all those affected by the devastating earth quake in Mexico
  • The Residents of St John Road and Parsloes Close
  • Those who have taken part in the Cancer Research UK Shine London Evening Walk in memory of Sharon Horlock
  • Wichelstowe Planning Group as they meet this week
  • Those leading and attending the Preaching Training Day
  • Robert & Karen Palfrey as they renew their wedding vows in Church
  • Tearfund
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Wilfred Robinson, Susan Guest, Tristao Jose Saldanha, Peter Jones, Barbara Collins and Harry Bartlett. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.

 

10th September 2017

 

Sunday 10th September

Stewardship Sunday

Trinity 13

A prayer for God’s guidance

Almighty Lord and everlasting God, we ask you to direct, sanctify and govern both our hearts and bodies in the ways of your laws and the works of your commandments; that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be  preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Today

8.00am     Holy Communion

10.00am    Parish Communion

4.00pm     Church at 4

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 10th September

Monday 11th September

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

10.00am       Bible Study – 11 St John Road

11.00am       Funeral Service for Margaret Reeder

Tuesday 12th September

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery

7.00pm        C1 Safeguarding Training – Church

7.30pm        Wider Chapter Mtg – St Leonards, Blunsdon

Wednesday 13th September

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Parish Office

Thursday 14th September

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

11.00am       Funeral Service for Gerald Harris

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station         – Joan & Neil

Friday 15th September

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice – Church

7.00pm        115 Club

Saturday 16th September

2.00pm        Late Summer Picnic – Willow Brook Gardens

Dates for your diary

Ladies Who Lunch 

Tuesday 19th September at 12.30pm at The Bell at Purton Stoke. Please note change of day.

Christmas Ladies Who Lunch

Ladies who Lunch Christmas lunch is on  Monday 18th December at 12.30pm at the Baker’s, Badbury

Sunday 17th September 2017

Trinity 14

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Revd Barbara Abrey

Sidespeople: Gillian Pitter and Sally Speller

10.00am     Parish Communion

Preacher:      Revd Barbara Abrey

Intercessor:  Cheryl Hawkins

Reading:       Ephiasians 2. 12-22

Reader:        Carol Gibbon

Gospel:         Luke 11. 5-13

Servers         Jeam Ford and Cheryl Hawkins

Sidespeople: Mike & Bridget Awre

11.45am     Baptism Service for Alfie Spiers

                   and Sebastian Barkham

4.00pm       Church at 4 – Mossy Church

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Sheila Downton, Ann Stone and Thomas Ward who celebrate their birthday during the coming week.

Floodlighting

The Church was floodlit on Friday 8th September by Pam & Jack Gower in memory of their son, Terry Gower. Loved and remembered every day;

On Saturday 9th September by Sally Dowden in memory of her father, Gordon Newman on his birthday;

On Tuesday 12th September by Sharon Hawkins in memory of her Mum, Ann Hawkins.

Today – Stewardship Sunday

Clare Fussell (Diocesan Giving and Resources Advisor) will be coming to preach at our 10am Stewardship Sunday service on 10th September. We will be giving out leaflets at all services that day asking you to think about how you might pray, give and serve over the coming year. There are many ways in which you can make a difference!

Confirmation

We are hoping to run a short course in the Autumn to explore confirmation. If that’s something that you might be interested in, please talk to Barbara or Nicola

Letter from Bishop Mike:

The Rt Revd Mike Hill, retires as Bishop of Bristol on 30 September 2017. He has written a final letter to parishes in the Diocese of Bristol, calling for churches to pray for, equip and release a new generation of workers to lead our churches. Copies of this letter are on the church chest –please do take a copy to read. The letter can also be found on the Diocese of Bristol website.

The Children’s Society Collection Boxes

I’m collecting boxes for opening and counting and would like to send proceeds to The children’s society by 22/9/17. If you have a box that needs emptying please bring it to me at church at the 10am service, bring it to 12 Artis Avenue or call me on 07596001716 and I’ll be happy to collect from you.

Late Summer Picnic- 16th September The Late Summer Picnic is next Saturday 2-5pm at Willow Brook Gardens…we’ll be organising some pirate- themed children’s activities and, as always, would love volunteers to help! Please speak to Nicola if you can help for all or part of the afternoon.

Pirate Mossy Church- 17th September Mossy Church next Sunday will be an opportunity to get out your best pirate gear! We’ll be thinking about what makes something a treasure and discovering why it’s important to remember… Invite any budding pirates you know!

Harvest- 15th October Our Harvest and Thanksgiving service on 15th October is an all-together service for all congregations to celebrate God’s generosity. We’ll begin at 9.30am, but join us for a harvest breakfast from 8.45am. Our harvest donations will be going to The Filling Station to help those homeless on the streets in Swindon. Pick up a leaflet about suggested items. Maasai dancers In the afternoon of 15th October we’ll be joined by the Osiligi Troupe of Maasai warriors from Kenya for a mix of dancing and music. Fun for all ages- invite your friends and neighbours! Flyers and invitations to give out are available.

Vacancy Update:

Our ‘paperwork group’ (a small group of PCC members) is currently hard at work putting together the documentation which will inform potential candidates about our Parish and the skills, knowledge and experience we’re looking for in a vicar to lead us in the future. The PCC will meet with the Archdeacon in September to sign off the paperwork, and the post will be advertised at the end of September. Assuming we have a good number of applicants, a shortlist will be drawn up in October The shortlisted candidates will then visit Wroughton & Wichelstowe Parish in November (with their families if applicable) to meet with our church community, and be shown around the Parish. Interviews will take place the next day. The Archdeacon (Christine Froude) and our Area Dean (Clive Deverell) will be on the selection panel – along with our nominated parish representatives as selected by the PCC – Nick Orman and Paul Woolley.

We’re blessed to have Nicola & Barbara & our Lay Ministers to lead us in worship, and are very grateful to all those who continue to help out in any way, and particularly those who have taken on new responsibilities to maintain the day-to-day running of the Parish.  Do ask the clergy or Churchwardens (Helena Thomas & Mike Awre) if you have any questions or concerns about the Vacancy process or the daily life of the church.

Bristol Diocese- Draft Pastoral Scheme

There is a legal notice in the church porch publicising a draft Pastoral Scheme for changes to the existing parish of West Swindon & the Lydiards and creating two new parishes of North West Swindon & Lydiard Millicent and West Swindon & Lydiard Tregoze. It affects us in a small way as the scheme includes some minor changes to our own parish boundary by tidying up a couple of historical anomalies as shown on the plan displayed in the porch. This has already been approved by the PCC in March 2017 but representations can be made to the Church Commissioners following the guidance on the notice. The closing date is 9 October 2017. For further information please see Helen Toomer, PCC Secretary.

Quiz Night

Can’t wait for the next church quiz night? Now you can satisfy that craving by coming to the Harbour Project’s Quiz Night on Saturday, 7th October at St Joseph’s Catholic college in Swindon. Tickets are £10 per person which includes fish and chips from the famous York Road chippie! (There’s a vegetarian alternative if you prefer). You will to only be having a very enjoyable evening but also helping to raise funds to help asylum seekers and refugees. Please speak to Margaret Penfound if you would like to come.

Message from Rosemary Horlock

CANCER RESEARCH UK Shine London Evening Walk 23 September 2017. This is an evening half marathon WALK starting at 19:30 and ending about midnight. Mike Horlock and his Cancer Ninjas have organised a large team entry of 100+ and have some unexpected last minute places now available again. There will also be an optional return coach with various stops including Wroughton/Wootton Bassett to make it simple & fun to join in. Some of you have held Mike and then his late wife Sharon in your prayers. If you feel you would like to join the Cancer Ninjas team, please contact Mike asap on mike@cancerninjas.com for more information. Our own Jean Ford is taking part in this event. Please support her by prayer or sponsor the old fashion way! Jean will have the sponsor form with her in Church for the next few weeks.

CHURCH IN THE WIDER WORLD

Tearfund

Over the next two months we shall be asking for your prayers for the work of Tearfund (The Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund). Their aims:

We’re Christians committed to following Jesus where the need is greatest. God has called us to serve those living in poverty, regardless of race, gender, nationality or religious belief.

We know the gospel has the power to transform lives and heal communities, we see this truth in our work every day. God isn’t giving up on the poor, neither are we. 

Tearfund is working in many countries alongside local groups to alleviate poverty and suffering. Please pray:

  • For their workers in areas of conflict such as Syria, Afghanistan, Darfur and the Democratic Republic of Congo who are providing shelter, food and emergency supplies.
  • For those helping to build peace in areas such as Nigeria.
  • For the staff at headquarters to have wisdom and discernment in distributing funds and people where they are most needed.

This week please also pray for:-

  • The Residents of St Andrew Close and Whittingham Road
  • For the families of Sebastian Barkham and Alfie Spiers who will be baptised next Sunday
  • Those who are organising the late Summer Picnic at Willow Brook Gardens
  • Staff and Patients at the Prospect Hospice
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Harry Bartlett, Margaret Reeder, Allen Hoare, David Brown, Gerald Harris and Pat Leach. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.

 

20th August 2017

WELCOME TO OUR ENEWSLETTER

Sunday 20th August

Trinity 10

Today

8.00am     Holy Communion

10.00am    Parish Communion

11.45am     Baptism Service for Etta Woodfield

4.00pm     Church at 4

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 20th August

Monday 21st August

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

Tuesday 22nd August

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery

Wednesday 23rd August

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Parish Office

Thursday 24th August

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station         – Sarah Jane and Sherralyn

Friday 25th August

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice – Church

Saturday 26th August

9.30am         Healing on the Streets – Ellendune Centre

Dates for your diary

Harvest and Thanksgiving service

October 15th 9.30am

There will be a joint service in the morning for all congregations to give thanks for God’s goodness over the past year and celebrate Harvest together at 9.30am. In the afternoon we will be joined by Masaai dancers!

Christmas Ladies Who Lunch

Ladies who Lunch Christmas lunch is on  Monday 18th December at 12.30pm at the Baker’s, Badbury

Sunday 27th August 2017

Trinity 11

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Mark Tubey

Sidespeople: Jean Reens and Christine Wrixon

10.00am     Parish Communion

Preacher:      Mark Tubey

Intercessor:  Dr John Henderson

Reading:       2 Timothy 3. 14-17

Reader:        Keith Bassett

Gospel:        Matthew 7. 24-29

Servers         Cheryl Hawkins and Jean Ford

Sidespeople: Alan & Kathy Gregory

4.00pm       Church at 4

Leader:         Ruth Orman

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Stella Ellis, Carol Gibbon, Ann Smith, Teresa Townsend, Roxanne Woodfield and Edward Winter who celebrate their birthday during the week.

Floodlighting

The church will be floodlit on Wednesday 23rd August by John Kibble in memory of his wife Jacqueline Kibble.

Stewardship Sunday

Clare Fussell (Diocesan Giving and Resources Advisor) will be coming to preach at our 10am Stewardship Sunday service on 10th September. We will be giving out leaflets at all services that day asking you to think about how you might pray, give and serve over the coming year. There are many ways in which you can make a difference!

Fillng Station

Our church will be providing sandwiches etc. for the homeless in Swindon on Thursday, 31st August. If you are willing to donate a loaf of sandwiches or other food item, please sign the list on the church chest and a take reminder slip. Items need to be delivered to 11 St John Road by 5.30 p.m. on 31st.  Thank you.

Egg Boxes

Thanks for all your cardboard contributions for Holiday Club- we now need egg boxes for our next Mossy Church! Please save and bring into church for 10th September.

Vacancy Update:

Our ‘paperwork group’ (a small group of PCC members) is currently hard at work putting together the documentation which will inform potential candidates about our Parish and the skills, knowledge and experience we’re looking for in a vicar to lead us in the future. The PCC will meet with the Archdeacon in September to sign off the paperwork, and the post will be advertised at the end of September. Assuming we have a good number of applicants, a shortlist will be drawn up in October The shortlisted candidates will then visit Wroughton & Wichelstowe Parish in November (with their families if applicable) to meet with our church community, and be shown around the Parish. Interviews will take place the next day. The Archdeacon (Christine Froude) and our Area Dean (Clive Deverell) will be on the selection panel – along with our nominated parish representatives as selected by the PCC – Nick Orman and Paul Woolley.

We’re blessed to have Nicola & Barbara & our Lay Ministers to lead us in worship, and are very grateful to all those who continue to help out in any way, and particularly those who have taken on new responsibilities to maintain the day-to-day running of the Parish.  Do ask the clergy or Churchwardens (Helena Thomas & Mike Awre) if you have any questions or concerns about the Vacancy process or the daily life of the church.

Confirmation

We are hoping to run a short course in the Autumn to explore confirmation. If that’s something that you might be interested in, please talk to Barbara or Nicola

Message from Rosemary Horlock

CANCER RESEARCH UK Shine London Evening Walk 23 September 2017. This is an evening half marathon WALK starting at 19:30 and ending about midnight. Mike Horlock and his Cancer Ninjas have organised a large team entry of 100+ and have some unexpected last minute places now available again. There will also be an optional return coach with various stops including Wroughton/Wootton Bassett to make it simple & fun to join in. Some of you have held Mike and then his late wife Sharon in your prayers. If you feel you would like to join the Cancer Ninjas team, please contact Mike asap on mike@cancerninjas.com for more information. Our own Jean Ford is taking part in this event. Please support her by prayer or sponsor the old fashion way! Jean will have the sponsor form with her in Church for the next few weeks.

Food for free

A message from Talis Kimberley-Fairbourn (local Wroughton parish councillor)…

‘Just to let you know about something that Tracey at the Ellendune Centre is doing- in order to reduce food waste and put unsellable-but-edible food in the hands of those who need it, she’s got an agreement with Tesco going and has a table in the hall with food waiting for folks who could use it to come and claim- no filling in forms, just go and pick it up. Please spread the word to those who might need it…food for free, at the Ellendune, for folks who could use it’

‘Mega Makers’ Holiday Club

Thank you to all the leaders and helpers who helped to make this year another success! We’ve all learned something new about how wide and long and high and deep God’s love for us is… and we’ve had fun playing games, listening to stories, making all kinds of things and spending time with our friends.

Late Summer Picnic– 16th September

Vision for Wroughton are looking for a few volunteers to help them in running the afternoon event… contact Brian Tildesley at secretaryv4w@yahoo.co.uk

This year’s Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust Cycle Ride and Stride is scheduled for Saturday, 9th September. The event is a chance to raised sponsorship funds by visiting as many local Churches in the Bristol Diocese (or an adjoining Diocese for that matter!), either by bike, foot or horse. Participating churches are open between 10 am and 6 pm. Funds raised go towards the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust, a registered charity that helps fund repairs and maintenance on the County’s church buildings where needed. Having done the event many times in the past, it can be both a very interesting and inspiring day and brings you into contact with other local Christians as well as visiting some interesting and beautiful places of Christian worship.

To find out more about getting a sponsorship form/JustGiving details, please contact local parish event organiser, Mike Mason, on Swindon 632574 or email: masonmj@ntlworld.com.

CHURCH IN THE WIDER WORLD

Mission to Seafarers

Throughout a long and distinguished history, The Mission to Seafarers has grown to become one of the largest port-based welfare operators in the world, providing a service in around 200 ports, 365 days a year, across 50 countries. International Headquarters (IHQ) in London supports over 70 frontline staff and around 100 Honorary Chaplains in addition to an army of Volunteers, who visit ships, offer hospitality, drive minibuses and engage in a range of other welfare activity.

Our vision is to operate a network where seafarers are valued and cared for in the ports where the need is greatest. We are determined to be in the right ports with the right resources offering support which is relevant, compassionate and life enhancing.

Please Pray:

  • For the IHQ staff in London to be efficient and caring in their administrative work
  • For the chaplains based all over the world be able to bring spiritual as well as practical support to many seafarers
  • For the volunteers to give generously of their time and skills in helping seafarers cope with long spells away from home.

 

This week please also pray for:-

  • Mission to Seafarers
  • The Residents of Saville Crescent and Nocton Road
  • All those awaiting exam results and those who have received their A Level results and are seeking placements.
  • Patients and staff at Great Western Hospital
  • Patients and Staff at Moormead Nursing Home, Wroughton
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Raymond Gough and John Beale. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.

Creating Connections

Prayer Update- Summer 2017

Engaging younger generations

We went in for a final ‘Open the Book’ assembly and   leaver’s assembly for Yr 6 children at East Wichel Primary. Please pray:

  • for children, parents and school staff during their summer holidays
  • for those who will be anxious about moving to a new school or getting exam results
  • for the building work needed to make the Parish Hall a better facility for the Pre-school

Other Parish news

Vacancy

Please pray:

  • for those putting our Parish Profile together
  • for those who are keeping things up and running in the meantime!

Weddings-Gregory Vaughan and Frances Callaby (9th Sept)

Baptisms- Etta Woodfield (today)

Sunday 6th & 13th August

Sunday 6th & 13th August

Transfiguration 

A Summer Blessing

May you walk with God this summer in whatever you do and wherever you go.

May you talk to God this summer every day and in every situation.

May you talk with God every day. Amen 

Today

8.00am     Holy Communion

10.00am    Parish Communion

4.00pm     Church at 4

6.00pm     Evensong

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 6th August

The Parish Office will be closed this week and will reopen on Monday 14th August

Monday 7th August

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

8.00pm        Tea and Talk – 43 Savill Crescent

Tuesday 8th August

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery

Wednesday 9th August

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Parish Office

Thursday 10th August

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station         – Paul & Hazel

Friday 11th August

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

12.00 noon   Funeral Service for Ivy Axford

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice – Church

Saturday 12th August

9.30am         Healing on the Streets – Ellendune Centre

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 13th August

Monday 14th August

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm        Standing Committee Meeting

Tuesday 15th August

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

12.30pm       Ladies who Lunch – Royal Oak, High Street, Marlborough

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery

7.30pm        Listening Post – Church

Wednesday 16th August

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Parish Office

Thursday 17th August

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station         – Carol & Tricia

Friday 18th August

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice – Church

Saturday 19th August

Dates for your diary

Harvest and Thanksgiving service

October 15th 9.30am

There will be a joint service in the morning for all congregations to give thanks for God’s goodness over the past year and celebrate Harvest together at 9.30am. In the afternoon we will be joined by Masaai dancers!

Christmas Ladies Who Lunch

Ladies who Lunch Christmas lunch is on  Monday 18th December at 12.30pm at the Baker’s, Badbury

Sunday 13th August 2017

Trinity 9

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Revd Nicola Such

Sidespeople: Gillian Pitter and Sally Speller

10.00am     Parish Communion

Preacher:      Revd Nicola Such

Intercessor:  Janet Henderson

Reading:       Hebrews 12. 18-24

Reader:        Janet Henderson

Gospel:        John 4. 13-26

Servers         Alan Gregory and Kathy Gregory

Sidespeople: Sally Parker and June Bradley

4.00pm       Church at 4– Mossy Church

Leader:         Holiday Club Leaders

Sunday 20th August 2017

Trinity 10

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Revd Barbara Abrey

Sidespeople: Pat Lewis and Dee Vincent

10.00am     Parish Communion

Preacher:      Revd Barbara Abrey

Intercessor:  Helen Toomer

Reading:       Psalm 51

Reader:        Dr John Henderson

Gospel:        Luke 18. 9-14

Servers         Gillian Pitter and Kathy Gregory

Sidespeople: Lillian Wicks and Ross Fralley

11.45am     Baptism Service for Etta Woodfield

4.00pm       Church at 4

Leader:         Holiday Club Leaders

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Ann Richards, Joyce Pounder, Anne Fisher, Diane Robins, Margaret Parsons, Jack Gower, Sam Johnson, Helena Thomas, Edna Cripps, Ruth Orman, Dee Vincent and John Henderson who celebrate their birthdays during the next 2 weeks.

Floodlighting

The Church will be floodlit on Monday 7th August by June & Mel Jackson and family in memory of Gwen Moody on her 100th birthday.

Vacancy & Parish Review

We are now in our period of ‘vacancy’. In the interim our team of Nicola & Barbara, Lay Ministers, Churchwardens and the PCC will lead us in worship and the running of our church.  We are being supported through this transition process by the Diocese, and particularly by George Rendell. George met with the PCC last Tuesday when Parish Representatives who will be a part of the interview process and a Paperwork Group who will put together our Parish Profile were agreed. Our next meeting with the Archdeacon will be in September. Do ask the clergy or Churchwardens (Helena Thomas & Mike Awre) if you have any questions or concerns.  The PCC will keep you informed as we go through the transition.

Mega Makers! Holiday Club

Planning is well under way and we need your help. Firstly we need your prayers for the leaders, their planning and for the children who will come. Secondly we will be making machines and models and need you to collect clean boxes (especially Kellogg’s), tubs, tubes etc. If you have any large boxes that would be especially helpful. Please bring them to Church before the week begins!

Food for free

A message from Talis Kimberley-Fairbourn (local Wroughton parish councillor)… ‘Just to let you know about something that Tracey at the Ellendune Centre is doing- in order to reduce food waste and put unsellable-but-edible food in the hands of those who need it, she’s got an agreement with Tesco going and has a table in the hall with food waiting for folks who could use it to come and claim- no filling in forms, just go and pick it up. Please spread the word to those who might need it…food for free, at the Ellendune, for folks who could use it’

Prayer Update

I’m often excited by what God is doing in and through us as a church community, but I realise that it’s not always easy to share the various things that are happening. In order to help this, and to encourage each of us to keep praying for God’s work, an update will either be sent out by email to those who subscribe to our e-newsletter or appear in parts on our printed copy. Do pray and be encouraged!   Nicola 

CHURCH IN THE WIDER WORLD 

Mission to Seafarers

Throughout a long and distinguished history, The Mission to Seafarers has grown to become one of the largest port-based welfare operators in the world, providing a service in around 200 ports, 365 days a year, across 50 countries. International Headquarters (IHQ) in London supports over 70 frontline staff and around 100 Honorary Chaplains in addition to an army of Volunteers, who visit ships, offer hospitality, drive minibuses and engage in a range of other welfare activity.

Our vision is to operate a network where seafarers are valued and cared for in the ports where the need is greatest. We are determined to be in the right ports with the right resources offering support which is relevant, compassionate and life enhancing.

Please Pray:

    • For the IHQ staff in London to be efficient and caring in their administrative work
  • For the chaplains based all over the world be able to bring spiritual as well as practical support to many seafarers
  • For the volunteers to give generously of their time and skills in helping seafarers cope with long spells away from home.

 

This week please also pray for:-

  • Mission to Seafarers
  • The Residents of Roberts Close and Headley Close
  • Emergency Services at this time
  • Those preparing for this year’s Holiday Club
  • Uniformed organisations as they go on their annual Camps
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially John Beale, Ivy Axford, Maureen Ball, Mary Johnson and Ronald Butcher. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.

Creating Connections

Prayer Update- Summer 2017

Connecting with our community- work in Middle Wichel

We continue to be involved in the formation of the new C of E secondary school ‘The Deanery’ and have had fruitful conversations as we explore partnerships with Swindon Borough Council and The Stowe Baptist Church.

Please pray:

  • giving thanks for a positive conversation with The Stowe about opportunities for us to work together and pray for further meetings
  • for God’s vision for our work in Middle Wichel- that we would do a few things well
  • for our congregations to catch that vision and for people to discern whether God is calling them to be involved

Making disciples and growing leaders

  • Pray for Cheryl Hawkins as she begins her training as an ordinand through STETS at Sarum College, Salisbury in September and for Teresa Townsend as she goes into her final year at Cuddesdon and decisions are made about her curacy