31st January 2016

Sunday 31st January 2016

Candlemas

A PRAYER FOR EVERYDAY

O God, who meets us, who finds us at our places of work, in our homes and communities; Holy God, who disturbs us and turns the ordinary into the extraordinary; Living God, who calls us to find you and hear your voice in the ordinariness of our daily living, help us, move in the power of your Spirit, to make places of our work into places of your glory. Amen                                                    The Methodist Church

Today

8.00am     Holy Communion

10.00am    Parish Communion

4.00pm     Church at 4 – Church Hall

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 31st January

Monday 1st February

8.30am         Holy Communion – Church

10.00am       Bible Study Group – 11 St John Road

Tuesday 2nd February

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

12.00           Funeral Service for Joyce Little – Church

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery – Parish Office

7.30pm        PCC Meeting – Church

Wednesday 3rd February

8.30am                  Morning Prayer – Parish Office

10.00am                Holy Communion – St Joseph’

7.30pm                  Confirmation Group – Vicarage

Thursday 4th February

8.30am                  Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm                  Choir Practice – Church

8.00pm                  Passion Play Open Meeting – Legge House

Filling Station         – Sarah Jane & Sherralyn

Friday 5th February

8.50am                  Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm                  Bellringers Practice – Church

7.00pm                  115 Club – Church Hall

Saturday 6th February

Forthcoming Events

Pancake Races

Tuesday 16th February, 11am at Willow Gardens followed by pancakes in the Church Hall

Holiday Club

Monday 15th August to Friday 19th August – Church Hall

Sunday 7th February 2016

Sunday before Lent

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Revd Nicola Such

Sidesmen:     Alan & Christine Wrixon

10.00am    Parish Communion

Preacher:      Tracy Mason

Intercessor:  Helen Toomer

Reading:       2 Corinthians 3: 12-4:2

Reader:        Ann Stone

Servers:        Gillian Pitter and Alan Gregory

Sidesmen:     David & Mary Evans

4.00pm       Church at 4

Led by:         Tracy Mason

6.00pm      Evensong

Preacher:      Revd Barbara Abrey

Intercessor:  Margaret Penfound

1st Reading: Exodus 3: 1-6

Reader:        Malcolm Morrison

2nd Reading:          John 12: 27-36a

Reader:        Sarah Ruck

Servers:        David Bathe

Sidesmen:     Tony & Julie Edmonds

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Tim Winter, Robert Evans and Ann New

who celebrate their birthdays during the coming week.

Rose Rogers on placement We welcome Rose from the parish of Parks and Walcot this Sunday who will be spending a month working alongside us as she explores her own calling. Rose will be taking part in different ways during Sunday services and on weekdays will be visiting home groups, care homes and schools during her time with us. Do have a chat with her!

Lent groups

This year the Wroughton Passion Play provides us with the opportunity of witnessing a dramatic retelling of the events leading towards Jesus’ death for ourselves. As we journey with the main players, we will hear their response to what is unfolding before them, with sections taken from Stephen Cottrell’s book ‘The Nail’. These meditations will be our starting point as we spend time together looking at some of the key characters and at our own response to Jesus during our Lent studies. Lent groups will start during the week beginning 15th February and run for 5 sessions- please sign up if you are interested…

Lent complines

There will be a short reflective service of compline each Thursday during Lent- from 6.30pm- around 7pm at church beginning on February 18th. Each week we will be focusing on a different spiritual discipline, including prayer and meditation, worship, fasting, Bible study, simplicity and service.

Confirmation Group – next meeting Wed 3rd Feb

Our Confirmation preparation group for adults meets on Wednesdays from 7.30pm – 9.00pm at the Vicarage. If you have not been confirmed, are interested in exploring the possibility of Confirmation or would like a refresher course, please come. The Confirmation will be at St Michael’s Highworth on Wednesday 20th April at 7.30pm

Baptism Service Volunteers

Would you be able to help when we have baptisms on the third Sunday at 11.30am? We need helpers to welcome the families and friends of those who are being baptised, people to help put out what we need for the service, people to help in the service and musicians. If you could help, even just once, please sign up on the sheet in church. Thank you

Holiday Club

A planning meeting will be held on Tuesday 9th February 8pm at 17 Edgar Row Close, all welcome to bring  fresh ideas for our 25th year.

Pancake Races

We will be having pancake races in Willow Brook Gardens from 11am on Tuesday 16th February followed by pancakes in the Church Hall at 12noon. Anyone able to help let Barbara or Nicola know. This is not Shrove Tuesday but the week after which is school half-term.

Yr 1 children visiting the church It’s wonderful to be able to welcome children from East Wichel Primary to find out more about the church again this year. 52 five and six year olds will be joining us in the afternoon on Wednesday 10th February from 1.00pm. If you are available to come and help show them around the church building, help them with a bit of dressing up and talk to them about what it means to be a part of the church community, please let Nicola know.
Church at 4 – Musicians needed!

Would you be able to play at Church at 4 just once a month? We are looking for musicians to accompany songs either on their own or with others. Please contact Nicola or Michael if you could help. Thank you

Wroughton Passion Play

If you would like to be a part of the large crowd scenes in the play (no acting experience needed) we are holding an open meeting on Thursday 4th February at 8pm in Legge House for a cup of tea and a biscuit and a chat about what it involves. It will be very informal and friendly! We’d love as many people as possible to be involved in the crowd- it’s a great way to witness to the presence of our church community here in the village.

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Caring for our church – new cleaners needed!

One of our volunteer cleaners has had to give up temporarily for health reasons, which leaves us very short of people willing to undertake this work. If you are fit enough to wield a broom, duster or vacuum cleaner you are amply qualified for the task! Please carefully consider if you can commit to 11/2 hours once every 6 weeks to help keep God’s house in good order and if you decide you can, contact Margaret Penfound (812139).

Coffee Rota

Would you like to be part of our coffee team? We would love to have one or two new people to help us. It will involve doing the coffees about once every 5 weeks Please speak to Sally Parker if you are interested Thank you

Women’s World Day of Prayer – Friday 4th March 2016.

It is our turn to host this service this year and we are trying something different by having the service at 4pm in the church hall. I would appreciate volunteers to do Welcoming, help with refreshments before the service, help with children’s activities and to do a reading. Also setting up and clearing up. Please see me after church or phone on 525856 or email singingjan@icloud.com Thank you. Janet Henderson.

CHURCH IN THE WIDER WORLD

 Swindon Youth for Christ

A survey in Swindon has found that 1 in 10 young people feel unable to cope with everyday life, and 19% feel they have no hope. To contact some of young people like these, the BIOS van visits schools at lunchtimes, and makes regular weekly visits to places in and around Swindon where young people congregate after school and in the evenings.

Please pray for those working with BIOS, and for the contacts and conversations that happen.

Request from Amos Kimera

You may remember Amos Kimerea from our link diocese in Uganda  who stayed with us in 2014. Amos and his wife are involved in a project to set up a children’s library in a Women Education Centre in  his diocese of Kampala. The centre was initiated by women from the Mother’s Union and The Christian Women’s Fellowship and the aim is to provide books  for children between 1 and 15 years. Some of these children are orphans and a number of them attend schools who are unable to provide them with suitable books which prevents them from making good progress. The hope is that the library will boost the children’s ability to compete favourably with children from better schools. We are planning to hold a collection for this project and if you would like to make a donation please speak to Michael, Carolyn Kirk, or Margaret Penfound for further information.

This week please pray for:-

  • Swindon Youth for Christ
  • The Residents of Eyam Road and Leaze Street
  • The staff and patients of Ladymead Nursing Home
  • PCC Meeting
  • Those organising and taking part in Wroughton Passion Play
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Jo Jordan, Joan Harper, Joyce Little, Jean Baker, Cliff Collier and Sandra Lowes. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.

13th December 2015

2015 Year of discipleship

Sunday 13th December 2015

 A PRAYER FOR ADVENT

Heavenly Father, as once again we prepare for Christmas,

help us to find time in our busy lives for quiet and thought and prayer, that we may reflect upon the wonder of your love and allow the story of the Saviour’s birth to penetrate our hearts and minds. So may our joy be deeper, our worship more real, and our lives worthier of all that you have done for us through the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Today

  8.00am     Holy Communion

10.00am    Parish Communion and Baptism Service for Eeben Pelser-Quick

  3.00pm     Messy Church – Church Hall

  4.00pm     Church at 4 – Church Hall

 

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 13th December

Monday 14th December

8.30am         Holy Communion – Church

9.00am         Wroughton Infant School – Church

10.00am       Bible Study Group – 11 St John Road

Tuesday 15th December

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

5.00pm        Wroughton Infant School – Church

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery – Parish Office

7.30pm        An hour of prayer for our new church secondary school –  Church

Wednesday 16th December

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Parish Office

10.00am       Holy Communion – St Joseph’s

2.00pm        Carol singing  -Starts at Langton House

(Not as in Wroughton Monthly)

6.30pm        Advent Reflection – Church

Thursday 17th December

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

9.00am         Wroughton Junior School – Church

7.15pm        Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station – Neen & Chris

Friday 18th December

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

9.00am         Wroughton Preschool – Church

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice – Church

Saturday 19th December

9.00am         Healing on the Streets

Forthcoming Events

Christmas Messy Church

Sunday 13th December at 3pm, Church Hall

 

Carol singingWednesday 16th December starts at 2.00pm Langton House (Wharf Lane) 3.00pm Ladymead (Moormead Road) 3.30pm Prospect Hospice  As usual Carol Sheets will be provided.

Sunday 20th December 2015

Advent 4

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Revd Nicola Such

Sidesmen:     Pat Lewis and Dee Vincent

10.00am    Parish Communion

Preacher:      Revd Nicola Such

Intercessor:  Cheryl Hawkins

Reading:       Hebrews 10: 5-10

Reader:        Carol Gibbons

Servers:        Alan Gregor and Gillian Pitter

Sidesmen:     June Bradley and Carolyn Perry

4.00pm       Church at 4 – Church Hall, Priors Hill

Led by:         Revd Nicola Such

6.00pm       Christmas Carol Service

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Sir Dallas Bernard, Joan Gosling, Joseph Kirk and Hannah & Rebecca Awre who celebrate their birthdays during the coming week.

Floodlighting

The Church will be floodlit on Sunday 13th December by Jean Ford in memory of her Mother, Kitty Waite on the 10th anniversary of her death; On Monday 14th December by Matthew & Pat Brown in memory of their Son, Stephen;

On Wednesday 16th December by Pat Lewis in memory of Chris Spooncer. ‘Miss you Sis, sisters Pat & Ann’;

by Carol Szlachta and family in memory of Bettine Rumming on your 2nd Anniversary; ‘Miss you as much as ever’;

On Saturday 19th December by Marion Durston in memory of her brother John Daniels and his wife Sofie.

2015 Year of discipleship

An Hour of Prayer for Swindon’s new Church Secondary School in Church

Swindon’s new church secondary school is planned to be built in Middle Wichel and a skeleton governing body is already meeting. It is vital that we support this venture with our prayers. So please join us in church for an hour of prayer

on:         Tuesday 15th December at 7.30pm

All are welcome to support  our new church secondary school  in prayer.

Stewardship Renewal for 2016

Thank you to all the people who have now returned their pledge cards. We are really grateful to you for your help and your pledge. If you have not yet done so, please read the Stewardship leaflet and place your completed Pledge Card in the box by the church door.  Thank you

Advent Reflection

Advent reflections on Wednesday from 6.30-7.15pm

Each week we will be hearing the story of a key character:

Innkeeper’s wife      16th December

Shepherd               23rd December      

Christingle Making

We will be meeting in the church at 9am on Christmas Eve to make the Christingles for the services later that day.

All help will be most welcome.

Parish Weekend

If you enjoyed our recent weekend with the Bishop of Bristol as our inspiring speaker, we would love to have some feedback from you. Please write a few words about your experience of the weekend, perhaps thinking about – did it challenge you, if so, how? Were you encouraged to explore your faith more deeply? Have you been prompted to get involved with something new or take up a challenge? What stood out for you from the bishop’s talks. Could we have done something better? Please pass feedback to Michael, Nicola or Barbara so that we can build on our experience.

Messy Church

TODAY Messy Church will start at 3pm in the Church Hall and then become part of Church at 4 before we have refreshments. Please come at 3pm to take part in Messy Church and Church at 4 and or make us a cake for our ‘tea’! Lots of fun for all ages.

Community Christmas Card

Instead of sending individual cards to your friends in church please sign the Community Christmas Card made by the children at Church at 4 then donate any money you have saved to The Children’s Society.

Angel Trail

Some angels have become lost in Wroughton shops. Pick up a leaflet and see if you can find them.  Hand in your completed form by 21st December. Winners of the draw will be announced at Christingle.

Women’s World Day of Prayer – Friday 4th March 2016.

This year we are trying a new time and place by having the service in the church hall at 4pm, with tea and cake available beforehand. Please put the date in your diary and tell your friends.  In January I will be asking for volunteers to do various jobs.  Thank you.   Janet Henderson.

CHURCH IN THE WIDER WORLD

Tearfund

Tearfund tackles people’s immediate needs by providing shelter, food and basic essentials to help them survive, but they also often stay for the long haul, helping with reconstruction and giving people the skills they need to restart their lives.   In places such as Nigeria, where thousands died in clashes between Christians and Muslims, they also help build the peace.

When conflict breaks out, people in poverty invariably pay the highest price as countless civilians in Syria, Afghanistan, Darfur and the Democratic Republic of Congo will tell you. Fear drives many to take the only option available – fleeing their homes and livelihoods which have often been a struggle to build-up in the first place.

Please pray:

  • for Tearfund partners supporting refugees from the Middle East, that they can demonstrate God’s love for all mankind
  • for the refugees themselves that they may receive understanding and compassion as they deal with the trauma of leaving everything behind
  • for tearfund workers, coping with the stress and trauma of dealing with suffering.

 

 

CMS Link

We have been without a personal link with the Church Mission Society since Isobel Booth-Clibborn’s return to the UK and her change in career. We are now in the process of setting up a link with Kate Quarrell, who plans to go to Kuluva in West Nile, North West Uganda to work as a midwife teacher and a community outreach support worker. Kate has been a midwife for nearly 30 years and has done several short term mission trips in different countries.  She writes: “My heart’s cry is to see lives physically saved whilst hoping and praying that some could be saved for eternity too.  I will be working with the local church to help share Jesus and see lives irrevocably changed within the community”.

CHURCH IN THE WIDER WORLD

Tearfund

Tearfund tackles people’s immediate needs by providing shelter, food and basic essentials to help them survive, but they also often stay for the long haul, helping with reconstruction and giving people the skills they need to restart their lives.   In places such as Nigeria, where thousands died in clashes between Christians and Muslims, they also help build the peace.

When conflict breaks out, people in poverty invariably pay the highest price as countless civilians in Syria, Afghanistan, Darfur and the Democratic Republic of Congo will tell you. Fear drives many to take the only option available – fleeing their homes and livelihoods which have often been a struggle to build-up in the first place.

Please pray:

  • for Tearfund partners supporting refugees from the Middle East, that they can demonstrate God’s love for all mankind
  • for the refugees themselves that they may receive understanding and compassion as they deal with the trauma of leaving everything behind
  • for tearfund workers, coping with the stress and trauma of dealing with suffering.

 

 

CMS Link

We have been without a personal link with the Church Mission Society since Isobel Booth-Clibborn’s return to the UK and her change in career. We are now in the process of setting up a link with Kate Quarrell, who plans to go to Kuluva in West Nile, North West Uganda to work as a midwife teacher and a community outreach support worker. Kate has been a midwife for nearly 30 years and has done several short term mission trips in different countries.  She writes: “My heart’s cry is to see lives physically saved whilst hoping and praying that some could be saved for eternity too.  I will be working with the local church to help share Jesus and see lives irrevocably changed within the community.

 

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

WROUGHTON PARISH CHURCH

 

Sunday 20th December

Fourth Sunday of Advent

8.00am         Holy Communion

10.00am       Parish Communion

4.00pm        Church at 4 – Church Hall, Priors Hill

6.00pm        Christmas Carol Service

 

Thursday 24th December

Christmas Eve

3.00pm        Christingle Service

5.00pm        Christingle Service

11.30pm       Midnight Eucharist

 

Christmas Day

8.00am         Holy Communion

10.00am       Informal Communion Service

 

This week please pray for:-

  • Children’s Society
  • The residents of Langdean Road and Yelland Walk
  • Peace around the World
  • Our Clergy as they prepare for our Christmas Services
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Gerry Megson, John Newman and David Waters. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.

6th December 2015

2015 Year of discipleship

Sunday 6th December 2015

A PRAYER FOR ADVENT

Father, in the wilderness of the Jordan you sent a messenger to prepare people’s hearts for the coming of your Son. Help me to hear his words and repent of my sins, so that I may clearly see the way to walk, the truth to speak, and the life to live for Him, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

Today

  8.00am     Holy Communion

10.00am     Parish Communion

We welcome Kate Quarrell, our new CMS link See inside for more information

  4.00pm     Church at 4 – Church Hall

  6.00pm     Evensong followed by a short service of Holy Communion

 

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 6th December

Monday 7th December

The Parish Office is closed today

11.00am       Bible Study Group followed by lunch – 11 St John Road

7.00pm        Community Defibrillator Seminar – St Josephs

Tuesday 8th December

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery – Parish Office

Wednesday 9th December

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Parish Office

10.00am       Holy Communion – St Joseph’s

6.30pm        Advent Reflection – Church

7.30pm        Legge House Christmas Dinner

Thursday 10th December

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

7.15pm        Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station – May & Keith

Friday 11th December

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice – Church

Saturday 12th December

 

Forthcoming Events

Community Defibrillator Seminar –

Monday 7th December at 7pm, St Joseph’s Church Hall

The Community Heartbeat Trust will be demonstrating the use of defibrillators and explaining how the equipment works and its benefits to the community in saving precious minutes in the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest.  Everyone is welcome, and no special skills are required, just your willingness to play an important role in the event of a medical emergency.

Christmas Messy Church

Sunday 13th December at 3pm, Church Hall

Sunday 13th December 2015

Advent 3

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Canon Michael Johnson

Sidesmen:     Gillian Pitter and Sally Speller

10.00am     Parish Communion

Preacher:      Canon Michael Johnson

Intercessor:  Ron Stevens

Reading:       Phillippians 4: 4-7

Reader:        Dr John Henderson

Servers:        Jean Ford and Cheryl Hawkins

Sidesmen:     Lillian Wicks and Jean Leo

3.00pm       Messy Church – Church Hall

4.00pm       Church at 4 – Church Hall, Priors Hill

Led by:         Tracy Mason

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Thea Gillard, Neil Slingsby, Peter Jefferys, John Smith and June Lilley who celebrate their birthdays during the coming week.

Floodlighting

The Church was floodlit on Friday 4th December by Russell Cleverley in memory of Barbara Cleverley; on Saturday 12th December by Roger Little in memory of Susan Little.

2015 Year of discipleship

Stewardship Renewal for 2016

Thank you to all the people who have now returned their pledge cards. We are really grateful to you for your help and your pledge., If you have not yet done so, please read the Stewardship leaflet and place your completed Pledge Card in the box by the church door.  Thank you

Advent Reflection

Advent reflections each Wednesday from 6.30-7.15pm

Each week we will be hearing the story of a key character:

Joseph                   9th   December

Innkeeper’s wife      16th December

Shepherd               23rd December      

Parish Weekend

If you are one of those who enjoyed our recent weekend with the Bishop of Bristol as our inspiring speaker, we would love to have some feedback from you. Please write a few words about your experience of the weekend, perhaps thinking about –

  • did it challenge you, if so, how?
  • Were you encouraged to explore your faith more deeply?
  • Have you been prompted to get involved with something new or take up a challenge?
  • What stood out for you from the bishop’s talks
  • Could we have done something better

Please pass feedback to Michael, Nicola or Barbara so that we can build on our experience.

Messy Church

On Sunday 13th December Messy Church will start at 3pm in the Church Hall and then become part of Church at 4 before we have refreshments. Please think about coming at 3pm to take part in Messy Church and Church at 4 and or make us a cake for our ‘tea’. Lots of fun for all ages.

Angel Trail

Thank you to everyone who has knitted angels for the Angel Trail. Sixteen shops in the village have agreed to host an angel and the trail will be up and running from Tuesday 8th Dec. until Monday 21st Dec. Please encourage children you know to take part. Leaflets are available from the shops, the library, the Parish Office or in Church.

Community Christmas Card

The children at Church at 4 today(6th Dec) will be making a large card for us all to sign sending greetings to each other. It will be in Church by next Sunday. Please sign the card and make a donation to Children’s Society with the money you have saved on individual cards.

Legge House Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner on Wednesday 9th December at 7.30pm.  The cost will be £15. Please can people book their place with Mark or Sheila. Tel 813273.

Women’s World Day of Prayer – Friday 4th March 2016.

This year we are trying a new time and place by having the service in the church hall at 4pm, with tea and cake available beforehand.  Please put the date in your diary and tell your friends.  In January I will be asking for volunteers to do various jobs.  Thank you.   Janet Henderson.

CHURCH IN THE WIDER WORLD

Tearfund

Tearfund tackles people’s immediate needs by providing shelter, food and basic essentials to help them survive, but they also often stay for the long haul, helping with reconstruction and giving people the skills they need to restart their lives.   In places such as Nigeria, where thousands died in clashes between Christians and Muslims, they also help build the peace.

When conflict breaks out, people in poverty invariably pay the highest price as countless civilians in Syria, Afghanistan, Darfur and the Democratic Republic of Congo will tell you. Fear drives many to take the only option available – fleeing their homes and livelihoods which have often been a struggle to build-up in the first place.

Please pray:

  • for Tearfund partners supporting refugees from the Middle East, that they can demonstrate God’s love for all mankind
  • for the refugees themselves that they may receive understanding and compassion as they deal with the trauma of leaving everything behind
  • for tearfund workers, coping with the stress and trauma of dealing with suffering.

CMS Link

We have been without a personal link with the Church Mission Society since Isobel Booth-Clibborn’s return to the UK and her change in career. We are now in the process of setting up a link with Kate Quarrell, who plans to go to Kuluva in West Nile, North West Uganda to work as a midwife teacher and a community outreach support worker. Kate has been a midwife for nearly 30 years and has done several short term mission trips in different countries.  She writes: “My heart’s cry is to see lives physically saved whilst hoping and praying that some could be saved for eternity too.  I will be working with the local church to help share Jesus and see lives irrevocably changed within the community”.  Kate will be visiting us today in Wroughton.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

WROUGHTON PARISH CHURCH

Sunday 20th December

Fourth Sunday of Advent

8.00am         Holy Communion

10.00am       Parish Communion

4.00pm        Church at 4 – Church Hall, Priors Hill

6.00pm        Christmas Carol Service

Thursday 24th December

Christmas Eve

3.00pm        Christingle Service

5.00pm        Christingle Service

11.30pm       Midnight Eucharist

Christmas Day

8.00am         Holy Communion

10.00am       Informal Communion Service

This week please pray for:-

  • Children’s Society
  • The residents of Blackhorse Way and Croft Road
  • Those preparing for Messy Church
  • Peace around the World
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially John Newman, Nora Bolger, Roger Bodle and Joyce Hamilton. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.