29th January 2017

Sunday 29th January 2017

Candlemas / Epiphany 4

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

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 29th January

Monday 30th January

8.30am         Holy Communion – Church

10.00am       Bible Study Group – 11 St John Road

7.30pm        PCC Meeting – Church

Tuesday 31st January

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery

Wednesday 1st February

8.30am         Morning Prayer

10.00am       Holy Communion – St Josephs

Thursday 2nd February

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

4.00pm        Church & Worship Group – Vicarage

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station         – Paul and Hazel

Friday 3rd February

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice

Saturday 4th February

Dates for your diary

Saturday 13th August 2017

Barbecue at Legge House from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Sunday 5th February

4th Sunday before Lent

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Canon Michael Johnson

Sidesmen:     Pat Lewis and Dee Vincent

10.00am    Parish Communion

Preacher:      Canon Michael Johnson

Intercessor:  Carolyn Perry

Reading:       Isaiah 58: 1-9a

Reader:        Ron Stevens

Servers:        Cheryl Hawkins and Jean Ford

Sidesmen:     Sally Parker and June Bradley

4.00pm       Church at 4

Leader:         Paul Woolley

6.00pm      Evensong

Preacher:      Marion Colton

Intercessor:  Dr John Godfree

1st Reading: Amos 2: 4-end

Reader:        Jean Ford

2nd Reading:          Ephesians 4: 17-end

Reader:        Gillian Pitter

Servers:        David Bathe

Sidesmen:     Sylvia Woodward and Pat Herring

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Tim Winter, Ruth Woolley and Robert Evans who celebrate their birthdays during the coming week.

Moving on…

I announced on Sunday 15th January that after 23 years as your vicar I would be moving on after the end on May. Sunday 28th May will be my last Sunday. I have chosen this moment because we have a strong and capable team in place to lead the parish through the vacancy and because it will be good to have a new incumbent in place to lead the parish when the new Church of England Secondary School opens in Middle Wichel. Thank you for the privilege of serving in our parish and for your support and encouragement. Sue and I will for ever look back on our time in Wroughton with affection.                                             Michael

Bishop Mike to retire

On Monday Bishop Mike announced his intention to retire from 30th September. After 14 years as our bishop. He wrote, ‘ As you can imagine, there have been some amazing times and some difficult seasons, but it has been a huge joy and privilege to have served you as your Diocesan Bishop and I thank you for the love, friendship, support and encouragement you have offered.’

We wish Bishop Mike every happiness in his retirement.

Creating Connections Lent Course

This year we will be using a Lent course prepared for us by our bishops and other members of the bishop’s staff team themed around our diocesan vision, ‘Creating connections’. Each week we will be exploring what it means to be a disciple connected to God, each other and our communities. Groups will meet at various times during the week for five weeks starting on 6th March. Look out for a sign-up sheet in the next couple of weeks.

Show the love

Climate change is already impacting many of the places that we cherish… this February, people across the country will show their concern for the places that they love through the power of green hearts. showthelove.org.uk is a national project encouraging people to start conversations about what we can each do to make a difference. As part of this we’re invited to share pictures of the places that we love- see our Facebook page near Valentine’s Day, and add your own pics!

Women’s World Day of Prayer

On Friday 3rd March 2017 this year it is being hosted by St Joseph’s church and the service will be at 1.45pm.

All are welcome – men and women, young and old.

Please let me know if you would like to read in the service. Also please let me know your thoughts on the time compared to last years 4pm.

Thank you. Janet Henderson Tel 525856

Legge House Family Barn Dance

At the Parish Hall on Saturday 25th February from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Caller Clive with recorded music. Tickets  £5 from  Gwen, Sheila  or Mark. Please bring a plate of food to share.

Bible stories at the Infants school

There may be an opportunity for us to go back into Wroughton Infants School with our Open the Book assemblies about once a month at 9 am on Monday mornings. As this is a different time our old team are not all available and so if you would like to be part of the new team (no experience needed) reading/acting Bible stories please sign up on the sheet provided. The assemblies usually last less than half an hour so it would not take up your whole morning. Any questions just ask Barbara Abrey or Jean Leo.

Running the London Marathon in aid of Hospice UK

On April 23 I am running London Marathon in aid of Hospice UK, aiming to fundraise £2,000. You can donate online at www.justgiving.com/Victoria-J-Ford and Mum (Jean Ford) has a sponsorship sheet if you would prefer to donate in the old fashioned way.

On Mothering Sunday (March 26) I will be selling cakes after the 10am service. Please do let me know if you can bake and donate a cake, and bring your spare change to buy one, too!

Thank you in advance,

Victoria Ford

vjford@gmail.com

Supper and Chat – ten good years

Supper and Chat started in October 2006 at The Iron Horse in Kerr’s Way with me and David Penfound. The idea was to take the church down into the village –where better place than a pub? – discussing topical events and religious questions. It worked, making new friends and answering questions. We occasionally had a meal, but it was mostly chat evenings. Eventually we moved out and finished up in The Brown Jack as Supp and Chat, with the same intentions. Alas time moves on, we are getting older, youth seemed to be noisier, especially when playing darts, space became limited, much as we liked being there it just wasn’t feasible in the long term. Rather than just fade away we moved to each other’s houses with the same intentions, discussion on topical events and religious questions, our “Supp” is now tea or coffee with the occasional meal out.

Why don’t you consider joining us – especially if you are new to the church and village – you would be very welcome – we are a warm-hearted group, laugh a lot as well as talk well. We always meet on a Monday evening, lifts are available, the dates are in the church notices, or from Gwen on 813573.

Office Email Changes

We have changed the email system at the Parish Office. Please only use the office@wroughton.com email address in future. Many thanks Janet

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.

Knit for Mission to Seafarers

Thanks you to all who have handed in knitwear. I sent 17 hats, 1 balaclava and 18 scarves to the Mission to Seafarers last week and have received a letter thanking us. There are a number of balls of wool in the box, also some patterns, if you would like to start knitting. Please keep those hats, scarves and gloves rolling in. Many thanks. Janet Henderson

Meals for Uganda

Thank you everyone who gave to the appeal to enable poor families in northern Uganda to have something more than just rice for their Christmas meal. As a result, we shall be sending £77 to our CMS partner Kate Quarrell for her to distribute as she thinks fit.

This week please pray for:-

  • Swindon Youth for Christ
  • The Residents of Langton Park and Rylane
  • Our PCC members as they meet on Monday
  • Our Church and Worship Group
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones

 

22nd January 2017

Sunday 22nd January 2017

Epiphany 3

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

A PRAYER FOR THIS YEAR

Bless us, O Lord, and bless this year,

the time and seasons yet to come. Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart. Fill this new year with your kindness, that we may be glad and rejoice all the days of our life. Amen

Today

8.00am     Holy Communion

10.00am    Parish Communion

3.00pm     Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service at Wroughton Methodist Church

4.00pm     Church at 4

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 22nd January

Monday 23rd January

8.30am         Holy Communion – Church

10.00am       Bible Study Group – 11 St John Road

2.00pm        Legge House Management Committee

7.30pm        Mission Matters Meeting

7.30pm        New School Prayer Meeting – Church

7.30pm        Supp & Chat – 43 Savill Crescent

Tuesday 24th January

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery

Wednesday 25th January

8.30am         Morning Prayer

10.00am       Holy Communion – St Josephs

Thursday 26th January

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

7.30pm        Swindon Churches Together

Filling Station         – Jack & Margaret

Friday 27th January

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice

Saturday 28th January

9.30am         Healing on the Streets – Ellendune Centre

10am to 1pm          Wedding Preparation Morning – Church

Sunday 29th January

Candlemas / Epiphany 4

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Tracy Mason

Sidesmen:     Gillian Pitter and Sally Speller

10.00am    Parish Communion

Preacher:      Tracy Mason

Intercessor:  Revd Barbara Abrey

Reading:       Hebrews 2: 14-end

Reader:        Lillian Wicks

Servers:        Alan Gregory and Gillian Pitter

Sidesmen:     Sherallyn Gower and Sean Woodford

4.00pm       Church at 4

Leader:         Canon Michael Johnson

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Jacqueline Cliff, Russell Cleverley, Deborah King, Jamie McRobie, Jean Skerton and Tom Hitchcock who celebrate their birthdays during the coming week.

Floodlighting

The Church will be floodlit on Monday 23rd January by Jeanne Howland in memory of her sister, Helen Marchant her passing 1990, aged 50; On Wednesday 25th January by Margaret Penfound in memory of David on his birthday.

Moving on

I announced last Sunday that after 23 years as your vicar I would be moving on after the end on May. Sunday 28th May will be my last Sunday. I have chosen this moment because we have a strong and capable team in place to lead the parish through the vacancy and because it will be good to have a new incumbent in place to lead the parish when the new Church of England Secondary School opens in Middle Wichel. Thank you for the privilege of serving in our parish and for your support and encouragement. Sue and I will for ever look back on our time in Wroughton with affection.                                              Michael

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be marked by a special service at Wroughton Methodist Church at 3.00pm today, Sunday 22nd January when we will be joining Christians from other churches in the village.

You are warmly invited.

New School Prayer Meeting –

Monday 23rd January 7.30pm in Church

We meet in church on Monday to pray for the new Church of England Secondary School in Middle Wichel which will now open in 2019. Linda Culling, a Church of England Licenced Lay Minister has been appointed head of the new school and we shall particularly be praying for her in her now role.

Bible stories at the Infants school

There may be an opportunity for us to go back into Wroughton Infants School with our Open the Book assemblies about once a month at 9 am on Monday mornings. As this is a different time our old team are not all available and so if you would like to be part of the new team (no experience needed) reading/acting Bible stories please sign up on the sheet provided. The assemblies usually last less than half an hour so it would not take up your whole morning. Any questions just ask Barbara Abrey or Jean Leo.

Thank You

Many thanks to all those who made a donation to The Children’s Society at one of the Christingle services on Christmas Eve. The total raised was £988.31.

Running the London Marathon in aid of Hospice UK

On April 23 I am running London Marathon in aid of Hospice UK, aiming to fundraise £2,000. You can donate online at www.justgiving.com/Victoria-J-Ford and Mum (Jean Ford) has a sponsorship sheet if you would prefer to donate in the old fashioned way.

On Mothering Sunday (March 26) I will be selling cakes after the 10am service. Please do let me know if you can bake and donate a cake, and bring your spare change to buy one, too!

Thank you in advance,

Victoria Ford

vjford@gmail.com

Supper and Chat – ten good years

Supper and Chat started in October 2006 at The Iron Horse in Kerr’s Way with me and David Penfound. The idea was to take the church down into the village –where better place than a pub? – discussing topical events and religious questions. It worked, making new friends and answering questions. We occasionally had a meal, but it was mostly chat evenings. Eventually we moved out and finished up in The Brown Jack as Supp and Chat, with the same intentions. Alas time moves on, we are getting older, youth seemed to be noisier, especially when playing darts, space became limited, much as we liked being there it just wasn’t feasible in the long term. Rather than just fade away we moved to each other’s houses with the same intentions, discussion on topical events and religious questions, our “Supp” is now tea or coffee with the occasional meal out.

Why don’t you consider joining us – especially if you are new to the church and village – you would be very welcome – we are a warm-hearted group, laugh a lot as well as talk well. We always meet on a Monday evening, lifts are available, the dates are in the church notices, or from Gwen on 813573.

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.

Knit for Mission to Seafarers

Thanks you to all who have handed in knitwear. I sent 17 hats, 1 balaclava and 18 scarves to the Mission to Seafarers last week and have received a letter thanking us. There are a number of balls of wool in the box, also some patterns, if you would like to start knitting. Please keep those hats, scarves and gloves rolling in. Many thanks. Janet Henderson

Meals for Uganda

Thank you everyone who gave to the appeal to enable poor families in northern Uganda to have something more than just rice for their Christmas meal. As a result, we shall be sending £77 to our CMS partner Kate Quarrell for her to distribute as she thinks fit.

This week please pray for:-

  • Swindon Youth for Christ
  • The Residents of Lancaster Road and Mattocks Path
  • Legge House Management Committee
  • Those couples attending Wedding preparation on Saturday
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Maureen Durbridge. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.