7th May 2017

Sunday 7th May 2017

A PRAYER FOR EASTER

Lord of life You defeated death To demonstrate a love that is Beyond our understanding That reaches out even to me Saving Grace to all who hear Christ the Lord is risen to-day. Alleluia!

Today

8.00am     Holy Communion

10.00am    Parish Communion

4.00pm     Church at 4

6.00pm     Evensong

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 7th May

Monday 8th May

8.30am         Holy Communion

10.00am       Bible Study Group – 11 St John Road

7.30pm        Building Committee Meeting – Vicarage

Tuesday 9th May

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery

Wednesday 10th May

8.30am         Morning Prayer

10.00am       Holy Communion at St Joseph’s

7.30pm        Holiday Club Planning Meeting

Thursday 11th May

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station         – Joan and Neil

Friday 12th May

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice

Saturday 13th May

Dates for your diary

Sunday 25th June

Legge House 50 years Celebration. Bishop Lee will be coming to Legge House to give thanks for its life over the last half-century. He will also preside and preach at our 10am service that day.

Sunday 14th May

Easter 5

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Revd Nicola Such

Sidespeople: Jean Reens and Christine Wrixon

10.00am    Parish Communion and Baptism of Esther Woolley

Preacher:      Revd Nicola Such

Intercessor:  Carolyn Perry

Reading:       Acts 7: 55-end

Reader:        Carolyn Perry

Gospel:        John 14: 1-14

Servers         Gillian Pitter and Kathy Gregory

Sidespeople: David and Mary Evans

11.45am     Baptism Service for Felix Courtiff and

                   Olivia Vernon-Moore

4.00pm       Church at 4

Leader:         Paul Woolley

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Gillian Freeman, Tom Robinson, Keith Hooper, Eleanor Burdell, Sally Parker, Melvyn Jackson and Harry Wilkinson who celebrate their birthdays during the coming week.

Floodlighting

The Church will be floodlit on Sunday 7th May by Trish Turner and John Howell in memory of Betty Kerfoot on what would have been her 90th Birthday.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)

At our APCM last Sunday we elected Helena Thomas and Mike Awre to be churchwardens for the coming year; Cheryl Hawkins, Joan Orman, Nick Orman and Teresa Townsend to be our Deanery Synod members; Peter Ferguson, Janet Henderson, Helen Toomer and Paul Wooley to the Parochial Church Council for three years, and Carolyn Kirk for one year. We offer our thanks to them and our prayers for their service over the next years.

New Creation – Sunday 7th May 10am

We welcome New Creation leading our music today.

For the Parish Communion on Sunday May 7th at 10 a.m., New Creation are re-forming just for the day, in order to say a fond thank you and farewell to Canon Michael. Many of you (we hope!) will still have our CDs to hand—in particular please have a listen to the second one ‘The Flame’, as the Gloria, Sanctus and Agnus Dei will be used in the service. We are really looking forward to the service.

Wanted – Cakes for Legge House Spring Fayre

Sunday 21st May

Please can you bake a cake (or 2) for the Legge House Spring Fayre on Sunday 21st May. Cakes can be brought to Church or directly to Legge House from 12 noon.  

Many thanks Jean Ford

Michael’s Farewell Service

This will take place on Sunday 28th May at 11.00am – do try and be there to give Michael and Sue a good send off!  Following the service and presentations, light refreshments will be served in the north aisle and outside (if the elements allow!)  Contributions to a gift can still be made – please put in an envelope (‘Michael – Gift’) and give to a Churchwarden (Helena or Mike); or Ross Fralley; or deliver to the Parish Office

Thy Kingdom Come- global wave of prayer-  25th May – 4th June

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. There will be a number of opportunities to meet to pray for ourselves, our nation and our world and the chance to take part in a prayer posada! Think about which country God might be calling you to pray for particularly during this time and the posada will be explained…

Sunday 25th June – Bishop Lee at 10am and

Legge House 50th Anniversary

We look forward to welcoming Bishop Lee in Sunday 25th June when he will be preaching at 10am as part of our sermon series on Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

After the service he will be going to Legge House to give thanks at the 50th Anniversary celebration. Please come to both!

Holiday Club

We are planning to run Holiday Club on the mornings of 14th to 18th August. If you are able to help for all or part of the week please let me know, I will give you dates for planning meetings soon. Barbara

Wroughton Carnival- Saturday 1st July Last year we were able to support the carnival by providing stewards for the procession and the field and the carnival committee has asked for our help again this year. We are looking particularly for someone who is able to be a link between the committee and stewarding volunteers and for those who might be able to steward on the day. Please talk to Michael or Nicola.

Healing on the Streets

Once a fortnight on Saturdays you will find a team of four Christians offering to talk and/or pray with people in the Ellendune shopping centre. We have been offering this service to our community for several years, but would love to have more names on our rota of people willing to join us in this valuable work. A friendly greeting and a willingness to have a conversation is all most people expect, so if you aren’t comfortable praying for someone, there will be others to do this. Our thanks go to Michael our Vicar for his commitment to HOTS over the years, and also to Teresa who will now be very busy with her training for the ministry, but without them our numbers are considerably reduced. Please prayerfully consider whether you could offer to be with us for a couple of hours on the occasional Saturday as part of our Christian outreach and have a chat with Barbara Abrey or Margaret Penfound to find out more.

London Marathon 2017

Mike and Hannah Awre would like to thank you all for your support when we ran the London Marathon on 23rd April with over £2,600 being raised for Parkinson’s UK. It was a great day and one we will remember long after the aching muscles have been forgotten! The crowds were amazing and we did it together in 4 hours 27 minutes and 29 seconds!

Victoria Ford would like to thank everyone for their support during the London Marathon. I did it in 4 hours 12 minutes and 56 seconds. It was hard!!

Wooden Tables

We have some 5’ and 6’ wooden tables available that are now surplus to requirements. If you would like one ,or two, or more, please speak to Nick Orman

CHURCH IN THE WIDER WORLD

Church Mission Society

Kate Quarrell, our CMS link in Kuluva, Uganda, has requested our prayers for:

  • the staff in the hospital where she works as a midwifery tutor, that God would inspire their practice and provide the resources they need to meet the needs of women and their babies
  • Kate and the other tutors, challenging old ways and encouraging the students to adopt better practices
  • the students, that they might be willing to learn and use modern information
  • praise God that people like Kate are willing to go in His name to benefit others.

Knitting for Mission to Seafarers

Thanks again to all our keen knitters. I sent off another batch of hats and scarves to the charity last week and have just received another large number of hats and scarves. Also thanks to those who have donated wool – there is a good selection in the white boxes on the bench by the choir vestry together with patterns, so please help yourselves if you want to get started on a hat, scarf or gloves. Completed items should be put in one of these boxes. Although it is coming into warmer weather here, it is winter in the southern hemisphere so the need for knitwear carries on. For further information talk to Janet Henderson (525856).

This week please pray for:-

  • Church Mission Society
  • The Residents of Moormead Road and Cosdon Road
  • Those suffering drought in South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia
  • For the families of Felix, Olivia, Esther who will be baptised next Sunday
  • Those involved in the planning of this years Holiday Club
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently, especially Clive Hooper and June Eames. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.

 

 

 

 

Sunday 16th April

Sunday 16th April 2017

A PRAYER FOR EASTER

Lord of life You defeated death To demonstrate a love that is Beyond our understanding That reaches out even to me Saving Grace to all who hear Christ the Lord is risen to-day. Alleluia!

Today

5.45am     Easter Sunrise Service  at Barbury Castle

8.00am     Holy Communion

10.00am    Easter Parish Communion

4.00pm      Easter Celebration – Church at 4

6.00pm      Evensong

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 16th April

Monday 17th April—Easter Monday

Tuesday 18th April

8.30am         Morning Prayer

12.30pm       Ladies who Lunch – The White Horse

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery

Wednesday 19th April

8.30am         Morning Prayer

10.00am       Holy Communion at St Joseph’s

Thursday 20th April

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

Filling Station         – Sarah Jane and Sherralyn

Friday 21st April

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice

Saturday 22nd April

9.30am         Healing on the Streets – Ellendune Centre

10.00-11.45amDementia Friends Workshop

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 23rd April

Monday 24th April

8.30am         Holy Communion – Church

10.00am       Bible Study Group – 11 St John Road

Tuesday 25th April

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery

Wednesday 26th April

8.30am         Morning Prayer

10.00am       Holy Communion at St Joseph’s

Thursday 27th April

8.30am                  Morning Prayer – Church

Filling Station         – Colin & Fran

Friday 28th April

8.45am                  Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm                  Bellringers Practice

Saturday 22nd April

2.30pm        Standing Committee – Vicarage

Dates for your diary

Sunday 13th August 2017

Barbecue at Legge House from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Sunday 23rd April

Easter 2

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Canon Michael Johnson

Sidespeople: Alan & Christine Wrixon

10.00am    Parish Communion

Preacher:      Canon Michael Johnson

Intercessor:  Revd Nicola Such

Reading:       Acts 2: 14a & 22-32

Reader:        Janet Henderson

Gospel:        John 20: 19-end

Servers         Cheryl Hawkins and Kathy Gregory

Sidespeople: Sally Parker and June Bradley

11.45pm     Baptism Service for Halle Barrett

4.00pm       Church at 4

Leaders:       Revd Nicola Such

Sunday 30th April

Easter 3

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Revd Barbara Abrey

Sidespeople: Gillian Pitter and Sally Speller

10.00am    Parish Communion

Preacher:      Revd Barbara Abrey

Intercessor:  Dr John Henderson

Reading:       Acts 2: 14a & 36-41

Reader:        Dr John Henderson

Gospel:        Luke 24: 13-35

Servers         Alan Gregory and Gillian Pitter

Sidespeople: Lillian Wicks and Ross Fralley

11.00am     APCM

4.00pm       Church at 4

Leaders:       Canon Michael Johnson

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Owen Orr, Mike Mason, Lynda Pell, Anthony Thomson, Keith Bassett, Peggie Hayward, Carolyn Perry, Iris Smith, Kathleen Leach, Jenny Ferguson, Jennifer Price, Julia Edmonds, David Pell, Stephen Knowles and Colin Maisey who celebrate their birthdays during the coming week.

Floodlighting

The Church will be floodlit on Tuesday 18th April by John Hawkins in memory of Fred and Min Hawkins; on Thursday 20th April by Helen Toomer in memory of her mother, Pam Bracher, who died on 20th April 2015.

Michael’s Farewell

Michael’s farewell service will be on Sunday 28th May at 11.00am (no 8am service on that date) and we’re planning to give him and Sue a good send off! (details to follow)

If you’d like to contribute towards a gift, please put this in an envelope (‘Michael – Gift’) and give to a Churchwarden (Helena or Mike); or Barbara or Nicola; or deliver to the Parish Office.

Serving in Church

Would you like to become a server?? I know when dear Bill Ruck asked me quietly one day after the Church service if I would think of becoming a sever, it was my first step to gaining confidence to taking a more active role in Church services – I will always be grateful to Bill for giving me that gentle “push” !!! – we are looking for Volunteers to join the servers rota, if you feel God is giving you a “gentle push” to Volunteer, please speak to one of the servers or Michael about what is involved – training will be given!!!

Many thanks Cheryl 

London Marathon 2017

On 23rd April, my daughter Hannah and I will be running in the London Marathon to raise money for Parkinsons UK.

Parkinsons is a disease that affects approximately 127,000 people in the UK. There is currently no cure for it but there are treatments to help manage it. The Parkinsons UK charity drives for better care, better treatment and better quality of life for those who suffer from it as well as carrying out research to find a cure. Our Just Giving address is www.justgiving.com/Hannah-Awre3 I will also have Sponsorship forms available. Your support will be greatly appreciated

Thank You

Thank you to all those who prayed for our daughter-in-law Sharon Horlock, who you will know sadly passed away in December. Our Son / Sharon’s husband Mike, has been organising various charity events for Cancer Research UK, one of which is Cancer Research’s Shine half marathon evening walk on Sat Sept 23rd in London. Mike’s fundraising initiative ‘Cancer Ninjas’ are aiming to be the largest Shine team entry to date with 50+ people. If you would like to find out more about possibly joining in the fun with Cancer Ninjas on the walk, then do please contact me for more information on rosemary@horlocks.com before the 17th April. Many thanks. Rosemary

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Israel – February 2018

If enough people want to go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land I will arrange it with Israel Travel Service (I.T.S). It would be for 8 days. 1 night in Tel Aviv area near Java; 2 nights in Tiberias by the Sea of Galilee; 3 nights in Jerusalem. 6 days of sightseeing using 4* hotels with half board. Bethlehem, Jericho, Nazareth, Masada and the Dead Sea are included. Cost would be about £1,500. Contact Dr John Godfree on 813783 or email johnrgodfree@btinternet.com

Wooden Tables

We have some 5’ and 6’ wooden tables available that are now surplus to requirements. If you would like one ,or two, or more, please speak to Nick Orman

CHURCH IN THE WIDER WORLD

Swindon Youth for Christ

Swindon Youth for Christ works in many of the secondary schools in Swindon. They are sometimes invited to lead assemblies or RE lessons. In some schools the BIOS van may visit at lunchtime or after school to provide opportunities for the young people to talk with the SYFC workers. Some schools may have Christian groups which SYFC are able to support.

Please pray for all the young people in Swindon’s schools, that they will be able to find out about God’s love for them.

Knitting for Seafarers

Thank you to all who have handed in hats, scarves, gloves and balaclavas. The Mission to Seafarers is grateful for donations throughout the year so please keep knitting and put your finished items in the box in church. There are a couple of balls of wool in it if you need some to get started and some suitable patterns, but you can use your own favourite patterns. Please call Janet Henderson on 525856 for more information.

This week please pray for:-

  • Swindon Youth for Christ
  • The Residents of Moat Walk and Scorhill Lane
  • Those suffering drought in South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia
  • Family & friends of Halle Barrett as she is baptised next Sunday
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently, especially Brendan Carroll. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.

 

 

12th March 2017

WELCOME TO OUR ENEWSLETTER

 Parish Office – closed this week

Unfortunately our administrator is unwell and the office will not be open this week. The phone is diverted to the Vicarage; we will be looking at emails regularly, but it may take a little longer to respond to you.

Sunday 12th March 2017

Lent 2

 A PRAYER FOR LENT

Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labour and not to seek for any reward, save that of knowing that we do your will.

Amen                                                          Ignatius of Loyola (1556)

 Today

8.00am           Holy Communion

10.00am         Parish Communion and

                           Baptism of Eleanor Cooper

4.00pm           Church at 4

Monday 13th March

8.30am              Holy Communion – Church

10.00am            Bible Study Group – 11 St John Road

7.30pm               Lent Group – Church

Tuesday 14th March

8.30am               Morning Prayer

6.00pm              Clergy Surgery

7.30pm               Buildings Committee – Vicarage

Wednesday 15th March

8.30am  Morning Prayer

10.00am            Holy Communion – St Josephs

6.30pm             Compline and Address – Church

Thursday 16th March

8.30am              Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm              Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station      – Lucy and Ann Marie

Friday 17th March

8.45am              Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm              Bellringers Practice

Saturday 18th March

12.00                Marriage of John Watkins and Lorna Mille    r

Sunday 19th March

Lent 3

 

8.00am                        Holy Communion

Preacher:                       Canon Michael Johnson

Sidesmen:                       Jean Reens and Christine Wrixon

 

10.00am         Parish Communion

Preacher:            Canon Michael Johnson

Intercessor:         Sheila Tubey

Reading:              Romans 5: 1-11

Reader:                Tiffany Weighell

Gospel:                 John 4:5-42

Servers:                Alan Gregory and Gillian Pitter

Sidesmen:           Lilian Wicks

 

4.00pm           Church at 4

Leader:              Cheryl Hawkins

Dates for your diary

Saturday 13th August 2017

Barbecue at Legge House from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to all who celebrate their birthdays during the coming week.

 Lent small groups 2017- Creating connections

You may still join! 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 on Monday mornings or Monday or Tuesday evenings for the next four weeks. Please sign up today!
Church Electoral Roll Revision

At this time of year we are revising our Church Electoral Roll in preparation for our annual church meeting on 30th April. This is the roll of members of our church who are entitled to vote at that meeting. If you are not yet on our Church Electoral Roll, please fill in a form today and place it in the box as you leave the church.

Data Protection

As an organisation we are obliged to follow the rules set out in the Data Protection Act, and have a Data Protection Policy which states how we comply with these requirements.

As a church we hold personal data for the purposes of maintaining membership of the church, and for administering activities for individuals who are either members of the church or have regular contact with it. We will never disclose personal details to parties outside the church, without the express permission of individuals to do so.  If anyone has any concerns on personal data held, or any questions on data protection, then please contact Helena Thomas (Data Controller) or speak to one of the clergy or churchwardens.

Honouring our VC Sunday 2nd April at 10.30am

On Sunday 2nd April we are having a special service to mark the centenary of the act of bravery which led William Gosling to be awarded the Victoria Cross. The service will be followed by a parade to the War Memorial where a plaque in his honour will be unveiled. This service takes the place of our normal 10am service on that day.

Parking for VC Service on 2nd April

There will be no public parking at the church on that day except for VIPs and those with blue disabled badges. We do have a limited number of parking permits for the day so if you need to park at the church and are unable to walk up, please ask the vicar.

Quiet Day

On Saturday 18th March in Legge House from 10.0am to 4.0pm. Cost £10 each. Plus lunch available £5.25 – jacket potato with egg/cheese or tuna followed by yoghurt/fruit or cake. Drinks provided. Morning workshop, afternoon own choice finishing with group prayer. Please talk to Gwen Poole on 813573 or in church by Thursday 16th March

 East Wichel Primary visit – 21st March

We will be welcoming children from foundation stage at East Wichel Primary School this year- about 55 children between 4 and 5 yrs old coming to find out more about what happens in a church- and we’d love your help! They will be visiting on Tuesday 21st March in the afternoon from about 1.30pm for an hour- if you would be available to show them around, I promise that they will make you smile! Please let Nicola know.

Dementia Friends Information Session

Last year I trained as a Dementia Friends Champion with the Alzheimer`s Society. This enables me to run information sessions to local community groups. Dementia Friends is a social action movement that aims to increase understanding of dementia and inspire people to take action to support people affected by dementia in their community. The sessions last for 1 hour  – would you like to come along to learn more about dementia and how we can help those around us?? If so, please sign the sign up sheet with your details on the Church Chest. I will then plan dates and let you know when the sessions are running –

Many thanks Cheryl 

Ladies Who Lunch Thursday 16th March  at 12.30pm at The Baker’s Arms at Badbury. Names to Gwen on 813573 or by email, please

Quiet Day Saturday 18th March from 10.30am to 4pm at Legge House Names to Gwen on 813573 or by email, please

Tea and Talk (formerly Supper and Chat) onday 20th March at 8pm at 43 Savill Crescent. Names to Gwen on 813573 or by email, please

 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

 CHURCH IN THE WIDER WORLD

 Swindon Youth for Christ

Swindon Youth for Christ works in many of the secondary schools in Swindon. They are sometimes invited to lead assemblies or RE lessons. In some schools the BIOS van may visit at lunchtime or after school to provide opportunities for the young people to talk with the SYFC workers. Some schools may have Christian groups which SYFC are able to support.

Please pray for all the young people in Swindon’s schools, that they will be able to find out about God’s love for them.

Knitting for Seafarers

Thank you to all who have handed in hats, scarves, gloves and balaclavas. The Mission to Seafarers is grateful for donations throughout the year so please keep knitting and put your finished items in the box in church. There are a couple of balls of wool in it if you need some to get started and some suitable patterns, but you can use your own favourite patterns. Please call Janet Henderson on 525856 for more information.

LENT 2017

 Lent Groups and Lent Compline

Following a special course based written by our Bishops and Senior Staff on the Creating Connections theme

 Monday morning 10 am

Leader Margaret Penfound at 11 St John Road

Monday evening in Church 7.30pm

Leaders Barbara Abrey, Nicola Such, Michael Johnson

Tuesday evenings 7.30pm

Leader Carolyn Kirk at 12 Artis Avenue

Please sign up on the sheet on the church chest

LENT WEDNESDAYS at 6.30pm

This year we are offering Compline and Reflection based on Walter Brueggemann’s book Into Your Hand: Confronting Good Friday.

This week please pray for:-

  • Swindon Youth for Christ
  • The Residents of Marlborough Road and Staldon Road
  • The planned Deanery Church of England school and The Ridgeway School
  • Christian Aid and the people they are helping

 

We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently, especially, Caroline Stewart, Mollie Tanner, Margaret Watts and Ken Farncombe. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.

26th February 2017

WELCOME TO OUR ENEWSLETTER

 

Sunday 26th February 2017

Sunday next before Lent

 

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 and Baptism of Margot Weighell

4.00pm     Church at 4

Wednesday 1st March

Ash Wednesday

6.30pm       Ash Wednesday Eucharist

                   with Imposition of ashes

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 26th February

Monday 27th February

8.30am         Holy Communion – Church

10.00am       Bible Study Group – 11 St John Road

Tuesday 28th February

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery

7.30pm        Standing Committee Meeting

Wednesday 1st March – Ash Wednesday

8.30am         Morning Prayer

10.00am       Holy Communion – St Josephs

6.30pm        Ash Wednesday Eucharist

Thursday 2nd March

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station         – Neen & Chris

Friday 3rd March

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

1.45pm        Women’s World Day of Prayer – St Joseph’s

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice

Saturday 4th March

4.00pm        Wedding Service for Peter Cullingford and Teresa Clarke

7.30pm        Quiz with optional fish and chip supper

Dates for your diary

Quiz with optional fish and chip supper

On Saturday March 4th. 7.30pm start in the Church Hall, Priors Hill. Further details from Jean Ford 522964.

Talk and Chat

Monday 6th March, 7.30pm at 43 Savill Crescent.

Saturday 13th August 2017

Barbecue at Legge House from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Sunday 5th March

Lent 1

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Revd Barbara Abrey

Sidesmen:     Gillian Pitter and Sally Speller

10.00am    Parish Communion

Preacher:      Revd Barbara Abrey

Intercessor:  Janet Henderson

Reading:       Romans 5: 12-19

Reader:        Helen Toomer

Servers:        Gillian Pitter and Jean Ford

Sidesmen:     Sue Dallyn and Pat Herring

4.00pm       Church at 4

Leader:         Paul Woolley

6.00pm       Evensong

Preacher:      Canon Michael Johnson

Intercessor:  Cheryl Hawkins

1st Reading: Deuteronomy 6: 4-9 & 16-end

Reader:        Malcolm Morrison

2nd Reading:          Luke 15: 1-10

Reader:        Dr John Godfree

Servers:        Gillian Pitter

Sidesmen:     Jean Ford and Malcolm Morrison

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to David Bathe, Carolyn Kirk, Safia Burdell, David Saunders, Sophie Houlton, Tom Townsend and Christine Wrixon who celebrate their birthdays during the coming week.

Lent small groups 2017- Creating connections 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 on Monday mornings or Monday or Tuesday evenings for five weeks starting on 6th March. Please sign up to indicate your interest- there is a space to let us know if another time would suit you better- we’ll see what we can arrange! Please sign up today!

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

Quiz with optional fish and chip supper

On Saturday March 4th. 7.30pm start in the Church Hall, Priors Hill. Further details from Jean Ford 522964.

Honouring our VC Sunday 2nd April at 10.30am

On Sunday 2nd April we are having a special service to mark the centenary of the act of bravery which led William Gosling to be awarded the Victoria Cross. The service will be followed by a parade to the War Memorial where a plaque in his honour will be unveiled. This service takes the place of our normal 10am service on that day.

East Wichel Primary visit – 21st March

We will be welcoming children from foundation stage at East Wichel Primary School this year- about 55 children between 4 and 5 yrs old coming to find out more about what happens in a church- and we’d love your help! They will be visiting on Tuesday 21st March in the afternoon from about 1.30pm for an hour- if you would be available to show them around, I promise that they will make you smile! Please let Nicola know.

Quiet Day

On Saturday 18th March in Legge House from 10.0am to 4.0pm. Cost £10 each. Plus lunch available £5.25 – jacket potato with egg/cheese or tuna followed by yoghurt/fruit or cake. Drinks provided. Morning workshop, afternoon own choice finishing with group prayer. Please talk to Gwen Poole on 813573 or in church by Thursday 16th March

Dementia Friends Information Session

Last year I trained as a Dementia Friends Champion with the Alzheimer`s Society. This enables me to run information sessions to local community groups. Dementia Friends is a social action movement that aims to increase understanding of dementia and inspire people to take action to support people affected by dementia in their community. The sessions last for 1 hour  – would you like to come along to learn more about dementia and how we can help those around us?? If so, please sign the sign up sheet with your details on the Church Chest. I will then plan dates and let you know when the sessions are running –

Many thanks Cheryl 

Churches Together Banner

Churches Together in Wroughton are commissioning a roll-out banner to use at events. The banner will feature a background of photos taken around Wroughton. If you have an photos you think may be appropriate, please email them to Geoff Naylor (g.naylor2@ntlworld.com). Thank you.

Tea and Chat

Our next meeting is Monday 6th March, 7.30pm at 43 Savill Crescent. Newcomers are welcome to join us to discuss topics of current and religious content. Please contact Gwen on (813573).

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.

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

CHURCH IN THE WIDER WORLD

Swindon Youth for Christ

For the past nine years, SYFC has been developing “LUSH”, a course on sex and relationships which is used as part of schools’ personal, social and health education curriculum. This year, in addition to the tried and tested material, they have added a new strand looking at the effects of pornography. The programme recognises that young people need safe spaces to talk about these important life issues.

Please pray that more schools will invite SYFC to provide this course for them, and that young people will be transformed for the better by this work.

Knitting for Seafarers

Thank you to all who have handed in hats, scarves, gloves and balaclavas. The Mission to Seafarers is grateful for donations throughout the year so please keep knitting and put your finished items in the box in church. There are a couple of balls of wool in it if you need some to get started and some suitable patterns, but you can use your own favourite patterns. Please call Janet Henderson on 525856 for more information.

This week please pray for:-

  • Swindon Youth for Christ
  • The Residents of Markham Place and Stonehenge Road
  • Peter & Teresa and their families for their forthcoming wedding on Saturday.
  • Our Standing Committee as they meet this week
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently, especially Caroline Stewart, Mollie Tanner, Harold Jefferies, Margaret Watts, Ken Farncombe and Roy Sloan. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.