9th October 2016

Sunday 9th October 2016

Trinity 20

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 9th October

Monday 10th October

8.30am         Holy Communion – Church

10.00am       Bible Study Group – Meet for Coffee at 22 Kellsboro Avenue

8.00pm        Supp and Chat – Brown Jack

Tuesday 11th October

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

11.30am       Funeral Service for Joyce Woodcock

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery – Parish Office

Wednesday 12th October

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Parish Office

10.00am       Holy Communion – St Joseph’s

Thursday 13th October

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station         – Sara Jane and Sherralyn

Friday 14th October

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

12noon        Funeral Service for Iris Coates

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice – Church

Saturday 15th October

Dates for your Diary

Ladies Who Lunch Christmas Lunch, at The Baker’s Arms, Badbury at 12.30pm on the 19th December. Menus available about the beginning of December.

Sunday 16th October

Trinity 21

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Tracy Mason

Sidesmen:     Gillian Pitter and Sally Speller

10.00am    Parish Communion

Preacher:      Tracy Mason

Intercessor:  Janet Henderson

Reading:       1 Corinthians 15: 1-9

Reader:        Lillian Wicks

Servers:        Gillian Pitter and Cheryl Hawkins

Sidesmen:     David & Mary Evans

11.30am     Baptism Service for Violet Mandry, Finley Till and Amelia Sharpe

4.00pm       Church at 4 – Church Hall

Led by:         Joan Orman

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Kate Orman, Anne Middleton and Keith Lambert who celebrate their birthdays during the coming week.

Harvest Supper

A big thank you to all those who organised and helped with the harvest supper. It was an excellent meal and cheerfully served by our friends in the church. A lovely atmosphere and a warm welcome in the very pleasant surroundings of Legge House. It was all very much appreciated. Those of us who live alone love having a meal arranged for us – no preparation, no cooking and best of all no washing up. Thank you all SO much.

LEGGE HOUSE  Social Afternoon and Cream Tea

On Sunday 16th October at 3pm. A family event if you wish – out doors if warm enough – Tickets £5 single £10 for more people. Please order your tickets, with numbers beforehand to help catering. Gwen on 813573, Sheila and Mark on 813273

Help give the Church an ‘Autumn Clean’

It’s the wrong time of year for a spring clean, but our church building could do with an in-depth clean, especially those hard to reach ‘higher places’.

Your opportunity to ‘man the mops’ is on Saturday 22nd October, starting at 09.00am. We’ll be here for approximately 2 hours, so please come along and help – even if only for half an hour. (Cake and light refreshments will be available!).  No skill or equipment required, but if anyone has brushes/tools that can reach high places, please bring them along.  Any questions to Helena Thomas or the Vicar.

Light Party We will be holding a children’s ‘Light’ party as an alternative to Halloween on 29 October from 5 to 7pm. There will be fancy dress, games, crafts and food. If you are able to help in any way there will be a planning meeting on October 10th at 8pm12 Artis Avenue or alternatively please speak to Barbara Abrey or Carolyn Kirk. Thank you

The Wroughton Nativity We’re very pleased to have Gatecrash Theatre working with us again on a re-telling of the Christmas story particularly aimed at children. We’ll be starting in Legge House with crafts and refreshments and journeying around the church grounds, meeting various witnesses to Jesus’ birth as we go. There will be two performances at 3.30pm and 6.30pm on Saturday 17th December- and in order to cover costs and keep a track of audience numbers we will be selling tickets nearer the time.

We are looking for some adult community performers to join us in the project. If you are interested in being involved please email gatecrashtheatre@gmail.com or call 07824702851 by mid November. Commitment to this project is minimal but it is a requirement that you are available on Saturday 10th and Saturday 17th December and the evening of Wednesday 14th December in order to perform.

Church Lifts

Would you be able to bring one or two people to church? The need is specially at 10am on Sundays. If you would like to help in this way, please let one of the clergy know or contact our Parish Office.

Even more knitting

We are planning to ‘yarn bomb’ Wroughton with small knitted angels this December.  We need hundreds of small knitted angels that we can leave around Wroughton with a Christmas message attached and they are very simple and quick to make. The  pattern for the angels is available on the Church chest. Please make as many as you can in any colour and leave them in Church before the beginning of December.

Ladies who Lunch

Monday 10th October at The White Hart, High Street, Wroughton at 12.30pm. names to me on Sunday, 9th October

Tuesday 18th October at The Barbary, Broad Hinton at 12.30pm. names to me by the 16th October please

Monday 24th October at Sally  Pussey, Wootton Bassett road, at 12.30pm, NAMES TO VERONICA by the Sunday please, or by  Verongar@aol.com

CHURCH IN THE WIDER WORLD

Tearfund works in many countries of the world, bringing the love of Christ to those who struggle to live independent lives, frequently because of manmade or natural disasters.

  • Tearfund’s partner in South Sudan is helping communities cope with an influx of displaced people as a result of civil war. Bible studies have encouraged villagers to start economic, social and physical transformation, so that they are now empowered and willing to help those in desperate need.
  • Christians in Nepal have been at the forefront in helping people recover from the ongoing effects of last year’s earthquake which killed about 8,000 people. Tearfund has helped to          train churches to be active and effective when natural disasters strike.
  • Tearfund’s partner The Ezra Centre Foundation in Guatemala has joined with other Christians in supporting the movement to fight corruption through marches and protests, in a country with high levels of poverty and violence.

Please pray for Tearfund’s ongoing work in these places and thank God that it is making a real difference to many lives.

Knit for Mission to Seafarers

Knit for Mission to Seafarers Imagine getting on a ship in summer in the Philippines dressed in shorts and t-shirt. Soon you find yourself transiting the North Atlantic with only your overalls to keep you warm. This can be a very real problem for seafarers. If you can knit you can help by making hats, scarves, gloves and balaclavas (and thank you to the ladies who have been knitting regularly throughout the year). The Mission to Seafarers website has pattern suggestions. When they are completed please bring them to church and put them in the box by the choir vestry. You can also help if you would like to donate some balls of wool for others to knit which can also be put in the box. Any questions please see Janet Henderson 525856.

Children’s library in Uganda

Many thanks to all those who responded to the request from Amos Kimer in Uganda for help with this project. We have been able to send £550 .

CMS link – Kate Quarrell

Kate is extremely grateful for all the hats and blankets for new-born babies that we sent out to Uganda. She has passed them on to the maternity unit to distribute. Thank you to all those who donated them. Please see her interesting newletter on the noticeboard on the pillar – we get a mention!

This week please pray for:-

  • The Mission to Seafarers
  • he Residents of Ellendune Centre Flats and East Wichel Way
  • The families of Finley, Violet and Amelia who will be Baptised next Sunday.
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Iris Coates, Betty Hartley and Joyce Woodcock. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.

 

25th September 2016

Sunday 25th September 2016

Trinity 18

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 25th September

Monday 26th September

8.30am         Holy Communion – Church

10.00am       Bible Study Group – 11 St John Road

7.30pm        Churches together in Wroughton

Tuesday 27th September

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery – Parish Office

Wednesday 28th September

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Parish Office

10.00am       Holy Communion – St Joseph’s

7.30pm        Standing Committee Meeting

Thursday 29th September

8.30am          Morning Prayer – Church

11.00am         Funeral Service for Gordon Newman

7.30pm            Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station         – Paul and Hazel

Friday 30th September

8.45am                  Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm                  Bellringers Practice – Church

Saturday 31st September

Dates for your Diary

Harvest Supper

Tuesday 4th October, 7.00p.m. at Legge House

Friends of Legge House

Sunday 16th October at 3 pm, a Cream Tea at Legge House.

Ladies Who Lunch Christmas Lunch, at The Baker’s Arms, Badbury at 12.30pm on the 19th December. Menus available about the beginning of December.
Sunday 2nd October

Harvest Festival

Trinity 19

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Canon Michael Johnson

Sidesmen:     John & Iris Smith

10.00am    Parish Communion

Preacher:      Canon Michael Johnson

Intercessor:  Cheryl Hawkins

Reading:       Phillippians 4: 4-9

Reader:        Carol Gibbon

Servers:        Kathy Gregory and Cheryl Hawkins

Sidesmen:     Lillian Wicks and Ross Fralley

4.00pm       Church at 4 – Church Hall

Led by:         Revd Nicola Such and Teresa Townsend

6.30pm       Evensong

Preacher:      Dr John Godfree

Intercessor:  Helen Toomer

1st Reading: 1 Timothy 6: 6-10

Reader:        Jean Ford

2nd Reading:          Matthew 6: 25-35

Reader:        Clive Parker

Servers:        David Bathe

Sidesmen:     Jean Ford and Malcolm Morrison

 

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Denis Sansum and Catherine Evans who celebrate their birthdays during the coming week.

Floodlighting

The Church will be floodlit on Monday 26th September by Angela Little in memory of Robin Little;

Harvest Offerings—Sunday 2nd October

We will be collecting items for the Filling Station again this year. As we would like to make a display, contributions before the 28th September would be wonderful. A list of useful items is available to take away. Please leave your items in the church.

Church at 4 will be meeting for a Harvest Mossy Church on the 2nd October, 4pm starting at the Parish Hall—everyone welcome!

Harvest Supper

Our Harvest Supper will be held at Legge House on Tuesday 4th October from 7pm. Tickets are available in church at just £10 per head. Tickets available from Margaret Penfound or Carolyn Kirk.

Funeral Service for Gordon Newman

Gordon Newman’s funeral service takes place in church on Thursday at 11am, with the committal at Kingsdown at 3pm. Between the two there is a celebratory buffet lunch at the Christine Spooncer suite in the Ellendune Centre. Everyone is invited to wear bright colours. If you want to let the family know that you are coming there is a web page on Hilliers web site.

The Children Society collection Boxes

If you have a Children’s Society collection box that needs emptying please can you bring it to me at the 10am service or let me know of a convenient time for me to call and collect it from you ( tel no 637161). The deadline for boxes to be emptied is 25 September. Carolyn Kirk

Hearing Loop

We now have a new sound system and hearing loop installed in the Parish Hall for use in our Church at 4 Service.

Youth Alpha

Youth Alpha beings again on 25th September. Please pray for us as we begin a study on the gospel of Mark.

Light Party We will be holding a children’s ‘Light’ party as an alternative to Halloween on 29 October from 5 to 7pm. There will be fancy dress, games, crafts and food. If you are able to help in anyway there will be a planning meeting on October 10th at 8pm12 Artis Avenue or alternatively please speak to Barbara Abrey or Carolyn Kirk. Thank you

CHURCH IN THE WIDER WORLD

Swindon Youth for Christ world record attempt The Younite Foundation, a new trust supporting children and young people, are aiming to get 500 people involved in a Swiss Ball exercise class next month. BIOS, a Swindon Youth for Christ project helping young people in Swindon, is one of three charities which will benefit from the event. Organisers are looking for 500 people take part in the class, which will take place at David Lloyd Gym, Latham Road, Swindon SN25 4DL on Saturday 1 October.

Amy Cox, youth worker with BIOS, said: “The BIOS van is a fantastic resource that enables us to be able to go out and meet the young people where they are. We go to where they are and sit with them, providing them with shelter, blankets and hot chocolate. We engage with them and play games and sports with them but most of all we listen to them, care for them and offer them support and advice. Young people come to us in tears, having fallen out with friends or family members, sometimes homeless, on drugs or in trouble and we support them and help them get the help that they need.” To take part in the record attempt, register to take part at www.ballsbounceback.co.uk.

Participation is free but organisers are asking that each person makes a donation of £10. In return, you get to keep the Swiss Ball.

Tearfund works in many countries of the world, bringing the love of Christ to those who struggle to live independent lives, frequently because of manmade or natural disasters.

  • Tearfund’s partner in South Sudan is helping communities cope with an influx of displaced people as a result of civil war. Bible studies have encouraged villagers to start economic, social and physical transformation, so that they are now empowered and willing to help those in desperate need.
  • Christians in Nepal have been at the forefront in helping people recover from the ongoing effects of last year’s earthquake which killed about 8,000 people. Tearfund has helped to          train churches to be active and effective when natural disasters strike.
  • Tearfund’s partner The Ezra Centre Foundation in Guatemala has joined with other Christians in supporting the movement to fight corruption through marches and protests, in a country with high levels of poverty and violence.

Please pray for Tearfund’s ongoing work in these places and thank God that it is making a real difference to many lives.

Bicycles wanted

Does anyone have an adult-size bicycle that they no longer want? It doesn’t have to be in good condition, but the Harbour Project at St Luke’s Church in Swindon would love to have any unwanted bikes and can restore any in need of attention.  The project works with asylum seekers and refugees, living on very restricted means. If you are able to offer any, please speak to Margaret Penfound (812139) or contact the Harbour Project directly on 611682.

Knit for Mission to Seafarers

Knit for Mission to Seafarers Imagine getting on a ship in summer in the Philippines dressed in shorts and t-shirt. Soon you find yourself transiting the North Atlantic with only your overalls to keep you warm. This can be a very real problem for seafarers. If you can knit you can help by making hats, scarves, gloves and balaclavas (and thank you to the ladies who have been knitting regularly throughout the year). The Mission to Seafarers website has pattern suggestions. When they are completed please bring them to church and put them in the box by the choir vestry. You can also help if you would like to donate some balls of wool for others to knit which can also be put in the box. Any questions please see Janet Henderson 525856.

Children’s library in Uganda

Many thanks to all those who responded to the request from Amos Kimer in Uganda for help with this project. We have been able to send £550 .

This week please pray for:-

  • The Mission to Seafarers
  • The Residents of Elcombe Avenue and Halton Crescent
  • Our PCC and Standing Committee Members
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Gordon Newman and Phil Prentice. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.

 

11th September 2016

Sundays 11th September 2016

Ability Sunday, Trinity 16

A Prayer at the time of the Paralympic Games

Lord Jesus Christ, your love is more than gold, and the warmth of your welcome is a taste of heaven. We ask that as the champions of the world unite in the spirit of Paralympic competition you would grant us a vision of a world united in mutual respect and tolerance united in fairness and encouragement united in harmony and peace. Amen.

Today

8.00am     Holy Communion

10.00am    Parish Communion

4.00pm     Church at 4

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 11th September

Monday 12th September

8.30am         Holy Communion – Church

10.00am       Bible Study Group – 11 St John Road

7.30pm        Mission Matters

Tuesday 13th September

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery – Parish Office

7.30pm        Chapter Meeting – Church

Wednesday 14th September

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Parish Office

10.00am       Holy Communion – St Joseph’s

2.00pm        Funeral Service for Rhian Emms

7.00pm        Church at 4 – 49 Perrys Lane

Thursday 15th September

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

12.30pm       Ladies who Lunch – The Bell at Purton Stoke

7.30pm        Church & Community Meeting – 49 Perrys Lane

Filling Station         – Tony & Tracy

Friday 16th September

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice – Church

Saturday 17th September

Dates for your Diary

Supper & Chat

Monday 19th September at the Brown Jack, 8pm

Harvest Supper

Tuesday 4th October, 7.00p.m. at Legge House

Friends of Legge House

Sunday 16th October at 3 pm, a Cream Tea at Legge House. Details later.

Ladies Who Lunch Christmas Lunch, at The Baker’s Arms, Badbury at 12.30pm on the 19th December. Menus available about the beginning of December.

Sunday 18th September

Trinity 17

 8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Revd Nicola Such

Sidesmen:     Pat Lewis and Dee Vincent

10.00am    Parish Communion

Preacher:      Revd Nicola Such

Intercessor:  Janet Henderson

Reading:       1 Samuel 3: 1-10

Reader:        Tiffany Weighell

Servers:        Kathy Gregory and Cheryl Hawkins

Sidesmen:     Sherralyn Gower and Shaun Woodfield

11.30am     Baptism Service for Roman Forder and Henry, Ava & Hugh Mason

4.00pm       Church at 4 – Church Hall

Led by:         Paul Woolley

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Thomas Ward who celebrate his birthday during the coming week.

Floodlighting

The Church will be floodlit on Monday 12th September by Sharon Hawkins in memory of her Mum, Ann Hawkins.

TODAY – Ability Sunday

Sunday 11th September will be our ‘Ability Sunday’ a time to consider how we each have abilities to offer and share in our worship together.

Faith Pictures Course

Our short course looking at how we think and feel about sharing our faith begins on Monday 12th September.

Monday mornings – 10am at Margaret Penfound, 11 St John Road

Tuesday evenings (alternate weeks) – Carolyn Kirk

Thursday evenings (except for Session 1 which will be on Monday 12th September. 7.30pm at Nicola Such, 49 Perrys Lane. Please do sign up!

Consultation Morning

Following the PCC’s decision to continue the use of the nave altar we are now considering the occasions when we will use the eastern or high altar and the arrangements for receiving communion at the nave altar. We are holding a consultation morning in church on Saturday 17th September from 10am to 12 noon. If you would like to express a view, please come and have your say.

Youth & Children’s Leaders & Helpers

We will be meeting with diocesan advisor Dan Jones on Tuesday 20th September, 7.30pm in the Parish Hall. If you are involved in working with children and young people in any way we’d love you to be there to share reflections and ideas. Our youth & children’s commissioning service is on Sunday 18th September at 10am.

There is a training event ‘Equip’ on Saturday 5th November 9am—3pm being run by Swindon Youth for Christ at Gateway Church for those who are involved in Youth & Children’s work. Do speak to one of the clergy to find out more.

Harvest Offerings—Sunday 2nd October

We will be collecting items for the Filling Station again this year. As we would like to make a display, contributions before the 28th September would be wonderful. A list of useful items is available to take away.

Church at 4 will be meeting for a Harvest Mossy Church on the 2nd October, 4pm starting at the Parish Hall—everyone welcome!

Harvest Supper

Our Harvest Supper will be held at Legge House on Monday 4th October from 7pm. Tickets are available in church at just £10 per head.

Tracy Mason’s Licensing as Lay Minister

Tracy’s licensing will be on Saturday 24th September, 2.30pm at Bristol Cathedral. We have organised a coach to depart from the Ellendune Centre at 12.15pm. Please see Jean Ford or Ross Fralley to secure a place. Cost will be £10.00

The Children Society collection Boxes

If you have a Children’s Society collection box that needs emptying please can you bring it to me at the 10am service or let me know of a convenient time for me to call and collect it from you ( tel no 637161). The deadline for boxes to be emptied is 25 September. Carolyn Kirk

The Willows Autumn Concert

The Willows Autumn Concert featuring the popular Kentwood Choir, takes place on Sunday 18th September at the Blunsdon House Hotel and starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8.00 … what a bargain for a good night out! There will be a Grand Raffle with lots of very nice prizes, so please come along and support a good cause.

Hearing Loop

We now have a new sound system and hearing loop installed in the Parish Hall for use in our Church at 4 Service.

Diocesan Strategy

At our last PCC meeting we spent time exploring areas of the new strategy. Do have a look at our discussion sheets and add your own thoughts on the post-it notes!

Youth Alpha

Youth Alpha beings again on 25th September. Please pray for us as we begin a study on the gospel of Mark.

The Desert by John Moses Some of us are reading and learning about the Desert Fathers, using the book The Desert by John Moses. the first meeting will be on Friday 16th September, 7.30pm at 43 Savill crescent. Please ring Gwen on 813573 if you would like to join us. If you are interested talk to Gwen Poole (813573)

CHURCH IN THE WIDER WORLD

Piracy, shipwreck, abandonment and separation from loved ones are just a few of the problems merchant seafarers face. Around the world, The Mission to Seafarers provides help and support to the 1.5 million men and women who face danger every day to keep our global economy afloat.

We work in over 200 ports in 50 countries caring for seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs. Through our global network of chaplains, staff and volunteers we offer practical, emotional and spiritual support to seafarers through ship visits, drop-in centres and a range of welfare and emergency support services.

In over 100 ports our Flying Angel centres provide a ‘home away from home’ for seafarers who may have been at sea for up to two years. Here they can enjoy time away from their ship and use internet and phone facilities to get in touch with loved ones after months away.

In an emergency, the MtS is often the only help on offer. No matter what problem a seafarer is facing, be it injury, abandonment, non-payment of wages or personal difficulties, they know they can turn to the local Mission for help, advice and support. Our chaplains and volunteers offer practical and financial support, advocacy services, family liaison or simply a space to talk in a time of crisis.

Bicycles wanted

Does anyone have an adult-size bicycle that they no longer want? It doesn’t have to be in good condition, but the Harbour Project at St Luke’s Church in Swindon would love to have any unwanted bikes and can restore any in need of attention.  The project works with asylum seekers and refugees, living on very restricted means. If you are able to offer any, please speak to Margaret Penfound (812139) or contact the Harbour Project directly on 611682.

This week please pray for:-

  • The Mission to Seafarers
  • The Residents of Dunbar Road and Rectory Close
  • The Paralympics in Rio
  • Our Bible Study groups
  • For Roman Forder, Henry, Ava & Hugh Mason and their families as they are baptised next Sunday
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Rhian Emms. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.