Sunday 8th October 2017
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
8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am Parish Communion
4.00pm Church at 4
Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 8th October
Monday 9th October
8.30am Morning Prayer – Church
10.00am Bible Study – 11 St John Road
Tuesday 10th October
The Parish Office will be closed today
8.30am Morning Prayer – Church
6.00pm Clergy Surgery
7.45pm Wichelstowe planning meeting with The Stowe
Wednesday 11th October
8.30am Morning Prayer – Parish Office
7.30pm Baptism Preparation – 49 Perrys Lane
Thursday 12th October
8.30am Morning Prayer – Church
7.30pm Choir Practice – Church
Filling Station – Paul & Hazel
Friday 13th October
8.45am Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice
7.00pm Bellringers Practice – Church
7.00pm 115 Club
Saturday 14th October
Dates for your diary
Ladies who Lunch
Change of date – Thursday 19th October at 12.30pm at the The Blue Boar at Aldbourne.
Christmas Ladies Who Lunch
Ladies who Lunch Christmas lunch is on Monday 18th December at 12.30pm at the Baker’s, Badbury
Sunday 15th October 2017
Harvest and Thanksgiving Service
Breakfast available from 8.45 am
9.30am Parish Communion
Servers Jean Ford and Louise Sampson
Sidespeople: Lillian Wicks and Ross Fralley
11.45am Baptism for Tao Phanweises and Eleanor Pentelow
3.00pm Maasai Dancers – Church
Happy Birthday to Patricia Wilkinson, Maddie Rogers, Kate Orman, Anne Middleton and Keith Lambert on their birthdays during the coming week.
The Church was floodlit on Thursday 5th October by Mrs Edmonds in memory of her husband, Roy Edmonds; on Friday 13th October by Patricia Bevan in memory of her husband, John Edward Bevan.
Small group Would you be interested in meeting in a small group for Bible study, discussion and fellowship? A new group, led by Sadie Wells, will be meeting on alternate Tuesdays from 10 October, 12 Artis Avenue at 7.30pm. Please either speak to Sadie or to Carolyn Kirk for more details or add your name to the sign up sheet on the church chest.
Our monthly youth small group meets on the first Sunday of the month 6.30-8.30pm in the Parish Hall– if you know anyone between 11 and 18 who might enjoy meeting for fun, food and space to think about important questions then do talk to Ruth Orman or Nicola for more info about inviting them.
Harvest- 15th October Our Harvest and Thanksgiving service on 15th October is an all-together service for all congregations to celebrate God’s generosity. We’ll begin at 9.30am, but join us for a harvest breakfast from 8.45am. Our harvest donations will be going to The Filling Station to help those homeless on the streets in Swindon. Pick up a leaflet about suggested items.
Maasai dancers In the afternoon of 15th October we’ll be joined by the Osiligi Troupe of Maasai warriors from Kenya for a mix of dancing and music. It promises to be fun for all ages-invite your friends and neighbours! Flyers and invitations to give out are available. Please could you bake/bring cakes for the Maasai dancers on October 15th, we are hoping for lots of visitors and are serving tea and cakes. Please bring your offerings to Church Thank you.
All Souls Evensong 6.00 pm Sunday 5th November
On All Souls Day the church remembers and gives thanks for the lives of those who we have known and loved; we will be doing this at our All Souls Evensong. If there is someone that you would like to be remembered the prayers on that day, please fill in their name on the form in church or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be pleased to remember and pray for them on that day.
PCC News– Vacancy Update and Stewardship
The PCC has met on two occasions recently. Much of the time was spent discussing the paperwork required in order to advertise for a new Vicar. The good news is that this has now been agreed and the Job is now being advertised.
Please pray that the person God is calling to this post will apply. Copies of the Application pack are on the church chest (in the Baptistry) and can also be downloaded from the Vacancies section of the Bristol of Diocese website – do take a look!
At our last meeting the PCC also considered the draft budget for 2018. Unfortunately, this news is not as good as, once more our income is likely to drop because donors have died or moved away. At the moment (before we have received the pledges for next year’s giving) it looks like not only will we be unable to make any grants to other charities in 2018 or make a transfer to the fabric fund but in addition we will have to cuts in other areas of our ministry.
As we strive to continue growing in our mission and ministry as a church, our giving needs to grow too! You’ll see from the ‘giving guide’ leaflet that even those on a smaller income really can make a difference- and those of us who have more have a greater opportunity to be generous. Please consider this in your prayers. Please also consider signing up for the Parish Giving Scheme if you currently give by standing order– it will mean very little change for you, but will save the church many hours in admin. We’d love as many of your completed stewardship leaflets returned by our Harvest celebrations next Sunday.
We are hoping to run a short course in October/November for those thinking about confirmation and those who would like to refresh their knowledge of basic Christianity. It would be great if a few more experienced Christians could join us too to help the discussions along. If you are at all interested please talk to Barbara or Nicola.
The new diocesan newsletter is available to take away with you. Please help yourself to find out what is going on around the diocese.
Healing meeting – The next healing meeting will be at 15 Beaufort Road , Wroughton, SN4 9 HQ on Monday 16th October at 4pm. Anyone interested in the planning of healing services/healing on the streets are most welcome. Carolyn Perry 813823
Bristol Diocese- Draft Pastoral Scheme
There is a legal notice in the church porch publicising a draft Pastoral Scheme for changes to the existing parish of West Swindon & the Lydiards and creating two new parishes of North West Swindon & Lydiard Millicent and West Swindon & Lydiard Tregoze. It affects us in a small way as the scheme includes some minor changes to our own parish boundary by tidying up a couple of historical anomalies as shown on the plan displayed in the porch. This has already been approved by the PCC in March 2017 but representations can be made to the Church Commissioners following the guidance on the notice. The closing date is 9 October 2017. For further information please see Helen Toomer, PCC Secretary.
Christmas Knitting Angels and Stars
As our yarn bombing was such a success last Christmas we thought we would repeat it again this year. So it is time to start knitting again. Please make more of the angels we made last year, or if you can find a pattern we would like to add some stars this year. If you don’t knit well why not try making stars from fabric, as long as they are not too big and are stiff enough to look good when we put them out. Any questions to Barbara.
I walked the half shine in 4hrs 50mins, still trying to catch up on sleep. Thank you for your prayers and support , I will be collecting sponsor money until end of October should still want to donate. Jean Ford
Over the next two months we shall be asking for your prayers for the work of Tearfund (The Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund). Their aims:
We’re Christians committed to following Jesus where the need is greatest. God has called us to serve those living in poverty, regardless of race, gender, nationality or religious belief.
We know the gospel has the power to transform lives and heal communities, we see this truth in our work every day. God isn’t giving up on the poor, neither are we.
Tearfund is working in many countries alongside local groups to alleviate poverty and suffering. Please pray:
- For their workers in areas of conflict such as Syria, Afghanistan, Darfur and the Democratic Republic of Congo who are providing shelter, food and emergency supplies.
- For those helping to build peace in areas such as Nigeria.
- For the staff at headquarters to have wisdom and discernment in distributing funds and people where they are most needed.
This week please also pray for:-
- The Residents of Stirling Road and Falklands Road
- Open the Book at East Wichel School
- Harvest talks at Schools and Preschools
- The Filling Station
- We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Brian Allen, David Garrett, Josie Kenny, Wilfred Robinson, Susan Guest. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.