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.


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


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


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)


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.


Canon John Burnett

We are sorry to announce that Canon John Burnett, much loved Vicar of Wroughton from 1956-1976 died on Sunday 17 July. His funeral will take place on Wednesday 10 August 2016 at St Alban’s Parish Church, Westbury Park, Bristol BS6 7LX at 11.45 am followed by Cremation at Canford Crematorium at 1.00 pm.