25th February 2024

Lent 2


8am                        MORNING PRAYER in Church

10am                     HOLY COMMUNION in Church and on YouTube


Tuesday 27th February                     9.00am                 Morning Prayer – Church

Wednesday 28th February              2.00pm                 Funeral Service for Susan Davies – NWilts Crematorium

Thursday 29th February                   9.00am                 Morning Prayer – Church

Friday 1st March                                12noon                 Lent Lunches – St Joseph’s Parish Centre

Saturday 2nd March                          3.30pm                 Afternoon Tea, Church Hall (See separate notice)

SUNDAY 3rd MARCH 2024              

Lent 3

8am                        HOLY COMMUNION in Church

                                Preacher:             Revd Barbara Abrey

Sidespersons:    David & Lynda Pell

10.00am               HOLY COMMUNION in Church and on YouTube      

Preacher:             Revd Barbara Abrey

Intercessor:        Marion Colton

Reading:               1 Corinthians 1. 18-25

Reader:                 Helen Thomas

Altar Servers:     Andrew Kirk and Louise Bowyer

Sidespersons:    Alan & Kathy Gregory

6.00pm                 EVENSONG in Church and on YouTube       

Preacher:             Revd Phill Harrison

Intercessor:        John Henderson

Reading:               Exodus 5. 1-6:1

Reader:                 Janet Henderson

Sidespersons:    Sylvia Woodward and Jean Ford

Live streaming the 10am service

The 10am service will be live streamed on You Tube. Please visit our YouTube Channel on https://www.youtube.com/@WroughtonWichelstoweParChurch (or search for Wroughton and Wichelstowe Parish church) and press the ‘subscribe’ button.

‘Sunday Club’ dates

Our Sunday morning group for primary school aged children takes place in the Vicarage during the 10am service, usually on the 1st and 3rd Sundays.  Future dates are:


Date Adults- lead/support
3/3 Karen H/ Lyn
17/3 Hannah/Holly
7/4 Joan/Helena T


Small Groups

If you would like to join a small group, please contact the leaders of the groups below and find out where there is space. We would love to have everyone involved in a small group.

22 Kellsborough Avenue Mondays 10am-11.30 Lillian Wicks & Louise Bessent
12 Artis Avenue Tuesdays at 7.30pm Carolyn Kirk
Church Hall Alternate Tuesday evenings Nick Orman
The Vicarage Wednesday evenings during term time. Karen & Phill Harrison
Church Hall Saturday men’s breakfast Mike Mason

Lent & Climate Justice – guest speaker 25th February 

We’re pleased to welcome Deborah Tomkins, co-chair of ‘Green Christian’ to our 10am service on Sunday 25 February.  The ‘Green Christian’ organisation work with Christians, churches and the Green movement to witness to hope in the ecological crisis. Deborah will talk on ‘Climate Justice’.

And please pray for the Lent Vigil for Climate Justice taking place until 24th February outside Parliament, where ordinary people  from Tearfund, Christian Aid, Green Christian and others will lament our climate complicity and call for bold action.


During Lent the Tuesday evening small group, which meets at the church hall, will be studying a course produced by the Diocese of Bristol, based around the diocese’s “Transforming Church. Together” project. There are four sessions, starting on 20th February, and we will meet on the Tuesdays in Lent except when there is a prayer meeting. If you would be interested in joining us please speak to Nick or Joan Orman, or email joan.orman@btinternet.com

Lent Lunches

Soup  ~  Bread  ~  Cheese

Tea or Coffee

Every Friday during Lent at St Joseph’s Parish Centre, Devizes Road, Wroughton

From Friday 16th February, 12noon to 1.00pm – Donations for Christian Aid/Cafod.  Everyone Welcome

Afternoon tea, Saturday 2nd March – tickets now on sale

Our Wednesday housegroup is organising an afternoon tea (the full works!) in aid of the Swindon Food Collective, on Saturday 2nd March in the church hall, from 3.30-5pm. Tickets are £10 and are now available from the church office. Under 12s are free, but please let us know and bring an item to donate to the Food Collective with you. Please do come and treat yourselves in aid of a very worthy cause. 

Cheryl Hawkins update – Good news!

On Sunday 5th February the Acting Archdeacon of Bristol made the following announcement: “Following the recent interviews and the recommendation of the Parish representatives, the Bishop of Bath and Wells has appointed the Reverend Cheryl Hawkins to the post of Vicar of the Benefice of Burnham on Sea.  This appointment is subject to a satisfactory completion of the usual statutory checks made on all clergy taking up a new post. Details of a Service of Welcome and Institution will be announced in due course. We give thanks for the ministry that Cheryl has offered during her time with the Diocese of Bristol; please hold her in your prayers as she prepares to begin this new ministry.”

Men’s Group

The next meeting of the Church Men’s Group will be on Saturday 16th March, gathering at Waitrose car park at 8.45 am for a walk around the green spaces of Wichelstowe. There will be coffee and chat afterwards at the H & W, winding up around 11.00 am.

Anyone interested in attending for the first time, please contact Mike Mason on masonmj@ntlworld.com

The Children’s Society:

The annual collection box opening has raised £365 for the work of The Children’s Society. Many thanks to all the box holders.  Carolyn Kirk

Date for Diary – Spring Ramble

Our next walk will be on Sunday 21st April at 2pm – hopefully by then it will be somewhat dryer underfoot!

Do come and join us ….. it’s a lovely way to explore our local area and come together in fellowship.  As usual there will be tea & cake at the end.  More details nearer the time.  Helena Thomas


As part of the Wiltshire Green Open Homes week, we are opening the church hall on Saturday 9th March from 1pm to 4 pm to demonstrate the energy saving measures that we have taken. Youn are welcome to come to see if anything we have done could be applied in your home.

The improvements that we have made, improved insulation, improved heating controls and the solar slates mean that the energy use of the church and church hall in 2023 was only 37% as much as it was in 2019.

Eco Top Tips – practical ways to take better care of God’s creation

February – Be informed

  1. Are you responsible for more or less than the average UK carbon footprint of 12 tonnes CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent)? Challenge yourself to reduce by 1 tonne this year. Climate Stewards have an easy to use carbon calculator climatestewards.org
  2. Read a book to become more “carbon literate” and understand the greenhouse gas cost of your choices. Try “How Bad are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything” Mike Burners-Lee
  3. Do your own internet research to become more “carbon literate”: choose one item a day this week to find out what its carbon “cost” is. For example a kg of rice produces 4kg of CO2e in production or a kg of potatoes is 0.37kg CO2e.

The Hiding Place – Oddments Theatre Co.

Come and watch the true story of Corrie Ten Boom and her family, who rescued Jews during the 2nd World War. Oddments Theatre are partnering with Maranatha Christian School and Barnabas Aid to bring this story to Swindon at 7pm on Friday 8th March (at Barnabas Aid, SN2 8UN). Tickets are £10 at www.oddments-theatre.co.uk.


We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have, died recently Susan Davies.  We pray for all those who mourn the loss of a loved one.


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Please use the prayer and prayer pointers below in your own prayers and encourage their use by your congregation and in prayers of intercession.

Swindon Deanery Prayer

Lord God, maker of heaven and earth,

We thank you for your unceasing care for us and for calling us to serve you in Swindon Deanery.

We lift our eyes to you and ask for your help in Swindon and the surrounding communities.

As we share the hope, love and good news of Jesus in our neighbourhoods

Guide us by your Spirit,

Unite us in your Son

And lead us to the people and initiatives where you want us to be.

Transform our Deanery so that more people know your love and hope in their lives

As we commit to serve one another and our town and villages

With love which reflects Jesus’ sacrifice, compassion and priorities

In His name we pray


Please pray:

  • For clarity of thought as we plan and implement the Deanery Vision
  • For human and other resources to make the plan a reality
  • For clear priorities making best use of available resources
  • For good communication and cooperation within the Deanery and with those elsewhere in the diocese who can help us
  • For effective sharing of the hope, love and good news of Jesus in our neighbourhoods.
  • For God’s kingdom to become more visible in Swindon and for more people to be impacted by God’s love.