Pewsheet 29th Jan

 

SUNDAY 29th JANUARY (Epiphany 4)
(Candlemas—Presentation of Christ in the Temple)
8 am Said Eucharist—traditional language
10 am Parish Eucharist
Reading: Malachi 3. 1-5
Gospel: St Luke 2. 22-40
Hymns: 438, 284, 752, 45, 684, 36

NEXT SUNDAY 5th FEBRUARY
(4th Sunday before Lent)
8 am Said Eucharist—traditional language
10 am FAMILY WORSHIP
followed by shortened Eucharist @ 11.15 am
Reading: Isaiah 58. 1-9a
Gospel: St Matthew 5. 13-20
HYMNS: 709, 399, 666, 108

Remembering those who have asked for our prayers:
Sheila Ambrose, Anne Baker, Mary Beint, Stanley Blake, Tony Bollen, Christopher Brown, Pauline Buckley, John Clarke, Lisa Clift, Ken Harrison, Josie Harrison, Richard Holtham, Carol Iles, John Lloyd, Diane Mansfield, Elizabeth McKinlay-Walker, Mary & Barbara Neate,
Kay Readman, Tony Reeves, Bernice & Robert, Gwen Williams, Janet (Sheila Laurence’s sister)
From the Candle Stand: John Forrester (Kent), for a Polish lady who is feeling isolated

Thank you to all those who supported the Autumn Fayre Coffee Morning yesterday. We raised £501 !!!
Sat 18th Feb@ 7 pm —Treorchy Choir Concert:
Tickets £20 Available from Daphne: List at back of church.

FOUNDATIONS OF FAITH
Next meeting is on 9th February, 7.30 pm the Club Room. Topic “Is Jesus the Son of God? And does it matter?” Still time to join. All welcome.
If you would like to receive this weekly notice sheet by email, please sign the list and give your email details on the list at the back of church.

Sunday 5th February @ 4 pm: Chamber Music @ St Andrew’s
ENSEMBLE BURLETTA (Shelley Levy-Clarinet; Katalin Kertesz & Joanne Green—Violins, Nichola Blakey—Viola; Cressida Nash—Cello). Programme will include Mozart’s arrangement of 2 Bach Fugues & the much loved Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op 115. Entrance free, refreshments in interval, retiring collection in aid of St Andrew’s Church

Unique Gala Film Evening on Friday 03 Feb at the Neeld Community & Arts Centre. Private showing of the Ken Loach film ‘I, Daniel Blake’. Kindly spon-sored by John Williams Heating Services. A ‘must see’ film for anyone with a social conscience. Tickets £10 from Neeld Hall 446699 or on line www.neeld.co.uk or see Sue Symonds : Doors open 7.00pm Film cert 15+ Running time 1hr 40 mins Refreshments available:All proceeds to Doorway

ANDY’S TOTS
1.30 pm Now on EVERY Tuesday in church. Songs, stories, craft and play for children aged 0-4. Everyone is welcome! If you can think of a friend or neighbour with young children, please take an invitation card for them.
NEW SCHEDULE FOR Monthly 6.30pm EVENING WORSHIP
19th February—Taize: 19th March—Healing Service
Glastonbury Abbey House Retreat: This year’s retreat at Abbey House will be from Friday 17th—Sunday 19th March, sadly John Clarke has had to withdraw due to illness. Rod is trying to secure a new retreat conductor, but will lead it himself if no one is able to step in.
. Booking forms now available in church
The annual subs of £9.00 for Church magazine is now due. Please send your payment to Sue Haslop, 64 Sad-lers Mead, Chippenham SN15 3PL. Cheques should be made payable to St. Andrew’s P.C.C. Thank you.
St Andrew’s Art Group meets in Church between 1.30 & 4 pm on Mondays. New Members welcome, Just turn up if you are interested.
The Birthday List for 2017 has been up-dated and is at the back of church. Should you wish to be included, please insert your name appropriately —year of birth not re-quired!!!
Chippenham Street Pastors needs YOU! Come & join us for adven-turous Saturday nights! A training course is starting with an information and “Taster” session on Weds 1st Feb at 7.30 pm @ Sheldon Road Methodist Church. All Welcome. See Dick Spencer (-01249-651565)

Women’s World Day of Prayer Service will be held @ St Andrew’ 2 pm on Fri 3rd March.
Weds 1st February COFFEE SHOP 9.30 AM—12 NOO N
100 CLUB Feb 2017—end Jan 2018: Subscriptions for the coming year now due Annual £60 for one number ; £30 for one number for 6 months—second payment of £30 due August 2017. New members always welcome. Thank you for your sup-port. Margaret Harrison.

Donations of Christmas & Occasion cards & unwanted buttons welcomed for Carers Support craft sessions. Sue Hollands

A note from Sue & Bill Reed: Thank you to our many friends @ St A who sent Christmas Cards. We were over-whelmed and very touched to think you remembered us. Bill & Sue

Pancake party & Beetle Drive on Shrove Tuesday 28th February. 6 for 6.30 pm: Adults £5 children £2.50. Tickets available next Sun 5th Feb.

Meeting for all Coffee Shop Helpers will be held on Wed 8th Feb @ 12.30 pm; bring your own packed lunch, coffee/tea will be provided. Liz Fox

PCC MEETING Tues 31st JAN @ 7.30 pm in the Club Room

Social Events Committee meets on Tues 7th February @ 2.30 pm @ 44 Langley Road.

Items for March magazine to be with Editor, Jenny Norris by Sun 5th Feb

 

Chamber Music at St Andrew’s Church, 4pm Sun 5th Feb

 

Ensemble Burletta

 Shelley Levy – Clarinet

Katalin Kertész and Joanne Green – Violins

Nichola Blakey – Viola

Cressida Nash – Cello

Sunday 5th Feb. 4.00pm

Programme to include Mozart’s arrangement

of 2 Bach Fugues and the much-loved

Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor

Entrance free

Refreshments during the interval

Retiring collection in aid of St Andrews

CHURCH BIRTHDAY CARD

If you or your family are regular worshippers at St Andrew’s, we would very much like to send you a birthday card each year on your special day.

There is a list  at the back of the church for  you to enter your date, you’ll be pleased to know that the year is not required.

Should you not be in church on that particular Sunday – look out for the postman!

Foundations of Faith Begins Thurs 26th Jan

Foundations of Faith is an informal discussion group on the “Christian Basics” (what do we mean by God? Who is Jesus? How can I understand the bible? What about other faiths? – there’s no end to the possible questions!) – looking at the central claims of our faith and trying to understand them better. It’s very informal and there are no right or wrong answers on offer, just a chance to share ideas and hear some of the ways people have answered these questions in the past. It’s as valuable for committed Christians as it is for people who are considering the claims of faith – and it’s also a good preparation for adults thinking about baptism or confirmation. The initial course is of 8 session course and it will begin soon! We’ll meet fortnightly, and we’ve gone with the most popular day for those who have expressed interest so far, which is a Thursday. We begin on 26th January at 7.30 pm in the meeting room – the blue door to the left side of the church as you go through the gates.  So contact Rod, 652788, if you’d like to learn more, come along on Thursday!

Andy’s Tots – every Tuesday at 1.30pm in Church

What is “Andy’s Tots” all about? It’s a mixture of songs, craft, stories and games for children aged 0 to 4 years. We begin in church sitting in a circle and singing a few songs – favourites  include “Mister Cow” and “Have You Seen the Pussycat?” – and then a simple story followed by making something (it might be a Mother’s Day card or a decoration!). Then we might have a march – and have a turn at ringing the church bell. Then it’s drink and a biscuit, after which, we get the ride-ons and toys out for the last 10 minutes or so.

Why?  Well, we’re not trying to recruit anyone for church! We simply want to give an opportunity to parents who feel that knowing God loves us is an important part of their children’s learning,  to explore that together in a fun way!

One of the mums says, “My daughter is 2 and she loves Andy’s Tots. She’s always excited about going and she sings the action songs all week long!”

There is no charge, but a contribution of £1 is helpful if you are able. You can park in the front of church whilst you’re at Andy’s.

Come along and join us – you’ll enjoy it too, we’re sure

The Church is Open!!

I’m delighted to say that our church building is now open from Morning Prayer at 8.30 am till about 3 pm each day. We’ve had to install CCTV for security, but as this now allows us to be open for visitors and pilgrims every day!

I recently visited – or tried to visit – All Saints’ Church, Maidstone, where Sue and I were married. It’s a major church in the centre of a large town, but it was locked up, with no indication at all as to when it might be open or how to find a key. The disappointment I felt made me realise how happy I am that we can finally be open for such occasions – and for the many, many people who value a time of quiet, reflection or prayer at all times of the week.

We’ve been experimenting now since October and I’m pleased to report that we’ve had not one single problem – and that every single visitor has valued our beautiful building and treated it with respect.

The more people who come in and out of the building, the safer it will continue to be.

It’s your church – do make use of it!

Every blessing

Rod

Lighting a Candle in Church

On the right side of church, near the font, you’ll find a stand where you can light a candle – and a card for you to take home – as well as a notebook where you can write down anything or anyone you would like us to pray for.

Often when we pray, it isn’t easy to find words.

You may want to say thank you to God, or ask him to be close to someone in need.

You may be remembering someone who has died and want to express love, thankfulness and heartache all at the same time.

But God always hears what our heart is praying, even when we can’t express it.

Lighting a candle can be a prayer without words. Just being still and  holding someone in your heart is enough.

When you go home, remember the light of your candle still shining and your prayer which stays as a light in God’s heart even when

every other light fails.




“Lord Jesus, let your light of love shine on me today and on everyone

I have been praying for.

You shared our earthly life and

you know and share our every joy and sorrow. Help me to

see you more clearly,

love you more dearly,

follow you more nearly

today and every day. Amen”

Parish Retreat at Glastonbury

Glastonbury Retreat 2017, Abbey House Retreat Centre, Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March (3rd Sunday in Lent)

Booking form available at the back of church 

Why go on a Retreat?

The word “retreat” (apart from its meaning on the battlefield!) usually conjures up an attractive picture of anything from a cottage in the country to a quiet hour by the fire with a good book. I guess the more stressed our daily lives happen to be, the more we are likely to respond positively to the idea of a retreat.

But the point of a retreat for us is simply to spend time more closely in God’s company. Jesus set the precedent himself in seeking out a quiet place to pray— at pretty well every possible opportunity.

A good mix of worship, reflection, prayer and silence has been found over many centuries to be an effective environment for this to happen.

For some, complete silence is at the heart of a retreat, and we shall entirely respect this. But for others, fellowship, discussion and times together are equally vital –so here will be a room set aside for quiet conversation too. A trip to Wells cathedral has also become a tradition!

If you think you’d like to give it a try and would like to know more— do speak to Rod

 

 

Foundations of Faith Launches Soon!

Foundations of Faith is an informal discussion group on the “Christian Basics” (what do we mean by God? Who is Jesus? How can I understand the bible? What about other faiths? – there’s no end to the possible questions!) – looking at the central claims of our faith and trying to understand them better. It’s very informal and there are no right or wrong answers on offer, just a chance to share ideas and hear some of the ways people have answered these questions in the past. It’s as valuable for committed Christians as it is for people who are considering the claims of faith – and it’s also a good preparation for adults thinking about baptism or confirmation. The initial course is of 8 session course and it will begin soon! We’ll meet fortnightly, but which  evening depends on who is interested and when they can come! So contact Rod, 652788, if you’d like to learn more, or  keep watching this space for the starting date once we’re in business!