Welcome to the Wilford Church website
Hello from everyone at Wilford Church - or St Wilfrids Wilford as it's more formally known.Our website tells you a little bit about us and gives you some news about what the members of our church family are doing, both within the church itself and within our local community. The Calendar lists our service times (usually 8:00 and 10:30 every Sunday) as well as the many other events, activities and courses we run. If you don't know us, then it would be great to see you at a service or at one of these events.If you can't find the information you need, then please contact us directly.Revd Phil Marsh
20 April 2015: A look at the year gone by
The church general meeting is this coming Sunday directly after the morning service. We'll do all of the usual things - elect wardens and PCC members, look at the church finances and, importantly, see what the year ahead might hold. By way of preparation you might want to look at what happened last year. You could browse past posts on our facebook page or read the annual review booklet. One of the things it contains is a message from Phil - here's part of it. "Over the last two or three years, we have really sought to slow ourselves down a little, to pay attention to the lead and activity of God. One of the things we’ve done as part of that is periodically have congregational gatherings where we have practiced discerning God’s activity together. We've often finished with an open conversation, where we have disciplined ourselves to begin with, “God is…”. I remember that the first time we did it, it felt a little strange. It’s not that we weren’t used to expressing our ideas, it's just that starting a sentence “God is…” requires a little more thought, a little more discernment." Come to the meeting and see where those thoughts are leading us.
2 March 2015: Discuss a topic a day for Lent
It's time to start on some reflections over the Lent period. This year they are based on the book "Not by Bread Alone" written by Jay Cormier. We've made copies of it available in church, but it is are also available from the publisher here: www.eden.co.uk/shop/not-by-bread-alone-4306843.html. Each day we are posting a reflection thread with links to the bible readings and a brief reflection. This provides us all with a 'starter for ten' for discussion, which you can join by replying to any of the posts. Head to our discussion forum site athttp://stwilfs.freeforums.net/ to take part. On the forum site you will be invited to register first, so that you can then read or join in with the conversation. (Registration is a bit fiddly but you only have to do it once and it is worth it).
1 February 2015: Discerning God's direction
A couple of weeks ago as many who could from the church family met together to continue with our process of discerning God’s leading for us as a congregation. Some of those who couldn't be there asked to see the material we were looking at so that they can be involved as well. Also the breadth of the material was such that those who came were not able to look at all of it, so again some people have asked that we make it available for them. That's exactly what we've done. Read Phil's latest message and you'll find links to the documents on that page. Please do get in touch with Phil directly, or via the church office, if you have any further questions.
15 January 2015: The Pilgrim course starts soon
It's been a while since the last news update so, even though it's a bit belated, Happy New Year! Don't forget that you can keep up to date with what's happenning at St Wilfrids through our Facebook page, our weekly newsletter and our regular emails. One of those happennings is the new Pilgrim course that starts on Thursday 22 January and runs for six weeks. This is a course for people who are new to church, or who are not yet sure about it but want to explore faith. Each session begins with some short prayers, helping people to become familiar with or to explore the role of prayer in christian life. Then a time for getting to know those around you, before a short film introduces the theme of the evening. Exploration of a short bible passage follows, shaped by the questions and reflections of the group. The session ends with an encouragement to carry on exploring the theme of the evening throughout the rest of the week in our normal and everyday lives. And all of this will be organized around puddings. If you have someone you would like to bring along, or if you want to develop holy habits for your own discipleship and faith, then please contact the office so that we have an idea of the number of puddings we'll need.
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Courses and Workshops
Ask the church office for details of the latest courses we're running. Recently we've put on:
- the Alpha Course
- the BIG Ask
- Christianity Explored
- the Apprentice and