2016 News archive

News Archive 2016

This page collates the new items we've posted over the course of this year. For more news from the past year visit our newsletter archive, and Sign up for our weekly newsletter here:



15th July 2016

A response to the tragedy in NIce.

Prayers for France
(in response to the atrocity in Nice)

Sickened by Violence

Adapted from Psalm 52

Why do you boast of evil, you mighty heros?
You who are a disgrace in the eyes of God.
You who practice deceit and whose tongues plot destruction.
You who love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than truth.
Surely God will bring you to everlasting ruin.
He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent.
He will uproot you from the land of the living.

The righteous will see and fear;
they will laugh at you, saying,
"here now is one who did not make God his stronghold
but trusted in his great wealth
and grew strong by destroying others!"

But as for me,
This will be my way.
I choose to be as an olive tree,
flourishing in the house of God;
I will trust in God’s unfailing love,
for ever and ever.

For what you God have done
I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people.
I will praise him for his goodness,
And I will hope in his name.

Lord God, have mercy.
Give to France your peace.
To those grieving your comfort.
To perpetrators of evil, Justice.

Lord God
with France we stand appalled,
and long for the long promised end to violence and war,
the long awaited peace long promised.

Remove from those afflicted and those who stand with them all hatred.
Deepen their trust in you, and lead all people into the way of peace.

And God, because we cannot stand it,
turn the hearts and minds of every individual who harbors evil in their soul,
and who plot the destruction of others,
and bring the full weight of your justice to bear.

And Father God hear our prayers,
and all our confusions,
all our disgust,
and all our tears
and all our uncertainties,
and cause us too,
to trust in you,
and from you, and your ways, take our lead.


10th July 2016

AGM Part deux - 5th July

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“I’ve realised tonight that there is a need for change so that more people can access the groups in the life of the church”

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After tonight I am reflecting that “Every single person, who is involved with our church has a part to play with our missional development”

“Tuesday evening we discovered that God is active in so many different ways, and as we think about them we can see many encouraging similarities and common threads.”

This Get together this evening was encouraging. We thank the Lord for all that he is doing. God was clearly with us this evening as we discussed with seriousness but also with fun what God is enabling us to do!”

“I’ve been reminded of how we can see God at work, and the reminder to keep our eyes fixed on him. Reminded of the need to seek his will and leading in all aspects of our life.

Tonight was about listening, and taking action!

I was encouraged this evening to discover a lot of people thought in a similar way. It has made me think of how I can help to make people feel as if they “belong”.

On Tuesday night I reflected that “We discerned where God was at work and it turned out we were correct!”

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On Tuedsday we shared life together, considered where we have been and where we go next.

God is at work, and he has many more plans and challenges for us.

Tuesday night was another step on the journey of becoming the God-Breathing church of tomorrow!


3rd July 2016

Pray for Andrew & Andrew as they are ordained this weekend
Andrew Stewart is to be ordained on 3 July in Southwell; he and Menekse are moving to St Paul's Boundary Road for Andrew's curacy. Please pray especially that they will be able to build relationships within the church family and local communities, and that Jesus will remain central in all of their thinking and living as they join in with what He is doing there.
Andrew North is going be Assistant Curate in the rural parishes of Mulbarton with Kenningham, Bracon Ash, Hethel and Flordon within the Diocese of Norwich. He will be ordained at Norwich Cathedral on Saturday 2nd July at 11am. They have settled in well to the Norfolk countryside and are starting to make their curacy house a home. Please pray for Grace and Poppy as they continue to settle into their new school, new church and begin to make new friends. Please pray for Helen as she continues her nursing career and starts a new post in July. Please pray for Andrew as he embarks on this new part of his journey of faith, that the Holy Spirit would support and guide him as he seeks to live out God’s calling on his life. Also, please can you pray for a technical issues we were experiencing; currently we are unable to get a telephone or internet connection until the middle of August!



26th June 2015

Bishop’s Evening of prayer

A great evening at St Peter’s Ruddington of worship and prayer, if you missed it, you missed out! Bishop Paul spoke about the diocesan vision around ‘Growing Disciples’, and spoke from Luke 10, (a familiar passage to us at St Wilf’s). He shared afresh his contention that there is nothing better than becoming a follower of Jesus Christ, and encouraged us to think in our parishes about how we are seeking to connect with and engage with people around us and help people to come to faith. He also talked of the diocesan vision of developing resource churches throughout the diocese each offering a variety of skills and ministries to share with others.  Lastly he spoke of his passion for raising up younger leaders in the life of the church and of Andy Wolfes appointment to the young leaders academy the diocese is establishing. We prayed for the all of these things in the life of our parishes and Diocese. Over the next term we will be thinking about how our sense of vocation ties in with the vision of the Diocese and sharing that within our deanery.

Yeepies at Southwell
A party of nearly 30 of us mainly elderly, frail people from our Luncheon club (only some of whom are church members) went to Southwell Minster on Wednesday 22 June. We shared lunch together in the Minster as well as attending A Service Celebrating older people. Phil, who also came along must have been the youngest member of the congregation! Everyone agreed that it was a really great day. Margaret Kidger

This week's Zone was different although the toast and Nutella were still there!
After asking the group, last week what they wanted the Church to pray for them, many thoughts came flying out. So instead of activities we had a reflective time building upon the thoughts from last week.
The group established the fact that they were happy as they were, and didn't want to grow in numbers. Upon reflection however, they realised that they would not be a member of Zone if someone had not asked them to come. So the challenge is for them to be attentive to the friends that are drawn to them, and to reflect on who they can ask to the next Zone meeting. There was also discussion about taking responsibility for Zone, so the members planned the next meeting. Wendy Cranefield.


23rd June 2016

Response to the EU referendum

You can read a helpful response from our Archbishops here:
"As citizens of the United Kingdom, whatever our views during the referendum campaign, we must now unite in a common task to build a generous and forward looking country, contributing to human flourishing around the world. We must remain hospitable and compassionate, builders of bridges and not barriers."

and from our own Bishop Paul Williams here:
"As Christians we have a source of hope that is not dependent on our circumstances or diminished by the fluctuating levels of uncertainty we are living with. Our hope is sustained by the presence of God in Jesus Christ, who promised, ‘I am with you always’."


19th June 2016

Orlando & Jo Cox

Many of us have been deeply moved by the acts of violence that have been reported in the news this week, and before we crack on with rounding up our news, it just feels right to pause and pray.

Grieving God,
in your Son you experienced the agony
of the pointless, savage, and premature end of life:
look with mercy on those who have lost loved ones in Orlando.
Restore the confidence of any who fear they can never relax
or enjoy themselves again.
Calm the anxiety of all whose identity makes them
the ready target of hatred and violence;
and hasten a world where all are celebrated for who they are as your children,
where difference is a sign of your diverse abundance,
and where there is no use for guns;
through your wounded yet risen and ascended Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Queens Birthday celebrations

It didn’t rain!! J Community gathered together with flags, amazing cakes, a plethora of scones & tea, bouncy castle, face painting and lots more. Lots of people chatted and had fun, we sang Happy Birthday to Her Majesty and gave out over 50 copies of The Servant Queen Book (we have some left, why not take one to give to someone you know?)
Thanks to Sophie, Robert & all who worked hard to make this such a great event.

Introverts in an Extrovert Church

Last Sunday evening a dozen or so of us gathered to reflect on the experience of the quieter more reflective nature that many of our congregation enjoy, and that is a gift to the diversity of our church, to share something of our experiences and to reflect together on how we might be more mindful of our different approaches together. One of the things that was shared, that was common to many was the experience of imagining that when you are struggling with an activity in a group environment it can feel like you are the only one. The fact that this was a common experience suggest of course that this is rarely the case, and we might try and remember that when an activity appears easy for everyone, there may well be a number of folk who are wresting internally. It was a good valuable and learning conversation to have and we shall be scheduling another conversation like it in the future

A Cluster reunion…

Five years ago our church joined a partnership of churches to explore together developing the missional culture of each of our churches. That process lasted for four years and our Missional steering team met regularly with those other churches as a cluster three or four times a year. On Saturday after a year of that cluster having come to an end, our steering team met up with some of those churches to reflect on what has been happening a year on. It was remarkable to see the different ways that each church was developing its sense of mission, but also how much confidence has grown and universal to all was the experience of an increase in the level of trust between church and community. We hope to continue meeting year on year, and perhaps connect a little more with some of the churches in order to swap stories.



12th june 2016

Reflections on sabbatical

A number of us got together on Monday night to hear about some of Phil’s experiences on Sabbatical and to reflect together on them. We looked together at  ‘EPIC’ Practice and the way a number of folk and churches Phil encountered are using spiritual practices that are experiential, participatory, Iconic, and connected with day to day living, as a way of helping folk to become more mindful of God’s mission and activity  in their everyday lives apart from church. We explored Phil’s experience of practicing looking for persons of peace and the stories of those who gave hospitality, welcome and remarkable friendship to a reasonably friendly looking stranger –(who in this case was Phil!). Finally we looked at how other churches were using their mission statements to unapologetically focus the energies, programmes and activities of the church and helping their members to embody their each churches sense of vocation under God. We had opportunity to reflect a little on how these stories relate to our own experience.  Several people commented on how helpful it was to help us reflect on our own practice and our own experience of culture changing in church. There are more stories to explore and some folk said they’d like to have another opportunity so we’ll run another evening to share life and look at some of the other threads emerging from Phil’s experience.

Missional Steering Team

The churches missional steering team (a small group that’s committed to help shape the missional culture of our church), met this week to share with Phil in thinking through how we could help the PCC review the activity of God in our church over the last year as we prepare for the Congregational review of the same on the 5th July as part of our Vision evening! Put the date in your diary, and begin to ask the question; “Where have I seen God at work in our church, community, and me this past year?”

PCC met on Tuesday and approved the proposal for a new war grave headstone to be erected in the graveyard. We also looked at roles of verger, curate & vicar, and heard about our financial state. The main agenda items were the organ, and our church vision process. The organ is damaged and we are trying to work out, with insurance companies and experts, if it is viable to repair it.

PCC also spent the largest chunk of their time reviewing the ways in which we have seen God at work in our congregation over the past year, and how our vocation statement of “Sharing Life” and our focus on deepening our relationships has shaped and affected us. We also considered how effective we have been in helping people enter into that vocation and focus, and considered some of the ways we might improve on that next year. All of that work will help us to share with and invite the congregation to consider and celebrate the same when we meet together on the 5th July. Pray for our PCC as they exercise this invaluable ministry of care and oversight of the life and ministry and mission of our church and congregation.


22nd May 2016

Verger and Sacristan
For the past couple of weeks the team has been working on the new role of Verger and Sacristan, drawing up a role descriptor and working out how that role fits alongside and relates to all the other roles in the team. Principally the role is an extension of our warden’s team and centres on the day to day care of the church building. This role significantly increases the capacity of our Warden’s team and we are blessed by Rose’s willingness to pursue this role and pray with thanksgiving for Rose as she takes up this new role on all our behalf.

Quinquennial received
A few weeks back we had our quinquennial inspection (a five yearly inspection of the church buildings and campus by the diocese). We have now received that report and will be meeting to look at its contents over the next couple of weeks. Do pray for our Warden, Verger and Fabric team as we begin to unpack what needs to be done and attended to.



15th May 2016

Archdeacons visitation - Wider, Younger and Deeper
Wendy was sworn in as Warden on Tuesday night and Archdeacon Sarah shared reflections on Bishop Pauls vision for the diocese with a particular focus on Growing Disciples – wider, younger and deeper.

In his address to the Synod, Bishop Paul spoke about his deep thankfulness to God and hope for the Church as he reflected on the life of the diocese after nine months as bishop. Considering the words of Jesus in Luke 10, ‘The harvest is plentiful’, Bishop Paul said, “Wherever I look in the diocese we do not lack for precious opportunities to love and serve people in Jesus’ name. We also live among 1.2m people many of whom are remarkably open to considering the deeper issues of life and faith, but who have not yet encountered the reality of God’s transforming love through the message of the gospel.”
Read Bishop Paul's full address



8th May 2016

Last Sunday – Deepening relationships is not optional…
Deepening relationship and building community cannot be a take it or leave it option for the Christian. God’s creative intent was that we might reflect the perfect community of the trinity, us being made in the image of God. On his own Adam was incapable of fully reflecting the nature of God, only with Eve in the picture does community come into the frame. The fall depicted in Genesis then is not merely a breaking of humanities relationship with God, but also with one another. The redemptive story of scripture focuses on the redemption and reconciliation of community. Jesus’ own concern as he approaches the cross is for unity amongst those who follow him. If we are to be about our Father’s business, if we are to follow in the way of Christ, then our faith can never solely be about our own salvation. It can never be a mere personal and private affair. If we are serious about following Christ, then we must be serious about extending ourselves towards others.

Archdeacons visitation - Wider, Younger and Deeper
Wendy was sworn in as Warden on Tuesday night and Archdeacon Sarah shared reflections on Bishop Pauls vision for the diocese with a particular focus on Growing Disciples – wider, younger and deeper.

In his address to the Synod, Bishop Paul spoke about his deep thankfulness to God and hope for the Church as he reflected on the life of the diocese after nine months as bishop. Considering the words of Jesus in Luke 10, ‘The harvest is plentiful’, Bishop Paul said, “Wherever I look in the diocese we do not lack for precious opportunities to love and serve people in Jesus’ name. We also live among 1.2m people many of whom are remarkably open to considering the deeper issues of life and faith, but who have not yet encountered the reality of God’s transforming love through the message of the gospel.”
Read Bishop Paul's full address


1st May 2016

Thanks to all who came to our APCM, and to all who contributed to the encouraging booklet of updates of our church and community life.

This year's PCC will consist of:

Deanery Synod Reps:
Rob Baxter,
Eddie Mason,
Rose Brown

Peter Brown,

Church Warden:
Wendy Cranefield,

Co-opted Reader
Peter Cheslett (swapping with Margaret Kidger)

Re-elected PCC members:
Ian Cranefield,
Paul Wicks (Secretary)

PCC members
Mandy Marsh,
Gary Willis,
Lindsey Barnes,
Gemma Hardy,
Tom McGowan,
Mick Barrowcliffe,
Chris Bemrose,
+ One Vacancy

+ Clergy
Phil Marsh (Vicar)
Maureen Collins (Curate)

Phil said….

It was great to have Phil back at our AGM, and he likewise was pleased to be back, and thrilled to see so much happening in the parish without him!!! Phil reflected how we are growing as a parish in every member of the congregation taking personal responsibility for the mission and ministry of the church and developing a sense of all being called. There is a real sense of folk paying attention to see how God is calling them and looking for and joining in with the activity of God, and Phil reflected on how he can only see that increasing in the years ahead. He reflected on how his sabbatical has come a good time, not only for him, but also for Maureen as she develops and exercise her leadership in the life of the parish, and for the congregation as a whole, coming as it did at a time where we have been talking about our sense of how we as a congregation needed to embody our sense of vocation, and in effect Phil’s sabbatical created space for people to do just that. So he urged us to carry on in that regard, pursuing an attentiveness to the leading of God and acting on it, and shared with us the sense he has of needing to take time to explore how his role might support everyone in that endeavour, rather than simply jumping back into post straightaway. Who knows what God will do in and through us all as we all continue corporately and individually to explore God’s call upon our lives and act upon it.


24th April 2016

Archbishops week of prayer
We have been called to prayer for a special week 8th-15th May. We are all invited to pray specially that week for people who don't know Jesus. How can you get involved?

  1. There are cards at the back of church to help you commit to "pray for five" people all that week.
  2. Look at the website http://thykingdom.co.uk for more ideas
  3. Join in our week of prayer. Below is a provisional timetable – could you lead one of the sessions, or suggest another? It would be great to have different people leading different prayer activities each day of that week! Only Wednesday & Thursday are organised so far..... Maureen would love to hear from you! :-)

Sun. 8th May

Launch week of prayer



Monday 9th

Prayer meeting


Church office

Tuesday 10th

Coffee & Prayer


 ? (TBA)

Wednesday 11th

CTWB prayer day


St Paul’s, Boundary Road

Thursday 12th

Prayer evening

Facilitated by JSC HG


Hall (TBC)

Friday 13th

Prayer lunch
Bring your sandwiches!


Church hall? (TBC)

Saturday 14th

Prayer walk (if nice) Bring dogs & kids, share life as we walk & stop to pray enroute.

If wet, pray for parish from your own dry homes!


Meet in paddock

Sunday 15th

Pentecost Sunday




17th April 2016

As you may know, the Deanery are trying to find ways to effectively support people living with dementia (and their carers) for this year's focus on Mental Health.
The Deanery Leadership Team are looking to explore what steps can be taken to help churches develop their ministry in this area and invite you to a meeting on Thursday 28 April at 10.00 a.m. at St. Lawrence Church, Gotham. 
This meeting is open to anyone who is interested in the issue - no special expertise is needed - so please spread the word or talk to Debbie Ballantine or Wendy Brown (our Wilford's MHAGS) if you want to discuss further!
Also, we have advertised previously but just a reminder that there is a
Dementia Friends information session being held the same day (28th April) but in the evening from 7.30pm-9.00pm at the Holy Spirit Church Social Centre (West Bridgford). For further information contact Theresa Brennan 07935 737639

New Dean of Southwell announced

The Venerable Nicola Sullivan, currently Archdeacon of Wells, in the Diocese of Bath & Wells, will be the new Dean of Southwell, it was announced today.

Nicola, who will take up the role later in the year, said: “I am delighted and honoured to be invited to become the next Dean of Southwell, serving both the Minster and the wider communities of the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham.


10th April 2016

Round Up of Easter

What a joy it was to celebrate Easter together this year! I want to thank everyone who helped setup for and run our events.
Over 50 of us gathered on Maundy Thursday evening to share a meal – as the disciples did with Jesus – and reflect on some of the characters of the last supper. We shared life; we shared food; we shared repentance; we shared the challenge to love one another; we shared the peace and we shared communion.

On Good Friday it was lovely to be church gathered round the cross with our friends from New Life Baptist, hearing the impact of Jesus’ words from the cross “It is finished”, and giving our sin and our burdens to Jesus to carry for us on the cross.

On Easter Sunday morning some of our congregation joined other churches for a sunrise service on the Embankment, where we joyfully sang and shared and saw the sun rise!

We then celebrated at 8am and 10.30 that our Lord Jesus has risen from the dead – the tomb is still empty, and we each need our own ‘resurrection moment’ when we realise Jesus is alive and with us always.

There was time after the services for people to spend quiet time looking at the lilies and remembering their loved ones – with Easter hope in their hearts.

The weekend could not have happened without people working hard behind the scenes – you know who you are – thank you! And of course it could not have happened without Jesus our risen Saviour and King – all praise to Him.

And let’s keep praying for one another:
Jesus said: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)

With my thanks and prayers, In His love, Maureen



27th March 2016

Last Sunday  - Palm Sunday
Our sermon last Sunday looked at Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. We considered what being in the crowd on that day might have been like as they welcomed Jesus as the coming King. We also thought about how the same crowds who were shouting “Hosanna” on Palm Sunday, were shouting “Crucify him” on Good Friday. We were challenged to consider the times when we have negative thoughts about God and how through the Cross, Jesus takes those away, allowing us to shout “Hosanna” throughout the week and not just on Sundays. Finally we thought about how the best response we can give God, as His forgiven people, is to live lives which honour Him in both word and deed. Andrew North

Our theme at Silverdale on Sunday evening was Palm Sunday and how we prepare for Easter.  Taking a lead from Luke 19:28-42 that includes Jesus being practical, the worship/praise of the onlookers and Jesus weeping as he looked out over Jerusalem.  Though in our preparation we know that come Easter Sunday morning the tomb will be empty, that Jesus is risen and that we have hope.  Paul writes on resurrection in 2 Corinthians 5:1-5 and Tom Wright has commented The Holy Spirit, as Paul says in Romans 8:9-11, was the means by which God raised Jesus himself; and the Holy Spirit will do the same for us.    Peter Cheslett

20th March 2016

MAY DAY CELEBRATIONS 2016 Wilford Village

A great chance to partner with our community. Get involved!

Come and Join us for a free community event, a great chance to get to know your neighbours more, and celebrate the start of Spring. The day will include May pole dancing, tug of war, games, craft, face painting, tea, cakes, bouncy castle, BBQ and more. All free, come get involved. Want to help? We’re looking for volunteers to bake cakes, help on the day, and get involved in any other way you think would add to the day. Please get in touch. We’re also hoping raise funds for a friendship bench for our schools. So we’d love donations towards a tombola. If you have anything suitable let us know. To find out more please contact Sophie Blaken Sophy120@hotmail.com

Hope to see you there   Wilford Community group partnering with St Wilfrids Church.


We’re also looking for a May Queen to lead out the dancers and read a short speech, so if you have a child aged 11 – 14 who would like to take part, please email dianne.rolley@ntlworld.com  for more information.

13th March 2016

Book now for Transform
 Bookings are being taken for the Transform Weekend A group of us went last year – it was great!

Transform, which will be held at Walesby Forest Camp on 15-17th July, is a place for people of all ages to gather and to encounter God. Last year more than 500 people from across the diocese attended.

Speakers already lined up for this year include Bishop Ruth Worsley and John McGinley, Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Leicester, and New Wine regional director. There will also be seminars and activities for children and young people. Click here for more information

6th March 2016

Roundup of the week that was…

This week many people gathered for Eric Perry’s funeral, and we paid tribute to a special man, and shared the hope that we have through faith in Christ “we do not grieve as those who have no hope”. Do continue to pray for the family.
The Hall Committee met on Tuesday to continue developing the upkeep, development & purpose of our church halls. Pray for them as they strive to serve the needs of church & community.
Maureen visited South Wilford & Emmanuel schools on Wednesday for assembly on Forgiveness, and showcase club.
The last ‘official’ meeting of the new Pilgrim group took place on Thursday evening. It’s been a really interesting time of exploration together. We will meet one more time as this group next week, to talk about what are the next steps for us – as individuals and as a group. Do pray for group members as they seek to follow Christ.


28th February 2016

The Riding Lights Theatre Group - passion play Crosslight
Riding Lights Theatre Group will perform their passion play CROSSLIGHT at St. Giles Church West Bridgford, the Passion of our Lord as seen through the eyes of his disciple, The Rock, Simon Peter. It draws us into the dramatic events that unfolded and into the experience of one disciple who failed, despite everything he believed so passionately.
The performance will be on Saturday 12th March at 7.30pm.  
Tickets cast £10 (£5 young people) if bought before the end of February, thereafter £12/£6
Group bookings of 10 or more will be at the price of £10 each. For tickets, please contact John Prentice on 07590 311992.  Anyone who attended the Riding Lights production of Inheritance in 2014 will remember what an inspiring and thought provoking evening it was and Crosslight promises to be just as moving and rewarding.



21st february 2016

LENT 2016 
Have a look at people's reflections and photos...
on the website http://www.wilford.org/photos/gallery.php?gallery_id=7&pg=1
or on facebook https://www.facebook.com/WilfsLent2016/?fref=ts

Why not add your own this week? (send to revmaureen@live.com if you can't upload)


14th February 2016

LENT 2016

Take time to be creative this Lent? Each day in Lent has a 'word' to reflect on, and a Bible passage to read.
As you dwell in the Word of God, and mull over the 'word of the day', pay attention to what is going on inside you, and pay attention to the world around you.
Whenever you can, upload a photo to share - it might be one you have taken (that day or previously) or one you have found. A picture that speaks somehow about that word or theme.
If you want to respond creatively in another way (for example a poem, prayer, painting, or something you make) please take a photo of it, and add that.  Join on Flickr: St Wilf's Lent Photos 2016 , or upload on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WilfsLent2016/?fref=ts or email to Maureen!

For those who don't have internet, or don't like technology, you can still share in reflecting on the word and the Bible passage for the day. Why not keep a journal or scrapbook of your thoughts and prayers, drawings of pictures you cut out of magazines?


7th February 2016

LENT 2016
Take time to be creative this Lent?

Each day in Lent has a 'word' to reflect on, and a Bible passage to read.
As you dwell in the Word of God, and mull over the 'word of the day', pay attention to what is going on inside you, and pay attention to the world around you.
Whenever you can, upload a photo to share - it might be one you have taken (that day or previously) or one you have found. A picture that speaks somehow about that word or theme.
If you want to respond creatively in another way (for example a poem, prayer, painting, or something you make) please take a photo of it, and add that.  Join on Flickr: St Wilf's Lent Photos 2016                
For those who don't have internet, or don't like technology, you can still share in reflecting on the word and the Bible passage for the day. Why not keep a journal or scrapbook of your thoughts and prayers, drawings of pictures you cut out of magazines?
Lists of words are available at the back of church and will be available each week.



31st January 2016

Phil writes from Sabbatical
Well it has begun!! In light of Paul’s encouragement that the congregation want to be invested in what I do, I thought I’d write and let you know what’s going on! So for the first couple of days I have been clearing my desk and have sent a bundle of emails connecting people with one another and making sure people have the info they need to carry on progressing things. I think I’ve sent more emails in the last two days than I normally do in a fortnight!! But that’s come to an end now and I am able to begin to look ahead to preparing to travel. My first journey is going to be to South Africa. I fly to Johannesburg on the 7th February, and am going to be spending a week in Johannesburg and Praetoria visiting with pastors and their congregations. I man named Nelus has been instrumental in helping me put a Itinerary together and I invite you to pray God’s blessing and favour on him in gratitude for all that he is doing for me. His hospitality to me, a complete stranger, has been remarkable, and given me much to consider already. Would I be as welcoming if someone I did not know kept writing to me? On the 15th/16th of February I will then travel to Cape Town to attend a conference where it has been suggested that a number of Pastors who have been involved in PMCSA (Partnership for Missional Church South Africa) are expected to be in attendance. Here I hope to discover who they are and meet with them, and see who will receive me, for I will be in Cape town for a further week after the conference. Here this feels really like Luke 10, looking for persons of peace. The unknown element is going to involve me practicing what I preach I seeking to be open and alert to God’s leading and direction day by day. I think I am going to need to employ, all the more, those missional practices I keep banging on about!!

 In the same vein I am beginning to put the trip to the states together, where I have had some offers of hospitality, but an exact itinerary is yet to be decided. Do pray that that would come together with greater clarity over the course of this next week.

 I have to say a massive thankyou to you as a congregation. The gift you collected for me towards the sabbatical has touched and moved me deeply. Your love and affection mean the world to me and I have thanked God for you all this week continually in my prayers. The Site where I aim to blog on  the course of my sabbatical is https://faithfulfollow.wordpress.com/ . I started it a while ago with the initial entry, but someone who recently viewed it commented that I am hardly a prolific writer, with only a couple of entries in the space of a year or more. I’d like to say I’d blog daily, but that might be setting the bar a little high! I’ll think next week about how I will structure my blogging process.

 In the meantime, know that I hold you in affectionate prayer and eagerly long to see what the God who loves us all, does in you, and through you, and for you in the months that follow.

 With Love In Christ



24th January 2016

Phil's Sabbatical - what will he be doing?

Well, lots of people have asked me that so we thought it might be a good idea to write something about it here. In many ways a sabbatical is like an extended retreat, an opportunity to step back and review life and ministry, recharge batteries and recalibrate your focus. I have been ministering now for 14 years, and am very pleased that the diocese has given me the gift of a sabbatical to do just that. So some of the time will be spent resting and reading, but I also intend to travel a little, and am aiming to visit with congregations in South Africa and hopefully in the United states as well.

Over the last four years we have been exploring the missional culture of our church and as we have explored how God is calling us realising that we have needed to shift the way we do mission. We now have this vocation statement of “Sharing Life”, with Jesus, with one another and with our communities. This calls us to much more relational living with the world around us and means the focus for our missional living is much more through the relationships we have with people than through our events and activities. It’s something that we are continuing to explore and learning to do over time. Changing the culture of a church or any organisation like this does take time. What I want to do with my sabbatical is to visit churches that have been through a similar process to us, but who have successfully and significantly shifted their congregations culture and perpetuated it. I want to meet with members of those congregations and find out what, for them, as congregation members has made the difference.

Because we are one of the first diocese in the UK to explore this way of doing things through “Partnership for Missional church” congregations that are further down the track than us are found in other countries. I have been given the names of vicars and pastors to visit with and have been trying to arrange something of an itinerary, but tying up a variety of pastors in a variety of geographies unknown to me is a more difficult task than I imagined.

However, a pattern is beginning to emerge.

I am first planning on travelling to Johannesburg in South Africa, to meet with pastors and congregations in the surrounding area, and then I am travelling to Cape town to attend a conference, at which a number of pastors I am hoping to meet with will be attending. There I plan on networking with pastors in cape town, and then visiting with them and their congregations. In many ways I feel like it’s going to be a little like the Luke 10 passage we’ve looked at in previous years, looking for the places where you are welcomed and received!


Then a couple of weeks later I plan to travel to the states and meet with pastors and congregations in places like Seattle, Portland Oregon, St Paul Minnesota, Philadelphia, Detroit, and maybe even Toronto. This is a little more vague at the moment, but will involve hopping from place to place visiting churches in each area before moving onto the next. I’d really value your prayers for both these trips that God would connect me with the right congregations in the right places that he would have me connect with!!

As well as that Mandy and I hope to take a midweek break together somewhere, and at weekends when not travelling I intend to visit with churches more locally to find out what’s going on in our local area and to explore best practice in other settings, something I don’t get the opportunity to do normally.

I hope to keep a blog on my reflections as I travel, which I will probably post here  https://faithfulfollow.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/show-us-how/

I will be around in between my travels, but will continue to pray for you all as you serve and minister and get stuck into living missionally for Christ day by day.


17th January 2016

The Sharing Life Course – NEW Opportunity
Sunday evenings with Andrew's North & Stewart
Come and join us for Pizza and coffee in a relaxed atmosphere as we discover what it means to build and deepen relationships. The Sharing Life course is written by The Andrews especially for St. Wilfrid’s and will explore what is means to share life with Jesus, one another and our communities. The course has four sessions which consist of: reflection on short passages of the Bible, sharing personal experiences and collective prayer. The course begins on 6.00pm on Sunday 31st January, in the church hall.  The other Sunday evenings the course will run are: February 7th, 14th and 28th (missing a week for half term & the regular Silverdale evening service)


10th January 2016

New Bibles…

https://www.originbooks.org/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/9/7/9781444701517.jpg This week you see we have a whole new set of pew bibles. These were purchased using money left to us as a legacy from Noel Price, who was a faithful member of this congregation for many years. Even though we often have the words on the screen, it is great to be able to look scripture up for yourself and to read around the text, something you cannot do with a screen. We will be encouraging you to use the pew bibles in the weeks that follow.

This is a great example of what giving to the church enables. When funds are available it gives the PCC and leadership team the opportunity to explore what can be done to enrich and develop the ministry and mission of the church. We’ll be looking at our stewardship later in the year, but in the meantime if you would like to leave a legacy to the church in your will as Noel did, please do consider doing so. http://www.churchlegacy.org.uk/

Travelling Knitivity
In Advent 2015 the Travelling Knitivity has visited…..

·      At least 6 schools, many different classes

·      At least 4 pre-schools/nurseries/toddler groups

·      At least 2 retirement/nursing homes

·      Several work places

·      Several groups from Luncheon Club to Brownies

……and well over 50 different homes and families

We hope and pray that the real message of Christmas will have been emphasized in all these homes, and the love of God felt. Last round up of photographs available here

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