2012 News Archive

23 Dec 12:  Well the rain held off and a good crowd of you turned out for our Christmas Music and Carols on the green in Wilford.  We hope you enjoyed it.  It's also been great to see you at our Christingle service, Carols by Candlelight and today's Nativity.  But there's more to come, including a 'dramatic' Crib service tomorrow, Midnight Communion and then a family communion on Christmas morning.  We'd love to see you at one of these and celebrate with you the "great glad tidings" of the birth of Jesus Christ.  There will be more news from us in the new year.  Until then, we hope you all have a joyful and peaceful Christmas.


7 Dec 12:  A huge thank you to start off with for everyone who filled a shoebox with gifts for Operation Christmas Child.  We easily beat last year's total and sent off 108 full shoeboxes this time - a really great effort.  Now on to our packed programme of Christmas events.  All of the dates and times will appear in our Events Diary as the month goes on and you can see a summary on the Christmas Services page.  Carol singing features strongly this year with events events in West Bridgford, around Silverdale and also one on the Church Green in Wilford.  This is open to the whole community and we'll be serving mulled wine and mince pies to help it go with a swing.  As always, we need help decorating the church, putting up the tree and setting out the candles.  Come along on Saturday morning (8 Dec) and lend a hand.  Now a thank you to all who have already taken and delivered our Christmas leaflets.  We do still have quite a few left to deliver so, if you weren’t around to take some last week, then please do take some this week!  (If you have already delivered some but can do some more, please do take an extra road).  Lastly, you can send Christmas Greetings to everyone at St. Wilfrid’s in one easy ‘click’.  Just E-mail your name to jae@themarriotts.net and you will see it displayed on a scrolling ‘Christmas Card’ on thescreen at the front of church.  Or you can add your name to the list on the table by the church door.  Please give any money you have saved, by not buying separate Christmas Cards, to ‘The Angel with the Pigtails and Curly Toes’ sitting next to the signing up list. Donations will buy an ethical gift such as chickens or a goat to help transform a community elsewhere in the world.


27 Oct 12:  Well, you can't pass a restaurant at the moment without being urged to book a table or party for, (yes you guessed), Christmas.  So that means it's too near not to talk about it and start preparing for it - and one of the most important preparations is to get a shoe box "filled with joy for a child". Operation Christmas Child has shown that there’s power in a simple gift.  It has grown to become the largest Christmas shoebox appeal in the UK. So please help us to help them by filling a shoe box this year.  Leaflets are at the back of church and more are on order or you can download a leaflet from the website If you don’t have a shoe box there are a few of these at the back of church too - please feel free to take one.  Over the next few weeks, make sure you find time for our Memorial service, the Remembrance service - and also the Parish Day (on Saturday 10 November) where we'll be looking at how we move forward together as a church community.  Finally, if you're one of the 'twitterati' then you might want to follow Phil (@RevdPhilMarsh) - if you're not on Twitter then just ignore this last bit entirely!


5 Sep 12:  The Olympics are over, the Paralympics are nearly done and schools are going back this week.  For many people this all marks the end of the holidays for another year and so it's a good opportunity to look ahead.  Therefore the newly-updated events diary is starting to fill up again, including two courses - Journeys and The Big Ask - looking at faith and some of life's big questions.  Perhaps one of these is just right for you?  Do get in touch with the church office if it is.  Plus the September list of services includes the traditionalcelebration of harvest on Sunday 23 September.  We may not be a rural parish church and most of us won't have a direct connection with agriculture or the land, but harvest is an important reminder of the things we can and should be thankful for.  Come and join us for harvest or one of our other services.


22 Jul 12:  What else could there be but a sporting theme to the news this week?  Last weekend saw a narrow loss for the church team in the inaugural cricket match with The Holy Spirit Church - thanks to Leighton Vaughan-Williams for organising this and he's already penciled in a fixture for next year.  This week is the big one though.  No, not the one in London but Wilford's very own Sports Academy.  All this week our childrens' Holiday Club gets underway at 10 am in the marquee on the paddock.  Come along and see what all the fuss is about from the comfort of a chair in our coffee shop.  Thursday will be dressing up day as usual but this year the BBQ has moved to Friday night, starting from around 6pm.  The BBQ is free and open to anyone in the community.  There'll be a bar and we'll also be showing the Olympic Games opening ceremony. 



21 Jun 12:  Today is midsummer day (although it is hard to tell that from the weather).  But it does mark the start of four days of events that we've called our Midsummer Weekender.  There is something for everyone over the course of the weekend and we hope you can come to as many events as possible - and, most importantly, please do bring along your friends and neighbours too.  We're delighted that Tony Porter, the Bishop of Sherwood, is joining us for many of the activities.  See the Events Diary for a full list of what's happening or download the Midsummer Weekender flyer.  Plus don't forget it's not long until the major event of the summer.  No, not the one down in London, but our very own Holiday Club Sports Academy - from 23-27 July - and there'll be more details on this coming soon.


Mar to May 12:  Sorry, but there were no home page updates during this period as we had a problem with the transfer of our website from one webspace provider to another.  We'll be operational again soon.


23 Feb 12:  There's so much to tell you this week that it won't fit into this space - you'll need to read it all in Phil's latest message instead.  One of the highlights is the new parish praise and prayer service on Monday night (27 Feb).  This is going to be held once a month from now on.  It gives an opportunity for praying together for the mission and ministry of our church, for discerning God's plan for us and as a place for general prayer requests.  There'll be some worship and some prayer stations, but absolutely no need for you to pray out loud if that's not your thing.  Do come along and take part in this vital area of our church family life - and to make this easier we've cleared the week of all other church meetings.  Before leaving us, our curate Megan is off to help with First Aid 4 Gambia for a while.  She's requested donations of single-use sachets of paracetamol suspension (Calpol) to take out with her as part of that work - please help if you can.  And gents, don't forget the Men's Bigger Breakfast on Saturday (25 Feb) with Councillor David Mellen.


29 Jan 12:  We started a new sermon series today, Mission Possible, where we'll look together at God's mission and how he has been working it out from the time of Adam right up to the present day. To quote Phil, "Starting with the Old testament and moving to the New, we'll explore this remarkable feature of our God; that he doesn’t remain far off and distant but, right from the start, has chosen to reach out to us with a gift of grace". In other news, the Christianity Explored course starts this week and Megan now has a date for her licensing in Lenton. Finally, you may have heard of WYCS (the Wilford Youth and Children's Scheme) - a charity under the umbrella of the Wilford PCC. Well the WYCS Trustees are looking for a suitably qualified person to lead our newly formed Breakfast Club and planned After School Club - running in The Centre, the old school building.  The job description, personal specification and application form are available from the church office. 


2 Jan 12:  A very happy new year to you all.  Whether you're in to new year's resolution or not, whether you've already signed up to Weight Watchers or not, here's something you can do to kick start 2012.  Sign up to our new Christianity Explored course.  You might have been struck by something from 'The Christmas Experience' and its message of hope, or you may just want to find out a bit more about 'what it's all about'.  Either way, contact Phil or the church office and we'll get you some more information about the course.  If you feel like doing something that will burn off a few calories then perhaps you'd like to help take down the decorations in church.  Come along at 9.30 on Saturday morning (7 Jan) and a job will be found for you! 


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