2013 News Archive

13 December 2013:  Some pre-Christmas requests

Putting on our Christmas services and events is a genuine team effort.  Many of you have already helped out by decorating the church and by delivering the parish-wide Christmas leaflet.  Your efforts are appreciated very much.  Now we're asking if you can spare a little time to help at one of the events.  We're serving refreshments after the Carols by Candlelight service on Sunday and after the Silverdale service on the following Sunday.  Can you make or donate mince pies or biscuits for these?  Or could you help serve them?  If catering is not your thing then perhaps 'setting up' is.  We need help with chairs at Silverdale (from around 9:15).  We also need support to set up and clear away for the Carols on the Green event on 20 December - if you're interested in this one then contact Neil Marriott.  Nearly finished.  Our current stewardship campaign includes a request for you to return a 'promise form' - even if your giving is unchanged.  It will help enormously with our planning for the future if everyone could return the form and the deadline for this is Sunday.  Lastly, we'd like to know what you think about our communications, so we have a short survey for you to complete.  It will only take a few minutes and you can do it online (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/stw2013comms) or by getting a paper copy from church.  Thank you.

6 December 2013:  Christingles will be lit on Sunday

The Children’s Society first introduced Christingle to The Church of England in 1968 and it has since become one of the most popular events for families and communities in the church calendar.  This year our Christingle service is at 5 pm on Sunday (the 8th).  The Christingle itself - with its orange, red ribbon, sweets and candle - is full of symbolism.  You can find out what these symbols mean by coming along.  Plus you will be helping to transform the lives of children in desperate need of our support, as the collection as well as money collected in the candle boxes will be sent to the Children’s Society.  Don't forget that the parish Christmas leaflet is now available and we need you to deliver some to your road and perhaps to a road nearby too - you can pick up the leaflets from church on Sunday or from the church office during the week.


22 November 2013:  Christmas starts with Advent

Luggage label with sloganJust over a week to go until Sunday 1 December, which is the start of the Christmas season with Advent.  So what can you do to prepare for it?  First, mark down all of our Christmas service dates that are now in the calendar.  Next, consider joining our choir.  They'll be singing at some of the Christmas services and will start meeting on Fridays to get in some practice.  Anyone can take part, so contact Gemma Hardy (gerty87@hotmail.com) or Debbie Ballantine (dballantine@hotmail.com) if you're interested.  Then there's chance to pick up an Advent Bible Readings booklet from the back of church.  It's £4.99 and is produced by St John's College, including a contribution from our curate Maureen.  Finally you might want to get a Real Advent Calendar (£3.99 from Tesco and others).  It has Fairtrade chocolate and a Christmas story booklet - it also supports the Christmas Starts with Christ campaign, which runs throughout Advent.


14 November 2013:  What should we do next summer?

A line of summer buntingWe want to gather the congregation together for an evening to reflect on the break from running Holiday Club and on the experience of doing a different set of events this summer just gone. We need to honestly review the resource and energy we have for staging all these kinds of events, our hearts and ambitions for such events, the impact and effectiveness of all these kind of events, the point and purpose of them and also the role they play in our sense of identity as a church. Of course the really key question for us in the midst all of this is “What is God doing in us?” - read Phil's full message about our Spiritual Discernment Evening on 28 November.



10 November 2013:  Remembrance Sunday

Placing poppies and crosses in remembranceA forces familyToday we have our traditional Remembrance Sunday service, when we'll be joined at 10:30 in church by the local scouts, guides, cubs and brownies.  The collection taken at the service will go, as always, to the work of the Royal British Legion.  The organisation was formed after the First World War, which was hoped to be "the war to end all wars".  But war and conflict have continued and today our armed forces are experiencing casualties almost every week.  The Royal British Legion continues to support the families of personnel on active Service, those currently in transition from military to civilian life and also those veterans of previous conflict.


21 October 2013:  Meet the Mission Innovation Team

The Mission Innovation TeamAs part of our continuing Partnership for Missional Church we have set up a Mission Innovation Tean.  Our MIT team (or mittens perhaps?) are exploring a different way of being missional.  In essence they are looking at how we do mission and ministry with people, beyond the church walls, as opposed to ‘to and for’ others.  Their missional challenge; to build community that draws in the lonely and isolated.  The MIT team would love to talk to you over coffee to share with you what they are doing.  So why not ask one of them a question about what the MIT team does and how they are getting on with their task.  (In the photo the MIT are - left to right - Wendy, Beth, Paul, Peter, Neil, Janet, Chris and Debbie.)



13 October 2013:  Operation Christmas Child launches

Child holding a present aloftOperation Christmas Child logoSince 1990, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoe box gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse is the organisation that works with local churches like ours to deliver the gifts.  They always give shoeboxes to children based on need, regardless of their background or religious beliefs. It’s an unconditional gift of love.  We've just launched the shoeboxes this year, encouraging you all to fill one and make a difference.  How about taking an extra shoebox or two along to work and inviting colleagues to share with you in making a shoebox as a team.  (You can get more information at operationchristmaschild.org.uk).


10 September 2013:  Harvest time is coming

In a couple of weeks time, on Sunday 22 September to be exact, we'll be celebrating harvest.  It's a traditional festival within the church and, although few of us are now directly 'tied to the land' these days, it gives us all a chance to be thankful for God's gifts to us.  As part of the harvest service, offerings of non-perishable foods would be most welcome - as will any winter clothing and shoes.  We will pass on your gifts to The Friary Drop-in Centre in West Bridgford, which does great work helping the homeless and those less fortunate than ourselves.



5 August 2013:  Have a good summer

Well, our summer events are over and we hope you were able to come along to one of them - and that you had a good time.  We certainly enjoyed meeting many people from our local community, young, old and ages in the middle.  With the school holiday now started, lots of people are now going away and out regular weekly events are on a break too.  They'll start up again in September.  However, the church office will still be open for the majority of mornings in August so don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have a question or need information.  If you are going away, then we wish you a rejuvenating holiday.




20 July 2013:  Is an outdoor baptism for you?

A full-immersion baptismThis is not a way of cooling down in the hot weather, it's a full-immersion baptism.  And that's not an overgrown paddling pool, it's our very own baptistry - that can be used inside church as well as outdoors.  But you don't have to get completely wet to be baptised as it can also be done with water on your forehead from the font.  Either way, if you're thinking of getting yourself or your child baptised then please do ask us how and when.  Ask after a Sunday service or contact the church office.  We'll agree a date with you and let you know when we're running our next baptism preparation session.




27 June 2013:  Help needed for our summer events

Booklet coverWe're running a number of events a the end of July and we've produced a booklet detailing what's happenning, the reasons we're organising the events and, most importantly, how you can help.  So far we've had a total of 20 offers of help, but we really need you to return the response form (at the back of the booklet) as soon as possible - as we need to know how large or small a team we have to work with.  If you had an early paper copy of the booklet then note that some of the dates were wrong.  This has been fixed in the electronic version but check the calendar if you're not sure.  We really do need your help to make sure these community events are a success.


21 June 2013:  The PMC process moves forward

Church Innovations logoThis evening and all day tommorow, the team of people from church who are engaged in the PMC process meet with other churches at St Pauls on Boundary Road for the latest PMC 'cluster'.  These cluster meetings happen four times a year and allow everyone involved to review progress, swap ideas and experiences, and to learn about the next stage in the PMC journey.  PMC stands for Partnership for Missional Church, run by the Church Innovations organisation and supported by our own diocese of Southwell and Nottingham in co-operation with the Leicester diocese.  We're just starting the second year of a four year exploration of what it means to be a church that has mission at its heart.  If you'd like to know a little more, this handy PMC summary was produced for the recent church annual meeting.


1 June 2013:  Take a look at our new facebook page

facebook on a mobile phoneTo go with our revamped church website, we've added a facebook page.  Now whether you prefer the web or social media you can choose how to keep up-to-date with what's happenning at Wilford Church.  To take a look, go to facebook.com/StWilfridsWilford and then like the page and add it to your favourites.  If you'd like something posted on the facebook page then contact the church office.




24 May 2013:  Announcing Church and Community Family Fun Days for 26 & 27 July

Diary pageWe are planning to bring together church and community with events that will include a Praise Party, craft making, games on the green and to finish it all with a BBQ. If you remember last years Jubilee celebrations you will know how much fun these events are!

It would be great if you could get involved in some way, so please do come to our planning meeting on Tuesday 4 June at 8pm in the church office. If you can't make that meeting please ring or email the church office and let us know when and what help you would like to give. More details of the event timings to follow.

Please do pray for these events and come along and support them in July.


10 May 2013:  Alice goes to Ghana 

Alice BenthamMany of you will have heard Alice Bentham tell us about her trip to Ghana, to work in Dutch Komenda Basic School for three months.  She is keeping a blog while she is away so please do follow the link and read all about her experiences. (alicegoestoghana.wordpress.com).  

Please do keep Alice in your prayers.




8 May 2013:  Work starts on new website

Old website bannerThe old church website has been in place for nearly ten years and used software that's now over ten years old too.  So it's high time for a change and this is it.  Our new web system - from a company called ChurchEdit - should be easier to maintain and keep up-to-date.  For a while the new site's content is going to be a bit sparse, but this will improve over the next few months as we migrate items from the old site and add new items too.  If you have any suggestions for what you think should be on the site, then tell Roger Periam or send your idea to the church office.


28 April 2013:  Maureen Collins is our new curate

Maureen CollinsMaureen will be being ordained deacon at Southwell Minster on the morning of Sunday 30 June and members of the church family are welcome to come and share in this glorious event as we welcome Maureen as our new curate.  Do pray for Maureen and her family this term, as they prepare to take this significant step of moving into the life of full time ministry together.  

(You can see a bit more about Maureen and her family under Phil says.)




24 March 2013:  Can you help to find a new head teacher?

South Wilford SchoolThe relationship between St Wilfrids Church and the South Wilford Primary School goes back to its founding nearly three hundred years ago by the vicar.  Our current vicar, Phil, is the present-day school chaplain and the church council (the PCC) appoints a number of the school governors.  At the moment the school is looking for a new headteacher and perhaps you can help in the search.  If you know of anyone who might be suitable for the job then please get them to contact the school for an application pack.  Completed applications need to be returned to the school office by 15 April.  Recently the church council has been considering our summer Holiday Club and it has decided that this year we should take a break.  You can read the PCC's message (under Phil says) for more detail.  Finally, we'd love to see you over Easter at one of our services - the Easter Services page has now been updated with this year's service dates and times.  


8 March 2013:  Lent events

The Easter Services page has now been updated with this year's service dates and times.  Everyone is welcome to any of the services and we hope to see you at one of them.  You can tell Easter is near because the supermarkets are full of chocolate eggs, including a Christian Easter egg this year called the 'Real Easter Egg' as this story describes.  Although these eggs haven't been advertised in our weekly newsletter, lots of other stuff is (sorry for the poor link there).  Last week the newsletter had a recruitment advert for Nottingham street pastors and this week it's a job for an administrator/receptionist working for the diocese in Southwell - plus appeals for good causes like the Friory Drop-in Centre.  If you aren't on the mailing list then contact Sue in the church office and she'll add you to the distribution.  The good cause for this Lent is Water Aid. involved by saving our small change in a jar and donating it to Water Aid at the end of Lent. If this is something you would like to get involved with, there are leaflets at the back of church so please do take one.


5 February 2013:  Kiwoko Hospital update

Alison Fletcher was the special guest at our mission lunch last Sunday.  We've supported Alison's mission as a physiotherapist at the Kiwoko Hospital in Uganda for a number of years.  Even though Alison has now returned to the UK, we continue to maintain the motorbikes at the hospital as these are vital in getting health workers out on visits to the remote communities in the surrounding area.  As well as Alison's moving description of hospital life and the work that we've helped there, we heard about the other projects supported by our mission giving and by members of our church family.  (Like Tearfund projects, the Nottingham Night Shelter and mission links we share with pupils at the local Nottingham Emmanuel School where our vicar, Phil, is the chaplain).  As a church, we tithe 10% of the money we receive to this external mission work, which is all is co-ordinated by the mission group, led by Rob Baxter.  If you couldn't make it to the lunch then ask do Rob about the group and its aims and very worthy projects.  


20 January 2013:  Renewal of our electoral roll

Thanks to everyone who took part in the electronic Christmas card (all 94 of you from 32 church families).  You saved some paper and raised £157 for an 'ethical gift' in the developing world.  Looking ahead, 2013 is one of those years where we need to completely renew the church's electoral roll.  This roll officially defines the 'church family' and is our register of those people qualified to vote at the annual meeting, where the parish council and the deanery representatives are chosen.  You can also ask question on parish matters or general church issues.  In a renewal year, names are not carried over from the previous year, so everyone must make a new application for the new roll.  (You must be over 16, baptised and either live in the parish or have worshipped here for six months).  Pick up an application from church or the office and please return it by 5 February.  We're also about to update the church family directory, so please complete and return an address card if you'd like to be added or if any of your details have changed.  Sue in the church office really does need your help to get these tasks done.


13 January 2013:  All change in Canterbury

The new year brings a new Archbishop of Canterbury to lead the anglican church.  After a decade of service in the role, Rowan Williams has stepped down.  His successor, Justin Welby (the current Bishop of Durham), was elected this week and he'll start as the new ABC next month.  He'll be enthroned in March.  We offer our thanks to Rowan Williams, our good wishes to Justin Welby and our prayers for them both.  Prayer is exactly the focus for this next week as the Churches Together in West Bridgford hold prayer sessions every day, at various churches in the area.  This week's newsheet has more details.  Here at Wilford Church, there are a couple of things to put in your diary - the Burns Night social get-together on Saturday 26 January and the church's Mission Sunday on 3 February.

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