Good News from the Community Centre team

By |2021-01-20T19:35:39+02:0020 January 2021|CC Home Page, Church Plan: Church Family, Church Plan: Community Networks, News|

We are delighted to let you know that the community centre team have been successfully awarded three grants. The first two grants are to be spent on our afternoon teas programme which provides a vital means of socialisation for older people and particularly those suffering with dementia. They have come from the Wiltshire and Swindon Sports Partnership and Green Square.

The final grant has come from emergency covid funding issued by the National Lottery Community Fund on behalf of the Government. This money is specifically to be spent on the running costs of the community centre. This helps to safeguard the work of our community centre and team in the year ahead.

Chris Smith & Jenny Hatter

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

By |2021-01-20T14:02:14+02:0020 January 2021|CC Home Page, Events, News|

The day when the victims of genocides the world over are especially remembered, Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place on Wednesday 27 January, and it will again be marked in Swindon.

HMD 2021 marks 76 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945 and 2021 is also the 76th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of the Second World War.

Due to Covid19 restrictions, there will be no live ceremony by the Cenotaph. At 12 noon on Wednesday 27th January there will be a short ceremony via Zoom online for Swindon.

Attendance is by invitation only. Anyone with sincere and authentic interest in marking this day is welcome to join the online ceremony. To receive an invitation, link, and password, please contact matt@lowershawfarm.co.uk

Further information, and a more national perspective, about Holocaust Memorial Day, can be found on the internet, at www.hmd.org.uk

Positive news from Send a Cow

By |2021-01-20T13:49:59+02:0020 January 2021|Church Plan: Financial Stewardship, Church Plan: Mission & Evangelism, Magazine, News|

Thank you for sticking with us and more importantly, families like Merima’s, throughout this challenging time. You are well and truly part of our global family, we couldn’t do it without you.

Emily Mullen

Supporter Relations – Send a Cow

Today is Blue Monday, supposedly the gloomiest day of the year. A day where we face a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and awaiting the first payday of the new year. And as the World continues to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no surprise we are all feeling a little blue. Send a Cow is one of Christ Church’s nominated charities. We were delighted to recieve this update from them with some positive news.

Meet Merima, pictured left. Merima lives in Kutaber District, Ethiopia with her husband and children. Along with 600 other women, Merima is part of the Developing Business Women Project, which supports family farmers like her to establish successful and sustainable agri-businesses.

Merima says

"Send a Cow has supported me with awareness and skills. I have received training on kitchen gardening, savings and credit and reproductive health. Of all the skills I have learned, I am really amazed by the bag garden. I have learned that we can produce food even if we don't have any land." - Merima

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

By |2021-01-20T13:36:44+02:0020 January 2021|CC Home Page, Church Plan: Mission & Evangelism, News|

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2021 has been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. The theme that was chosen, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”, is based on John 15:1-17 and expresses Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family.

Find out more

Tansforming Church 2021 & beyond

By |2021-01-15T14:17:06+02:0015 January 2021|CC Home Page, feature|

Transforming Church is the name of the process to discern the next vision and priorities for the Diocese, from 2020 and beyond. On 4 November 2020, the Right Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, announced a new focus of work for the upcoming months, to shape the future the Diocese of Bristol.

Introducing The Wellbeing Journey

By |2021-01-12T15:09:12+02:0012 January 2021|CC Home Page, Church Plan: Church Family, Church Plan: Community Networks|

The Wellbeing Journey is a new series to help churches and communities address the challenges of our times. Following the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, local churches are in a unique place to lead communities on this holistic journey to physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. 

HOPE Together and KingsGate Church, Peterborough, have developed a video journey drawing on Kingsgate’s Wellbeing sermon series and the book ‘God’s Plan for Your Wellbeing’ by their lead pastor Dr Dave Smith. The videos are presented by Simon Thomas (Prime Video Sport/ Sky Sports/ Blue Peter) and  Joanna Adeyinka-Burford (BBC, Channel 5, Nickelodeon), with contributions from leading experts in different fields.

The eight video sessions are:

  • Week one: Introduction 
  • Week two: A wellbeing mindset 
  • Week three: Physical wellbeing 
  • Week four: Emotional wellbeing 
  • Week five: Spiritual wellbeing 
  • Week six: Relational wellbeing 
  • Week seven: Financial wellbeing 
  • Week eight: Vocational wellbeing

Full details of the video series are at www.wellbeingjourney.org.

A group from Christ Church are organising to take part in this programme – if you would like to join then contact Simon simon@christchurchswindon.co.uk 01793 529166

Our Parish Verse for 2021

By |2021-01-12T14:48:01+02:0012 January 2021|CC Home Page, Church Plan: Church Family, Church Plan: Mission & Evangelism|

Each year, we choose a bible verse to focus on to provide us with hope and inspiration for the new year.

This year’s verse is from Peter

Blessed be the God
and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
By his great mercy he has given us a new birth
into a living hope through the resurrection
of Jesus Christ from the dead.

1 Peter 1 v 3

Download a printable version by clicking the button below

Rose Garden Plans

By |2021-01-06T15:18:59+02:006 January 2021|CC Home Page, Church Plan: Community Networks, Church Plan: Site Development, News|

We have recently completed an application to the Diocese of Bristol for plans to decommission our former Ashes Rose Garden which is now closed for further burials.

This applies for permission to make improvements to the Rose Garden to make it a more beautiful, manageable and fitting memorial to the over 1,300 Swindonians who are remembered there.

Over the years, the ground has become infertile and many of the plants are old and diseased. Due to the obvious sensitivities involved, we have proceeded carefully with our thinking and have consulted widely with experts in design and horticulture.

You can read the application here. The application process calls for a period of consultation with the public for a period of 30 days.

Rose Garden Proposals

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