Creation Restored

2022-08-05T18:43:10+01:005 August 2022|

9.30am-4pm Saturday, 17 September, Pattern Church, Swindon The Rt Revd. Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, invites you to an inspiring 'Creation Restored: Ministry in a time of Climate Crisis' Diocesan day conference at the Pattern Church. The aim of the day is to share in fellowship and explore the challenges, sensitivities, and opportunities of leading church life during a climate emergency. There will be a diverse range of guest speakers and workshop leaders, including keynote speaker Dr Ruth Valerio, Global Advocacy Director at Tearfund, as well as sessions from friends from Green Christian, Operation Noah, the Youth Christian Climate Network [.....]

Fellowship of Faith

2022-08-05T18:13:54+01:0029 July 2022|

Who are we?We are a small group, providing a safe space for growth in Christianity, deeper community connections, an exploration of The Bible's teachings on love, faith, mercy and grace.We will do this through meeting together using prayer, devotionals, talking to each other, by using multimedia resources, guest speakers and other methods that we, as a group find useful, as we walk with Jesus at our sides.Like Jesus, we aim to extend a hand of friendship to all, acting with kindness, forgiveness, and honesty whilst persevering, even when times are tough.We will show respect to all and, guided by our [.....]

Bottom to Top – Bishop Lee’s Cycling Challenge

2022-07-22T18:17:11+01:0022 July 2022|

Chris Stanley & Bishop Lee Rayfield Being ill with Covid recently, has not stopped Bishop of Swindon, Dr Lee Rayfield, from getting on his bike once again to take on a huge fundraising challenge, cycling some 881 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats in just 13 days.Bishop Lee will be cycling to raise as much money as possible to support local families in most need with a special Christmas gift. This is the second time that Bishop Lee has taken on such a massive quest.Back in 2014, following chemotherapy and radiotherapy for Hodgkin Lymphoma, he rode from John [.....]

Wedding of the Year (so far!)

2022-07-16T10:51:14+01:0014 July 2022|

It's a busy year for the Stevenette family. Last weekend saw the wedding of Thomas Stevenette and Rachel (Rae)Cordon at St Mary's Attenborough near Nottingham. All the Nottingham church family, choir, bellringers and flower arrangers were there and supported in every way. The Vicar also kindly allowed Simon to officiate so it was a very special time for them all. Tom and Rae first met at Durham University. Rae is a primary School teacher. The Reception was held at Woolaton Hall and Park in Nottingham. Their marriage adds a 3rd lovely Mrs Stevenette to the family with Elise, the 4th,future [.....]

What is Choral Evensong?

2022-07-16T12:39:56+01:009 July 2022|

The service of Evensong is unique to the Anglican church and is derived from the older Roman Catholic service of Vespers (or evening prayer). Its structure and wording are contained in the Book of Common Prayer, which dates from 1662. The standard Evensong service involves the whole congregation in the singing of psalms and canticles (The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis which are extracts from Luke’s gospel set to simple music to allow everyone to join in.) The service also has hymns and a choir only anthem. The rich, traditional language of the old prayer book can be reassuring and affirming [.....]

EXPLORE MINDFULNESS WITH TRAINED, EXPERIENCED TEACHERS

2022-07-09T10:24:47+01:009 July 2022|

Join our On-line course, beginning Wednesday October 8th between 10am-12.15pm for 8 weeks until 30th November (no session 25th Oct) to include a half day on Sat 19th November. COST: Sliding Scale of £120 to £220 (further reductions available) With funding to subsidise costs for Swindon people and in collaboration with Christ Church Community Centre Try before you sign up with our - FREE TASTER SESSIONS Wednesday 13th July: 10am to 11am Wednesday 7th September: 10am to 11am We are also looking to support other people and groups. If you are involved in a particular group who you think would [.....]

Platinum Jubilee Celebration and Service

2022-06-10T15:33:06+01:0010 June 2022|

Grateful thanks to all those who helped with our Platinum Jubilee Tea Party last Sunday and for those who help to serve refreshments Sunday by Sunday. It was great to get together to celebrate the day in style. We had a wonderful Old Town Partnership of Churches Jubilee celebration service later, attended, among others, by the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire Mrs Sarah Troughton, our Mayor Councillor Abdul Amin and Sir Robert Buckland MP. We are very grateful to Rev'd Geoff Gleed for leading our music and to the joint choirs of the Partnership churches for their inspriring singing. You can [.....]

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