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News from St Andrew's

Our news comes in two forms - Parish News, our online parish magazine and the email newsletter. The latest newsletter from 3 May is below:  you can subscribe here and see past issues here.

The Parish News is available from the links alongside.

If you have been into St Andrew’s recently you will have seen that there is an increasing pile of donations for raffle and tombola prizes and other goodies in preparation for our May Fayre. This event is not long off now, so I hope you will be able to join us sometime between 12 noon and 4pm on Saturday 18 May for the first St Andrew’s Fayre for many years. Full details below, along with many other exciting events in the next couple of months. Hope to see you at one of them!
God bless 

Sally Robertson, Vicar, 07588594410

St Andrew's May Fayre
Saturday 18 May - 12 noon to 4pm
A trip down memory lane to a 1950’s style fayre with traditional stalls and games.  Could you help? We need people to help on the day in different ways: setting up/during the fayre/closing down. We also need lots of cakes for the cake stall, bottles of wine and items we can use as prizes.  Talk to Sally or Helen if you can spare some time to help bring the Fayre to life and make a note in your diary to come and enjoy the fun on the day. 
Changes to service times
Some service times are different this month
Thursday 9 May Ascension Day 7pm Communion (church only)
Wednesday 15 May 11am Coffee, Prayer and Chat
Wednesday 29th May 11am Coffee Prayer and Chat
Church and churchyard tidy morning
Saturday 4 May 9.30am - 12.30 pm
The next opportunity to show some loving care to our churchyard and church building this year is Saturday 4 May 9.30am-12.30pm. Come along for as much time as you can spare and we will find you a job
Bible Book Club
Monday 13 May 7pm
Our next book club will be looking at Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. You can find some background information here We will be meeting at 7pm on Monday 13 May at church. Please join us to chew over God’s word together.
Local Schools' Pilgrimage
Wednesday 22 May 9am - 12 noon
We need some adults to help with the local school children who will be coming to Church on Wednesday 22 May. You will need to be available from 9am to 12 noon Please contact Sally if you can help.
Forthcoming Events
Dates for your diary in May and June
22 May - 12 noon The next meeting of the lunch club at a local pub. If you would like to join please contact Coral or 07867303516
9 June -  10am Holy Communion with the Right Reverend Neil Warwick, Bishop of Swindon
18 June - 7pm Evening concert welcoming back the tenor Gregory Steward - tickets £12 in church or email
Creation Songs of Praise and Nature Count
Sunday 16 June, 10am 
We will be celebrating our wonderful world at our morning service on 16 June. If you would like to choose a hymn connected with creation to sing at this service, please email Sally by 16 May with a reason for your choice. If you would like to sing in the choir for this service please email Brian

After the service, we will hold a family-friendly nature count in the churchyard from 11.30am-12.30pm, as part of Churches Count On Nature 2024, a joint initiative promoted by Caring for God’s Acre, the Church of England, the Church in Wales and A Rocha UK focusing on the brilliant wildlife to be found in churchyards. Contact Helen Allen for more information
Pray for Swindon
Saturday 18 May 7-9pm
Christians from across Swindon are invited to gather and pray for our town at Christ Church, Cricklade Street. All welcome and a great preparation for Pentecost the following day.

News from the APCM
We said a grateful thank you to Susan Smith for over 20 years as St Andrew’s Treasurer and are delighted that Brian Clegg is willing to take on the role. We were also grateful to Donna Kelly and Donna Wylde who have stepped down from our Parochial Church Council and to Tim Holliday and Charles Pope for joining it.
We also discussed the pros and cons of admitting children to Holy Communion before they are confirmed. The PCC will be making a final decision about this in June, so if you would like to learn more about this and give Sally your views, you can find the information paper here
Thank you from Uganda!
Rose Nakajiri, the headteacher of Nsawo Primary school in Uganda has sent some photos and a video, to show their gratitude for our recent donation. You can find them here
Explore Everyday Faith
Saturday 11 May 9.30am-4pm
The Diocese of Bristol are providing some excellent days to explore aspects of discipleship and the next one is at the Pattern Church in Swindon on Saturday 11 May from 9.30am-4pm. The event will explore how churches can equip people to live as disciples making connections between our faith and every day life. You can find out more and book a place here
Services and events in May
All 10am services in church and on video -
others in church only unless otherwise specified
Saturday 4 May
9.30am-12.30 Gardening and cleaning morning

Sunday 5 May
10am Children's Service
 6pm BCP Communion
Thursday 9 May
7pm Ascension Day communion
Sunday 12 May
10am Holy Communion
6pm Evening Prayer on Zoom only

Monday 13 May
7pm Bible Book Club
Wednesday 15 May
11am Coffee, Prayer and Chat 
Saturday 18 May
12 noon to 4pm May Fayre
Sunday 19 May
10am Pentecost Communion
6pm Evening Prayer
Wednesday 22 May
12 noon Lunch Club venue TBA
Sunday 26 May
10am Morning Prayer
6pm Evening Prayer on Zoom only

Wednesday 29 May
11am Coffee, Prayer and chat
Sunday 2 June
10am Children's Service
6pm Holy Communion

On those weeks when there is not an evening service at St Andrew’s we are offering Evening Prayer on Zoom at 6pm. Please join us from a computer, smartphone or tablet: by phone, 0208 080 6592 and enter 813 6651 6924 # when asked.

Please note we are now using the common chalice again for receiving wine in Communion services.  If you do not feel comfortable with this, you are welcome just to receive the bread.
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