Christmas Generosity

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our collections at Christmas services. We were able to send £81.81 to Children’s Society; and £181.60 to Embrace the Middle East. Sally was very grateful and surprised by her present too.

Coffee, Prayer and Chat

We’ve decided to try meeting at church at 11am on a Wednesday twice a month to chat and have a short service. Please come along, and invite a friend too, if you’re free. Services will be on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month so the dates for the next few are: 13 and 27 February, and 13 and 27 March.

Sign up for the Electoral Roll

Every Church in the Church of England has an Electoral Roll listing everyone who is eligible to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting and to stand for the Parochial Church Council.Being on the Electoral Roll is a practical symbol of commitment to St Andrew’s. This year (as every six years) everyone has to sign up to the Electoral Roll again, or for the first time, so please take a form and fill it in as soon as possible. The closing date is Sunday 24 March.

Contactless Payments

As you may have spotted, St Andrew’s now has the ability for people to make a donation to us, or to other charities we support, by credit or debit card. This is a very useful facility, especially for visitors – or if you forget some food for the Food Collective and want to make a small donation anyway. However, there is a small commission payable on each transaction so, if you give regularly to St Andrew’s or would like to start giving regularly, there are better ways to do that. Please talk to our treasurer, Susan Smith, for more details.

Travels in Uganda

For the last two weeks of February, Sally, with Simon (her husband), the headteachers of St Francis and Haydon Wick Schools, and the schools worker from West Swindon Benefice will be visiting Uganda to observe life in the schools Swindon Deanery supports and deepen relationships with staff and pupils. We are also hoping to visit a school for Tadpole Farm Academy to start a link with. No doubt we will hear all about it when Sally returns!

Lent is coming

As Easter is not until 21 April, Lent does not start until the first week in March so, we will be holding an Ash Wednesday Communion Service on 6 March at 7:30pm. Please return your palm crosses by Sunday 3 March. We will also be holding a Lent discussion group, on a day and subject to be decided by those who are interested in coming. Please take a leaflet about it if you are interested –it’s a great way to spend more time focussing on God and how we follow him as we prepare for Easter.


Please also pray for Sally, Simon, Joy, Aine and Gayle, that they would be safe in Uganda and be able to build relationships which will last into the future.

The current Prayer Diary for the Swindon Deanery is available on our website, month we are asked to pray for St Mark’s and St Saviour’s in New Town, St Augustine’s in Rodbourne and everyone will be praying for us.


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