Welcome to the Wilford Church website
Hello from everyone at Wilford Church - or St Wilfrids Wilford as it's more formally known.Our website tells you a little bit about us and gives you some news about what the members of our church family are doing, both within the church itself and within our local community. The Calendar lists our service times (usually 8:00 and 10:30 every Sunday) as well as the many other events, activities and courses we run. If you don't know us, then it would be great to see you at a service or at one of these events.If you can't find the information you need, then please contact us directly.Revd Phil Marsh
15 January 2015: The Pilgrim course starts soon
It's been a while since the last news update so, even though it's a bit belated, Happy New Year! Don't forget that you can keep up to date with what's happenning at St Wilfrids through our Facebook page, our weekly newsletter and our regular emails. One of those happennings is the new Pilgrim course that starts on Thursday 22 January and runs for six weeks. This is a course for people who are new to church, or who are not yet sure about it but want to explore faith. Each session begins with some short prayers, helping people to become familiar with or to explore the role of prayer in christian life. Then a time for getting to know those around you, before a short film introduces the theme of the evening. Exploration of a short bible passage follows, shaped by the questions and reflections of the group. The session ends with an encouragement to carry on exploring the theme of the evening throughout the rest of the week in our normal and everyday lives. And all of this will be organized around puddings. If you have someone you would like to bring along, or if you want to develop holy habits for your own discipleship and faith, then please contact the office so that we have an idea of the number of puddings we'll need.
8 December 2014: Carols and mince pies - not long now
Our Christmas celebrations get off to a great start this week with Carols and Christmas Music - Ukelele Style. It's on Friday at 7.30pm and it's planned to be in church this year to avoid any weather chaos. The event is free and includes some seasonal refreshment after. You can find all of our Christmas services and events in the calendar. Meanwhile our (knitted) travelling nativity sets continue their Advent journeys around our parish and community. They've been hosted by many families, gathered friends, been to Wilford Pre-school, gone with the South Wilford bell ringers to Larkhill, been to an over 50s tea - and seem to have encountered numerous cats and dogs on the way. Have a look at the photos on facebook (you should be able to see this even if you're not on facebook). Pray that as the Nativity figures enter each home, people will know the presence of the Living Jesus with them.
12 October 2014: Our Christmas appeal launches
This is the Sunday on which we launch our Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal. Again this year we've sourced empty shoe boxes directly from the Operation Christmas Child organisers - so no excuse not to fill one. They'll be available at the back of church so please take one. Bring the filled boxes back to church, or to the church office, by Tuesday 18 November at the latest. And now for something a bit different .... if you've ever wondered what a deanery synod is like then this Thursday (the 16th) is your chance to find out. Everyone is invited to attend an open synod with the usual synod business plus a guest speaker, George Gabriel, community organiser from Nottingham Citizens. This is an alliance of 43 community organisations from diverse backgrounds committed to working together to make Nottingham a safer, healthier and more prosperous place. George will speak about opportunities for our Christian communities to challenge local and national politicians ahead of next year's General Election; encouraging us to 'seek justice' especially for the poor and other significant needs of our City and County.
30 September 2014: Welcome our new students
This year we won’t have the two Matts from St John’s College, Nottingham, but the 2 Andrews. They'll be with us for the next two years and we'll formally introduce them in our services over the next few weeks. Please do say hello and introduce yourselves to them. Andrew Stewart is from just outside Belfast, and moved to England when he was 26. His favourite things to do include watching films and reading. Menekse grew up in Yorkshire and is half-turkish. Her favourite things include sewing and taking their standard poodle Dougal to the park. He enjoys eating shoes and books. They married in July 2011, then moved to Nottingham. Andrew North is married to Helen, a specialist childrens’ nurse, and they have two daughters; Grace (aged nine) and Poppy (who will be seven at the end of the month). They've lived in Stapleford for the past four years where they look after their four chickens and a cheeky dog named Max. Andrew was a secondary school teacher before starting his studies at St. John’s.
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Courses and Workshops
Ask the church office for details of the latest courses we're running. Recently we've put on:
- the Alpha Course
- the BIG Ask
- Christianity Explored
- the Apprentice and
08:00 Communion service
16:30 Marriage preparation