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
13 January 2014: Twelth Night now a memory
It was great seeing so many of you over Christmas at our various services and events. Photographs taken at these Christmas festivities have been appearing regularly on our facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/StWilfridsWilford) and if you missed them you can scroll back through the timeline to discover them. Some have also been added to the Photos gallery on this site so that you can see what's available. Keep coming back to this site's Calendar, or subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, to find out what's happening in this new year at Wilford Church. (Contact the church office if you do want to subscribe). As we mentioned at the end of last year, we'd like to know what you think about our communications - so we have a short survey for you to complete. It will only take a few minutes and you can do it online (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/stw2013comms) or by getting a paper copy from church. Have a (bit belated) Happy New Year.
13 December 2013: Some pre-Christmas requests
Putting on our Christmas services and events is a genuine team effort. Many of you have already helped out by decorating the church and by delivering the parish-wide Christmas leaflet. Your efforts are appreciated very much. Now we're asking if you can spare a little time to help at one of the events. We're serving refreshments after the Carols by Candlelight service on Sunday and after the Silverdale service on the following Sunday. Can you make or donate mince pies or biscuits for these? Or could you help serve them? If catering is not your thing then perhaps 'setting up' is. We need help with chairs at Silverdale (from around 9:15). We also need support to set up and clear away for the Carols on the Green event on 20 December - if you're interested in this one then contact Neil Marriott. Nearly finished. Our current stewardship campaign includes a request for you to return a 'promise form' - even if your giving is unchanged. It will help enormously with our planning for the future if everyone could return the form and the deadline for this is Sunday. Lastly, we'd like to know what you think about our communications, so we have a short survey for you to complete. It will only take a few minutes and you can do it online (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/stw2013comms) or by getting a paper copy from church. Thank you.
6 December 2013: Christingles will be lit on Sunday
The Children’s Society first introduced Christingle to The Church of England in 1968 and it has since become one of the most popular events for families and communities in the church calendar. This year our Christingle service is at 5 pm on Sunday (the 8th). The Christingle itself - with its orange, red ribbon, sweets and candle - is full of symbolism. You can find out what these symbols mean by coming along. Plus you will be helping to transform the lives of children in desperate need of our support, as the collection as well as money collected in the candle boxes will be sent to the Children’s Society. Don't forget that the parish Christmas leaflet is now available and we need you to deliver some to your road and perhaps to a road nearby too - you can pick up the leaflets from church on Sunday or from the church office during the week
22 November 2013: Christmas starts with Advent
Just over a week to go until Sunday 1 December, which is the start of the Christmas season with Advent. So what can you do to prepare for it? First, mark down all of our Christmas service dates that are now in the calendar. Next, consider joining our choir. They'll be singing at some of the Christmas services and will start meeting on Fridays to get in some practice. Anyone can take part, so contact Gemma Hardy (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Debbie Ballantine (email@example.com) if you're interested. Then there's chance to pick up an Advent Bible Readings booklet from the back of church. It's £4.99 and is produced by St John's College, including a contribution from our curate Maureen. Finally you might want to get a Real Advent Calendar (£3.99 from Tesco and others). It has Fairtrade chocolate and a Christmas story booklet - it also supports the Christmas Starts with Christ campaign, which runs throughout Advent.
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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