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
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.
14 November 2013: What should we do next summer?
We want to gather the congregation together for an evening to reflect on the break from running Holiday Club and on the experience of doing a different set of events this summer just gone. We need to honestly review the resource and energy we have for staging all these kinds of events, our hearts and ambitions for such events, the impact and effectiveness of all these kind of events, the point and purpose of them and also the role they play in our sense of identity as a church. Of course the really key question for us in the midst all of this is “What is God doing in us?” - read Phil's full message about our Spiritual Discernment Evening on 28 November.
10 November 2013: Remembrance Sunday
Today we have our traditional Remembrance Sunday service, when we'll be joined at 10:30 in church by the local scouts, guides, cubs and brownies. The collection taken at the service will go, as always, to the work of the Royal British Legion. The organisation was formed after the First World War, which was hoped to be "the war to end all wars". But war and conflict have continued and today our armed forces are experiencing casualties almost every week. The Royal British Legion continues to support the families of personnel on active Service, those currently in transition from military to civilian life and also those veterans of previous conflict.
21 October 2012: Meet the Mission Innovation Team
As part of our continuing Partnership for Missional Church we have set up a Mission Innovation Tean. Our MIT team (or mittens perhaps?) are exploring a different way of being missional. In essence they are looking at how we do mission and ministry with people, beyond the church walls, as opposed to ‘to and for’ others. Their missional challenge; to build community that draws in the lonely and isolated. The MIT team would love to talk to you over coffee to share with you what they are doing. So why not ask one of them a question about what the MIT team does and how they are getting on with their task. (In the photo the MIT are - left to right - Wendy, Beth, Paul, Peter, Neil, Janet, Chris and Debbie.)
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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