News & Notices

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Whitton Team Notices, Collect & Readings

Lockdown Licensing for New Team Rector


From left to right: Team Vicar & Rural Field Officer Rhona Floate, Archdeacon Sue Groom, Bishop Andrew, Team Rector Beth Hutton, Church Warden Paul Trickey. 

With social distancing and Covid regulations limiting attendance to just six people in the building, the Bishop of Ramsbury, Andrew Rumsey presided over the service and preached. He was assisted by Archdeacon of Wilts, Sue Groom. During the service, symbols of the work of a priest – water for baptism, a bible, chalice and paten – were presented and placed on the altar. Later Beth received the key to one of the six churches and rang a hand-bell cast in Aldbourne to indicate the start of her ministry as Team Rector. A churchwarden (Paul Trickey) and one of the clergy (Rhona Floate) also took part. Behind the scenes, Dave Robinson was in charge of sound and broadcasting, enabling others to witness it from home, via the live-stream to our Facebook page @WhittonTeamNews. The recording can be seen there. 

Church Services (updated 5 November 2020)

Visit the ‘Services’ page for week by week information

Unfortunately, because of the current lockdown, weekly services in church will be suspended until 2 December 2020.

From the 15 November 2020 we will continue to provide our phone-in/ online Sunday morning worship at 10am for the duration of lockdown. (Please note new time)

We’re always here to support you; please contact one of the clergy or churchwardens (see the lists in church porches) if we can help in any way. Please email helpline@whittonteam.org.uk with any requests for prayer and/or practical help at this time. We are here to serve you!

Our Churches are remaining open for private prayer and reflection

(Updated following the Government announcement of New National Restrictions from 5 November 2020)

Churches are allowed to open for private prayer and reflection. Our churches (with the exception of Axford and Aldbourne) are open (see below for days and times). We have made the buildings as safe as we possibly can – but please help us to keep things that way, both for you and for everyone else, remembering that many of those caring for our churches are themselves vulnerable! So, please:
• Observe social distancing;
• Use the hand sanitiser provided on entry and on exit;
• Touch as few surfaces as possible.
In some of the churches you’ll be asked to leave a “this seat has been used” label on the seat you’ve used, so that we can try to keep everyone separate.
Church opening times will be as follows:
• St Michael’s, Aldbourne – We regret that St Michael’s Church, Aldbourne will be closed temporarily from 16 November 2020 to allow high level redecoration to be carried out. The work is expected to last three weeks.
• St Nicholas Baydon Sundays and Wednesdays 8.30am – 4.30pm.
• St Mary’s Chilton Foliat Wednesdays and Sundays, 11am – 3pm
• All Saints Froxfield Daily, ~ 10.30am – 2.30pm
• Holy Cross Ramsbury Daily, 2 – 3 pm.

Pastoral Care

Please email helpline@whittonteam.org.uk with any requests for prayer and/or practical help. We are here to serve you.

Contact details: Please get in touch if you need or can offer help:

The Revd Sue Rodd 01672 541571 revsuerodd@btinternet.com

The Revd Rhona Floate 01672 540523 rhonafloate@aol.com

Parish Administrator 01672 520963 teamoffice@whittonteam.org.uk

or email: helpline@whittonteam.org.uk Please email pcc@whittonteam.org.uk to be added to our mailing list.

Whitton Team – Safeguarding Policy

Please click here to visit the Whitton Team Safeguarding Policy page.

Please click here to read the Whitton Team Ministry Safeguarding Policy (PDF opens in new window)

The Whitton Team Benefice PCC has formally adopted the House of Bishops’ Promoting a Safer Church: Safeguarding Policy Statement. The Team’s designated Safeguarding Representative is Mrs Marianne Adey. Any queries should be addressed to her or to a member of the clergy.

Urgent Swindon Food Collective Appeal & Assistance

How can you help? We have a special appeal page. Click here

Swindon Food Collective

There are collection baskets in the porches at Aldbourne, Baydon and Ramsbury and at Aldbourne Stores.

Information on donating funds to the Swindon Food Collective is on their website: https://www.swindonfoodcollective.org/donate-funds

“Feeding the Five Thousand”

The churches have made contact with Swindon Food Collective, who would be prepared to help us with food parcels for anyone who is currently having difficulty in paying for basic food. There is also local funding available to help with this, in addition to the sterling work already being done by Parish and County Councils and volunteers in the villages. Please contact the Revd Sue Rodd on 01672 541571 if you are aware of someone in this kind of need, or email helpline@whittonteam.org.uk

Whitton Team News on Facebook

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You can find and follow the Whitton Team on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WhittonTeamNews

Whitton Wonderings on Facebook

Short video reflections about life, the universe and everything from a faith perspective, can be found on Whitton Team News, our Facebook page, at 11am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and remain available to view when it suits you. You do not need a Facebook account to watch these, but if you are on Facebook, please click on the reactions, comment and share it with friends. Contributors are drawn from our Worship Leaders, lay and ordained.

Praying round the Parish

Each day of the month has three areas of the parish, plus a group of people. You may find it easier to focus on a particular person who lives there or belongs to the group – just hold them in your mind and bring them and their needs before God with thanksgiving for this very special place we live in and serve! PDF showing places and groups of people (opens in new window)

Grapevine

Grapevine is the Diocese of Salisbury’s newsletter, sharing stories of lives transformed in Christ from around Dorset and Wiltshire. Please visit the Diocese of Salisbury website for the latest Grapevine. Current copies can also be found at the back of each church.