New Logo News for February

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“You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.”  Psalm 86 v 5 NIV
Services for February
For the diary
Sunday February 12th 4-6.00pm – Messy Church
Come and join in each month with the worship, crafts, conversation and meal. Everyone is welcome! If you can spare an hour or two and can offer to help in setting up, clearing away or taking part by leading an activity, please talk to David Stranks or Richard Bailey.
Sundays February 5th,  12th & 19th - Home Fellowship Meals
Services in February are following the theme of ‘Meals with Jesus’.  Many encounters that Jesus had with people centred around a meal and we will be exploring just a few of these.  We would like to encourage hospitality during this time and so we are hoping to stimulate this by having fellowship meals in homes on these Sundays .  If you haven't already signed up please contact Jan Durston.   We anticipate that this will be a good time to meet some new people.
Sunday February 26th through March - What on earth am I here for?
A six week course of the Purpose Driven Life starts on 26th February, and there is a lot of information about it on display in the church now.  You have an invitation (if you haven’t got yours yet, let us (Chris Wheeler, Linda Kalbskopf, Richard Bailey, Andrew Bird, Monica Bird, Jan Durston) know!  There are small groups being arranged on Thursdays from 2nd March at 1.00pm and at 7.30pm for 90 mins each – you are all invited! (Sign up sheets will be available).

Prayer – is vital at all times, and certainly part of this Lent Course.  We need to be praying now that we will all hear clearly what God wants to tell us, that we will understand and have courage to put it into practice, and that we will all grow as Christians.  3 ways you can do this: join an informal prayer time before each Sunday service in the lower hall, starting 9.30am, Sunday 26th February – add a Prayer request/answer/bible verse to the blue board in church – join in the half day of prayer for God to grow us: Sunday February 19th, 2pm to 4pm.
Other Happenings
See our main page for information relating to the other events and regular happenings at Sheldon Road church in February.
Other News
A Warm Welcome
Seen a new face or two?  Make sure that new people coming to our church on Sundays have a coffee or tea and help them find a place to sit.  Even if you’re not wearing a badge, we all need to be Welcomers.
Community Action – Warm Spaces
As the cold weather continues we are offering our church as a “warm space” to join other warm spaces in the town where people can come and keep warm and have a warm welcome, hot drinks etc.  We have already registered the Saturday Community Lunches with Wiltshire Council as a warm space and are planning to register our Monday morning BOCBOF as well.  But for people to take full advantage we’re looking to extend BOCBOF opening times from the current 2 hours 10.00 - 12.00 to 4 hours 10 - 2.00.  To do this we need some more volunteers!  Please do consider this as it’s a vital part of our ministry to the local community as a church.  See Mandy or Di Watts if you’re able to help.
This is no longer in the small room off the church (formerly the vestry). We have a new one on the way, and it will be located in the new office space upstairs.  If you need help accessing this, please let Mandy or Jan know.
Paul Cooper
The funeral details for Bev’s dad are as follows: Tuesday 14th February 12.30pm at West Wiltshire Crematorium, Semington followed by a service of thanksgiving at Ladyfield Evangelical Church at 2pm. Please remember Pat, Bev and family in prayer.
Circuit Plan
the Plan for March to May is only available digitally at the moment; if you would like a copy, please email
Living Lightly 24:1
Some ideas for supporting nature in 2023:  1. Tell the government you demand lasting and meaningful change through legislation at Zero Hour.  2. Be a conscious shopper: it’s Fairtrade fortnight from February 27th to March 12th.  Look for the logo as you shop for groceries in particular.  3. Be mindful of your money – many banks invest in damaging industries (fossil fuels, arms trade etc). Look at Triodos Bank for a different prospect.  4. Take a walk on the wild side: visit a Wiltshire Wildlife reserve as the weather becomes a bit milder.  There’s still a lot to see!
Lost Property
Whilst sorting the office, we have discovered various pieces of jewellery, which have been stored for quite a long time. If you think that any items may belong to you please contact Linda Kalbskopf before the end of February.
We are a Fairtrade Church, which means we have been sourcing our supplies from a company which sells fairly traded goods, supporting justice for overseas suppliers and producers.  The main source for this was Traidcraft plc (you may also have seen their catalogues in the café from time to time). Unfortunately they have gone into administration, after 40 years of trading, which is very sad news.  There may be a possibility of rebranding, but for the foreseeable future Jan will be buying Fairtrade goods for use in church from other companies.  
URGENT HELP NEEDED! - Emmaus School,  Staverton 
The school urgently needs help with teaching KS3 (Years 7-9) physics from 20th February 2023, until the end of the spring term and possibly the summer term.  The lessons are timetabled 2-3pm on a Monday and Tuesday.  Please contact Debbie Hoyle on if you think you can help.
The next monthly notice will be available for Sunday 26th February 2023: if you have advance notices for that edition, please send them to or leave a note for Jan Durston in the pigeonholes.