News For March

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“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”  1 John 3 v 18 NIV
For the diary
Sunday March 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.
Sunday March 5th & onward - What on earth am I here for? Sunday Services
Each Sunday morning in March we will be following the 'Purpose Driven Life' series.  You are welcome to join in a time of informal prayer before each morning service, that will take place 9.45 - 10.15 in the lower hall.   The study book for individuals may still be obtained from Monica Bird.
Thursday March 2nd & onward - What or earth am I here for? Small Group discussion meetings
Each Thursday afternoon [starts 1pm] and evening  [starts 7.30pm] there are small groups being arranged for study and discussion for 90 mins each – all are  invited!  These are informal groups  and there is no problem if you cannot make them all and want to drop in/out at any time.  Each session will focus upon the individual readings undertaken during that week.  If you haven't attended a session yet, contact Chris Wheeler to sign up.
Friday March 24th - A Generator for Ukraine
Central Methodist Church warmly invite friends from Sheldon Road to a coffee morning in the hall accessed from the bottom door on Monkton Hill.  At 10.45 Revd David Gray will launch the appeal to raise funds to send a generator to Ukraine. Come along and enjoy coffee, a chat and a toasted teacake in a warm space!
Other Happenings
See our main page for information relating to the other events and regular happenings at Sheldon Road church in February.
Other News
Messy Church
Messy Church keeps going from strength to strength!  The last two Messy Church Sundays have seen well over 70 people attending which is brilliant but it means our cooks are rather busy!  We are asking please for some volunteers to come in towards the end of Messy Church at 5.30pm to give our cooks a well-earned rest!  It would be for approximately for 1 hour.  If you are able to help, even if only for one Sunday, then either just turn up or if you require further information have a word with Dave Stranks, Richard Bailey, or Liz Carter.  Thanks.
Funding for kids holidays
Following the successful interaction with our community over the year with the many weekday activities and Messy Church, we have come into contact with many more families in need with youngsters eligible to go on a Falcon or Salvation Army holiday.  This year it has proved more difficult to raise funds for these activities. With each Holiday place costing £150/£160, perhaps individuals from within the fellowship would like to sponsor or part-sponsor a youngster this year.
The joy these holiday bring to the youngsters is immeasurable, the respite it gives to the parents and siblings being a great opportunity for to us to share our love of Jesus with them. It is hoped to provide this opportunity to around 50 youngsters this summer.  If you can help please let Adrian Foster know.
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 - Saturday Community Lunches
These popular lunches will continue until the end of April, after which there will be a break for the Summer before recommencing in October.
Community Action – Warm Spaces to continue until the end of April
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.
A new photocopier has now been installed in the office.   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.
St Peter's Foodbox 
The Foodbox initiative urgently needs more volunteers as a result of some key volunteers having had to step aside recently. The Foodbox organisers are looking for people with cars who are prepared to collect food from the supermarkets in the evening and deliver to St Peters as well as people prepared to take the pre-packed bags to clients in the late afternoon and early evening. If you are able to offer your services (even if just temporarily) or just want to find out more before volunteering please contact:, or speak with Helen and Marcus Rhodes at our fellowship.
Living Lightly 24:1
Celebrate Spring! Make sure you’re giving yourself quality time enjoying creation: smelling the blossom, tapping catkins, copying bird song, finding a footprint or identifying spring flowers with the Pl@ntNet app. Nature can boost our happiness so take time to observe nature in your gardens, on your balconies, and in your local green spaces.
The next monthly notice will be available for Sunday 2nd April 2023: if you have advance notices for that edition, please send them to or leave a note for Jan Durston in the pigeonholes.