NEWS & NOTICES


VOLUNTEER READERS AT WANTAGE CE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Volunteers are needed at Wantage C of E Primary School to hear children read. A regular slot, or every two weeks for a short session, is fine. Please contact Claire Tobin at the school on  01235 762396 if you would like to find out more.
 
PARISH QUIZ – a date for your diary
At Holy Trinity on Friday 10 June at 7pm. Tickets £5. For more information click here.
 
THANK YOUs
The Churchwardens would like to take this opportunity to thank Catherine Mann and John Ridgway for all their contributions, support, and insight over the years they have been on the PCC, and especially during the interregna. We also wish to thank John for representing our parish on the Deanery Synod.

We were delighted to welcome Robert Jackson to our Evensong on Sunday 1 May, and afterwards he wrote to Fr Nicholas: “I write to thank you (and the others who were involved) for that very fine service last night, i.e., celebrating the installation of your portrait of Bishop Butler, one of Wantage's most notable sons. It was all done in very fine style: ‘the Beauty of Holiness’.” You can read a PDF of his talk by clicking here.


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A Prayer for Ukraine by Stephen Croft, Bishop of Oxford

God of compassion, have mercy this day on the people of Ukraine.
Restore to them the gift of peace.
Grant wisdom to the governments of the world.
Bring good in the midst of evil and suffering,
For the sake of Jesus Christ your Son,
Who gave his life to bring peace to your world. Amen.



HELP FOR UKRAINE
For ways to help, and up-to-date information and resources, visit the Oxford Diocese website.


A SUMMER OF CELEBRATION


Summer in our Parish will be full of good things. Here are some of the main events for your diary:


· Sunday 22 May at 3pm in Wantage Primary Academy: Street Pastors Thanks and Prayer Afternoon Tea, where at least one of our parishioners will be commissioned as a Street Pastor. RSVP to wantageandgrove@streetpastors.org.uk by 16 May.


· Wednesday 1 June at 7pm in the Parish Church: Queen’s Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving. See the separate notice about participating in the Jubilee anthem, In Our Service. This will be a Deanery celebration and the curtain-raiser for Jubilee events in our community, which will include the Grove and Wantage Extravaganza on Saturday 4 June, where Wantage and Grove Church Partnership will have a presence.


· Weekend 10–12 June at Holy Trinity: Holy Trinity Weekend. Three days packed with opportunities to gather in joy and thanks within our beautifully refurbished church and, we pray, to attract families newly moved into this part of town.


· Weekend 25–26 June in the Parish Church: Patronal Festival of SS Peter & Paul. We shall celebrate together, with flowers, music (Saturday concert, Sunday evensong) and more.


· Thursday 21 July at 7.30pm in the Parish Church: Service for the Installation of the Reverend Katherine Price as Vicar of Wantage. Bishop Gavin will join us in this joyful and sacred welcome to our Parish, for Katherine and her family.