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 1 Church Street

Royal Wootton  Bassett

Wiltshire

SN4 7BQ





Vicar of Royal Wootton Bassett

Reverend Jane Curtis

01793 977395





Assistant Curate

Reverend Oliver Blease

01793 855756





Dear Friends,

Those of you who read my Vicar’s Report for this year’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting back in April will know that the Parochial Church Council (PCC) has been busy vision-casting. Back in January we spent a Saturday morning exploring where, as a church community, we would like to be in the next 5 to 20 years. What kind of church do we believe God is calling us to be? What kind of church does the town need us to be? And what might we want people to be saying about us in the future? My retired colleague, the Revd Michael Jones, facilitated us and also gave us a comprehensive framework and process by which to work out a long-range vision and road map. And in February we followed this up devoting a whole PCC meeting to continuing the conversation, at the end of which we came up with the following vision statement:

We seek to grow through prayer and share Christ’s love through engagement with all.

Those of you with good memories will remember that this isn’t so very different to our last vision statement. There is still that attention to a deepening relationship with God, and an outward-facing reaching out to others in love and service. Think of a beating heart, which both ensures that the blood is oxygenated and then sent off around the body.


At the Annual Parochial Church Meeting we started thinking about what this might actually mean for what we do, and what particular activities we should perhaps be concentrating on as a consequence. And so together we began exploring possible themes or focuses under this banner.

Four emerged, and in the months since the PCC have started looking in greater detail at them, as follows:

  1. Growing in our faith – and how we might deepen both our own and others discipleship. We know we need to advertise what we do better, and we know we need to look at our services. But how might we also encourage each other in our faith journeys? And how might we extend this to others? Do we need more groups like our Bible Study group? Is it time for a Church breakfast or weekend away?
  2. Working with children and young people – and how we can help them get to know God better. Our mums and toddlers group Little Stars connects with lots of young families. Our contact with the town’s primary school children is considerable and getting stronger. But what about those who are 12+?
  3. Offering a helping hand - to those for whom life is difficult here in Royal Wootton Bassett. Might we build upon the work done via Swindon Food Collective and the Breakfast Club at St Bart’s Primary School? Can we perhaps help those for whom the long summer holidays are a challenge? And does our town need a Credit Union?
  4. Caring for God’s earth – looking at what kind of impact we have on the earth and its climate, and seeking to minimize the negative as far as possible. Is it time we started working for the various Eco Church awards and further promoting environmental awareness and good practice?

As more work is done on each of these, and as the PCC begins to flesh out ideas and plans and timescale (so as not to be overwhelmed or get exhausted!), we would love to hear from you. What do you think? Is there something you would like to get involved in? Are we missing a trick?

And just in case we look at this and feel it is all a bit bold, Revd Michael has reminded us of the following words, often attributed to Mark Twain:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than the ones that you did do.  So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream. Discover.

So let’s think big!


Canon Jane Curtis