Welcome to St Swithins Church

We are part of The Oldbury Benefice.
A group of 5 rural parish churches in North Wiltshire

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Rev Matt Earwicker

Rev Matthew Earwicker

Rector to the Oldbury Benefice since June 2018

History
  • bibleRector of the Oldbury BeneficeDiocese of SalisburyDiocese of Salisbury Jun 2018 - Present
  • bibleAssistant Curate at Salisbury St Marks and Laverstock St Andrews Church of England Jun 2014 - May 2018
  • bibleRidley Hall, University of Cambridge CTM, Theology 2012 - 2014
  • bibleLondon School of Theology DipHE, Theology 2003 - 2004
  • bibleSt John's College, Oxford BA (Hons), Loterae Humaniores 1996 - 2000

Matt arrived with us in June of 2018 and moved into The Rectory with his lovely wife and family. With the five churches of the Benefice under his direct care, together with his team of ministers, lay ministers and administrators he has looked after us through perhaps the toughest of times with the arrival of Covid 19 in our midst.

Services This Coming Month (December/Janary)

17/12

Carols and Crib Service

04.30 pm

Led by ?Rev Matt Earwicker

25/12

Holy Day Communion

11:15pm

Led by Rev Linda Dytham

14/1

Morning Worship

10:00 am

Led by Mrs Pam Evans

21/1

Evensong

4:00 pm

Led by Rev Matt Earwicker

Special Services From The Church

SpecialServices From The Church

For regular church services across the Benefice please look at our services diary.

Christenings at St Swithin's

So you would like have your child baptised? Or perhaps you yourself are seeking answers and think that maybe baptism is the first step towards finding them.

Here you will find information relating to baptism

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Your Wedding at St Swithin's

Arranging Your Wedding in St Swithin's

The moment when a couple face each other and make promises about spending the rest of their lives together is a moving as well as a joyful event and it is our desire to make your special day just that - very special.

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Funerals at St Swithin's

A funeral is used to mark the end of a person's life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend their soul into God's keeping. These can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church.

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Verse of The Day

Portfolio

Portfolio

Take yourself on a quick walk around our lovely church using our portfolio of images

  • All
  • Nave
  • Chancel
  • Altar
  • Aisles
  • Font
  • Grounds

Altar & Chancel

Choir stalls in foreground

Nave

Several brass memorials to the families who owned the big house

Church Cemetery

Snowdrops in early spring sunshine

Old pews

Pulpit in background

Priest Door

Religious passage over door

The Crossing

The Rood Screen beyond

Font

With pulpit in background

North Aisle

With font by north door

Altar

From Priests Door

Library of Prayer Books and Hymn books

Morth Door in background

Night Time

Church with winter lights ln

January

A Quiet corner in the south-east of our cenetry

South Aisle

The South Aisle and font

Font

The South Aisle and font

Central Aisle

The Central aisle and the Rood Screen

North Aisle

The Morth Aisle with the Rood Screen and Pulpit

The Nave

The Nave and choir stalls

Snowdrops

Snowdrops in our graveyard to the west of the church

Messages From Our Church

A Message From Matt

A Message From MATT

By The Rev Matt earwicker

 

Bishop AndrewVillages - April 2024...

Dear Friends

It’s Easter again. The highest point in the Christian year. Christmas might have the bigger parties, but it is Easter which Christians have always considered the turning point in the history of the world (even if St Bede understandably felt that our years should be counted from the birth of Jesus, not his death). Because Easter marks both the lowest point in human existence—when humanity was willing to kill the creator of all that exists, animate and inanimate—and the starting point of hope for the future. It is the point where God shows how much he is committed to making this work.

That’s a challenging phrase, isn’t it - “make it work”? It reminds us that some important decisions—even though we feel relatively certain we are making the right choice—require effort even after the decision is made. Whether that is a business deal with a new supplier, a tricky family situation, or some other commitment that stretches our resources, we want it to be successful, but that will only happen if we throw ourselves at it. At which point what really matters is the reason or reasons why we made that decision.

When I was a teenager, my school day began with getting up at 5.45 to get to the station to catch a train that took about an hour, and then walk a mile to school. The school day finished at 6.05pm, and I would be home just before 8, ready to eat, do some homework and go to bed. And I imagine that many of you have had similar times in your lives, whether the reason was school, work, family or something else. The point is not that I think I’m amazing for doing it, but rather that it never bothered me because I loved my school time so much (well, most of it, anyway - I never enjoyed cross country running). It wasn’t will power, nor fear of my parents that got me up in the morning, but a desire to make the most of the amazing opportunity I had.

And it’s similar with God. The Bible teaches us that Jesus didn’t die out of a sense of duty, nor an exaggerated desire to prove himself, but because the reason mattered to him so much: his love for all humanity. God didn’t look at his creation and think, “well, it’s a mess, but it’s all I’ve got, so I’d better make the most of it.” Jesus famously says that it was because God loved the world so much that he sent his son to die for us.

Easter is a time of joy as spring returns, hopefully with a little less rain in store for us this year. The lengthening days, the blossoming flowers and the fresh food to eat raise our spirits. But the greatest joy of all is that it is a time when we remember that God truly does love us all and is willing to do whatever it takes to make that relationship work. And that lifts my heart even more than the sunniest day.

“May Christ, who out of defeat brings new hope and a new future, fill you with his new life.”

With every blessing, Matt

A MESSAGE FROM THE DIOCESE

A MESSAGE FROM THE DIOCESE

By The Rt Reverend Stephen Lake ~ BISHOP OF Salisbury

 

Bishop AndrewBishops Letter June2024

Dear Friends

This month marks two years since my service of inauguration in the Cathedral and so its two years since I first ordained people deacon and priest – a powerful and humbling experience.

June 2024 will see more ordinations and a special service to mark 30 years since the ordination of women to the priesthood on Saturday 15th June at 11am in the Cathedral. Everyone is very welcome to attend this service, to give thanks for the gift of women’s ministry in this diocese and across the Church. Please join me in praying for all those who are preparing for ordination, as well as those who serve, and have served, in all forms of ministry across the diocese.

At the service for the ordination of deacons, the bishop explains that deacons are ‘called to reach into the forgotten corners of the world, that the love of God may be made visible.’ Never before has the world been so connected, so visible, with its remotest parts so easy to reach. Yet despite this, many people still feel forgotten and invisible. Our fast-paced news culture means that stories of suffering, of tragedy or disaster quickly make way for the next headline. The world moves on, but not for those who still dwell, every day, in a place of great difficulty. There will be people around dus who have been forgotten and who feel invisible – those who need support but struggle to access it; the lonely, the housebound or those who cannot access technology. You may feel that way yourself.

‘Reaching into the forgotten corners’ of our world and local communities and making visible the love of God, is a calling to all of us – lay and ordained. This is what we see in Jesus – going to the forgotten places; the forgotten people and showing them that God is with them; that God forgets no-one. Let us, as the church of today, ‘Go and do likewise.’ Bishop Stephen  

Team

Team

Please meet our team

Matt Earwicker

Rev Matthew Earwicker

Rector mattearwicker@gmail.com

Tel: 01249 821329

Rev Linda Dytham

Associate Priest

In the first instance please email or call the administrators office to contact Linda

Mrs Pam Evans

Licensed Lay Minister

In the first instance please email or call the administrators office to contact Pam Evans

Emma Marsh

Administrator email: oldburybenefice@gmail.com

Tel: 07821 836233

Contact

Contact

The Benefice office is only open on select days but the benefice administtrator is working mainly from home. If you send her an email on the address below she will ensure yor message gets to right person in a timely fashion.

Our Address

The Oldbury Benefice

8 Court Farm Stables, Heddington
Calne SN11 0PN

Email Us

oldburybenefice@gmail.com

Call Us

01380 815198