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 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 (June/July)

10

Morning Worship

10:00am

Service lead by Mrs Pam Evans

17

T4 All

4:00pm at The Village Hall

Service lead by Mrs Pam Evans

24

Holy Communion

11:15am

Service lead 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 fraveyard to the west of the church

Messages From Our Church

A Message From Matt

A Message From Matt

By the Revd Matthew Earwicker, Rector of The Oldbury Benefice

Matt EarwickerPeace. I wonder what that word means to you.

In Greek, "eirene" first of all seems to have meant simply the end of war. Any war is ended by the two sides “making peace.” But even here there is more than simply a ceasefire in mind; it incorporates the idea of a state of order which is the opposite of the chaos of war. It is a social word - peace is to be found between or within nations.

The Latin word “pax” comes from the root “pango” which means to make something fixed or certain, and implies a commitment - usually written - by one or more parties which records a promise or commitment and provides clarity and stability.

On the other hand the Hebrew word “shalom” is much more personal. It means to be complete, sound, healthy. It implies an internal tranquillity. “God is in his heaven, all’s right with the world.” If there is no peace, then somehow balance needs to be restored.

The human experience throughout much of history has been of almost unceasing conflict. We have fought for food, for land, for religion, for politics, for one king against another, and so much more. It’s no surprise, then, that at the beginning of the story of Christianity we have that great message from the angels: “Peace on earth, goodwill to humanity”. Surely that is the greatest hope of all of us.

Jesus famously encouraged anyone who was willing to listen to him to become a peacemaker, and there is much that each of us can do to rise to this challenge. Some of you are providing shelter for people in need of place where they can sleep without fear. Others are going out of their way to provide support in many ways to individuals and families ripped out of their normality. That is fantastic, and I am thrilled to see the generosity once again being shown by this community.

But not all suffering is so clearly visible, so I would like to make a suggestion this month to take time each day to do two things. The first is to find one short, simple activity that helps you find inner tranquillity. I myself find it in prayer, connecting with the One who I believe provides order in the midst of the greatest chaos. The second is to do one thing to contribute to someone else’s completeness.

In her Christmas message in 2014 Her Majesty the Queen, whose Jubilee we celebrate with such joy this month, said, “For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, whose birth we celebrate today, is an inspiration and an anchor in my life. A role model of reconciliation and forgiveness, he stretched out his hands in love, acceptance and healing.”

Whatever your faith, my prayer for you all is that you, too, find the peace that Jesus sought to bring: The restoration of order after chaos; the stability of a more certain future; and the inner tranquillity that comes from feeling complete.

Pax et Bene

Matt
mattearwicker@gmail.com

Monthly Thought

Monthly Thought

Bishop Stephen's Monthly Message

In his first monthly message, Bishop Stephen reminds us what's really important, and reflects on putting aside differences in the name of love.

Bishop StephenThis message comes to you in July 2022. I first learnt that I was on the long-list for Bishop of Salisbury in July 2021. It has been a long year for me; a long year for all of us as so much has changed as we have emerged out of the pandemic and into an economic crisis, with leadership and integrity in question and sadly, war in Europe.

I wonder, why are we surprised? Out of the most difficult of circumstances come problems, conflicts, shortages and challenges. We learn more about ourselves. We learn more about reality and about the human condition.

And yet, we also learn that we have the power to provide vaccinations, we have the power to fund recovery, we have the power to change our communities, we even have the power to blunt aggression. Its’s all about choices.

What a powerful thing to have choice. So many people in our world do not have that. We have choice in the Diocese of Salisbury.

As your Bishop, I am not prepared to preside over petty differences in the name of choice. We have a privilege, and we need to use it for the common good. It is a shared responsibility. It is what the Gospel of Jesus Christ calls us to. As someone always said to me (and they were from this diocese), with privilege, comes responsibility.

We cannot deny in this country that we are privileged. The scandal is when people fall through that net. Too many of our brothers and sisters in our society are struggling. And yet, just look at the poverty and still the glorious witness of our brothers and sisters in the Sudans. We have much to live up to.

Our sometimes-petty differences give me concern. Whose work are they? When I received the call to be your Bishop, my first thought (after blind panic) was ‘What is really important?’

What is really important is our faith. Faith that God in Christ has our back. The only problem that gets in the way of his love, is when we turn our back on Him in the name of our own failures.

God is love, and those who live in love, live in God, and God lives in them. 1 John 4.16

Bishop Stephen

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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

Lorraine Stewart

Administrator email: oldburybenefice@gmail.com

Tel: 01249 815198

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