A warm welcome to Minchinhampton Parish Church
where 'we accept and share the generosity of God's Love'
 
Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton forms part of the Benefice of Minchinhampton with Box and Amberley
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ADVENT SUNDAY

Advent means coming or arrival, and today is the start of our new year in Church. We begin with the birth of Christ, as we prepare and anticipate it. But today's passage is not about the birth of Christ, but of his second coming: our looking to a future day when Christ shall come again. Advent fully intends these two comings to overlap: in the birth of Christ, we remember his return to the Father and his glorious kingship; in the second coming of Christ, we are taken back to the incarnation and where the story began. As we prepare for the coming of God as a baby, we do not take our eye off what we are ultimately preparing for. Just as the kingdom of God is both here (within us and in Christ with us) so the kingdom is not yet, for God's reign, his values, are yet to fully be established on earth. We live in between times: that uncomfortable place of now and not yet, which recognises the reality of where we are, and hopes for what will be. Advent is a time of preparation for both advents, both arrivals. We prepare for the baby: we get ready to sing the Christmas carols about Bethlehem, we get ready to hear again the story that enters our world to change it forever. In preparing for our celebrations I hope we also take time to prepare our hearts. And alongside this, Advent has always traditionally been a time we think of 'last things': we think about death, judgement and eternity. This is not simply a sober consideration of difficult things: it is the recognition the birth of Christ rescues us from these things. Preparing our hearts to hear and receive that message too, means we can fully enter into the joy of Christmas!

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Services at Parish Church of The Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton

SUNDAY
8.00 a.m. Said Eucharist
10.00 a.m. Sung Parish Eucharist except First Sunday - All Age Service.
5.30 p.m. First & Third Sunday: Evensong (BCP).
Second, Fourth & Fifth Sunday: Said Evening Prayer - Common Worship

WEEKDAYS
8.00 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday to Saturday: - Said Eucharist
11.00 a.m. Wednesday: Eucharist (BCP)
4.30 p.m. Friday: Said Evening Prayer in the Lady Chapel
5.30 p.m. Monday Thursday and Saturday:- Said Evening Prayer in the Lady Chapel

For additional services please use the Calendar.

Services at St Barnabas, Box

SUNDAY
9.00 a.m. Eucharist with hymns.

WEEKDAYS
8.00 a.m. Wednesday – Eucharist

For additional services please use the Calendar.

Reverend John Thompson

John ThompsonREVEREND JOHN THOMPSON has been announced as our new Assistant Curate, coming to join our benefice for just one year. John has a full-time post already, as chaplain at Gloucester Hospital, but we will see him somewhere in the benefice (initially at Minch) one Sunday per month, and at other occasional services and events. His ordination to Anglican priesthood takes place at Amberley Church at 6pm on 8 Dec with Bishop Rachel. All are warmly invited - do come and help us to welcome him!

 

Do You Enjoy Singing?

We are growing our choirs! Please consider joining at the level of commitment / frequency you feel able to offer. The choirs (adult & junior) sing a wide range of music not only for regular church services but also for weddings, funerals, carols in church, special events and even a recent film! Junior singers are trained according to the RSCM's Voice for life scheme – recently a chorister was accepted by Gloucester Cathedral choir. Choral scholarships available for over 16-year-olds still in full-time education. Adults singers commit only to what they are able to do. Details on the church website and on the Choirminch Facebook page. If you think you might enjoy singing, contact Julian Elloway for an informal chat

Christmas Services 2016
Parish Church of The Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton

 Sunday 27 November 5.30pm Advent Carol Service
 Wednesday 14 December 3.30pm  Messy Church Christingle
 Friday 16 December 11.00am Minchinhampton School Carol Service
 Sunday 18 December 8.00am Eucharist
  10.00am Sung Parish Eucharist
  5.30pm Candlelit Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols,  followed by mince pieces and mulled wine
 Christmas Eve 3.30pm Journey to Bethlehem Crib Service: children come dressed as your favourite nativity character
  11.30pm Midnight Mass
 Christmas Day 8.00am Eucharist
  10.00am Sung Parish Eucharist - family service with carols and surprises!
 New Year's Day 10.00am Sung Parish Eucharist. (There is no 8.00am service this day) 

St Barnabas Church, Box

 Sunday 18 December 9.00am Holy Communion
 Christmas Eve 5.30pm Nine Lessons and Carols
 Christmas Day 9.00am Holy Communion - family service with carols
 New Year's Day 9.00am Holy Communion

Wednesday Cuppa

Wednesday Cuppa
 
Takes place every week from 2:30 until 4:00pm in the Porch Room or if really nice weather outside the church as in the picture.
 
Church members attend as well as non-church goers and a warm welcome and good cake awaits you. The Wednesday walkers often join us as they finish ready for a sit down and a cuppa. It is a good social gathering of friends and all are welcome to come and chat and meet new people.
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MESSY CHURCH AT MINCHINHAMPTON
Wednesday 14 December 2016
at 3.30pm
Theme - Christingle
What to expect:
A warm welcome – Refreshments – Craft activities – Celebration worship
A story – Songs – Prayer
Messy church is something different.
It's about people who want to do church differently and want to
share it with others.
Children must be accompanied by a parent of guardian.

Annual Reports 2015-2016

Annual Reports are available and can be downloaded by clicking on the item you require.

Letters and Notes from Ministry Team

Each month our rector writes a letter to the Parish and this is published on this website and in the Parish Magazine. In addition Notes are produced in which you will find information on events and happenings that have taken place or are to take place in the near future. To view these publications Click Here
 

Parish Magazine Articles

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A selection of articles, including Greenfingers is chosen each month and can be viewed by clicking here.

Sermons

The sermon delivered at the Sung Eucharist Service held on Sundays at 10.00am is usually recorded and an MP3 version posted to this website. Normally the recordings are available for up to three months before being removed and if you wish to listen to any of them please go to our Sermons page.
 

Daily Prayer

The Church has a tradition of daily prayer which embraces the three key elements of praise, intercession and engagement with scripture.

This page links to the C of E Daily Prayer website allowing us all to join in this daily pattern of prayer. When using the Offices individually read both the priest's and people's part.

The Offices are from the Book of Common Worship for today GMT.

Verse of the Day