I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD
In today's gospel, we hear the well-loved and treasured words of Jesus, describing himself as the Good Shepherd, the one who gathers the flock and tends the sheep, looking after their needs and leading them safely. In contrast to the hired worker, the authentic shepherd is even prepared to lay down his own life for the protection of the sheep. The good shepherd is responsible for leading his sheep to green pastures and water to drink. He keeps constant watch ensuring none go astray or are harmed by wild animals. The sheep knew the shepherds voice and trusted the shepherd. It is no wonder that Jesus was called the Good Shepherd as he cares and watches over us. He knows each one of us by name and he is present in our lives at all times and that is why we can place our trust in him. And that is good news worth passing on. John reflects on what it means, and how it expresses incredible love - the willingness to lay down one's life for one's friends. Quite importantly, it makes clear that Jesus was not forced into dying; it would have been possible to avoid it, right up to the very last breath. There had been the temptation to do so at intervals throughout his ministry, and even as he hung dying he was goaded to show his power by coming down from the cross. It was then, at the moments of greatest weakness that Jesus actually showed his greatest strength of love. And that is often true for us as well. Weakness feels just that; the recognition that we have no strength of ourselves to do anymore; yet it is in living through such times in God's strength that others turn out to be blessed and God's name to be glorified. If only we will trust God at such times, who knows what sheep will be rescued?
Services at Parish Church of The Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton
The 8am Sunday service and all weekday services and activities are continuing in the Porch room and the 10am Sunday service is now being held in the main body of the church building. Whilst the work will not be complete we look forward with anticipation to this day.
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
Services at St Barnabas, Box
For additional services please use the Calendar.
Wednesday Cuppa Continues
Takes place every week from 2:30 until 4:00pm in the Porch Room.
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.
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) is coming up on Monday April 23rd. It is at this meeting where elections take place for representatives of the Parish Church Council and for the representatives on the Deanery Synod. Any person entitled to attend may raise questions of parochial or general church interest. The Electoral Roll is our parish church’s register of electors, i.e. a list of those qualified to attend and to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM). If you are a regular worshipper of Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton or St. Barnabas, Box, you should seriously consider enrolling.
Forms are available at the back of both churches.
Any questions...please contact me
Jackie Natt (Electoral Roll officer) 01453 731018
Do you enjoy Worship?
Do you enjoy Singing?
We are growing our choirs! Adult & Junior choirs 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 film! Junior singers receive special training – past choristers are currently singing in the Gloucester Cathedral boys and girls choirs. Choral scholarships are 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
Parish breakfasts resume on the first Sunday of each month, in the Porch Room, starting 7th January at 8.50am. Apart from the luxury of having your breakfast made for you, this is a great chance for the 8 o’clock congregation to meet up with those who attend the 10 o’clock service, enjoy a chat and get to know each other. On offer each month is delicious porridge, a range of cereals, bacon rolls, croissants, toast as well as tea, coffee, juice and much more.
All proceeds from the donations go to charity.
The church is a vital part of our community and assists ‘community cohesion’ in our parish.
Churches should be open because they are there for the community, this is why Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton is open from 7 in the morning until 6 in the evening, for prayer, quiet contemplation and discovery. Churches, however, are not immune from people who use violence for their own ends.
Violence in a church always seems to be more shocking than in other places because churches are meant to be areas of calm, reverence and an escape from the woes of the world.
The risk of physical violence within churches is very small, but it does happen. Any building that is open to the public is at risk of someone entering who may use violence.
Just because it doesn’t happen often, doesn’t mean we should ignore the problem. All churches have fire extinguishers, but very few have had a fire. So we now have a safety policy displayed on the noticeboard for lone workers in the church. If you are going to be working in the church alone please familiarise yourself with it, but here are three basic rules for you to follow:-
- Always inform someone (friend or family) if you intend to be in church alone.
- Keep your mobile phone on your person.
- If you feel in any way threatened, walk out of the church and seek help outside.