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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Mothering Sunday is the name we use for today, not Mother's Day, and it is not just playing with words! Two different traditions are operating here. Mother's Day is an American concept, where we get the idea of giving our mothers cards. Mothering Sunday, however, dates back to 16 century in this country, and gets its name from the fact that once a year during Lent, domestic servants had a day off to return to their Mother Church. Most lived away from home and usually went to the local Parish Church, the daughter church, but once a year they went to the Cathedral, the Mother Church, or returned to their home mother church. Hence the term, Mothering Sunday. Of course it also meant it was a day they spent with family. Over time, this day developed overlapping themes. It looks to the spiritual care and nurturing the Church is called to give. Secondly, a tradition has grown up where we remember Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her example of motherhood. Finally, of course we celebrate mothers, and those with a mothering role. Our Gospel today is very short, yet filled with emotion and meaning. Mary stands with all who know the cost of caring; the compassion needed, the vulnerability risked, in any mothering - and indeed, any parenting - role. Today celebrates all of us, called in our different ways to be people of compassion seeking to nurture others.

Services at Parish Church of The Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton

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

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

9.00 a.m. Eucharist with hymns.

8.00 a.m. Wednesday – Eucharist

For additional services please use the Calendar.

Benefice Lent Lunches 2017

Wednesdays in Lent from 12:00 – 1:30pm
in the Porch Room, Minchinhampton.

Commencing Wednesday 8th March, then on 15th, 22nd, 29th and 5th April. There’s an opportunity to have some home – made soup, bread rolls, cheese, baked potatoes and tea or coffee, as well as enjoy some good company. Donations will go towards our chosen Lent charities.

The Reverend John Spiers


John is to join the team as a House for Duty Priest living in Amberley and he writes - 

"We are looking forward to moving to Amberley and the benefice. Most of the time it is an exciting prospect but sometimes it can feel somewhat daunting. Having moved parishes before we are sure we will be welcomed by the congregations and will soon get to know people in the community, starting at my licensing on Sunday 7th May at 4.30pm."

John has very kindly provided a potted history which appears in the Parish Magazine and can be read here.

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

Lent Groups 2017

Lent is the 40 day season in which we and the church are called to a special period of prayer, self-examination and teaching. This year the Lent groups will be studying a book titled Being Disciples – Essentials of Christian Life, which has been written by Rowan Williams one of the great theologians of our time. So, whether you are just starting to explore the Christian faith, or have been a follower of Jesus for years, this book is an essential guide for the journey. The book explores deep into Scripture and the Christian tradition on the essentials of the Christian life. It explores more of what it means “to be a disciple and to grow in relationship, in fruitfulness, in service and in joy”.

There will be Lent groups led in both the afternoons and evenings on a variety of days commencing the week beginning Monday, 6th March 2017. Signup sheets are at the back of the churches for individuals to choose which group they would like to attend.

The book can be purchased at the Christian Book shop in the Brunel Mall in Stroud or through Amazon.

Mondays 6th ,13th, 20th, 27th March & 3rd April 7:30 – 9:00pm
16 Ricardo Road
Hosted by Neil & Clare Cooper Led by Jackie Natt

Tuesdays 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March & 4th April 2:30 – 4:00pm
Porch Room
Hosted & Led by Revd’s Deborah Curram & Sandy Emery

Tuesdays 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March & 4th April 7:30 – 9:00pm
28 Besbury Park
Hosted by Deborah Smith Led by Mick Evans

Wednesdays 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th March & 5th April 7:30 – 9:00pm
Bowman’s Green, The Park
Hosted by Richard & Joan Barclay Led by Margaret Sheather

Wednesdays 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th March & 5th April 7:30 – 9:00pm
March 8th & 15th at Kat Parker’s home Yatesfield, Watledge, Nailsworth, GL6 OAZ
March 22nd, 29th & 5th April at John Gilbert’s home Pinfarthings Cottage, Amberley GL5 5JJ

Sunday 9th April - Palm Sunday Benefice Lent Lunch at Amberley Church in the Parish Rooms


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.
Friday 14 April 2017
at 10.30am
Theme - Good Friday
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

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


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