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!
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.
REVEREND 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!
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|
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.