Sabbath rest is vital. For the Jewish religion, this is Saturday, when no work is to be done. Traditionally the Christian religion has, from the earliest times, kept this day as Sunday. It became Sunday because it was a Sunday when the resurrection of Jesus took place. Sunday therefore becomes symbolic of both the first day of creation - the new creation and recreation possible in Christ - but also the 8th day of creation. In other words, a time beyond our ordinary concept of time, that represents eternity which has been opened to us through all that Christ has done for us. An entirely new creation, a new heaven and a new earth. In that respect, the concept of 'Sabbath rest' becomes a foretaste of the rest and peace found in a life beyond death. All of it is about renewing and being renewed in Christ. The Sabbath is about human flourishing. Too many of us can neglect the importance of giving time and space for us to relax and rest, and be re-created afresh, ready to start the week again. But the whole point of the Sabbath rest is that it was and is for our flourishing. Today's Gospel story shows, for me, a typical trait all human beings can have - to turn something that is meant for our benefit into something that becomes restrictive. Of course 'doing good' on the Sabbath is permitted, in the way Jesus does good in this story. It is as though we are so desperately uncomfortable with God's wonderful lavish generosity to help us flourish, that we have to curtail it and confine it, because it is just too much for us to receive. Love beyond measure, grace beyond words. A lesson for all of us, then, about not just the Sabbath gift, but all good gifts God gives to us.
On Sunday 26 June and following her ordination at Gloucester Cathedral on 19 June we welcomed The Reverend Deborah Curram as our new Curate. Deborah is already known to many of us as she was previously a Reader at Amberley Church and we look forward to a very happy relationship over the coming years.
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.
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.
Ride and Stride for Churches
Saturday 10 September 2016
Wonderful news – we have cyclists keen to ride and stride round the diocese visiting churches for the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust. It is a sponsored walk or cycle between churches to raise funds for repairs and improvements to our buildings. Half the money we raise goes to the Trust and the other half comes back to us and I am sure we shall receive a donation towards The Challenge of raising £130,000 for the refurbishment of Holy Trinity.
Our cyclists are Kristy Henderson (www.cotswoldcyclingclub.com) of the Cotswold Cycling Club and she is already planning a route towards Cirencester to visit as many churches as possible and Martin Dence and his family who may join them or have a ride down the river Severn and their churches. If you would care to join in, you will be very welcome.
There will be a sponsorship form in the church and also with the riders. Please also visit the GHCT web site (www.ghct.org.uk/rideandstride) and that of the parish.
I shall provide tea and refreshments at the church through the day. If anyone would like to do a shift or join me, I shall be delighted to see them.
We are looking to grow 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