Our Rector to leave for pastures new
It was announced today (7 January) that our Rector, the Revd Helen Bailey, has been appointed to a new post as vicar of St John's Church in Broadstone in Salisbury Diocese. Her last Sunday service will be the 10am service at Minchinhampton on Sunday 28th January. Her licensing will take place in Broadstone on Wednesday 7th March at 7pm.
Whilst Helen is sad to be leaving behind congregations she has loved serving and worshipping and working with, she is also looking forward to her future ministry at Broadstone. There will be an opportunity for farewell on Sunday 28th January after the 10am service.
THE WEDDING AT CANA
This is the first miracle in the Gospel of John, and it is only John's Gospel which reports it, and in it we see another profound moment of epiphany. For it is a sign that God is in their midst, for those who have eyes to see. Moreover, it is an extravagant sign: the sheer volume involved speaks to us of God's love which knows no bounds, and overflows all our expectations. In this story, Jesus turns water into wine, to help save his hosts from embarrassment. There is something rather wonderful, that at the start of his ministry, Jesus first of all ensures that a party is enjoyed to the full! That is quite a message for the life-giving spirit in which we are now called to be church! But it is the deeper symbolism of generosity and abundance, and the revelation of divine presence that is at the heart of the story. John's Gospel is very fond of 'signs' and they are all signs which testify to the identity of Jesus. In the text, the steward recognises the superior quality of the new wine, but he does not know that its source is Jesus, or that it is a sign pointing to God's grace. We can often be like that: recognising good gifts without recognising their source is the divine love. In the season of Epiphany, through our Gospel readings week by week, we are called to be enlightened, to have our eyes opened, that we might see these glimpses of the kingdom of God, made manifest in our world. We are to be discerning of God's presence in all things, that we might also point the way for others, to recognise where God is at work in their own lives also.
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 and ask all parishioners to note the following:
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.
Reordering of the Parish Church
The planned reordering is now underway and as this involves the closure of the main building to the public Services will take place in the Porch Room with the exception of the Sung Eucharist at 10:00am on Sunday Mornings which will be in Minchinhampton School Hall.
Wednesday Cuppa Continues
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.