THE KINGDOM SEASON
This is the third Sunday of four which make up what we call the Kingdom Season. It is our last season of the year, before we head into Advent (the start of our year in the Church's cycle). It is fitting that before we remember Jesus coming as a baby, beginning at the beginning as it were, we end with remembering he is also a King. We see him enthroned, and we worship him.
It feels very appropriate to have a confirmation service as we approach the start of a new year and the end of the old. It is, for all those being confirmed today, yes the continuation of their journey in God up to now, but also something new: a sign of a new beginning, where they declare themselves to be followers of Christ and recognise his kingship, his Lordship, in their lives. Then in two weeks, we begin Advent, and welcome the baby Jesus, and are asked to become like little children ourselves, and welcome Christ into our hearts. The glory of God revealed - and then the incarnation, the birth of a baby that will change the whole world. This for me reflects much of the pattern of the Christian journey: glimpses of glory, and then a return to humble beginnings and we learn all over again. The story of Christ's birth, of God being born as a baby, is astounding. That God should come and live with us, as a human-being among us, is shocking. It is startling, For many, it is beyond belief. And yet, it is at the heart of our Christian faith, and our very faith depends on it being true. As today we celebrate with those declaring their faith, may we too find ourselves renewing our own commitment and welcoming Christ into our lives once again.
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.
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 being held in the school hall until Sunday 10 December when we will return to 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
8.30 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.
|"The constant refrain of Christmas, in carols and readings, is that God is with us. In whatever situations you find yourself this Christmas, God is with you - you need only turn to him and ask to know his presence".
Archbishop Justin Welby
“#God with Us” is the Church of England’s Christmas campaign this year. It aims to support church congregations in their own preparation for Christmas and in their invitation to others to join in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, who is God with us, during this wonderful season.
The run up to Christmas can be a busy time that crowds out its key message so I want to recommend to you one of the resources on offer that might help many of us keep a focus on God with Us. “Your Christmas Journey” is a series of short reflections throughout December and into early January 2018, introduced by Archbishop Justin Welby. The reflections have been written both for people who are new to faith and to help us all grow in our love of God. People can receive the messages in all kinds of formats (texts, emails, on social media) but it also comes in booklet form and a supply of these will be available in time for the start of Advent, so do look out for them at regular services and special events – no charge!!
Those of you who use social media can also look out for video adverts that are being produced to tell the story of people's journeys to church at Christmas and what Christmas means to them. These will be released throughout December so do share with family and friends!
We look forward to our shared reflections through Advent and Christmas and you can find out more at www.churchofengland.org/christmas .
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