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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THE SYRO-PHOENICIAN WOMAN

Often when we read this passage, we try to explain it with the suggestion Jesus is testing the woman's faith. If she demonstrates persistence, God will answer her prayer. That’s one way of looking at it. Personally, I am drawn to a different way of viewing this encounter: as a real dialogue in which Jesus tests out his own thinking about who the mission of God is for, in a robust conversation about faith. The woman's persistent argument confirms what he had already sensed from God and what much of his ministry had already been about - God's love and invitation is not simply to the lost sheep of Israel, but to those traditionally left outside. Along with the role of tradition and interpretation in the Church, here is the precedent for sometimes learning from those outside the faith and seeing our own faith more clearly from within. It is a glorious message of inclusivity and challenges narrow thinking. We are nervous when society leads the way over an issue that we in the Church find hard. It is right to wrestle with the theology – not least to be able to present reasonable arguments over a particular way of thinking. Apologetics – the capacity to debate intelligently our faith – needs to be rediscovered. But it is the recognition too that Truth may be found in all places. Traditionally prophets have always stood outside the established faith. We need to be open to many voices, to stay open to God’s generosity and love which is beyond limit, beyond measure.

To Readings for 20 August 2017

Services at Parish Church of The Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton

A Re-ordering of the Church is to commence on Monday 21 August and Services will take place in the Porch Room with the exception of the Sunday 10am service which will take place in Minchinhampton School Hall.

SUNDAY
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

WEEKDAYS
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

SUNDAY
9.00 a.m. Eucharist with hymns.

WEEKDAYS
8.00 a.m. Wednesday – Eucharist

For additional services please use the Calendar.

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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

Faculty for Re-ordering of Parish Church

A formal application for a faculty was submitted to the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) for consideration on or about 7 April. The main documents can be downloaded (see below) and in addition there are a series of drawings which have been on display in the Parish Church over recent months. We are now pleased to say that the Faculty has been granted and work on the re-ordering is to commence on Monday 21 August. Your support over the past months and the coming weeks and months is greatly appreciated.

Statement of Need

Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton Design Statement

Holy Trinity Church Outline Technical Specification

Statement of Significance produced by Chiz Harward BA MlfA.  (This is a large file and will take a little while to download)

Archaeological Evaluation Report by Chiz Harward BA MlfA

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.

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T B A

10am -12 noon

Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton

If you have a prayer which you would like read out at this service, please put it in the box
at the back of the Church, where you will find prayer cards available.

Come for as little or as long as you like.

Refreshments served during and after the service.

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MESSY CHURCH AT MINCHINHAMPTON
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at 3.30pm
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.

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

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

Sermons

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