Worship, Prayer & Spirituality

Group members:
Margaret Sheather - Chairman
Reverend Helen Bailey - Rector
Reverend Sandy Emery
Linda Jarvis
Colin Brookes
Paul Boon
Mandy Jutsum
Pearl Foster
Julian Elloway
Simon Ritter
The role of the Group is:
• to make sure that there are plenty of ways for people to come to worship God, whatever their age or situation
• to promote and support an active prayer life for the church together and for individuals
• to think about how we can help people, whether they already come to church or not, explore their sense of the spiritual
• To plan, organise and review the regular services that go on around the year in the parish.
This is our way of taking forward the Parish's mission to accept and share the generosity of God's love.
Achievements to date:
We've been working on some new things over the last year.
 'Messy Church' has come to Minchinhampton! This is a chance for children and adults together to find out more about God through creative play activities, short informal worship and a meal together. It's a great way for families to find out more about Christianity together in an easygoing and fun atmosphere. Watch out for the sign at the Holy Trinity gate for the next session.
 'Meditative Space' offered people who just want some quiet time to reflect in God's presence a chance to do this together, picking a theme once a quarter as a focus for our thoughts.
♪ Music plays an important part in our main Sunday worship and on special occasions and we have been supporting the recruitment of child choristers and choral scholars into the church choir.
Margaret Sheather - 16 December 2012

Annual Report - April 2016

The Committee has met regularly through the year, continuing its regular review and planning of all the services across the year: the weekly routine, major festivals and special services. Building on the previous year’s work with the Rector we have continued to review and develop the newer aspects of our worship as well:
• the All Age service on the first Sunday of the month, and the role of Junior Church within that service
• the new order of service that integrates baptism more fully into the Eucharist
• changed pattern of Sunday evening services
• new arrangements for intercessions and including prayer resources for the week in the pew sheet
• developing Junior Church’s own worship
• making provision for alternative seating in the baptistery for people who can’t sit in the pews

Come and pray sessions have continued successfully through the year.

The Committee also discusses our welcome to people attending worship and to the community in general. The Rector reported very successful visits, with lay people, to the new residents in Old Common Mews and The Paddocks before Christmas, which had resulted in some of them joining Christmas services.

I’m grateful to all the committee members for their lively and thoughtful contributions to our discussions, and their commitment to ensuring our worship is varied and welcoming to all.

Margaret Sheather