God of love, Give us grace to accept your gifts joyfully
And to use them generously to your glory and praise
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Please consider what you give
We need to finance our church life, whether that is work with families and young people, pastoral care within the community, for the resources we use in worship and for the clergy team. That’s what Stewardship Giving funds.
Please do not confuse Stewardship Giving with Giving to the Appeal that Holy Trinity will be making to you to raise funds to pay for the challenge of refurbishing Holy Trinity church.
Both are important and both deerve your consideration this year.
Legacy - The Past and the Future
Our churches have a rich heritage. In Minchinhampton, Holy Trinity dates back to the twelfth century. It has shared the horrors of the Black Death (no fewer than four of our 50 Rectors held office in that terrible year of 1349), survived the Reformation and the dissolution of the monasteries. A Victorian reordering in 1842 effectively rebuilt the church. There have been many improvements since then, all funded by the generosity of parishioners. The organ is a typical example: built in 1887, enlarged in 1922 and 1937, refurbished in 1969, and a complete overhaul in 1984. Without legacies received, this could not have been accomplished.
St Barnabas Church in Box also has a special history. The current Arts and Crafts building – purportedly the first to be built after WW2 – replaced the corrugated iron Mission Church of the 1800s, thanks to the donations given on a special Gift Aid Day in 1951, when the Rector, Canon Rex Hodson, sat in church until there was enough for building work to begin!