THE RECTOR IS BACK TO FULL-TIME - I am delighted to report that my health has continued to improve and the phased return to work has done its job. Following consultation with the Archdeacon, my ministry is now up to full time with immediate effect. Thank you for your prayers, thank you to those who have shown care to me during this time and thank you to those who have shared extra responsibilities. It is good to be back to full strength and to be back with you full time. I look forward to all we will share together through Advent and Christmas, in the season which especially celebrates 'God with us'. I really do remain very grateful to all who have shouldered extra work during this time, with clergy and colleagues, church wardens and PCC and ACC amongst those who have given so much.
THE RE-ORDERING PROJECT - Work is progressing really well in the church. The final delivery of Chairs and Choir Stands is due at the end November. 100 chairs at £200 each have received sponsorship, 200 more to go! The choir stands, of which there are 12, accommodate 2 people each and cost £812-50. Four have already received sponsorship just 8 more to go. The choir stands have been specially made by Chris Thompson, a local furniture designer. They are made of oak, to blend with the Theo chair, and have been designed to reflect different shapes within the church, such as the arches and the 'sign of the trinity': this sign will also be picked up in the nave with darker stone in the new floor. Chair sponsorship forms and reordering gift aid forms, which can be marked 'for a choir stand,' are on the shelf at the back of the Porch room. Any queries please do let us know. With kind regards from the Church Wardens, Howard Browning and Mandy Jutsum.
NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN - following on from the NDP launch and questionnaires last autumn, and after months of work by the steering committee, the final draft of the plan has now been drawn up and will be presented at a public meeting/consultation on Saturday Nov 25 in the Market House at 2pm. The presentation will last about an hour and everyone is encouraged to attend so as to find out how their views have been incorporated into the plan prior to it being submitted to Stroud District Council for verification. From that point onwards, the plan becomes a material consideration in any future developments planned for the parish.
PARISH BREAKFASTS - have been temporarily suspended as a result of the reordering work going on. They will start up again in January 2018. Please do continue to come and enjoy a coffee and a chat after the 10am service on Sundays.
EVENING PRAYER – daily at 5.30pm, (4.30pm Fridays). We need a couple of people to commit to leading on a weekly or fortnightly basis. It requires no preparing of prayers. For more information please contact Revd Sandy Emery.
HEAVEN KNOWS! (Even if we don't) - a book of rhymes and recollections, a light-hearted look at Minchinhampton and travels further afield. On sale at church, Stafford Cottage and Taylor's Butchers, £5 in aid of the 6Ps Appeal. Information from Hilary (884163), Mandy (882477).
MESSY CHURCH – MORE HELPERS NEEDED, PLEASE. We only do about 5 or 6 sessions a year – but a vital investment in the future of the church. If you could ‘meet and greet’, serve tea or help with craft activities please contact Alison Wood or Deborah Smith, 883611. We all have a lot of fun and you will get your evening meal as well! Deborah also needs coffee jar lids for the next Messy Church on December 13. Leave in the ‘pigeon holes’ in the porch room. Thank you in anticipation of your support
ANNUAL CAROL SINGING PARTY – at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on Thursday December 21, 6.45pm. Come along and support us by serving those who spend Christmas in hospital. Meet at the Hospital Chapel. Refreshments served at the end of the evening.