Notices for week beginning 17 September 2017

CHURCH BENEFICE OFFICE – will be closed from Monday September 18 and will re-open on Wednesday September 27.

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.

REORDERING UPDATE - the asbestos is out and the pews all re-housed locally including at Minchinhampton Rugby Club! Work starts on the floor next week. In the meantime, Chiz, the archaeologist has found evidence of the medieval church, demolished in 1842, watch out for his ‘blog’ (linked to via the church website) for more detail of his discoveries. Services in the school hall and Porch room are running smoothly as are the other activities in the Porch room. Thank you to all involved and to the builders and other specialists now transforming the church into a beautiful space. 

GENTAL YOGA - Only 2 spaces. Mon afternoon 2.30 pm. Beginners welcome. £8 per session 50% to the 6Ps appeal. Please contact Hilary Bellhouse - 885254.

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, the Parish Office, Henry's, Stafford Cottage and Taylor's Butchers, £5 in aid of the 6Ps Appeal. Information from Hilary (884163), Mandy (882477).

MOTHERS UNION - Revd Dr Simon Topping is talking at the MU meeting on Wed Sept 20 at 7pm. The title of his talk is "When enough is enough - the path to Environmental sustainability" All Welcome.

THE DIOCESE OF GLOUCESTER VISION STRATEGY LIFE - challenges each one of us to commit to going out and sharing the transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ, so that people may know life in all its fullness. (John 10:10). Please collect a copy of the Stroud Deanery vision for the future of our parishes which offers some ideas towards making the Diocese vision a reality locally.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND ADULTS ACROSS THE BENEFICE – Are you interested in confirming your faith? If you are we are offering the opportunity to learn more about the Christian faith and explore what confirmation may mean to you. These classes are open to any young people, over the age of 10 and to all adults regardless of age! If you want to know more about this and whether confirmation might be for you, do have a word with the Revd Sandy Emery or Revd Deborah Curram, or Revd John Spiers. Contact details in Parish Magazines.

SPONSOR A CHAIR - forms are available in the Porch room or from the Church Office in Butt Street. Chairs cost £200 with £10 for a plaque. For part sponsorship amend the amounts on the form accordingly. Queries to: Mandy Jutsum This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01453 882477.

UPCOMING COACH TRIPS – Fri. Oct 13 – Great Chalfield, Melksham. Manor and Gardens. Tues. Nov 14 – Oxford City Centre, Ashmolean Museum etc., Tues. Dec 6 – Bath Town Centre and Christmas Markets. Contact Ian Jarvis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel: 01453 833131

HARVEST SUNDAY - Sunday October 8. There will be a joint benefice bring and share supper and a Harvest Service - 4.30pm at Amberley Church. Signup sheets on notice board.

BENEFICE RETREAT - Takes place at Nympsfield from Friday Oct 13 until Saturday Oct 14. It will be led by the Revd John Hunnisett. Signup sheets in the Porch Room or please call Christine at the Church Office - 889004.

STROUD HOSPITAL LEAGUE OF FRIENDS – Annual Hospital Service on Sunday October 15 - 6.30pm. At Holy Trinity Church, Stroud.

WAR HORSE – Bristol. Matinee Performance on Wednesday November 8. 7 seats remaining on this free coach outing. Tickets £59.50. See Cheryl or Simon Ritter,

NEXT THEATRE TRIP - Monday 13 November, Cheltenham Everyman. Afternoon shopping, then “The Wipers Times” by Ian Hislop. Details in Porch Room.