Services at Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton
Services at St Barnabas Box
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
8.00 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.
9.00 a.m. Eucharist with hymns.
8.00 a.m. Wednesday – Eucharist
For additional services please use the Calendar.
WHO MADE THE SACRIFICE?
Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” This response is typical of Peter prior to the resurrection. Often Peter did not quite grasp the point of the questions posed by Jesus. Peter had witnessed the unfolding of an extraordinary series of events. Jesus was a powerful teacher, a healer and a miracle worker. Added to this, Jesus was starting to challenge the authority of the Pharisees over the Jewish people. Peter, as a Jew, would have seen Jesus as the long awaited Messiah, the king come to free Israel from the Roman occupier and build a great kingdom as great as that of David or Solomon. This explains why Peter started to rebuke Jesus when he teaches his disciples what must happen to him; his suffering, rejection, death and resurrection. Peter’s thinking was conditioned by the desire of the Jewish people to be free, free to rule the Promised Land without foreign interference. This was the Messiah who Peter believed Jesus to be, not someone who was going to be humiliated, killed yet somehow conquer death. In his hymn ‘Come, Thou long-expected Jesus’ Charles Wesley encapsulates the outcome of Jesus’s life, death and resurrection with the line: ‘Rule in all our hearts alone.’ Through his Son, God chose to rule in and through us, not over us. The sacrifice that God made is eternal. Jesus could have been the Jewish Messiah. Instead God chose to build the Kingdom of Heaven through us, his followers. Peter could not grasp this. His focus was a powerful Jewish state, not starting to build a Kingdom of Heaven which we continue to build today, nearly 2000 years later. As God made a sacrifice so our part in building the Kingdom requires a sacrifice. Jesus calls us to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow him. As it was for Peter, so it is for us.
Foundations in Christianity Course
Are you interested in finding out more about the Christian faith? Do you feel it would be good to revisit what the Christian faith is about? Would you like to know more about getting baptised or confirmed?
You are invited to a monthly discussion group. This is a gentle introduction to Christian faith. It will explore some key beliefs within Christianity with opportunity to reflect on different ideas and discuss these as a group. No additional time commitment outside the course. You do not have to be someone who goes to church to attend this course.
To be held the second and the fourth Thursday of every month beginning 13th September at 7:30 in the Porch Room at Minchinhampton church. If the day and time do not work for you, please let me know in case we can provide an alternative for you.
The church is a vital part of our community and assists ‘community cohesion’ in our parish.
Churches should be open because they are there for the community, this is why Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton is open from 7 in the morning until 6 in the evening, for prayer, quiet contemplation and discovery. Churches, however, are not immune from people who use violence for their own ends.
Violence in a church always seems to be more shocking than in other places because churches are meant to be areas of calm, reverence and an escape from the woes of the world.
The risk of physical violence within churches is very small, but it does happen. Any building that is open to the public is at risk of someone entering who may use violence.
Just because it doesn’t happen often, doesn’t mean we should ignore the problem. All churches have fire extinguishers, but very few have had a fire. So we now have a safety policy displayed on the noticeboard for lone workers in the church. If you are going to be working in the church alone please familiarise yourself with it, but here are three basic rules for you to follow:-
- Always inform someone (friend or family) if you intend to be in church alone.
- Keep your mobile phone on your person.
- If you feel in any way threatened, walk out of the church and seek help outside.
Do you enjoy Worship?
Do you enjoy Singing?
We are growing our choirs! Adult & Junior choirs 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 film! Junior singers receive special training – past choristers are currently singing in the Gloucester Cathedral boys and girls choirs. Choral scholarships are 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
Parish breakfasts resume on the first Sunday of each month, in the Porch Room, starting 7th January at 8.50am. Apart from the luxury of having your breakfast made for you, this is a great chance for the 8 o’clock congregation to meet up with those who attend the 10 o’clock service, enjoy a chat and get to know each other. On offer each month is delicious porridge, a range of cereals, bacon rolls, croissants, toast as well as tea, coffee, juice and much more.
All proceeds from the donations go to charity.
Takes place every week from 2:30 until 4:00pm in the Porch Room.
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.