A warm welcome to Minchinhampton Parish Church
where 'we accept and share the generosity of God's Love'
Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton forms part of the Benefice of Minchinhampton with Box and Amberley
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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
  8.30 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.


Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton

St Barnabas Box

Sunday 2 December 5.30pm  Advent Carol Service Sunday 23 December 5.30pm Nine Lessons and Carols
Sunday 9 December 3.00pm Stroud Masons Carol Service Christmas Day 9.00am Family Holy Communion with Carols
Wednesday 12 December 3.30pm Messy Church Christingle Sunday 30 December 9.00am Holy Communion
Thursday 20 December 11.00am Minchinhampton Primary Academy Carol Service      
Sunday 23 December 8.00am Eucharist      
  10.00am Sung Parish Eucharist      
  5.30pm Candlelit Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols      
Christmas Eve 3.00pm Journey to Bethlehem Crib Servce      
  11.30pm Midnight Mass      
Christmas Day 8.00am Eucharist      
  10.00am Sung Parish Eucharist - Family Service      
Sunday 30 December 8.00am Eucharist      
  10.00am Sung Parish Eucharist      

Details of Christmas Services and Events can also be seen on 'A Church near You' website


If last week’s theme was about being alert and watchful, keeping ourselves ready in expectant waiting, this week we need to prepare to change. Today we read one example of many references from the prophets to a messenger who will prepare people for the coming of the anointed one, the long-awaited Messiah. And we need to be prepared for this life changing event. God, knowing human nature affectionately and realistically, tells us beforehand what he will do, and then provides John who himself points towards someone else. The point of the passage in Luke is to tell us who John the Baptist is and, more importantly, who he is not. He is the messenger, but he is not the message. The message of God to his people is Jesus Christ, and John’s work is to prepare people to receive him. John’s call, his urgent message for repentance is linked to the offer of God’s grace, symbolised by baptism. God wants us to accept his offer of life-changing salvation, and let ourselves be changed for good. This is a realistic demand, based not on our weakness, but on the strength of God’s love for us. We might give up; but God never will. We are in the privileged position of having read the prophesies, seen them fulfilled in John the Baptist, and having met Jesus through the Gospels and his living presence. At another level is the recognition that it isn’t enough to hear John’s message once. It does us all good to use each Advent as a fresh chance to look at our lives and habits, and sort them out, to be ruthless about anything, which is impairing our journey with God. The God who began a good work in us continues it throughout our lifetime and will finish it when we meet him face-to-face.

To Readings for 9 December 2018

Introducing Your New Rector and Family Gilbert

It is with great excitement that I, along with my family, look forward to joining you in the New Year. The Service of Collation and Induction will be on January 26th at 3.00pm but we intend to move in soon after Christmas so please do introduce yourselves before the formal introduction if you see us around.

We are coming to Minchinhampton from Cirencester, where I have served for nine years as Associate Vicar with specific responsibility for Holy Trinity, Watermoor. During my ministry at Watermoor we have worked hard to broaden our age profile and, though it was never easy, I am pleased to say that working to make the church relevant to a new generation has been fruitful. During this time, I have developed my ministry on a wider stage, firstly as chair to the Bishop’s Advisory Group for Deliverance Ministry, then as Cirencester Area Dean, and most recently I launched a new Bishop’s Advisory Group for I.T.

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Wednesday Cuppa 

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.

Parish Breakfast

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.

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

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Daily Prayer

The Church has a tradition of daily prayer which embraces the three key elements of praise, intercession and engagement with scripture.

This page links to the C of E Daily Prayer website allowing us all to join in this daily pattern of prayer. When using the Offices individually read both the priest's and people's part.

The Offices are from the Book of Common Worship for today GMT.

Verse of the Day