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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Good news – Sunday morning worship is back on! Bad news – lots of people are still shielding and locked down at home. So…

From Sunday 5 July at 9am there will be a communion service in Box, and then at 10am there will be a communion service in Minchinhampton. On-line, Sandy will be hosting Zoom coffee and chat at 10.45am, and there will be Zoom, online Evening Prayer at 5.30pm. However, there will be no 8am communion service (at least for the moment).

We are anticipating that we shall be live-streaming our worship from Minchinhampton at 10am (this replaces our morning video worship), but if that fails there is at least a video of the gospel and sermon posted already for those at home. At the moment, the lack of good Wi-Fi signal in church means that the sound quality of our live-stream feed will not be great, but we hope you will still be able to follow what is going on. We expect to remedy the sound quality in the next week or two.

So, reentering the church building means we have lots of advice we need to adhere to, all of which should make sense in the context of the rules we now live our lives by; but the most important advice to consider for now, is working out whether you will be coming back to church at the moment. On which note, this is the advice the church has received from the government:

  • Certain groups of people may be at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19, including people who are aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions. Individuals who fall within this group are advised to stay at home as much as possible, and meet as few people as possible face to face, and take care to minimise contact with others outside of their household.
  • Those who are considered to be extremely clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 will have been advised to shield and are currently advised not to meet more than one person from outside of their own household, and are therefore not currently advised to attend places of worship. Those shielding may choose to gather in groups of up to 6 people outdoors and form a support bubble with another household, they are therefore still advised not to attend places of worship indoors.
  • Both the above groups of people are advised that there are increased risks to you if you attend public worship. The final decision about whether you attend worship or not is yours and yours alone. The church will not be policing government advice, however we are counting on a significant number of our usual congregation not being with us, as we can only fit half the usual congregation in church and still socially distance.

We are doing our best to make our buildings as safe as possible for all who are visiting us, be that during the week or on a Sunday morning. On Sunday mornings, we will be able to offer communion, but you will only be offered wafers. Just as the decision to attend worship or not is yours, you might also choose not receive communion if you don't wish to take that additional risk, even though you have come to church.

There will be no Sunday School possible, but there are Sunday School resource sheets ready in the children's corner and see links below.

Prayer and Worship Resources

Church of England Church online worship site including services, prayer resources and prayers if you can't attend a funeral

Church of England Liturgy and Prayer resources

National bishops are posting weekly services here (including hymns to sing along to!)

BBC Sunday Worship: broadcast at 8.10am on Radio 4

BBC Daily Service: broadcast on Radio 4 LW at 9.45am Monday-Friday

The Royal School of Church Music Hymn for the Day to sing along to and Sunday Self-Service - a short service including hymns, readings and prayers

Church of England Mental health resources

If you would like to light an online candle for someone who has died you may find this page helpful


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LIFE prayer

God of hope and transformation,
who in our Lord Jesus Christ offers the gift of life in all its fullness,
send your Holy Spirit and grant us
joy in our following and vision in our leadership.
May we be rich in imagination,
confident in faith,
and courageous in our engagement
with the people and places of this diocese.
As we share your life with the world,
keep us rooted and grounded in love
as we bear witness to your glory
and pray for your Kingdom to come.
Amen.

SAFEGUARDING

This Parish has adopted policies in accordance with guidance as set out on the Diocese of Gloucester's Safeguarding webpages.
For copies of our current Safeguarding Notice and Policy Documents please click on the following links:
Safeguarding Notice
Safeguarding Policy for Children and Young People
Safeguarding Policy for Vulnerable Adults

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The Diocese of Gloucester’s vision for the next five years is LIFE.

Vision

 

Diocesan Publication: 

Messenger

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