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
  8.00 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.


What an emotional roller-coaster ride the disciples are on by this stage of Jesus’ ministry. Not that life with Jesus had ever been boring but at least they had known what they were doing. Or they had thought they did. Whereas now, Jesus seems to be trying to undermine everything they thought they were following him for. Jesus takes his disciples away and makes another attempt to explain his mission to them predicting his passion once more, but again the disciples react with incomprehension and fear. Still they do not understand. Jesus so often spoke figuratively that it’s not surprising his literal sense that is, being betrayed, killed, rising again, was too much for them to swallow. How can they possibly understand? After all, we who know the end of the story still do not really believe that Jesus is God’s way with the world. Like the disciples, we cannot see the connection between the power of God and the suffering and death of Jesus. It is quite easy to see why the disciples, at this point in the story, might be arguing about which of them is the greatest, the most important, carrying the most status. How can they possibly pay attention to what Jesus is saying? The kind of values we usually set store by are upended by Jesus’ criteria for greatness. Being the last of all and the servant of all is, for a start, likely to go unnoticed and unappreciated most of the time. Jesus described leadership from a new perspective, saying serving others is real leadership. So instead of using people, we are to serve them. Jesus’ mission was to serve others and to give his life away. All we need to do is practise doing the same for others. The truly great in God’s eyes are those who are prepared to be last of all and servant of all.

To Readings for 23 September 2018

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.
Refreshments provided.
For more information contact Revd Sandy Emery, 01452 814148 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Personal Safety In and Around the Church

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 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.

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.
is due to take place on
Sunday 23 September at 2:30pm
in the Porch Room and Church.


Hope you can join us then.
What to expect:

A warm welcome – Refreshments – Craft activities – Celebration worship
A story – Songs – Prayer
Messy church is something different.
It's about people who want to do church differently and want to
share it with others.
Children must be accompanied by a parent of guardian.
Other dates for your diaries.
Wednesday 14th November 3:30 – 5:30pm Theme: Peace
Wednesday 12th December 3:30 – 5:30pm Theme: Christingle
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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