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.
THE THIRD SUNDAY BEFORE LENT
Today’s Gospel reading comes at a pivotal moment in Jesus’ ministry. Jesus has chosen twelve of his disciples and called them apostles. Whilst travelling through Galilee calling these disciples Luke records Jesus cleansing a leper as well as healing a paralytic and a man with a withered hand. Jesus has also challenged the Pharisees about observing the Sabbath. News of this miracle worker has spread. A great multitude of people had gathered to hear him and to be healed. We read that all who touched him were healed. Then Jesus challenges the great crowd of his disciples with eight statements. Four starting with ‘blessed’ and four with ‘woe’. Each group of four statements ends with the phrase ‘…for that is what your ancestors did..’. Jesus is signalling that being a disciple will be difficult because they will be treated just as the prophets of old were treated. After today’s passage comes another twenty verses of teaching in the same vein. Jesus is being honest with his disciples. The next three years are going to be difficult. But we are 21st century disciples. When we try to interpret these eight statements we need to be cautious. We should think about the audience that Jesus was addressing and why he was addressing them in this way. Often Christians have just focused on the eight statements. The four ‘woes’ have been used to condemn wealth whilst the four ‘blessings’ have been used to support the statement ‘the poor will always be with us’ and so we should do nothing about poverty. This is not the message of the Gospels, a message that God’s love is for each one of us, rich or poor.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
PREPARED BY THE WOMEN OF SLOVENIA
The World Day of Prayer this year is being held at Holy Trinity Minchinhampton on Friday March 1st at 10.30am.
The service is prepared by the women of Slovenia. Slovenia is a fairly new country, becoming independent in 1991. The region has a long history going back to the earliest Bronze Age settlements of 2,500 B.C. It lies at the heart of Europe, bordered by Italy, Austria, Croatia & Hungary and is a land of immense natural beauty.
Christianity was introduced in the 1st century but, with the invasion of Germanic tribes in the 3rd & 4th centuries, the area became largely pagan. Then, in the 8th
century, under Charlemagne, a new wave of Christian conversion emerged.
“Come, everything is ready” is the interpretation of the parable when Jesus Christ said we should first invite the poor to sit at the table of the great banquet. God’s invitation to all—the poor, the homeless, those with mental illness, disability, addictions, the crippled and blind—are all invited to share in God’s love and the feast at his table.
We ask for forgiveness for being silent in the face of injustice and we pray that God may open our hearts to compassion and understanding. We leave with a prayer of blessing to mutually support one another on the path of freedom, justice and peace.
“Come, everything is ready”: as we participate in this service on March 1st, we are part of a great wave of prayer encircling the globe, starting as the sun rises over Samoa and ending some 38 hours later back in the Pacific, as the sun sets over American Samoa. Our prayers will be shared with peo- ple in over 120 countries and islands around the world.
All are welcome to come to the service; refreshments also will be served.
Hilary W Exton
Wanted - New/Returning Bellringers
We currently have 10 bell ringers who call you to worship each Sunday morning and practise on a Friday evening; we are now in a good position to take on some new ringers.
We can offer expert tuition—no experience or particular ability is required; just the fitness to be able to climb 44 stairs up to the ringing chamber (and be aged11+).
If you would like to find out more about what is involved, do come along when we are practising and have a look. We are a friendly bunch from all walks of life and with a variety of ringing experience—ranging from 2-50 years. The door at the bottom of the tower will be open and you can just come up.
If you wish to learn, you will receive 1-1 tuition to start with, so as to learn how to handle a bell, before moving on to ring with others. This process is likely to take a few weeks (or possibly months) depending on a range of factors. The expectation is then that you would regularly be available for practices and Sunday morning ringing—this is very much a team activity, so commitment is necessary.
To find out more, ring 884203 or come and find us on a practice night 7.30- 9pm
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.
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