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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Coronavirus Update - 1 August 2020

The Government guidance for the safe use of places of worship advises that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship where there may be other people present. This includes not only members of the congregation but also the president and any other ministers. Face coverings should only be removed to receive Holy Communion. Each communicant should also sanitise their hands before and after removing their face covering to receive the bread, and before and after putting it on again.We shall not be policing this advice, but we are encouraging you to act responsibly. We suggest that even if you don’t feel the need to wear a mask when in your seat and over 2 metres from anyone else, you might well consider it prudent to do so when arriving at and leaving the church. Inevitably, when not seated, we tend to get too close to each other, not least so we can hear each other, so it is when talking to others around the building that you are most at risk.

As you may already be aware, the wearing of face masks in public worship is compulsory from Saturday 8th August.

Addendum – Government advice regarding public worship:
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, and we will not be policing government advice.


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

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