Notices for week beginning 17 November 2019

BENEFICE

STROUD DISTRICT FOOD BANK – are short of the following items– tinned fruit/vegetables, tinned spaghetti, pasta sauce, instant/tinned custard, shaving foam, razors, hair conditioner, loo rolls, children’s toothbrushes, baby wipes, soup, bags of sugar and tinned meat.

MARAH – needs coffee (any instant sort), sugar, long life milk, toiletries, shower gel, shampoo, spray deodorant, (not toothpaste or brushes), men’s socks and underpants, but these need to be new (any size briefs or boxers or trunks). The Marah Box is in the Porch Room.

FISH & CHIP QUIZ NIGHT – Saturday November 23 at 6.30pm. Please come and support the 6P’s Appeal. Tickets at £12 pp on sale NOW!! Tickets available from The Market Stores, The Benefice Church Office and Sandy!

COACH TRIPS – Nov 29th BBC Good Food Show, NEC Birmingham. Only THREE tickets left! Dec 6th Stratford upon Avon Town Centre & Victorian Christmas Market Tel: 833131 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

STEWARDSHIP. Following the recent sermons on stewardship, those currently giving through the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) may wish to increase their offering. To do this please call the PGS office on 01452 835595. You will need your PGS contributor no. to identify yourself. If you don’t know your number please contact Pat Swift (Recorder) on 885231. If you don’t already give via PGS and wish to start please also contact Pat.

The W.I. GLOUCESTER CENTENARY CAROL SERVICE - Tuesday December 3 at 2.30pm at Holy Trinity Church Minchinhampton. All are welcome to join us for a service of traditional carols with readings and poems . This will be followed by seasonal refreshments. Please do come you will be very welcome!

THEATRE - Following our recent wonderful evening at The Everyman, we shall continue the fun at ‘CINDERELLA’. Full details and sign up sheet are on the noticeboard. THURSDAY 9TH JANUARY at 2pm. (Anne Brookes 886210).

AUCTION OF DEEDS in aid of the 6P’s Appeal – Friday January 31 2020 at the Golf Club. Preceded by a light supper and a cash bar available throughout the evening. Please inform Sandy, Mandy, Christine (Benefice Office) or Peter Lapping if you can offer a deed to be auctioned – the quirkier the better! Save the Date!

 

AMBERLEY

JEAN NEEDHAM - a Service of Thanksgiving for Jean Needham on Monday Nov 18 at 2.30pm.

COMMUNION MUSIC – There will be a different setting of the Communion music starting today. This will be John Sanders' setting which we have often done before so it should be very familiar. As always, copies of the music are available from the Sidesmen if required. Steve Goodwin.

STEWARDSHIP - After reflecting upon the recent sermon series on Stewardship, Giving and Money members of the congregation may wish to increase their offering through the Parish Giving Scheme. This can be done by contacting the parish giving office, either by telephone, (01452 835595) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; the individual PGS reference number will be needed so if this is not to hand, do get in touch with Sarah Goodwin (873381). Any member of the congregation wishing to start using the Parish Giving Scheme should have a word with Sarah who will be able to supply the relevant forms and answer any questions.

HOME COMMUNION - If anyone in the village would like home communion, reserved sacrament is available. Revd John Spiers, Simon Barker and John Gilbert together with other chalice assistants are available to provide this.

MAKING A WILL – Will Aid is a partnership between the legal profession and nine UK charities. Every November, participating solicitors waive their fee for writing a basic will. Instead, they invite clients to make a voluntary donation to Will Aid – a donation of £100 is suggested for a single basic Will and £180 for a pair of basic ‘mirror’ Wills. Making a Will is always important but often neglected. Holy Trinity, Amberley always welcome legacies if people consider it appropriate to leave a proportion of their estate to their church. A legacy form is available at the rear of the church. Alternatively please discuss what may be possible with Revd John Spiers or our treasurer, Sarah Goodwin.

 

MINCHINHAMPTON AND BOX

TRAID CRAFT STALL – TODAY after the 10am Service. Christmas Cards and Advent Calendars for sale and all the usual goodies! Please come along and support us.

WEDNESDAY CUPPA ROTAS – are now in the pigeon holes for collection.

WEEKDAY SERVICE TIMES - We have tried a number of options for our weekday Minchinhampton Eucharists. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, we will revert to 9.30am. This is expected to be a permanent change. This will be a good compromise for all concerned, and we look forward to seeing you at these special services in the future!

NOMINATE CHARITIES - It is now time to nominate your charities for the Christmas and Easter period and the coming year. As in previous years, the PCC invite you to nominate a local, national and international charity for their consideration. Lists are at the back of the church. This year we have a very short window for nominations. Please do it today!

TRAID CRAFT CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING – Friday November 22, 10 -1pm in the Porch Room. Lots of gifts, Christmas cards etc., for sale. £2.50 on the door to include tea/coffee and cake. Please come along and support us and bring a friend. Thank you.

CHURCH YARD CLEAR UP - Saturday November 30, 10 - 4pm. There is plenty of cutting back to be done and tidying up . Please come and help.

Julian Elloway, our Director of Music, is retiring at the end of November. A collection and card are being organised. Please see Mandy Jutsum.

PIANIST NEEDED AT ST BARNABAS, BOX – for the first and second Sunday of the month. If you are able to help please contact the Benefice Office.

EVENING PRAYER - There is an opportunity to develop your spirituality by leading Evening Prayer. We are now in extreme need for someone to lead Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 5.30pm. If you are interested please contact Sandy Emery.