Notices for week beginning 17 February 2019

INSTITUTION AND INDUCTION of Revd Canon Howard Gilbert as Rector. The collection at this service totalled £925.00, a cheque for this amount has been sent to The Bishops Charities.

ARMCHAIR YOGA – No classes on Wednesday February 20th. Classes will resume on Wednesday February 27th. Hilary Bellhouse.

TRAIDCRAFT - There will be a Traidcraft stall today after the 10am service in the Porch room. Lots of cards, chocolates and all the usual groceries. Remember you can now order items. Just speak to one of us at the stall. Please come along and support Traidcraft.

THE REORDERING: enough funds have been raised through the ongoing 6Ps APPEAL (£25,000) to cover half the cost of reordering the entrance porch and installing glass doors at an overall cost of £50,000. The entrance doors are in a state of rapid deterioration so this work is becoming more urgent. Please join in/contribute to the 6Ps fund raising events; consider sponsoring a chair(s); make a donation (chair leaflets and the white reordering gift aid envelopes are at the back of church). The building group continue to apply for grants, whilst the fund raising committee work on further developing a programme of events for the year. We thank everyone for all of their ongoing efforts.

STROUD DISTRICT FOODBANK - Shopping List Last year, you helped us to provide enough food to feed 5,700 people We are currently short of: Tinned Tomatoes Small Sugar Sponge Puddings UHT Milk UHT Juice Conditioner Toilet Rolls. Thank you for your support!!

QUIET REFLECTION - at the beginning of the 10am Sunday Service there will be 5 minutes of quiet reflection. Can people please refrain from talking during this period. Thank you.

COACH TRIPS – Mon. Feb 25 – lunch and factory tour of Morgan Cars – Malvern. Wed. March 20 – Wells Cathedral and city centre. HIGHGROVE - at last Highgrove tickets! Cost: Entrance and coach £32.50. Arriving 1 hour before, free time for Highgrove shop and /or tea & cake. Tel: 833131 www.abbeyhall.info

THE WORLD DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE – prepared by the Women of Slovenia is to be held on Friday March 1 at 10.30am – Parish Church. All welcome. Refreshments served.

LENT LUNCHES – will be commencing on Wednesday March 13th, 20th and 27th, April 3rd and 10th. There is an opportunity to have some homemade soup, bread rolls, cheese, baked potatoes and tea and coffee, as well as enjoy some good company. Donations will go towards our chosen Lent Charities. Lunch is open to all the community, not just regulars at church, so you would be most welcome, please do come along. Why not suggest to a friend or neighbour they come with you?

LENT GROUPS – Lent is the 40 day season in which we and the church are called to a special period of prayer, self-examination and teaching. This year the Lent groups will be studying the York Course for Lent, a 5 session discussion course titled, ‘Daring to see God now’. So, whether you are just starting to explore the Christian faith, or have been a follower of Jesus for years, this course is an essential guide for the journey. There will be Lent Groups led in both the afternoons and evenings on a variety of days commencing the week beginning Monday March 11. Signup sheets will soon appear at the back of the church noticeboards for individuals to choose which group they would like to attend.

THEATRE - ART – This comedy won every award going when it opened 20 years ago and is still attracting top actors. We shall see Nigel Havers, Dennis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson at The Everyman on March 12. Sign-up sheet on notice board. Cost - £44. Anne Brookes (886210)