Notices for week beginning 14 April 2019

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.

RAFFLE FOR THE HOGGET will take place after the Palm Service today.

ELECTORAL ROLL - The new Electoral Roll has now been prepared and is on display on the noticeboard in both Minchinhampton and Box. Please check that your name is on the Roll. Any queries, please see Jackie Natt.

FINANCIAL AND COMMITTEE REPORTS are now available at the back of the Church.

READY TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE WIDER LIFE OF THE CHURCH? - We need to elect a new lay representative to Stroud Deanery Synod at the APCM as Linda Jarvis is standing down from the role. The Deanery Synod is part of the way the C of E gives a voice to all parts of the church on the church's ministry and mission and key current issues. It sits between the parishes with their Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) and the full diocese, with its Diocesan Synod. The lay members are elected to serve for three years, but this vacancy is for the remainder of the 2017-20 period. Lay members elect the Diocese’s lay representatives on General Synod. The Synod meets three times a year, with agendas including: visiting speakers, sharing new developments and good practice, reports from Diocesan and General Synods, financial matters including Parish Share, the Deanery's action plan. If you are interested and would like to know more please speak to Linda herself, Margaret Sheather, Julian Elloway or Jamie Dalrymple-Hamilton. Deanery website

NEW WEEKDAY SERVICE TIMES - Minchinhampton and Box Weekday Services are not well attended and are at times that are increasingly difficult for clergy to lead them. We are trialling new week-day Eucharist times in Minchinhampton and Box. It is the confident hope of our clergy that more of our congregation will take advantage of this offering! New service times will be: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 9.30am in Minchinhampton. Wednesday -9am in Box, 11am in Minchinhampton. Saturday - 8.30am in Minchinhampton.

YOUNG PEOPLE IN CHURCH - Volunteers Needed! Your church needs you – no volunteer too young, and no volunteer too old! We are just starting to plan for attracting young people into church, and we need volunteers to help plan for and to run the following activities: Sunday School, Sunday Morning Story-Time for pre-schoolers, Children’s Choir and Children’s Club, All Age Worship Planning, Youth Group and Parish/Benefice Camping Trip. Please do volunteer by either signing-up in church, or contact Christine in the Benefice Office.

BIBLE READING FELLOWSHIP (BRF) NOTES - the May to August notes have arrived and are in the pigeon holes with details of the next year’s payment which is now due. If you are interested in receiving BRF notes to support your bible reading I have sample copies of the different booklets that are available. There are three issues a year of daily readings with commentaries from leading experts. Mandy Jutsum 882477

COACH TRIPS – 26 APR Highgrove Spring Walk £32.50, May 21 National Trust Baddesley Clinton (Warks) £19/£30 & 18 JUN – Wilton House and gardens, Salisbury £29 Tel Ian: 833131

LILIES FOR LOVED ONES Minchinhampton and Box. This Easter we will again have a display of lilies in remembrance of someone special. Those wishing for their loved ones to be remembered in this way should give the name of that person to Virginia Lloyd (873404) or Grace Dewhurst (883029), together with any appropriate donation (cash or cheque). Cheques should be made payable to Minchinhampton Church Flower Guild. Kathy Hurst (882960).
Box – please contact Chris French (883223) donations (cash or cheque). Cheques made payable to St. Barnabas Church, Box.

THEATRE – Our next trip will be to the Cotswold Playhouse in June, for ‘Dial M for Murder’ – an ingenious thriller which was memorably filmed by Hitchcock. Please look out for the details on the notice board. Anne Brookes (886210).