Notices for week beginning 16 September 2018

MASASI - Thank you to everyone who came to the Masasi Evening last Friday. We made a profit of £389 for projects in the Diocese and we wish to say thank you to you all, for being so generous and supportive of the people in Masasi.

RIDE & STRIDE - Thank you to everybody who sponsored the Ride & Stride cycle in aid of historic church buildings. Because of his work (police), Ed ended up not being able to do it (he claims the rain had nothing to do with it) – so Miles and I cycled into the breach. We ended up doing 27 chapels and churches each, 28 miles, raising more than £500, thanks to your generosity. Neither of us can now comfortably sit down. All much appreciated, Ian (Jarvis)

PIANIST - We have a vacancy for a pianist at St. Barnabas, Box to play once a month for our Sunday service. Contact Christine at the Church Office on 01453 889004.

ARMCHAIR YOGA - Wednesdays after the 11am Service. Donations to 6Ps Appeal, contact Hilary Bellhouse on 885254 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FOODBANK – needs tinned - vegetables, meat, spaghetti, fruit, fish, custard, tomatoes, soup, rice pudding, steamed puddings, potatoes, pulses. Small sugar, chocolate spread, peanut butter, jam, marmite, UHT fruit juices and milk, biscuits, instant coffee, pasta sauces, toothbrushes. NO BAKED BEANS PLEASE.

FOUNDATIONS IN CHRISTIAN COURSE - Are you interested in finding out more about the Christian faith? Do you feel it would be good to revisit what the Christian faith is about? Would you like to know more about getting baptised or confirmed? You do not have to be someone who goes to church to attend this course. To be held the second and the fourth Thursday of every month - Porch Room. If the day and time do not work for you, please let me know in case we can provide an alternative for you. Refreshments provided. For more information contact Revd Sandy Emery, 01452 814148 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TRAIDCRAFT - There will be a Traidcraft stall next Sunday ( September 23rd) after the 10am service in the Porch Room. Please come along and buy the usual cards, groceries. You can now order items as well.

VISION EVENING - Several organisations work out of the Warehouse/ Brimscombe Office and share a common aim of relieving poverty in the Stroud District and beyond. Collectively: The Foodbank, The Furniture Project, Kidds Stuff, and Long Table are currently supporting 1000's of local people with food, furniture, children's items and also creating job opportunities. A Vision Evening is being held in DURSLEY METHODIST CHURCH on Thurs Sept. 27 – 7.30 – 9.30 pm. Each organisation will give an update on their work, hold a Q & A session and let you know how you might help. Refreshments will be provided.

CHARITY NOMINATIONS - Each year we invite you to nominate charities to receive donations from our Christmas and Easter collections. Please nominate an international, national and local charity for the PCCs consideration. Form on notice board at back of church. The Mission Group.

CONFIRMATION COURSE FOR CHILDREN - We offer all children within the benefice aged 10 and over the opportunity to be confirmed as a way of making a deeper commitment to the Christian faith. The next confirmation service will be held on Sunday November 18. As preparation for confirmation and to explore Christianity a little more, Revd John Spiers will be running six sessions that look at the basics of Christianity starting on Tues. October 2, at 6pm in the Porch Room at Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton.

ST FRANCIS DAY - At 7.30pm on the eve of Saint Francis Day (October 3 2018), we are inviting everyone who is interested to share in some stories about Francis and the first Franciscans, and to enter a conversation about the legacy of Francis for the Church and the world today. John & Elizabeth Cowen invite us to meet at their home, next to Bisley Church: Over Court, Bisley GL6 8BE. For further information, contact Fr. John, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or telephone 07974 432 562 / 01453 350 138.

DECORATING FOR HARVEST – Please can we have donations of fruit and vegetables for Saturday October 6. To be brought to the church from 9.30am onwards. Many thanks.

HARVEST JOINT BENEFICE CELEBRATION Sunday October 7. Informal service of Harvest hymns, poetry and readings at Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton 5pm followed by Harvest Supper in the church. Sign up lists at back of Church. Donations on the night, children free! Gluten-free and vegetarians catered for. All welcome!

BENEFICE QUIET DAY - Alison Guy will be leading a Benefice Quiet Day on Saturday October 13 from 10 – 3.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton. If you have never tried a retreat this would be a good way to experience some time of silence and to reflect on what Jonah may have to say to us. For more information speak to Alison. The signup sheet is at the back of the church.

CHELTENHAM GENERAL HOSPITAL - is 170 years old this year – 100 years older than the NHS - and we are celebrating this with a service in St Luke’s Church, Cheltenham on Monday October 15, at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Bishop Rachel.

THEATRE – Monday October 22 at Malvern to see ‘SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE’. Did you see the lovely film? Details on notice board. Booking deadline Sunday September 16 please. Anne Brookes Tel: 886210