Notices for week beginning 18 August 2019

BENEFICE

CHURCHES TOGETHER – TODAY Minchinhampton, Box and Amberley, Methodist Church and Baptist Church present an ALL AGE WORSHIP at Giffords Circus in the Big Top (on the common), at 9am. Coffee/tea and croissants after the service at Holy Trinity Church – Minchinhampton. All welcome.

TRAIDCRAFT – There will be a Traidcraft stall next Sunday (25th) after the 10am service. All the usual groceries, chocolates and biscuits. Please come and support Traidcraft.

THE GOOD SHEPHERD PROJECT - Can you find the sheep? All Church of England Primary schools in the Diocese of Gloucester were visited in 2018/2019 by a sheep which was looked after and decorated by the school community, before continuing on pilgrimage to the next school within the deanery for a new adventure and decoration. All the members of the Diocese of Gloucester flock are spending their holidays in Gloucester Cathedral, where they would love to be visited by children and their families. Come along during your holidays and follow the sheep trail around the cathedral…Can you find all the 9 sheep?

CHRISTIAN ART EXHIBITION - There are leaflets at the back of Amberley church about an exhibition of artwork by “Inside-Out”, a group of six Christian artists including Mike Tucker. The exhibition will take place in Dursley Methodist Church (Castle Street GL11 4BS – opposite the Market Hall) from Aug 13 - 20, daily, 10-4pm (except on the Sun when it is from 12), and is in aid of “Beyond the Streets”, a UK charity working to end sexual exploitation. Tea/coffee and cake.

THE WAY WE WED – a festival of wedding dresses and flowers throughout the ages. Preview evening with drinks and nibbles will be held at Holy Trinity Minchinhampton and the Porch Room on Friday September 13 from 7 – 9pm. Tickets £6 available from Sandy Emery and The Market Stores.

CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MINCHINHAMPTON, BOX AND AMBERLEY -THE BEREAVEMENT JOURNEY COURSE – A six session course for those who have experienced loss of a loved one. Course starts Thurs Sept 19 and continues Thursdays – Sept 26, Oct 3, 10, 17 and 24. The Hub, Tobacconist Road, Minchinhampton. 7 – 9pm. Please contact 01453 886997 or speak to Sandy Emery for further information.

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). Box at rear of church.

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

COACH TRIPS – Sept 10 - Batsford Arboretum, Garden Centre, & Sezincote House & Garden. Oct 14 - Haynes International Motor Museum & Clarks Shopping Village at Street. Tel: 833131 www.abbeyhall.info

THEATRE - Everyman Cheltenham, Thurs Oct 31, to see PETER PAN GOES WRONG – not the pantomime you might expect but a marvellous comedy. Full details, including more information and a sign-up sheet, are on the notice board. Do join us for a very entertaining evening.

BENEFICE RETREAT - Will take place at Brownshill this year. Dates for your diary - FRIDAY 8TH NOVEMBER - SATURDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 2019. More info to follow.

AMBERLEY

THANKSGIVING SERVICE - There will be a service of thanksgiving for the life of Moya Hood on Wednesday August 28 at 2.00pm at Holy Trinity, Amberley.

WORSHIP GROUP - At their May meeting use of a nave altar was discussed and it was decided to trial this for three Sundays in June. The Group would greatly appreciate to have feedback on this trial in time to be discussed at their meeting at the end of Aug, so if you have thoughts about this, for or against, please either drop This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a note for his attention in the post box at the back of the church.

FAIR TRADE STALL – Now on after the 10am service on the fourth Sunday August 25. Thereafter, it will be as normal on the third Sunday of the month.

BAPTISMS - as part of our welcome to baptism families, infants who are baptised will be given a small knitted teddy bear. The family will then be invited to bring their teddy bears back for a picnic the following year. If you would like to knit teddy bears for this, please contact Revd John Spiers who has the pattern.

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.

MINCHINHAMPTON AND BOX

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 during the week, especially on a Thursday at 5.30pm. If you are interested please contact Sandy Emery.