MARAH UPDATE - Today is Homeless Sunday ...a chance for all Christians to show solidarity and reflect and pray for those without a home. Most of you will know about Marah ...we are a drop in centre in Stroud providing food, comfort and essential help for vulnerable people who find themselves in difficulties. Thank you to the many people who have given items of food, clothing, bedding and money to help us run the centre. We are very grateful as we could not exist without your kind donations. At the moment we need ... instant coffee, white sugar, longlife milk, toilet rolls, squash (any flavour), gloves, men's underwear ...pants , socks, vests(any size but they do need to be new). Men's shoes (any size but we are especially short of size 11). As we approach Christmas, I would be grateful for large boxes of biscuits and chocolates. Please ensure they have a long 'best before date' as we keep them and eke them out over the year. The men find these a real treat!! I have put a list of these items on fliers at the back of church. On behalf of our clients... THANK YOU!!
Jackie Natt (01453 731018).
PLEASE NOTE – The Parish Magazine dates for October reads – Patsy Gamble concert - Saturday October 12, 2019. This is an error. PATSY GAMBLE CONCERT IS ON SATURDAY 14TH DECEMBER 2019. Thank you.
SAVE THESE DATES!!!! – In aid of the 6Ps Appeal: Organ and Windows
CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR - HTM – Saturday October 19. 10 – 3pm. £2 Entrance. 30+ stall holders presenting a range of handmade Christmas gifts and treats. Refreshments. Please come and support us.
THE CLOUD QUARTET CONCERT - HTM - A Very Different String Quartet – Saturday October 26. 7.30pm. Tickets £10 (Children free). Tickets available at the Market Stores and Mandy Jutsum.
Julian Elloway, our Director of Music is retiring at the end of October. A card and collection is underway and can be accessed in the church office during the week or with Mandy Jutsum at the weekend.
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.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER - A preparation day for the World Day of Prayer is to be held on Wednesday Oct. 16. 10.30am-3pm at Christ Church, Abbeydale, Gloucester. Learn more about this world wide movement and the lives of the women of Zimbabwe who have designed next Spring’s service. Contact Jo Smith on 01453 834714 by Sunday Oct. 13 to reserve a place and share lifts. Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring a packed lunch. Our local 2020 WDP service will be held at Holy Trinity, Brimscombe.
ALL CHURCH VOLUNTEERS – SAFEGUARDING TRAINING. All of our volunteers are encouraged to undertake online basic safeguarding training at the following link: https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/ You will need to register before you start, and you will receive an email certificate. We are also offering safeguarding workshops, designed to be interesting and stimulating, in Amberley and Minchinhampton. If you do not wish to undertake the online training, you are firmly encouraged to attend our workshops. Please do let Christine in the office know if you wish to attend the Amberley training session on Tues 15th Oct, 7.30pm, Littleworth Hall, Amberley.
BOX ART ANNUAL EXHIBITION AND SALE - at Box Village Hall. Friday to Sunday 18 - 20 October between 10am and 5pm. Free entry. Donations to Stroud Court.
TRAIDCRAFT There will be a stall next Sunday October 20 after the 10am service. All the usual groceries etc., Please come along and support us.
STROUD HOSPITALS, LEAGUE OF FRIENDS – Hospital Service on Sunday Oct 20 at 6.30pm. Holy Trinity Church, Stroud. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome.
BENEFICE RETREAT - FRIDAY 8TH NOVEMBER – SATURDAY 9TH NOVEMBER at Brownshill Monastery. The retreat will be led by Revd Alison Guy and the theme will be ‘What we can learn from Jonah’. All welcome. Please contact Christine in the Benefice Church Office. Tel: 889004. If you feel the cost is difficult for you please speak to the Rector.
FAIR TRADE STALL – Fair Trade Stall There will be no Fair Trade Stall next Sunday as Dereck has recently undergone heart bypass surgery (now back home where we all wish him a very speedy recovery).
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
WEEKDAY SERVICES TIME CHANGE - our regular morning weekday Eucharists (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) will now be at 9am. Please do come and join us before you get on with your day!
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 Thurs at 5.30pm. If you are interested please contact Sandy Emery.