Verse of the Day

A warm welcome to Minchinhampton Parish Church
where 'we accept and share the generosity of God's Love'
 
Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton forms part of the Benefice of Minchinhampton with Box and Amberley
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THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER - THE GOOD SHEPHERD

The culture of Jesus' day knew a thing or two about shepherds. Unlike today, where sheep tend to be free to graze safely in enclosed areas, Palestine was a different matter altogether. There were no enclosures, and being a shepherd meant staying with your flock. At the start of the day the shepherd would lead the flock - who followed (no rounding up from behind with a sheep dog!) - to the place of good pasture, where they would remain the whole day. The shepherd's duties were to watch the sheep constantly, ensuring sheep didn't stray, and going after the ones who did to bring them back safely to the fold. He had to lead them to water - to running streams or wells to drink, especially in those hot conditions. As evening fell, the shepherd led the flock back down to where they could safely spend the night, counting them all back in. At night it was the shepherd's job to ward off predators and keep the sheep safe from wild beasts - or indeed prowling thieves. Bad shepherds were those who were lazy and did not protect or sufficiently look after the fold. And for those larger flocks where there might be hired underlings to support the work of shepherds, well they did not have the same concern or vested interest in looking after the sheep. The sheep really did recognise the shepherds' voice and trust where they would lead them, knowing pasture and water would be found for them. It is therefore no surprise that Jesus should call himself the Good Shepherd. This is what God does for us - his care and watch over us, his nourishment of us, his knowing each of us, and the trust we can place in him. Most of all, his presence with us, through all things.

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Services

HOLY TRINITY, MINCHINHAMPTON

SUNDAY

8.00 a.m. Said Eucharist
10.00 a.m. Sung Parish Eucharist except First Sunday - All Age Service.

5.30 p.m. First & Third Sunday: Evensong (BCP).
Second, Fourth & Fifth Sunday: Said Evening Prayer

WEEKDAYS
8.00 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday to Saturday - Eucharist
11.00 a.m. Wednesday - Eucharist (BCP)
4.30 p.m. Friday - Said Evening Prayer in the Lady Chapel
5.30 p.m. Monday - Thursday - Said Evening Prayer in the Lady Chapel

ST. BARNABAS, BOX

SUNDAY
9.00 a.m. Eucharist with hymns.

WEEKDAYS
8.00 a.m. Wednesday – Holy Communion

For additional services please use the Calendar.

Faith Matters

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The Bishop of Gloucester Designate

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Her Majesty the Queen has appointed the Venerable Rachel Treweek, Archdeacon of Hackney in the Diocese of London, as the next Bishop of Gloucester.
Rachel Treweek will be the first female Diocesan Bishop in the Church of England following legislation passed last year enabling women as Bishops.
The bishop designate comes to the diocese having served previously in a number of other ministries. She is the current Archdeacon of Hackney, a role she has held since 2011.

You can find more on the Diocesan website

Annual Parochial Church Meeting - Monday 27 April 2015

Anyone on the electoral roll is welcome to attend the APCM. If you are not on the electoral roll of the church, do see Pam Page or the Rector - forms are available at the back to fill in. At the APCM we present the Annual Report and the Accounts, and will be electing the PCC. Do see the nomination forms that will be at the back of Minchinhampton and Box Church from beginning of April if you are interested in standing for election. Ideally we would very much value a member of Box Church standing for election to PCC so that Box Church is fully represented - indeed, we are supposed to have someone!

We also need to elect someone to stand for Deanery Synod, and if you would like to know more about this role, please speak to Margaret Sheather or Linda Jarvis, who are currently our other two representatives. This is an important role, and it would be very good to fill it.

Copy of the Annual Reports from Church Committees etc can be downloaded here.
Financial Statements can be downloaded here.

Please do make this meeting a priority in your diary.

APCM 7pm, immediately following the Vestry Meeting, in the hall of Minchinhampton School.

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Wednesday Cuppa

Wednesday Cuppa
 
Takes place every week from 2:30 until 4:00pm in the Porch Room or if really nice weather outside the church as in the picture.
 
Church members attend as well as non-church goers and a warm welcome and good cake awaits you. The Wednesday walkers often join us as they finish ready for a sit down and a cuppa. It is a good social gathering of friends and all are welcome to come and chat and meet new people.
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Come and Pray


 The World and all creation


10.00am-12.00 noon

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Prayers

Holy Trinity Church Minchinhampton

If you have a prayer which you would like read out at this service, please put it in the box at the back of the Church.

Come for as little or as long as you like.

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MESSY CHURCH AT MINCHINHAMPTON
Wednesday 1 July 2015 
at 3.30pm
Featuring: David from Shepherd to King
 
What to expect:
A warm welcome – Refreshments – Craft activities – Celebration worship
A story – Songs – Prayer
Messy church is something different.
It's about people who want to do church differently and want to
share it with others.
Children must be accompanied by a parent of guardian.

Letters and Notes from Ministry Team

Each month our rector writes a letter to the Parish and this is published on this website and in the Parish Magazine. In addition Notes are produced in which you will find information on events and happenings that have taken place or are to take place in the near future. To view these publications Click Here
 

Parish Magazine Articles

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A selection of articles, including Greenfingers is chosen each month and can be viewed by clicking here.

Sermons

The sermon delivered at the Sung Eucharist Service held on Sundays at 10.00am is usually recorded and an MP3 version posted to this website. Normally the recordings are available for up to three months before being removed and if you wish to listen to any of them please go to our Sermons page.
 

Daily Prayer

The Church has a tradition of daily prayer which embraces the three key elements of praise, intercession and engagement with scripture.

This page links to the C of E Daily Prayer website allowing us all to join in this daily pattern of prayer. When using the Offices individually read both the priest's and people's part.

The Offices are from the Book of Common Worship for today GMT.