Our Rector to leave for pastures new
It was announced today (7 January) that our Rector, the Revd Helen Bailey, has been appointed to a new post as vicar of St John's Church in Broadstone in Salisbury Diocese. Her last Sunday service will be the 10am service at Minchinhampton on Sunday 28th January. Her licensing will take place in Broadstone on Wednesday 7th March at 7pm.
Whilst Helen is sad to be leaving behind congregations she has loved serving and worshipping and working with, she is also looking forward to her future ministry at Broadstone. There will be an opportunity for farewell on Sunday 28th January after the 10am service.
THE CALL OF GOD
It is thought that the Nathaniel mentioned in John's Gospel is actually Bartholomew, known with a different name, in the same way Peter is also known as Simon. It is Nathaniel, of course, whom Jesus saw under the fig tree in John ch1, and calls him, along with Philip, to follow him. Apart from Jesus' character assessment, that in Nathaniel there is nothing false, we know very little. Nathaniel appears again at the end of John's Gospel at the post-resurrection breakfast on the beach; and in the Book of Acts he is listed as being there at the ascension of Jesus. What we do know, is his faithful discipleship and trueness of character is identified by Jesus, but apart from that there is relative obscurity. This itself might have something to teach us about the nature of discipleship: we are each called to live a life of discipleship, but most of us will not have our names in flashing lights or get added to the Anglican Church’s commemoration of special saints. Our task is to point to Jesus, not to ourselves: if we forget that, we are in trouble. This passage is all about call and how we respond. Nathaniel marvels that Jesus saw him under the fig tree and calls him ‘Son of God.’ It is a moment of revelation, and one that will change his life forever. But let’s also not forget Philip, who is the evangelist that brings Nathaniel to Jesus. His ‘Come and see’ message is what we need to give as a church. It is through us, the disciples of Jesus, that new disciples are made. God’s work through us: how will we respond to that call?
Services at Parish Church of The Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton
The 8am Sunday service and all weekday services and activities are continuing in the Porch room and the 10am Sunday service is now being held in the main body of the church building. Whilst the work will not be complete we look forward with anticipation to this day and ask all parishioners to note the following:
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 - Common Worship
Services at St Barnabas, Box
For additional services please use the Calendar.
Reordering of the Parish Church
The planned reordering is now underway and as this involves the closure of the main building to the public Services will take place in the Porch Room with the exception of the Sung Eucharist at 10:00am on Sunday Mornings which will be in Minchinhampton School Hall.
Wednesday Cuppa Continues
Do you enjoy Worship?
Do you enjoy Singing?
We are growing our choirs! Adult & Junior choirs sing a wide range of music not only for regular church services but also for weddings, funerals, carols in church, special events and even a film! Junior singers receive special training – past choristers are currently singing in the Gloucester Cathedral boys and girls choirs. Choral scholarships are available for over 16-year-olds still in full-time education. Adults singers commit only to what they are able to do. Details on the church website and on the Choirminch Facebook page. If you think you might enjoy singing, contact Julian Elloway for an informal chat
Parish breakfasts resume on the first Sunday of each month, in the Porch Room, starting 7th January at 8.50am. Apart from the luxury of having your breakfast made for you, this is a great chance for the 8 o’clock congregation to meet up with those who attend the 10 o’clock service, enjoy a chat and get to know each other. On offer each month is delicious porridge, a range of cereals, bacon rolls, croissants, toast as well as tea, coffee, juice and much more.
All proceeds from the donations go to charity.