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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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TRINITY 6 - THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

All this teaching on the Kingdom of Heaven. But what is our understanding of it? The Kingdom of Heaven is Matthew's phrase for what other Gospels call the Kingdom of God. Perhaps Matthew, as the most Jewish Gospel, shies away from using the name of God, in the way the Jewish religion did. Is the Kingdom of Heaven, then, just another way of thinking about heaven and the place we go to when we die? Well, there is, of course, an eternal aspect to the Kingdom of God. One day, the Christian hope is we will enter a new time, when God's Kingdom fully arrives, and all difficulties, pain, suffering, will no longer be present. Scripture speaks of a 'new heaven and new earth' suggesting (as indeed Christian belief in resurrection does!) there is something very physical as well as spiritual about eternal life. 'Your kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven' - we pray it in the Lord's Prayer. But it is not just a future hope. In part, the Kingdom is here now. When Jesus preached 'The Kingdom of Heaven is near' he meant with the coming of Jesus, the Kingdom, God's community of people, began to be established, and signs of this are everywhere, if we have eyes to see. That's why the kingdom is compared to small things - mustard seeds, yeast. Sometimes our world may seem a long way off from what it was meant to be. But signs of hope are all around us. God's love will be found in all sorts of ways. As children of God we live in his kingdom now, and long for the time it will be fully here.

Church of England backs Women Bishops

Today the General Synod of the Church of England voted to allow women to become bishops for first time in its history. The vote was as follows:
House of Bishops 37 in favour, 2 against, 1 abstention.
House of Clergy 162 in favour, 25 against, 4 abstentions.
House of Laity 152 in favour, 45 against, 5 abstentions.
 
Helen our Rector says:
"I am delighted at this news. For a long time the majority of the Church of England has been in favour of this and sadly General Synod has not been representative of this. I am so pleased that the way forward has finally been found, and the General Synod has been able to negotiate through the difficulties. We look forward to welcoming Women Bishops into the Church of England"
Monday 14 July 2014

Services

HOLY TRINITY, MINCHINHAMPTON

SUNDAY

8.00 a.m. Said Eucharist
10.00 a.m. Sung Parish Eucharist
5.30 p.m. Evensong (BCP)

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.

messychurch
Our next Messy Church event
Wednesday 20 August 2014 - Zaccheus
We start at 3.30pm and at 5.30pm we share a meal together.
 
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 an adult.

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.
MusicatMinch MUSIC@MINCH
  
Bristol Brass
 
Sun 27 July 2014 from 7:00pm.
 
 

What brought you to Faith?

Have you ever told your faith story or Christian journey to anyone? Would you like the opportunity to do so? Each month our Associate Priest, Sandy, will be looking for someone to come forward and tell her their story so that it can be published here and in our Parish Magazine as she believes that this will be an extremely valuable experience for both the storyteller and Sandy as well as to our many readers.
To read more please 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.

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
 

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.