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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In the church's calendar we have spent the last three Sundays with a focus on the Kingdom of God. Today is our last Sunday before Advent, our last Sunday of the Kingdom Season, and today we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. It is a reminder of the supremacy of Christ, his reign, and that our true allegiance is always to his sovereignty. Our Gospel reading shows us the kind of divine king we worship.
Pilate cannot understand, and questions him on whether he is King of the Jews. He is thinking politically, as indeed the enemies of Christ are, thinking this may threaten their own earthly rule and power. For Jesus to claim to be king of the Jews would constitute a charge of sedition. But this dialogue shows that Pilate and others have entirely missed all that Jesus has been teaching. 'My kingdom is not from this world,' Jesus says. The Gospel of John is always very clear to portray no-one having power over Christ, but Christ willingly submitting to the authorities so that all that had to happen would take place. Here is no exception. Jesus is in control of this dialogue and asserts that Pilate would have no power over him, if it had not been given. His followers could have mounted an insurrection. That would be the human way to fight. That would be humanity's understanding of power. But the Gospel reminds us of the kind of kingship he reveals. Not one based on human power, but one of love and service. This is the gloriously upside-down kingdom of God: God's compassion manifest in our world. It is what Jesus will die for: and in his resurrection, will show this is where truth really lies.

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Parish Church of The Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton

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

8.00 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday to Saturday: - Said 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 and Saturday:- Said Evening Prayer in the Lady Chapel

For additional services please use the Calendar.


St Barnabas, Box

9.00 a.m. Eucharist with hymns.

8.00 a.m. Wednesday – Eucharist

For additional services please use the Calendar.

Wednesday 16 December 2015 
at 3.30pm
Christingle Service
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.

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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Christmas Services

Parish Church of The Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton

Sunday 29 November 5.30pm Advent Carol Service
Thursday 3 December 6.15pm Carol Service - Uniformed Organisations
Sunday 6 December 2.30pm Longfield (Hospice) 'Light Up a Life' Service
Sunday 13 December 3.00pm Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols - Stroud Masons
Wednesday 16 December 3.30pm Messy Church Christingle
Friday 18 December 11.00am Minchinhampton Primary Academy Carol Service
Sunday 20 December 8.00am Eucharist
  10.00am Sung Parish Eucharist
  5.30pm Candlelit Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Christmas Eve 3.30pm Crib Service. 
  11.30pm Midnight Mass
Christmas Day 8.00am Eucharist
  10.00am Sung Parish Eucharist
Saturday 26 December 9.00am Eucharist
Sunday 27 December 8.00am Eucharist
  10.00am Sung Parish Eucharist
Tuesday 29 December 9.00am Eucharist
Wednesday 30 December 11.00am Eucharist (BCP)
Thursday 31 December 9.00am Eucharist
Friday 1 January 9.00am Eucharist
Saturday 2 January 9.00am Eucharist

St Barnabas, Box

Sunday 20 December 9.00am Holy Communion
Christmas Eve 5.30pm Nine Lessons and Carols
Christmas Day 9.00am Holy Communion - Family Service with Carols
Sunday 27 December 9.00am Eucharist with Hymns
Wednesday 30 December 8.00am Eucharist


Amberley Church has applied for a £300 grant as Galaxy Chocolate are giving away hundreds of these. Whilst some are granted at the discretion of the judges, there is also an opportunity to vote online for which profile should receive the grant. If you go to the website you need to enter 'Amberley' in the search for a profile box. You can then vote for it. It takes just a couple of minutes. Please consider supporting our churches in this way! Each person can only vote once per week, and I think only once per month for the same profile - do check Terms and Conditions on this.

Do You Enjoy Singing?

We are looking to grow our choirs! Please consider joining at the level of commitment / frequency you feel able to offer. The choirs (adult & junior) 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 recent film! Junior singers are trained according to the RSCM's Voice for life scheme – recently a chorister was accepted by Gloucester Cathedral choir. Choral scholarships 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

Annual Reports 2014-2015

Annual Reports are available and can be downloaded by clicking on the item you require.

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

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


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.

Verse of the Day