THE ONE WHO IS COMING
Our second Sunday of Advent continues our time of waiting and preparing, by pointing us to John the Baptist once again, who in turn, points us to Christ. He is the signpost. He is the messenger. 'The one who is coming,' he says, 'is more powerful than I,' and he will not only be more powerful, but he will , in the end, be rather different from who John was expecting. With one foot in the Old Testament, and one foot in the New, John the Baptist is the bridge from one epoch to the next. And though he points to the new, he does so in the language of the old, because the Word of God, incarnate in Jesus Christ, has yet to teach him the new language. And so John, the last of the fiery prophets, warns of wrath, of axes lying at the foot of trees, of a figure winnowing, ready to burn the chaff in fire. But the Christ who comes to baptize with Holy Spirit and with fire, is altogether different. He is divine love incarnate, whose power will be demonstrated by laying it down, who comes as a servant, ready to serve.
Our own images of God are ones we sometimes carry with us from childhood and we can do so without question. If we take Advent as a time of preparation seriously, we may want to ponder our understanding of God, How do we view him? What are the main images we carry with us? And which of those now should we question? Which should we carry forward? Sometimes we too need to see God in a new light, and be taught a new language. The language of love can at first be bewildering. But let God speak to us in it this Advent, that we may better be able to embrace his Word.
Services at 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.
Services at St Barnabas, Box
9.00 a.m. Eucharist with hymns.
8.00 a.m. Wednesday – Eucharist
For additional services please use the Calendar.
REVEREND JOHN THOMPSON has been announced as our new Assistant Curate, coming to join our benefice for just one year. John has a full-time post already, as chaplain at Gloucester Hospital, but we will see him somewhere in the benefice (initially at Minch) one Sunday per month, and at other occasional services and events. His ordination to Anglican priesthood takes place at Amberley Church at 6pm on 8 Dec with Bishop Rachel. All are warmly invited - do come and help us to welcome him!
We are growing 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
Christmas Services 2016
Parish Church of The Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton
|Sunday 27 November||5.30pm Advent Carol Service|
|Wednesday 14 December||3.30pm Messy Church Christingle|
|Friday 16 December||11.00am Minchinhampton School Carol Service|
|Sunday 18 December||8.00am Eucharist|
|10.00am Sung Parish Eucharist|
|5.30pm Candlelit Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, followed by mince pieces and mulled wine|
|Christmas Eve||3.30pm Journey to Bethlehem Crib Service: children come dressed as your favourite nativity character|
|11.30pm Midnight Mass|
|Christmas Day||8.00am Eucharist|
|10.00am Sung Parish Eucharist - family service with carols and surprises!|
|New Year's Day||10.00am Sung Parish Eucharist. (There is no 8.00am service this day)|
St Barnabas Church, Box
|Sunday 18 December||9.00am Holy Communion|
|Christmas Eve||5.30pm Nine Lessons and Carols|
|Christmas Day||9.00am Holy Communion - family service with carols|
|New Year's Day||9.00am Holy Communion|
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.