THE KINGDOM OF GOD
Mark began his Gospel with the news that the Kingdom of God had come near and that Kingdom is something that grows in ways beyond human control. In the Gospel reading we witness for ourselves that Jesus thrived on personal contact with individuals to proclaim the Kingdom of God. Again, using a parable to illustrate his point and help the people to understand some dimension of the Kingdom and its ongoing expansion. The kingdom is one of those concepts that seem to elude the grasp of our minds. We can easily consider earthly kingdoms since they can be explained geographically with boundaries, and politically with a definable government. But the kingdom of God is different. It has no boundaries. Earthly kingdoms come and go. God's kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. Even when God's kingdom appears to be obscure, it remains forceful, mighty, and unruffled by the kingdoms of this world. It is a spiritual, not a geographical kingdom and God reigns in the hearts of people! Christ begins with a single tiny mustard seed, because he wants to emphasize the small beginnings of His kingdom. God promises that his harvest will be magnificent and prolific – the best fruit ever grown. Jesus used this parable to explain that although Christianity had very small beginnings, it would grow into a worldwide community of believers accomplishing great things. Whenever we sow the seed of God’s love or his Word in someone’s heart, God will continue his work of growth there and what begins so small can grow beyond our imagining. From small beginnings, and by God’s power, the kingdom of heaven grows.
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
Services at St Barnabas, Box
For additional services please use the Calendar.
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.
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
Takes place every week from 2:30 until 4:00pm in the Porch Room.
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.
The church is a vital part of our community and assists ‘community cohesion’ in our parish.
Churches should be open because they are there for the community, this is why Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton is open from 7 in the morning until 6 in the evening, for prayer, quiet contemplation and discovery. Churches, however, are not immune from people who use violence for their own ends.
Violence in a church always seems to be more shocking than in other places because churches are meant to be areas of calm, reverence and an escape from the woes of the world.
The risk of physical violence within churches is very small, but it does happen. Any building that is open to the public is at risk of someone entering who may use violence.
Just because it doesn’t happen often, doesn’t mean we should ignore the problem. All churches have fire extinguishers, but very few have had a fire. So we now have a safety policy displayed on the noticeboard for lone workers in the church. If you are going to be working in the church alone please familiarise yourself with it, but here are three basic rules for you to follow:-
- Always inform someone (friend or family) if you intend to be in church alone.
- Keep your mobile phone on your person.
- If you feel in any way threatened, walk out of the church and seek help outside.