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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FAITHFUL THOMAS

Poor Thomas. He is known as Doubting Thomas because of today's Gospel reading. Yet probe into who Thomas was, and he is one of the most faithful. It is Thomas who in John 11, when Jesus is going to return to where his life will be in danger, and the other disciples are trying to dissuade him, says, 'Come let us go so that we may die with him'. Thomas doesn't say much in the gospels, but when he does, it is with a deep, quiet faith. We must remember Thomas had not been present when the Risen Christ had first appeared to the other disciples. But when Christ appears to him, he immediately demonstrates faith and love: 'My Lord and my God.' Thomas shows us doubt and faith are not enemies, but that doubt is part of faith. It is doubt that makes us ask the hard questions, and discover our faith is robust enough to deal with the realities of life. Without doubt, we wouldn't grow in faith. There is a lovely story of missionaries in the 16th century arriving at Kerala, a remote part of India, to preach the Gospel - and discovering to their amazement a church which had been there for centuries: 'The apostle Thomas came here in the first century,' they said. 'We have been the St Thomas Christians since then.' Tradition suggests Thomas did indeed go to India. Thomas shows us not to be afraid of doubt or of asking the difficult questions about faith. It is there we grow into true disciples.

To the Readings for 23 April 2017

Services at Parish Church of The Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton

SUNDAY
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

WEEKDAYS
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

SUNDAY
9.00 a.m. Eucharist with hymns.

WEEKDAYS
8.00 a.m. Wednesday – Eucharist

For additional services please use the Calendar.

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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Faculty for Re-ordering of Parish Church

In recent days a formal application for a faculty has been submitted to the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) and is due to be considered on 7 April. If they approve they will go into a formal consultation process with statutory consultees and the general public, before finally granting any faculty. The main documents submitted can be downloaded (see below) and in addition there are a series of drawings which we hope to display at the APCM to be held at Minchinhampton School on Monday 3 April at 7.00pm.

Statement of Need

Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton Design Statement

Holy Trinity Church Outline Technical Specification

Statement of Significance produced by Chiz Harward BA MlfA.  (This is a large file and will take a little while to download)

Archaeological Evaluation Report by Chiz Harward BA MlfA

The Reverend John Spiers

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John is to join the team as a House for Duty Priest living in Amberley and he writes - 

"We are looking forward to moving to Amberley and the benefice. Most of the time it is an exciting prospect but sometimes it can feel somewhat daunting. Having moved parishes before we are sure we will be welcomed by the congregations and will soon get to know people in the community, starting at my licensing on Sunday 7th May at 4.30pm."

John has very kindly provided a potted history which appears in the Parish Magazine and can be read here.

Do You Enjoy Singing?

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

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Saturday 10th June

10am -12 noon

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Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton

If you have a prayer which you would like read out at this service, please put it in the box
at the back of the Church, where you will find prayer cards available.

Come for as little or as long as you like.

Refreshments served during and after the service.

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MESSY CHURCH AT MINCHINHAMPTON
Wednesday 14 June 2017
at 3.30pm
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.

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

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

Verse of the Day