PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD
Advent is a wonderful opportunity to reflect upon our own life as we await the coming of God as a baby into our world, and to prepare our own hearts to receive the Christmas story. Today we are reminded of the message of the prophets, who tried to 'prepare the way' by announcing what would happen. Isaiah and John the Baptist both get a mention in today's Gospel. Isaiah is quoted: that wonderful verse which speaks of clearing the way for God to come to his people in a new way. And John the Baptist begins his ministry, which he sees as helping people to get ready for the coming Messiah, by repenting and being cleansed, so that they are ready to face him. The coming of Christ and the kingdom he came to bring, would, of course, go well beyond all that Isaiah and John the Baptist had foretold. Even they had a partial understanding. John will later have to send messengers to Jesus to check he is the one who was coming, because the message and ministry of Jesus is different from what John had expected.
Their message still speaks to us today, reminding us of what we may need to do in our life if we are to fully enter into all that God has for us. We should prepare ourselves, not just our homes. In the Christmas story, God will give us the gift of himself: there is no greater gift to be had. Advent is a time of expectancy and we do well to approach Christmas with an expectancy that we will hear new aspects in the Christmas story that will speak to us. And God may well surprise us, go beyond our own expectations, as we wait to celebrate the birth of Christ and recognise all that means in our lives.
Reordering of the Parish Church
The planned reordering is now underway and as this involves the closure of the main building to the public Services will take place in the Porch Room with the exception of the Sung Eucharist at 10:00am on Sunday Mornings which will be in Minchinhampton School Hall.
Services at Parish Church of The Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton
The 8am Sunday service and all weekday services and activities are continuing in the Porch room and the 10am Sunday service is being held in the school hall until Sunday 10 December when we will return to the main body of the church building. Whilst the work will not be complete we look forward with anticipation to this day and ask all parishioners to note the following:
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.
Sunday 3 December 5.30 pm
Wednesday 13 December 3.30 pm Messy Church Christingle
Sunday 17 December
Wednesday 20 December 1.45pm Minchinhampton C of E Primary Academy Christmas Service
Sunday 31 December
ST. BARNABAS, BOX
Sunday 31 December
|"The constant refrain of Christmas, in carols and readings, is that God is with us. In whatever situations you find yourself this Christmas, God is with you - you need only turn to him and ask to know his presence".
Archbishop Justin Welby
“#God with Us” is the Church of England’s Christmas campaign this year. It aims to support church congregations in their own preparation for Christmas and in their invitation to others to join in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, who is God with us, during this wonderful season.
Wednesday Cuppa Continues
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