Worship, Prayer & Spirituality

Group members:
Margaret Sheather - Chairman
Reverend Sandy Emery
Linda Jarvis
Colin Brookes
Paul Boon
Mandy Jutsum
Pearl Foster
Julian Elloway
Simon Ritter
The role of the Group is:
• to make sure that there are plenty of ways for people to come to worship God, whatever their age or situation
• to promote and support an active prayer life for the church together and for individuals
• to think about how we can help people, whether they already come to church or not, explore their sense of the spiritual
• To plan, organise and review the regular services that go on around the year in the parish.
This is our way of taking forward the Parish's mission to accept and share the generosity of God's love.
Achievements to date:
We've been working on some new things over the last year.
 'Messy Church' has come to Minchinhampton! This is a chance for children and adults together to find out more about God through creative play activities, short informal worship and a meal together. It's a great way for families to find out more about Christianity together in an easygoing and fun atmosphere. Watch out for the sign at the Holy Trinity gate for the next session.
 'Meditative Space' offered people who just want some quiet time to reflect in God's presence a chance to do this together, picking a theme once a quarter as a focus for our thoughts.
♪ Music plays an important part in our main Sunday worship and on special occasions and we have been supporting the recruitment of child choristers and choral scholars into the church choir.
Margaret Sheather - 16 December 2012

Annual Report - April 2017

The Committee has met regularly through the year, continuing its regular review and planning of all the services across the year: the weekly routine, major festivals and special services. There have been fewer new developments to discuss or review this year but some key points noted in our meetings have been:
• much appreciation from baptism families for the welcome they received and the arrangements made for the baptism itself and, in some cases, accommodating a large number of guests
• growth in attendance at Sung Evensong, linked to the strengthened choir membership
• the need to keep recruiting to the Junior Church rota, so that we can offer this for children regularly even if numbers are small
• the range of spirituality-related activities across the parish, which include a house group, Reflections, Faith Matters and Revd Sandy Emery’s group
• linking to diocesan prayer and vision initiatives
• Prayer vigils have continued successfully through the year.
• Members of the committee attended the benefice Vision Day and we have had an initial discussion of the worship elements of the report. The coming year will see us reviewing the work and composition of the committee as necessary to take forward the actions from the report when agreed.
• The committee also contributed ideas about the opportunities that will arise from the re-ordering of the church to the responses to questions from statutory consultees.
• I’m grateful to all the committee members for their lively and thoughtful contributions to our discussions, and their commitment to ensuring our worship is varied and welcoming to all.

Margaret Sheather