Notices for week beginning 25 June 2017

RECTOR'S RETURN TO WORK - A reminder that I am now on slow-phased return as I've been told I came close to developing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. During June, July and August my working days will be mostly Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

TRAIDCRAFT - There will be a Traidcraft stall after the 10am service today. Please come along and support Traidcraft in their efforts to help people work their way out of poverty.

HEAVEN KNOWS! (Even if we don't) - a book of rhymes and recollections, a light-hearted look at Minchinhampton and travels further afield. On sale at church, the parish office, Henry's and Stafford Cottage, £5 in aid of the 6Ps Appeal. Information from Hilary (884163), Mandy (882477).

PIANIST NEEDED AT ST BARNABAS, BOX - Terry Payne who has played the piano for the 9am service at St. Barnabas will be moving shortly to Witney. We will miss his talent which has been valued over many years. His departure will leave a gap in our monthly rota to play the hymns for the 9am Eucharist service. If you are able to help please contact the Church Office.

THE DIOCESE OF GLOUCESTER VISION STRATEGY LIFE - challenges each one of us to commit to going out and sharing the transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ, so that people may know life in all its fullness. (John 10:10). Please collect a copy of the Stroud Deanery vision for the future of our parishes which offers some ideas towards making the Diocese vision a reality locally.

MSi MiSSION SHAPED INTRO - a short six week course for all the churches of Stroud Deanery. We have been asked to send two people on this course. Could this be you? See information on the notice board and then speak to Sandy or Margaret Sheather Lay Chair of Stroud Deanery Synod.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND ADULTS ACROSS THE BENEFICE – Are you interested in confirming your faith? If you are we are offering the opportunity to learn more about the Christian faith and explore what confirmation may mean to you. These classes are open to any young people, over the age of 10 and to all adults regardless of age! If you want to know more about this and whether confirmation might be for you, do have a word with the Revd Sandy Emery or Revd Deborah Curram, or Revd John Spiers. Contact details in Parish Magazines.

THE THEO CHAIR - the Victorian Society recently commended ‘the Parish for its choice of Theo replacement chairs’- if you would like to sponsor a chair(s) in memory of a loved one, to mark a special occasion or simply as a chair(s) pick up a leaflet at the back of church. Talk to the church wardens: Howard or Mandy.

OPEN GARDENS - don’t forget Open Gardens in aid of 6Ps and Horsfall House on July 2. Advance tickets available from the Market Stores, and maps and tickets on the day from 28 Besbury Park, Selwood Bell Lane or Holcombe Glen.

ORGAN RECITAL BY ADRIAN PARTINGTON – the organist of Gloucester Cathedral gives a one-hour recital here on Wed 5 July at 7.30 p.m. Details and ticket availability on leaflets at the back of church, church website and choir Facebook page.

REVD DEBORAH CURRAM ORDINATION AS PRIEST – Ian Jarvis is providing us with his 48 seat coach to Gloucester Cathedral – cost £5. Sign up list at back of church.

AFTERNOON TEA AT THE RECTORY, BUTT STREET Saturday July 22. 2.30 – 4.30pm in aid of 6P’s Appeal. Come and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea and stroll around the Rectory garden. Tickets £10 from any of our churches and the Church office.

OPEN DEANERY MEETING ON PARISH SHARE - Wednesday July 26th, 7.30pm in St Laurence Church, Stroud. Archdeacon Jackie and members of the Diocesan Finance Team will be leading the discussions about Parish Share. This will be a key opportunity for everyone to follow up any questions and concerns they have, and anyone in the parish who is interested is welcome to come along.