Notices for week beginning 10 December 2017

TRAIDCRAFT STALL – TODAY. There will be a Traidcraft stall in the porch room after the 10am service. There will be Christmas cards, wrapping paper and other Christmas goodies. Please come along and support Traidcraft.

MOVING BACK INTO CHURCH - arrangements are in place for the church sound and the loop systems to be fully installed as soon as possible, however, this will not be in time for the reopening for Advent: a temporary sound system is being used. Sincere apologies for any inconvenience.

CHALICE OF NON-ALCOHOLIC COMMUNION WINE - From today we will have a small chalice of non-alcoholic communion wine alongside our usual chalices of wine, as we know there are a couple of people who for medical reasons need this option. If you would like to receive from this chalice, please just let us know at the altar, and the chalice administrant will offer you the correct chalice, in just the same way as those who need gluten-free wafers are offered those. Many thanks.

MOLLIE WORRALL THANKSGIVING SERVICE – Saturday December 16 at 4pm in Parish Church. For those who do not like going home in the dark transport will be provided please call Gill Price on 01453 884093. Parking also available at Minchinhampton School.

CHURCH SERVICES - As from TODAY the 10am service will be permanently back in the church. The 8.30am, evening prayer and all weekday services will continue to be held in the Porch room until further notice. From January there will be no access to the main church building during the week: the builders return to lay the limestone slab flooring. Completion of this phase of the work expected by Easter.

GOD WITH US - is the C of E Christmas campaign this year. See our magazine for details. We have 200 copies of 'Your Christmas Journey' to give away - first come, first served. Please pick one up in our church services. These small booklets lead us in reflections throughout Advent. If you have access to the web, instead of picking up one of our booklets, you can download the resources at www.churchofengland.org/christmas or sign up to receive texts and emails. If you have a friend who would benefit from receiving one, please do pick one up to give away.

PRAYING THROUGH ADVENT CARDS are also available at the back of church. These are free - do please take one. It can also be downloaded at http://www.gloucester.anglican.org/2017/advent-resources-2017 Why not print out some yourself, and pop them into your Christmas cards for friends? There will soon be other cards available: PRAYING THROUGH CHRISTMAS, and PRAYING THROUGH EPIPHANY.

PARISH BREAKFASTS - will start up again in January 2018. Please do continue to come and enjoy a coffee and a chat after the 10am service on Sundays.

EVENING PRAYER – daily at 5.30pm, (4.30pm Fridays). We need a couple of people to commit to leading on a weekly or fortnightly basis. It requires no preparing of prayers. For more information please contact Revd Sandy Emery.

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, Stafford Cottage and Taylor's Butchers, £5 in aid of the 6Ps Appeal. Information from Hilary (884163), Mandy (882477).

SPONSOR A CHAIR OR A CHOIR STAND - forms are available in the Porch room or from the Church Office in Butt Street. Chairs cost £200 with £10 for a plaque. Choir Stand costs £812.50. For part sponsorship amend the amounts on the form accordingly. mContact Mandy Jutsum by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01453 882477.

MESSY CHURCH – MORE HELPERS NEEDED, PLEASE. We only do about 5 or 6 sessions a year – but a vital investment in the future of the church. If you could ‘meet and greet’, serve tea or help with craft activities please contact Alison Wood or Deborah Smith, 883611. We all have a lot of fun and you will get your evening meal as well! Deborah also needs coffee jar lids for the next Messy Church on December 13. Leave in the ‘pigeon holes’ in the porch room. Thank you in anticipation of your support

ANNUAL CAROL SINGING PARTY – at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on Thurs Dec 21, 6.45pm. Meet at the Hospital Chapel. Refreshments served at the end of the evening.

COACH TRIPS – Monday January 15– IKEA & Cabot Circus at Broadmead. Coach fare £16 per person, 9.15-9:30am departure, leaving Bristol at 3:45pm. Contact  Ian Jarvis by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 833131