Notices for week beginning 13 August 2017

PAM COTTLE – would like to thank all those who have helped her in may ways both large and small. All very much appreciated. She would also like to unite a very nice long umbrella with its owner. This was left in the umbrella stand in her porch.

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).

MORNING COMMUNION WEEKDAY TIME - The plan is for this service to remain at 8.30am from now until March. At the beginning of next year we will review whether it should revert to 8am during British Summer Time and 8.30am during the winter. If you have never attended our daily communion service, or have been meaning to come along to it, why not try putting one morning service a week into your weekly habit of prayer? It is a wonderful way to begin the day.

PIANIST NEEDED AT ST BARNABAS, BOX - Terry Payne who has played the piano for the 9am service at St. Barnabas has moved to Witney. We will miss his talent which has been valued over many years. His departure has left 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. The chairs have been ordered subject to the final faculty approval. The opportunity to sponsor a chair remains open.

NEWCOMERS PARTY - Sunday September 3 at 3pm at The Rectory, Butt Street. Anyone new to church or to Minchinhampton is very welcome to attend our drinks, nibbles and welcome party! Please let Christine in the Church Office know you are coming for catering purposes. Tel: 01453 – 889004

BENEFICE RETREAT - This is advance warning of the dates for this year's Benefice Retreat, which takes place at Nympsfield from Friday Oct.13 until Saturday Oct.14. It will be led by the Revd John Hunnisett. Please get the dates in your diary, and further details will be forthcoming nearer the time.