Notices for week beginning 12 November 2017

THE RECTOR IS BACK TO FULL-TIME - I am delighted to report that my health has continued to improve and the phased return to work has done its job. Following consultation with the Archdeacon, my ministry is now up to full time with immediate effect. Thank you for your prayers, thank you to those who have shown care to me during this time and thank you to those who have shared extra responsibilities. It is good to be back to full strength and to be back with you full time. I look forward to all we will share together through Advent and Christmas, in the season which especially celebrates 'God with us'. I really do remain very grateful to all who have shouldered extra work during this time, with clergy and colleagues, church wardens and PCC and ACC amongst those who have given so much.

THE RE-ORDERING PROJECT - The foundations for the nave and chancel are now complete and consistent in timing with the church being back in use for Advent. Essentially, the church has now been handed over to Jupiter to start on installation of the under-floor system, but still under Nick Miles’ overall management. A geotextile membrane has been installed, and Jupiter have laid a layer of crushed slate on top of it, to give a flat surface on which to lay “Fermacell” boards, stapled together to give a base for further work. The “flatness” has been established using the state-of-the-art laser device on wheels that you may have seen. Overall this gives a floor that the workmen can walk on to install heating, electrical and instrument connections, before laying the final parts of the heating system. Mandy and Howard, Church Wardens

PARISH BREAKFASTS - have been temporarily suspended as a result of the reordering work going on. They 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.

UPCOMING COACH TRIPS – Tues. Dec 6 – Bath Town Centre and Christmas Markets. Contact Ian Jarvis  by email or Tel: 01453 833131

TRAIDCRAFT CHRISTMAS FAIR - We will be holding the Traidcraft Christmas Fair on Thursday November 16th from 10.30am to 3.30pm in the Porch Room. There will be refreshments available and soup and rolls at lunch time. Come along and buy your Christmas cards ,gifts and other goodies.

TABLE TOP SALE – Saturday November 18 at 10.30 – 12.30pm in The Porch Room. Gifts, Christmas Stall, cakes and refreshments including bacon butties available. All proceeds to the 6P’s Appeal. If you have any unwanted gifts etc., to donate please see Julia Gerard or Revd Sandy Emery.

CONFIRMATION SERVICE - There will be a Wine and Canapés Reception in the Parish Room after the Confirmation Service at 10am on November 19. To help with the catering, Amberley Social Committee would be grateful if those attending could provide some canapés and also sign the sheets which are in all 3 Churches in the Benefice to indicate what they’re bringing. Many thanks – The Social Committee.

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 - forms are available in the Porch room or from the Church Office in Butt Street. Chairs cost £200 with £10 for a plaque. For part sponsorship amend the amounts on the form accordingly. Mandy Jutsum - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 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 Thursday December 21, 6.45pm. Come along and support us by serving those who spend Christmas in hospital. Meet at the Hospital Chapel. Refreshments served at the end of the evening.