Saturday 9th September – Valley Fete

Do join us for the Valley Fete at The Manor, Coln St Dennis on the afternoon of Saturday 9th September. A classic English Garden Fete in aid of the Valley Churches. See separate publicity.

 Sunday 17th September – Family Service & Fun Run

Please join us for our Family Service at 10.30 am on Sunday 17th September, prior to the School Fun Run at 12 noon. Let’s go for all round fitness – physical and spiritual!

Sunday 24th September – Harvest Festival

Our Benefice Harvest Festival Service will be at St Andrew’s Church, Chedworth, at 10.30 am on Sunday 24th September. Please bring harvest gifts to church – we will be collecting non-perishable items for donation to the Cirencester Food Bank, and our collection this year will be in aid of Tear Fund. Please do join us for this important event in the life of our rural parishes.

Autumn Groups

This autumn, we will be running two groups in our parishes to help people reflect on the Christian Gospel and what it means to have faith – The Alpha Course and Christianity Extended.

Following on from last year’s well-attended event at the Seven Tuns, we will running The Alpha Course again this autumn. This year it will be hosted by Stephen & Jenny Phillips (Fairview House, Fields Road), and will take place on Wednesdays 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th October and Wednesday 1st November at 7.30pm (five sessions).

All welcome! If you thought about attending last year, but were not sure – now’s the chance! If you are interested, or would like further details, please contact Stephen or myself (Rev’d Stephen).

Also, this autumn, we will be running a course called Christianity Extended, to help you dig deeper into the Christian life, based on the Christianity Explored DVD material with Rico Tice. This course will be hosted by Sue Callard (Laines Farm, Chedworth Laines) and will take place on Tuesdays 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st October and Tuesday 7th November (five sessions).

Advance Notice – St Andrew’s Day Ceilidh – 25th November

Join us for the St Andrew’s Day Ceilidh on 25th November at Chedworth Village Hall – a whole-village family fun event to brighten up those dark winter nights! Join us for an evening of superbly choreographed Scottish dancing (no previous experience necessary!) with ceilidh band, Hetty Pegler’s Tump, as well as a delicious Scottish buffet! This event is jointly organised by St Andrews Church and St Andrew’s School PTA. Tickets will be for sale soon!

Advance Notice – 10 Days From Advent

Following on from 10 Days from Pentecost, which provided us with readings and reflections during the Pentecost season of 2015, look out for 10 Days from Advent, which will be launched later this year.

Baptisms

The church has always understood that the baptism (christening) of a child is the beginning of a relationship with God – and with the church. Furthermore, the recent Diocese of Gloucester Vision consultation has found most unsolicited enquiries to local churches from people in the 30-44 age group (a group that is under-represented in the church) are baptism enquires. The Diocese has therefore asked parishes to consider how they can improve their procedures around baptism, and our ministry team has given this careful consideration. Unlike larger churches, we do not have the resources to do intensive training/preparation for families seeking baptism, but we would like to get to know families better. Consequently, we would like to invite families who are resident in the Hill & Valley Parishes to attend a family-style service (Family Service, Tea Time Service or Family Communion) in the parishes, if they have not already done so, prior to the baptism. Please contact Stephen if you have any queries.

From the Registers

Baptisms

“You are all children of the light and children of the day”. 1 Thessalonians 5v5

Patrick Clarkin – St Leonard’s Church, Stowell – 13th August

Marriages

“Let us love one another for love comes from God”. 1 John 4v.7

George Stayt Mackey & Bethan Miller – St Andrew’s Church, Chedworth – 1st July

Robert Bruce & Sarah Hulbert – St Andrew’s Church, Chedworth – 28th July

Funerals

“Nothing in creation can separate us from the love of God”. Romans 8v39

Valerie Reeves – St Andrew’s Church, Chedworth – 11th July