Sunday 16th September – Family Service at Cricket Field

Please join us for our Family Service at 10.30 am on Sunday 16th September, at the Cricket Field, prior to the School Fun Run & 5K at 12 noon. Let’s go for all round fitness – physical and spiritual!

Saturday 22nd September – Day of Prayer & Reflection – St Andrew’s Church, Chedworth

 A Day of Prayer and Reflection will be held at St Andrew’s Church, Chedworth on Saturday 22nd September from 10 am to 5pm. There will be prayer stations (suitable for all ages), ambient music and three short acts of worship during the day, at 10 am, 1pm and 4pm. Drop in at any point and stay as long as you like! Space for peace, reflection and prayer in a busy and fast moving world. For adults and children – everyone welcome!

Sunday 30th September – Harvest Festival

Our Benefice Harvest Festival Service will be at St Andrew’s Church, Chedworth, at 10.30 am on Sunday 30th 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.

Sunday 14th October – Confirmation Service

 On 14th October, in the Tea Time Service slot at 4pm, we will be joined by Bishop Robert, the Bishop of Tewkesbury for our Confirmation Service. Confirmation is an important service where people growing in faith – young or older – have an opportunity to take their faith further, and make a public commitment to the Christian faith. Please do join us for this special service, and pray for Rebecca, Isabella, Harry, George, Phineas and Malcolm as they prepare for confirmation.

 Autumn Group – Beta Course

Following on from the Alpha Course which we have run successfully in recent years, this autumn we are running a Beta Course! This an opportunity both to review some of the Alpha material, but also for you to choose areas you have questions about, and would like to explore further! This will take place on Wednesdays from 4th October for five sessions at 7.30pm at the Vicarage. All welcome! If you thought about attending an Alpha Course in the past but didn’t get round to it, you are still more than welcome to join us this autumn.

Advance Notice – St Andrew’s Day Ceilidh – 24th November

After the success of last year’s event, do join us for this year’s St Andrew’s Day Ceilidh on Saturday 24th 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.

Save the date! Tickets available soon – keep a look out in the Hill & Valley Magazine and on the Chedworth Facebook and NextDoor sites after the summer break for ticket details. Help us make it a Chedworth St Andrews day to remember!

Advance Notice – Hot Desk!

Look out for the Hot Desk! somewhere in Chedworth at some time during the autumn. Free gift for the first adult (and child) to visit the desk…..

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

Luca North – St Andrew’s Church, Chedworth – 3rd July