Services for September 2021
Sunday 5th September
Holy Communion 10. 30 am – Coln St Dennis
Sunday 12th September
Holy Communion (BCP) 9 am – Chedworth
Holy Communion 10.30 am – Coln Rogers
Sunday 19th September
Holy Communion 9 am – Yanworth
Family Service 10.30 am – Chedworth
Evening Prayer 6 pm – Coln Rogers
Sunday 26th September
Holy Communion 10.30 am – Chedworth
Sunday 3rd October
Benefice Harvest Festival 10.30 am – Chedworth
Rector’s Study Leave
Bishop Robert has given permission for me to go on study leave in September. I will be away from church duties from Monday 30th August to Friday 24th September inclusive. During that time, I will be working on academic writing projects. The Sunday services will be covered by visiting clergy and members of the Ministry Team. If there are funeral or urgent pastoral enquiries during that time, please contact Neil Irving on 720403.
The Benefice Harvest Festival will take place at 10.30 am on Sunday 3rd October at St Andrew’s Church, Chedworth. Do join us as we thank God for the harvest and pray for farmers and growers everywhere. Please bring donations of non-perishable foods for the North Cotswold Food Bank. There will also be a Harvest Evensong at 6 pm on Sunday 17th October at Coln Rogers.
Thanks to all who attended our Climate Action Family Service in August. If you attended the service and made a personal commitment to lifestyle action – or if you were unable to attend but are conscious of the environmental issues we face – please do think about what you could do to contribute to the care of our created world. Think about your air miles. Perhaps your next car could be an electric car. Improve your recycling or cut down on single-use plastic. There are various possibilities.
Small Groups Update
Our autumn small group course this year will be on the subject of Healing. What is true healing? In what sense does healing come from God? Do join us as we explore this fascinating subject. The course will be held on Wednesdays in October (6th, 13th, 20th and 27th). Please do look out for further details nearer the time as the venue/meeting arrangements may be dependent on the COVID situation.
Then, in Lent 2022, we will be doing the Loved + Liked Course, which explores how we can be truly anchored in God in a transient and fast-changing world. This course is being promoted by the Diocese of Gloucester and comes with some lovely resources, and I’m very excited about it!
Advance Notice – Invitation Family Service
Our Family Service on Sunday 17th October will be an Invitation Family Service. The Family Service is a great place for families to meet, and for children and young people to experience something of the Christian message. It would be good if more people in our community knew what it had to offer. Please do invite your friends to this service – it will be special, and yet also very typical of what we do. Please join us if you can.
Chedworth Community Land Charity
The Chedworth Community Land Charity is a charity whose objective is to provide assistance to people in Chedworth parish facing particular urgent health or welfare needs or financial hardship. The Trustees consist of the Rector and two Parish Council nominees. The Chedworth Community Land Charity has helped various parishioners over the last few years and is able to respond rapidly to any urgent financial needs.
While (hopefully) the COVID lockdowns are at an end, the economic impact of COVID on businesses will be felt for a while yet, and together with rising energy prices, this may make this autumn and winter a difficult time for ordinary families. But there is help if you need it. To find out more or to apply, please contact Rev’d Dr Stephen Goundrey-Smith (720392) or Bryan Bowley (720369). All applications are dealt with in the strictest confidence.
From the Registers
“You are all children of the light and children of the day”. 1 Thessalonians 5v5
Clementine Fearon Brown – St Andrew’s Church, Chedworth – 8th August
Leo North – St Andrew’s Church, Chedworth – 15th August
“Let us love one another for love comes from God”. 1 John 4v.7
Charles Stainforth & Rebecca Procter – St Andrew’s Church, Chedworth – 10th July.
Hugh Rochfort & Nicola Wood – St Andrew’s Church, Chedworth – 6th August.
Adam Smith & Beatrice Baranowska – St Andrew’s Church, Chedworth – 17th August.
Patrick Barker & Ruth Herbert – St Michael’s Church, Yanworth – 29th August.
“Nothing in creation can separate us from the love of God”. Romans 8v39
Tony Davies – Cheltenham Crematorium – 5th July
Vivien Wisnieska – St Michael’s Church, Yanworth – 8th July
Janet Slade – St Michael’s Church, Yanworth – 27th July
Suzanne Peace – St Michael’s Church, Yanworth – 16th August