Services for December 2021/January 2022

Sunday 5th December – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Holy Communion                                               10.30 am – Coln St Dennis

Sunday 12th December – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Holy Communion (BCP)                                     9 am – Chedworth

Holy Communion                                                10.30 am – Coln Rogers

Saturday 18th December

Carol Service                                                      9 am – Coln Rogers

Sunday 19th December – 4th Sunday of Advent

Holy Communion (BCP)                                     9 am – Stowell

No Family Service

Carol Service                                                      6pm – Chedworth

Friday 24th December – Christmas Eve

Crib Service                                                        3pm – Chedworth

Crib Service                                                        5pm – Yanworth

Midnight Holy Communion                                 11.30 pm – Chedworth

Saturday 25th December – Christmas Day

Holy Communion (BCP)                                     9 am – Stowell

Holy Communion                                                10.30 am – Coln St Dennis

Family Service                                                    10.30 am – Chedworth

Sunday 26th December – 1st Sunday of Christmas

No Service

 January 2022

 Sunday 2nd January – Epiphany/Plough Sunday

Epiphany/Plough Sunday Family Communion  10.30 am – Coln St Dennis

Sunday 9th January – 1st Sunday of Epiphany

Holy Communion (BCP)                                      9 am – Chedworth

Holy Communion                                                10.30 am – Coln Rogers

 Sunday 16th January – 2nd Sunday of Epiphany

 Holy Communion                                               9 am – Yanworth

Family Service                                                   10.30 am – Chedworth

Sunday 23rd January – 3rd Sunday of Epiphany

Holy Communion                                              10.30 am – Chedworth

Sunday 30th January – Candlemas/Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

Candlemas Family Communion                         10.30 am – Yanworth

Sunday 6th February – 4th Sunday before Lent

Holy Communion                                                10.30 am – Coln St Dennis

 

Chedworth Silver Band Christmas Concert – Sunday 5th December

The Chedworth Silver Band will be playing a programme of Carols and Christmas Music in St Andrew’s Church, Chedworth on Sunday 5th December at 4 pm. An opportunity to get into the Christmas mood, and support our local silver band after what has been a difficult year or so for them. Entrance free, but retiring collection to be split between the band and the church. Do join us for this jolly event.

Christmas Services

We fully intend to operate the Christmas Service schedule shown, but do look out on email and social media for any short-notice COVID related contingency plans. As well as the Christmas services, there will be a church video entitled Christmas Box, which will be released on YouTube in mid-December. Please also note that there will be no service on Boxing Day (Sunday 26th December).

Prayer Requests

If you have any prayer requests, or would value a confidential discussion of any concerns that you have, please get in touch with me at 720392 or stephengoundreysmith@gmail.com.

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 due to winter pressures or pandemic-related issues. To find out more or to apply, please contact Rev’d Stephen Goundrey-Smith (720392) or Bryan Bowley (720369). All applications are dealt with in the strictest confidence.

Plough Sunday Service – 2nd January

Do join us for Plough Sunday Holy Communion at Coln St Dennis on Sunday 2nd January at 10.30 am (also the Epiphany). Plough Sunday is traditionally the first of the Christian festivals for the agricultural year and, on Plough Sunday, the plough, the churn and the livestock are blessed. All are warmly welcome to this special service.

Advance Notice – Confirmation Service

There will be a Confirmation Service at St Andrew’s Church, Chedworth, on Sunday 22nd May 2022. Confirmation is an important opportunity for young people to explore faith in detail, and make a commitment. If there are any young people who wish to consider being confirmed, please get in touch with Rev’d Stephen at stephengoundreysmith@gmail.com.

Consider the Lilies

 This autumn, we embarked on an innovative course, entitled Consider the Lilies: Exploring Healing & Wholeness Through Art. While this course was quite a departure from what we usually do, and a select group took part, the reflective style and the therapeutic quality of the art was a real blessing to participants.

We are especially grateful to Dr Alissar McCreary for her facilitation. We certainly learnt a good deal from each other and from Alissar during the course, both in responding to her and each other’s artwork, learning some art techniques and, most importantly, reflecting on  important themes of healing and wholeness.

Christmas Greetings

The Vicar, Churchwardens and PCCs of the Hill & Valley Benefice would like thank everyone for their ongoing support at a difficult time. We wish you all a peaceful and blessed Christmas, and we hope and pray that 2022 will bring hope, health and fulfliment.

From the Registers

Baptism

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

Florence Clarkin – St Leonard’s Church, Stowell – 14th November

Marriage

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

Richard Almond & Stephanie Phillips – St Andrew’s Church, Chedworth – 18th December