Church Calendar for September 2020

We are now holding weekly church services in our Benefice, but a limited number for the time being. At the time of writing, a decision about service provision in September and October has not yet been made. Look out on email and NextDoor for further details.

Here is the calendar of Sundays in the Christian year for September, with worship, prayer and service resources available for that day.

Looking Up is our worship resource, with Bible readings, prayers and reflection for each Sunday, released in PDF form each Friday. If you would like to receive this, please contact me at stephengoundreysmith@gmail.com or 720392

Sunday 6th September – Trinity 13

Looking Up, available from Friday 4th September; video address online after the Sunday morning service on Sunday 6th.

Sunday 13th September – Trinity 14

Looking Up, available from Friday 11th September; video address online after the Sunday morning service on Sunday 13th.

Sunday 20th September – Trinity 15

Looking Up, available from Friday 18th September; video address online after the Sunday morning service on Sunday 20th.

Sunday 27th September – Harvest Festival

Looking Up, available from Friday 25th September; video address online after the Sunday morning service on Sunday 27th.

Please look out on email/social media for any short-notice changes of arrangements following new Church of England guidance.

Harvest Festival

Our Harvest Festival this year will take place on Sunday 27th September. Further details to follow.

Benefice Administrator Wanted!

Following a review with the PCC’s, it has been decided that it would be very helpful to appoint a Benefice Administrator to help me with the administration required for the running of the three parishes. I very much hope that someone will be willing to volunteer for this important role in our community. If you are interested please contact me and I will forward a brief outline of the tasks involved – Rev’d Stephen, stephengoundreysmith@gmail.com, 720392.

Annual Parochial Church Meetings

Annual Parochial Church Meetings have taken place now in Chedworth and the Valley. The Yanworth & Stowell APCM will take place in the near future. Congratulations to Helen Oldham, who has been elected as churchwarden at Chedworth; Helen brings many gifts and past experience in church leadership roles, and I look forward to working with her. Thanks to Sue Callard for her hard work as churchwarden over the last five years. As ever, I am grateful to those with whom I work most closely in leadership here.

The Passion Week of Jesus

Please note that we plan to run the three remaining sessions of our Lent Course on Tuesdays in September (Tuesdays 8th, 15th and 22nd September). This may not be quite as seasonal as during Lent – but any time is a good time to study the Bible, and as those of you who have attended so far will know, Dan Button, from the Gloucestershire Theology School, is an excellent facilitator!

Prayer Requests

This is a turbulent time. 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 at this difficult time during the COVID 19 crisis. 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.

Church is Open!

We have been conducting a weekly service at St Andrew’s Chedworth through July and August. This is a limited interim service pattern, which has enabled us to meet again in person safely – and people have been glad to be able to worship in church again. At the time of writing, we are about to decide on our services for September and October.

Please pray that we would be able to continue in-person services into the autumn and winter. They are so important for spiritual health and, as you are aware, it is uncertain what the government’s response will be to rising infection rates as the winter months draw on.

Furthermore, all our churches are now open again for private prayer. You are warmly welcome to spend some quiet time with God in our beautiful church buildings in our parishes.

Guidance on hygiene and social distancing applies. Please follow the instructions on the notice on or near the church door, and use the hand sanitiser provided. Try to maintain a distance of two metres from other church users, and be especially aware of elderly and vulnerable people.

I hope that you can find God’s peace and strength from quiet times in church, and that he would give you guidance and discernment for your life in this turbulent world in which we live. If you have any prayer requests for my personal prayers, do let me know.

Just a reminder that the Church of England’s full COVID-19 guidance may be found here https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches#na, As well as information on suspension of services, there are details of national online services of worship, prayer and worship apps for smart phones and devices, mental health resources and guidance on funerals, weddings and baptisms. Please watch out for further details, and contact Rev’d Stephen if you have further questions.

Chedworth’s Got Talent?

Sadly, we have had to cancel Chedworth’s Got Talent, which was scheduled for 26th September this year, due to the current restrictions on the use of indoor spaces. We hope to reschedule this in future – so you have more time to perfect your acts!

From the Registers

Baptism

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

Rory Phillips – St Andrew’s Church, Coln Rogers – 25th July