Lent Course – Shapes for Living

Our Lent Course this year is entitled Shapes for Living and is themed on St Benedict’s time-honoured “Rule of Life”, for Christian living. It will help us think how we can be reflective and faithful in all areas of our life, focusing on a different aspect of life each week.

The course takes place on Tuesday evenings in Lent – 12th, 19th, 26th March, 2nd and 9th April – at 7.30pm, at the Vicarage, and the sessions are as follows:

  • 12th March – Relating
  • 19th March – Praying
  • 26th March – Working
  • 2nd April – Playing
  • 9th April – Growing

Everyone attending will get a course booklet, and each session will feature video or Bible study material, and resources for reflection.

Everyone is very warmly welcome, especially if you have not previously attended any of our Lent meetings. Refreshments will be available. If you would like further details, contact Rev’d Stephen on 720392 or stephengoundreysmith@gmail.com.

Lent Lunches

Our Lent Lunches will take place on Tuesdays during Lent (12th, 19th, 26th March, 2nd and 9th April) from 12 noon – 2pm. Everyone is warmly welcome. Many thanks to our hosts this year.

Lunch venues are as follows:

  • March 12th– Robert & Julie Young, Malthouse Grounds, Chedworth
  • March 19th – Paul & Ann Deamer, Cherrington Coombs, Chedworth
  • March 26th – Simon & Sylvia Colbeck, Ashcombe Edge, Chedworth
  • April 2nd – Stephen & Sally, The Vicarage, Chedworth
  • April 9th – Neil & Teresa Irving, Anchor Cottage, Coln St Dennis

Our Parish Church – Volunteers Needs

Our parish church is perhaps unique among local Chedworth village organisations in that it has been going for over a thousand years. During that time, has been a place where anyone in our parishes can worship God, celebrate significant occasions in life and find peace and comfort in times of trouble.

Of course, all local organisations need helpers and supporters if they are to survive and thrive, and the church is no different. We are very grateful for the support we have received during the last five years or so from many friends and supporters including the Friends of St Andrew’s Chedworth (FoStA).

Now, we are looking for people who can help at our Sunday services and the work of the church in general. In the next year, we would like to recruit two new churchwardens, who would work closely with me in the oversight of the church building and ministry. However, we also want to recruit some additional sides-persons, who act as assistants to the churchwardens at particular services.

Being a sides-person will not require you to attend every service, but to commit to helping at specific services on a rota basis. The duties are not onerous but would make a real difference for me and the churchwardens and would assist with the welcome we give to regular congregation members and visitors alike. Please see this as a way of getting involved and serving your local community, as well as the church.

If you would like to help, please contact Stephen (720392), Robert (720398) or Sue (720468).

Church Consultation

Five years ago, in 2014, we held a consultation day of prayer and reflection, to consider the church’s mission and outreach to the villages, and how the church might serve the community here. Since then we have been working to a benefice strategy concerning the events we do, the services we provide and the way we work here.

We would now like to do a follow-up Church Consultation – but this time, rather than having a meeting, which is time-consuming to arrange and which not everyone can attend at any one time, we will be using an innovative software package called v-Wall, to gather your views and opinions electronically. You will be able to engage with the consultation in your own time, and at your convenience, on your smart phone or device.

I will approach individuals who are on the church (incumbent’s) mailing list in the next month or so, with further information and a link to the survey. If you are not on the church mailing list, and have not received our privacy statement, but you would like to take part in the consultation, please contact me by email on stephengoundreysmith@gmail.com.

World Day of Prayer

The World Day of Prayer Service (formerly Women’s World Day of Prayer Service) takes place on Friday 2nd March at St Andrew’s Church, Chedworth at 7.30pm.

Mothering Sunday – Sunday 31st March

This year, our Mothering Sunday Family Communion takes place at 10.30 am at Yanworth on Sunday 31st March.This is an opportunity to praise God for mothers and to pray for family life everywhere. There will be refreshments after the service.

Advance Notice – Scarecrow Trail – 29th-30th June

After the success of previous years, the Chedworth Scarecrow Trail, in aid of St Andrew’s Church, Chedworth, will be run again this year on the weekend of 29th-30th June, kindly organised this year by Mrs Bee Brockman

Annual Parochial Church Meetings

The Annual Parochial Church Meetings in the Benefice are as follows:

  • Yanworth with Stowell – Wednesday 24th April at 7.30pm at St Michael’s Church, Yanworth
  • Chedworth – Monday 8th April at 7.30pm, at Chedworth Village Hall.
  • Coln St Dennis with Coln Rogers – Tuesday 16th April at 7.30pm, at Coln Valley Village Hall.

These meetings are open to all parishioners, not just regular church attenders, and are your opportunity to hear about the church’s plans and progress and to contribute your views.

Funerals

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

Sue Lewis – 15th February – St Andrew’s Church, Chedworth

Marriages

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

Brecht Grieten & Fleur Smallman – 3rd March – St James the Great, Coln St Dennis