Harvest Evensong – Coln Rogers

A traditional Harvest Evensong will take place at Coln Rogers church at 5pm on Sunday 6th October, followed by a Ploughman’s Supper at the Coln Valley Village Hall.

Autumn Group – Test of Faith

Our autumn course this year is entitled Test of Faith looking at the relationship between science and Christian faith, using a great set of resources from the Faraday Institute. It is often supposed that you cannot be a Christian AND respect science. However, nothing could be further than the truth – many of the earliest scientists were Christians! Find out why in our course….The course will consist of a session each Tuesday in October at 7.30 pm – with a different venue each week (see below):

The sessions will be as follows:

  1. 1st October – Duel or Duet – Venue: Kate & Ivan, Wheelwrights Barn, Upper Cheap Street, Chedworth
  2. 8th October – Creation & Evolution – Venue: Fred & Carol Shaftoe, Camelia House, Fields Road, Chedworth
  3. 15th October – Good World? – Venue: Jon & Danielle Francis, 3, The Coaches, Fields Road, Chedworth
  4. 22nd October – Being Human – Venue: Hugh & Ros Marsden, Shrove Cottage, Pancake Hill, Chedworth
  5. 29th October – Ethical Toolkit – Venue: Sue Callard, Laines Farm, Chedworth Laines

I am very grateful to those who have agreed to host each session. This course is for anyone who is interested in science or religion – or who simply wants to understand the world better. Further details from Rev’d Stephen on 720392.

Light Party – Thursday 31st October

 Our Light Party (alternative Halloween) for 4 – 11 year-olds will take place this year on Thursday 31st October. Look out on NextDoor & Facebook for further information….. Party food, Messy games, crafts, lots of fun! No tricks, only treats! Free of Charge.

Advance Notice – Remembrance Day

On Remembrance Day, Sunday 10th November, we have our usual Service of Remembrance at Chedworth at 10.45 am, where we will be joined by the Chedworth & District Royal British Legion, and also Chedworth Brownies & Guides.

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 30th 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.

Tickets available from Jon Francis (720974)(email: tiggershouse003@gmail.com), Sheila Bowley (720369) or St Andrew’s School Office (720427). Help us make it a Chedworth St Andrews day to remember!

Advance Notice – Celebration of Local Ministry

On Sunday 26th January 2020, we will be having a service of Celebration of Local Ministry Service at Chedworth at 10.30 am. We will be joined by the Archdeacon of Cheltenham, the Venerable Phil Andrew and during this service we will re-commission the Ministry Team. The Ministry Team comprises Teresa Irving, Sheila Bowley, Ian Smallman, Sally Smith, Stephen Phillips, Priscilla Burris, Helen Oldham, Sally Smith and Stephen Goundrey-Smith. Congratulations to Helen Oldham, who has been license as a Reader in this Benefice and is now a member of the Ministry Team!

Church Consultation – Our Next Step

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.

During September 2019, we conducted a follow-up Church Consultation entitled Our Next Step – to set our direction here for the next few years. This used an innovative software package called v-Wall, to gather your views and opinions electronically, via your computer, smart phone or device.

The consultation will shortly close on Monday 30th September, but it you would still like to answer the questionnaire, but have not yet done so, please contact me by email on stephengoundreysmith@gmail.com. I and the Ministry Team will be working on the consultation report and recommendations later in the autumn.

From the Registers

Marriage

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

Sam Watts & Amy Dickenson – St Andrew’s Church, Chedworth – 7th September

Mark Kipling & Kayleigh Thompson – St Michael’s Church, Yanworth – 28th September

Funerals

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

Roger Harris – St Andrew’s Church, Chedworth  – 23rd September