Church Calendar for July 2020

The usual pattern of services in our parishes is suspended because of the social distancing restrictions. Here is the calendar of Sundays in the Christian year for July, 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 5th July – Trinity 4

Looking Up, available from Friday 3rd July

Zooming Up Zoom service at 10.30 am on Sunday

Video address, prayer and Holy Communion from Coln St Dennis, released on Sunday

Sunday 12th July – Trinity 5

Looking Up, available from Friday 10th July

Video address, prayer and Holy Communion from Chedworth, released on Sunday

Sunday 19th July – Trinity 6

Looking Up, available from Friday 17th July

Zooming Up Zoom service at 10.30 am on Sunday

Video address, prayer and Holy Communion from Coln Rogers released on Sunday

Sunday 26th July – Trinity 7

Looking Up, available from Friday 24th July

Video address, prayer and Holy Communion from Yanworth, released on Sunday

Sunday 2nd August – Trinity 8

Looking Up, available from Friday 31st July

Lammastide Special – on Sunday

Due to the possibility of last minute changes, details of further August services will be published nearer the time, by email, poster and on NextDoor. We are expecting to be able to recommence services in July.

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

Rogation Rounds II – The Farm Files

Following the success of our Rogation film, Rogation Rounds, in May look out for the sequel, Rogation Rounds II – The Farm Files, with additional farming, gardening and cheese-making footage and reflection on God’s goodness to us in the seasons. Out in early July!

Lammastide – Sunday 2nd August

The feast of Lammas (old English: loaf-mass) is the traditional time in the agricultural year where we give thanks to God for the first fruits of the wheat harvest, and dates from Anglo-Saxon times. I’m not making it up, I promise! On Sunday 2nd August, we will have a Lammas Video Special, with a bread-making feature, using the little-used Church of England liturgical resources for this festival. Join us – bake a loaf for Lammas, and feed on Jesus, the Living Bread!

Ronnie Custis

 Some of you may remember Ronnie and Val Custis, who left the village to live in Hampshire 10 years ago. If so, you will be sorry to hear that Ronnie died month or so back. I know many in Chedworth & District have fond memories of him, myself included. Please do keep Val and the family in your prayers at this difficult time.

Annual Parochial Church Meetings

Church meetings have currently been suspended. The Annual Parochial Church Meetings, which usually take place shortly after Easter, will therefore take place later in the year this year. Please look out for further details in due course.

The Passion Week of Jesus

Please note that we hope 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 Buildings

As you will be aware, 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.

We hope to be able to resume public worship from July – but look out on email and NextDoor for further announcements.

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?

We are still hoping to run Chedworth’s Got Talent on Saturday 26th September this year at Chedworth Village Hall.

If you have a talent – whether singing, dancing, music, magic or sport – come and take part. Our panel of (local) celebrity judges are friendly – but they are discerning, and their decision will be final!

There will be great prizes available for the winners (Under 16, Adult and Group categories). Bar and light refreshments available. A great family evening of entertainment brought to you by St Andrew’s Church, Chedworth!

If you’d like to find out more or to take part, please get in touch with Stephen Goundrey-Smith (stephengoundreysmith@gmail.com, 720392). And remember…lockdown is the perfect time to practice and perfect your act!