Provisional Services for December 2020/January 2021

Please note that, if services can take place in church during December & January, the following services are scheduled. If services cannot take place due to government restrictions, then look out for notices of Zoom/online alternatives by email and on NextDoor/FaceBook. Please note there may be changes at short notice.

Sunday 6th December – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Holy Communion                                               10.30 am – Chedworth

Evening Prayer                                                   6pm – Coln St Dennis

Sunday 13th December – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Holy Communion                                                10.30 am – Chedworth

Sunday 20th December – 4th Sunday of Advent

Holy Communion                                                9 am – Yanworth

No Family Service

Doorstep Carols                                                6pm – Everywhere

Thursday 24th December – Christmas Eve

Crib Service                                                        3pm – Chedworth (booking required)

Crib Service                                                        5pm – Yanworth

Friday 25th December – Christmas Day

Holy Communion (BCP)                                     9 am – Chedworth (booking required)

Holy Communion                                                10.30 am – Coln Rogers

Family Service                                                    10.30 am – Chedworth (booking required)

Sunday 27th December – 1st Sunday of Christmas

Holy Communion                                               10.30 am – Chedworth

 January 2021

 Sunday 3rd January – Epiphany/Plough Sunday

Epiphany/Plough Sunday Family Communion  10.30 am – Chedworth

Evening Prayer                                                    6 pm – Coln Rogers

Sunday 10th January – 1st Sunday of Epiphany

Holy Communion                                               10.30 am – Chedworth

 Sunday 17th January – 2nd Sunday of Epiphany

 Holy Communion                                               9 am – Stowell

Family Service                                                   10.30 am – Chedworth

Sunday 24th January – 3rd Sunday of Epiphany

Holy Communion                                              10.30 am – Chedworth

Sunday 31st January – Candlemas/Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

Candlemas Family Communion                         10.30 am – Chedworth

Sunday 7th February – 2nd Sunday before Lent

Holy Communion                                                10.30 am – Chedworth

Evening Prayer                                                    6 pm – Coln St Dennis

Please note that face coverings should be worn at services!

Christmas Services

 Due to ongoing government COVID restrictions, our Christmas service pattern will be different to usual this year – assuming that the lockdown at the time of writing is not extended. We’d love to see you at any of our Christmas services but, owing to social distancing requirements, you will need to book in advance for Chedworth services.

If you would like to attend either the 3pm Crib Service on Christmas Eve or the 10.30 am Christmas Morning Family Service, please let Stephen know by email (stephengoundreysmith@gmail.com). If you would like to attend the 9 am Holy Communion (BCP) on Christmas Day, please let Robert Young know by email (robert@zings.co.uk). We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

The 9 am Holy Communion service on Christmas Day would normally take place at Stowell, but it has been moved to Chedworth for this year to ensure maximum social distancing for the numbers likely to be attending. Nevertheless, this service is for the whole Benefice. I would like to thank personally the congregation at Yanworth and Stowell for their understanding in this matter.

Sadly, formal Carol Services will not be able to take place in church this year due to restrictions on singing, but look out for further details of our Doorstep Carols on Sunday 20th December. Also, we regret that we will not be conducting a Midnight Holy Communion this Christmas Eve. This was a hard decision to make, but the risks of conducting this service this year are significant.

If we are unable to proceed with in-person services this Christmas, there will be instead a Multimedia Virtual Family Crib Service on Christmas Eve at 3 pm, and a Zoom Christmas Celebration on Christmas Day at 10.30 am. Please do get in touch if you have any queries or concerns.

Christmas Together – 19th December

Spread a little cheer and join in with our communal Christmas meal in Chedworth & District on Saturday 19th December. With food from the Long Table chefs and goodies from local organisations and residents, this promises to be a great event, and one we need at a difficult time. See separate notice.

Advent Windows

 This year, Christmas is going to be very different – and James Sleightholme is planning to organise an Advent Windows trail around the village. Householders are invited to transform a window in their home into a Christmas scene. At an allotted time and date, the householder reveals their window. By December 24th, there will hopefully be a trail through the village – one house per day. There have already been quite a few expressions of interest from Chedworth residents, and if you would like to know more, please contact James at james_sleightholme@yahoo.co.uk.

Small Groups Update

 Despite the COVID restrictions this autumn, we have had a successful programme of small group meetings. As well as holding the remaining Passion Week of Jesus meetings, held over from Lent, in November we met on Zoom – our first Zoom small group in this Benefice – for our group entitled Beginning to End, looking at three key Christian beliefs – creation, incarnation (God coming into the world as Jesus) and the last things. Some of the content was conceptually dazzling, but members of the group were inspired for their own faith and lives by this exploration. Plans for Lent will be published early next year.

Confirmation Service

 On Sunday 25th October, a Confirmation Service was held at St Andrew’s Church, Chedworth, by the Rt Rev’d Robert Springett, where five young people affirmed the baptismal vows made on their behalf and made their own commitment of faith. Our young people are having a tough time right now but, with their talents and energy, they give us hope for the future. Please pray that Abi, Hannah, Katherine, Ciara and Orla would have a fulfilling relationship with God as their lives unfold.

 The winning formation….our (socially distanced) confirmation candidates, Abigail Milsted, Ciara Duggan, Orla Duggan, Katherine Marsden and Hannah Fulford, with Bishop Robert outside St Andrew’s Church after the Confirmation Service.

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.

Plough Sunday Service – 3rd January

Do join us for Plough Sunday Holy Communion at Chedworth on Sunday 3rd 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.

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 2021 would bring hope, health and fulfliment.