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June Messy Church at St Mary’s

Saturday 9th June      9.30 – 11.00 am

The Money Puzzle

Come and join us for Messy Churn on Saturday 9th June from 9.30 am

Time for breakfast, to meet friends, to learn about stewardship, our wise use of all that God gives us, and to worship God.

Aim: Helping people explore what has true value in their lives and to wonder at what is important. Is it obeying all the rules, is it family and friends, or is it our friendship with Jesus?

Christmas in the Tyndale Benefice

Christmas Services in the Benefice

A very warm welcome awaits you in all of our churches over the Christmas period and beyond.

Sunday, 17th – 3rd Sunday of Advent
11.00am Carol Service at the Tresham Chapel
6.00pm Service of Nine Lessons and Carols St. Mary’s
6.30pm Service of Lessons and Carols at St. Martin’s

Tuesday, 19th December
6.30pm Carol Service at St. Nicholas, Ozleworth

Sunday 24th December – 4th Sunday of Advent – Christmas Eve
8.00am Holy Communion at St. Mary’s
8.00am Prayer Book Communion at St. Martin’s
10.00am Journey to Bethlehem from St. Martin’s to the Chapel accompanied by Noddy the Donkey and an invitation to dress for the part.
10.15am Parish Eucharist at St. Mary’s
4.30pm Christingle Service at St. Mary’s
6.00pm Christingle Service at St. Mary’s
6.00pm Christingle Service at St. Martin’s
11.30pm Midnight Mass at St. Mary’s
11.30pm Midnight Mass at St. Martin’s

Monday, 25th December – Christmas Day
8.00am Holy Communion at St. Mary’s
9.30am Family Christmas Communion at St. Martin’s
10.15am Family Christmas Communion at St. Mary’s
11.00am Family Christmas Communion at St. Kenelm’s

November Messy Church

November Messy Church:
Saturday 11th November ’17

Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin
From 9.30 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.

Peace and Comfort
The Holy Spirit

On Remembrance Day this year, Messy Church are exploring what Jesus meant when he said to his disciples on the night before he died: “I will send the Holy Spirit to be with you always.”

Come for breakfast; hear the story then go and explore it through a variety of activities.

Activities include making chocolate Krispie Cakes, making; making a poppy; making a windmill; playing with clay while thinking about the Holy Spirit; a recipe for a friend; footprint painting; experimenting with sodium bicarbonate and vinegar.

The morning ends with a time of Celebration using all of our activities in a time of singing, storytelling and prayer.

Come and discover how the Holy Spirit is alive today.

Messy Church is for all ages, no one is too young or to old – come and enjoy.

August Messy Church

Messy Church                              

Saturday 12th August

St Mary the Virgin Parish Church 9.30 – 11.00

Theme: The Still Small Voice

 Where and when do you hear God speak? Is it in the busy, noisy workplace, or school, or on the train? Elijah thought he was the only person left in Israel still loyal to God. God spoke to Elijah to reassure him … but how did God speak? Was it in the wind, or the earthquake, or the fire …

Come to Messy Church to hear more of this story, to discover other parts of the story of Elijah.

Come to Messy Church where a warm welcome awaits you. As you come in, you will be welcomed to sit and eat breakfast – toast with a drink … and a surprise extra.

After hearing the story, you can go and find out more about each part of it through a variety of activities. These include retelling the story using Lego, tasting naan bread, making a telephone, blowing fish, making coded messages …

Finally there is a time for celebration, with the story, a hymn, and a prayer.

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All are welcome!

Kate Cropper – the new face in the office chair

A new face in the office chair.

The seat has been filled and we are delighted to welcome Kate Cropper as the newly appointed Vicar’s Secretary and Benefice Administrator. Kate took to the chair on Tuesday 4th July and is getting to grips with the many aspects of the role, baptism, weddings and funerals in week one along with the usual notice sheets, phone calls, meeting and greeting plus general administration. Kate brings some different skills to build on Ima’s 10 years in the chair and we very much look forward to her partnership in the life of the benefice. Please bear with us as it will take a week or two for Kate to settle into the chair as new challenges arrive by the day but together we are up for it. The big challenge yet to be faced is to organise the vicar!
Kate, we welcome you.

Vicar’s Welcome

We are a group of three Church of England parishes serving the communities of Wotton‑under‑Edge, Ozleworth, North Nibley, Alderley and Tresham. On this site you can find out more about our friendly churches, our varied worship, our caring people, our expanding range of activities and also about baptisms, marriages and funerals.

Read the full Vicar’s Welcome