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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