Sunday Worship on 27th September
8.30 am Said Holy Communion at St Lawrence Church, Sandhurst. The service booklet can be downloaded here.
10.00am Worship via zoom. Join the service from 9.55 onwards: bit.ly/STBSUNDAYSERVICE or go to www.zoom.us & click on ‘join a meeting’. The meeting ID is 884 4339 9520 and for password please ring 01452 731450.
During the week Revds Suzanne and Philippa will continue to post videos of Morning Prayer, reflections and worship. They have put together a worship & prayer booklet which includes the daily offices and invite you to email any prayer requests to them.
Drive-in Harvest Celebration Service
Down Hatherley Church Sunday October 4th at 3pm
Sit in your car, or bring a chair and sit in your own safe area beside your car, with the wonderful backdrop of Down Hatherley Church, to celebrate the Harvest season.
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Some of our churches are open for ‘individual private prayer’. Click here for full details.
APCMs The time allowed for holding the meetings has been extended by The Bishop of Gloucester to 31 October 2020. Dates for the meetings have now been agreed. Please click on the church name to see full details.
- St Lawrence, Sandhurst APCM Monday 19th October at 7.30 pm in the church
- St Mary, Norton APCM Tuesday 20th October at 6.00pm in the church
- St Mary & Corpus Christi, Down Hatherley APCM Wednesday 21st October at 7.30 pm in the church
- St Catherine, The Leigh APCM Wednesday 21st October at 3 pm in the Church
- St Catherine, Staverton w St Mary, Boddington APCM Thursday 22nd October at 3 pm in Boddington Church
September Benefice Magazine You can read our latest magazine here.
Children and families
The Children & Young People team have been beavering away and each Sunday afternoon at 4pm post a video on the Seven Towers YouTube page, go to: bit.ly/STBKIDS , especially written for youngsters from 2-12. Its fun, its lively and we hope that lots of children will enjoy the 20 minutes worship prepared for them. Please let us know.
Thank you for all the donations for Gloucester FoodBank. They are all really appreciated. If you’re able to help again, the next collection will be on Wednesday 28th September. Boxes for donations will be left in the church porches and will be collected between 1 and 2 pm and taken directly to the FoodBank. If you would like to make a financial donation, please contact Derek Wright; he will ensure donations are passed on promptly together with appropriate gift aid. The FoodBank have circulated a newsletter advising how they are coping with the pandemic, foods they need and so on.
News from the Diocese of Gloucester a booklet of prayers and worship written especially for the present time in lockdown. A Pattern of Daily Prayer
Free dial-in worship The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus. Daily Hope, offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.
Explaining Coronavirus to Children A free digital book, ideal for children up to 12 years old, explaining all about COVID-19 in an excellent child friendly way. Just click this link to download.
Light a Candle, say a prayer for the wider Christian Community
We are not people of fear: we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety: we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed: we are people of generosity.
We are your people God, giving and loving, wherever we are, whatever it costs
For as long as it takes wherever you call us.
Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference
And a prayer for our neighbours
Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength to comfort the fearful,
to tend the sick, and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love, for your name’s sake.
How would Jesus lead worship?
Click on this link for daily family prayer and worship ideas
In addition to personal prayers, you may like to download some prayers that have been written specifically to compliment our worship and reflect on the impact Covid-19 is having on all of our lives. Just click on the prayer links below: