WHAT’S NEW – THE LATEST NEWS

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 (click here to download) and invite you to email any prayer requests to them.

 

Sunday Worship Check in to our Zoom service of Morning Prayer from 9.45 am on Sunday, 5th July, for a 10 am start.  To join the service:  Go to: bit.ly/STBSUNDAYSERVICE
Meeting ID: 884 4339 9520   Ring 01452 731450 if you need a password.  The service booklet for Ordinary Time (now until end of October) can be viewed or downloaded here.

 ——If you are planning a zoom meeting, please check on the diary before setting the time. ——

July Benefice Magazine  You can read our latest magazine here.

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.

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, 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.

 

 

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

Light a candle on Sunday evening. Lots of us lit a candle on Sunday evening as a sign of solidarity and hope in the light of Christ that can never be extinguished. We invite you to do this every Sunday at 8 pm. Do send photos to us!

A prayer for the 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

 

 

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 July 8th. 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 their May newsletter advising how they are coping with the pandemic, foods they need and so on.

 

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.
Amen.

 

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:

Prayers about the outbreak
Prayers with children
Personal prayers

 

Is this the time for a Spiritual Retreat?  Retreating at Home has been prepared for Tewkesbury Abbey by Revd Catherine Williams, just click here to download the pack to guide you through Lent, Holy Week, Easter and Pentecost.

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APCMs  All planned APCMs are currently suspended and the time allowed for holding the meetings has been extended by The Bishop of Gloucester to 31 October 2020. Likewise elections of churchwardens delayed and current wardens stay in position until admitted to office by the Archdeacon (which could be as late as 31 January 2021).