WHAT’S NEW – THE LATEST NEWS

WORSHIP IN CHURCH: 

SEPTEMBER 19th

9.00 am Benefice Holy Communion led by Revd Pauline Godfrey at Boddington Church

9.00 am Morning Prayer at Norton Church

6.00 pm Evening Prayer at The Leigh Church

Everyone is  welcome, but please be aware that you should wear a face mask when moving around in the church during the service. You will be able to sing! Communion will be offered as just bread and in both parts.  If you prefer to wear a mask throughout the service this is perfectly OK!  People who are wearing masks will sit towards rear of church, unmasked in the front part.

EVERY SUNDAY – 9 am Benefice Holy Communion (normally at Sandhurst or Boddington Church)

1st SUNDAY – 10 – 10.15 am, live worship for children on Zoom (see below): 6.00 pm Evening Prayer at Down Hatherley Church

2nd SUNDAY – 10.30 am Worship Together at Sandhurst Church. Children meet in the village hall for craft activities from 10-10.20.

3rd SUNDAY –  9.00 am Morning Prayer at Norton Church; 6.00 pm Evening Prayer at The Leigh Church

4th SUNDAY – 10.30 am Contemporary Morning Worship at Sandhurst Church. This service will include contemporary worship, readings and a talk, and some discussion together (in future months, when we’re allowed a bit nearer each other). Children meet at 10.30 am in the village hall for Children’s worship during the church service

Morning Prayer is back in church!! We meet on a Tuesday morning at 9.00am, using one church a month, as we did pre-Covid. For the month of September, the venue is Boddington Church. 

OPEN CHURCHES. Churches in the Benefice at Sandhurst, Down Hatherley, Norton, The Leigh and Boddington are now open daily once again. You are welcome to visit for private prayer, but please check in using the QR code or sign in sheet, wear a face mask, use hand sanitiser and observe social distancing if others are around. Click here for full details

Children and families 
Join the Children & Young People team for live Zoom worship on the 1st  Sunday of each month!  Come and join our CYP team and other families as we have fun, singing/dancing, Bible stories and so much more💃
On zoom from 10am-10.15 am 
Meeting ID: 813 3393 7993   Meeting Password: famili3s

2nd Sunday – Children meet in Sandhurst village hall from 10-10.20 for craft activities relating to the previous week’s theme. We then invite families to join the 10.30 am Worship Together service in the Church.

4th Sunday – Children meet in Sandhurst village hall from 10.30-11.30, during the service, to enjoy children’s worship with songs, story, challenges, activities & definitely lots of fun!

2021 APCM Reports have been presented at the recent round of annual meetings. To read the reports click here.

Home Groups  We have three home groups in the Benefice, meeting on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The Wednesday evening group is led by Revd Katie,  the Thursday evening group by Graham Limbrick and the Monday group by group members. Each group is currently following different course material.

Supporting Gloucester FoodBank
Thank you for all your donations. Gloucester FoodBank are always really appreciative.  If you’re able to help again, the next collection will be on Wednesday 29th 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.   Read the FoodBank newsletter to learn how they are coping with the pandemic.

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.

 

 

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