WHAT’S NEW – THE LATEST NEWS

2nd Sunday of Advent – December 6th

8.30 am Holy Communion  We return to worship at Sandhurst Church. No need to reserve a place, but a list of attendees will be kept for Track and Trace purposes. A face mask must be worn during the service.

10.00 am Morning Prayer 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 the password phone 01452 731450.

Children and families 
The Children & Young People team have been beavering away preparing a new short series focussing on Christmas! Each Sunday afternoon at 4pm a video is posted 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.

 

Christmas has not been cancelled …… click here to find out all about our exciting plans for Advent and Christmas!  Carols from churches around the Benefice, Scarecrows, an Advent course …..and more.

 

Revs Suzanne and Philippa received a letter recently from Archbishops Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell. Amongst other things, they pledge their prayer support in this lockdown, as we try and navigate our way through, and they call us to pray too.   Click here to read an extract from the letter:  

The letter ends with a call for us all to pledge to fast and Pray on Thursdays this month, and trust in our amazing God.

A call to prayer for the nation | The Church of England

Thursday, The NHS and other key workers. Our God is the great healer – and the agent used more than any other in the NHS. Today we voice our gratitude for those who serve this country in the National Health Service and pray that God would prosper the work of their hands – that they would all be encouraged in their continued work of sacrifice and care amongst us.

To view all the special prayer resources, click here.

 

During the week  Revds Suzanne and Philippa will continue to post videos of Morning Prayer, reflections and worship on FaceBook. They have put together a worship & prayer booklet which includes the daily offices and invite you to email any prayer requests to them. To visit our Facebook page and see all the latest posts, worship videos etc click  here

Some of our churches are open for ‘individual private prayer’. Click here for full details

Please support the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Appeal. How can you help? Click here to read all about packing a shoe box and supporting the appeal.

Benefice Magazine  You can read our latest magazine here.

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 9th December. 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.

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

Advent Study Morning on December 5th – Led by Revd Dan Button this is an online study organised for churches in the Seven Vale Deanery. Click here for all the details.

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