WHAT’S NEW – THE LATEST NEWS

Worship Services via Zoom Celebrating Revd Suzanne’s Ministry in the Benefice: Sunday 28th February  
Every Sunday at 10.00am you are invited to be part of the live morning worship for the Seven Towers Benefice. Join the service from 9.55 onwards; either click the link bit.ly/STBSUNDAYSERVICE or go to www.zoom.us and click on ‘join a meeting’. The meeting ID is 884 4339 9520 and for the password please ring 01452 731450.

We look forward to seeing lots of people on Zoom for Suzanne’s final service with us!  

Please stay for a few minutes after the service as we thank Suzanne & Chris for the years they have spent here and share coffee (& cake!?) together.

There are no services in Church during February, but some churches are open for Privater Prayer. Click here for details

Children and families 
The Children & Young People team are continuing to prepare another series of worship videos – this time looking at the life of Jesus. 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.

 

During the week  Revd Philippa will continue to post videos of Morning Prayer each Tuesday and Thursday on FaceBook. The worship & prayer booklet  includes the daily offices. Do please email any prayer requests to her.  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

Lent Course  This year in the Benefice we are running a five week Lent course on Zoom, on a Wednesday and Thursday evening. The Wednesday evening group will be led by Revd Katie and the Thursday evening group by Revd Philippa, (both using the same course materials). The course, recommended by the Diocese, is ‘Loved and Liked’.  They start on Wednesday 24th February and Thursday 25th February and continue weekly until 24th & 25th March.

This week’s course dates are:

Wednesday 3rd March at 7.30 pm led by Revd Katie McClure. To join the Zoom meeting the ID is 813 2039 1427and for the password  ring 01452 731450

Thursday 4th March at 7.30 pm led by Revd Philippa.  To join the Zoom meeting the ID is 889 3200 6934 and for the password  ring 01452 731450

We supported the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Appeal.   Click here to read all about  the appeal.

Thank you for the huge number of donations for Gloucester FoodBank last wednesday. They are all really appreciated. If you’re able to help again, the next collection will be on Wednesday 3rd March. 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