9th April 2017 – Palm Sunday



Hymns at 9.15am – 159, 147, 161, S. 12, 160     10.30am – 159, 147, 145, 161

6.00pm – 135, 621, 21


Sunday 9th April – Palm Sunday

Readings: Matthew 21.1-11, Isaiah 50.4-9a, Philippians 2.5-11,

Passion narrative according to Matthew

8.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

9.15am Eucharist at St. Paul’s.

10.30am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

10.30am Refresh at St. Arilda’s.

3.15pm Palm Sunday Procession at St. Mary’s Church Hall (to St. Mary’s).



4.00pm Kids Praise at St. Mary’s.

6.00pm Evensong at St. Mary’s

Monday 10th April

Prayer:  For our Bereavement Group.

8.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

5.00pm Prayer, Worship & Reflection at St. Mary’s.

7.00pm  Prayer with Labyrinth at St. Mary’s Church Hall.

Tuesday 11th April

Prayer:      For our Bereavement Team.

8.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

2.30pm Julian Group Meeting at 3 Shannon Court.

7.00pm Compline at St. Paul’s.

Wednesday 12th April

Prayer: For Children & Youth Workers.

8.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.



10.00am Mothers’ Union Corporate Communion at St. Mary’s.

4.00pm Come & Sing at St. Mary’s.


Thursday 13th April – Maundy Thursday

Prayer:    For the Church Hall.

8.00am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

7.00pm Agape Supper & Eucharist followed by the Watch at St. Mary’s.


Friday 14th April – Good Friday

Prayer:  For our Clergy.

8.30am  Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

10.15am TCT Walk of Witness – starts at Christ the King at 10.00am

1.00pm Meditation at St. Mary’s.

1.45pm Liturgy of Good Friday with Veneration of the Cross at St. Mary’s.


Saturday 15th April

Prayer:      For our Communications Group.

 2pm   Bufumbo presentation, Church Hall, All welcome


Leading Worship today: 8.00am Jan vdL, 9.15am Sheila F, 10.30am & 6.00pm Jan vdL


We Pray this week for:


Dorothy Long, Marlene Powell, Dylis Cockerell, Brian Heppell, Jennie Morris,              Robin Harper, Alan Edmunds, David Peatheyjohns & Roger Holliday.


And those for whom we regularly pray: Debbie Yanez, John Crawley & Mary Chappell.

We pray for those who are recently departed: Stephen Thornbury, Alan Robinson, Ida Croft, Dee Cotterill, & Roger Pagington.

And for those who died at this time of year: Peggy Hawkins, William Taylor, Deanne Page, Barclay Riddiford & Konrad Rees.




16th April 2017 – Easter Day



Hymns at 9.15am – 197, 216, 218 10.30am – See service sheet


Sunday 16th April – Easter Day

Readings: Acts 10.34-43, Colossians 3.1-4, John 20.1-18

6.00am Dawn Eucharist (with incense) at St. Mary’s.

8.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

9.15am All-age Eucharist at St. Paul’s.

9.30am Eucharist at Shepperdine.

10.30am All-age Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

11.00am Family Eucharist at St. Arilda’s.

Monday 17th April – Easter Monday

Prayer:  For the Deanery Synod.

8.30am NO Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.



Tuesday 18th April

Prayer:      For our Flower Arrangers.

8.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

2.30pm Julian Group Meeting at 3 Shannon Court.

7.30pm Mothers’ Union Meeting at St. Paul’s.


Wednesday 19th April

Prayer: For our Intercessors.

8.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

10.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.


Thursday 20th April

Prayer:    For our Missions Committee – Global & Local Concern.

8.00am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

2.00pm Prayers for Healing & Wholeness at St. Paul’s.


Friday 21st April

Prayer:  For our Organists.

8.30am  Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.


Saturday 22nd April

Prayer:      For our Retired Clergy.

9.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.


Leading Worship today: 6.00am Jan vdL, 8.00am & 9.15am Sheila F, 10.30am Jan vdL


We Pray this week for:


Dorothy Long, Marlene Powell, Dylis Cockerell, Brian Heppell, Jennie Morris,              Robin Harper, Alan Edmunds, David Peatheyjohns & Roger Holliday.

And those for whom we regularly pray: Mick Spiller, Don Smith &

     Elizabeth Miller.

We pray for those who are recently departed: Stephen Thornbury, Alan Robinson, Ida Croft, Dee Cotterill, & Roger Pagington.

And for those who died at this time of year: James Moore, Brian Gitsham, Irene Yarrow, Roy Cole, George Tuck & Leon Blunos.



23rd April 2017 – Easter 2



Hymns at 9.15am – 207, S. 219, 601, 785, 201 10.30am – 1, 217, 586, 477

6.00pm – 197,  200,  209   Ps.30 1-5


Sunday 23rd April – Easter 2

Readings: Acts 2.14a, 22-32, 1 Peter 1.3-9, John 20.19-end,

8.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

9.15am Family Service at St. Paul’s.

10.30am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

10.30am Refresh at St. Arilda’s.



4.00pm Concert at St. Mary’s.

6.00pm Evensong at St. Mary’s

6.00pm Evensong at St. Arilda’s.


Monday 24th April

Prayer:  For our Open the Book Teams.

8.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

2.00pm Funeral Service for Dee Cotterill at St. Mary’s.


Tuesday 25th April

Prayer:      For Parish Contacts.

8.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

2.30pm Julian Group Meeting at 3 Shannon Court.

6.30pm TGI Tuesdays (ages 10-14) at Memorial Hall, Oldbury.  


Wednesday 26th April

Prayer: For the Parish of Oldbury-on-Severn & Shepperdine.

8.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

10.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.


Thursday 27th April

Prayer:    For the Pastoral Care Team.

8.00am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

9.15am Hopscotch at St. Mary’s.

2.00pm Prayers for Healing & Wholeness at St. Paul’s.

4.30pm Study the Sunday Scriptures at the Vicarage.


Friday 28th April

Prayer:  For our Licensed Readers.

8.30am  Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

12.00pm Service of Thanksgiving for Stephen Thornbury at St. Mary’s.

6.30pm AiR Youth Club at St. Mary’s Church Hall.

7.30pm Choir Practice at St. Mary’s.


Saturday 29th April

Prayer:      For Thornbury Schools.

9.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

11.00am Benefice Weekend Coffee Morning at St. Paul’s.


Sunday 30th April – Easter 3

Readings: Acts 2.14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1.17-23, Luke 24.13-35

10.00am Benefice Eucharist at St. Mary’s Celebrating Godparent Sunday.

11.30pm Thornbury APCM at St. Mary’s.

3.00pm Baptism Service at St. Paul’s.

6.00pm Choral Evensong at St. Mary’s with Gloucester Cathedral Choir.



Leading Worship today:

10.00am & 6.00pm Jan vdL




We Pray this week for:


Dorothy Long, Marlene Powell, Dylis Cockerell, Brian Heppell, Jennie Morris,              Robin Harper, Alan Edmunds, David Peatheyjohns & Roger Holliday.


And those for whom we regularly pray: Diana Jervis & John Adnams.

We pray for those who are recently departed: Stephen Thornbury, Alan Robinson, Ida Croft & Dee Cotterill.

And for those who died at this time of year: Edward Andow, Peter King, John Turner, Richard Humphries & Clara Locke.



NOTICES AND EVENTS



Please can you remember in your prayers this year's Lent Appeal: Church Urban Fund, set up by the Church of England to change lives blighted by poverty, poor relationships or community tension in the UK.  They help those living on low, insecure incomes with support from Foodbanks, safe cafes and safe credit unions.  Thornbury Churches Together Lent Housegroups are following CUF's Lent course 'Food for Thought'.  Please take a Lent Appeal box and return before Easter at any service.  Thank you.


Sad news: Ida Croft passed away last Friday 31st March, peacefully at Beech House, aged 98. Her funeral will be on Tuesday 2nd May at 1.30pm in St Mary's. Do remember the family in your prayers.


Geoff Fison. Geoff moved in to Beech House (room 308) on Wednesday 5th April. It is good news that he has found a place within the community where he will be well cared for. Geoff hopes that he will still be able to attend St. Mary’s and once he has settled in would welcome visitors.



Dee Cotterill’s Service of Thanksgiving will be held on Monday 24th April at 2pm at St Mary’s Church.


 

Healing Eucharist: There will be no Healing Eucharist on Thursday 13th April as it is Maundy Thursday.


Prayer during Lent: Janet Beaty will be leading a weekly session of prayer, worship and reflection with music in the Stafford Chapel in St Mary's on Monday afternoons from 5.00pm to 5.30pm, until 10th April.   All welcome, no-one needs to speak out loud.    

Lent Soup Lunch: Thank you to all those people who supported the Lent Lunch, in all 50 people came and enjoyed food and fellowship together.  Thanks to your generosity we raised £300 plus the gift aid which will be sent to the Church Urban Fund very soon.


EASTER LILIES: If you would like to donate a lily in memory of a loved one for Easter at St Paul’s please add your name to the list at the back of church and at St. Mary's please contact Jean Boakes Tel. 416220. Thank you.






COME AND SING: On Wednesday 12th April there will be a COME AND SING the choruses and chorales of the St John Passion. If you would like to sing please be at the church by 4pm. If you would like to listen you are welcome to come at 7.30pm. Copies will be available but bring your own if you have one. We look forward to having you with us for this wonderful Passiontide music. Kate P-M


Maundy Thursday Service in Gloucester Cathedral: Thursday 13th April, 11am. All are invited to attend this annual service when clergy and readers renew their vows, the oils of baptism, chrism and healing are blessed, and the Diocese receive Holy Communion together with the Bishop. It is a wonderfully uplifting service (and we go for lunch together afterwards!). Please let Rev'd Jan know if you plan to come (re lunch numbers and lifts).


All are invited to an informal presentation about the Bufumbo trip on Saturday 15th April at St. Mary’s Church Hall, at 2pm (note venue change). Come and hear more about the experience of this amazing visit from the group; there may be just a few photos as well!


Mothers’ Union. Our next meeting is on Tuesday April 18th at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Church Hall.  Do come along and find out why there were hampers and ponchos on The Mall in London last year.  All are welcome.


CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2017 is May 14th to 20th. The focus this year returns to the beginnings so will be featuring the plight of refugees and the work of CA in Greece. Soon after Easter, Ruth and I will be phoning our faithful door to door collectors and looking for anyone else who can also help. From September I will step down from being CA organiser for Thornbury. Please think whether this is something you might take on and ask me about what it entails. Ruth and I hope to continue being church reps for the time being. Carol Self.


Muddy Church: Our next Muddy Church session takes place on Sunday 21st May, 2.45pm at St. Mary’s where our theme is ‘Holy Spirit’. Do join us for a short Sunday afternoon stroll, followed by crafts, informal worship and snacks back at St. Mary’s.


Benefice Weekend away: There is still time to book this exciting weekend away from 9th – 11th June, with Bishop Rachel leading us. Booking forms are available at the back of both churches or by contacting the office. We will be holding a getting to know you coffee morning for those attending the weekend at St Paul's the Hackett (please note location change!) on Saturday 29th April at 11am.


Gloucester Historic Churches Trust – Ride and Stride: You will remember that back in September I and a group from Thornbury, Oldbury and Shepperdine did a sponsored walk in aid of the above.




Ride and Stride have published a newsletter with lots of info and stats.

Featuring our own support including a picture of some of our walkers. I will leave a copy at the back of both churches. Do take a look. I am planning to do something similar this year, 9th September (coinciding with Heritage Open Day). Please contact me if you would like to take part, either walking, cycling or to help with welcoming and refreshments. More details nearer the time. – Revd. Tom.

PCC positions available! There will be vacancies on the Parochial Church Council at the annual meeting so please think about who to nominate and whether to stand yourself. This is a great way to be touch with what is happening in our parish and to have your say about it! PCC meets 6 times each year, Tuesday evenings, finish by 9.30 or earlier. We are also looking for representatives to join the Deanery Synod (reps are also on our PCC) which meets at Wotton under Edge 3 times a year. Deanery Synod is our channel of communication from the Diocese, and also among our local deanery. There is usually an interesting speaker as part of the meeting. Please speak to Rev'd Jan or Rev'd Tom for more info!



Parentalk – Teens Sessions: Join us at Thornbury Parenting Together for Parentalk - in St Marys Church Hall, 7.30 - 9.30 pm. First session starts on Wed April 26th. The session on May 2nd @7.30 is about Drugs and Alcohol - it is open to all. If you are a grandparent, uncle or family friend to parents with teens, you might feel you'd like to come along to update your current knowledge so that you are better prepared to support your own family connections and those of the wider Christian family. To book a FREE place on one or more sessions please contact Jacquie on email: thornburyparentingtogether@gmail.com.


Make a difference in the world - please sign a post card. Christian Aid are focusing on fair trade by asking our government to make Brexit work for everyone and the Jubilee Debt Campaign are asking for a change in UK law so that loans to Governments are publicly disclosed. If you would like campaign both cards are available at the back of Church.


Interested in getting more involved in church life? There are many ways to do this, whatever your gifts and interests; from helping with children's work to knitting or mowing or joining a house group or reading in church or singing in a choir. The clergy or our welcomers would be happy to chat with you about it.


Foodbank Shopping List: All items need to be in date and non-perishable. THESE ARE THE THINGS WE NEED RIGHT NOW:- Razors, Shaving Foam/Gel, Washing up liquid, 2-in-1 Shampoo, Pot Noodles, Brown Sauce, Tinned Mixed Vegetables, Stewed Meat, Spaghetti, Coffee 100g jars(foodbank@thornburybaptistchurch.co.uk).





31 inch Samsung Colour Television in working order, if anyone can make use of this item please contact Tom Keates. Thank you.

Healing Prayers on Sunday mornings will be offered immediately after the services at St.  Paul’s 9.15am on the first and third Sundays and at St Mary’s 10.30am service on the second & fourth Sundays and 10.00am on the fifth Sunday.


If you are recently bereaved and would like to talk to someone, please contact any of the clergy, numbers on the newsletter. We offer the opportunity to share your concerns. +


Pastoral Care - If you have any concerns or hear that someone needs support, please contact Helen Davies 01454 881754 or Sheila Jones 01454 412989. They will then arrange a visit or contact.


Gluten-free Eucharistic wafers are available at St Mary’s and St Paul’s for those who need them.  Please let the clergy know before the service if this applies to you.


Recycle your print cartridges, mobile phones, stamps, bibles for charity. Mission boxes at the back of both churches. Many Thanks.


Photos may be taken from time to time at church services and events, and used in church publicity, some online (but without names); please feel free to ask for any photo to be deleted from the camera and we will be happy to do so.



Weekly Newsletter – We are rather busy in the office at present but as always happy to help, but please do give us plenty of notice for any requests – also please remember anything that needs to be included in the weekend news needs to be received in the office by Wednesday evening at the latest. An email version of this is available on request via the office. Contact Sarah / Gemma Tel: 281900.  





   Happy Easter to all…