19th May 2019 – Easter 5

Hymns at 9.15am – S. 182, 252, 585, 358, S. 97   

10.30am – 593, 453, 506, 710 & 6.00pm 194, Ps 98, 203, 25

Leading Worship today:

8.00am Chris V, 9.15am Tom K, 10.30am Michael V,

2.45pm Joy L, 6.00pm Joy L & 6.00pm Chris V (St. Arilda’s).

Sunday 19th May – Easter 5

Readings: Acts 11.1-18, Revelation 21.1-6, John 13.31-35

8.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

9.15am Eucharist at St. Paul’s.

10.30am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

2.45pm Muddy Church at St. Mary’s.

6.00pm Evensong at St. Mary’s.

6.00pm CW Communion at St. Arilda’s.

A service of daily prayer will be held, wherever possible, every day in Church. For more details please do contact a member of the ministry team.

Monday 20th May

Prayer:      For all who mourn the loss of a loved one.

10.30am Funeral Service for Angela Gallett at St. Mary’s.

Tuesday 21st May

Prayer:      For Church Housegroups.

9.00am      Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

2.30pm Julian Group Meeting at 3 Shannon Court.

Wednesday 22nd May

Prayer: For Thornbury Schools.

10.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

Thursday 23rd May

Prayer:    For Hopscotch.

9.15am Hopscotch at St. Mary’s.

3.00pm Prayers for Healing & Wholeness at St. Paul’s.

Friday 24th May

Prayer:  For St. Mary’s Choir.

6.30pm Octaves Choir Practice at St. Mary’s.

7.30pm Choir Practice at St. Mary’s.

Saturday 25th May

Prayer:      For Bell Ringers.

9.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

7.00pm Bell Ringing Practice in the Tower – Local Branch meeting.

Sunday 26th May – Easter 6 (Rogation)

Readings: Acts 16.9-15, Revelation 21.10, 22-22.5, John 5.1-9

8.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

9.15am Family Service at St. Paul’s.

9.30am BCP Communion at Shepperdine.

10.30am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

12.30pm Baptism Service at St. Mary’s

4.00pm Concert at St. Mary’s.

6.00pm Evensong at St. Mary’s.

6.00pm Evensong at St. Arilda’s


Please remember in your prayers this Month’s Mission - Christian Aid.  Everyone is equal in the sight of God yet we live in a world where poverty still exists.  Christian Aid works in 37 countries supporting the poorest of our neighbours.  They work to end poverty and create a world where everyone can live life to the full with dignity, equality and justice.  This year there will be no house-to-house collection in Thornbury, instead Christian Aid will be relying on church collections.

Brenda Richards - There will be a Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate her life, on Monday 24th June at 1.00pm at St. Mary’s, followed by an interment of ashes at Thornbury Cemetery at 2.00pm. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.

Your PCC is putting together a document to invite applicants to be our new Vicar.

We would like to know what do YOU think?   Please prayerfully reflect on the qualities and skills you think our new Vicar should have, then either email your thoughts to thornburyparish@btconnect.com or complete the form (attached with this newsletter) and return to any sidesperson or churchwarden, or put in the postbox in the St. Mary's kitchen door.  Your comments will help the PCC to produce an outline of the kind of person we are looking for.  Please offer your suggestions by Sunday 26th May.  Thank you.

St Mary’s Primary School Governor.  We have one vacancy for a School Governor starting from September.  This is an important Church appointment.  Our Parish appoints eight Foundation Governors to our Church School, one being the Vicar and seven others.  Links between the School and the Church are both important and strong. Being a Church Foundation Governor can be very rewarding.  For more information, please talk to Robin Gupta (413650 or rjgupta@virginmedia.com).

Planned Giving Recorder – Guy Rawlinson has now taken over from Mike Elcock and can help with your queries (guy.rawlinson@blueyonder.co.uk).

Mothers’ Union Diaries 2020 – Orders are now being taken, with money please, at M.U. meetings, or Church, or phone to Irene Butt 412 394.  Diaries: £4.15, A4 Calendar: £1.55, Year Planner: £3.25.  Last date for orders will be end of June.  Thank you.

Toilet Twinning - Did you know 2.3 billion people don’t have somewhere safe and hygienic to go to the toilet? (WHO/Unicef).  Our own Churches and Hall have seven toilets and the vicarage has three.  Would you like to help provide toilets via “Toilet Twinning”?  Shall we start by twinning one or two Toilets for £60 each?  Please join us on Environment Sunday, 2nd June at St. Mary’s and St. Pauls to find out more and bring along your “Penny” (or £s) for a cash collection.  Thank you.

Do you have an hour to spare between 12.30 and 1.30pm on a Tuesday?  Would you like to join the super team of Open the Book storytellers who visit Crossways Junior School each week in term time? We get a warm welcome from the Head, teachers and children.  If you would like to know more please speak to Jenny Ovens or Rosemary Cook at St. Paul's. Phone number 01454 414727 will reach Jenny O.

Ride and Stride will be back again this year on 14th September (the same day as Heritage Open Day) and hopefully all our churches in the benefice will be open.  I hope to do my usual “Benefice Walk”, so look out for more news and sponsorship forms in the coming months. Meanwhile there is a copy of the R & S Spring newsletter at the back of St. Mary’s and St. Paul’s with special mention of the £1,443 we raised last year. Thank you for your support. Rev’d Tom.

Our Mothers' Union meeting on Tuesday 21st May will be at 7.30 pm in St. Mary's Church Hall.  Our speaker will be Linden Roden from "Mission Aviation Fellowship".  If you would like to join us at this meeting you will be most welcome.  If you need a lift, please do get in touch with Ruth Parker and she will make suitable arrangements.  Telephone No. 850667.

A celebration for the 25th anniversary of the ordination of women to the priesthood. All welcome to celebrate at a special Choral Evensong at Gloucester Cathedral on Mon 20th May, 5.30pm.  There will be music, drinks and canapés after the service, if you would like to stay to enjoy that, please let Di Best know you are coming: (dbest@glosdioc.org.uk or Tel: 01452 835511). No need to rsvp if you just want to come for Evensong. 

Prayer in Church – During the interregnum at St Mary's the ministry team is seeking to maintain, if possible, a practice of praying in the Church every day, continuing a pattern of prayer in this space that has been present for so many years.  Please do let Rev’d. Joy know if you would be willing to commit to a Friday (she is flexible about times and types, e.g. using set intercessions, perhaps once/month, at any time of day).  Thank you.

Members of the clergy team are hoping for volunteers to help assist with our ministry to the local residential homes.  At present we visit Grace Care, Alex Way and Beech House for communion once a month. With growing numbers attending (which is very exciting) it would be excellent to have extra hands on board to help with the logistics, share in the community, and to contribute to this really special ministry.  If it is something you feel you might be interested in learning about or helping with please do approach a member of the clergy, or contact Revd. Joy.  Thank you.

Foodbank Shopping List for Donations – We are short of the following: jars of pasta sauce, small tins of fruit, sachets of custard, small tins of potatoes, tins of mushrooms, tins of minced beef, tins of green/broad beans & tins of macaroni cheese, tinned dog food, tomato & brown sauce, razors, washing up liquid and nappies (size 6/6+). Thank you for all your donations.

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.

Healing Prayer Group – held weekly at St. Paul’s at 3.00pm on a Thursday. Once a month there is a Healing Eucharist instead, usually the 2nd Thursday in the month.

Please ask the office if you have a name that needs to be added to the prayers.

Pastoral Care - If you or someone you know is away from church, in hospital or has cause for concern, then please contact Sheila Jones on 412 989.

Healing Prayers on a Sunday – offered straight after the 9.15am service at St. Paul’s on the 1st & 3rd Sundays.  At St. Mary’s please fill in a yellow card request at the back of church (prayers on Saturday morning) or put a pebble in the pool (for Wednesday prayers).

Did you know…

…you can recycle your old mobile phones, stamps & bibles for charity. Mission boxes at the back of both churches.

We Pray this week for:

Robin Harper, John Ackland, Mark Browton, Elizabeth Fry,

Mike Brown, Helen Elcock, David Peathyjohns & Vivienne Larkin.  

And those for whom we regularly pray: Mick Spiller, Aileen Acton,

Dick Shipp, Lesley Lees & Marion Kayaalp.

We pray for those who are recently departed: Brenda Richards & Angela Gallett.

And at this time of year:

Eileen Kingscott, Gillian Skuse, Roger Vizard, Roger Williams,

Michael Asbridge, Ron Faulkner, Celia Adams, Margaret Paul,

David Allen, Jeffrey Wilcox & Francis Abbott.

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 – Please do give us plenty of notice for any requests, ensuring weekend news is received in the office by Wednesday morning at the latest please. To contact Gemma (Mon, Thurs, Fri) or Anna (Tues, Weds) Tel: 281 900. Requests taken from 9.15am. An email version of this Newsletter is available on request via the office thornburyparish@btconnect.com.  (Save the Trees)

'LIFE' Prayer'

God of hope and transformation, who in our Lord Jesus Christ offers the gift of life in all its fullness, send your Holy Spirit and grant us joy in our following

and vision in our leadership.

May we be rich in imagination, confident in faith, and courageous in our engagement with the people and places of this diocese.

As we share your life with the world, keep us rooted and grounded in love as we bear witness to your glory and pray for your Kingdom to come.