24th June 2018 – Birth of John the Baptist

Hymns at 9.15am Family Service        10.30am 610, 46, 799, 478, 1

 6pm 357, Ps 49 v1-9, 621, 24

Leading Worship today: 8.00am Jan vdL, 9.15am Monica M,

10.30am Jan vdL & 6.00pm Joy L

Sunday 24th June – Birth of John the Baptist

Readings: Isaiah 40.1-11, Acts 13.14b,-26, Luke 1.57-66, 80

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.

6.00pm Evensong at St. Mary’s.

6.00pm Evensong at St. Arilda’s.

Monday 25th June

Prayer:  For our Sidespersons.

8.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

1.45pm Funeral Service for Jeffrey Wilcox at St. Mary’s.

Tuesday 26th June

Prayer:      For Thornbury Churches Together.

8.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

2.30pm Julian Group Meeting at 3 Shannon Court.

Wednesday 27th June

Prayer: For those in Residential Homes.

8.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

10.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

Thursday 28th June

Prayer:    For St. Mary’s School & any activities.

8.00am  Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

9.15am Hopscotch at St. Mary’s.

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

4.30pm  Study the Sunday Scriptures at the Vicarage.

Friday 29th June

Prayer:  For St. Mary’s Choir.

7.30pm Choir Practice at St. Mary’s.

Saturday 30th June

Prayer:      For those preparing for Ordination.

9.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

10.00am Armed Forces Day Parade through Thornbury.

1.15pm Coach Leaves St. Mary’s Church for Joy’s ordination (see notice below).

3.00pm Revd. Joy’s Ordination at Gloucester Cathedral.

Sunday 1st July – Trinity 5

Readings: Wisdom 1.13-15, 2.23-24, 2 Corinthians 8.7-end, Mark 5.21-end

10.00am Benefice Eucharist at St. Arilda’s – Revd. Joy’s First Eucharist.

3.00pm Vicarage Garden Party

6.00pm Choral Evensong at St. Mary’s.


Please remember in your prayers this Month’s Mission: A Rocha UK - Caring for God’s Earth. A Rocha UK is a Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world.  Underlying everything they do is their biblical faith in the living God, who made the world, loves it and entrusts it to our care. We will be sending £191.23 from the Sunday collection.

To all Planned Givers: There are letters to collect at the back of the churches to all regular planned givers. These are to say a personal thank you for all your gifts throughout the year.  Personal statements are available on request.  To those who give anonymously, a big thankyou to you as well!

We would like to present Joy with a gift on the occasion of her ordination on 30th June. If you'd like to contribute, please give your donation in to Reverend Jan, one of the churchwardens, the office, or put it in the collection bowl at the services for the next 2 Sundays. The deadline is 24th June, so please ensure you get it in by then. (cash or cheques made payable to Thornbury Church Council please). Thank you.

Revd. Joy’s ordination to the priesthood takes place this coming Saturday 30th June at 3pm in Gloucester Cathedral. Joy’s first Eucharist will then be held next Sunday, 1st July at 10.00am at a Benefice service at St Arilda's. She is hoping to see lots of people there, however Car Pooling is advised as there is a distinct lack of parking in the area around the St. Arilda’s.

Coach for Joy’s ordination: The list is now closed – ONE seat has become available on the coach – please contact the office if you would like to take this seat. Please be considerate and remember EXACT CASH ONLY (£6.50) on the day! The coach will leave at 1.30pm prompt so please arrive by 1.15pm. Others who may wish to go are encouraged to share cars. There is a space with Revd. Tom if you would like to contact him.

Vicarage Garden Party: Everyone is warmly invited to enjoy this occasion on Sunday 1st July 3-5pm and this year we will be celebrating following Joy's first Eucharist. Please bring a folding chair if you are able to help with seating. The bouncy castle will be available to work off excess energy!

Save the date! On Sunday 15th July our previous Director of Music, Joachim Schwander, will be bringing his choir from Zurich to sing with our choir at the 10.30am Eucharist at St. Mary’s. We are expecting a feast of lovely music!

Sunday 15th July 12.30 onwards Doreen Cooksley’s 90th Birthday lunch. Forms are at the back of both churches, there are limited numbers, so when complete the list will close. Many congratulations Doreen from us all.

Insurance - Ecclesiastical are offering all churches £130 for each new home insurance policy taken out with them this year to mark their 130th anniversary. This offer only applies to new policies. It does not apply to renewals of existing Ecclesiastical policies. If you have a household policy with another insurer that is due for renewal this year, you could give Ecclesiastical a call - 0800 783 0130, quoting Trust130, or go online to http://www.ecclesiastical.com/Trust130 for a quotation. Please give St Mary's or St Paul's Thornbury as the "Nominated Church". More information is on the poster in the porches of St Mary's and St Paul's. The offer expires on 31st December 2018. Please note: you need to be sure it's the right policy for your needs - we are not giving any advice or recommendation.

Facebook helps you connect and share with everyone in our parish. It shows that the parish has a vibrant and diverse church community. Facebook is a great opportunity to promote the church’s important activities. Help support this page by sending your photos, news and events that are taking place to Pat Duru at patduru50@yahoo.co.uk and share the love, joy and fellowship of God with others in this parish.

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.

Foodbank - Vouchers: If anyone needs, or knows someone who needs a voucher for the Foodbank, could they please contact the office, who will then ask one of us to get in touch. Thank you. Jenny and Lynda. Foodbank Shopping List for Donations: "Trade" seems to have been down a little bit recently but we still have a small list for this month. Please note we do not need milk at present. The June list is as follows: tinned green beans, Fray Bentos pies, jelly, Pot Noodles & coffee. Thank you.

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 or someone you know is away from church, in hospital or has cause for concern, then please contact Kate Teague on 415837 or Sheila Jones on 412989.

Home Communion. Did you know that if you are unable to get to church for a while you can receive Holy Communion at home? We have a team who help with this. Do remember either for yourself or someone you know. Ask the clergy.

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.

Did you know……

 …there is a brass polishing team who clean the altar candles, processional cross and all the brass items (contact Kate Teague 415837).

We Pray this week for:

Robin Harper, Lesley Lees, Roger Holliday, Joan Tuck, John Ackland, Dick Shipp & Valerie Abrahams.

And those for whom we regularly pray: Diana Jervis, Rae Forster & Jonathan Self

We pray for those who are recently departed: Tim Giles, Jeffrey Wilcox

& Jean Riddle.

And at this time of year: Doris Phillips, Elizabeth Belsten, Jenny Thompson,

Sally Lea, Gladys Reece & Brenda Woodward

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 Sarah (Tues, Weds) Tel: 281900. Requests taken from 9.15am. An email version of this Newsletter is available on request via the office. (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.