15th October – Trinity 18

Hymns at 9.15am S.209, S.10, S.27, S.197      10.30am 766, 131, 794, 710

6.00pm 653, Ps 106 v1-6, 602, 628

Sunday 15th October – Trinity 18

Readings: Exodus 32.1-14, Philippians 4.1-9, Matthew 22.1-14

8.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s

9.15am Eucharist at St. Paul’s.

10.30am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

12.30pm Baptism Service at St. Arilda’s.

2.45pm Muddy Church at St. Mary’s.

6.00pm Evensong at St. Mary’s.

6.00pm CW Communion at St. Arilda’s.

7.30pm Thornbury Chamber Players Concert at St. Mary’s.

Monday 16th October

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

8.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

2.30pm Funeral Service for John Adnams at St. Arilda’s.

Tuesday 17th October

Prayer:      For the Pastoral Care Team.

8.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

2.30pm Julian Group Meeting at 3 Shannon Court.

7.30pm  Mothers’ Union Annual Service at St. Mary’s.

Wednesday 18th October

Prayer: For our Flower Arrangers.

8.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

10.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

Thursday 19th October  

Prayer:    For our Bereavement 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.

2.00pm Funeral Service for Ian Macdonald at St. Arilda’s.

Friday 20th October

Prayer:  For our Bell Ringers.

8.30am  Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

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

7.30pm Choir Practice at St. Mary’s.

Saturday 21st October

Prayer:      For our Bible Readers.

9.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

7.00pm Film night at St. Mary’s Church Hall.

Sunday 22nd October – Trinity 19

Readings: Exodus 33.12-end, 1 Thessalonians 1.1-10, Matthew 22.15-22

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.

12.30am Baptism Service at St. Mary’s.

6.00pm Evensong at St. Mary’s.

6.00pm Evensong at St. Arilda’s.

Leading Worship today: 8.00am Chris V, 9.15am Jan vdL,

10.30am Tom K & 6.00pm Michael V


Please remember in your prayers this Month’s Mission:  Wycliffe Bible Translators - translate the Bible, so people can know the joy of reading or hearing the Bible in their own language.  They also train staff locally in the skills of translation.

Next Muddy Church Today: Sunday 15th October, 2.45pm at St. Mary’s Church. Our theme will be ‘The Prodigal Son’ and we will be opening our very own ‘Bird Café’ during the session. Do come along ready for muddy fun! Bring some friends and other family members. We look forward to seeing you.

Mothers’ Union. Our Annual Service is on Tuesday October 17th at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s church when the address will be given by our curate Joy Ludlow. Please bring any donations for Operation Christmas Child, which need to be sent off next month. All are welcome.

Joachim sends his love: We have received a lovely card from Joachim. He is delighted to hear we have found a new Director of Music. His new job is going well and he says “I’m almost too busy and excited to be missing St. Mary’s (but I still do!)”. He sends his love to everyone in the Church. How lovely to hear from him.

Thornbury Chamber Players present: Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Bach Brandenburg No 3 at St Mary’s Church, 7:30pm today Sunday 15th October 2017. Conductor Chris Hill, Leader Janet Lewis. Free Entry - Donations to Church funds.

Harvest Thank You: The Community of the Sisters of the Church thank you all for your generous contribution to the help they give to so many needy people, especially at this time of rising food prices and continuing economic pressures. It is greatly appreciated.

One World Week – Good Neighbours.  Bridges for Communities works to create opportunities for people of different backgrounds and cultures to meet, to help build understanding and friendship.  Speaker Dan Green invites us to explore ‘how we can become better neighbours’, locally and internationally. Arranged by Thornbury Churches MPH group. Please come to The Chantry (Castle Street) on Saturday 21st October from 10am to 12 noon.

Film Night at Church Hall - October 21st – 'Lion' Cert PG. An uplifting, heart-wrenching, almost incredible true story of lost and found. A 5 year old gets lost on a railway station and, alone, ends up thousands of miles away. We follow the amazing story of the boy’s life-journey and eventual reunion. Stunning!

One World Week – Afternoon tea at Thornbury Methodist Hall Hosted by Oxfam Saturday 28th October from 2-4pm. Fairtrade stall, crafts and craft workshop. If you are feeling creative come and join us!

An invitation to a farewell lunch - You are all invited to join Myself & Ann for a Finger Buffet in St. Mary’s Church Hall at 12:30pm on Sunday 3rd December to mark my retirement as your associate priest. No tickets required but I do need to know numbers for catering purposes so please add your names to the lists available at the back of both churches or leave a message with the office or email to let me know you are coming. Thanks Revd Tom.

Christmas Child Boxes Red Alert:- If anyone has gifts for the boxes please could MU members bring them to the Annual Service. Last year we made up 17 boxes which was wonderful. This is an MU project but anyone can contribute, each box has to have a £5 donation towards transport. All gifts and donations can be brought to Church or delivered to Ruth Parker at 6 Midland Way until the beginning of November. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
TCT - stands for Thornbury Churches Together, a forum where all Christian churches can share news and plan how best to witness as one united church.  Anglicans, Baptists, Methodists, Roman Catholics, Society of Friends (Quakers), URC (United Reformed Church) and NGM send representatives who meet five times a year.  I've been one of the Anglican Reps for many years, but now it's time for a change.  We're looking for a lay person who will make sure that the Anglican voice is heard clearly and firmly in discussions, supporting Jan and Joy at these meetings.  It would be great to hear from people who can carry on this important Ecumenical role. Please contact any of the clergy if you could offer your help. Ken Miles

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 welcomer’s would be happy to chat with you about it.

Sheila Jones has stepped down as Social Committee convenor: Huge thanks to Sheila and her team for working so hard organising refreshments for many an occasion over the years. We are now looking for someone (or two people) to take over this important role, and Sheila has prepared an outline of what it involves. Could this be your form of service to the church? Do chat to Sheila (412989) or to Rev'd Jan if you are interested.

Foodbank – Please help by donating items on the list of things needed which is available on box at the back of Church too.  Donations can be left in the box at church or in Tesco by the checkouts.  Please ensure all items are in date. Thank-you. 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.

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.

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.

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.

We Pray this week for:

Dorothy Watts, Robin Harper, Angela Cole, Robin Thomas, Daphne Ashton, Aileen Acton, Marion Kayaalp, Anne Watson & Joan Tuck.

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

We pray for those who are recently departed: Jean Tayler, Mervyn Clack,

John Adnams, Oliver Blackham, Ian McDonald, Kenneth Mann

and Christine Wood.

For those who died at this time of year: Stanley Watts, Maud Young,

Geoffrey Haigh, Elsie Langdale, John Thompson, Venita Blunos, Bryan Abrahams, Peter Birkett, Peter Sage & James Nutkins.

Weekly Newsletter – Please do give us plenty of notice for any requests, anything to be included for the weekend news needs to be received in the office by Wednesday evening 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)


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.