For those that don’t know, Storkies is an outreach to mothers and young children that is run by volunteer church members on a Tuesday morning in St John’s Chipping Sodbury. It has become a great success, this week they had 35 children and 29 adults at the session. This gave the opportunity to express something of the Easter message through the story of a caterpillar transforming and changing into a new beginning. Through storytelling, praise parade and craft activities comes the chance to share the gospel with a group of people who never normally come to church and who probably would never have considered doing so. This is offering a bridge to church life and reaches out to people who are lonely and need support and shows them the love of Jesus in action. StorKies is probably the best and most successful outreach in this area and it is at risk due to lack of helpers. Can you offer some time, an hour or two, on a Monday evening to help set up the church and/or on a Tuesday from 11:30am to help pack away. If you cannot help do you know someone, not necessarily church members, who may be able to offer their time. If you can help or know of someone who might help please contact: Joy Gibson 01454 319288 or Jane Jones-Williams 01454 324970
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Benefice Holy Communion Thursday Mornings 10:00 am St John’s, Chipping Sodbury Join us for an hour each Thursday morning for a friendly service, for the whole benefice, followed by tea/coffee, biscuits and a chat in the Church Centre.
Please do what you can. If StorKies has to close all these souls could be lost to the Kingdom of God 8
The monthly magazine of the Sodbury Vale Benefice of churches