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The Sodbury Vale Benefice Chipping Sodbury, Old Sodbury, Horton & Little Sodbury

O U T LO O K

magazine

www.svbcofe.org.uk

June 2015

1 Jane is enrolled as a Companion of the Society of St Francis by Brother Damian. See 1


Nominated Person:

Contacts

Mrs Hilary Holder 01454 327118 This is the person to contact if you wish to express concern about suspected abuse of a child or vulnerable adult

Rector The Revd. Canon Jane Kenchington, 01454 313159 [Day off Friday] email jane@svbcofe.org.uk

Churchwardens

Associate Priest The Revd. Yvonne Brae, 01454 850682, Mob. 07908 513098 [Day

Chipping Sodbury

off Monday]

Joy Gibson 01454 319288 Jane Jones-Williams 01454 324970

email yvonne@svbcofe.org.uk

Assistant Curate The Revd. Peter Fewings, 07795 206590, email peter@svbcofe.org.uk

Reader (Licensed Lay Minister)

Old Sodbury

Mr Ian Yemm 07514 139825; 01454 318608 [Day off Saturday] email ian@svbcofe.org.uk

Karen Hunter 01454 319903

If you would like to know more about the Christian faith or are thinking about baptism or confirmation please speak with the ministers

Little Sodbury Brenda Cordy 01454 316447

Director of Music VACANT

Horton

Church Office

Tina Hildick-Smith 01454 320380 Richard Needs 01454 329890

Open during school term time Mon - Tue - Thu mornings 9.00 - 12.00 Administrator: 01454 325160 Michelle Jenkins - Mon, Tue & Thu AM

This magazine is brought to you Free by the four churches of the Sodbury Vale Benefice. If you would like to make a small donation towards production costs that would be most welcome. Thank you.

email: office@svbcofe.org.uk Web Site: www.svbcofe.org.uk

July-Aug Deadline Can you have all copy to Michelle in the Church Office by June 10th at the latest please.

Advertising: Sylvia Franklin 07788 111726

Editor: Michael Stephenson 01454 314094 email outlook@svbcofe.org.uk

Front Cover-Exhibit at Horton Flower Festival Photo by - Michael Stephenson

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Part of Julian House

St Vincent’s provides abstinence based supported housing to those who are in recovery from alcohol and/or drug misuse. The first of our fund raising events this year is an outdoor Garden Opera

Baptisms: We welcomed into the Church: James Ryan Michael Fews on 10 May at St John’s Old Sodbury Rosa Skye Burden on 10 May at St John’s Old Sodbury Steven James Burden on 10 May at St John’s Old Sodbury Jamie Brian Capel on 10 May at St John’s Old Sodbury

Cosi Fan Tutte Colston’s School, Bristol Sunday 14th June 2015

extend our sympathy to the families and friends of:

sung in English accompanied by chamber ensemble

Brian George Ewins on 1 May at Westerleigh Crematorium Barbara King on 20 May at St John’s Chipping Sodbury

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Ordination of Peter Fewings June 20 3.00 pm Gloucester Cathedral Our own Peter will be one of the deacons being ordained priest in Gloucester Cathedral on 20 June at 3.00 pm. Peter would be delighted if you would come along and join in the service. A coach is being organised to take people there, for details and to book your place contact Keith Stanley (01454 319467) or Paul Jones-Williams (01454 324970). Please include Peter in your prayers in the weeks running up to the event 3

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Dear Friends Later this month on the 20th June at Gloucester Cathedral I am being priested which means being ordained Priest. This got me thinking about what it meant to be a priest that was different from being a Deacon, which I am now. As an ordained Deacon I was responsible for serving the people, as a priest I am also responsible to be a messenger, watchman and steward, to teach and admonish, to feed and provide and to search and to guide so that people may be saved through Christ. I started by thinking that according to St Peter we are all a “priesthood” of believers (1Pet 2), so the responsibilities I have now might be relevant to you as well. What St Peter meant was that we are called to be special representatives of Jesus on this earth and there is no longer a need to go through a special person to be in touch with God. We all have a direct line to God since Jesus died on the cross for all of us. We all have a special anointing to be God’s chosen people and we are all holy. We all belong to God and we have a special mission to do this as a priesthood too. We join in the mission of God to love each other. Three Sundays ago I preached on the command of Jesus to love one another as I have loved you (Jn15). It was not, I noted, just a nice thing to do when we felt like it, but loving each other was something that underlies our love for God and our whole structure as Christians. It may not be easy or we may not like the idea of loving some people in the church, but it was our responsibility and our joy to do so. This is quite counter intuitive when we think about what the media usually means by love – that we have chosen a particular person who we get on well with as a friend or a partner who we bestow our love on. Those of us who are married or ‘partnered’ will know that being in love with our spouse means a lot of hard work! This is the same in our churches we need to work hard on loving each other and building bridges and forgiving each other even if that is only for being different. With Jane leaving us in not much more than a month’s time we have a greater responsibility to look after each other during the vacancy. We need to work on loving each other so that we can flourish as individuals and as a church. When it comes to choosing someone else what we have gained in being a loving community will show to those who will be thinking of coming to us. As I know Jane is writing the next editorial I want to take this opportunity of saying to Jane and Richard, Lizzie and Sarah, thank you for your care and your work in teaching us to be loving and to work together, we will miss you. We hope that you will settle well into your new church in Solihull.

Peter Revd. Peter Fewings, Curate

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Why is volunteering important to you?

Volunteering The Church is one of the largest voluntary organisations in the country. Like a tree which only flourishes because of its hidden but vast root system, so the Church can only flourish when every root and branch is healthy. I once attended a voluntary sector training course in which we were each given a picture of a tree and asked to decide where we would place ourselves on the tree. Am I a root who resources others and supports those in more visible places? Or am I right at the top of the tree, surveying the landscape and telling others what changes I see coming? Or am I sitting at the main junction of trunk and branches helping others to find their place in the tree? Jesus spoke of the kingdom of God being like a tree which provides shelter and food for many people. However, finding our place on that tree is not always easy. We need to have a clear and honest understanding of our own gifts and abilities. We need to understand our preferred style of working (team or individual; task or relationship). And we need some insight into what motivates us (am I passionate about social justice or about church buildings?). And once we have answered these questions (usually in conversation with others), we then need to know about specific roles and ‘job opportunities’ within our church or community, so that we find our place in the tree. Volunteering can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. The church is truly blessed with so many faithful volunteers. But is it time you assessed your place on the tree? Rt Revd Martyn Snow, Bishop of Tewkesbury

A volunteer describes her experiences Laura Risdale, Cheltenham I volunteer each summer with the Salvation Army Fellowship of Endeavour drama and music school. It supports people with disabilities and runs for a week at the National Star College. There are so many talented people in the group and this is a wonderful and safe place for them to shine. To me, it isn’t hard work – it is about being with friends and watching them as they are given the chance to develop their gifts. The beauty of volunteering is that I have learned so much about myself too; I have grown in my own personal walk and drawn closer to God through it.” From “The Messenger” www.gloucester.anglican.org

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So you may ask me, what is the point of this article. Well it is very much about the uniqueness of each one of us and a God who delights in the uniqueness of each and every bit of his creation. Our Creator meant us to be different from one another and to recognise that if we didn’t exist there would be a hole in creation and a gap in history. We would be the less without you. Uniqueness is a God given treasure. Enjoy it and share it around. God has counted the hairs on our heads (Luke 12:7) Scientists may have only just discovered the uniqueness of a zebra’s stripes, not long ago discovered the uniqueness of our fingerprints of our DNA. God’s known all about these things for ever. He made us in our uniqueness to be loved by her in a unique way that blesses the community around us. Yvonne

Z Y U and Bubbles The important thing about Z, U and Y is not that they come at the end of the alphabet but that they all have something to say. For instance did you know that Zebras are absolutely Unique, scientists have relatively recently discovered each zebra has different stripes and they can be told apart from one another by the design of these stripes. A herd of zebras can tell who is who in a crowd. It’s the same with bubbles, each bubble is unique in the way the colour hits it, its size and the way it joins up with other bubbles. Each bubble, like a zebra is unique and special. Now how about the Ys. Well that’s going to point towards YOU. Because each one of us is unique. Since the beginning of time not one person has been the same as You. No-one has had the same set of fingerprint as yours, no-one’s hair has grown in exactly the same way. No-one’s lips have the same markings on them. No-one’s skin has the same grooving pattern as yours. No one smells like you and no one’s eyes are exactly like yours. Plus, plus no one is loved by the same combination of people that love you. No one before and no one to come.

OPEN GARDEN DAYS Sat & Sun June 27th & 28th at Nutridge, Ram Hill, Coalpit Heath. BS362UF 2.00pm – 5.00pm Admission £3.00 Adults. Children under 16 free. A three acre garden with herbaceous borders, wooded area, shrubs and open spaces. Cream teas. Plants for sale. Musicians will perform on both afternoons. In aid of Yate-Genieri Link www.yategenierilink.org.uk

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Justin Welby says stop pretending all religions agree

Principal Service readings June June 7th (1st Sunday after Trinity) Genesis 3: 8 - 15 2 Corinthians 4: 13 - 5: 1 Mark 3: 20 - end Psalm 130 June 14th (2nd Sunday after Trinity) Ezekiel 17: 22 - end 2 Corinthians 5: 6 - 10, 14 - 17 Mark 4: 26 - 34 Psalm 92: 1 - 4, 12 - end June 21st (3rd Sunday after Trinity) Job 38: 1 - 11 2 Corinthians 6: 1 -13 Mark 4: 35 - end Psalm 107: 1 -3, 23 - 32 June 28th (4th Sunday After Trinity) Wisdom of Solomon 1: 13 - 15, 2: 23 - 24 2 Corinthians 8: 7 - end Mark 5: 21 - end Psalm30

Religious leaders risk fuelling extremism by pretending that all faiths are basically the same, the Archbishop of Canterbury has warned. The Most Rev Justin Welby said faith leaders seemed desperate to hide behind “bland” and “anaemic” statements about what they have in common rather than facing up to the “profound differences” between them. But he warned that the pretence that mainstream religions agree on everything is simply “dishonest” and risks leaving them impotent to halt the spread of extremism.

Have you taken any good photos? Have you got any good photographs that would look well on the front page of Outlook? Can you take a good photograph that would fit the need. I am always looking for photos that can enhance the front page of Outlook. Ideally they would be a local scene or church event (although last month’s red squirrel is hardly local) and have some relevance to the time of year (again not always achieved). Get your camera out, have a go, and send me a digital copy (preferably jpg) and see if you can feature in the magazine. Michael Stephenson outlook@svbcofe.org.uk

He said religious leaders must work together to provide an “alternative vision” to combat the influence of extremists. “If we don’t do that we leave all the good arguments in the hands of the radicals and that is the great challenge I face, and I believe we all face,” he said. “To do that we have to come together and have the difficult conversations in safe spaces and that's a very, very difficult thing up do.” “True friendships and relationships can withstand honesty about differences in values, opinions and religious understandings and a common commitment to mutual flourishing in diversity.” 7


Pray for the survivors of the Nepal earthquakes

Please join me in continuing to pray for our fellow believers in Nepal.

My heart is heavy as I think about our Christian brothers and sisters in Nepal. The church there is suffering greatly. Christians in Nepal were already a persecuted minority in Nepal, which prides itself in being a Hindu nation. Now, we’re hearing stories of Christians being blamed for causing the earthquake by angering the Hindu gods. Stories like Balajit, a new believer whose Hindu family is blaming his Christian faith for causing his injuries. Please keep praying with me for Balajit’s recovery and for his faith to remain strong.

If you would also like to provide material support, consider donating to our relief efforts. We are working with local pastors to provide emergency food and water to Christians in Nepal, especially those who have family members who have been killed or seriously injured. Please quote Nepal Relief Project 019 when making a donation to ensure your donation is given directly to the relief effort in Nepal. Yours in Christ Richard Norton Director-Siloam Christian Ministries, UK

I also want to share with you a story of great faith. Another Christian called Louise whose only son, just five years old, was killed in the earthquake. The first thing she said when she heard of her son’s death was, “The Lord gave, the Lord took. But I will live for the Lord.” What faith! Many years ago, I was involved in ministering to Christians behind the Iron Curtain. I always said that these visits to persecuted believers would “recharge my spiritual batteries”. Hearing these stories of faith from Nepal encourages me in the same way. I hope they encourage you too. 8


Bishop Michael

delighted to say that, following the completion of the review and Independent Risk Assessment, Bishop Michael has been cleared to take up ministry in his retirement. We are therefore now able to mark Bishop Michael’s committed and dedicated ministry to this diocese with a service of thanksgiving at Gloucester Cathedral on Saturday 13 June at 4.30pm. This Eucharist is open to all who would like to attend and Bishop Michael will preside and preach. Following the service there will be refreshments and an opportunity to express personal thanks to Michael and Alison. I look forward to seeing as many of you as are able, at that service With prayers and best wishes The Right Reverend Martyn Snow, Bishop of Tewkesbury

A letter from Bishop Martyn I am very pleased to be able to write to you to say that Lambeth Palace has t o d a y released a statement concerning our former Bishop. Michael Perham. Following a police investigation last year, which resulted in no further action, the matter in relation to Bishop Michael was reviewed by the Church of England in accordance with its national safeguarding policy. I am

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On Your Doorstep: Faithfully responding to your local community Wednesday 30 September 2015 Wall’s Club, Hammond Way, Barnwood, Gloucester, GL4 3HG All communities have challenges and all are blessed with people who want to share their time for the good of others. This September, you are invited to a full day event, which offers practical help and guidance as well as a time for reflection, on engaging with your community. The programme includes a variety of workshops on listening, identifying needs, communicating, fundraising and more. There will also be chance to hear from those who have enabled community projects, including keynote speaker the Revd Dr Sam Wells, vicar of St Martin in the Fields, London. There will also be workshops and a marketplace with o f f e r i n g s who Revd. Sam Wells organisations offer practical support to churches wanting to get started. This will be a day to share experiences, meet new contacts and care for God’s kingdom. Book by contacting Natasha Kent on 01452 835544 or email nkent@glosdioc.org.uk

The next count will take place in January 2016. Hilary Hurley 01454 311515 The Children’s Society Prayer Loving Lord, we thank you for The Children’s Society as it reaches out to young people experiencing pain and injustice. Guide and strengthen its work alongside children and young people who are homeless and on the streets, in prison or facing problems in the community. Grant us the wisdom to listen to the voices of the young and to respect their gifts and insights. Help us to work with them to create a fair and just society where we may all know the fullness of your love. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

From “The Messenger” www.gloucester.anglican.org

THE CHILDREN’S SOCIETY ANNUAL BOX COLLECTION 2014 The annual box opening has taken place and this year we have raised £783.69 in this Parish. Thank you all for your most generous donations. 10


Meet the new Student on Placement in our Benefice

West Gallery Music Workshop Winterbourne Medieval Barn Sat 27 June 10.30am - 4pm West Gallery music is the type of music sung in churches during the C18 and early C19, led by the village choir and the village band. The day will cost ÂŁ15, payable on booking (cheques to WMBT please), which includes tea, coffee and biscuits; please bring a packed lunch. There will be a small additional charge for the music printed for you, payable on the day. Booking forms can be downloaded from the website or are available from Linda Hall at hall.email@virgin.net Please book by Friday 12 June (and sooner if possible) details from the website www.winterbournebarn.org.uk 11

My name is Alison Walker, and I've been married to my husband, Paul, for just over a year. We moved to Shirehampton, Bristol in September from Oxford where we both studied Chemistry at the University of Oxford. Paul is now embarking on a PhD at the University of Bristol in Chemistry and I am coming to the end of my first year at Trinity College Bristol training to get ordained. I am really enjoying studying Theology and have already made some great friends who are a big support as we face difficult challenges together. I am from Shrewsbury and am very much a country girl so I'm looking forward to my placement at Chipping Sodbury and the surrounding villages! Alison Alison will be joining us soon for a short training placement as part of her ordination training.


Welcoming Children to Worship Over the years I’ve watched children in Church, including my own and wondered if they ‘got’ anything out of going to Church. I’ve watched them seemingly ‘switch off’ to what’s going on and even as they’ve grown older watched them vote with their feet. And that last bit particularly hurts. So I’ve been and probably still am, part of the let’s have lots of strategies to e n a b l e children to understand and engage in worship brigade. Yes let’s have visual aids to help children (and us) to worship, let’s have the time out so they can have their own space….. etc., etc. I also want to run with the understanding that there needs to be a time when the community of faith comes together and worships as a corporate body. But that bit is often hard for people to cope with, I understand that. I’ve been reading round a bit lately and you what the real nub of the issue is – Mark 36 verses 33 to 37: Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the way?’ But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’ Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, Whoever welcomes one 12

such child in my name welcomes ME, SENT ME.’ (Capital letters mine) Can you see what Jesus was creating throughout his ministry? A deep understanding of where children and others fit into His Kingdom. He repeats this understanding over and over again and indeed uses children to make his point. · To feed 5,000 men, He uses the gifts of a little boy. (John 6:5-13) · To demonstrate how to be great in God’s kingdom, He points to a child. (Mt. 1-4) · To explain how to enter the kingdom of God, He says we must be like a child. (Lk. 18:17) · He reprimands the disciples for keeping the children from reaching Him. (Mark 10:13-16) · He rejoices in the praises of children shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David!” (Mt. 21:15-16) · He rebukes those who cause “the children who believe in him” to sin. (Mt. 18:6) · He declares in no uncertain terms, “Let the little children come to Me and DO NOT hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 19:14) He heals children. He holds children. He includes children. He uses children. He appears to really, really like children and it would appear that children really liked him too. They never seemed far from His presence. They never seemed too young to understand, too distracting


to be a part, too uneducated to comprehend truth. How can it be then that Church should be a place where children are not engaged with other members of his body, somewhere where children and adults grow separately, not sharing with one another regularly? I’m not saying children shouldn’t go out together for a time, not saying they shouldn’t have colouring in pages etc., etc.. What I am saying is that we have to have it in our hearts as a Church that we desire to welcome all ages and all abilities. We, as a Benefice, must get the message out there that we welcome all regardless of peculiarities and eccentricities, we need to say we welcome you with your wonderful hearts, child-like faith, we NEED you, so welcome. We will structure ourselves to give you space time and an ability to join in with us. I don’t like it when parents and carers worry about the noise their child is making, sure we need to think of everyone - but don’t worry about it. Children are precious in God’s sight and see him for who he is and as Church we need to have that among us. “And He took them in His arms and blessed them, laying His hands upon them.” Mark 10:16

Cathedral Time Capsule Schools from the Gloucestershire School Partnership Programme recently spent a day at the Cathedral . The GSP initiative aims to raise attainment, aspirations and life chances of the pupils in the partnership. Excited pupils from 15 different schools travelled back in time The time capsule for a History Day at Gloucester Cathedral. The children took part in workshops, heard all about the history of Gloucester and the Cathedral and found time to dress up in medieval costumes. The glorious weather helped to round the day off when each school placed an item inside a time capsule before it was buried in the grounds where it will remain for 100 years. Maybe some of the children and their children will still be around to dig it up! The time capsule in situ

Archdeacon’s Visitation

St James the Great, Dursley on Sunday 7 June at 4.00pm. Jackie Searle, our archdeacon, will be holding her visitation service to swear in all the If we are to be the body of Christ then we Churchwardens cannot miss out a generation, particularly and PCC members as He says “to such belongs the kingdom for their year of of heaven.” Yvonne office. 13


Sodbury Vale Benefice Regular Weekly Events Monday

8.45am

Morning Prayer

St John’s, Chipping Sodbury

7.30pm

Bell Ringers’ Practice

Church Tower, Chipping Sodbury

Tuesday

8.45am

Morning Prayer

Church Centre, Upper Room,Chipping Sodbury

Tuesday

9.15pm

Stor'k'ies

St John's Church, Chipping Sodbury

Wednesday

8.30am

Morning Prayer

St John’s, Chipping Sodbury

Thursday

8.45am

Morning Prayer

St John’s, Chipping Sodbury

10.00am

Holy Communion

St John’s, Chipping Sodbury

7.00pm

Benefice Choir Practice

St John’s, Chipping Sodbury

7.00pm

Youth Club (age 11-18)

Baptist Church Centre

Friday

Note: No Morning Prayers on Bank Holidays

Sodbury Vale Benefice Forthcoming Events Sun

7th

June 2015 4.00pm

Archdeacon’s Visitation

St James the Great Dursley

Sun

14th

June 2015 9.30am

Civic service for Festival Week

St John’s, CS

Sat

20th

June 2015 3.00pm

Peter’s ordination

Gloucester Cathedral

Sun

21st

June 2015 9.30am

Peter’s first time presiding at the St John’s, CS Eucharist

Sun

28th

June 2015 11.15am Peter’s second time presiding at the St James, Horton Eucharist

Sun

28th

June 2015 12.45pm Benefice Bring and Share Lunch (and Vicarage Garden, if wet St bring your chairs!) John’s CS

3rd - 5th

July

2015

Benefice Retreat at Llangastry Retreat Info from Ian Yemm House

Thurs 9th

July

2015 7.30pm

Joint PCC

Sun

19th

July

2015 10.30am Benefice Service - Jane’s last service St John’s, CS in the Benefice

Wed

9th

Sep

2015 7.30pm

Jane’s institution as Rector of Solihull

St Alphege’s Solihull

Sat

26th

Sep

2015

Benefice Baptism Fun Afternoon

St John’s, CS

Sun

27th

Sep

2015

Harvest Communion

St John’s, CS

Sun

4th

Oct

2015

St John’s Communion

for

Harvest St John’s, CS

Sun

4th

Oct

2015

Harvest Family Communion

St John’s, OS

Mon

5th

Oct

2015

Old Sodbury’s Harvest Supper

Village Hall, OS

Sun

1st

Nov

2015 4.00pm

All Souls’ service

St John’s, CS

Nov

2015

Nativity Crib Festival

St John’s, CS

2nd - 6th

Horton Village Hall

Praise

If you don’t see your event in the list above please let me know, once it is on this calendar other people can put it on theirs! All times are subject to change look out for further details closer to the date. Michelle 01454 325160 office@svbcofe.org.uk


Sodbury Vale Benefice Calendar June 2015 Sun 7th First Sunday after Trinity

Mon

8th

Tue

9th

8.00am

Holy Communion

St John’s C/S

9.30am

St John’s Praise

St John’s, C/S

11.15am

Mattins

St James’, Horton

11.15am

Family Communion

St John’s O/S

4.00pm

Archdeacon’s Visitation

St James. Dursley

6.00pm

Evensong

St Adeline’s L/S

7.30pm

SJP Planning Meeting

Vicarage, CS

7.45pm

Mothers’ Union

Church Centre, C/S

9.15am

Storkies

St John’s, C/S

3.00pm

Meditation Meeting

Ring 312228 for venue

Wed

10th

7.30pm

Crib Meeting

Church Centre

Thurs

11th

10.00am

Holy Communion

St John’s C/S

10.45am

Coffee Shop

Church Centre C/S

7.30pm

CW’s & Treasurers Meeting

Church Centre C/S

Sun 14th

9.30am

Civic Service

St John’s C/S

Second Sunday after Trinity

11.15am

Holy Communion {CW}

St James’ Horton

11.15am

Family Service

St John’s O/S

6.00pm

Evensong{BCP}

St Adeline’s L/S

9.15am

Storkies

St John’s, C/S

Tue

16th

Thurs

18th

Sun 21st ThirdSunday after Trinity

10.00am

Holy Communion

St John’s C/S

10.45am

Coffee Shop

Church Centre C/S

9.30am

Family Communion

St John’s C/S

11.15am

Morning Prayer

St James’, Horton

11.15am

Holy Communion {BCP}

St John’s O/S

6.00pm

Evensong {BCP}

St Adeline’s L/S

Tue

23rd

9.15am

Storkies

St John’s, C/S

Thurs

25th

10.00am

Holy Communion

St John’s C/S

10.45am

Coffee Shop

Church Centre C/S

9.30am

Parish Communion

St John’s C/S

11.15am

Holy Communion

St James’, Horton

11.15am

Morning Praise

St John’s O/S

6.00pm

Holy Communion {BCP}

St Adeline’s L/S

9.15am

Storkies

St John’s, C/S

2.30pm

Tea and Chat

Church Centre, C/S

Sun 28th Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Tue

30h

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SVBMail One of the features of a healthy community is the quality of its communication. SVBMail was set up for the purpose of enhancing information sharing within the members of the Sodbury Vale Benefice. Today there are so many options for how we do this – and they are all valid. E-mail is one of the more obvious and efficient ways of communicating with people and for many of us checking our e-mail daily has become a way of life. With this in mind we have set up SVBMail for members of the Benefice to use. Simply it works like this: One message sent to svbmail@svbcofe.org.uk reaches everyone on the mailing list in one shot. Note that it goes to EVERYONE! But who is on the SVB mailing list? Right now we have about 100 e-mail addresses. If you do not receive mailings to SVBMail then it is most likely that your address is not on the list. Please send your e-mail address to me and I can add it. What do we use it for? So far we use it mainly to advertise Church-related events that are imminent. By this means we help fill the gaps for those who are not in church on Sunday, or for those who need reminders regarding what has already been announced in Outlook. But we could – and maybe should – take it further… Since anyone on the mailing list can use it we can use it for sharing many more things: · Urgent prayer requests ·

Personal stories of God’s faithfulness

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Answers to prayer

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Immediate needs for help for church events

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Etc.

This kind of sharing will help us feel more of a dynamic Christian community that functions 24/7. Who can post messages on SVBMail? You can if you are already on the mailing list. Any questions? Or do you want to be added to the SVB mailing list? Please send them to Frank at admin@svbcofe.org.uk 16

June Outlook 2015  

News, articles, dates and pictures from the four parishes of the Sodbury Vale Benefice Web: www.svbcofe.org.uk

June Outlook 2015  

News, articles, dates and pictures from the four parishes of the Sodbury Vale Benefice Web: www.svbcofe.org.uk

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