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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

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

November 2015


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

VACANT

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

Reader (Licensed Lay Minister) Mr Ian Yemm 07514 139825; 01454 318608 [Day off Saturday] email ian@svbcofe.org.uk

Old Sodbury 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 one of the the ministerial team

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 Administrators: 01454 325160 Michelle Jenkins Trish Gailey

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

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

Front Cover- Autumn Beginning Photo by Michael Stephenson

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Church schools struggle to recruit Christian Heads The Church of England is struggling to find enough Christian headteachers to lead its 4,700 primary and secondary schools. The 4,500 primary schools and 200 secondary schools, which are among the best in the country and are highly soughtafter by parents, are having to recruit from other faiths or none at all to fill the posts. The Church of England has a policy that headteachers in its schools need not be church members but must be "on board" with Anglican values. This is in contrast to the Catholic Church where headteachers in its schools must be practising Catholics. About a million children attend CofE schools. The Church is the biggest sponsor of academies in England. More than 500 independent schools are also CofE. Recruitment of school leaders with the necessary understanding and commitment is proving increasingly difficult, and sometimes impossible. Many dioceses have become more flexible around the requirement that headteachers need to be practising Christians and can reference successful church school heads who are from other faiths or none at all but are able to maintain a clear vision for education. It warns of a risk to the Church's vision of education if enough teachers and school leaders with a deep understanding of and engagement with the Church of England cannot be deployed. There was also a perception from outside "that it may be more difficult" to be a headteacher in a CofE school. The problems were particularly severe in rural dioceses such as Exeter and Norwich.

Baptisms: We welcomed into the Church: Isla Grace Vickers on 27 September at St John’s, Chipping Sodbury Max George Phillpott, on 11 October at St John’s, Old Sodbury Amelia Siyanda Nyandodo, on 11 October at St John’s, Old Sodbury

Marriages: We send our congratulations to: Kate Gardner and Craig Long, on 3 October at St John’s, Old Sodbury James Murden and Charlotte Harris, on 10 October at St John’s, Chipping Sodbury

Funerals:We extend our sympathy to the families and friends of:

Allan Alfred Marshall on 13 October at Westerleigh Crematorium

Fish and Chip Babies This comes to thank all of you who have been knitting brightly coloured vests to send to Soweto for new born babies. Soweto is the slum area of Johannesburg; some 45,000 people live there without running water or sanitation. The mothers have no clothes for their new babies so the maternity ward wrap them up in newspaper to keep them warm, hence the name. We have, to date, sent over 100 vests and they will be very welcome. Thank you all very much Edna Barnham 3


Dear Friends I have a couple of friends who enjoy Christmas so much they begin counting down the days from about the end of September. It appears they now realise how provocative their daydreaming is so they make even more references to the countdown to Christmas. I just want to shout November, what about November???? November - a month of beautiful autumnal colours and changeable weather, each day different to the previous one, days of red and yellow. November that brings us All Saints Day, Remembrance Sunday and the beginning of the Advent season. Did you know that November, February and March all begin on the same day of the week except on a leap year? A fact of questionable interest methinks. I can understand how my friends enjoy Christmas though, their faith has yet to begin and they see Christmas as a time of escapism into a world where all is bright lights, fun and presents. It’s not difficult to understand the need to escape in this day and age when, via the Internet and TV, we have 24 hour news and are continually confronted with troubling situations happening across the world. There are so many it’s hard to have any kind of reasonable understanding of how to think or react to such a barrage of problematic situations. One minute shootings, the next extreme poverty and so it goes on. Sixty five years ago CS Lewis wrote a letter to a friend about this issue of living in a time of wars and rumours of war in all its various forms. He cautioned that in grappling with problems across the world it is very easy to overlook those on our own doorstep. Very timely advice for today when there is a need to keep our eyes open to those calling for help from the world stage and yet be aware of those near-by us who are also asking for our support. November is a month that enables us to have that balance of awareness I believe. It offers us Remembrance Day when we recall all those who gave sacrificially of their time so that we might have ours; All Saints Day, a day of reflection when we recall all those who have gone before us and we have the beginning of Advent which season echoes our own longing as we wait for our Lord to come into these very present troubling situations. Remembrance, reflection and longing for the joy to come. Life may not appear to be light and bright yet if we can just spend a moment looking closer to home, we can see blessings to take us forward, blessings that are greater than the biggest amount of glamour and glitter and are found in those around us. 4


Malcolm Guite captures these blessings in his sonnet A Last Beatitude And blessed are the ones we overlook; The faithful servers on the coffee rota, The ones who hold no candle, bell or book, but keep the books and tally up the quota, The gentle souls who come to ‘do the flowers’. The quiet ones who organise the fete, Church sitters who give up their weekday hours, Doorkeepers who may open heaven’s gate. God knows the depths that often go unspoken Amongst the shy, the quiet, and the kind, Or the slow healing of a heart long broken, Placing each flower so for a year’s mind. Invisible on earth, without a voice, In heaven their angels glory and rejoice. Kindnesses do not go unnoticed. …for it is God who works in you, both to will and to Yvonne work for his good pleasure. Philippians 2:13

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THE FRIENDS of OLD SODBURY CHURCH Invite You To

Antara Flute and Harp Duo Sponsored by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust

at St JOHN the BAPTIST CHURCH, OLD SODBURY SUNDAY 22nd November Come along at 2:00 or 3:00 PM Everything Provided!

at the Town Hall, Chipping Sodbury, BS37 6AD

on Tuesday 10 November 2015 at 7:30 pm Tickets available on the door Adults £13.00, School-age children FREE

Tickets £6:00 per pudding for a Family Stir!

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One Christian is martyred every five minutes

St Adeline’s Church Little Sodbury

Christian Freedom International (CFI) has found that more than 200 million followers are facing persecution in 105 countries. This makes Christianity the most persecuted religion in the world. The report has found that more Christians have been martyred in the 20th and 21st centuries than during the previous 19 centuries combined. North Korea is at the top of the list, followed by Somalia and Iraq. Most of the 50 countries listed are either in the Middle East or Africa. As part of this year's International Day of Prayer, 8th November, CFI are encouraging Christians to join them in praying for those who are persecuted.

presents

An Advent FaYRE Saturday 5 December 10:30am to 2:00pm After you have visited the Crib Festival at St John’s Chipping Sodbury come on over to us and do some Christmas Shopping

Enjoy coffee or tea with Mince pies Browse round the stalls of Cakes, Jams, Chutneys, Books and other goodies

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Principal Service readings November

request. Since 1956, it has been a fixture, only taken down if organisers specifically want it to go. Labour-run Hyndburn Council removed the symbol after ruling that 40 per cent of services are secular. Today Anglican Bishop of Burnley, Philip North, said: “This is symptomatic of actions often taken by secular authorities to strip away the outward signs of faith around us. “At the census a majority of people in Lancashire identified as Christian and many arriving at the crematorium will want, and indeed expect, the cross to be there to offer them comfort.

November 1st (All Saints’ Day) Wisdom of Solomon 3: 1 - 9 Revelations 21: 1 - 6a John 11 : 32 - 44 Psalm 24: 1 - 6 November 8th (Remembrance Sunday) Jonah 3: 1 - 5, 10 Hebrews 9: 24 - end Mark 1: 14 - 20 Psalm 62: 5 -end November 15th (Second Sunday before Advent) Daniel 12: 1 - 3 Hebrews 10: 11 - 14, 19 - 25 Mark 13: 1 Psalm 16

Christmas is coming

November 22nd (Christ the King) Daniel 7: 9 - 10, 13 - 14 Revelations 1: 4b - 8 John 18: 33 - 37 Psalm 93

For all your Christmas cards, gifts, food and decorations, view the wide variety of products from Traidcraft available from our stall at the Chipping Sodbury Farmers Market, every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month and there will be a Special Christmas Market on Saturday 12th December. You will not only be giving unique gifts to your family and friends, but you will be supporting producers around the globe to trade their way out of poverty.

November 29th (The first Sunday of Advent) Jeremiah 33: 14- 16 1 Thessalonians 3: 9 - end Luke 21: 25 - 36 Psalm 25: 1 - 9

Cross is removed from Crematorium After a £20,000 refurbishment at Accrington Crematorium in Lancashire, officials removed the large wooden cross, returning it for individual services on

Contact Jane and Paul JonesWilliams 07980240103 7


Turning Point Bible Holiday Camps 2015

the rulers was something that the kids can learn from their lives. Each morning, the staff team would act out the day’s scripture and the teams would re-enact the plays to show how they understood the teaching. The creativity and talent were amazing to watch. The camp hosts awarded points to the teams according to their performance. Ball games and art classes involving bead-work and painting were slotted in the afternoon and swimming cooled us all down as the sun was hot. Every evening the students would watch a movie after a well prepared supper. We lit a campfire on the last night and songs and storytelling kept us up most of the night. Eventually when the fire died out we were all ready to sleep and pack for home but not without knowing the winning team. The Reds emerged victorious, followed by the Orange team, the Blues and Greens in that order. Though the winner received a small gift, there was no loser, we had all won happiness and the bond of friendship. Interacting with each other closely and getting to know more about the students,

Enjoying time out of a busy schedule is everyone’s wish. To have time to interact with friends, relax and learn new things. After a long term at school, Turning Point took our students for a one week camp out of town. The experience for both students and staff attending for the first time, like me, was awesome and memorable.

It all started with boarding buses to the venue in Machakos, a two hour journey from Nairobi. One the way one can view the beautiful landscape that ends with the horizon touching the azure sky. Along the way the bus was filled with murmurs and I could tell that the students were planning and expecting to have a good time. On arrival the camp hosts welcomed each student with a handshake and various items like t-shirts, shorts and shoes for use during the camp. The students were divided into teams - Green, Orange, Red and Blue, and then the camp was on! Everyone raring to go and find who eventually comes out on top. For the next four days, we would run, swim, play soccer, act and read the Bible. The theme of the camp was the book of Daniel. The resilience of Daniel, Meshack, Shadrack and Abednego and the pride of

it was a week well spent. When leaving for Nairobi all we could say is thank you God for the awesome time and memories and to Machakos, asante for hosting us till next time. 8


First Communion

From January to June last year I did about twelve sessions on a Saturday to prepare for my First Communion. We learnt about God’s greatest gifts such as friendship, baptism, creation, and most importantly the Eucharist. I believe that communion is receiving Jesus. This is a good thing because it makes us more like him. On my First Communion Day I wore a blue suit and red tie. There were lots of friends and family and I made it with lots of people from my class. All the First Holy Communion children sang a song to the congregation called “You have called us by our name”. This is fitting because on that special day I felt like I had been called by God. This song also ties in with everyone because the second line is “we belong to you” and I believe that we all belong to God because he made us all. I am now also an altar server and also a part of the chaplaincy team at St Paul’s School where we prepare and lead whole school worship. I hope that St John’s let children make their First Holy Communion as I think it is very important. Maybe St John’s could get some children to be altar servers and I could train them! STOP PRESS! I have got into Bristol Cathedral Choir and have just started as a probationer chorister. So now I get to go to three different churches!!

Hello, my name is George. I am nine years old and I go to St Paul’s Catholic Primary School. I have just started Year 5. Today I am going to tell you about my First Communion which happened last year on the 29th June 2014. My sister and I are special because we were baptised into two churches - the Catholic

Church and the Anglican Church because our Mum is a Catholic and Dad is an Anglican. I can’t remember my baptism but Mum says that I was baptised by Fr Eugene and Rev Chris Wray together and there were lots of people there from both churches. I think that a good thing about going to two churches is that you get to know what the two churches do similarly, the same and differently. My sister, Zoë, who’s six and crazy!!, says “A good thing about going to two churches is I get to meet two different lots of people and try two different children’s liturgy groups” and “A lot of the things are the same like they both have hymns, gospel, prayers and Communion. A difference is that at St John’s I get to carry the Gospel and at St Paul’s I get to carry the crucifix. I like doing those things because it makes it more interesting and helps me understand”. 9


Landmark moment for parishes This autumn, the first Diocese of Gloucester Pastoral Assistants were commissioned at Evensong. These 47 people have trained over two terms to help with pastoral work in their home parishes. Many of them have already been volunteering in this way, but this commissioning reflects their training and formally recognises their vital role. From “The Messenger” www.gloucester.anglican.org

Opening the Book - and Reading It W i l l i a m Tyndale is one of our local heroes – possibly the greatest – and we enjoy the very tangible connection we have with him through St Adeline’s, Little Sodbury. Tyndale’s Statue in Bristol His most notable achievement was in getting the Bible translated and available for us to read in English – and he gave his life in pursuit of that cause. One of his motivations came out of despair that the clergy of his day did not know their Scriptures. We might excuse them on the basis of their having had to read them in Latin – or even in the original Greek. But Tyndale went further than that – he wanted even the plowboy to be able to read the Bible. Today we are in a much more privileged position – we have the Bible in so many

versions. We also have it available to us on-line, on our smartphones (thanks to YouVersion) and in every form imaginable. We may not even bother to take our Bibles to church (as we used to!) because the passages of scripture are printed out – or projected on a screen. To read our Bibles on a regular basis, however, we might need some help to get started. Also, to get much joy out of this privilege – for that is really what it is – we might need some help. For a few years I did not subscribe to any Bible Reading plan – but finally came to the conclusion that it would make life a lot easier if I had a regular commitment through Bible reading notes. I finally went back to Scripture Union which was where I had started as a small boy – with Key Notes! But there are many other plans to enrol in – like those offered by BRF – Bible Reader’s Fellowship. Premier Christian Radio also offers free daily notes. You can find a selection on our SVB website – on the Media page at www.svbcofe.org.uk/media-resources/. Reading our Bible helps maintain our spiritual freshness – every day. Without this discipline we are likely to find it difficult to ever get out of first gear in our Christian walk and pilgrimage. Moreover, by cultivating this good habit, we shall possibly be paying the highest tribute to William Tyndale who believed in it so passionately that he was prepared to die for it. Frank Gray

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A Quiz for the Knowledgeable The Answers

HOLIDAY HOME

Do you remember the questions? (Page 11 September Outlook)

1. The one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends: Boxing. 2. North American landmark constantly moving backward: Niagara Falls .. The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute. 3. Only two vegetables that can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons: Asparagus & rhubarb. 4. The fruit with its seeds on the outside: Strawberry. 5. How did the pear get inside the brandy bottle? It grew inside the bottle. The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small, and are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the entire growing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems. 6. Three English words beginning with dw: dwarf, dwell and dwindle... 7. Fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar: Full stop, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation mark, quotation mark, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses. 8. The only vegetable or fruit never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh: Lettuce. 9. Six or more things you can wear on your feet beginning with 'S': Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates, snowshoes, stockings, stilts. 11

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Faith in the World: Artist PJ Crook reflects on her faith

Since the dawn of time we mortals have made images, whether it be painted on a cave wall or carved in bone, trying to express the mysteries of that which we feel but cannot comprehend. So it is not surprising that this tradition has brought forth the creation of some of the most sublimely moving art forms that draw believers and non-believers alike to flock to the places where these wonders can be seen, like pilgrims of old. Thus art, the silent, universal, visual language helped hand down Christianity through the ages long before the printing press and still inspires us today. Our magnificent Cathedral is Gloucestershire’s most visited attraction. Within its walls the soul uplifted is totally in awe of this magnificent edifice lovingly crafted by the hands of so many to render it glorious; this is echoed throughout the churches of the Diocese. How eloquent that art inspired by Christianity can also speak to those of other creeds or none. Working in the solitary confines of my studio is not unlike the monastic life. I feel I am in silent dialogue with my Maker, working intuitively from memory and playing with time. When the work becomes problematic I often flounder in the struggle

to make it right but then as if from nowhere comes the answer; like inspiration itself sometimes mysterious and unbid. Is it this intensity of emotion between the artist and canvas that entices the viewer in to partake in the dialogue, for without the viewer the story would remain untold? Art speaks in many different ways; two of the charities I have the honour of being patron of are Artshape (based in Gloucester) which works with the disadvantaged and COS, a conglomerate of two hundred artists, some of whom are therapists working with patients on prescription; others, like Deepspace, with schools and the community; and a group at Christ’s Church who are organising a Christian Arts Festival 8 - 24 April 2016 www.ChristianArtsFestival.org PJ Crook is currently working on a large triptych altarpiece for St Michael and Angels, Bishops Cleeve which already houses her Rood screen.

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First female Bishop in the Lords History was made last month when Bishop Rachel became the first female bishop to sit in the House of Lords. She is now one of the Lords Spiritual. Bishop Rachel said: “Through the parish system, which covers every part of England, the Church of England has a detailed understanding of what is important to people’s lives, and where transformation is most needed. This is the voice I seek to bring to the House, together with the wisdom and transformation which only comes from the Good News of Jesus Christ.” From “The Messenger” www.gloucester.anglican.org


The disconnect between church and men

The Spirituality Network for Gloucestershire

Two of the largest Christian ministries in the UK have entered into a 10-year partnership with the vision of seeing one million men engage with the Church by 2024.

Saturday 28th November 2015 BEFORE THE MARVEL OF THE NIGHT A Quiet Day for Advent Led by

Gill Roberts Christian Vision for Men (CVM) and Member of BURG (Baptist Union Retreat Group) Premier Christian Media (PCM) will be at collaborating on campaigns to engage men with the good news of Jesus, Christ The King Roman Catholic Church encouraging churches to set up men's Castle Street, Thornbury BS35 1HA groups and make the ordinary man feel 10.00am to 3.00 pm more welcome. Cost £10 Carl Beech, director of CVM, will become a media spokesperson on men's ministry within PCM.

To reserve your place Contact Revd. Liz Palin 01242 575547 liz.palin@northchelt.org.uk Please make cheques payable to “The Spirituality Network for Gloucestershire”

"It is well known that men seem to require more time to respond to the Christian message than women and take an average of five years to come to a position of faith after first hearing the Gospel," says Peter Kerridge, chief executive of PCM. Beech has said "The spiritual make-up of this country has changed dramatically during the past two decades and we believe that evangelism to men needs to be long-term and persistent, with friendship as a priority. CVM is an evangelistic movement passionate about making Jesus known to men. They work in the UK as well as in 16 other countries around the world, and 13

do that by running small groups, events, training and providing resources. Their vision is connecting men to Jesus and the Church to men; that's our big thing. I think the problem is the sort training church leaders get. If you open the average church bulletin, most activities you see there are for women and children. Most of the people we pray for on a Sunday are the sick, the women's group, the children's group, the Bible study or those in the caring professions like teachers and doctors, so the message isn't what men are facing at work Monday to Friday, so I just think there's some disconnect taking place there.


Sodbury Vale Benefice Regular Weekly Events Monday

8.45am

Morning Prayer

St John’s, Chipping Sodbury

7.30pm

Bell Ringers’ Practice CS

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

730pm

Bell Ringer’s Practice Horton

St James’, Horton

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

Thursday

Friday

Note: No Morning Prayers on Bank Holidays

Sodbury Vale Benefice Forthcoming Events 2nd - 6th

Dec

Nativity Crib Festival

St John’s, CS

Dec

10:30am St Adeline’s Advent Fayre - 2:30pm 6.00pm Carol Service

St James’, Horton

18th

Dec

6.30pm

Carol Service

St Adeline’s, Little Sodbury

Sun

20th

Dec

5.00pm

Carol Service

St John’s, Old Sodbury

Sun

20th

Dec

7.00pm

Carol Service

St John’s, Chipping Sodbury

Thurs

24th

Dec

3.00pm

Christingle

St John’s Chipping Sodbury

Thurs

24th

Dec

3.00pm

Crib Service

St John’s Old Sodbury

Thurs

24th

Dec

4.30pm

Christingle

St John’s Chipping Sodbury

Thurs

24th

Dec

8.00pm

Christmas Communion

St James’, Horton

Thurs

24th

Dec

11.30pm Midnight Communion

St John’s Chipping Sodbury

Sun

27th

Dec

10.30am Benefice Service

St Adeline’s, LS

Wed

10th

Feb

7.30pm

Sat

5th

Dec

Sun

13th

Fri

St Adeline’s, Little Sodbury

Holy Communion for Ash Wednesday St John’s OS

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 November 2015 Holy Communion

St John’s, C/S

St John’s Praise

St John’s, C/S

Morning Prayer {BCP}

St James’, Horton

Family Communion

St John’s, O/S

4.00 pm

All Souls’ Service

St John’s, C/S

6.00pm

Evensong {BCP}

St Adeline’s, L/S

8.00am 9.30am Sun 1st All Saints and All 11.15am Souls 11.15am

Tue

3rd

9.15am

Storkies

St John’s, C/S

Thurs

5th

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

Remembrance Day Service

St James’, Horton

11.15am

Remembrance Day Service

St John’s, O/S

3.00pm

Civic Remembrance Service

War Memorial, C/S

6.00pm

Evensong {BCP}

St Adeline’s, L/S

Sun 8th Remembrance Sunday

Mon

9th

2.00pm

Mothers’ Union

Church Centre, CS

Tue

10th

9.15am

Storkies

St John’s, CS

3.00pm

Meditation Meeting

Ring 312228 for venue

Wed

11th

7.30pm

Crib Festival Meeting

Church Centre, CS

Thurs

12th

10.00am

Holy Communion

St John’s C/S

10.45am

Coffee Shop

Church Centre C/S

11.00 am

Computer Clinic

Church Centre, C/S

9.30am

Family Communion

St John’s, C/S

11.15am

Mattins {BCP}

St James’, Horton

11.15am

Holy Communion {BCP}

St John’s, O/S

6.00pm

Evensong {BCP}

St Adeline’s, L/S

Sun 15th Second Sunday before Advent Tue

17th

9.15am

Storkies

St John’s, CS

Thur

19th

10.00am

Holy Communion

St John’s, C/S

10.45am

Coffee Shop

Church Centre, C/S

2 and 3 pm

Stir up Sunday, pudding making

St John’s, O/S

9.30am

Parish Communion

St John’s C/S

11.15am

Holy Communion {CW}

St James’ Horton

11.15am

Morning Praise {CW}

St John’s O/S

6.00pm

Holy Communion {BCP}

St Adeline’s L/S

2.00pm

Tea and Chat Afternoon

Church Centre, CS

3.00pm

Meditation Meeting

Ring 312228 for venue

10.00am

Holy Communion

St John’s C/S

10.45am

Coffee Shop

Church Centre C/S

10:30 am

Benefice Service

St James’ Horton

Sun 22nd Christ the King

Tue

24th

Thurs

26th

Sun 29th Advent Sunday

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The 2015 Crib Festival - Get involved! There are just a few weeks to go before we open the doors of Chipping Sodbury Parish Church and welcome visitors to The Sodbury Vale Nativity Crib Festival. They will see a wonderful array of cribs, some made by children, others gathered from around the world. Please may we borrow a crib if you have one? Do you know a family member, friend or neighbour who has one? If so please ask them to loan it to us. We ask that they come to us on Monday 30/11/05 in the morning from 09.00 onwards. We need your help: please to be part of the welcoming team by offering to fulfil the tasks on the rotas, helping with the craft activities or stewarding. Can you support the very successful Cafe by baking cakes and biscuits or making soup? We do hope you will be able to be part of the festival in this way. There are many activities for children throughout the Festival: please see the leaflets or online at www.svbcofe.org.uk/2015-crib-festival/ The festival has become a very important part of the local community calendar and attracts people from a very wide area. We have many local organisations giving us support which is really encouraging. I believe we are one of a very few churches who hold such an interesting and interactive event, so please be part of it. Please contact us in the following ways, The Church Centre at office@svbcofe.org.uk or 01454 325160 Liz Gregson at woodchip@waitrose.com or 01454 318883 All information is on the website and there is a video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/5Hfycuvx-yk I am looking forward to the festival and I am sure it will prove very popular and be a wonderful, happy and welcoming event for all to participate and enjoy. I would like to thank everyone for all the help and support, especially that which has been given to me. Liz Gregson 16

Nov Outlook 2015  
Nov Outlook 2015  

The monthly magazine of the Sodbury Vale Benefice of churches

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