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The Sodbury Vale Benefice

Oct 2011



Chipping Sodbury, Old Sodbury, Horton & Little Sodbury

The committed committee of “Friends of Old Sodbury” recently held a coffee morning at the home of Sarah Weaver. As well as coffee there were plants, home made cards, jams and preserves and jewellery. As a result over £300 was raised for the church.

Thanks to Rich McD Photography for this great autumnal picture

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Old Sodbury


Val Walker 16A Melrose Avenue, Yate 01454 318286 Tony Dixon 16 Chatterton Road, Yate, BS37 4BJ 01454 321 528

Rector The Rev. Canon Jane Kenchington, 01454 313159 email Assistant Curate The Rev. Val Bexon, 01453 521417

Little Sodbury Nigel Rawlins Little Sodbury House, Little Sodbury, BS37 6QA 01454 312 269 Nancy Nagle Winchcombe Cottage,Little Sodbury End 01454 319798

Regular Weekly Events Sunday 9.00am Breakfast Club Church Centre Chipping Sodbury 11.00am Brunch Bunch, Church Centre Chipping Sodbury Monday 8.45am Morning Prayer, St John’s Chipping Sodbury 7.30pm Bell Ringers’ practice Church Tower Chipping Sodbury Wednesday 8.30am Morning Prayer, St John’s Chipping Sodbury Thursday 8.45am Morning Prayer, St John’s Chipping Sodbury 7.00pm Choir Practice, St John’s Chipping Sodbury Friday 10.00am Tubbie Tots Church Centre Chipping Sodbury 7.00pm Youth Club (age 11-18) Baptist Church Centre

Horton Tina Hildick-Smith Kirrin House, King Lane, Horton 01454 320380

Church Office Open during term time Monday, Tuesday & Thursday mornings 9.00 - 12.00 01454 325160 Email Web Site

Churchwardens Chipping Sodbury

Advertising Sylvia Franklin St. John’s Church Centre 07788 111 726

Paul Jones-Williams 1 Meadow Mead, Yate 01454 324970 Keith Stanley 132 Harescombe, Yate 01454 319467

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Dear Friends, 2011 marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James' Version of the Bible. Some people say that at the time when it was produced, this was the most influential publishing event in the English-speaking world. The words on the title page of the King James' Bible run as follows: "THE HOLY BIBLE: Containing the Old Testament and the New. Newly translated out of the original tongues: and with the former translations diligently compared and revised. By His Majesty's special commandment. Appointed to be read in churches. Imprinted at London by Robert Barker. Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty." The "former translations" are those of Tyndale and Coverdale, combined in the Matthew's Bible of 1537 and issued in 1539 as the Great Bible, the first to receive the royal imprimatur and to be placed in churches. A translation by Protestant exiles (the Geneva Bible) was the Puritans' favourite and the Bishops' Bible of 1568 was supervised by Archbishop Parker. King James' Bible was more than a light revision, however, and reigned supreme for nearly 300 years as the English Bible as the result of its scholarship. This translation had far-reaching effects on society in England. The Bible became so central to national life that one scholar has spoken of the English inhabiting a Biblical culture as a result. The advent of the KJV Bible helped to create the identity of the English language and inspired writers and musicians to embrace Biblical themes in their works; the Bible served as a critique of authorities; and it inspired hope and action in people, sometimes encouraging them to challenge the status quo in their Society. This month the Church remembers William Tyndale who was one of the Reformation martyrs, burned at the stake for having the courage to translate the Bible into English. His passion for making the Bible accessible to ordinary people puts us to shame when we so often take the Bible for granted and rarely allow it to really challenge our lives. William Tyndale spent some of his time as a Chaplain to the family at Little Sodbury Manor. To mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the KJV, Bishop Michael is coming to preach at St Adeline's, Little Sodbury on Sunday 16 October at 6pm. Please do come along to the service - you are all most welcome. With love and prayers,

Rev. Canon Jane, Kenchington, 01454 313159,



Back to Church Sundays Are you staying at home for Christmas? in October We will be having our Back to Church Sundays for the Harvest services, so please invite your friends to these services. They will be all-age, so will be suitable for children to attend: Sunday 2 October 9.30am at St John's, Chipping Sodbury - St John's Praise. There will be a "Bring and Share" Lunch at 12.45 in St John's on that day. Please DO come - we'd love to see you! ALL are welcome. Sunday 2 October 11.15am at St John's, Old Sodbury - Harvest Family Communion Sunday 9 October 11.15am at St James the Elder, Horton - Harvest all-age Communion


Would you open your home and share Christmas with a student from China, India, or some other part of the world, who would otherwise be stuck at an almost deserted UK university? HOST invites you to give Christmas to someone who is a guest in this country. HOST will match you with one or two guests to suit your household. More volunteer hosts are urgently needed for 1 to 3 days at Christmas, and weekends all year round. Please see or contact your local voluntary organiser, Lynette Chappin 02920 693903 Taken from "Our Diocese of Gloucester", which can be seen in full at:

Yate and Chipping Sodbury Foodbank. "A helping hand, a listening ear and a caring heart." What is a Foodbank? A foodbank collects food and then distributes it to provide short term relief to people in crisis. Why? The main reasons for feeding people are: i. Benefit delay ii. Low income/debt iii. Redundancy iv. Chronic, sudden illness v. Bereavement How? 1. Collecting the food Food is donated by shoppers, supermarkets, churches and schools. The food is generally tinned or packet with a long shelf life. 2. Collating the food The food is sorted, date controlled, weighed and packed into food boxes, each of which contains sufficient food for three days for a family of four. 3. Identifying the clients Vouchers are issued by Social Services, Health centres, schools, other charitable operations (e.g CAP advisors, Citizens Advice Bureau, Surestart, etc.) and churches when they identify people in crisis. In some instances, people will be "signposted" to the foodbank (e.g. by Jobcentre Plus). In the main, the foodbank will rarely identify its own clients and will not be involved in assessing need.

The client leaves with three days worth of meals for their family. Food boxes can also be provided to other charities and agencies for their clients with immediate needs, dependent on donations. The Need Government Indices of deprivation show that there are more than 13 million people in the UK living on the edge of poverty. Despite much of Yate and Chipping Sodbury appearing to be reasonably affluent, some of those 13 million will be in our midst. There are 32,500 identified deprived areas nationally. 162 deprived areas are in South Gloucestershire and 19 of these are in Yate and Dodington. Consequently, Yate and Dodington is designated a Priority Neighbourhood." What Support is required? The plan would be to sign up to membership of the Trussell Trust Network of Foodbanks. The rationale is that the Trust has now "seeded" 100 foodbanks across the country and has produced professional marketing materials, operating manuals, outline business plans, guidelines for hygiene, safety and legal impacts and they will provide training for volunteers. Last year they fed over 60,000 people. The ability to "network" with others who have been through the process will be valuable - it is logical to avoid re-inventing the wheel. Gloucester has a foodbank under this umbrella and Easton will be starting theirs on June 7th.

Signing up for a three-year contract with the Trussell Trust will cost ÂŁ1500 and the Diocese of Gloucester's Director for 4. Distributing the food Social Responsibility has indicated that The client presents the voucher at a "cafĂŠ" where there is a warm welcome, a the Churches Together can apply for a grant to meet this cost. The Diocese is drink and a "greeter" who gently establishes if there is any other help that fully behind us on this initiative. can be given and "signposts" that help. 6

Chipping Sodbury PCC is currently in discussion about joining in this initiative. Personally, I believe we should be joining in. Food Banks are being set up in other parts of our diocese. This isn't some "Yate novelty venture." The vision has come from Christians who long for the church to serve the needy in their local community. It is all about responding to the imperative in scripture - Isaiah 58:10 & Matthew 25:35 and it's all about Preserving Self Esteem and Reviving Hope. Please would you share your views with PCC members so they can gauge the level of support for this initiative. Jane Kenchington

Pastors party The newly formed Chipping Sodbury Street Pastors held a get together in the garden of one of their members as the forecasters promised barbeque weather. It was barbeque weather - as soon as it was lit it started to rain! which is about normal for a summer gathering.

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Undeterred, they chatted and munched and had their photos taken in 'civvies'. They are on the lookout for new members to join them on a Friday and Saturday night in Chipping Sodbury. If you can't get out on these nights why not join as a prayer partner? Talk to Val and she will tell you everything you need to know.


192 Badminton Road. Coalpit Heath Tel: (01454) 778838 24hr Service

Private Chapels of Rest at Coalpit Heath & Yate

Funerals: 12 August 2011: Interment of ashes at St John's, Old Sodbury: Georgena Edith Ellen Rushent 15 August 2011 at St James the Elder, Horton: Peter (Pete) David George Tily Baptisms: 4 September 2011 at St John's, Chipping 7 September 2011 at St John's, Chipping Sodbury: Robert Anthony (Tony) Copp Sodbury: Faye Danielle Tily & Charlie 8 September 2011 at Westerleigh Douglas Hill Crematorium: Arthur Sumner 14 September 2011 at St Adeline's, Little Marriages: Sodbury followed by burial at Chipping 19 August 2011 at St Adeline's, Little Sodbury: Andrew Read & Eve La-Garde Sodbury: Keith Brownlie 26 August 2011 at St Adeline's, Little Sodbury: Hayley Wiltshire & Stuart Harvest Supper Norman This years Harvest Supper at Old 10 September 2011 at St John's, Old Sodbury is in the Village Hall on October Sodbury: Charlene Blackmore & Andrew 3rd at 7pm. Please support this as it is in MacLean aid of the East Africa Drought Appeal.

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St John's Church, Chipping Sodbury 29 November - 4 December 2011 8 weeks to go! Have you got a crib you could

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lend us please? Chipping Sodbury will have seen nothing like it before! We have a camel coming to Chipping Sodbury - parading through the street from the Vicarage to the Church. The Chamber of Trade has kindly sponsored that. Lots of events will be happening at the church in addition to the displays of cribs. So do come along! It's a chance for the church to communicate the Christmas story and it's proving to be a really good opportunity to work with the local community. But we'll need all of you to help as volunteers either to welcome or guide or serve refreshments in church during the Festival. Paul Jones-Williams will be coming round with a clipboard to enlist your help, so please offer a bit of your time during this Festival. You won't regret it!

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Our annual service, to which we invite all those who have lost loved ones, will be on Sunday 30 October at 4pm in St John's Church, Chipping Sodbury. This is a service for the whole Benefice and everyone is welcome to attend this service. Please note that this year we have changed the time to 4pm. JK

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Save the Children Events Autumn Lunch Save the Children Autumn Lunch Chipping Sodbury Town Hall, Charter Suite, Thursday 6th.October 2011 at 12 noon for 12.30 Guest Speaker Graham Dougan from The "Elsa" Trust Tickets ÂŁ12

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Christmas celebration in Song Age UK and Save the Children Christmas Celebration in Song. A concert with The Harlequin Singers Thursday 8th December 2011 at 7.30 pm St. John's Church, Wickwar Road, Chipping Sodbury Tickets ÂŁ6

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Bishop Michael's Letter Broken Society, Broken Christ In October we have the party conferences and then the return of parliament. No doubt in both there will be analysis of the August riots on our city streets. Reflecting on what happened and on things that were said in the immediate aftermath are important if we are genuinely to learn and to address the issues. There are some mistakes that are easily identified, things said or policies adopted in the heat of the moment that, in retrospect, we ought to regret. Can it really make any sense to evict from their homes people whose children were involved in rioting, adding to the homeless population and putting some vulnerable people on the streets? Is there a real case for putting in prison a mother of young children whose sole crime is to receive stolen goods? Although a short sharp experience of prison might well teach some foolish young people a lesson, will sentences of several years in prison really improve them or society? Christianity with its concern for justice and for the poor has things to say when we are exploring such questions. More fundamentally we need to explore the statement that our society is broken, or even sick. Again Christian faith has something to say. It talks about brokenness, looks to the brokenness of Jesus on the cross and invites us to share broken bread, a sign of the fragility of our lives. Clearly our society is, at a certain level, a fractured one, but the response to the riots also showed a society in which there is solidarity with neighbours, compassion for the 12suffering, and respect for one another.

That impressive gathering of thousands to honour the three men who died in Birmingham defending their community showed that. The truth is that human nature, the human nature of each one of us, is a mixture of good and evil. We are fallen humanity, capable of heroism and of love, but spoiling it often by selfishness and sin - and that is a kind of sickness. But that is not just about some disenchanted "underclass". It is part of each one of us. It is why we need a Saviour and have one in Jesus, who was broken that we might be put together again. From the Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt. Revd. Michael Perham Taken from "Our Diocese of Gloucester", which can be seen in full at:

Bishop Michael at Little Sodbury

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Sunday 16 October St Adeline's Church, Little Sodbury 6pm There will be a service of Evensong according to the Book of Common Prayer at which Bishop Michael, our Diocesan Bishop, will be preaching. Do come along and celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

Benefice Service Sunday 30 October at 10.30am Our next Benefice service will be at the end of October at St Adeline's, Little Sodbury. Our preacher will be the new Dean of Women Clergy for this Diocese, the Revd. Robbin Clark. Robbin comes from the United States of America where she has been a priest for many years. She has been in post since last April.

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The hassocks at St Adeline's, Little Sodbury, have been looking the worse for wear for some time. Nancy Nagle solved the problem by organising sponsorship for new Kneelers. She has persuaded most of the congregation to sponsor one or more hassocks. The sponsor chooses the design, and if they wished can do the needlework themselves, as some have, but for others volunteers were found to do the work. The hassocks were then expertly put together by Alison Barton to produce the finished article. On the evening of Wednesday 17th August the church held a viewing at St Adeline's to show off the new hassocks and thank all the sponsors. The hassocks were laid out in front of the altar, acknowledging the sponsors and making a very colourful display. Light refreshments and wine were served and about 40 people attended, viewing the new kneelers and having a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Thanks to Nancy, Alison and all the needle workers (not all ladies).

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