Services for Holy Week

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SERVICES FOR HOLY WEEK

Monday 10th April          7.30pm Joint service of Reflection with the Roman Catholic                                                   Congregation at St Margaret Mary Church.

Tuesday 11th April         7.30pm Eucharist at All Saint’s Church, Staunton

Wednesday 12th April   7.30pm Eucharist at St Peter’s Church, Clearwell

Thursday 13th April       7.30pm Maundy Thursday Foot Washing and Stripping of the                                                Altar at the Good Shepherd, Broadwell.

Good Friday                   2pm An hour at the Cross at the Good Shepherd, Broadwell

Holy Saturday                7.30pm  Evening Vigil & Eucharist @ St Saviour, Redbrook

                                         8pm  Evening Vigil & Eucharist @ St Margaret Mary, High Nash, Coleford

Easter Day                    

9.30  Eucharist at All Saint’s Church, Newland

11am Eucharist at The Good Shepherd, Broadwell

11am Eucharist at St Peter’s Church, Clearwell

 

Redbrook Church Roof

Good news!   Work is due to start on Redbrook Church Roof on January 11th.
Redbrook Church has been awarded a grant, in a competitive national scheme, for roof repairs of £34,600!  Hooray!

We still need to raise a little bit more money to go with that grant in order to get the work completed.  We need just £500.  

If you would like to donate directly to our Redbrook Roof Appeal, you can do so here
A
ny money raised over the target will be directed to the floor project fund.  We hope the renewal of the floor will be able to proceed shortly after the roof is completed.

United Parish service – March 29th

We hold united parish services every last Sunday of the month, at one of our places of worship.

This month, we will be at All Saints Church, Newland, for our Palm Sunday service.

It will be an All Age Eucharist Service at 10:30.  Come along at 9:30 if you want to join in the choir!

July magazine letter

The vicar writes:

 

Dear Friends,

 

as I write, there has been rather a lot of examples of the idea of ‘pilgrimage’ in what I have been engaged in recently.  Today, I met up with the reception class of St John’s Academy at Newland Church (‘a place of pilgrimage since c. 1200’ as it says on the sign in the porch).  They had walked there from school along the old burial path, which, as I’m sure you know, was the route from Coleford to Newland for anyone visiting All Saints which was the parish church, instead of making use of the chapel of ease in Coleford.  And the main cause to do that was for burials.

 

Some of you will know that my husband Mark has been a regular pilgrim with Bishop Michael, the Bishop of Gloucester, who over the last 6 years or so (since the celebration of the millennium of the County of Gloucestershire) has led day long and week long walks around the Diocese.  The last one of these before Bishop Michael’s retirement in November was a couple of weeks ago, and Mark, +Michael and all the other regular pilgrims walked 88 miles from Whelford (just past Fairford), around the South boundary of the Diocese to Oldbury and then up the Severn to Gloucester.  As usual, they visited as many churches as possible along the way, with morning and evening prayer, a midday eucharist and many ‘prayers along the way’ services happening at within the various churches that they walked to.  Those of you who know Bishop Michael will give a wry smile on hearing that the liturgy booklet for the 7 day journey was 161 pages long!

 

The school’s visit to Newland today, was for a happier reason than a burial; it was to visit the church to experience a mock baptism.  Baby Mary Anne, the class doll, (she was quite pretty, but that’s not what I mean), was brought to baptism by the children who were her parents and godparents for the day and we prayed for God’s Spirit to be with her, and for her to know herself part of God’s family.  So not the end of the journey, but the beginning, in Christian terms.

 

And the imagery of a journey through life, or a Christian pilgrimage, is a very strong theme in our baptism service, along with the idea of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, being our destination, our inspiration and our companion on the way.

It reminds us that many of us might be the ones who regularly come to church, but that doesn’t mean we are the ones who have got it all sorted out.  We are all on the journey, and it is lovely when we choose to walk together.

 

So as you walk your journey, whether at times alone or in the company of others, be blessed by  the Gloucester Diocese pilgrims’ prayer:

 

Holy God,

the companion of our pilgrimage

and the goal towards which we move:

through the events that shape our journey,

through the people who walk at our side,

through the places where we sense your presence,

grant us moments of grace along the way,

as you draw us to yourself;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.