A Celebratory September

CELEBRATORY  SEPTEMBERPlease join in as the family together
“Ride and Stride” HARVEST LUNCH

Friday 8th

Good Shepherd Broadwell                       12- 2:30

A simple lunch to share (quite Biblical that!) and to raise money for the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust – a body which has given us a lot of support over the years in several of our Church buildings.
“Ride and Stride” WALK & INFORMAL SERVICE

Saturday 9th

 Coleford Rec 3pm

All Saints Newland – 4pm

Walk or sponsor or both – simple worship at 4 followed by tea and cake
BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY

Sunday 17th

St John’s @ St Margaret Mary at 9:30 (Eucharist)

St Peter Clearwell at 11:00 (Eucharist)

Good Shepherd Broadwell at 11:00 (Word)

All Saints Newland at 4:00 (Evening Prayer)

One day in the year where we’re all encouraged to bring a friend to Church – maybe someone who used to come – and show them what they’re missing!
UNITED PARISH HARVEST FESTIVAL

Sunday 24th

St Margaret Mary – 10:30

A celebration of all the gifts – joyful worship

A “Bring and Share” lunch – social pleasure

Food collection for the Food Bank – generous giving

 

World’s Biggest COFFEE MORNING

Friday 29th

Parish Office – 10:00

Go to several if you like coffee – and cake!!! – and help Macmillan Cancer Support

Bring others to contribute and to see our Parish Office and The King of Kings bookshop

Rob is recuperating at home so we have no magazine (Get well soon Rob) – I didn’t think you’d want another missive from me – so please take a look at all the many events above which are planned for September alone in addition in most cases to our normal services. Lots of regulars have holidays in September so your attendance, support and help could make a real difference. Let’s enjoy doing some fun and rewarding things together in September as the family of God.

Mustard Tree

The Mustard Tree are having a week of Summer Fun Lunches at St John’s School in Coleford.  If you would like to book then please call the Parish Office.

Welcome

‘Friend and stranger, young and old, all are welcome here.
As followers of Jesus, our journey of faith is one of love, compassion and justice for all.’

 

Services in the parish this month:

 

Sunday 25th June – United Parish Service

There is only one service in the Parish this week at St Peter’s, Clearwell @ 10.30am.  This is our United Parish Service where congregations from across the parish meet to worship together.

Everyone is welcome!

Food Bank

The Parish office at the Church on the Street is a collection point for the Forest Foodbank.  If you would like to donate please pop your items down to the office.  These are the items that the foodbank is short of at the moment.  Many thanks.

Let’s Celebrate!

A couple of photographs from our Flower Festival!  More on our Galleries page!

 

ANNUAL FLOWER FESTIVAL

Link

FLOWER FESTIVAL

‘LET’S CELEBRATE!!’

10AM – 4PM

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 28TH AND 29TH MAY 2017

ALL SAINTS CHURCH, NEWLAND

              FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS, REFRESHMENTS, CAKE STALL, CRAFT       STALLS AND FAIRTRADE GOODS

Sad News about Bishop Michael

A message from Bishop Rachel

‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead..’ 1 Peter 1:3

It is with great sadness that I am writing to inform you that Bishop Michael died peacefully at home on Monday evening, April 17, following a special Easter weekend with all the family.

I last saw Bishop Michael on Tuesday 11 April during Holy Week.  Not only was it good to share together in the Eucharist on that occasion but also to preside at the Chrism Eucharist on Maundy Thursday knowing that the Dean would then be taking Bishop Michael bread and wine from our service in Gloucester Cathedral with the love and prayers of the Diocese.

Amidst our pain and grief I am thankful that Bishop Michael died in this season of Eastertide when we celebrate Christ’s power over death, and rejoice in the hope of resurrection and life everlasting. In his recent and final book ‘The Way of Christ-likeness’, Bishop Michael wrote “The Christian who goes with Christ into the darkest places of Holy Week can also embrace a new life beyond imagining.” This is true now for Bishop Michael who is with Jesus Christ.

I will always be grateful for Bishop Michael’s wisdom, insight and friendship which I first experienced as a member of General Synod. It is an immense privilege to have followed in Bishop Michael’s footsteps as Bishop of Gloucester and I am deeply aware of the significant impact of his ministry on the lives of individuals and worshipping communities across this diocese. Of course, his gifts and ministry have enabled and influenced so much beyond the borders of this diocese, not least in the prayers and liturgies of the Church of England. More recently Bishop Michael has also been an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the dioceses of Bath and Wells, Carlisle, Portsmouth and Salisbury.

As we give thanks for Bishop Michael we are also deeply thankful for Alison, and we pray for her and the family that they will know the everlasting arms of God beneath them and around them.

Bishop Michael’s funeral will be in Gloucester Cathedral. The date and details will be made available once they are finalised.

This comes with my thanks and prayers as ever

+Rachel