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Churn Valley Benefice
May 2018

Tuesday 1st May 2018 10:00St Peter’s Pop-in at The PloughTuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:30 at The Plough on Gloucester Road. An opportunity for anyone in the community to pop in for a chat. Tea/coffee and biscuits available. Do come along and bring your friends. Open to the whole benefice of course!
19:00Stratton Tuesday GroupRichard Cann will give a talk on the history of Gloucester Cathedral form its foundation to the present day. We look forward to seeing everyone in Stratton Village Hall, 7.00pm for 7.30pm.
Wednesday 2nd May 2018 09:00Prayer meeting at ElkstoneThe prayer meeting at Elkstone parish church has been going for many years and the scope has recently broaden out to cover the Churn Valley Benefice. All welcome! Further details from the Revd Arthur Champion Tel: 01242-870402
10:00Stratton mid-week worshipMorning Prayer or Holy Communion if a priest is available
19:15Bible Study in CowleyThe entire story of the Bible in 50 minutes
Its a bold claim to make but is quite reasonable using the Revd Mike Fuller's audio/visual presentation! Please join us if you can on Wednesday 2nd May at 7.30pm (7.15pm if you'd like a drink before) ending at 8.45pm with open prayers. We'll be meeting in Cowley rectory (GL53 9NJ). Further information from the Revd Arthur (01242-870402)
Thursday 3rd May 2018 10:00St Peter’s Pop-in at The PloughTuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:30 at The Plough on Gloucester Road. An opportunity for anyone in the community to pop in for a chat. Tea/coffee and biscuits available. Do come along and bring your friends. Open to the whole benefice of course!
Saturday 5th May 2018 10:00Open Morning at St Peter's, RendcombAs well as showing hospitality to visitors, the Church will be launching ‘Friends of Rendcomb Church’ – open to all who value the well-being of the village church. Please come along and enjoy a morning in this beautiful building. Coffee, tea and cakes available!
Sunday 6th May 2018 09:30BauntonHoly Communion
09:30StrattonHoly Communion
09:30BagendonMatins
10:00ColesbourneMatins
11:00CowleyMorning Prayer
11:00North CerneyHoly Communion
11:00ElkstoneHoly Communion
16:00Stratton 20/20 - informal service for all ages
Monday 7th May 2018 09:30Daily OfficeThe clergy team meet for prayer on most Monday mornings and we extend a warm welcome to parishioners who may like to join in. We alternate between Cowley and Stratton parish churches so if in doubt please contact one of the Revds: David, Arthur and Cliff (see Meet the Team)
Tuesday 8th May 2018 10:00St Peter’s Pop-in at The PloughTuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:30 at The Plough on Gloucester Road. An opportunity for anyone in the community to pop in for a chat. Tea/coffee and biscuits available. Do come along and bring your friends. Open to the whole benefice of course!
Wednesday 9th May 2018 09:00Prayer meeting at ElkstoneThe prayer meeting at Elkstone parish church has been going for many years and the scope has recently broaden out to cover the Churn Valley Benefice. All welcome! Further details from the Revd Arthur Champion Tel: 01242-870402
10:00Stratton mid-week worshipMorning Prayer or Holy Communion if a priest is available
Thursday 10th May 2018 10:00St Peter’s Pop-in at The PloughTuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:30 at The Plough on Gloucester Road. An opportunity for anyone in the community to pop in for a chat. Tea/coffee and biscuits available. Do come along and bring your friends. Open to the whole benefice of course!
Friday 11th May 2018 11:30Funeral, St Peter's, StrattonFuneral of Mrs Helen April Nicholls.
Saturday 12th May 2018 13:30Wedding - St Peter's, Stratton
Sunday 13th May 2018 09:30StrattonMorning worship
09:30BauntonHoly Communion
09:30BagendonHoly Communion (BCP)
09:30ColesbourneHoly Communion (BCP)
10:00ElkstoneFamily Service
11:00North CerneyHoly Communion
11:00CoberleyMorning Prayer
12:00Elkstone - planting poppiesPlanting Poppies on The Pound
Anne Davies writes: Elkstone lost six villagers during WW1 & they are commemorated in the church. I have been unable to obtain population figures for 1914 but between 1871 & 1891 the population fell from 302 to 199, there was a slight recovery before 1901, when another decline set in, bringing the population down to 140 by 1971. Given these figures the number of those who died must have been a very significant loss to the village.
I have managed to buy some Flanders poppies which were on sale to commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1 & the Parish Council have kindly agreed that they may be planted around the willow tree on The Pound. This is near to the seat that was donated by villagers to commemorate 50 years since VE & VJ Day. I hope that villagers, & especially young villagers, might join me to plant the poppies on Sunday May 13 at 12.00am & then afterwards come to Manor Farm Cottage for a Bring & Share light lunch. For more details phone Anne on 870516.
16:00StrattonChoral Evensong (BCP)
Monday 14th May 2018 00:00Christian Aid Week
09:30Daily OfficeThe clergy team meet for prayer on most Monday mornings and we extend a warm welcome to parishioners who may like to join in. We alternate between Cowley and Stratton parish churches so if in doubt please contact one of the Revds: David, Arthur and Cliff (see Meet the Team)
Tuesday 15th May 2018 10:00St Peter’s Pop-in at The PloughTuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:30 at The Plough on Gloucester Road. An opportunity for anyone in the community to pop in for a chat. Tea/coffee and biscuits available. Do come along and bring your friends. Open to the whole benefice of course!
Wednesday 16th May 2018 09:00Prayer meeting at ElkstoneThe prayer meeting at Elkstone parish church has been going for many years and the scope has recently broaden out to cover the Churn Valley Benefice. All welcome! Further details from the Revd Arthur Champion Tel: 01242-870402
10:00Stratton mid-week worshipMorning Prayer or Holy Communion if a priest is available
12:30Bagendon Soup Lunch for Christian AidDo come and enjoy a Bread and Soup Lunch from 12.30pm at Little Maltings, Perrotts Brook and help raise money for Christian Aid.
Thursday 17th May 2018 10:00St Peter’s Pop-in at The PloughTuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:30 at The Plough on Gloucester Road. An opportunity for anyone in the community to pop in for a chat. Tea/coffee and biscuits available. Do come along and bring your friends. Open to the whole benefice of course!
Friday 18th May 2018 13:00'Experience Pentecost' preparations StrattonSt Peter's, Stratton, is booked all afternoon to allow for preparations to be made for a visit from Stratton School's Year 6's on Monday 21st May to an 'Experience Pentecost' event.
Sunday 20th May 2018 09:30BauntonMatins
09:30BagendonHoly Communion (trad)
09:30ColesbourneMatins
09:30StrattonAll Age Worship
11:00CowleyHoly Communion
11:00ElkstoneMorning Prayer
14:00Cowley feteA traditional village fete in aid of St Mary's Cowley. Funds raised go directly to help maintain our 800 year-old parish church. In the past it has helped to renew the roof and the heating and this year it has been specifically allocated to stripping the paint from around the windows to expose the stone. Activities include:
Alpaca Corner and spinning demo
Bar
Bar-B-Q
Books, DVDs, Computer games
Bottle Stall/Tombola
Tea Stall
Cakes
Vintage Clothes and Antiques
Coconut Shy
Face Painting
Fun Dog Show
Gate Entrance Fees
Ice Creams
Loudspeaker
Plants
Homemade Produce
Raffle sales the week before and on the day
Splat the rat
Cricket and Games
Terrier Racing
Toy Stall
Tug of War
14:00Baptism at St Peter's, Stratton
Monday 21st May 2018 09:30Daily OfficeThe clergy team meet for prayer on most Monday mornings and we extend a warm welcome to parishioners who may like to join in. We alternate between Cowley and Stratton parish churches so if in doubt please contact one of the Revds: David, Arthur and Cliff (see Meet the Team)
09:30School visit to St Peter's, StrattonClass 6 from Stratton C of E Primary School will be visiting St Peter's Church, Stratton, to experience Pentecost. Six stations will be set up in the church on the previous Friday offering an opportunity for the children to engage with the events surrounding Pentecost. Do pop into the church over the weekend to share the experience.
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 10:00St Peter’s Pop-in at The PloughTuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:30 at The Plough on Gloucester Road. An opportunity for anyone in the community to pop in for a chat. Tea/coffee and biscuits available. Do come along and bring your friends. Open to the whole benefice of course!
Wednesday 23rd May 2018 09:00Prayer meeting at ElkstoneThe prayer meeting at Elkstone parish church has been going for many years and the scope has recently broaden out to cover the Churn Valley Benefice. All welcome! Further details from the Revd Arthur Champion Tel: 01242-870402
10:00Stratton mid-week worshipMorning Prayer or Holy Communion if a priest is available
Thursday 24th May 2018 10:00St Peter’s Pop-in at The PloughTuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:30 at The Plough on Gloucester Road. An opportunity for anyone in the community to pop in for a chat. Tea/coffee and biscuits available. Do come along and bring your friends. Open to the whole benefice of course!
Saturday 26th May 2018 12:00Wedding - St Peter's, Stratton
13:00Wedding Blessing - St Mary, Cowley
Sunday 27th May 2018 09:30BagendonHoly Communion
09:30StrattonHC by Extension. (Please note that this Service has recently been changed from Morning Worship to HC by Extension).
09:30CoberleyHoly Communion (BCP)
09:30ColesbourneMatins
10:00ElkstoneSongs of Praise
11:00North CerneyMatins
11:00RendcombHoly Communion
Monday 28th May 2018 09:30Daily OfficeThe clergy team meet for prayer on most Monday mornings and we extend a warm welcome to parishioners who may like to join in. We alternate between Cowley and Stratton parish churches so if in doubt please contact one of the Revds: David, Arthur and Cliff (see Meet the Team)
Tuesday 29th May 2018 10:00St Peter’s Pop-in at The PloughTuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:30 at The Plough on Gloucester Road. An opportunity for anyone in the community to pop in for a chat. Tea/coffee and biscuits available. Do come along and bring your friends. Open to the whole benefice of course!
Wednesday 30th May 2018 09:00Prayer meeting at ElkstoneThe prayer meeting at Elkstone parish church has been going for many years and the scope has recently broaden out to cover the Churn Valley Benefice. All welcome! Further details from the Revd Arthur Champion Tel: 01242-870402
10:00Stratton mid-week worshipMorning Prayer or Holy Communion if a priest is available
Thursday 31st May 2018 10:00St Peter’s Pop-in at The PloughTuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:30 at The Plough on Gloucester Road. An opportunity for anyone in the community to pop in for a chat. Tea/coffee and biscuits available. Do come along and bring your friends. Open to the whole benefice of course!