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Vicar's Bit May2018

9 days in May. Thy Kingdom Come. Vicar’s Bit John Longuet-Higgins


10th – 19th May. Nine days. What is so special? Well across the world Christians are waiting and are praying. We shall be too. For whom? For what? Answer “the Holy Spirit and the coming kingdom”. On Ascension Day, Thursday 10th May, Jesus ascended to heaven and on earth we pray “thy kingdom come”. During the novena we shall be daily praying in all our churches. So…

And at the end of our praying the Holy Spirit comes. So we can more effectively “gather together” on May 20th for Pentecost this year we are holding just two services, a 9.30am Pentecost Communion Service at Ashleworth and the 11.30am Pentecost Family Praise, followed by a BBQ (“baptised by fire”). We are making a special effort to make this 11.30am service a wonderful family occasion.


It might not have passed your notice that on Saturday 19th May there is the Royal Wedding and the FA Cup final. To add to the festivities there is a “Festivall night” at Maisemore Church (part of the diocese “Festivall initiative). The stars are the Leadon Vale Community Choir and ex Gloucester Cathedral Nick Bury giving a talk on “Festivals”. The evening will end with light food and drink and community singing. The evening id free with donations to Maisemore Church.


Thursday 24th May at 7pm at Staunton Church there will be a celebration of bells.  The local church bell ringing will be followed by a concert by the Cranham Handbell Ringers including classical, folk, spiritual, sea shanties and wedding music.  There will be talk on the history of bell ringing. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free.  Donations to Staunton church. This event will be interesting and entertaining for both experienced and non-experienced church bell-ringers and hand bell-ringers. The evening will encourage us to get involved in both types of bell-ringing.


Returning to the “waiting in prayer” theme, on Saturday 5th May 3-5pm at the Rectory I’m holding a social to share news of the “Family Development Minister”. This initiative has the potential to transform the way we do church in the Benefice. It follows the “Messy Wedding” event at Staunton and Corse School, after school-time on Wednesday 2nd May.


Finally, with the arrival of Steve Godsell in July as the Benefice curate, I’m keen to run with him an autumn Confirmation Group. If you are aware of anyone, whatever age, who might be interested please contact me on 700965.


Special Services in May

6th May 6pm

Hartpury Orchard Centre - Outdoor Rogation Service


10th May Ascension Day Thursday 7pm

Tirley Church – Ascension Day Communion


19th May Saturday 12.30pm

Corse Church - Wedding of Tom Ball and Nicki Yearsley

We offer our every blessing and congratulations


20th May Pentecost 11.30am

Hartpury Church - Family Service followed by BBQ