Services in the Benefice
Masks are no longer mandatory in church and singing is allowed!
Sunday 19th September
Morning Prayer in All Saints, Stone at 10.30 am
Parish Communion in St Mary's, Berkeley at 10.30 am
Evening Prayer in St Mary's, Berkeley at 6.00 pm
Sunday 26th September
Benefice Communion in St Mary's, Berkeley at 10.30 am
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Priest for our Benefice
We are delighted to announce that the Revd Steve Godsell has accepted the post as our new Priest in Charge, subject to the usual statutory processes. Steve’s licensing service will be held at St Mary’s at 3pm on the afternoon of Sunday 17th October and will be taken by the Bishop of Tewkesbury. Prior to being ordained, Steve spent more than 25 years working in the property market and also as a photographer. He was a Lay Reader at St Philip & St James Hucclecote and is currently serving his Curacy in a rural multi-parish Benefice of seven churches in the West of Severn Benefice.
We look forward to welcoming Steve and his family in October.
Ride & Stride 2021
Our trusty cyclists have completed their Ride & Stride challenge. It's not too late to make a donation:
All Saints’ GCHT Ride+Stride JustGiving Page.
Thought for Sunday 12th September
Oh to be wise!
Proverbs 31:10-31, James 3:13-18, Mark 9:30-37.
Who is this perfect superwoman described in Proverbs 31:10-31? Is she for real? Not only is she a good wife and mother, but she is running a business and giving to the poor. Do women really have to be that perfect? This genre of writing which is known as ‘wisdom literature’ means that this passage is not a recipe for the perfect ‘superwoman.’ The book of Proverbs starts by personifying ‘wisdom’ and ‘folly’ as two different women to paint a picture of these character traits and also tells us: ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.’
In verse 30 we now find out that our ‘superwoman’ is a woman ‘who fears the Lord’ and is therefore ‘to be praised.’ The language of ‘fear’ is not as we would use it today, but is more about being ‘in awe’ of God and so wisdom is gained when we start with God and make everything about him rather than about ourselves. With this in mind I can warm to ‘superwoman’ after all because it shows us that all of our lives are important to God and that he is with us in the everyday activities of our ‘Monday to Saturday’ lives and does not just ‘show up’ on a Sunday when we join together in a church building to sing and to pray together.
What does it mean to us if we are able to honour God in all aspects of our lives? What does it look like in our domestic life, in our work life, in how we interact with the people we meet and in the everyday tasks? In the James 3:13-18 passage set for this week we hear about two different types of wisdom. The wisdom which comes from God which is pure and sincere and full of good fruitful living. This is in contrast with earthly wisdom; leading to envy and selfish ambition and disorder. (Was this the sort of wisdom shown by the disciples jostling for position in the Gospel reading for today? Mark 9:30-37, and which Jesus soon put a stop to.) Perhaps, instead of being jealous of ‘superwoman’, I can find inspiration from her and put God first and then maybe the right kind of wisdom will be with me this week.....
Dates for your diary!
Sunday 26th September
Little Project chamber orchestra and choir
Programme includes Haydn Symphony no 22 and choral works by Vaughan Williams, Haydn, Durufle and Messiaen
St Mary's Church, 7.30 pm. Retiring collection.
Saturday 9th October
Harvest Supper in Stone village hall. Doors will open at 7.00 pm.
£12 tickets (in advance) from email@example.com or phone 01454 260278
Sunday 17th October
Licensing of our new Priest in Charge, Steve Godsell, by Robert, Bishop of Tewkesbury.
St Mary's Church, Berkeley, at 3.00 pm.
At the moment All Saints' doesn't have a vicar.
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Church services during the pandemic and Vacancy
Each week there is a 10.30 am Sunday service in one of our three churches. Our Lay Readers, the ‘Eleven’ team and the Stone Leading Worship team have stepped into action to take the majority of these services, and we have priests booked for Parish Communion services. Risk assessments and careful planning to manage services have been done for each of our very different churches. Masks no longer need to be worn during services, although they are recommended when singing.