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Services and events in the Benefice
Sunday 14th August
Benefice Communion in St Mary's, Berkeley at 10.30 am
Thursday 18th August
'Zoom' Morning Prayer at 9 am (details and link below)
Sunday 21st August
Benefice Communion in St Michael's, Hill at 10.30 am
Benefice Picnic, games and service in Breadstone at 4.30 pm
All Saints’ tower hosts ringing lessons
Every day from Monday 8th August to Friday, between 10 and 12 am, Stone’s bells were sounding. Rather randomly, not very musically. That’s because we were teaching five youngsters, ages 11 and 12, to ring from scratch.
'Let’s Ring!' was conceived in 2017. Its aim was to use our six light bells at All Saints’ to teach young ringers how to handle a bell, no trivial thing, before moving them on to the heavier ring of eight at St Mary’s, Thornbury. The aim remains the same today. Let’s Ring! 2 & 3 followed in 2018 and 2019, and were amply reported in the bellringing publication 'Ringing World’. Covid-19 caused us to suspend Let’s Ring! in 2020.
Now, a week into ‘Let’s Ring! 4’: all five Thornbury-based pupils have 'half-rung' their bell among a band of six, assisted by their teacher. They have been introduced to the physical ringing elements: hand-stroke, back-stroke, how to tie the tail, and ringing room conduct. We anticipate their being able to ring ’solo’ after another session or two. While not ringing, and between biscuits, they were introduced to the hardware inside the bell tower, some basic ringing theory and ringers’ special terminology - including how to call the bells to ring in different orders.
Now that we are up-and-running again, we would welcome the opportunity to teach anyone, age 11+, particularly from our own benefice! [Apply to Jeremy Sargent (Tower Captain) - 01454 260376]
Once a fortnight our 'Open-the-Book' team join Rev Steve in the church to tell a Bible story to the pupils of our village school, Children take the part of the characters, and even though they don't have a lot of preparation time they enjoy the action!
In the intervening weeks Rev Steve leads worship.
Ask the Vicars
If you have a burning theological question, write it down and post it into the box inside All Saints' church. Rev Steve and Rev Bob will do their best to provide an answer.
Zoom Morning Prayer
With the wonders of Zoom we are able to meet together to pray for our world, our communities and our church. Use the link below to join in. The order of service can be found in the PDF document.
Morning Prayer Zoom link
Click the following link for services at Gloucester Cathedral:
Sermons & Talks from All Saints, Stone.
Porch Library - help yourself!
Steve Godsell, Parish Priest
Tel: 01453 810294
Naomi Sargent, Church Warden:
For weddings and funerals, please contact Rev Steve Godsell
Tel: 01453 810294
Berkeley Benefice St Mary's - Berkeley
All Saints' - Stone St Michael's - Hill