This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it
Psalms 118:24


News Sheet

Sunday Services 3rd December – Advent


10.00am               Morning Worship, led by the Minister

                                Readings: Isaiah 64.1-9, 1 Corinthians 1.3-9, Mark 13.24-37

6.00pm                 No service at Christchurch

Sunday Services 10th December

10.00am               Morning Worship, led by Revd Andrew Biggs

                                (Steve is at Stonehouse Methodist.)

4.30pm                 Prayer meeting with at Manor House (Barnwood Road/North Upton Lane), the offices of Abbey Church, prior to NOAL on Tuesday and Wednesday.  This will be followed by tea and cake and we will be back in time for Café Church.

6.00pm                 Café Church led by the Minister, with Jubilate


Monday 4th                9.00am             Keep Fit

                                   5.30pm             Boys Brigade & Girls Association

Tuesday 5th                7.30pm             “It’s Really Christmas” – the Salvation

                                                                    Army Band and Songsters Concert

Wednesday 6th           6.00pm             Communion

                                    7.00pm             Monthly Prayer Meeting

Thursday 7th               9.30am             Methodist Circuit Staff Meeting

                                    9.30am             “Open the Book” rehearsal followed by

                                                                    presentation at Abbeymead School

                                    2.00pm             NO Craft Circle this week

                                    2.30pm             Funeral for June Bevan

                                    7.30pm             Jubilate Rehearsal

Friday 8th                    8.45am             “Open the Book” at Heron School

                                  10.30am           Coffee & Chat

This week’s notices     

Remember last year? NOAL: Nativity On A Lorry?  It will be in Abbeydale and Abbeymead on the evenings of Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 December, 6.15-8.30.

This is where you come in.

In the entrance hall there is a sign-up sheet if you think you can help on one or both of the evenings with the various tasks that need doing: part of the static cast on the lorry, stewarding, providing refreshments at church at the end of the evening, knocking on doors and delivering invitations (and a chocolate).  There will be a meeting for prayer for the teams from here and Abbey Church followed by tea and cake at 4.30 on Sunday 10 December at Manor House – more details later. Talk to Steve or Val Stephens or Yvonne Heggs if you want to know more.

Kath Barber now has tickets for the Salvation Army Evening on Tuesday December 5th, price £5 adults and £1 children.  Come and listen to the band and songsters; come and join in with singing carols.  Early ticket application is recommended as the evening is normally very popular.

“Kiss Me Kate” at the Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare on Saturday 7th April 2018. The Box Office opens to the general public on Friday 8th December so our group booking needs to be in by Thursday 7th. Please get your Booking Form from us and send the completed form with your payment to us as soon as possible. Thank you. Mike & Judy Potts

The  December Charity is Action for Children.

Though this is a nationwide charity, there are local projects supported, for example the Gloucestershire Emotional Wellbeing Service (based in Gloucester) and the Kingfisher Supported Housing Project (at Stroud). There is an article about the Charity in the Chronicle. To show your support, please place a donation in the basket at the back of the church. Gift Aid it if you can.

FOODBANK: “…we should continue to remember the poor…”  A letter was received this week thanking us for our donations and making a specific request for such as tins of meat, fish, rice pudding, fruit and UHT milk: these items are continually being used.  There are stocks of most other things.


Each Wednesday at 6.00pm there is a celebration of Holy Communion to which all are invited. This service, usually led by one of the retired ministers who worship at Christchurch, lasts no longer than half-an-hour, but provides an opportunity to ‘Do this in remembrance of Me’ as Jesus bids us. Those who regularly attend find this valuable time of worship and fellowship.


WEDNESDAY WELCOME is a weekly Bible Study and Fellowship held in various homes. Please contact Frank Heggs for details of venue.

Raise funds for Christchurch: do you use Amazon? Or one of a host of other retailers? At no cost to you would you like to raise money for Christchurch on your online purchases? (You pay no more; a percentage of the sale value will accrue to the church.) Visit to see how.


There is always a box in the foyer for your donations to Gloucester’s Foodbank.


The Community Roll: This has been updated and a new version is available. Please remember that the information contained in there is for your personal use only.


To help cleaners and chair shifters plan their week, all Church bookings will be in the notice sheet as from this week. I hope this helps, thank you.



After a very extended break the banner making group are planning to meet again on a regular basis.                                                                                        


Prayer Lunch

The Prayer Lunch which has not been held over the Christmas period, will start again on Wednesday 1 February at 12.30 and on the first and third Wednesdays of each month in the Church lounge. Time is spent in prayer remembering current world and local situations, before eating a packed lunch, finishing at 1.30. Drinks are provided.

All welcome.


Need a Photographer?

Portraits, events, conceptual images - whatever your photography needs, contact Daniel Tuck for a good price and professional service. With Christmas coming up maybe a photo could make a special gift for someone? Speak to Daniel Tuck or please take a leaflet from the back of the church.


Prayer Chain

For some years Christchurch has had a Prayer Chain, who are a group of people dedicated to praying for people during difficult periods in life - illness, times of worry, etc.  It is a very valuable ministry, one that can be done at home or anywhere, with new prayer topics being passed round the group by telephone.


It would be wonderful to have more people involved in this ministry of prayer.  If you would like to speak to someone, you could ask any of the current prayer chain members - Pat Dettmer, Val Stephens, David & Joan Perkins and John & Olive Flemons, or have a word with Les.  People value prayer, so please think about being part of the prayer chain.



Do you love to sing? Would you like to join us?

We meet on a Thursday evening at 7.30pm for practice and sing on the 2nd Sunday evening (at Cafe Church), and on the 4th Sunday morning. We do a broad mix of music as well as some 'hot off the press'. We are a relaxed and very friendly group and will give you a warm welcome.

Please ring Alison (417328) for more details.



This is an initiative for you to provide names and phone numbers of trades people you would recommend, who have given you good service, been reliable and reasonably priced. We do not charge for this, and if you can recommend someone please pass on their details to either Alison, Mike or Mavis Wood. Their names will stay in for 4 Chronicles. I hope you will find


Please give us the details of people you recommend

Brennan Roofing & Building / Fencing (2)

Tel: 01793 704988 Mobile: 07808 523075

Recommended for fencing work by Norman & Sheila Whitaker

THE CLOTHES PRESS - for all your Ironing & Laundry needs (2)

35a Churchfield Rd, Upton St Leonards GL4 8BA

Tel: 01452 616477


BOB’S LINE TAXI - local journeys Tel: 610683

PHELPS ELECTRICAL - qualified electrician Tel: 611127

ROGER BROWN - decorator Tel: 617750

All Rec. by Ann Scott who has used these services for many years


THE GARDENING GIRLS - Garden Maintenance

contact Debz Leaverland Tel: 537856 or O7733 170604 (2 Rec. by Christine Pritchard)


MILLINGTON & RAMSTEDT - Wood supplied & cut to requirements + DIY

Bristol Rd, Gloucester Tel: 522607 (2 Rec. by David Barber & Mike Wood)


SPARKY - UK Freeview, Sky & Freesat installations

Tel: 07849 013933 (Mark) Tel: 07906 205465 (Derek)

Rec. By Cleone Acomanni


GARAGE SERVICES Cheltenham & Gloucester Autocentre, Staverton

Proprietor: Martyn Longbridge Tel: (01452) 855555

Rec. By David Barber


FOOT CARE, including cutting toe nails, in your own home:

Karen Pascoe, Tel: 01452 729489, Mob 07557 689574

Rec. By Rita & Peter Muff (1)


HAIRDRESSER will do home visits or work in her own home.

See Rita or Peter Muff for contact details

Rec. By Rita & Peter Muff (1)


SEAMSTRESS from Abbeydale, who does dressmaking and alterations.

Contact Wendy 01452 309528.

Rec. By Phyllis Martinger (1)


CARPENTRY - AM Carpentry, - all aspects of carpentry

Contact: Alan Morris 01452 533100, 07919 180014

Rec. By: Catherine Tranter (1)


ROOFING SERVICES - Ridge tiles, leading etc.

Russell David 01453 376329

Rec. By Patrick Marks 2)


FOOT HEALTH PRACTIONER - all forms of foot care

Jenny Palmer 01452 547501

Rec. By Bruce Rhodes (2)


HOMEPLAN DRAFTING SERVICES - provide planning and architectural

services for house extensions and alterations.

Contact Glenn A Church on 01452 423407 or 07584 082621.

Rec. By David Barber (Glenn is David’s Son-in-Law) (2)



Contact Eileen Wealle on 01452 533708 or 07901 228365

Rec. By Linda Bradley