Be still and know that I am God
Psalms 46:10


News Sheet

Sunday Services – 19th March

10.00am         Communion Service, led by the Revd Naomi Cooke

                          Readings: Exodus 17.1-7, Romans 5.1-11, John 4.5-42


6.00pm           Lent Evening Worship at Upton St Leonards

                          Speaker: The Reverend Susan Cooke

Sunday Services - 26th March – Mothering Sunday

10.00am All-Age Worship, led by the Minister

With Jubilate

6.00pm Lent Evening Worship at St Oswald’s, Coney Hill

Speaker: Revd Steve Davies

Prayer Diary



Monday 20th             9.00am Keep Fit

                                2.00pm Bible Study

                                5.30pm Boys Brigade & Girls Association

Tuesday 21st             9.00am Keep Fit

                               10.15am Understanding the Middle East Today – U3A

Wednesday 22nd       6.00pm Communion

                                7.30pm Lent Course at 82, Brookfield Road

Thursday 23rd          10.20am Open the Book at Abbeymead School

                                 2.00pm Craft Circle

                                 2.30pm Rare Rocks

                                  7.30pm Jubilate rehearsal

Friday 24th                10.30am Coffee & Chat


As has been our custom for a few years now, there will be an evening service at 6.00pm each Sunday during Lent, moving round the neighbourhood churches. There will not be Café Church nor Bible Study here on the relevant Sunday evenings:

March 5th       St Lawrence, Barnwood                  Speaker: Revd Ann Morris

March 12th     Christchurch, Abbeydale                 Speaker: Bishop Robert

March 19th     Upton St Leonards                             Speaker: Susan Cooke

March 26th     St Oswald’s, Coney Hill                     Speaker: Revd Steve Davies

April 2nd          St Phillip & St James, Hucclecote Speaker: Revd Andrew Braddock

1.                   If you are the son of God             Mark 15.29-32, Matthew 27.39-44

2.                   This man has done nothing wrong”       Luke 23.39-43

3.                   What I have written, I have written”    John 19.17-22

4.                   The King of the Jews”                                  Isaiah 52.13-53.12

5.                   Truly this man was the son of God”       Mark 15.33-39 

Future events.

March 21st Israel / Palestine Group

March 23rd Open The Book Abbeymead

March 29th Experience Easter

March 30th Experience Easter

April 1st Progressive Christianity Network (PCN)

April 3rd Church Council

April 8th CWS Walk

April 8th Safeguarding (Methodist Training)

April 12th Lunchtime Fellowship

April 13th Maunday Thursday Communion

April 14th Good Friday Reflection

April 16th Easter Day Communion Service

April 18th ‘The Middle East Today‘- Laurie Hubbard

April 22nd T@3

April 24th Pastoral Links

April 27th OTB Abbeymead

April 28th OTB Heron

April 28th Quiet Prayer Group

This week’s notices     

The Charity for March is “Longfield”, a local hospice based at Minchinhampton.

Please place donations in the basket near the door, and if you are able to, use a gift aid envelope.

Experience Easter.

120 children from Heron and Abbeymead Schools over two mornings being told the Easter story.  The children are divided into 5 groups of 6 to hear the story and explore the meaning of Easter.  All those who help to tell the story echo how good it is even though a modicum of stamina is needed to cope with questions!  The dates are Wednesday and Thursday, 29 & 30 March, 9am to noon, plus some setup on Tuesday.  There will be a planning and preparation meeting in church on THURSDAY 16th March at 10.15am (after the Open the Book rehearsal). Existing helpers should have been asked about this year; potential new helpers: please talk to Val or Steve.
Thank you!  Val Stephens (533907), Steve (551020).


Lent Couse at 82, Brookfield Road, Hucclecote for 6 Wednesday evenings, beginning Wednesday 1st March. Journey through the Lord's Prayer with six short videos, all designed to fuel discussion and deepen the prayer life of our church. Please let Frank Heggs know if you are coming so that we can cater for refreshments.


The shopping list changes from time to time. Here are the needs at the moment, asterisked items in particular are in short supply:

*Long life milk (UHT)          *Small jars of coffee           *Small tins of potatoes

*Long life fruit juice (not chilled)           *Tinned cold meat (corned beef/ham)

*Jars of jam           Cup-a-soup                            Packets instant mash

500gm packets easy cook rice                          Savoury packets of noodles

*Baby milk (from birth – 6 months)                 *Shampoo             *Shower gel

*Toothpaste          *Single toothbrushes          Deodorant             Mens razors

Nappies                  Baby wipes                            Shampoo               Toilet roll

The list is also displayed by the basket


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)


LOCAL DRIVING INSTRUCTOR - with patience and value for money

call Mike Morris on 07837326645

Rec. by David Hoare


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