For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son
John 3:16


News Sheet

Services for Sunday – 17 February

10.00am               Holy Communion led by Revd James Tebbutt, Methodist Circuit Superintendent.

                                Readings: Mark 3.7-19a.; Mark 10.35-45

6.00pm                 No service at Christchurch

Services for Sunday – 24 February

10.00am               Morning Worship, led by Revd Simon Helme, URC Area Minister, with Jubilate

6.00pm                 Bible Study, led by Revd Christine Birkett


Monday 18                  9.00am           Keep Fit

                                  10.15am         Banner Group

                                    5.30pm           Boys Brigade & Girls Association

Tuesday 19                  9.00am           Keep Fit

                                   10.30am         Laurie Hubbard – The Middle East

Wednesday 20             6.00pm           Communion

Thursday 21                 2.00pm           Craft Circle

                                     7.30pm           Jubilate rehearsal

Friday 22                    10.30am         Coffee & Chat

                                     2.30pm           Quiet Prayer Group (see over)

                                     7.00pm           QUIZ Night

Saturday 23                10.30am         Holiday Reunion

Its QUIZ Time!

On Friday 22 Feb at 7pm we hold our Annual Quiz evening. It is always lots of fun, and we hope you can come to an evening of good company, friendly rivalry and some cerebral challenge. There will be tea, coffee and cake in the interval.

Advance notice of a very special evening


April 14 – Palm Sunday – at 6pm


Jerusalem Joy


A musical by Christian Musical Ministries


Performed by our very own Jubilate

with guest soloist Devon Brown as Jesus

The charity for February is the Gloucester City Mission.

The charity for February could hardly be more local – the Gloucester City Mission, a registered charity working with the homeless and other marginalised groups within the city of Gloucester and the local area.


Do have a look at the article in this month’s Chronicle about the Mission. If you want to make a donation through this church, please use the basket at the back of the church, and Gift Aid your donation if you can.


Come – Everything is Ready!

LOCAL MEETING Fri 1st March 2019, 10.30am

Matson Baptist Church

Everything is ready and the invitation is for everyone - men, women

and children of all ages to join this Day of Prayer. Women of Slovenia, one

of the smallest and youngest countries in Europe, have prepared this year's

service and they encourage us to reflect on the barriers they have faced

since the end of the Second World War when their country was a part of

Yugoslavia, a Marxist socialist republic. They share the challenges they have

met and the hopes they have for the future.

World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church organisation

which enables us to hear the thoughts of women from all parts of the world:

their hopes, concerns and prayers. The preparation for the day is vast. An

international committee is based in New York and there are national

committees in each participating country. Regional conferences meet to

consider the service and then local groups make their plans. Finally, at a

church near you on Friday March 1st 2019 people will gather to celebrate the

service prepared by the women of Slovenia.

The Day of Prayer is celebrated in over 120 countries. It begins in

Samoa and prayer in native languages travels throughout the world ---

through Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas before

finishing in American Samoa some 38 hours later.

Lent 2019

Christine Birkett would like you to give her last year’s Palm Cross (if you still have it!) in the next week or so. The crosses will be burnt and the ashes used at the 6pm communion service on Ash Wednesday, 6 March.

During Lent there will be joint churches worship and activities on Sunday afternoons, 4 to 5.30pm. The format will be:

·         Welcome / Refreshments / Activities suitable for all ages 4.00 – 4.45pm 

·         followed by short act of worship for all ages 4.45 – 5.30pm

The Themes will follow Gloucester Diocesan Lent Course material “Seeking Shapes for Living”. Dates, topics and Venues are

10 March     Lent 1        Relating      St Lawrence, Barnwood

17 March     Lent 2        Praying       St Oswald’s, Coney Hill

24 March     Lent 3        Working     St Leonard’s, Upton St Leonards

31 March     Lent 4        Playing        St Philip & St James, Hucclecote

7 April   Lent 5    Growing               Christchurch, Abbeydale

FOODBANK: “…we should continue to remember the poor…”  Christmas Eve Appeal for FOODBANK

Christchurch has recently received a letter from the Gloucester

Foodbank trustees who are facing an especially challenging time this

winter. They have already seen an increase in demand for their services

among families being moved onto the new Universal Credit funding. In

addition to this, the building used by the Foodbank is suffering from


Although the Foodbank does receive some financial assistance from

Tesco and Asda, its main source of income continues to be the

generosity of local churches and individual Christians. The bottom

line is that, in order to continue functioning effectively, our

Foodbank needs to raise an extra £20,000 by March 2019.

Church Council have considered this special request and agreed

that the collection taken at our Christmas Eve Carol Service should be

given to the Gloucester Foodbank. Please be aware of this and donate

whatever you can.


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.


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

BM Services  Barrie Minett Tel 07963 217998 (2)

- for repairs to UPVC doors and windows including locks and hinges

Recommended by - Peter Muff

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


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