Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth and the life, No one comes to the Father but by me."
John 14:6


News Sheet

Services for 4th November

10.00am               Morning Worship, led by Revd Norman Whittaker

                                Reception of Shoeboxes


6.00pm                 No service at Christchurch

Services for 11th November

10.00am               All-Age Worship, led by Revd Christine Birkett

                                Our local uniformed organisations will be with us

                                Act of Remembrance at 11.00


6.00pm                 Café Church, led by Frank Heggs, with Jubilate

Services for 18th November

10.00am               Holy Communion, led by Revd Dr Alison Evans


6.00pm                 Jubilate leading worship at St Mary’s Congregational Church


Monday 5                    9.00am             Keep Fit

                                    5.30pm             Boys Brigade & Girls Association

                                    7.30pm             Church Council Meeting

Tuesday 6                    9.00am             Keep Fit

                                   10.15am           “Experience Christmas” planning meeting

Wednesday 7               2.30pm             Rare Rocks

                                     6.00pm             Communion

Thursday 8                   9.30am             “Open the Book” rehearsal followed by

                                                                    presentation at Abbeymead School

                                     2.00pm             Craft Circle

                                     7.30pm             Jubilate rehearsal

Friday 9                        8.45am             “Open the Book” at Heron School

                                   10.30am           Coffee & Chat

Saturday 10                 9.20am             CWS Walk & Pub Lunch

Monday 12                   9.00am             Keep Fit

                                     2.00pm             Bible Study

                                     5.30pm             Boys Brigade & Girls Association

Tuesday 13                  9.00am             Keep Fit

                                   10.30am           Spectrum meeting

Wednesday 14          12.30pm           Lunchtime Fellowship

                                    6.00pm             Communion

Thursday 15                2.00pm             Craft Circle

Friday 16                   10.30am           Coffee & Chat

Saturday 17                   3.00pm             T @ 3

 Christmas Fair 2018

Saturday 24 November

Val Doll writes:

“We would be grateful for cakes or savoury ‘eats’ to sell, and toys and bric-a-brac. The church will be open on Friday 23rd from 2pm for donations and for anyone who wants to set up their table; it will be open from 8am on the Saturday.”

T@3: Church Council strongly supports the excellent and important service to the community provided by the T@3 team. In 2019 help is needed to put tables up and clear them away on Saturday meeting days. Please let Chris Pearce know as soon as possible if you could help by joining a rota to ensure that this important work continues. Using a famous phrase, "YES, THIS MEANS YOU"!

The Charity for November is the World Mission Fund. This is a fund which enables the Methodist Church to encourage, build and maintain long-term mission partnerships with churches world-wide.

The November Chronicle has more information about the fund. If you want to support this work, please place a donation in the basket at the back of the church, and if you can gift-aid your donation, use one of the envelopes there.

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.


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


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