If God is for us, who is against us?
Romans 8:31


News Sheet

Services for 23 September

10.00am               Morning Worship, led by Revd Robert Draycott, with Jubilate


6.00pm                 Bible Study led by Revd Norman Whitaker

Services for 30th September

10.00am               All-age Worship, led by Revd Christine Birkett, with Jubilate

Offerings of fruit and veg and items for the foodbank will be brought up to the front during the service


6.00pm                 No service at Christchurch

Services for 7th October

10.00am               Morning Worship, led by Mrs Glenis Massey, URC Local Preacher


6.00pm                 No service at Christchurch


Friday 21                   10.30am           Coffee & Chat

Saturday 22                3.00pm             T @ 3

Monday 24                  9.00am             Keep Fit

                                    2.00pm             Bible Study

                                    2.30pm             Rare Rocks

Tuesday 25                 9.00am             Keep Fit

                                    2.00pm             Monthly Prayer Meeting

                                                                    (note new day of the week and new time)

Wednesday 26            6.00pm             Communion

Thursday 27                2.00pm             Craft Circle

                                    7.30pm             Jubilate

Friday 28                    10.30am           Coffee & Chat

Monday 1 Oct               9.00am             Keep Fit

                                    12.00pm           “Nativity on a Lorry” planning meeting

Tuesday 2                     9.00am             Keep Fit

Wednesday 3                6.00pm             Communion

Thursday 4                    9.30am             “Open the Book” rehearsal followed by

                                                                    performance at Abbeymead School

                                      2.00pm             Craft Circle

                                      7.30pm             Jubilate Rehearsal

Friday 5                         8.45am             “Open the Book” at Heron School

                                    10.30am           Coffee & Chat

                                      7.30pm             Barn Dance

Saturday 6                     1.00pm             Progressive Christianity Network meeting

The charity for September isTearfund

“We are Christians passionate about ending poverty”.

Do have a look in the September Chronicle where there are two pages dedicated to Tearfund, what it does and how it does it.

To make a contribution through the monthly charity system, simply place your gift in the basket at the back of the church. If you are able to use Gift Aid, then use one of the Gift Aid envelopes provided.

The Charity for October will be Gloucester Street Pastors. The scheme has been going now for over 6 years. “Our aim is simply to ‘care, listen and help’ folks out in the city clubs and pubs with practical acts of support. This can include things such as helping vulnerable people cut off from friends to get to a taxi or get to their lift home, handing out bottles of water to folks in a distressed state or flip flops to ladies leaving clubs at the end of evening with shoes in their hands. We are not out to to preach but will happily pray with folks who ask or answer questions about our faith and the reasons we do what we do.”

To make a contribution to the charity, please use the basket at the back of the church, and if you are able to, use the Gift Aid envelope so tax can be claimed on your donation.


We will celebrate the harvest with an all-age service. Do bring flowers, fruit and veg to add to the fun and look of the church, if you wish, and these will be brought up to the front during the service and passed on where possible to people and places who can use them. Or (maybe better?) bring something that can go to the foodbank – see the page in the Chronicle describing what gifts would be suitable.

It’s the Barn Dance! Friday 5 October, 7.30pm. Once again the Haywainers, with caller Frank Heggs will be entertaining us and getting us up on our feet for a rustic stomp! Tickets are £5 and include, naturally, a Ploughmans Supper. See the poster in the lobby.


This Wednesday at St Andrews, Churchdown at 7.30pm the 2018 “launch” takes place. Find out how you could get involved this year, and see the latest videos, resources and craft ideas.

Harvest Supper at the Ridge & FurrowAs a church we thought it would be good to introduce ourselves to folks at the newly furbished pub and a fish and chip supper around Harvest time seemed a good start.  This will be on Tuesday 9th October at 6.30pm.   Please sign the sheet in the vestibule if you can make it or let Chris Draycott know.

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

www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/christchurchabbeydale 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