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


News Sheet

Services for Sunday – 21 April – Easter Sunday

10.00am               Easter Communion, led by Revd Vernon Godden

12.30pm               Service of Dedication of Torino David and Thiago Anton, sons of Shantay & Shayne Anson. This will be led by Revds Christine Birkett and Vernon Godden. Any members of the congregation who are able to remain and share in the service are most welcome.

6.00pm                 No service at Christchurch

Services for Sunday – 28 April

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

9.00pm                 Bible Study, led by Revd Norman Whitaker


Wednesday 24            6.00pm           Communion

Thursday 25                9.30am           “Open the Book” rehearsal followed by

                                                                  performance at Abbeymead School

                                     2.00pm           Craft Circle

Friday 26                      8.45am           “Open the Book” at Heron School

                                   10.30am         Coffee & chat

Last Sunday’s “Jerusalem Joy” was a real treat! I was one of many who were amazed at how good the evening was and how inspiring. It was a real coup to get Devon Brown along to sing the role of Jesus. His confidence and real feeling for the work and its message gave the Jubilate singers and Daniel Tuck an extra boost of courage to “go for it”, with magnificent results. It was a very well written piece taking us through the passion story with a mixture of song styles, some spoken words (read by Audrey Staite), and of course the solos by Devon and Jubilate members. The final number “Where is Jesus?” had the audience thumping and clapping, and finally joining in at full volume:

“He’s not here, for He is risen, Jesus is alive today”

I would really hope this could be performed in this area again another year – so appropriate for Palm Sunday.      Andy Russell 

The church’s chosen charity for April is the Bible Society.  Please read the article about the society and its work in the Chronicle. If you want to make a donation to the society, please use the basket at the back of the church, and if you can Gift Aid your donation, please do, using one of the envelopes provided.


The festival is approaching fast and we need your help again with manning the kitchen and welcoming our visitors. There are sign-up sheets on the back table and we would really appreciate as many of you as possible signing up to help us. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and enjoy fellowship with those you already know. Looking forward to seeing you over the weekend. A big 'thank you' from the Flower Fairies.

Day Trip to Moreton-in-Marsh Market returning on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Steam Railway to Cheltenham Racecourse & coach back to Gloucester.  Tuesday 14 May departing 9.30am from Hucclecote, 9.40am Abbeymead Avenue, 10.00am from Christchurch. The price of £21 includes coach & train ticket. Contact Mike & Judy Potts to book your seat (552601).

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