Weekly Notices


 What’s On

Sunday 17th February

                Bishop’s Cleeve Methodist Church

                        Bishop’s Close, Bishop’s Cleeve, GL52 8NT

                        Minister:  Revd Dr James Tebbutt   tel: 01242 674776



10.30am: We welcome back Rev Steve Ward to lead our second 60th anniversary service. Many will remember that Steve was our minister immediately before James. Steve has chosen Andrew as his subject in our present theme of studying Jesus' disciples. Welcome to you all, especially our visitors. Please stay for refreshments and fellowship in the hall if you can.

4pm: Café Church led by James who has chosen for his focus: Our Church Identity 2 - The ministry and unity of Lay and Ordained. Please do come for this time of reflection and refreshment.


This week


Wednesday 20 February:

9am: The ecumenical service of Holy Communion will be led by Rev Richard Reakes, Team Vicar at St Michael's. A warm welcome awaits you to this time of worship with refreshments afterwards.  


Thursday 21 February:

8pm: Housegroup 61 meets at the home of Sue and Jerry Barr, Ashleigh Lane, Cleeve Hill. We will be studying the final section of the Bible Course - Revelation. Please contact Pauline Jones if you would like to join us.


Saturday 23 February:

9am: Prayer walkers meet at St Michael's.


Further ahead


Monday 25 February:

7pm: Church Council meets here.


Friday 1 March:

2pm: World Day of Prayer for Bishop's Cleeve takes place here. Light refreshments served following the service. All are welcome. Please contact Cathy Bailey for further information.

Monday 4 March:

12 noon: Ladies' lunch at the Royal Oak in Bishop's Cleeve. All ladies are very welcome to come. Please let Margaret Aldred know if you would like to join us.


Wednesday 6 March:

9.45am: Stewards meet here.


Saturday 9 March:

10am-noon: MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING - Please join us in raising funds for this good cause! Donations are needed for stalls and we are hoping to put on another great raffle. Refreshments will be available. Offers of cakes and assistance please, to Rose Dry.



Sunday 17 March:

10.30am: All Age Worship Service on the Theme of Creation


For this special service we would like some help from you, the congregation !

1) If you have grandchildren or great grandchildren please invite them especially to come along with you on this day, and/or please invite any young family you know, or have contact with, to come along. Individual invitations are available at the back of the church for you to give them. There will be interesting and fun activities for us all to participate in !

The Uniformed Organisations have also been invited, though we stress this is not a Parade Service !

2) Please would you gather together some pictures which capture the beauty of Creation and bring them along with you to the service!

With thanks from the All Age Worship Creation Ad Hoc Group

Pam Berry, Ruth Whiting, Sue Duckworth, Marie Lever


Next Sunday: 24 February


10.30am: James will lead this parade service for our uniformed organisations. Please come along to support our young people and their leaders.



Items for inclusion next weeks' should be sent to David Aldred, either by email or phone .






Glos_MethGLOUCESTERSHIRE CIRCUIT NEWSLETTER  (Issue 487- 06.02.19)                                                                      

The Methodist Circuit of Gloucestershire,

                  Circuit Office Address: Northgate Hall, St. John’s Lane, Gloucester, GL1 2AN

                       Telephone: 01452 415769 Email: [email protected]



We ask you to remember in your prayers this week the worship, work and witness of the congregation at Stroud.

Circuit Dates, Event & Place: In Brief (further details on each below)





Saturday 9 Feb

10 until 12

Loss & Bereavement

Coalway Methodist Church

Saturday 9 Feb

3 – 5.30pm

New For 2019! - Saturday Afternoon Social

Stroud Methodist Church

Saturday 16 Feb

10am – 12noon

Traidcraft Big Brew

Stonehouse Methodist Church

Tuesday 19 Feb

11.30am – 2pm

Super Soup

Coalway Methodist Church

Saturday 2 Mar

10.00am – 12.30pm

Bring & Buy Sale

Hucclecote Methodist Church


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The Superintendent’s Lunch Club

12.30, generally held on a Thursday. All welcome to sit alongside, eat and chat


Thursday 28 February

The Whitminster Inn, Whitminster

Wednesday 6 March

Cirencester Ashcroft Lunch Club, Cirencester Ashcroft Church

Thursday 11 April

The Moon Under Water, Cheltenham


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Circuit Facebook page

I seek your help. The Circuit Executive has approved in principle for the Circuit to set up and run a Circuit Facebook page. I am tasked with the project. The first job is to create an implementation plan for the Executive to approve, so I would like to first recruit a team willing to be involved in running the Facebook page. I am looking for any Circuit member interested in finding out more about being a team member.


You will be pleased to know that quite a few Circuit churches already run their own excellent Facebook pages successfully and I have already found the following ones:


Cirencester Ashcroft


Bethesda Methodist Church - Cheltenham


Lonsdale Road Methodist Church

St Marks Methodist Church, Cheltenham


St Michaels Church (Whaddon)

Fairford United Church (public group)




South Cerney United Church (public group)

Churchdown Methodist Church Messy Church

Pray & Play - Churchdown Methodist


Christ Church, Nailsworth

Christchurch Abbeydale


If you know of any others, please let me know.


The Circuit Facebook page will probably:

  1. Provide information and news about the work of the Circuit and its members, and of individual churches that want to publicise their work on the Circuit page;
  2. Invite open discussion about the gospel to engage with the public, monitoring responses carefully to prevent inappropriate comments remaining on the page and may include items like ‘A Thought for the Day/Week’.


I am looking for three different types of team members:

  1. People willing to manage the Facebook page, and moderate its content. I am willing to do this myself, but it makes sense to have a small team rather than just one person. I think this part of the team should include at least one minister;
  2. People willing to be occasional contributors of news items;
  3. People who do not wish to contribute but are willing to give support and feedback to the rest of the team on what the Facebook page is being used for. (You need to be on Facebook yourself to do this.)


My promise to the volunteers is that this will involve NO meetings, but we will do our business by email or other virtual means. I will certainly be contacting all those who run the church Facebook pages to see if they are willing to play some part in this Facebook page too. Please distribute this request widely. I am keen to attract as many interested people as possible to what I intend to be an exciting project, to use the wide coverage of Facebook to publicise the work of Methodists and Christians across Gloucestershire.


Please can anyone potentially interested contact me at [email protected]. No obligation is expected at this time, and indeed even once we are up and running, I intend to keep everyone’s time commitment to this to a minimum.

Andy Rickell, Circuit Steward and Portfolio Holder for Public Issues and Social Responsibility


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This is a new and exciting Sunday evening contemporary worship at St Albans, Parliament Street, Stroud. We sing modern, contemporary worship songs, pray together and enjoy an informal discussion on a different theme each time. It takes place on the first Sunday of the month, begins at 7pm, lasts for about an hour and it is followed by refreshments and quite often further discussion!! Come and meet with us, make new friends, learn new songs and grow in faith.

Paul and Janet Townsend ([email protected])


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Bookshop Manager, Books Plus Gloucester

A vacancy will be available from June 2019 for the Manager of Books Plus bookshop in the Atrium concourse of Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. The bookshop has a Christian ethos, and sells a wide range of cards, gifts, stationery and Christian and secular books. The shop has successfully traded for 13 years. The post is full-time – job share would be considered – and is supported by a part-time assistant, a book-keeper, and a group of volunteers. The manager will need experience in trading, ideally in the book trade.


Please contact Dr Ian Donald [email protected]; or visit the shop for further information. A full job description can be found here. Applications should be in writing, including a CV and a letter detailing how you feel you may be suited to the job. Please either post/deliver to: Dr I P Donald, 8 Seabroke Road, Gloucester, GL1 3JH, [email protected], Closing date 5pm, Monday 18 February 2019.


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Dates for the Diary….


Loss & Bereavement

Saturday 9 February, 10 until 12

Coalway Methodist Church

Following the success of the training days for pastoral visitors held last year Revd. Diane Daymond is now offering opportunities for all of us to be helped to deal with Loss & Bereavement. The first of these has been held at Cheltenham St. Mark’s. This is not just for our pastoral visitors; all are welcome. You should know that the only other opportunity to attend will be on Saturday 16 March at Cirencester Ashcroft unless I receive another offer of a venue in the Circuit. To facilitate arrangements (photocopying etc.) it would help if you would let Russell Buley know if you plan to come to Coalway. Call 01242 244036 or email: [email protected]


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New For 2019! - Saturday Afternoon Social

Saturday 9 February, 3 – 5.30pm

Stroud Methodist Church

Come along for a relaxing afternoon taking part in various activities including quizzes, craft, games and sport or just a good natter. The afternoon includes free tea and coffee and a bring and share tea. It is a great opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. This is the first one, the other dates for the year are: 2 March, 6 April, 27 April, 1 June, 6 July, 3 August, 31 August, 28 September, 2 November and 30 November. Please come along and bring your friends.

Paul and Janet Townsend ([email protected])


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Traidcraft Big Brew

Saturday 16 February, 10am – 12noon

Stonehouse Methodist Church

Everyone is welcome to the Big Brew where Stonehouse will also be launching their aim to become an Eco-Church. This will be a great opportunity for anyone interested to come along and learn more. There will be a super sale of Traidcraft stock, quiz and plenty of Fairtrade coffee and tea, cakes and biscuits.


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Super Soup

Tuesday 19 February, 11.30am – 2pm

Coalway Methodist Church

Everyone is welcome. All money raised is in aid of Christian Aid.


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Bring & Buy Sale

Saturday 2 March, 10.00am – 12.30pm

Hucclecote Methodist Church

Books, DVDs, CDs, toys, puzzles, crafts, unwanted Christmas gifts all in aid of the Cheltenham and Gloucester Scanner Appeal. Entry is 50p but free if you bring along an item for us to sell.


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