Weekly Notices



What’s On For

Sunday 15th October

                Bishop’s Cleeve Methodist Church

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

                        Minister:  Revd Dr James Tebbutt   tel: 01242 674776




10.30am: Our worship is led by our minister James and will include Holy Communion. Please join us for refreshments in the hall afterwards if you can.

6.30pm: James will also lead our Café Church, continuing the theme of Faith & Uncertainty - the post modern challenge. This will be the final 6.30pm meeting. From November Café Church will be at 4pm until the clocks are put forward in March. (Churches Together)


The Disasters' Emergency Committee have instigated an emergency appeal for the Myanmar/Bangladesh refugee crisis and we are responding by taking a final bucket collection today. Alternatively we each have the opportunity of giving directly by calling 0370 60 60 or on line at DEC.ORG.UK. (Jerry Barr)


This week

Saturday 14th October:

10am-12 noon: Coffee morning which will reflect this year's One World Week theme of Good Neighbours and will include an opportunity to buy from an extended range of Traidcraft gifts and cards as well as craft work from Rwanda. Do please come along and make any visitors welcome. Offers of cake to be served with the coffee would be greatly appreciated. Please speak to Sue or Jerry Barr.

Further details are on the flyers at the back of the church.


Wednesday 18 October:

9am: Ecumenical communion service here led by Richard Reakes, Team Vicar from Gotherington. You are very welcome to join us for the service and refreshments afterwards.

2pm: Wednesday Fellowship: Did you know that Cleeve Common is a site of Special Scientific Interest and part of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? Who owns it and who looks after it? Why are sheep and cattle allowed to graze there during the summer? Do come along to find out the answers, and much more, from David Stevenson of the Cleeve Hill Rangers, who will be the guest speaker this week. The meeting is open to everyone, whether or not you attend regularly.

7.30pm: A film at Woodmancote Free Church in Stockwell Lane which is described as a 'romcom with a twist'. (Churches Together).

7.30pm-9pm: A discussion around Tax Justice - A Path to a Fairer World at Hucclecote Methodist Church. Jerry and Sue Barr will be attending and will have room in their car for others. Please speak to either of them if you would like to attend.


Friday 20 October:

3pm-4pm: Afternoon Tea in Winchcombe Methodist Church hall to celebrate Winchcombe being a Fairtrade Town for 10 years.


Saturday 21 October:

7pm: Tewkesbury Methodist Church: Ticket and Tin ConcertHeart and Soul”by Tewkesbury Community Choir. The cost is £5 plus a tin for the food bank. Please see the poster on the notice board in the hall or contact Jennifer Hartley for further details.


Further ahead


Saturday 11 November:

It's not too early to be thinking about our Christmas Fair. 

Donations of gifts for the tombola and other gifts including toiletries for the stalls and raffle, and cakes for the cake stall will be gratefully received. Offers of help to run the Fair will also be appreciated. Please keep the date free in your diary! For further details please see Rose Dry..


Sunday 26 November:

Our annual gift service with members of the Salvation Army will take place during our 10.30am service. The usual gifts of biscuits, chocolate selection boxes, gift vouchers and money will all be very gratefully accepted. Please put the date in your diary as this year the gift service will take place a little earlier than usual.


Open Door is running its usual shelter for four days over Christmas at St Luke's, Cheltenham; information is available in the foyer, including application forms for anyone who would like to join the team of volunteers working there over any of the the four days, or make a donation towards their costs. Please see me if you have any queries - Sue Barr.


Next Sunday, 22 October


10.30am: We will welcome Revd Naomi Cooke from Cheltenham Bethesda to lead our worship.



What's On: Please email any contributions by the end of Wednesday to dhaldred@btinternet.com or phone 





(Issue 428- 11.10.17)                                                                      

The Methodist Circuit of Gloucestershire,

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

                       Telephone: 01452 415769 Email: office@gloscircuit.co.uk



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

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





Wednesday 18 Oct


Tax Justice - A Path to a Fairer World

Hucclecote Methodist Church

Saturday 21 Oct


All Things 50!

Christ Church Nailsworth

Friday 27 Oct

7.00 for 7.30pm

Action for Children - Gloucester Strings Ukulele Concert

Hucclecote Community Centre, Hucclecote Road, Gloucester

Saturday 4 Nov

10am - 12noon

Jumble Sale

St Mark’s Methodist Church, Cheltenham.

Saturday 2 Dec

9.30am – 1pm

‘Creating Safer Space’ - Foundation Safeguarding Training

Hucclecote Methodist Church


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The Superintendent’s Lunch Club

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


19 October

The Belfry, Broad St, Littledean, Cinderford GL14 3JS

9 November

The Corinium, Cirencester

23 November

The Moon Under Water, Cheltenham

14 December

The Whitminster Inn, Whitminster


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Housing and Homelessness – a bulletin by the Public Issues & Social Responsibility Team

Our Public Issues and Social Responsibility focus for October to December 2017 is ‘housing and homelessness’. A very quick review of concerns about housing issues resulted in the following list, in general order of urgency for the people affected:


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Quiet Days in the Circuit

Many of you will be aware that the Rev’d Diane Daymond led a Quiet Day in the Circuit during this last Summer, and our hope is to offer a Quiet Day within the Circuit on perhaps a six-monthly basis, with the next one now being planned for the Spring of 2018. The Revd Carrie Seaton has also offered to lead a Quiet Day, so we will advise you further once dates and venues have been fixed in due course.


In the meantime, attached to this Newsletter is some information about a monthly series of Quiet Days at Rudford which I am sharing with you at the request of Canon Helen Sammon, the Rector of the Highnam Benefice. Whilst there is a cost for these monthly Quiet Days, refreshments are provided, and they may be of benefit for you occasionally or regularly, if you wish to partake in them.


Revd Dr James Tebbutt


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Vacancy for a Families Worker

Royal Wootton Bassett Methodist Church, Wiltshire www.rwbmc.co.uk

Is God calling you to work with children and families?

We’re looking for someone who is passionate about developing families work within the church and the wider community alongside the minister, Youth Worker and team.


This is a new post building on a foundation of previous successful lay work. Active links with two local Anglican churches are already in place


As a church we are excited about this new opportunity. If you share this excitement we’d love to hear from you.


Full time post: £21-25,000 pa

An enhanced DBS is required.

It is an occupational requirement that the post holder be a practising Christian.


To speak to someone about the job please contact Revd David Perkins on 01793 849241 or skyeperky@hotmail.com. For an application pack please email: circuitadmin@upperthamescircuit.org.uk

Closing date: Monday 6 November

Interviews: Week of Monday 20 November


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Dates for the Diary….


Tax Justice - A Path to a Fairer World

Wednesday 18 October, 7.30pm

Hucclecote Methodist Church

This event will explore the links between the global tax system and the extremes of inequality across the world - and what we can to make the system fairer. The two speakers are Revd David Haslam from the Methodist Tax Justice Network and Revd Noel Sharp from Christian Aid. Admission is free. The event has been organised by The Methodist Circuit of Gloucestershire Public Issues and Social Responsibility Team.


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Golf Day

Thursday 19 October, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Rodway Hill Golf Club, Highnam, GL2 8DR

Calling golfing lay folk – you are invited to participate in a Golf Day of Friendship, Fun and Competition. Cost is £20 to include a simple lunch and all-day tea/coffee. RSVP Rev Denise Hargreaves on 01594 825662 or email dkah26@icloud.com by 1 October.


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All Things 50!

Christ Church Nailsworth

Saturday 21 October, 10am

Come and see a display of toys and have an opportunity to play with them! There will be Lego, Airfix models, Meccano, Dinky & Corgi, Train sets, dolls, 2 British motor bikes and coins and stamps. There will also be historical photos and books of the three churches that make up Christ Church! Refreshments will be available.


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Action for Children - Gloucester Strings Ukulele Concert

Friday 27 October, 7.00 for 7.30pm

Hucclecote Community Centre, Hucclecote Road, Gloucester, GL3 3RT

Come to a concert with a difference. Tickets £10.00 to include Fish & Chip supper, raising funds for Action for Children. Tickets or further information from Peter Staite; 01452 548169.


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Jumble Sale

Saturday 4 November, 10am - 12noon

St Mark’s Methodist Church, Gloucester Road, Cheltenham. GL51 8PX

Please come along to support a good cause. Refreshments will be on sale. Admission is 30p. All money raised in Aid of St Mark’s Friday Club funds.


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Advance Notice

‘CREATING SAFER SPACE’ Foundation Safeguarding Training

If you are new to a role as a worker with children and young people, a pastoral visitor, a local preacher/worship leader, a representative on your church council or a church safeguarding coordinator, you may not have attended Foundation Safeguarding training. YOU MUST ATTEND THIS COURSE! The Government states that ALL volunteers should have safeguarding training every 5 years.

There will be a Foundation Safeguarding Course on:


Saturday 2 December, 9.30am – 1pm

Hucclecote Methodist Church

By the end of the module you should:

  • Understand that safeguarding and creating safer space is everyone’s responsibility and an integral part of being church.
  • Have a better understanding of the safeguarding processes within the Methodist Church and your role within them.
  • Know when to have concerns about the safety and welfare of a child or vulnerable adult.
  • Recognise potential blocks within the church to responding well.
  • Be able to respond appropriately to concerns about the safety and welfare of a child or vulnerable adult using the Methodist Church policies.
  • Recognise that there are experts within the Church to help you respond to concerns, and be able to identify who is the expert in your church


Please book your places. Contact: Peter Gardner on 01452-790564 or at peter@familygardner.plus.com.


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