Day: 30 April 2020

Sunday Service celebrates the contemplative tradition in Stroud

This Sunday’s service (streamed at 10.10am and online thereafter here) celebrates the contemplative tradition that is thriving in the Stroud Parish Churches.

In the service, we include visits to our Still Moving, Taize & Cowshed communities – including input from their leaders (Milly Sinclair leads a body prayer, Simon & Julie Cooper weave diverse spiritual readings inspired by the Gospel around the chant Adoramus te Domine…).

You may also know of our Silent Sitting Communities (in normal times: Church of the Holy Spirit Pagan Hill 3pm Thursdays, St Laurence’s Stroud 8am Tuesdays – the latter now still meeting but sitting in our respective homes, with corresponding communications before & after) and the Praying Together community at Holy Trinity Slad (10am Thursdays – now online).

Contemplative prayer is experiencing a renaissance at the moment because of its facility to open the heart to deep spiritual remedies – if you’d like to connect with one or more of the aforementioned communities, do get in touch.

Christian Aid Week 10th-16th May

Again creative thinking has been applied by this esteemed social justice organisation – to see how best to ensure it can continue standing together with the most vulnerable and marginalised people during this time of global crisis.

They have a schedule of virtual events all taking place live from their Facebook page. And there are several more creative and fun ways on their website to help us join them in saving lives from our sofas.

Plant Sale for Christian Aid: Saturday 16th May, 10am – 1pm. Sutton Gardens, Middle Street. (Social distancing etc in force at the time will be observed; please bring your own boxes / carrier bags to take plants home)

Being Equipped for Everyday Faith: Cheltenham Racecourse, Sat 3rd October

This is an absolutely vital Diocesan event (Bishop Rachel is the National Episcopal Champion for Everyday Faith).

It is for those who spend most of their time out in the community, whether working, studying caring, volunteering…, and will equip and inspire us to live out our faith Sunday to Saturday.

It is for Christians who are grandparents, grandchildren, adults, teenagers, parents etc etc.

There are workshops, seminars and activities for all ages delivered by experienced speakers. Are you feeling this is for you? Brilliant. There are limited places so do let us know if you are.