Weekly News 10 July 2021

Welcome to this weekly news bulletin from Stroud Churches.

Something new:

Judy Howard has offered to set up a group for sharing the wisdom and practice of the contemplative tradition. She writes ‘Many of us are drawn to silence at the heart of our prayer. The 1st gathering will be on Saturday July 10th at 9am in St Laurence, for approx: an hour. Just turn up. If you’d like to ask Judy more do ring 01452770776 or email [email protected]

This Sunday:   

Our new pattern of in-person services continues this week. For details see our website www.stroudparishchurches.org.uk/services

Look out too for our new weekly ‘Sideways’ feature there. This week from Graham. Do you know anyone else who might be interested in listening to this? Perhaps you could send them the link.

There’s a chance to talk and think about what we are doing when we come together for communion services

The second of our ‘confirmation group’ meetings is taking place this Wednesday 14th July at St Laurence’s at 7pm and we will be sharing with one another about what we are doing and why we do it when we praise God and hear and think about the Bible readings in our communion service. You don’t have to be thinking about confirmation to join in and it’s not too late!

Questions of the week

Questions relevant to these times that we can ask ourselves or share with one another:

  • How have my relationships with others changed or developed through this time?

  • How do I view life differently as things change?

  • What am I most anxious about as I think about the future?

It’s good to take time out for ourselves and often good to chat these things over – some of us find out what we think as we speak!

‘Run with the horses’

This is not an announcement of a new physical activity but the title of the next book club book that’s meeting on 4th August. It’s by Eugene Petersen and based on the book of Jeremiah. Jeremiah had a rollercoaster faith story that might be relevant for us these days – read, come and find out! Anyone is welcome to join the group as a one-off or regularly. Please contact Helen on 074 322221 or Peter [email protected]stroudparishchurches.org.uk if you want to know more.

May God bless you in your rest and activities this coming week.

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Communion during this time

In these unprecedented times, we are working hard to find imaginative solutions in a landscape that has been rapidly changing. Sometimes we get things right, and sometimes we miss the mark. I apologise that this has been the case regarding communion.

For those of you who have received wafers in a parcel, we would ask that you either consume them, or put them somewhere safe to bring back once we are able to be together again.

We are going to be sending out a new order of service for use during this time as either a simple service of the word or, on occasion, to help us to share an Agape meal together.

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