Opening of Church Buildings
We are now open for private prayer at our benefice churches.
St. Mary’s Newent – Mondays and Thursdays 10.00 – 12.00
Christ Church Gorsley – Wednesdays and Saturdays 9.00 – 5.00
St. Peter’s Clifford’s Mesne – Tuesdays and Friday 9.00 – 5.00
(please wear a facemask and use the hand sanitising gel on entry and departure)
Our zoom services will continue on-going and in addition we are aiming to open for worship as below:
St. Mary’s Newent – from Sunday 9 August
Christ Church Gorsley – from Sunday 16 August
St. Peter’s Clifford’s Mesne – from 2 September
(more information soon)
Our summer services will be taken by Rev Simon Mason, Rev Dan Browne and Rev David King
We will be taking a break at The 4 during August but back again during September
Please see the linke for information for the Convention 27 – 31 July
Please see the links below for great resources for children, young people and families
Today David King will be speaking to us on Immortality from 1 Cor 15:40-44, 50-54
Today Nigel Scotland will be speaking live from St. Mary’s
Today Dan Browne will be speaking to us from Matthew 28
Today we have a celebration for Pentecost Sunday including Prayers by Church Leaders from our area
Come Holy Spirit
A wonderful clip to celebrate Pentecost
Red Hot Poker Plant
A lovely symbol of the Pentecost tongues of fire from Joan Cartwright’s Garden
Talk by Dan Browne from The 4
File 1 has the opening and file 2 the majority of the talk
Page will be live from 31 May
Today David King will be speaking to us from 2 Chronicles 7:11-16 and Mark 1:1-8
From Ascension Day to Pentecost, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting us to join with many across the world to pray the prayer – Thy Kingdom Come – that people will be encouraged to try praying and that 5 people we know would discover the love of God for themselves. You can find ways to get involved each day by going to
We’re sorry we weren’t able to zoom today due to the platform being down.
Below is a recording of Dan’s sermon for the day.
Virtual Prom Praise 2020 – The Orchestra of All Souls Langham Place London
We are grateful to David for another series of his reflections
Reflection 1 Pondering
Reflection 2 Cultivation
Reflection 3 Fruitfulness
Christian Aid say
“We have been working hard to reduce the impact of Covid-19 on the communities we work with. The world’s poorest countries have the weakest health systems, and many of the most vulnerable people are now being exposed to this deadly virus. They will struggle to get the healthcare they need, and with the cost of not earning a living while in lockdown or quarantine.
Our partners are already embedded in these communities. We are inviting all churches to pray with us, and to donate to our coronavirus appeal, so that our partners can save more lives. The prayers, information about our response, and how to donate are on the homepage of our website.”
Please use the link below for information including how to donate or send and e-envelope.
(We will be circulating e-envelopes to those on our contact list)
Each day during Christian Aid Week they will be live-streaming worship
There will also be a daily Fun Quiz
Watch out for invitations to the service as we remember VE Day and Christian Aid Week
As people are no longer able to attend national, regional or local VE Day 75 commemorations or events due to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Royal British Legion is playing a central role in the delivery of a range of remote activity for people to participate in from home.
Programme for the Day
11.00am 2 Minutes Silence
11.15am The RBL VE75 Livestream
8.00pm VE Day 75: The People’s Celebration BBC1
9.00pm “We’ll Meet Again” Singalong
VE Day 75 Learning Pack for 7-14 year-olds
For more information on each of these please click the link below
In addtion from Monday 4 May, Messy Church national site will have resources for families for VE Day
VE Day 75 in Newent
At 11.00am on VE Day a number of people gathered spontaneously and socially distanced. A poppy posy and list of the fallen were laid at the War Memorial and Graham Barton, Acting Standard Bearer and Deputy Parade Marshall, paraded in Highnam.
Watch out for invitations to the service
David King will be speaking on John 21:1-14
Watch out for invitations to the service
Dan Browne will be speaking on John 20:19-end
Last Sunday, low Sunday, seemed especially appropriately named this year. The high feast of Easter had been celebrated, differently but with energy and imagination, but then after many of us had rested, came the announcement of three more weeks of lock-down and sobering news from our hospitals and care homes of deaths and staff struggling heroically with such challenging conditions. What we knew with our heads moved to our hearts as the marathon nature of the race we must run became yet clearer. All of us, without exception, will be managing a range of emotions, alongside the practical tasks of living each new day with all that it will demand of us. All of us, without exception, have been and continued to be inspired by our front-line health workers and careers, and so many more, those who go to work to ensure basic services continue, those who care for children at home, all struggling with adversity, all of us need to know that kindness we are called to show others and ourselves.
But the great truth of the Easter feast is that it is not a one-day wonder, it lasts a full 50 days, taking us from the confused and frightened first disciples with not much of a clue as to what was going on other than a dawning realisation that hope was somehow restored, to the Emmaus Road, the upper room with doors closed and brave Thomas the only one with the courage to voice his doubts, to the lake shore with nets full of fish and Jesus cooking breakfast, to Pentecost and the outpouring of the gift of the Spirit. The Easter feast asks us to go on a journey with highs and lows as we discover what it is to live resurrection life. That life does not deny the darkness, the reality of death that we hear of each day in the news and that many of us know all too close at this time, but it does assure us that this is not the last word.
There is rightly a sense of this being a new season, and yes, it is a marathon and not a sprint, yet this is Easter too, and we will need to run it at the right pace, with kindness that allows us to rest and recover, offering mutual support and encouragement, not in competition.
With Bishop Rachel, I remain deeply inspired by the life we share in this Diocese which it is our immense privilege to lead. Thank you for all you are doing. In these days of Easter take time, rest, work, cry, care, mourn, laugh, love, sleep and know it is the risen Christ with whom we walk. We may struggle to understand, we may doubt, but the one who has come through the darkness is with us.
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Watch out for invitations to the service
Simon Mason will be speaking on Luke 24
Below are a series of devotions by Pete Greig who has written and spoken much on the subject of 24/7 prayer. I found these helpful and am grateful for having been pointed in their direction by members of our church family.
Devotion 1 – Unleashing Love in a Time of Fear
Devotion 2 – Unleashing Courage in a Time of Containment
Devotion 3 – Unleashing Depth in a Time of Distraction
Devotion 4 – Unleashing Life in a Time of Death
Lighting of a Candle
When you wake on Easter Sunday we invite you to light a candle and pray
This will stay alight until our 10.30 Zoom Service is over
For our 10.30am Zoom Service please open the Iona liturgy below – we’ll be using pages numbered 2-4
This will be a Breaking of Bread Service and we invite you to put out bread and wine/juice for each person
Reflection 3 by Rev David King our Methodist Minister
Reflection 2 by Rev David King our Methodist Minister sent by email
Journey to the Cross
On this journey, you may like to light a candle, to spend some time in quiet as you read and pray, or to play some gentle music. So please use the link as we begin a Good Friday journey following Jesus as he goes to the cross.
Reflection 1 by Rev David King our Methodist Minister
On Maundy Thursday we have traditionally gathered for an Agape Meal and remembered the Last Supper with a Breaking of Bread as part of our time together. While we are unable to gather in that particular way, you may like to use the prayers below as part of your main meal on Maundy Thursday. They were compiled by the church in Bourton on the Water.
In addition to your meal, you will need a candle, a glass (for water or wine)
If you are gathered with more than one person feel free to substitute we/our language for I/me etc.
As you light the candle:
I light a light as a sign of the hope I share in Christ; and to remind me of my sisters and brothers in Christ who, at this time
like me, must worship in their own homes.
As you pour your glass of water/wine:
I pour a glass of water/wine as a sign of the life I share in Christ; and of the common life I share with Christians around throughout the
As you place your plate:
I place my plate as a sign of the sustenance Christ brings to my body and my soul; and to remind me of those with whom I long to break bread, but who are scattered to their homes.
Until we are able to gather round the Lord’s table again, may God bless our community and hold us firm.
Hope you enjoyed worshipping together at our Zoom service 10.30am
Watch out for the invitation to The 4 on Zoom
“Where are we?”
Over the past few weeks, there have been innumerable examples of acts of kindness, neighbourliness, volunteering and generosity, as well as empty supermarket shelves, fights for loo rolls and hoarding. Hardly surprising. Uncertainty, fear and stress all bring out both the best and the worst in us, or maybe reveal the best and the worst that is in us. In the main it seems that the best is more in evidence, which is what we should expect as love is stronger and overcomes fear.
We have been called on to practise ‘social distancing’. I find that an unfortunate and unhelpful phrase. Thankfully, what we are discovering and witnessing is that as people keep a physical distance they are finding a new social closeness.
Some years ago, Mother Mary Clare of the Sisters of the Love of God (the Fairacres Community in Oxford) wrote a booklet ‘Aloneness not Loneliness’. That theme has always been vital but now it takes on a heightened significance for our times. We are witnessing many people discover the truth about which Mother Mary Clare wrote, which is helped by all the opportunities that social media provide, but it needs the disposition of the heart to want to reach out to others, to know that we are made for relationship, not for being isolated and ‘lonely’. The perspective of being alone, of ‘physical distancing’, heightens our awareness of the need for relating, for caring as well as being cared for, and this, it seems to me, is what we are seeing across our nation at the moment.
We are seeing a shift back from ‘I’ to ‘We’. Wouldn’t it be marvellous if that shift proved vastly stronger than Covid-19 and so shaped the next years of our society?
The shift is evident not only in local acts of kindliness and reaching out but also, even, between nations. Over against reports of President Trump wanting to buy up and keep for his country vaccine research laboratories, there is the increasing recognition that if the wealthier and better resourced nations of the world do not assist the poorer, then Covid-19 will not only spread even faster in Africa and Syria with terrible consequences but re-infect other nations in the future. Helping other nations is, therefore, in the richer nations self-interest as well as humanitarian interest. Inter-nationalism may yet prove stronger than the more recent growing strength of nationalism. The ‘We’, over against the ‘I’, applies corporately and nationally as well as individually.
The question, ‘Where are we?’, is the same question that God asked of Adam in the Garden of Eden. ‘Where are you?’ was not just a question about where he was hiding in the garden but about how things were going with him, how he was in himself. So of us and our society. This crisis gives us the opportunity to reshape and work for good in a new way. If there is an enduring shift back to ‘we’, then we shall be witnessing again the ongoing power of redemption.
Anthony Priddis 28th March 2020
Link to a new song composed by Jon Pocock from Lee Abbey Devon Community
Bob Hartman wrote the Lion Story Teller Bible used by Open the Book Teams. This session inspires us with the power of the Christian message through bible stories.