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Sunday 26th May

                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 Rev Ann Owen from St Mark's in Cheltenham to lead our worship. Welcome to you all, especially our visitors. Please stay for refreshments and fellowship in the hall if you can.


This week


Wednesday 29 May:

9am: The ecumenical service of Holy Communion here will be led by Rev Malc Allen, rector of St Michael's. A warm welcome awaits you to this time of worship with refreshments afterwards.  



Further ahead


9 June Street Fair: We still need help to run the Methodist Church stall, which is an opportunity to reach out to the general community. If you could offer one hour of your time between 12noon and 4pm (a chair provided) please add your name to the list on our foyer notice board.


10 June: Ladies' lunch will be a week later than usual next month.


Other notices


Thank you to everyone who helped in any way when the Circuit Assembly met here last Sunday.


Please let Marie Chattell have any remaining Christian Aid envelopes today, please.


Can you help?

You will all be aware of our desperate situation for stewards from September. Could you help sometimes in one of the following areas without taking on the larger responsibility of becoming a full church steward?

Vestry: could you sometimes help set up for services, look after the preacher, give out any announcements from the front and tidy up afterwards? Welcome: could you sometimes help set up for services, welcome worshippers at the door, keep an eye on the back of the church and tidy up afterwards?

Advisory: we also need people to attend stewards' meetings to share the planning and decision making.

If you think you could help with one or more of the above rôles, or want to know more, do please speak to one of the stewards or James as soon as possible.


Next Sunday: 2 June



10.30am: Our worship will be led by James and will include Holy Communion. After the service there will be a Bring and Share lunch followed by the annual church meeting. Please make every effort to attend this important meeting.

Anniversary weekend

The anniversary booklets are still available. They are £2 each or at the special price of two for £3. Additional copies are then available at £1.50 each.

David and Margaret Aldred


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






Glos_MethGLOUCESTERSHIRE CIRCUIT NEWSLETTER  (Issue 500- 22.05.19)                                                                      

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 Bream.

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





Thursday 23 to

Monday 26 May

Winchcombe Festival

Winchcombe Methodist Church and Hall

Sunday 26 May


Bethesda at Six

Bethesda Methodist Church, Cheltenham

Sunday 26 May


Easter Offering Dedication Service

Lonsdale Rd Methodist Church

Saturday 8 June


The Stuart Singers Summer Concert

Organised by Dursley Methodist Church, concert is at Dursley Parish Church

10 Jun – 12 Aug

7 – 8.30pm (Mondays)

Holy Habits Study Group

Stroud St Alban’s Methodist Church

Saturday 15 June

10am – 5pm

Model Railway Exhibition

Hucclecote Methodist Church

Thursday 20 June


Churches Together in Nailsworth - 3rd Comedy Night

Christ Church Nailsworth

Monday 8 July

7.30 pm

Barn Service



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The Superintendent’s Lunch Club

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


Wednesday 5 June

Cirencester Ashcroft Lunch Club, Cirencester Ashcroft Church

Thursday 20 June

The Whitminster Inn, Whitminster


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Area Lectionary Workshops (May 2019)

Leaders of worship are cordially invited to join our first Area Lectionary Workshops during May. These will be the start of a series throughout 2019 to build fellowship and sharing, inspiring both quality and consistency as we take the opportunity to explore Bible themes and wider links together. We will be seeking feedback at each stage to drive refinement and increased engagement.


Initially trialled for us at a Forest Preacher’s meeting (West Area), we have now planned and will facilitate initial events for us all on 20, 21 and 22 May. Please come with any resources (e.g. bibles, hymn books, prayer guides) that you might use in preparation for leading worship or that you want to share.


Monday 20 May (Central) – Nick, Peter and Debbie @ Hucclecote MC from 7:30pm

Tuesday 21 May (West) - Michelle and Arthur @ Drybrook MC from 11am

Tuesday 21 May (South) - Karen and Jackie @ Stroud, St. Albans from 7:30pm

Wednesday 22 May (North) - Naomi and Peter @ Bethesda MC from 7:30pm



As the Circuit Worship Taskforce developed the idea for these events, they felt the Holy Spirit guiding them as the ideas formed. They hope that this will be a time of both giving and receiving. We would invite you all to hold these meetings in your prayers. Thank you.


VSM Worship Taskforce: Karen Burridge, Nick Butler, Naomi Cooke, Michelle Ireland, Debbie Long, Jackie Morris and Peter Allsopp


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Eavestaff Piano – free to a good home

The Circuit Office has been approached by Ian Holmes who inherited a piano from his late parents (they were both Methodists and his mother was an accomplished pianist) and who is now looking for this to go to a good home. Details of the piano can be found below:

  • Eavestaff Pianette Minipiano
  • Schwander internals
  • Solid Metal frame
  • Music rack/stand included – screws on & shown separately in photos
  • Built in London in the early 1970’s
  • Condition – good (a couple of small veneer chips)
  • Value – approx. £600
  • Last professional tune – 2013
  • Very heavy – has inbuilt carrying handles to the rear but will require 4+ strong people and a van to move it from Tetbury

Photos are shown in the attached document. If you are interested in the piano, please contact the Circuit Office who will arrange to pass on contact details for Ian Holmes. Please note: the piano must be collected by 10 June.


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Dates for the Diary….


Winchcombe Festival

Thursday 23 – Monday 26 May

Winchcombe Methodist Church and Hall

Winchcombe Festival is a non-profit making organisation run by people in Winchcombe for people in Winchcombe, bringing live music and arts to Winchcombe. They showcase local talent as well as many wonderful performers and artists from further afield.

Please see details below of events happening in the Methodist Church and Hall. More information can be found at https://winchcombefestival.co.uk/


Thurs 23 May, 10am

Coffee concert Isbourne Singers (free)

Thurs 23 May, 3pm

Music for Teatime – Fiona and Melvin Brown £5

Fri 24 May, 10am

Coffee concert – Music for piano (Free)

Fri 24 May, 3pm

Kiftsgate Court Gardens -3 generations of women gardeners (in the Hall)  £5

Sat 25 May, 10am

Coffee concert – The Turner Hurd family and guests (free)

Sat 25 May, 3 – 5pm

Singing workshop (£3)

Sat 25 May, 5.45 pm

Singing a song of England (£5)

Mon 26 May, 3pm

Cotswold Arts and Crafts of the 1930s (£5) in the Hall


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Bethesda at Six

Sunday 26 May, 6pm

Bethesda Methodist Church, Cheltenham

Featuring husband and wife team Philippa Harrison and James Willshire. Music by Debussy, Faure, Schubert and Stravinski. Light refreshments will be served in the interval. Admission is free however donations will be invited for Christina Aid.


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Easter Offering Dedication Service

Sunday 26 May, 6.30pm

Lonsdale Rd Methodist Church

This is the Dedication Service of the Easter Offering for the Gloucester area and will be led by Rev Jonathan Pye (Chairman of the Bristol District). The theme for the service is ‘Longer Tables - Lower Fences’.


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The Stuart Singers Summer Concert

Saturday 8 June, 7.30pm

Organised by Dursley Methodist Church, the concert is at Dursley Parish Church

The Stuart Singers are a 62 strong choir with a wide and constantly changing repertoire which includes spirituals, theatre, sacred and secular, and classical and modern music. Although organized by the fundraising committee of Dursley Methodist Church, the concert will actually take place at Dursley Parish Church to better accommodate the entire choir along with their Junior Choir. The Parish church is on the Market Place very close to the Methodist Church. Tickets are on sale from Durcans hardware shop, Dursley or on the door - cost £9.00. Ice creams will be on sale during the interval


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Holy Habits Study Group

Meeting every Monday from 10 June – 12 August, 7 – 8.30pm

Stroud St Alban’s Methodist Church

Holy Habits is an initiative to nurture Christian discipleship. It explores Luke’s model of church found in Acts 2:42-47, identifies ten habits and encourages a way of life forms by them. The study course has been developed to help churches explore the habits in a range of contexts and live them out in whole-life, missional discipleship.


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Model Railway Exhibition

Saturday 15 June, 10am – 5pm

Hucclecote Methodist Church

This popular show returns to our church. It features layouts in a variety of scales, gauges and prototypes, plus sales stands and displays. Admission £5 - children free. Refreshments are available. More details are on www.hmcmrs.org.uk.


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Churches Together in Nailsworth - 3rd Comedy Night

Thursday 20 June, 7.30pm

Christ Church Nailsworth

Starring Andy Kind, tickets are £7. For more information and tickets contact Rev Stuart Radford  on 07889 138 311.


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Barn Service

Monday 8 July 7.30 pm (music starts at 7pm)

Hawling Methodist Chapel

The speaker will be Revd Chris Cory and the chairperson will be Ms Karen Burridge. All Welcome. Please come and support our rural chapel. Tea/coffee and biscuits after the service.


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Events happening outside the circuit and in other churches....


Bristol District Testimony Service

Thursday 23 May, 7pm

St Peter’s Church, Brislington, Bristol, BS4 4NZ

You are invited to come and hear Deacon Corinne Brown sharing her faith journey as she goes forward for ordination. The preacher will be Rev Dr Jonathan Pye. Every is welcome.



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A Communion Service for Wesley Day

Friday 24 May, 1pm

The New Room, Bristol (John Wesley’s Chapel)

Join us on Wesley Day for a celebration commemorating this important day for Methodism – Find out about Aldersgate Day and its significance with the new resources there.


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