In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God
John 1:1


News Sheet

Sunday Services – 11 March – MOTHERING SUNDAY


10.00am               All-age Worship for Mothering Sunday, led by the Minister

                                Boys Brigade and Girls Association


6.00pm                 United Service - here at Christchurch. Leader: The Minister

                                Preacher: Alisdair Longwill (Baptist regional minister)

                                with Jubilate

Sunday Services – 18 March – PASSION SUNDAY

10.00am All-age Worship for Mothering Sunday, led by the Minister

Boys Brigade and Girls Association

6.00pm United Service at St Lawrence, Barnwood – theme: Being a mouthpiece for justice and truth – preacher Steve Davies


Thursday 8th                    9.00am             Experience Easter – Heron – CANCELLED

                                        2.00pm             Craft Circle

                                        7.30pm             Jubilate Rehearsal

Friday 9th                       10.30am           Coffee & Chat

Saturday 10th                     9.20am                 CWS Walk & Pub Lunch

Monday 12th                    9.00pm             Keep Fit

                                        2.00pm             Lent Course, here

                                        5.30pm             Boys Brigade & Girls Association

Tuesday 13th                  9.00am             Keep Fit

                                        2.00pm             Prayer Triplets

Wednesday 14th            12.30pm           Lunchtime Fellowship

                                        6.00pm             Communion

                                        7.30pm             Lent Course, 27 Swift Road

Thursday 15th                 9.00am             Experience Easter – Heron School

                                                                    (carried forward from last week)

                                        2.00pm             Craft Circle

                                        7.30pm             Jubilate Rehearsal

Friday 16th                    10.30am           Coffee & Chat

Saturday 17th                 3.00pm             T @ 3


Palm Sunday:                 10am       Morning Worship with Jubilate

                                         6pm         Bible Study

Holy Wednesday              7.30pm   Evening service with the Jigsaw Choir

Maundy Thursday            6pm         Communion celebrating the Last Supper

Good Friday                     2pm         “At the cross”

Easter Day                      10am       EASTER COMMUNION


The season of LENT starts on Ash Wednesday – February 14

As is now the custom, there will be evening services hosted by each of the neighbouring churches in turn, and no evening service here except when it is our turn on 11 March. All the services start at 6pm

11 Mar      Christchurch – theme: Moulding culture – leader Steve Davies – preacher Alisdair Longwill (Baptist regional minister)

18 Mar      Barnwood – theme: Being a mouthpiece for justice and truth – preacher Steve Davies


During the united evening service next week we plan to listen to someone talking about THIS TIME TOMORROW.  Four simple questions:

     Where will you be “(This Time) Tomorrow”?  What do you do there? 

     What are your challenges and joys?   How can we pray for you?

The advice is to use ordinary people doing ordinary work in ordinary places including those whose daily occupation may not be paid, such as stay-at-home mums and dads, or retirees.  If anyone feels they can share – two minutes – in the evening service here on 11 March can you please get in touch with Steve (551020) (Or I will have to find a volunteer.)

Please see Mike or Judy Potts if you are interested in either of these:

 There is a single room available for the holiday to Dunoon from Sunday 22nd - Saturday 28th July.

 There is a ticket for the outing to “Kiss Me Kate” at The Weston Playhouse on Saturday 7th April.

The nominated charity for March is the Christian Blind Mission:

“Transforming the lives of people with disability, their families and communities in the poorest places of the world”. Please read the article in the Chronicle about the CBM.

If you want to donate, please use the plate at the back, and use a Gift Aid envelope if you are able to.

 The Gloucestershire Police Choir will be singing at Christchurch on Friday 23 March at 7.30pm, supported by Jubilate. Tickets £8. Tickets from Di Dale, tel 615072, email

Note that Fairtrade Fortnight starts on 26th February until 11th March.

FOODBANK: “…we should continue to remember the poor…”  A letter was received this week thanking us for our donations and making a specific request for such as tins of meat, fish, rice pudding, fruit and UHT milk: these items are continually being used.  There are stocks of most other things.


Each Wednesday at 6.00pm there is a celebration of Holy Communion to which all are invited. This service, usually led by one of the retired ministers who worship at Christchurch, lasts no longer than half-an-hour, but provides an opportunity to ‘Do this in remembrance of Me’ as Jesus bids us. Those who regularly attend find this valuable time of worship and fellowship.


WEDNESDAY WELCOME is a weekly Bible Study and Fellowship held in various homes. Please contact Frank Heggs for details of venue.

Raise funds for Christchurch: do you use Amazon? Or one of a host of other retailers? At no cost to you would you like to raise money for Christchurch on your online purchases? (You pay no more; a percentage of the sale value will accrue to the church.) Visit to see how.


There is always a box in the foyer for your donations to Gloucester’s Foodbank.


The Community Roll: This has been updated and a new version is available. Please remember that the information contained in there is for your personal use only.


To help cleaners and chair shifters plan their week, all Church bookings will be in the notice sheet as from this week. I hope this helps, thank you.



After a very extended break the banner making group are planning to meet again on a regular basis.                                                                                        


Prayer Lunch

The Prayer Lunch which has not been held over the Christmas period, will start again on Wednesday 1 February at 12.30 and on the first and third Wednesdays of each month in the Church lounge. Time is spent in prayer remembering current world and local situations, before eating a packed lunch, finishing at 1.30. Drinks are provided.

All welcome.


Need a Photographer?

Portraits, events, conceptual images - whatever your photography needs, contact Daniel Tuck for a good price and professional service. With Christmas coming up maybe a photo could make a special gift for someone? Speak to Daniel Tuck or please take a leaflet from the back of the church.


Prayer Chain

For some years Christchurch has had a Prayer Chain, who are a group of people dedicated to praying for people during difficult periods in life - illness, times of worry, etc.  It is a very valuable ministry, one that can be done at home or anywhere, with new prayer topics being passed round the group by telephone.


It would be wonderful to have more people involved in this ministry of prayer.  If you would like to speak to someone, you could ask any of the current prayer chain members - Pat Dettmer, Val Stephens, David & Joan Perkins and John & Olive Flemons, or have a word with Les.  People value prayer, so please think about being part of the prayer chain.



Do you love to sing? Would you like to join us?

We meet on a Thursday evening at 7.30pm for practice and sing on the 2nd Sunday evening (at Cafe Church), and on the 4th Sunday morning. We do a broad mix of music as well as some 'hot off the press'. We are a relaxed and very friendly group and will give you a warm welcome.

Please ring Alison (417328) for more details.



This is an initiative for you to provide names and phone numbers of trades people you would recommend, who have given you good service, been reliable and reasonably priced. We do not charge for this, and if you can recommend someone please pass on their details to either Alison, Mike or Mavis Wood. Their names will stay in for 4 Chronicles. I hope you will find


Please give us the details of people you recommend

BM Services  Barrie Minett Tel 07963 217998 (2)

- for repairs to UPVC doors and windows including locks and hinges

Recommended by - Peter Muff

Brennan Roofing & Building / Fencing (2)

Tel: 01793 704988 Mobile: 07808 523075

Recommended for fencing work by Norman & Sheila Whitaker

THE CLOTHES PRESS - for all your Ironing & Laundry needs (2)

35a Churchfield Rd, Upton St Leonards GL4 8BA

Tel: 01452 616477


BOB’S LINE TAXI - local journeys Tel: 610683

PHELPS ELECTRICAL - qualified electrician Tel: 611127

ROGER BROWN - decorator Tel: 617750

All Rec. by Ann Scott who has used these services for many years


THE GARDENING GIRLS - Garden Maintenance

contact Debz Leaverland Tel: 537856 or O7733 170604 (2 Rec. by Christine Pritchard)


MILLINGTON & RAMSTEDT - Wood supplied & cut to requirements + DIY

Bristol Rd, Gloucester Tel: 522607 (2 Rec. by David Barber & Mike Wood)


SPARKY - UK Freeview, Sky & Freesat installations

Tel: 07849 013933 (Mark) Tel: 07906 205465 (Derek)

Rec. By Cleone Acomanni


GARAGE SERVICES Cheltenham & Gloucester Autocentre, Staverton

Proprietor: Martyn Longbridge Tel: (01452) 855555

Rec. By David Barber


FOOT CARE, including cutting toe nails, in your own home:

Karen Pascoe, Tel: 01452 729489, Mob 07557 689574

Rec. By Rita & Peter Muff (1)


HAIRDRESSER will do home visits or work in her own home.

See Rita or Peter Muff for contact details

Rec. By Rita & Peter Muff (1)


SEAMSTRESS from Abbeydale, who does dressmaking and alterations.

Contact Wendy 01452 309528.

Rec. By Phyllis Martinger (1)


CARPENTRY - AM Carpentry, - all aspects of carpentry

Contact: Alan Morris 01452 533100, 07919 180014

Rec. By: Catherine Tranter (1)


ROOFING SERVICES - Ridge tiles, leading etc.

Russell David 01453 376329

Rec. By Patrick Marks 2)


FOOT HEALTH PRACTIONER - all forms of foot care

Jenny Palmer 01452 547501

Rec. By Bruce Rhodes (2)


HOMEPLAN DRAFTING SERVICES - provide planning and architectural

services for house extensions and alterations.

Contact Glenn A Church on 01452 423407 or 07584 082621.

Rec. By David Barber (Glenn is David’s Son-in-Law) (2)



Contact Eileen Wealle on 01452 533708 or 07901 228365

Rec. By Linda Bradley