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New Director of Music - We are delighted to announce that our new Director of Music Joachim Schwander, will start at the end of August; his first Sunday will be 31st August. We look forward to welcoming Joachim among us.

Please remember in your prayers this month’s Mission:  Us: United Society (formerly USPG) who work with local churches around the world to transform local communities - as well as providing emergency aid in times of crisis in South Sudan, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt.  The Most Rev Dr Mouneer Anis, Bishop of Egypt said, “We seek to be a light in our society, and to serve our neighbors’ in a difficult situation.” On 20 July 2014 all cash collections will go to help their invaluable work.

Church Hall Garden - Many thanks to everyone who helped to clear weeds, trim bushes, dig and generally tidy up on Saturday 12 July at the Church Hall.
It was a wonderful effort by all.  The flower beds, paths and bushes look really good.  Thank you to all the team of helpers for their time and effort.

TCT Fun Week – 29th July – 1st August. Fun Factory for Kids Yr R – Yr 2 at the Baptist Church and Kids Road  show, Yr 3-6 at the Streamleaze Green 10am-12 Noon.  Come join us and have some FUN!!! To book please go to web site www.thornbury or ring 01454 419118.

Vicarage Garden Party - Sunday 3rd August, 3pm. Rev’d Jan would like to invite everyone to come and enjoy afternoon tea together in the vicarage garden (pray for fine weather !!).

On the occasion of the Garden Party at the Vicarage on 3rd August, we will be looking for some cakes or scones. If anyone feels they could supply one can you let Sheila Jones know, 412989 or Thank you and enjoy the summer!

Foodbank - July List:  Savoury Nibbles, Nappies size 5, Jellies, Soup Sachets( no tins or boxes please), Sponge Puddings, 2-in-1 Wash Tabs, Cat Food – all types.. Please see lists at the back of the church. Many Thanks.

Heritage Open Day Saturday – All day from 10am 13th September. Tower Open from 1-5pm, with guided tours. We will be hosting our annual Heritage Day, and would like to continue with our guided tours and refreshments.  As always we will be looking for volunteers to help with the guided tours, and as part of the refreshments we would like to offer cakes for sale. If any of you are able to help with the provision of the cakes or volunteering, please let the office know or sign up on the sheet at the back of the church. All funds will go towards the Church.  Many Thanks.

Thornbury Churches Together is concerned about the need for parenting courses in Thornbury and they invite anyone who would like to be involved with running a parenting course, to a day to consider the issues and to receive some initial training in running a course. On Saturday 29th November at Thornbury Baptist Church Centre from 10am until 4pm, Lester Yeo will provide training. He runs Patchwork Parenting  as part of the Catholic Children’s Society in Plymouth. He has lots of experience in running parenting courses and in training facilitators. The course will be free, but please bring a packed lunch. For more info or to book a place, please contact Sally Heath ( or 419574) or speak to one of your TCT reps who will pass your details onto Sally. The aim is to train enough parenting course facilitators to offer a variety of courses, so that parents with children at every stage of growing up will be able to access help and support . 

If you are recently bereaved and would like to talk to someone, please contact either the vicar or Sheila Jones (412989). We offer a chance to meet others who are suffering grief.

We Pray this week for:

Doug Richards, Diana Jervis, Roger Bennet, Brenda Richards, Peter Sumner, Alison Collett, Sue Hallett, Angela Cole,
Rae Forster & Robin Harper.

And those for whom we regularly pray: Chloe Teague,
Don Smith & Tom Wiltshire

We pray for those who died recently: Sheila Mary Bundy,
Philip Sharpe-Neal

at this time of year :  Noreen Robins

Weekly Newsletter.  If there is anything that you would like me to include in our Summer Newsheet which will cover the whole of August, please let me know within the next couple of days and I can arrange it all for next week which will be our last print until the end of August.  Anything that needs to be included for the month needs to be received in the office by Wednesday evening at the latest . If you would like to sign up for our email version please make your request via the office. Contact Abi / Gemma Tel : 281900. or email

On our Parish Facebook page there is now a 'Psalm quote for the day' - set yourself up for the day by checking out today's Psalm verse and reflect on it whilst washing up/driving to work/cleaning up after the children...

Please may I see a Hospital Chaplain. A consequence of the Data Protection Act is that, if you are in hospital, nursing staff will only pass your details on to the hospital Chaplaincy Department if you ask them to do so.  While we hope you do not need to go to hospital, please, let the church know if you do, as we would like to include you on our prayer list, and will visit you if appropriate.

Pastoral Care. If you or someone you know is away from church, in hospital or has cause for concern, then please contact Kate Teague on 415837 or Sheila Jones on 412989. Where appropriate they will be able to arrange for pastoral contact and/or include the person’s name amongst our intercessions.

Home Communion. Did you know that if you are unable to get to church for a while you can receive Holy Communion at home? We have a team who help with this. Do remember either for yourself or someone you know. Ask the clergy.

Healing Prayers on Sunday mornings will be offered immediately after the services at  St Paul’s 9.15am on the first and third Sundays and at St Mary’s 10.30am service on the second, fourth and fifth Sundays.

Gluten-free Eucharistic wafers are available at St Mary’s and St Paul’s for those who need them.  Please let the clergy know before the service if this applies to you.

Recycle your print cartridges, mobile phones, stamps, bibles for charity. Mission boxes at the back of both churches. Many Thanks.

Photos may be taken from time to time at church services and events, and used in church publicity, some online(but without names); please feel free to ask for any photo to be deleted from the camera and we will be happy to do that.

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