Magazine December 2018


You will see from the details at the back of the magazine that duties for the Christmas Eve “Midnight” and Christmas Day morning services are on a voluntary basis.  There is a sign-up sheet at the back of church, or you can give me a ring on 792913, if you are able and willing to fill one (or more) of the slots.  Thank you.

Also, at the moment everyone is available for duty every Sunday in 2019!!  If you are not, please do let me know, especially for January – which has already made an appearance.  It’s up to you!!

Thanks again.                                                                                               Barry


From Christin Minchin

A special Gift


This is a very special gift

That you can never see.

The reason it’s so special,

It’s just for you from me.


Whenever you are lonely

Or ever feeling blue.

You only have to hold this gift

And know I think of you.


You never can unwrap it.

Please leave the ribbon tied.

Just hold the box close to you heart

It’s filled with love inside.



Remembrance Service at Gloucester Cathedral

 Sunday 11th November at 3.00pm   -       from John Morse.

On the 11th November 2018 Audrey Ricks and I were privileged to be at the Remembrance Service in Gloucester Cathedral to remember the men and women who gave their lives so we might live in freedom and also to mark the 100th Anniversary of the ending of World War One.

It was a very moving service.  It started at 3.00pm and 800 people were packed into the Cathedral for the start of the service. At 2.58pm the Civic Procession and the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Edward Gillespie OBE, entered the Cathedral via the South Door. The procession moved to its place and, as the organ played, the Standards were processed and received at the altar.

The Dean of Gloucester, the Very Revd. Stephen Lake, gave the Introduction. The service continued with different people from around the Diocese giving voice to the people from the Armistice in 1918.

Dame Janet Trotter OBE, DBE, CVO addressed us about Peace settlements and Remembrance; the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire read the Bible Reading from Micah 41-4. The Act of Remembrance was conducted by the Dean and the Trumpeter, and the last Post was sounded and the Air Vice Marshall, Ian Corbitt (Rt’d) RBL County President addressed us. We observed the silence ending with the Trumpeter sounding the Reveille. 

The names of those who died in the 1914-1918 War which we presented in August 2014 were again read in the Cathedral in November 2018.  It had taken 7.5 hours to read the names which had been broadcast on BBC Radio Gloucestershire. 

On this Centenary Day of the end of the First World War the names were then returned to a representative of each Deanery.  We sang the hymn ‘O God our help in ages past.  This hymn was sung in Gloucester Cathedral on 11th November 1918.

The Homily was given by the Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Revd. Rachel Treweek, followed by prayer led by Year 7-11 students from All Saints Academy, Cheltenham.  We sang the hymn ‘Lord God our creator’.  During the hymn the Standards formed up and a collection was taken for the Gloucestershire Homes for Veterans.

The Bishop gave the Blessing and all stood for the National Anthem.  The Standards, the Cathedral Procession, the Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire and the Civic Procession left the Cathedral.


“O Lord our maker and our strength from whose love in Christ we can never be parted either by death or defeat.  May our remembrance this day deepen our sorrow for the loss and wastes of war, make us more grateful to those who courageously gave their lives to defend this land and commonwealth, and may all who bear the scars and memories of conflicts past and present, know your healing love for the sake of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.              Amen”



Children’s Society Box Opening – 6th October 2018

Dear Box Holders,

The total banked from the box opening was £653.78.  Sadly a fall from last year.

However, there are still one or two boxes to be returned.

Thank you so much for your contributions which help distressed children throughout the country.

Thank you too, to all those who helped with ‘the count’.  It is always much appreciated.

If anyone reading this would like a box to put their change in over the year please do be in touch with me.  I would be delighted to add you to our list.

With many thanks                           God Bless            Pauline Stevens



PSALMS Annual Review 2017/2018

“Stonehouse has always been a challenging area for us to engage young people in discipleship.”

The word ‘transition’ would sum the past year in Stonehouse. Key volunteers for PSALMS’ work have moved on, including a number of church leaders and Corinne Aldis, who served as chair of the local management group (LMG) from the start. We are grateful for all their contributions to the work in Stonehouse.

PSALMS worked hard last year to support churches in running their own children’s and youth outreach. We partnered closely with the Baptist Church to enable them set up Firestarters, and with St. Cyr’s and the Methodist Church to help them to lead Messy Church and start a Junior Fun Club on a Friday evening - PSALMS now acts only in an advisory and support role.

Stonehouse has always been a challenging area for us to engage young people in discipleship, so we were particularly pleased to have, for the first time, four young people from Stonehouse joining our Pulse Leadership Academy (PLA), which aims to grow young people in their faith and give them leadership experience. These four also came on our TRAC residential as young leaders, and as a result one of them became a Christian with the others clearly wanting to continue their journey with God.

PSALMS supported the LZ7 mission in Maidenhill School and ran follow-up sessions in our local groups, including our football club at the School.

Emily Twigg has now taken over the work in Stonehouse from Andy Poole so, with a new PSALMS minister, new LMG chair and new church ministers in the town, we are excited to see where God leads us together.

Andy Poole