Magazine February 2019

Team Renewal Service - St Cyr’s:

17th February  (Sunday)    6.00pm

This is a brand new start for our Christian witness in the Stroudwater Team area. A visiting team will guide us through a renewal process to strengthen our beliefs and to help us renew our engagement with our local parishes (and, maybe, beyond).

Prayer Breakfast – Bethel church

9th  February  (Saturday)    8.30am            

Always a lovely gathering of Christians to pray, and share breakfast together for the wellbeing of Stonehouse.



Don't forget to join us at the

Filling Station

on February 5th

when our speaker  will be Rev’d Dana Delap,

Team Vicar and Missioner in the Vale and Cotswold Edge churches.


Please note our new starting time of 7.30pm.



Wishing you a belated Happy New Year!

It's taken us a few weeks to get back into a semblance of normality after Christmas and New Year. But we are now settling back into a rhythm.

We have tallied up all our figures for the year and they demonstrate that we were busier than ever in 2018. More vouchers were given out which means we fed more people emergency food. We saw an increase of almost 12% in the numbers of people we fed compared to 2017.

We had an exceptionally busy first half of the year, not helped by the harsh winter months, and then a very quiet summer. December proved to be our busiest month to date.

We also received an unprecedented amount of donations which is truly wonderful and means we have a well-stocked warehouse for the time being which gives us confidence as we see out the winter. In fact we have also experienced an 11% increase in the weight of stock donated in 2018 compared to 2017.

Warehouse Open Day:

We are throwing open the doors of the Warehouse for a morning and warmly invite you to pop down and see what we get up to. The warehouse forms the hub of all our activity across the district.

We'll be open on Saturday 2nd of March, giving tours and answering your questions.

We share the site with Furniture Bank and Kids Stuff who will be having sales at the same time, and the Long Table will be cooking brunch available to purchase during the morning.


As we mentioned above, we have plenty of stock in the Warehouse for the time being.


January is often the season of clearing out and we often are the beneficiaries of the insides of people's food pantries. Sadly, much of this produce is not fit for use and it can take us up to an hour a week to process and find homes for out of date or opened food items. Over 1.5 tonnes of food was donated last year that we had to dispose of.


We've produced a little do's and don'ts of food donations that you are welcome to share. Spreading the message may help us in saving valuable volunteer time and space in the warehouse.

       DO                                                          DON’T

Long Shelf Life                                   fresh, frozen or refrigerator items

In Date                                                 Out of Date

Unopened                                          Opened

Good Condition                                       Dented or worn

Thank You!


“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller




Operation Christmas Child – Shoe Boxes


70 Amazing Volunteers!

1240 Voluntary Hours worked in Gloucester Processing Centre in 16 days!

4303 Wonderfully filled shoeboxes!

Since 1993 Operation Christmas Child has delivered over 157 Million Shoebox gifts!

Our Gloucester Team work throughout the year speaking, buying, making, collecting, fund-raising and meeting together to share the load and ideas.

Thank you ALL for the part you play in making this possible!

June Dolphin xx


To Make you Smile!

We childproof our homes, but they are still getting in!

By the time you find greener pastures, you can’t climb over the fence!

People are like tea bags – you have to put them in hot water before you know how strong they are!

From Christine Minchin


                                                            WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

Friday 1st March

“Come – Everything is Ready”

Methodist Church


Service put together by The Christian Women of Slovenia

All welcome



An Outing:

St Joseph’s are organising an outing to the Queens Gallery – London

Wednesday 3rd April

to see the Russia, Royalty & the Romanovs Exhibition.

Cost £31 (senior citizens £30)

Please contact Carole Cooper on 01453 822163 (mobile 07901 853228) for details or to sign up.



Would you like to know more about the Mothers’ Union?

on Friday 1st March - 7pm for 7.30pm.

“An Evening of Cheese, Wine and Puddings.....”

There is an opportunity to meet and hear from

Lynne Tembey, our MU Worldwide Past President.

The venue is Boutflour Hall, Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JS

Lynne will be sharing her experiences of families around the world and there will be a chance to learn about current MU projects.

For catering purposes would you please email (phone 07421 285 100) to let her know for catering purposes - as soon as possible.



Glory Road Ministry (Ministry to Truckers in UK) – 17th Birthday Celebration on Saturday 2nd February – 11-4pm at St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Road, Cheltenham, GL50 4EZ.  Plenty of parking – lunch included. 

Sharing of testimonies – Guest speaker.   Come along and join in. 

Contact Ruth Creighton 07725 187445 –




We would love there to be a Saturday trip to Sidmouth this year


Anne Minchin has moved away

Could you be the one to organise this

Contact a member of the LMT if you want to know more

Olga, Audrey, Colin, Val, Kay, Emma



St Cyr’s Church.

February starts with Candlemas, a time of light and brightness: the collect of the day begins with “Lord Jesus Christ, light of the nations…”.

 You will notice a certain new lightness to our church when you come to worship.

For the end of December and most of January, we have had the scaffolders and decorators in. It is now much brighter that it has been for some years.

We had lots of issues with porous stonework, leaking roofs, and dodgy plaster, to say nothing of the aftermath of removing the defunct pipe organ.

The PCC thank you all for your forbearance for the inconvenience, over the past few years and particularly the past month, when the church has had to be closed during the works.

I give a big ‘thankyou’ to Colin Matthews who managed the  final stages. He organised work parties to move amazing amounts of stuff to clear the way for painting and then making provision for two large funerals during that time.

Naturally, many thanks to our work parties who shifted, sorted, cleaned, vacuumed  and polished, spending many days in a chilly church in the depths of winter, fortified with regular steaming brews and biscuits. Special thanks go to Rector Steve, who set to with some heavy lifting for the preparations just after Christmas.

When the painters came to check the colour of our plaster-work, I was amazed at the number of shades of white available. Their sample pack must have had 60 swatches.

Richard Hensley