Evenlode Vale Churches

Ministry News

September 2017


Dear Friends,

Although the Church’s year officially starts on Advent Sunday, the beginning of September seems like the time when things start up again after the summer holidays.

This year, September will mark the beginning of a new phase of our ministry as our new staff team starts work together.  Our congratulations to Helkias Mapimhidze who was ordained on 16th July 2017 at Gloucester Cathedral. He and his wife, Juliette and their five children are settling well into Bledington and look forward to ministry in the benefice. In addition, Cressie Landless will begin in the Church Office as our new Administrator; Bridgid Duffy takes up her position as our Trainee Sports and Youth Worker and will be preparing to re-start Youth Café and Club Tropicana; Helkias and Juliette will be overseeing JAM Club which will now run alongside three services a month at Holy Ascension, Oddington.

4 o’clock Church makes a return on the second Sunday of the month and a new series of sermons entitled ‘Encounters with Jesus’ will begin at our United Service on 3rd September.  In addition, to mark the 500th Anniversary of Luther nailing his 95 theses to the Church door in Wittenberg, there will also be an autumn course starting in Evenlode looking at the importance of the Reformation.

For details of these and other autumn programmes, please see Newsletters, Pew Notes, Leaflets in Churches and our updated website www.evenlodevalechurches.org.

Exciting times lie ahead of us this autumn.  All are welcome to explore and enjoy what is on offer – and to take the opportunity of engaging with Jesus, the one who makes all things new.

Yours sincerely

Richard Rendall

IBBA Girls School news

We were privileged to have Bridget Nagomoro South Sudan at our united service on 3rd December. It was good to hear of God's grace at work in the girl's school that she pioneered in Ibba, South Sudan. This has happened in spite of the political instability in this young country and the gender inequality.  The school still faces many challenges and Bridget and her team would appreciate continual prayer as well as financial support. More than £90 000 in matched donations has been raised already to feed the girlsand to achievce £100 000 would be amazing. This can be done through this link- https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/project/figs. In addition, there are other means of supporting the school and John Bennington will happily accommodate any enquiries.

We had our last Silver Service for the year on 9th December and this was well attended as usual. Christmas dinner with all the trimmings was had by all; and afterwards everyone joined in singing carols led by Bridget Tiffin on the piano. 

There will be no Silver Service in january but normal service resumes on 1st February. See you then.