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STOP PRESS – StorKies

Please note that StorKies will not be in St. John’s Church, Chipping Sodbury due to heating problems.

From Tuesday 16th January we will be meeting in the church hall at St. Lawrence’s Church, 71 Broad Street, Chipping Sodbury BS37 6AD until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience.

David Bowers

Happy New Year

David’s New Year message challenged us as the people of God to live out our faith. As a church we seek to demonstrate three things: Unity, Forgiveness and a Welcome to all.

By God’s grace we commit ourselves to these things in our communities as well as in our own fellowship.

Welcome to new-comers...

People are always moving into the area and are looking for a new church home. We warmly welcome you and invite you to contact us if you need help and cannot find what you need on these pages.

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Looking for Inspiration?

Here is a good place to get inspiration – the LICC website. The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity was started by John R. W. Stott. Connecting with Culture and Word for the Week are just two series that are running currently. They both help us relate biblical teaching to everyday life. A  great place for thinking Christians – and for those who are curious…! Try it out!

What the Great Teacher said

The Last Supper

Jesus said “I came so that they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”

If that is true why don’t more people take him seriously? Perhaps people fear they are risking too much if they were to become followers of Jesus…

Read more of Jesus’ sayings…

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SVB in the Community

The Sodbury Vale churches are very actively involved in the communities they serve. We not only host civic events but also participate in the major festivals. Apart from the schools we are also involved with the Yate Foodbank and Street Pastors who patrol the streets of Chipping Sodbury late on Saturday nights. Read a recent terrific Spectator article ‘What do you do when there’s drunken aggro after closing time?’ 

StorKies' Christmas Posada

A few days before Christmas StorKies put on a very special Christmas event – the Teeny Tiny Posada. They re-enacted the Christmas story and the journey to Bethlehem in the streets of Chipping Sodbury. They stopped in Hatherall’s Yard and then moved on to the Beaufort Inn where the Landlord served as Innkeeper…

Beaufort landlord Mike

Beaufort Inn landlord Mike did a great job as Innkeeper

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Thirty parents and carers and their children took part. Rector David Bowers read the Bible story to them as they travelled. The route took them through Hatherall’s Yard where they bought bread and supplies, before continuing past the Tourist Information on their way to the Beaufort inn. Here Landlord Mike told them he had ‘no room’, when the children knocked on his door but he finally recanted and said he had a stable at the back (a function room) and they were able to settle in there for the birth of baby Jesus.

the stable

Function room serves as a stable

Organiser Sarah Ledger described it as ‘absolutely brilliant’ and describes it as a real act of community generosity.

StorKies re-opens on Tuesday Jan 2 at 9.15am (til 11.15am) at St John’s Church on Wickwar Road, Chipping Sodbury.

 

Elderly folk enjoying a Christmas treat with carols at Tea and Chat

Tea and Chat Christmas Special

Tea and Chat had its Christmas special this week – complete with carols. It spread a lot of good cheer among the elderly…

Tea and Chat with carols

Knowing God

Knowing God

“Knowing God” by J.I.Packer is a book that may be familiar to some of us. For more than 40 years this classic has been a key tool in shaping our beliefs and helping us discover the wonder, joy and delight of knowing God for ourselves. Perhaps the far greater joy is in discovering that He knows us…

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New to the Bible?

Need some help in knowing how to get started with reading this amazing book?
Click here for special help from the Bible Society.

The latest Outlook magazine - Dec 2017- Jan 2018

Next Sunday

Sunday 21st January: St John's CHIPPING SODBURY 9.30am Family Communion; St James, HORTON 11.15am Mattins ; St John's OLD SODBURY 11.15am Holy Communion; St Adeline's LITTLE SODBURY 6.00pm Evensong.

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Sunset Requiem

Our SVB organist Jonathan Crow has been inspired to write his own Requiem – Thousand Colours of Sunset.

Watch video of 5th movement – Sanctus and Hosanna – which was sung by Yate Choral Society at their Charity Concert on October 21.

Click here to learn more

Premiere of Requiem will be performed on March 10 2018 at St Mary’s Church, Wotton-under-Edge. It will be performed by a new choir, the Arcus Singers, conducted by Geoff Wickham.

What's On?

Our Calendar shows all the events planned for this month and beyond. Download weekly notice sheets here

A beautiful Sunday morning begins...

A Welcome at the door

Enjoying a good sing!

StorKies play group

StorKies - an exciting venture for tots - now in its 3rd year...

We support Foodbank

St Adeline's in Little Sodbury

Give thanks! God's creation on a Sunday morning

Children display shoeboxes for Christmas gifts

Coffee Time after Church

The beautiful church on the hill - Old Sodbury

We teach the Word

Needing Help?

Many in our community are in need of some kind of help. You may be one of them… If so we may be able to help you. We would be willing to pray with you and put you in touch with another agency that can offer specialist help. Kindly use the Contact form provided.

Foodbank box for collections

Our Partnerships

By working with other partner agencies we can achieve a lot more. Two of the local charities we partner with are Foodbank and Street Pastors. We also have international partnerships around the world. Go to our Missional home page for more complete details together with useful links.

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Try Praying!

Bishop Martyn is encouraging us all to pray – especially in the 10-day window between Ascension Day (14 May) and Pentecost (24 May). The Gloucester Diocese has produced a special booklet that you can request for free. According to Nicky Gumbel of the Alpha Course praying is becoming quite a trendy thing these days.  It should also be as easy as talking to your daddy… To get started click here or read this article on spending time with God… You can also download a useful Try Praying app for your phone (IOS and Android). Pass it on..!

Hungry?

Happily we have a very active and increasingly popular local Foodbank to help families and individuals who are needing emergency help with food…

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Our Churches

SVB comprises four churches all within a few miles of each other. These include

Looking for God?

Most people come to a point in their lives when their spirit prompts them to search for something greater than themselves. Happily the Bible assures us that God rewards all those who diligently seek him. That is a promise – and it comes directly out of God’s word. (Hebrews 11:6)

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Christian Literature

Click here to see a variety of Christian literature available on line from popular Christian booksellers…

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RSS Feeds

A new feature are the RSS feeds from Fresh Expressions and Sheridan Voysey. Click here

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Useful Media Links

Many resources are now available on line. Click here to find links for video, literature, radio and other Christian agencies

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Outlook Magazine - online

Our September 2017 issue is now available for download and reading on-line…
See back issues of Outlook…

Snippets

We human beings are made in God’s image and likeness and therefore should freely give our whole selves back to him… Read more

Talk to Us

We may all be busy people but we should be able to find time to listen to one another. Want to go first?

A Slice of Infinity

…just to make you think… Meet Ravi Zacharias Or perhaps a music stream?