What a beautiful world...

Reflecting a Creator we can know...

Welcome to the Sodbury Vale Benefice...

Celebrating our Past

Trusting God for our Future

Rev Canon David Bowers

A Welcome from the rector, David Bowers

Welcome to the website for the Sodbury Vale Benefice. Our parishes cover the attractive market town of Chipping Sodbury and the three beautiful villages of Old Sodbury, Little Sodbury and Horton. At the heart of the life of each of our four lively and friendly churches is a desire to worship God, to grow in our faith and to serve our local communities. We hope you will find all the information you need in this website and that you will come and join us for any of our services or activities. We guarantee that you will receive a warm welcome.

Our Servant Queen and the King she serves

Our Servant Queen

We are grateful to have a queen who is so much loved and admired by her people. A delightfully illustrated and well-written book has been published to celebrate her 90th birthday. It talks powerfully of the Christian faith that drives and sustains her. The 64-page book can still be purchased on-line at cpo.org.uk/thequeen or by phoning (+44) 01903 263354. A wonderful gift for children or grandchildren! Over one million copies sold already!

Front cover of Tyndale booklet

A Local Hero

In Sodbury Vale we have a very rich history. It is carried through the stately homes and historic sites – but also through our churches. St. Adeline’s in Little Sodbury is one such church, closely related to the Manor house and Sir John Walsh, a close friend and courtier of King Henry VIII. It was William Tyndale who was engaged to be their tutor in the early 16th century. While there he received his call from God to translate the Bible into English. Michael Stephenson has written up this story in a fascinating booklet St Adeline’s Church and the Life of William Tyndale (20pp)

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.

seeing beyond

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!

School nativity crib scene

Invitation to Our Annual Crib Festival

Get ready to celebrate again! Advent season is only a few weeks away. We want to invite you to our annual celebration – the Nativity Crib Festival at St Johns Church, Chipping Sodbury. It is a very popular event for the entire community and this year runs from November 30 to December 4th. Click here for details.

children playing mural

Giving our Children a Good Start

Aren’t children wonderful? That’s why we firmly believe in the need for providing them with quality education in the Christian context while building strong ties between education and church, We do this through three local primary schools, and also by taking weekly Open the Book sessions which the children love.

toys in church

Toys in Church!

That’s right! Every Tuesday morning StorKies meets catering to families with young children up to the age of four. There are heaps of toys to play with, and stories to listen to – together with Mum, Dad – or grandad – or with the team of helpers. Its purpose is to encourage literacy and social skills through playing together. See video and consult the Calendar for details.

children in church

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?’ 

What's On?

Our Calendar shows all the events planned for this month and beyond. Weekly notice sheets that you may have missed can also be downloaded here

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Pause for Thought....

Things you never hear in church:

  • Hey, it’s my turn to sit in the front row!
  • I was so enthralled I never noticed your sermon went 25 minutes over-time
  • I love it when we sing hymns we’ve never heard before
  • Nothing inspires and strengthens my commitment like our PCC meetings
  • Since we are all here, let’s start the service early…

A beautiful Sunday morning begins...

A Welcome at the door

Enjoying a good sing!

StorKies play group

StorKies - an exciting new venture for tots

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.

try praying

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..!


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)

christian literature

Christian Literature

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

media feeds

RSS Feeds

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

media links

Useful Media Links

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

outlook magazine

Outlook Magazine - online

Our September issue is now available for download and reading on-line… Contains report on David Bowers induction service, youth teams to India, and other stimulating reading.. See back issues of Outlook


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?