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It’s Crib Festival time at St.John’s Church, Chipping Sodbury!… Our Theme this year is “Jesus – Prince of Peace”. Expect to see a lot of doves hanging around! See details
The event covers five days – Nov 29-Dec 3 – and includes a wide range of activities. Local school children will be actively engaged with special events during the daytime but public viewing is available from 10am-5pm (except for Thursday Nov 30 when there is a communion service at 10am followed by public viewing from 11am).
Donkeys will be in the church during Friday and Saturday mornings. There will be a handbell ringing workshop (Saturday) and music from Chipping Sodbury School. A special toddler morning on Friday Dec 1 from 9.30-12 noon) and Nativity in Action dance display by the Kathryn Hurley Dance Academy at 4pm on Victorian Day Saturday Dec 2 when public viewing is from 10am – 7.30pm. Jonathan Crow will also be playing organ music. Download a brochure for details. Entry is free but there will be opportunity to donate to the Winston’s Wish charity for bereaved children.
Our Crib Festival
The Advent season will soon be upon us. For us this means the Nativity Crib Festival which runs for one week at the end of November.
How can you participate? Not just by coming and bringing your family – but by loaning a crib scene that you may have at home.
New Team Member
We welcome Rev David Powe to our team in October. David comes with extensive background as prison chaplain and has preached in a wide range of churches and other venues. More
A Welcome from the rector, David Bowers
Already the year is beginning to draw to an end as we look forward to our annual Nativity Crib Festival. The theme this year is ‘Jesus – Prince of Peace’ – especially apt as live in days of great violence and much fear. Do come and join our celebration – Nov 29 – Dec 3.
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)
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!
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?’
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…
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
The latest Outlook magazine - Oct-Nov 2017
A beautiful Sunday morning begins...
A Welcome at the door
Enjoying a good sing!
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
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.
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..!
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)