what a beautiful world...

reflecting a Creator we can know...

welcome to Sodbury Vale Churches...

celebrating our past

trusting God for our future

Welcome to Sodbury Vale Churches

alive and active
The Obiti Family

Visitors from Kenya

Emily and Moses Obiti pose with their two boys during the Benefice Lent Lunch. Emily spoke about the work of Turning Point Trust in Kibera, a slum area of Nairobi where they work in a school among disadvantaged children.

Nature speaks

Joyful Simplicity

Capture the joy of snowdrops – the first signs of Spring. Let’s allow God to speak to us through these promises of better things to come as we trust him for our future.

Fruitfulness on the Frontline

Lent Course - Fruitfulness

Starting Wednesday 21st February in the Church Centre this course looks like being an exciting adventure. During the 6-week study we shall be learning how we can be more natural disciples – wherever God puts us. Watch introductory video. Contact Peter Fewings for more details.

David and Judith Bowers

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.

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?’ 

Farewell to Sarah

Thank you, Sarah

StorKies has become somewhat of a legend in SVB. What started as a revolutionary idea developed and grew thanks to the hard work of Sarah Ledger, Yvonne Brae, and Sue Alcock – and many others. Now we say goodbye to Sarah and Andrew as they move on. Thank you, Sarah!

sunset in Scotland

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.

Download an A4 poster for the Mar 10 premiere performance at St Mary’s Church, Wotton-under-Edge

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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.
Sunday School children

Our Sunday School

Our children are special – and that is how we want to make them feel as they attend Sunday School and learn about a God who loves and accepts them. Visit our Sunday School page for details…

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…

open Bible

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 - Feb-Mar 2018

Next Sunday

Sunday 25th February: St John's CHIPPING SODBURY 9.30am Parish Communion; St John's OLD SODBURY 11.15am Morning Praise; St James' HORTON 11.15am Holy Communion; St John's CHIPPING SODBURY 6.00pm Special Lent Reflection with Bishop Rachel

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What's On?

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

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!

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…

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.

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..!

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)