what a beautiful world...

reflecting a Creator we can know...

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celebrating our past

trusting God for our future

Nativity Crib Festival exhibit
Time to start thinking about the 2017 Crib Festival… Our Theme this year is “Jesus – Prince of Peace”. Expect to see a lot of doves hanging around!    See details…. 

The Next Big Thing

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.

Here is the programme of events – and here are details on how to loan a crib. Visit the Crib Festival page for further details..

What's On?

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

New Team Member

david powe

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

Rev Canon David Bowers

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.
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.
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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!

StorKies Picnic

2017 StorKies party 2017 Storkies PartyRead an encouraging report from Sarah and Sue regarding the Teddy Bears’ Picnic party to give thanks at the end of the StorKies year. It has been a great year!

Party Time!

parachute game

The party was held in the church due to rain – but this did not deter us having fun – with activities for everyone. A great success! We need more times like this…jumbo jenga at SVB party

Skills of a different and more traditional kind in the egg-and-spoon race.SVB egg-and-spoon race

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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?’ 

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…

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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Sunset Requiem

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

Read more

Two of the ten movements will be sung by the Yate Choral Society at their Charity Concert on October 21. 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.

Next Sunday

Sunday 22nd October: 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 Adeline's LITTLE SODBURY 6.00pm Holy Communion (BCP)

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The latest Outlook magazine - Oct-Nov 2017

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?