What a beautiful world...
Reflecting a Creator we can know...
Welcome to the Sodbury Vale Benefice...
Celebrating our Past
Trusting God for our Future
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
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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?’
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 - 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
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.
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.
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)