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Collective Worship will resume in all three churches on 6th December. However, St Andrew's will continue to livestream a service every Sunday should you not wish to attend in person.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0qso0uzwPJq-Onhf6fN2TA and hymnbooks are available to borrow should you wish to follow the service.

St Andrew's is open on Tuesday Mornings from 10.30 am to 11.30 am for private prayer. Contact Anne Lewis for more details. St Christopher's is also open for private prayer - see www.tchiw.org.uk for more details.

There is a weekly Zoom Prayer Session on Mondays and a Tuesday Zoom Afternoon Tea and Chat. Please contact web@urcic.org.uk to be included.

When we return again to communal worship there are a few things to bear in mind, please:-

  • Book your seat in advance if requested to do so.
  • Wear a face covering unless you have a valid reason not to.
  • Don’t arrive too early.
  • Use the hand sanitizer upon entry and exit.
  • Don’t automatically sit in your usual seat, instead follow the Stewards’ advice.
  • Don’t hold any long conversations in the building.
  • Keep at least 1.5m social distance.
  • Don’t hang around by the door on the way out, this will cause an unsafe bottle-neck.
  • Unfortunately...Singing is not yet allowed, but we will have other forms of music.
  • There won’t be any refreshments after the service.
  • Enjoy being back in Church!

In the meantime all social groups continue to be SUSPENDED

Christmas at Cheltenham URC

The 'new normal' means that Christmas this year will be unlike most we have known. We will do our best to celebrate as usual in church.

Prestbury URC - 10.30 am

6th December Salvation Army Gift Sunday - cash donations ONLY please in Church
   
20th December Christmas Service - please book seats with prestbury@urcic.org.uk. Retiring Collection for Open Door

St Andrew's URC - 11.am

Please book your seats in advance with Alison Stagg: bastagg@btinternet.com

6th December Advent 2 and Communion . Salvation Army Gift Service  - cash donations ONLY please in Church
   
13th December Advent 3
   
20th December Advent 4
   
25th December 10.00 am - Christmas Day Service

The Moderator of teh West Midlands Synod, Revd  Steve Faber, has sent us his Christmas Message

Keeping In Touch

We have introduced a new quartlerly guide to Cheltenham URC - In Touch. Back numbers of the old monthly magazine can also be found there.

 The Weekly Bulletin is designed to share up to the minute news and information. If you would like your own copy, please email web@urcic.org.uk to be included. We will supply ROOTS material weekly with the bulletin and from time to time other publications are sent out, in particular from the Red Cross and AgeUK.

The Red Cross have produced useful information on how to combat loneliness https://www.redcross.org.uk/loneliness-resources

The URC has made available 'Daily Devotions'  to sustain us all in these trying times hhttps://devotions.urc.org.uk/

If you should need the services of a Minister at this time please email sec@urcic.org.uk.

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Upcoming Services and Events

When life gets back to normal there will be ......

Prayer and Bible Study Groups

Pastoral Teas, Lunches and Coffee Mornings

Baby & Toddler Groups

Social Groups & Film Shows

Regeneration /Repair Cafe

DVDs for Loan

Below is a list of the DVD’s that have been shown recently and are available to borrow. Please contact Brian Miles if you would like to borrow one.

We would ask for a donation of £2.

Marley & Me Zookeeper Evan Almighty
My Cousin Rachel Hampstead Viceroys House
Wonder Victoria and Abdul Churchill
The Greatest Showman Finding Your Feet Peter Rabbit
Going in Style Paddington 2 Oceans 8
King of Thieves Searching Mary Poppins Returns
Fantastic Beasts Stan & Ollie Fisherman’s Friend
Goodbye Christopher Robin Darkest Hour (Winston Churchill) Red Joan
The Time of Their Lives Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang Mama Mia, Here We go Again
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society All is True Yesterday
Downton Abbey    

 

Knitters Needed!

Cheltenham Street Pastors are appealing for small items of warm clothing that can be handed out when the weather is very cold. Gloves, especially man-sized and woolly hats would be much appreciated.

 

Prayer support is always welcome – is that a service you could offer?

More information from Tony Jeans or Ann Gimingham at St Andrew’s

Past Case Review

The United Reformed Church Past Case Review is an open invitation for anyone to raise concerns about the behaviour or conduct of anyone affiliated with the URC since its formation in 1972. Tel. 020 7916 8682, email: pastcase.review@urc.org.uk

www.urc.org.uk/past-case-review

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