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Easter Blessings

Because I live, you also will live. John 14 v 19
Wishing you all a very happy Easter.

Worship service cancelled

March 18th another day to stay safe and warm and say your prayers at home. God bless you all.

Coffee mornings

We like to apologise to all our regular customers but due to the poor weather condition we felt is necessary to cancel both the Friday and Saturday morning this week. Sorry for any inconvenience but we just wanted both our staff and customers to safe and warm at home. Hope to see you all next week when the weather has improved.

Worshiping in the hall.

While the builders are busy doing vital repairs works to the interior of the tower we shall be holding our worship services in the hall down stairs until the scaffold is removed. But we are still open for business with a service every Sunday morning at 10.30am. The Guild will still hold their meeting every Tuesday afternoon at 2.30pm and a warm welcome await you at our Friday and Saturday coffee morning 10am until mid day.

P.U.S.H.

P.U.S.H.
Prayer Until Something Happens.
We were pleased to welcome Johnny O’Hanlon, our church support worker, on 19th February. Johnny helped us to mark the start of our 181st year in the town with an interactive service theme ‘Looking Forward.’ A delicious 3 course lunch cooked by The Girls was served after the service and a good time of fellowship was enjoyed by all.

Window project

After 18 months of intensive planning and fundraising we are very pleased that the project to replace six large windows in the church is about to start.
Scaffolding will be arriving on 5th February when we welcome our builders Splitlath Building Conservation Ltd onto the site.
We would like to express our thanks to our architects Toby and Lucia from Falconer & Gilbert Scott for their guidance, and the Heritage Lottery Fund and Gloucestershire Historic Church Trust for their grant funding, who have all helped to make this possible.
We would like to apologise to our members and church supporters for any inconvenience caused during this 16-week program of works.

Christmas tree festival

We would like to thank St Laurence Parish Church for inviting us join their Christmas tree festival year. Our topic continued our ‘180 years’ celebration theme.

'Looking Back 180 Years'

Our two day exhibition looking back over the 180 years that the church has been in the centre of the town servicing the people of Stroud and it’s surrounding area was a great success, and was much enjoyed by all who were able to visit.
Our thanks to Rev Dr Richard Cleaves who led our service of thanksgiving and praise and to Kevin Cranston our town mayor who are both pictured here with members of the church family who dressed in period costumes for the weekend.

Heritage Open Days

This year for the first time we joined the Heritage Open Days and were able to welcome people into our church that had not visited before. Several children had go at playing the pipe organ and took advantage of the change to ride on our stair lift. Many visitors enjoyed a different view on thing from up in the high pulpit. Our two David’s held on bits of a jamming session so the stewards were able join in with sing-a-long. Fun was had by all.

The Police Male Voice Choir

As part of our celebrating a 180 years in the centre of the town.

The Gloucestershire Police Male Voice Choir have been booked for a concert to take place in the church on May 19th 7-30pm.
Door open 6-45pm. Tickets £7 are now available from Stroud Subscription Rooms or from the church coffee morning held each Friday and Saturday 10am – mid-day.

Easter Eggstravaganza

Our Easter celebrations were a great success and much fun was had by all.
A total of £287 was raised for our church windows and our thanks goes to all who helped to make this a truly lovely afternoon.
Don’t forget the concert by the Gloucester Police Choir on May 19th doors open at 6.45pm. Tickets available from coffee morning staff Friday & Saturday 10am – midday in the church hall or from the tourist information office opposite the church.

F.W.O

At our September meeting we were pleased to welcome back Beryl who had broken her hip and collarbone in a fall earlier in the year. She is now well on the road to recovery and able to get out and about, with a little help, and it gave us the opportunity to help Beryl celebrate her 90th birthday. Also back with us after her holiday was Muriel looking well rested. We all enjoyed a quiz set by Riley, our magazine editor, and sharing top marks were Kay and Sue. Well done girls. We remembered Roger Clarke in our prayers as he had been taken to hospital earlier in the day. Wishing you a speedy recovering Roger, love from FWO.

Coffe Morning

We have regular Friday and Saturday coffee mornings when the hall is open from 10am to midday each week serving Fair Trade tea and coffee at just £1 a cup, and Hot Butter Toast just 50p per slice. We also sell home made cakes, pies and fruit crumbles, with books and bric-a-brac stalls.
‘Come and meet with old friends and make new ones’
A warm welcome await you.

Tea Dance

Continuing our 180th ‘year of celebration’ come and join us for a Tea Dance on Saturday 1st July 3pm -6pm in the church hall. Music by Jim Hannaway. Just Jive Lindy Hop.
Entrance £7 on the door.
Jim will be the DJ for the evening. He will be playing his usual great mix of music for you dance to and you can help yourself to tea, coffee and a piece of homemade cake too.

Easter Eggstravaganza

This year we are celebrating our building being 180 years old with a series functions and parties planned throughout the year starting in April with an Easter Extravaganza on Monday 17 April from 3pm – 5pm.
Music, sing song, fun games and a quiz. Bring your Easter bonnets for the parade. All followed by tea in the hall.
This is a free event but you will need a ticket as places are limited. Tickets available from the coffee ladies Friday and Saturday morning between 10am to mid day.

F.W.O March meeting

In March the ladies had great fun making Easter cards ready for Easter Day breakfast service. This communion service is held in the hall at 9.30am and followed by sharing breakfast together.

The Ladies F.W.O

Having decided not to out for lunch as we have in the past at the beginning of the new year, the ladies decided to stay in and have Fish n’ chips in the hall.
Many thanks to ‘The Big Fish’ shop who cooked our delicious lunches, and to Val who made the most scrummy apple pies for puds, served with ice cream or custard or in some cases both and enjoyed by all. Prayers were said for Muriel at home nursing Arthur her poorly husband and Josie who was able to join us but has her own health problems.

FWO Craft Afternoon

The ladies of the FWO (For Women Only) or (Funny Women Only as the men like to refer to us) met for lunch and a craft afternoon making Christmas tree decorations. A good time of fellowship for the ladies of the church.

David Stanley Smith

Sadly our dear Friend and organist David died on August 20th.
David had not enjoyed the best of health in the last few years, but he continued to play the organ for our morning services up to 2 weeks before his death. He was was our organist for over 20 years, continuing in a career begun at the age of just 14.
David was a devout Christian, loving his Lord and following His word, but he had three others loves in his life – Mary, his lovely wife, whom he married following a whirlwind courtship: music and cars.
In Mary, David found the perfect partner, an accomplished pianist who shared his love of music and they were happily married for 62 years. Their grandchildren spoke movingly of a devoted grandfather who shared his love of nature with them as they walked along the canal, above all, David was a kind, thoughtful man – albeit with a cheeky sense of humour.
His smiling presence will be missed by us all, but we know that he is now safely with his Lord.

Garden Party

This idea was mooted one Thursday morning at Sainsbury’s where we meet every week for coffee. Could we do a ‘Garden Party’ in the church hall to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday? We decided we could – but where to start? Invitations? Yes! Vintage china, cake stand and tea pots? Yes! We washed, starched and ironed 22 table clothes. We cut out and displayed photo of the Queen on the notice boards along with 20 questions about the Royal family. We hung bunting, made flower arrangements for the windows and vestibule and tables, and had music playing in the background. What to eat and drink? Fruit juice or punch to be offered to guests on arrival? Yes. Small scones serviced with jam and cream; a choice of sandwiches; and fairy cakes all made by the ladies (and a gent, yes there was one) of the church. Yes! Dress code: Sunday best and HATS? Yes! We all thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and the feedback has been wonderful. I think we can call it a success. Thank you to everyone.

F.W.O March

In March we met on the Women’s Day of Prayer. Joan read from Mark 10 v 13-16 and together we sang the hymn ‘All over the world’
After lunch we were each given a bar of soap, a flannel, 2 rubber bands, some ribbon and a pair of stick on eyes and Marilyn showed us how to make rabbits ready for Easter. Well what fun we all had, there’s no limits our crafting skills now.
For our next meeting on 1st April we will welcome a speaker for a talk headed ‘A Village Agent’.

Christmas Day

With no minister to lead the worship, the congregation gather round the piano in the church for a short celebration of our saviour’s birth at 10am.

F.W.O January

For our meeting at the end of January 10 ladies went round to The Nelson for a most enjoyable lunch. Set in pleasant surroundings and with good views over Stratford Park this proved a special time of sociable fellowship for us all.
4 husbands not wanting to be left out decided they would go to a local garden centre for their lunch, and I understand they also enjoyed themselves.
Ladies our next meeting will be held in the church hall and will be another opportunity for us to demonstrate our craft skills by making rabbits for Easter.