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On a sunny morning last Sunday, Philip Averay was ordained at Gloucester Cathedral by Bishop Michael in a joyous ceremony attended by many in the Benefice.
We are delighted that Philip joins us officially this week and we know that you will make him feel very welcome. He joins us from studying at Ridley Hall in Cambridge. Before that he had a career in Social Work including spending four years working in the Forest and based at Cinderford.
Please note that on Sunday 22nd June 2014, the three churches in the Benefice will join together for a Patronal Festival celebration service at 11am at St John the Baptist Church, Ruardean.
This means that the 11am Service at Forest Church and the 9.30am Service at Lydbrook will not take place for this week only.
The Service at Ruardean will be followed by a bring and share buffet lunch to which all are warmly invited. Please can you kindly bring your food plated and ready to serve.
The 8am and 6pm Services at Forest Church will run as usual.
Please see the calendar for the upcoming Easter Services at Forest Church and in the Benefice. We hope to see you at these very important and enjoyable services.
We were delighted today for our 25 Confirmation candidates and it was lovely to welcome Bishop Martyn Snow, Bishop of Tewkesbury, to Forest Church, to conduct the service.
There have now been around 80 adults and children confirmed in the Benefice since 2007. With each confirmation candidates get the chance to join a relaxed and informative preparation course where new friends are made and the Christian faith explored in straightforward terms. Often, those who are confirmed make lifelong friendships and it’s lovely to see our church family growing at Drybrook, Lydbrook and Ruardean churches.
This Sunday an amazing 26 adults and children will be confirmed by the Rt Revd Martyn Snow, the new Bishop of Tewkesbury, in a glorious Confirmation Service at the Forest Church Drybrook at 11am.This is a Benefice Service so there will be no 9.30am service at Lydbrook or 10am service at Ruardean as all three churches join together to celebrate.
.Also in the service the brand new benefice branch of the Mothers’ Union will be commissioned and blessed by the Bishop. The day before at the Cathedral at 4.30 pm, Ruardean organist Mrs Yvonne Sainsbury will have her many decades of faithful service to Ruardean Church recognised by the Bishop of Gloucester in the first award of membership of the Order of St Kyneburga: Kyneburga was an abbess of what is now the cathedral some 1200 years ago.
The churchwardens and rector are delighted with the good news. Rector Nick Bromfield said: “It’s very rare to have so many Confirmation candidates. In fact the number of Confirmations has fallen considerably nationally in recent years. That’s not the case at Drybrook, Lydbrook and Ruardean churches where we’ve now had around 80 candidates in the last seven years. In fact, the only church in the Diocese of Gloucester that has had more Confirmation candidates is Tewkesbury Abbey. If you’ll forgive the comparison, this is the equivalent of Bristol City versus Manchester City – we’ve done marvellously in recent times! It’s all thanks to a superb team of selfless and faithful individuals who are ready to put their own lives to one side for the glory of God here in the Forest.”
See the calendar entries or Facebook link below for full details as we have a Christmas Craft morning for children on Saturday 14th December from 10am-12pm in the schoolroom. Then on Sunday 15th December, it’s the Space Academy Service – the Reunion! A family service at 11am at Forest Church – all welcome.
It’s hard to believe that it’s four years since members of Forest Church set up The Love Drybrook Trust and opened the shop for business. The shop has gone from strength to strength in this time and has donated thousands of pounds back into the local community and funded projects to promote the Christian Faith.
You are warmly welcomed to the shop tomorrow (23rd November) between the hours of 10am and 1pm to join in the birthday celebrations. Join us for free birthday cake and refreshments. You may find a bargain or two while you are there.
Thank you to everyone who came along today and shopped and smiled and chatted and ate and laughed and had so much fun! Wonderful atmosphere with people staying for hours to chat. If you missed it we will be selling after church tomorrow at 11am. So come along to the fun family service with a dramatic performance by the children. Then join us in the schoolroom for tea, coffee and Christmas shopping!
Here are some pictures from the schoolroom tonight! Get there early – once it’s gone it’s gone.
Activities for children including writing letters to Santa and a children’s tombola (only 20p a go and prizes guaranteed!)
Refreshments all day, including soup and ploughmans at lunchtime and cream teas.
Bring your purses – you won’t be able to help buying these goodies!
Just to whet your appetite, here is a brief summary of the amazing hand made goodies awaiting you on Saturday 16th November from 10am-4pm in the schoolroom.
Upcycling bags ( that’s posh recycling bags apparently!)
scarves, gloves, vintage jewellery, teacup bird feeders, cards, pictures, handmade candles, ear warmers, bunting, tree decorations, bean bag, shoe bags, puddings, cakes, bakes, smellies, funky wreaths, sweets, preserves, letters to Santa and masses more!
Don’t miss out! See you there for all day refreshments and warm welcomes!