United Evening Services in Lent 2018
on the theme of HOPE
at Dursley Methodist Church 6pm
Feb 25 Revd Simon Helme
March 4th Father Philip Biesley
March 11th Revd Phil Summers
March 18th Revd Michael Cozens
Coffee, Tea & Biscuits will be served
at the close of the last service
Join our Lent blog
This year in Lent we are launching a blog on the benefice website on the theme 'Desert Journeys' to which you are all invited to contribute. Each weekday in Lent we will post a new entry, so do join in!
In the Bible, the desert is sometimes a place of refuge and sometimes a place of danger. The desert was where the Israelites found safety from their Egyptian oppressors, but also the place they feared they would die from hunger. It is a place on the margins, but also a place of encounter with God. Moses and Elijah met God there, and John the Baptist first appeared there as a voice crying out in the wilderness proclaiming the coming of the kingdom. Jesus, in his desert experiences, was both tempted by the devil and prepared by God for his public ministry.
Few of us will have spent time in a real wilderness, but deserts come in many forms in people's lives. For your blog entry, you might like to reflect on an experience of change or dislocation of your own, and on the place of God in it; or to tell the story of someone else's desert journey; or perhaps to recommend some food for the journey in the shape of a poem or reading that has helped you on the way.
Please email your entry (c. 100-300 words) to Sophia (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 10th February - you can also include a picture if you wish. There will be a link to the blog on the home page of our website (www.camandstinchcombe.org.uk), where people can also comment or continue the conversation.
Churches Together in Cam and Dursely District (CTCDD) brings together members of Christian Churches from different denominations to witness our faith through active service in the community and joint acts of worship. Our community includes the market towns of Dursley and Cam and rural villages of Coaley, Stinchcombe, Nympsfield and Uley.
We are united by a common experience of knowing God at work in our personal lives. We believe that by sharing wisdom, resources and worship we are stronger and more united. We help each other grow in faith and use the networks and connections we build to give greater impact to the role of the Church in our community. We work together to bring light and hope to the poor, marginalised and disadvantaged.
We support a number of local initiatives including
- Good Friday walk of witness
- The Foodbank
- Christian Aid Week
- Convenor's charity of the year
- Friends at Christmas
- Child Support Centre
- Bereavement Group