Pew Sheet for 10 October



Job 23.1–9, 16–end; Hebrews 4.12–end; Mark 10.17–31


  • Said Communion Wednesday 10.30 (followed by coffee in the meeting room)
  • Morning Prayer Daily livestream at 9.00 (weekdays)
  • You can join Morning Prayer online at: and via Facebook at: You can attend in person at P&J on Mondays, at St Christopher’s on Tuesdays and at St Peter’s on Thursdays.
  • Daily Hope a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers is still available on 0800 804 8044.

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS: With the easing of restrictions the wearing of face coverings is no longer mandatory. However, please respect those who wish to continue mask wearing and social distancing. If you test positive for Covid up to three weeks after this service, please let us know by telephone or e-mail.

For Your Prayers

  • For all who work in the NHS, and essential workers
  • For all residents in care homes including Jean Haigh and Gary Hiscock
  • For all who are unwell including, Shirley, Joy, Gordon, Daphne, Christine Langdon, Reg Mann
  • Those who have died, especially Dot Cook


Please pray for peace and protection for the Afghan people who are facing great uncertainty and the threat of serious human rights abuses. Pray also for all who remain, for courage and protection. You can find more resources here:

PARISH DIARY – See also Save the Dates

Sun16 Oct1.30pmMike and Nathan – lunchtime concert
Sun17 OctAfter MassFarewell drink and cake for Fr Peter and Jean
Sun31 Oct10amAll Saints Day High Mass with guest preacher, followed by breakfast at The Tivoli
Sat27 Nov10am-12pmSt Stephen’s Advent Fair (click to see details)


Rededication Service for Pip and Jim’s Bishop Rachel will be coming to Pip and Jim’s this coming Thursday 14th October at 7.30pm to lead a service of Rededication following the completion of their reordering. They have been keen to ensure that they can fit in the usual congregation but would also like to invite representatives from the other churches of the team for what should be a joyful celebration. If you would like to attend, please email their administrator Robyn Robinson at .

Farewell to Fr Peter and Jean on Sunday 17 October following mass
We have invited Fr Peter and Jean to join us in the meeting room for a drink and cake to say a proper farewell to them, and to give them their remaining gifts. It would be good if as many people as possible could join us.

Dot Cook has passed away at the grand age of 101. Her funeral is at the Crematorium (Oak Chapel) on Thursday 14th October at 11am.

Sidespeople needed! We are in need of sides people/welcomers to meet and greet people as they come to church. This is an important role, more so, as we have new people attending. If you can help please see Jacqui or Sue.

Memorial benches At the last PCC meeting we discussed the idea of having a memorial bench/benches in our church yard. We would have plaques with the loved ones name on attached to the bench. If you would be interested in donating towards this please let me know (all donations wouĺd be very welcome). Sue.

Come and Hear the Music-The St. Peter’s Music Festival, Saturday 16th October, 12-7pm
Everyone is welcome to attend this event at St. Peter’s Church, Leckhampton. Come at any time to hear a range of musical performances with a break for tea at 4pm. The programme and details of how to access the livestream will be put up the week before at: Entry is by voluntary donation and all funds raised will go towards the Gloucestershire work of the music therapy charity MusicSpace.

Flowers Arrangers Wanted volunteers to join the flower arrangers. If interested please see Jill Stewart or one of the churchwardens. If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of Church flowers, please see Jacqui for more information.

Afghanistan Refugees Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees are working closely with GARAS (Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) and Cheltenham Borough Council regarding the best way that local people can help. For further information go to

Alpha Please pray for the Alpha Course being run across the Team. The Rev’d Sarah Haden is running the course, but all clergy in the Team are giving input. Your prayers are asked for the success of the course, which is designed for new or exploring Christians. If you would be willing to help offer refreshments please sign up on the sheet at the back of St Stephen’s, or contact Fr Sebastian or the Churchwardens directly.

Labyrinth Walking Taster Evening As you may know, we now have a labyrinth floor mat in our team. We are keen to start using this across the South Cheltenham area and offering it to our wider community as an opportunity to engage in a meditative and spiritual exercise. As a starting point, Nick Davies and Liz Mitchell are offering a taster evening for those who would like to know more about labyrinth walking and to experience it for themselves. This will take place at Pip and Jim’s on Monday 18th October at 8pm. We hope from this to be able to recruit a small team of those who might be interested in taking this forward but the evening is very much open to all, regardless of future commitments! To book your place, please email Liz

Cheltenham Elim Food Bank (seeded by The Trussell Trust)
Please donate an item or two from the list: washing up liquid, instant mash potato, toothpaste, long life fruit juice, shampoo, tomato ketchup, brown sauce, mayonnaise. Please place any donations in the Green box next to the font.

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