Pew Sheet for 17 July


Genesis 18.1–10a; Colossians 1.15–28; Luke 10.38–end

Sunday Services

Sunday Services at St Stephen’s are now only on 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.

Services during the week

  • Said Communion 2nd Wednesdays 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.

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, Polly and Mary Jackson.
  • Those who have died.

You can also donate to the DEC humanitarian appeal at:


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:

To donate to the DEC emergency appeal, go to:


Services from July onwards

There will be three Masses a month – the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 10:00am, and the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 10:30am.

MIDWEEK COMMUNION SERVICES across the South Cheltenham Team

Nick Davies, our Team Rector, writes, “Following lockdown and the reduced number of clergy serving across the South Cheltenham team, we are changing the pattern of our midweek Communion services. These changes follow consultation with churchwardens and clergy colleagues across the team. From July we will be moving to a teamwide pattern of midweek communion services with one service taking place each week, circulating around the churches of the team, advertised in all news sheets and open to everyone. The monthly pattern of services is as follows:

  • Week 1: Wednesday 12noon at Pip and Jim’s
  • Week 2: Wednesday 10.30 at St Stephen’s
  • Week 3: Tuesday 10.30 at Warden Hill
  • Week 4: Wednesday 10.30 at St Peter’s
  • Week 5: No service

We will begin this new model in July and then we will take a break in August (in acknowledgement of significant clergy annual leave) and then begin in earnest in September. We will keep these arrangements under review and make changes should new colleagues join the team. I realise that this will come as a disappointment to some but hope that it does provide a fair and sustainable pattern of services accessible to people across the whole team area”.

PCC Meeting

The next PCC meeting is on Tuesday 19 July at 7.30pm in the Chapel Room.

Social Committee

We would like to revive the social committee. If anyone would be interested in being part of it, please speak to Sue and Jacqui for more information.

Youth Update

Earlier this year we conducted a review of our South Cheltenham youth work programme. The key findings of that report showed a growth in numbers of young people involved in our programme and a range of new opportunities for us to connect with young people beyond our churches, including the opening of the new Leckhampton High School.

As a result, we have decided to bring our youth work programme in-house by directly employing a youth worker rather than continuing with the current partnership with Youth for Christ (YFC). Our current contract with YFC comes to an end in August and after that Hanna has decided to continue in another role with YFC. We will, therefore, be recruiting a new youth worker to begin this autumn who will be managed by Sarah Haden.

We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with YFC in a slightly different way including continuing to take our young people on their annual weekend away. Nick writes; “This is a really exciting next step for our youth work programme and is a recognition of the hard work of Hanna and her team and the professional support that we have received from YFC. We wish them both all the best and look forward to the new opportunities which we will be able to explore under Sarah’s leadership.” Our Team Council will be exploring this further at their next meeting on 11th of July and we will provide a further update after that meeting.



The following movies are being shown, 8-10pm at Emmanuel: (£2 voluntary donation).

  • 24 July – Shrek
  • 7 August – The Mitchells vs The Machines

Free snacks and drinks. Please contact for details.


Wednesdays 10am-12pm in Summer Holidays

Weekly boardgame club at Emmanuel Cheltenham for 7-16 year olds. Come along for drinks, snacks and boardgames. Places are free but limited book online via eventbrite:

Afternoon Teas at St Peter’s , Leckhampton

We will again be serving Tea and Delicious Cake in the Cottages Gardens in 2022. The six Sunday afternoons are: 19th June to 24th July from 2.30pm to 4.30 pm


We will be arranging a First Aid Training course in the South Cheltenham team and are looking for a rep from each church to attend. If you are interested in attending, please let Liz Johnson know via Once we have some idea of numbers, we will look at booking something.


There will be a weekly, open prayer meeting in the Memorial Chapel at Pip & Jim’s, on a Tuesday between 1.15-2.15pm. From way back in time, God’s people have been called to prayer – come and join in this timeless stream, as we pray for the world, this country, our families, this diocese, our parishes and the South Cheltenham Team as we face the joys and uncertainties of the coming days and months. Any queries please contact Val Harris via Pip and Jim’s parish office (

‘Learning to Listen’ Days/ Evenings

The South Cheltenham Team are restarting regular Quiet Days/Evenings.
The next 2 sessions are: Tue 19 July 7–9pm and Thurs 15 Sept 10am-3pm.
These sessions are open to all and will take place in the Church Cottages. To book, email the Parish Office at, or 01242 513647 and leave a message if it the office is unattended. See poster for details.

MEMORY CAFÉ at Pip and Jim’s

Aimed at people suffering from memory loss and at their friends and carers, the Memory Café will provide a space for social contact over a cuppa and a piece of cake. For further information or to offer help please speak to Peter Cottingham at Pip and Jim’s ( or 01242 522658).

Humanitarian Appeals

To donate to the DEC Humanitarian appeals for Ukraine or Afghanistan
For Ukraine, go to: or call 0370 60 60 900
For Afghanistan, go to: or call 0370 60 60 610

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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One thought on “Pew Sheet for 17 July

  1. Thank you for this. It is the first one i have received in this format and would seem to be a step towards a general Weekly Bulletin relevant to all the churches so that people can pick and mix.
    Rosemary Harvey


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