February 2019

“When God created the world …

… where did he find all the bits?” That’s one of the best questions I’ve ever been asked! It was from a child of course. They often have the best questions, don’t they?

It’s questions like this that encouraged our churches in Tetbury to start “iSingPop Celebrate”. New for all the family meets for the first time on Sunday 24th February at 4pm at St Mary’s School Hall. With different themes each month, we will explore some of our questions, big and small, with some of the best-loved Bible stories, crafts, chatting and prayers. And we’ll learn some of the great iSingPop songs you might have heard the school children sing. We finish with teatime for everyone, and end by 5.30pm. Do please come along. “iSingPop Celebrate” is run by our churches in Tetbury: St Marys’, Christ Church, Five Valleys Christian Fellowship and St Michael’s Catholic Church (Tetbury Area Churches Together – TACT).

Alongside this exciting new venture, St Marys’ Church continues to work in other ways to support Tetbury’s children and young people.

At St Marys’ Church, we have Little Fishes Sunday School during our main 10.00am service (except the first Sunday of the month). Then, on the first Sunday of the month, at christenings all the children get involved in blowing bubbles as the child is baptised … we say the bubbles show we are surrounding them with our love and our prayers.

The TACT “Open the Book” team go into St Mary’s school on Thursday mornings most weeks. They act out all the favourite Bible stories, with lots of humour and great costumes. The children help too – and everyone loves it.

On Wednesdays, we also run the St Mary’s Faith Explorers After-School Club, with 20-25 children. This term we’re asking “Who is Jesus”, and in one session we think about why Jesus is like a Good Shepherd – and make our delicious sheep biscuits.

And I am delighted that we continue to support our young people when they go to Sir William Romneys. As well as the involvement of our Curate, Rob, St Marys’ Church also sponsors our Youth Worker, Mandie Winbow, to work with the young people in school when they need some loving support and encouragement – from mentoring to running a Diners’ Club to build cooking skills and confidence. She does a wonderful job!

I can’t finish without adding a cheer for our 100 Mile Walkers. They successfully completed the walk on Sunday 20th January at St Marys’ Church, with 14 Core Walkers and many others – like me – who joined them for part of the nine-day hike. It was a huge physical challenge and amazing spiritual journey – many congratulations to all involved, and for the amazing progress to our target of raising £100,000 for refugees.

With love and prayers, Poppy

The Revd Poppy Hughes
Parish Priest
The Benefice of Tetbury, Beverston, Long Newnton and Shipton Moyne