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God be with you!

That’s the proper way to say goodbye. No really! Goodbye is short for “God be with you”. It is a beautiful saying, isn’t it? So, in our Sunday worship on Zoom over the past months, one of our new customs is to use those original words as we finish our time together.
It’s been such a blessing to share this time together, Sunday by Sunday. We start at 10am, with hymns, Bible readings, and a short talk. We also post our prayers on “chat”, so we can share before God our concerns about our family, our community and our world. You can see for yourself, and find recordings of the services on the YouTube link below. About 130 people join in each week – and really special times are when we “unmute” to greet each other and then to share The Peace. We send out details with the Zoom link by email each week. Please contact Diana Sharp at if you would like to be added to the mailing list. Everyone is welcome!

Over these months, our church family have been involved in supporting people in Tetbury – keeping in touch, and providing practical helpful. It has been wonderful to see people being such good neighbours to one another. We opened St Marys’ Church as soon as that was possible in June, inviting people in for prayer in this beautiful, sacred space. We’ve been involved with bereaved families, of course, and just kept holding everyone in prayer.

In June, we said goodbye to our Curate, Rob. It’s hard to believe that he has already completed his three-years training with us – and delighted to say that he has moved on now to be a Chaplain in the Royal Navy. I know so many folk have appreciated his ministry – he cares deeply about people, and was much loved for his preaching, prayerfulness and pastoral care. We had a lovely farewell drink on Zoom – with words of thanks from St Mary’s School, the Foodbank, Eileen in the Tetbury Dolphins Running Club and many more!
Then, at the beginning of July, we are welcoming our new Curate, Pauline Setterfield. Some of you may know her? Pauline’s lived nearby in Hawkesbury Upton for the past 34 years, and she’s been an ad hoc member of Tetbury Church Choir – even conducting on one occasion! Pauline is a musician by training, and is married to Peter with three grown-up sons and a granddaughter. And she has been actively involved for over 30 years at St Mary’s Hawkesbury, as organist/director of the choir and in lay ministry, also sitting on both PCC and Deanery Synod. So, she comes with lots of experience. Do look out for her over these coming weeks.

More news from St Marys’ next month! Until then, God be with you.

With love and prayers, Poppy

The Revd Poppy Hughes
Parish Priest, St Mary the Virgin & St Mary Magdalen Church, Tetbury

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