Evenlode Vale Churches

Ministry News

September 2017


Dear Friends,

Although the Church’s year officially starts on Advent Sunday, the beginning of September seems like the time when things start up again after the summer holidays.

This year, September will mark the beginning of a new phase of our ministry as our new staff team starts work together.  Our congratulations to Helkias Mapimhidze who was ordained on 16th July 2017 at Gloucester Cathedral. He and his wife, Juliette and their five children are settling well into Bledington and look forward to ministry in the benefice. In addition, Cressie Landless will begin in the Church Office as our new Administrator; Bridgid Duffy takes up her position as our Trainee Sports and Youth Worker and will be preparing to re-start Youth Café and Club Tropicana; Helkias and Juliette will be overseeing JAM Club which will now run alongside three services a month at Holy Ascension, Oddington.

4 o’clock Church makes a return on the second Sunday of the month and a new series of sermons entitled ‘Encounters with Jesus’ will begin at our United Service on 3rd September.  In addition, to mark the 500th Anniversary of Luther nailing his 95 theses to the Church door in Wittenberg, there will also be an autumn course starting in Evenlode looking at the importance of the Reformation.

For details of these and other autumn programmes, please see Newsletters, Pew Notes, Leaflets in Churches and our updated website www.evenlodevalechurches.org.

Exciting times lie ahead of us this autumn.  All are welcome to explore and enjoy what is on offer – and to take the opportunity of engaging with Jesus, the one who makes all things new.

Yours sincerely

Richard Rendall





Church News  –  September 2017

 Sermon Series – Encounters with Jesus

Jesus changed the lives of everyone he met.  These were powerful experiences that have a profound impact for us today:  they help explain not only different aspects of Christianity but the deep questions of life itself.  In our new sermon series which begins at the United Service on September 3rd, we will look at what happened when different people met Jesus personally as recorded in John’s Gospel.  Come and join us as we discover how invaluable the lessons from these encounters are for us today.


Reformation overview and its relevance for us today

Rebuilding the Church on the Truth once delivered.                                      

Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg Church door October 1517. 

Each evening will start with a 30 minute video on the life of one of the Reformers followed by a discussion on the relevance of their teaching for us today based on a passage from the Bible.  We will meet in the Evenlode Village Hall starting on Monday October 30th at 7.30pm beginning with light refreshments and finishing at 9pm.  There will be five further sessions on Monday evenings, the final one being on December 4th.



Sunday Fun for children aged 4 – 13 running alongside Sunday Services this month at Holy Ascencion Oddington on September 3rd at 10.30am', Sunday 10th at 4pm (with tea afterwards) and September 17th at 11am.  


Silver Service         

We take a break from Silver Service in September.  The next Silver Service lunch will be on October 12th at Oddington Village Hall at 12.30pm.  If you would like to come and have not yet booked your place, please contact Cressie on 01451 831424.


Thank you from Bridget

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your kind and most generous gift to me on my retirement as Benefice Administrator.

I have enjoyed my role for the past five years as Administrator and for the opportunity of getting to know you all better throughout the Benefice. Although I shall be finishing in the office on 31st August, I shall be continuing to play the organ and will therefore still be part of the Evenlode Vale Benefice.

Yours sincerely,