Our outstanding organist Doreen Robinson has been been honoured for her long service to the church.
Every year the Bishop of Gloucester welcomes a small number of people into the Company of St Kyneburga in recognition of their long service to the church in the Diocese of Gloucester and Doreen will be admitted to the company in Blockley Church later this year.
Doreen and her husband Tom moved to Blockley in 1999 and soon after she became temporary organist at Chipping Campden Church until 2002 when she accepted the role of organist and Choir Mistress for Blockley and Bourton on the Hill. Doreen plays for weddings and funerals in parishes across the Vale & Cotswold Edge Minisrty, and we are delighted she has received this recognition in the diocese.
Patronal Festival and BBQ
The day of our Patronal Festival dawned without a cloud in the sky and with the church beautifully adorned with stunning flowers. A surprise guest at our service was Bishop Jacob, visiting from Ghana, who lead the service with Dana. After coffee and conversation there was just time to fire up the barbecues and set up the bar ready for the arrival of around 60 guests, and 20 children.
A superb spread was put on by our hard working volunteers (especially those who manned the barbecues in the 30 degree heat) and much enjoyed by all - as can be seen in these photos taken by Tony Skellett.
The Deanery Confirmation Service took place in Blockley church on Sunday, 10th June with Robert, Bishop of Tewkesbury officiating.
It was a joyous occasion when candidates young and old were confirmed. Supporters, family and friends filled the church for this very special occasion and enjoyed wine and refreshments after.
Over three days earlier in the month 150 children from Blockley School came and 'experienced church'. They found out what happens in church, the relevence of the font, altar and pulpit, its history and talk about the Christian faith..
Creativity came into play as well - involving origami and designing very colourful stained glass windows.
Junior Church and more.....
Our church in Blockley is growing, and with growth comes opportunity and challenge.As a result a Junior Church has been introduced on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
The new Second Sunday@Six , is a service for those looking for something different. Candles reflection , prayer and music, and a quiet space to meet with God. Do join us.
Medecins sans Frontieres
Our August giving will be for the work of
Medecins sans Frontieres are a global movement with 35,000 staff working in 65 countries.Their medical teams act fast to save people’s lives in conflict zones, natural disasters and epidemics. They go where they are needed most.
Children and Youth Worker
The Vale and Cotswold Edge Team Ministry are delighted to announce that Amy Todd has been appointed as the Children and Youth Worker for our Team. She took up her duties in January, and is initially working part-time. Over time she will run Christian clubs in all our schools and be part of our church and village communities. We warmly welcome her and her family to this new role.
The Home Group
For more information please contact Ginny Williams-Ellis (01386 700883) or Marie Hildreth (01386 700472).
To raise funds for the upkeep of the church some very attractive Father Brown memorabilia has been created using original artwork by our very own Barbara Dunn. A fine bone china mug, a greeting card, a jute shopping bag, and a linen teatowel are all on sale at Blockley Shop. All make excellent presents, or momentoes of a visit to Blockley church.