The Bells - almost there
Thursday 11th January 2018, was an historic day in the history of Blockley church. That was the day when all eight of our rehung original bells were rung together with our two new treble bells.
At the request of the bellhangers a team of ringers was hastily convened and along with two ringers from Taylors, various permutations and peals were rung. All those present commented on how wonderful the combination of retuned and new bells sounded.
The final work of fitting sound reducing shutters to the belfry is now in progress and all works should be completed by Taylors by the end of January. Smith of Derby will then be returning to re-connect our clock which has been sorely missed by those who relied on both the hands and the chimes for their time.
At the same time the clock is to be converted to automatic winding.
The ringing room to is having a facelift - generous sponsors have made it posssible for a new carpet to be fitted together with thick new curtains, which should take the chill out of bellringing!
Junior Church and more.....
Our church in Blockley is growing, and with growth comes opportunity and challenge.As a result a Junior Church is to be introduced on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
The new Second Sunday at Six , will be a service for those looking for something different. Candles reflection , prayer and music, and a quiet space to meet with God. The first Sunday at Six in 2018, is on 14th January.
Operation Christmas Child
A big thank you for the many shoeboxes which were donated filled with small Christmas presents for needy children. The boxes collected in church. together with those from Blockley School barely fitted into the collection van!
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 will bgin in mid-January, 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
Dates for the Spring term are 8th and 22nd January, 5th and 19th February, and 5th and 19th March. For more information please contact Ginny Williams-Ellis (01386 700883) or Marie Hildreth (01386 700472).
The latest series of Father Brown has just come to screen. Whilst out of necessity the BBC had to find new locations for some of these episodes, Blockley church is still featured. So too is actor Lucy Dale - for many years a resident in the village . The BBC have made enquiries for filming of a further series in the summer.