The Church of St Peter & St Paul , Blockley

C of E village church in the North Cotswolds

  • The Square
  • Blockley
  • Gloucestershire
  • GL56 9ES

01386 700676
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Recent News

Dana's extra responsibility

Dana July 2019As a Diocese we need to ensure the most effective use of our resources for ministry, mission and evangelism. To this end Dana has been seconded by Gloucester Diocese to support its deaneries in developing their strategic planning. 

Working together with each Deanery, Dana will map to reflect their particular concerns, and from there develop a strategic plan  to support the Deanery in planning how it will use its resources and potential, intentionally and effectively for the further mission of Christ's church.

This half-time role will commence in September and finish in June 2020. 

During this time Dana will continue to take Sunday services and will be available through the week to make visits when requested, and to take funerals and weddings. To make room for this new role, Dana will be delegating those parts of her role as team missioner, together with those of her national work which can be transferred, and will continue to take time off as appropriate.


Blockley Toddler Group

After quite a few years of running the Blockley Toddler Group Clare Sharp has handed over to Jodie KIng.

Jodie is keen to hear from anyone who would like to lend a hand  on a Thursday morning serving coffee, playing with the children or talking to carers. Even a commitment on one Thursday morning a month would really help.

See or speak with Dana for more details.

Doreen awarded the British Empire Medal

The British Empire In the 2019 New Year's Honours list, Doreen Robinson - our director of music, was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to Music in the community of Blockley, Gloucestershire. 




The Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Edward Gillespie OBE, DL,  presented Doreen with her medal on Sunday, 19th May during the 9.30am service. 

Doreen & her BEM









An Eco Award for our Church too!

An A Rocha UK Project

Saving the planet has been in the news a lot recently, so it is timely that in our church's quest to be more eco-friendly, it has achieved a Silver Award in the Rocha UK Eco Church project.

Rocha UK in partnership with Christian Aid, have invited churches to consider not just how they can use less electricity or water, but to also think about how they are caring for God's earth in different areas of their life and  work.

To find out more about how the award works CLICK HERE

Blockley church is considering many aspects of life - just one example is stopping the use of Oasis for flower arranging, and it is encouraging the use of alternatives both at church and in the home. Contacts among our congregation for supplies of green alternatives to everyday items are

Dana - Toilet paper & Tissues

Sandra Gee/ Old Farm - Household cleaning materials & bars of soap

Rhea Bazeley - Waxed cloth to replace clingfilm

Ginny Williams Ellis - Garden products

.....and if you are stuck for a perfect gift for the person who has everything, how about Toilet Twinning! CLICK HERE for details


Patronal Festival Barbecue

Thankfully after the 35 degree heat of the previous day, the sun still shone but the temperature lessened making for a great occasion. Biff did a splendid job with the BBQ cooking (especially the sausages - oh soo good!), and with a glass of wine or beer to hand the party went with a swing. 

Children enjoyed the activities on hand, especially the impromptu 'lawn sledging' , and the cooling paddling pool, soft drinks and ice cream.

A big thank you to all concerned.


Confirmation

There will be a confirmation service in October and if anyone is interested Dana would be delighted to hear from them.


Orchard Bank

Orchard BankA one-bedroom flat is available to rent at Orchard Bank in Blockley. 

Orchard Bank has eight appartments set amidst lovely gardens on the High Street. A daily main meal is freshly cooked on site for residents and anyone over 60 is eligible to apply. Application should be made to Sandra Gee on 01386 700410 and to find out more about Orchard Bank CLICK HERE


The Father 'Brownees'

When the BBC brought Father Brown to Blockley, local resident SteveSteven Kyte donates 'Father Brown' funds Kyte decided to set up the Brownees fan club and through social media sell Father Brown related memorabilia to raise funds for good causes.

One recent recipient has been Blockley church, Father Brown's St Marys. The Brownees have donated funds to purchase a wooden pedestal to display the wonderful creations of our flower arrangers. This will replace one of the old metal stands which has rusted away. A big thank you to the Brownees - especially as they are keen to replace more stands!

Filming of series eight of Father Brown has just been completed.


The Voice

The new editorial and advertising team have published their first issue of The Voice. With a new look and fresher feel,The Voice has lots of local and church news as well as new special interest pages. 

To introduce the new Voice, a free copy has been delivered to every household in Blockley, Draycott, Aston Magna and Paxford - over 1200 copies! A big thank you to all the volunteer distributors.It is reported that Draycott and Aston Magna resulted in 6,000 steps being walked - a good way of getting fit!


Refurbishing our church

Plans are slowly but surely moving forward. CLICK HERE to read the latest news from Project Co-Ordinator, Robert Burch.



Junior Church and more.....Open Door 07 April 2019

Our church in Blockley is growing, and with growth comes opportunity and challenge. As a result Junior Church has been introduced on the 3rd Sunday of each month, and is led by our Team Youth Worker, Amy Todd.

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.

Meanwhile Open Door, our informal all age service on the first Sunday of the month continues to grow. Maybe its the bacon sandwiches?


The Home Group

For more information please contact Ginny Williams-Ellis (01386 700883) or Marie Hildreth (01386 700472).


Father Brown gifts and collectables

To raise funds for the upkeep of the church some very attractive Father Brown collectables have 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 tea towel are on sale at Blockley Shop. 

All make excellent presents, or momentoes of a visit to Blockley church. To date sales have contributed over £3000 to church funds


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