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Lent Courses around the BeneficeThe word Lent made from Patchwork letters

A 5 week Lent Course entitled
'Shapes for Living' produced by the Diocese which focuses on Relating, Praying, Working, Playing and Growing will commence week beginning 11th March 2019

All starting at 8 p.m.

TUESDAYS at 33 West Hay Grove, Kemble GL& 6BE - Home of the Collins family

WEDNESDAYS at The Rectory, Coates GL7 6NR - Home of the Kemp family

THURSDAYS at 'Caldicott' The Street, Somerford Keynes GL7 6DW

- Home of the Dunn family

If you would like more information, please contact Revd David Austin on 01285 770654 or



Bunch of daffodils and painted stones spelling the word MumMessy Church

Ready for Mothering Sunday

Saturday 30th March 2019

2.00 - 3.30 p.m.

Watershed Riding for the Disabled Coates GL7 6NR

What are you thankful for?

Posies, Fun, Games, Craft & Worship


For more details contact Liz Collins Tel: 07774 104990


Messy EasterMessy Easter logo

at All Saint's Somerford Keynes

Good Fridayu 19th April 2019

2.00 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.

Children's Easter Event with

Fun, Games, Craft & Worship

Followed by Tea



Pink and white buntingKemble Fete

Save the date

Saturday 11th May 2019

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Kemble House

by kind permission of Martin & Jill Kingston

We would welcome your kind contribution of Bottles, Plants, Cakes, Books, CD's & DVD's, Toys & Games

If you have ideas and suggestions or are happy to help put on this fun afternoon

then we would be delighted to hear from you!

Can you face paint, braid hair or something similar?

Do you have a pet for our pets corner that would like to be petted?

Do you have an interesting car, tractor or item of machinery for our display? (limited space available)

For further information contact

Cadie Aspray 01285 770196/07929549806


Ivy hanging from a tree in a gardenSomerford Keynes

Summer Fayre

Saturday 13th April 2019

Croft House

2.00 - 5.00 p.m.





A magazine for rural ChristiansCountry Ways Magazine Cover

Some countryside magazines seem to be written for urban people contemplating the rural dream. But Country Way is about real people in the real countryside, and the inspiring Christian work that is going on there.

You will find Country Way of interest if you enjoy stories of farming, the rural church, the environment and rural communities; as well as thoughts and reflections, and information on Christian resources and events. It comes out three times per year (January, June and October). The managing editor, Canon Dr Jill Hopkinson, is the National Rural Officer for the Church of England.

More details:








The Contemplative Response - leadership and ministry in a distracted culture Book cover for The Contemplative Response

By Ian Cowley, BRF, £8.99

Here is wisdom and sustenance for all Christians who struggle to maintain a still, quiet centre in the midst of a 24/7 contemporary culture shaped by worldly ambition, consumerism and information overload.


Cowley explains: “I find that three particular words – achieve, acquire, indulge – seem to point to the compulsions I recognise in my own heart and in what I see being constantly reinforced by our society and culture.”  He hopes his readers “will come to see that they need to actively pursue the remedies that Christian spirituality and the teachings of Jesus Christ offer us: contentment, detachment and self-control. The need for us to talk about these things is as great now, perhaps, as it has ever been in the history of the Christian Church.”




Faithful Grandparents - hope and love through the generations Book cover for Faithful Grandparents

By Anita Cleverly, BRF, £9.99


Here is a call for grandparents to understand and step into the hugely influential role they can play in the lives of their grandchildren.

Arguably, there has never been a more important time to find meaningful ways of passing on faith from one generation to the next, and Anita believes that Christian grandparents have a crucial role to play here.


She writes: “This is a book about what it means to be a grandparent today. But it is not just about what it might mean to be a grandparent, but also about being one who identifies as a Christian – a disciple of Christ.”




The Sacred Art of JokingBookm cover for The Sacred Art of Joking

By James Cary, SPCK, £8.99


Every few weeks a politician, pundit or soap star causes a media storm by making a gaffe or tweeting a joke that some people do not find funny. Comedy is very hard to get right and yet we think it’s important to have a sense of humour and not take yourself too seriously. On the other hand, a sense of humour failure can lead to losing your friends, your twitter account, and even worse….

James Cary knows about this. He is a sitcom writer who has written jokes about bomb disposal in Afghanistan (Bluestone 42), defended comments about Islam by Ben Elton on Newsnight, been on a panel with radical Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary, sits on the General Synod of the Church of England and somehow managed to co-write episodes of Miranda. An odd mix, but one that makes him very readable. This entertaining, breezy book, explains how comedy works (with jokes and quotes) and gives much-needed insights into the controversy surrounding humour. 




Recovering from Depression - a companion guide for ChristiansBook coverr for Recovering from Depression

By Katharine Smith, SPCK, £9.99


Depression is a devastating illness, both for those affected and for their loved ones, and the road to recovery can appear very long and winding indeed.


However, for those who are slowly feeling their way towards a life of greater equanimity, this encouraging book will prove a reassuring. A complete cure from depression might not always be possible, but there is much to be gained from trying to identify the issues that gave rise to negative patterns of thinking and behaving in the first place. We might find, as we attempt to integrate these into our lives in a healthy way, that our faith and hope take on a new maturity.  








Locked inBook cover for Locked In

By Arlen Victoria, Authentic, £9.99


Paralympics champion and Dancing with the Stars contestant Victoria Arlen shares her courageous and miraculous story of recovery after falling into a mysterious vegetative state and how she broke free, overcoming the odds and never giving up hope, eventually living a full and inspiring life.

When Victoria Arlen was 11 years old, she contracted two rare diseases which induced a vegetative state. For two years her mind was dark, but in the third year, her mind broke free, and she was able to think clearly and to hear and feel everything - but no one knew.

When she was 15 years old, against all odds and medical predictions, she was finally able to communicate through eye blinks, and she gradually regained her ability to speak and eat and move her upper body, but she faced the devastating reality of paralysis from the waist down because of damage to her spine. However, Victoria didn't lose her strength or steadfast determination, and two years later, she won a gold medal for swimming at the London 2012 Paralympics.

Victoria shares her story - the pain, the struggle, the fight to live and thrive, and most importantly, the faith that carried her through. Her journey was not easy, but by believing in God's healing power and forgiveness, she is living proof that, despite seemingly insurmountable odds and challenges, the will to survive and resolve to live can be a force stronger than our worst deterrents.




Chase The LionCover for Chase the Lion

By Mark Batterson, Authentic, £10.99


In this compelling manifesto, New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson challenges readers to ‘chase the lions’ in their lives, and to be prepared to act accordingly when they catch them!

The author encourages people to take bold actions to accomplish their goals, follow his practical steps to making those goals a reality, and bravely plan for what comes after accomplishment. He advises that once you've defied the odds, faced your fears, and crafted audacious dreams for your life - the only thing left to do is to follow God's leading and act boldly. In demonstrating how this can be done, Batterson shares inspiring stories from Scripture and from real life. 



The Identification Principle - how the Incarnation shapes Faith and MinistryCover for the Identification Principle

By Chris Steed. IVP £12.99

The Identification Principle offers a new impetus to holistic and practical engagement by the church with our world.


The author, an Anglican minister, is responsible for a large and innovative Christian social project on the edge of city centre, which is developing new forms of community engagement in a way that does not lose the importance of spiritual formation. Word and work go hand in hand.


This fresh take on incarnational life, church and society draws together recent academic research and cutting-edge ministry. It presents a renewed theology of Christian action for a new generation of evangelical leaders who have to intuitively hold together action with word and worship.








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