Marshfield Benefice is a group of four Cotswold churches all of which are open daily for prayer and reflection. The four parishes are Marshfield, Cold Ashton, Tormarton and West Littleton and you are welcome at services in any of our churches. The services for this month can be seen here.
St Mary’s Marshfield is our biggest church and hosts a variety of services for all ages and stages of faith. We would love to see you at a service, whether the informal 8.30am Breakfast Church, the 10.30am main service, a traditional choral 6pm evening service, or all ageChurch@5pm in Marshfield Church Hall.
We love our families and young people and offer groups for them, as well as Edward Bear for toddlers and parents on a Friday 10.30-11.30am in Marshfield Chapel with our friends there.
We are a Safe and Welcome Church (silver award) and take safeguarding seriously. We are also an Eco Church (bronze award) and want to be inclusive to all.
May God grant us boldness, patience and joy as we journey with Jesus together.
This year our Lent lunches will raise money for Send a Cow’s work with refugees from South Sudan as they start their new lives in northern Uganda.
Join us for soup, bread, cheese and fruit held from 12.30pm on Saturdays as follows:-
5th & 12th March at St Mary’s, 19th March at Marshfield Chapel, 26th March at St Mary’s, 2nd April at Marshfield Chapel.
Message from Send a Cow:
Your church’s support could transform the lives of refugees to help grow a place to call home. In South Sudan, many families have no option but to flee their homes due to ongoing conflict. Uganda’s refugee policy is one of the world’s most progressive. In the Palabek Settlement, South Sudanese refugees live side by side with the local Ugandan community.
When we start work with refugee mothers, we start by providing the seeds, tools and training for families to create flourishing vegetable gardens. We next provide training so that families can build simple home improvements, such as energy-saving stoves, from local sustainable materials.
Once families are settled and growing enough to eat, we then provide support with setting up small businesses, so that families can sell surplus vegetables at the market and earn an income.
Living in Love and Faith Lent Course; Vintage Café; Building Faith in our Pre-Teens and Teenagers; Beacon Activity Centre Youth Trip…
Revd Canon Sally and other members of the ministry team will host a 5 week exploration of ‘Living in Love and Faith’ on Wednesday evenings beginning on 9th March. The sessions will be held in St Mary’s Church, Marshfield so that we can use the large TV for the video content.
This important course will enable us to look at what it means to be human, and to explore Christian teaching and learning about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.
The 5 sessions of the course each address a key question:
What does it mean to learn together as followers of Jesus Christ?
How does our identity in Christ relate to sex and gender?
What kinds of relationships does God call us to?
Where do our bodies and sex fit in to all of this?
How do diversity and difference affect our life together as a church?
Each session includes an opening reflection about learning together, followed by teaching, time for discussion and Bible study. The sessions end with an invitation to reflect on our learning, bringing it to God in prayer.
This is restarting after being put on hold due to pandemic restrictions. Vintage Café will be a regular monthly event on the 1st Monday of each month, in Marshfield Church Hall from 12.30pm-2.00pm.
Open to all, come and join us for a light lunch and a light touch ‘Thought for the Day’ from a Christian perspective. The main focus of Vintage Café is to provide somewhere welcoming to enjoy company for an afternoon of shared activities – starting with food.
A warm welcome awaits you!
Please contact Rev. Lynne Godfrey on 01249 446734 or via email: email@example.com if you are interested in coming along or just want further details.
If your son or daughter would like to explore faith further, Phil and Jules Collis will be running a 5-week course (the lower age limit is 11/12 years old) in March on a Sunday evening.
The 5 sessions will look at the basics of the Christian faith in a relevant way. Please talk to your son/daughter to encourage them and let Rev. Sally, Phil or Jules know who is interested. This will also serve as a Confirmation course for those who would like to be confirmed in St Mary’s Marshfield on 16th May 2022.
Marshfield Church is taking over 20 8-11’s and 12-16’s to the Beacon Activity Centre in North Devon from 1st – 3rd April. For further details, please speak to Revd. Sally on 01225 892180 or via email: Marshfield.firstname.lastname@example.org
We now have a ‘tap and go’ option to giving in Marshfield Church using a ‘Goodbox Mini’. The screen is set at a £5 donation, but this can be easily altered up or down by arrows. You just need to select your donation amount, present your card and the screen will acknowledge your gift.
The fabric costs and the mission of our Church continue and need support. We hope that this, and the giving link on our Church web site will make it easier for those who wish to help us. Thank you!
A personal “Thank You” from Sally to everyone who came to the Cathedral for her Installation as an Honorary Canon at a special Evensong on 10th October. It was wonderful to have over 30 familiar faces from our Benefice at this service as well as some of Sally’s family and we were all welcomed to our Cathedral.
An Honorary Canon is invited to join the College of Canons at the Cathedral and be a voice from our part of the Diocese into its life and mission. Sally was installed in the ‘Chippenham seat’ in the Cathedral Quire which is hers to sit in for the duration of her ministry.
You can see in the photo Sally’s new Canon’s scarf with red trimming which has on it the Bristol Cathedral badge of three crowns and a ship. The crowns are symbols the Holy Trinity and the ship is in reference to Bristol’s origins as a port city. The three crowns are also the Diocesan symbol and you can find them in St Mary’s Marshfield in the stained glass windows of the South Aisle.
This is a series of films, beautifully made, telling the story of Jesus and some of his followers. The Chosen spotlights the real-life men and women who knew Christ.
Episodes of The Chosen are available to watch by downloading The Chosen App for free. Season 2 is now available and filming for Season 3 is underway.
This is what people say about it:
This series is quite brilliant. The best depiction of Jesus and the disciples I’ve ever watched. Some great back stories and great acting too – not some of the disappointing stuff you get with low budget ‘religious’ series. Well worth watching whether you’re a believer or an atheist.
John Marsden April 7, 2021
Excellent. I struggle to stop watching. I am blessed, and I love how it makes me think of what might had happened in between the lines of the scriptures. Thanks! No connection issues or viewing issues. Brilliant! Praise God!