Pew Sheet for 13th December 2020

United Benefice of St Bartholomew

Lower Cam with Coaley




December 13th

Third Sunday of Advent

9.15am Advent Service (Co)

11.00am Advent Service (LC)

Revd. Christine Axford both Churches


December 15th  

8.00pm Zoom Service of Compline


December 16th       

10.00am Zoom Coffee Morning


December 20th    

Fourth Sunday of Advent

9.15am Christmas Carols and

Holy Communion (Co)

11.00am Christmas Carols and

Holy Communion (LC)





God for whom we watch and wait, you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son: give us courage to speak the truth, to hunger for justice, and to suffer for the cause of right, with Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.



Keep us faithful:

to your calling.


In your prayers this week could you pray for our five overseas partner Dioceses especially today the Diocese of Vasteras and for Churches Together, Cam Methodist.


Post Communion

We give you thanks, O Lord, for these heavenly gifts; kindle in us the fire of your Spirit that when your Christ comes again we may shine as light before his face; who is alive and reigns now and for ever.   Amen.

First Reading – Isaiah 61 v1-4, 8-end


1The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; 2to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; 3to provide for those who mourn in Zion—to give them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.   They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.   4They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.   8For I the Lord love justice, I hate robbery and wrongdoing; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.   9Their descendants shall be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed.
10I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.

Gospel Reading – John 1 v6-8, 19-28


6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.   7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.   8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.   9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.   19This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”   20He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.”   21And they asked him, “What then?   Are you Elijah?”   He said, “I am not.”   “Are you the prophet?”   He answered, “No.”   22Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”   23He said,

“I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord,’” as the prophet Isaiah said.   24Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.   25They asked him, “Why then are you baptising if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?”   26John answered them, “I baptise with water.   Among you stands one whom you do not know, 27the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.”   28This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptising.


Wander Wonder

Nativity Trail 1-21st December

Churches Together has organised a Nativity trail between the five churches. St Bart’s Lower Cam, St George’s, 3C church, St James’ and St Dominic’s.  St Barts Lower Cam has the wise men, with other nativity characters at the other churches.  A poster and a map can be obtained from the post offices at Cam and Dursley, GL11 or you can download from the GL11 covid response facebook, or the Creative core café facebook.  Lots of stories on the way and if permitted a pop up café at St Georges on 20th and St James on 21st where all the nativity will be gathered and crafts available. See magazine also.


Unfortunately there will be no Christmas lunch at the Dursley Methodist Church on 25th and 26th December. This year Churches Together are working with GL11 to provide a free Christmas lunch which will be delivered to you on Christmas Morning. If you would like to have one of these lunches or you would like to help GL11 deliver them please can you contact Rev Peter  07795 206590 or GL11 548530, with any dietary requirements. If you prefer to put your own name on the list there is also an online list.


Virtual Christmas Tree Festival

Please take a photo of your Christmas Tree and send to Gill Holmes
It will go on church website. Add with or without name or something about the tree
Send names and messages for the remembrance tree to same email address and they will hang on a tree outside church.

Magazine Dedication

The Magazine Editorial Committee would like to offer the chance to dedicate the colour front page of the Church Magazine to a loved-one.  The cost of this is £20 and please contact Gill for a choice of covers.


Christmas hearts & Christmas bird seed in the porch in Coaley. Donations for church funds


Church Services for December


13th December 9.15am – Advent 3 Holy Communion

20th December 9.15am – Advent 4 Carols and Holy Communion

25th December 9.15am Christmas Morning Family Holy Communion

Lower Cam

13th December 11.00am – Advent 3 Holy Communion with zoom

20th December 11.00am – Advent 4 Carols and Holy Communion with zoom

24th December 11.30pm – Midnight Christmas Mass

The joint service on 27th December has been cancelled


If you have not been receiving emails from us and would like to receive the zoom invitation please contact Sarah 0787 296 8097


Do you buy goods online? Do you click and collect?  Have you signed up for easyfundraising yet?  Coaley Church has raised £457.691 over the last 6 years just by people nominating the church as their charity when buying goods & services online and going through easyfundraising.  Register now. It’s easy just go to Register as a member and then remember to go through the website whenever you buy goods or services online. It’s not just Amazon and eBay. Most retailers are part of the scheme and it works for click & collect too. Sign up now and help Church finances. It costs you nothing and in the words of a well-known retailer, Every Little Helps

Revd. Peter Fewings can be contacted on 07795206590 or ptfewings@gmail .com