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July 2022

Well we do get to up-dating this website from time to time…

Our Latest Programme for St John’s to Michaelmas 2022 can be found here.

                          Our Latest Newsletter for St John’s to Michaelmas 2022 can be found here.

New  priest

It was with great joy that Liza Lillicrap was inducted as our new priest in Stroud on Palm Sunday the 10th April. She and her husband Christian are already finding their way well into the work and life of our congregation.

Aaron will continue working in Stroud but will also be shifting some of his focus over to the congregation in Bristol where the services are held every two weeks.

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Our 2022 Children’s Summer camp

Our camp this year filled up quicker than usual with 83 children. Together with a full helper team we will spend 10 days together from the 23rd July – 2nd August once again at the wonderful Colin Godman’s Farm in Sussex near Forest Row. Here you can find the camp website with more information.

Funeral Fund

We have created a special fund for those who wish to pay for their funerals ‘in advance’ so to speak. The idea is that one pays in an amount to the fund to cover the anticipated cost of the funeral (currently +- £4000) and any additional sum to become a special sacrament donation to the church in the event of the funeral. It remains a loan for which there is a signed agreement with the church which can be found here. The agreement can be cancelled and the money withdrawn with 2 month’s notice if need be. The idea is that the congregation takes on all the financial dealings with the Funeral directors and crematorium etc, which liberates the family from having to do so, and it serves as a loan which earns interest for the church and which the church can use for capital development until the time the money is needed. For instance this financed all the alterations in the annex to allow for the building project a few years ago. We currently have a good number of members with money in the fund. If you are interested in pursuing this further contact one of the priests or Paul Abel who manages the fund, via the church email stroudchristiancommunity@gmail.com

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If you wish to support the church please donate to the below account. All donations will be gratefully received. Do let us know if you are eligible for Gift Aid.

  The Christian Community in Stroud        Sort code – 30-98-29         a/c no – 00091757

St Bride’s Fund

We are beginning to really enjoy the versatility of our new spaces and also St Bride’s Hall. We always said we would like to transform St Bride’s into a worthy and practical multi-purpose space for ourselves and others who rent. In this way we could do our best to support the social and cultural life of our community and beyond. With this in mind a small group – Ian Bailey, Piet Blok and Aaron Mirkin have made some initial steps towards making this happen. Please read the full letter here. Donations can be made into our regular church Lloyds account using the donate button above with the reference ‘St Brides’. Good news is, thanks to the fund, we already have the new blinds, the new loop system for hard-of-hearing, new projector screen and backdrop rails. – and most recently are about to have the old roof finally cleaned of the thick moss. Next in our sights is to upgrade the access between the hall and the kitchen and build a new porch roof outside the Annex. Thanks to all who have donated to the fund so far.

Our new church

Our new church was officially opened and consecrated in October 2019 and continues to be a source of renewed joy and strength for our sacramental work.

Video of the new church – Here is a video interview about our new church that was very generously and kindly done for us by Peter Richardson in December 2019. He also did the Spring Fair video that is linked on our website. He is one of the co-founders of Stroud Community TV. 

Here also is a recent article written in the De Zeen architecture magazine describing the innovative architecture of our new church.

Here is another article from ‘Architecture Today’ describing our new building.

and…

Our new building was shortlisted for the 2021 Structural Awards
We came in as runners up!

Awarded for excellence in the structural design of projects with a construction cost of less than three million pounds.

The Christian Community in Great Britain is a registered charity in England & Wales

Charity number 210029.