The week of 10-16 May is when we as a Church remember and pray for the work of Christian Aid. Christian Aid has stood alongside some of our most marginalised global neighbours who face great poverty and injustice. They have sought to make a difference, supporting those of all faiths and none.

We still need groups like Christian aid who seek to tackle global injustices. The recent Covid 19 pandemic has had a massive impact and has caused more injustice, widening the gap between rich and poor. Climate Change also causes great suffering, and though not as unexpected as the pandemic, is something Christian Aid are seeking to tackle too. Here is a video Christian Aid have made about Florence who lives in Kenya where a national emergency has been declared due to draught, which is being caused by Climate Change.


So, from our little corner of the world what can we do?


We can pray. Prayer is an action of great power and God tells us in the Bible that we can all pray to Him and lift up to Him the needs of our world. We can thank God for all the good that has been done through Christian Aid and pray for them to continue to be instruments of love, peace and justice. You can look on the Christian Aid website (https://www.christianaid.org.uk/pray) to find specific things to pray about, access prayer resources and even take part in a Prayer Chain.


During Christian Aid week they are encouraging us to take part in Tea-Time Prayer. Tea is one of the many things being affected by Climate Change, as harvesting crops and accessing clean water becomes difficult. As we drink our tea (or other favourite drink) we are encouraged to say a short prayer which you can find below. You can also sign up to the 'Virtual Tiny Tea Tent' to find out more about what they are doing and pray with others (https://www.christianaid.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/tea-time-prayer).


You can also donate to Christian Aid via their website (https://www.christianaid.org.uk/give) or by contacting the church office. You can give to the organisation generally or donate to one of their specific appeals. Every gift, big or small, will help and will show the world that we seek change.


To find out more please go to the Christian Aid website.



Tea-time prayer


God of all of life,

waiting for the water to boil

we confess and lament

the rise of temperature

that has led to a climate crisis

across this beautiful planet.

We wait, impatient for change.

Pouring out hot water

on loose-leaf or tea bag,

into teapot or favourite mug,

we pour out our intercessions

for a change of heart by politicians

to put planet and people first.

Stirring teabag, leaves or sugar

we ask that you would stir in us

a passion to take action,

to do all we can at this critical hour

to take care of our common home

and amplify the call for climate justice.

Drinking that first satisfying sip

we give thanks for the day when

‘they will hunger no more,

and thirst no more’*

Infuse us with a strongly brewed vision

of your creation healed and restored.

Amen




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Following Palm Sunday and the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on a donkey, we now find ourselves in Holy Week.

Online Worship

Morning Prayer continues as usual on Facebook beginning at 10.00am this week. In the evening, the team will be visiting different places in Gloucester to lead Holy Week Reflections, Monday-Wednesday on Facebook at 7.00pm. On Thursday evening, we will be joining in with the Gloucester Cathedral's Maundy Thursday Communion live from the Cathedral at 7.30pm. This will replace Evening Prayer for this week!


On Good Friday, join online for The Last Hour at 2pm where we will reflect on the crucifixion and the amazing sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross. We will meet both in person in the church grounds and online on Sunday at 10.30am for Easter Sunday Celebration! If you would like to join in person then please email office@stbarnabasgloucester.org.uk or contact us through the "get in touch" page.

Messy Easter Weekend!

We're getting REALLY excited now! The Church in Tuffley has been busy planning & filming crafts and we're now getting ready to upload all the videos online! Keep reading to get a sneak peak and download craft templates. You can download the sheet here to find out what ingredients and craft items you will need!

MESSY EASTER 2021 - detailed list
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Good Friday

10:00am: Opening Prayers and Welcome with Helen McGeoch

10:05am: The Easter Story - Part One!

10:20am: Egg Weaving

10.35am: Scratch Art - Rainbow Egg

10.50am: Easter Hand Prayer Card

11:05am: Easter Chick

11:20am: Palm Sunday Donkey

11:35am: Stone in the Tomb Biscuits

11:50am: Marble Rolling

12:05pm: The Easter Story - Part Two!

12:20pm: Closing Prayers with Revd Sarah Todd

2021 Messy Donkey and Palm Templates
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2021 Donkey Picture and list
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Remember, you can find the videos on the St Barnabas YouTube/Facebook page or the Facebook Pages of our brothers and sisters in the Church of Tuffley! Please note that the timings are a little different on YouTube and will be on the 00, 15, 30 and 45.


Easter Saturday

10:00am: Opening Prayers and Welcome with Helen McGeoch

10:05am: Puppet Show with Pippa and Smudge!

10:20am: Cross Craft

10:35am: Cross Cup Cakes

10:50am: Easter Bunnies

11:05am: New Life Crosses

11:20am: Easter Story Spinner

11:35am: Cross with Nails & Thread

11:50am: Bunch of Lilies

12:05pm: Hand Print Flowers

12:20pm: Closing Prayers with Father Gerry Walsh

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Tuffley Easter Egg Hunt!

The map has arrived! Once you've finished all of your Messy Easter crafts, how about joining in with the Tuffley Easter Egg Hunt? Several volunteers have decorated their windows and may have hidden some chocolate eggs! You can view or download the map here. Send you pictures in when you find the windows!