Hello everyone,

Firstly, I hope that everyone is keeping well. This weekend marks a significant change for many as people will be able to go on holiday, eat out and go for a drink in a pub or bar. Yet there are still many people shielding or self-isolating. They may feel even more self-isolated. We may need to be more attentive to those around us.

This weekend the Amberley Inn re-opens so the pop-up shop which Jane has run will close. A big thank you to Jane for this service that she has provided to our village. Take-away fish and chips are still available on Friday and Saturday evenings.

A thank you also to those people who have dropped off donations for Marah http://www.marah.org.uk/ , the Stroud based charity for the homeless. Instant coffee and white sugar are still needed. Please drop any donations at the Rectory under the canopy at the side door.

Holy Trinity Amberley is now open on Sat, Sun and Tue from noon to 2.00 pm.

From Sunday 5th July the church can be open for worship. However, the capacity and style of worship has to be carefully thought through to minimise the risk of Coronavirus transmission so the earliest that the church will be open for worship will be Sunday 12th July. This allows the churchwardens and I time to ensure that we are fully compliant with Church of England guidelines, minimising the risk of virus transmission.

I attach a reflection that Louise Thomas wrote after she came and prayed in Holy Trinity for the first time since lockdown.

Many people have bought new cycles during lockdown. Gloucestershire Police now report a significant rise in the theft of cycles! A cycle should be locked to something immovable if it is left unattended, even in locked garage.

Here is a passage from Ecclesiastes chapter 7 verse 14. This is the translation from The Message:

On a good day, enjoy yourself;
On a bad day, examine your conscience.
God arranges for both kinds of days
So that we won’t take anything for granted.

Eugene Petersen has a way of translating the Bible that may challenge us. It is worth looking at his translation of this Sunday’s Gospel reading.

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, please report it to Action Fraud at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

There are now very few requests for support but if you are helping people here are some straightforward safeguarding guidelines:

'Volunteers to be advised to practice all government advice, so frequent hand-washing, keep a safe distance (leave things on doorstep). They should collect receipts for any purchases and wait for payment before handing over purchases. Those who need help to be advised of receipt/payment structure and that this is a volunteer operation, nothing formal.

The Gloucestershire Community help hub allow people to post offers of and requests for help. Here is the link


For the most vulnerable please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I attach the link to the table of local businesses, but this is now out-of-date and will need an update after this weekend, so please check with the particular business if you have any doubts:

Keep safe and keep in touch

Have a good week
Reverend John




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