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June E-Magazine 2022

In this edition:

  • Jean Yates' Introduction

  • Llangasty Christian Retreat House article

  • Westerleigh Open Gardens

  • St James Pet Service

  • The Pilgrim Course

  • All Age Service

  • Thy Kingdom Come

  • Services throughout the Parish

  • Praise in the Park


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Jean Yates

Introducing myself:

what a daunting task!

I will try, with a skim through my long life, picking out one or two points on the way.

I was brought up in Christian home, in a small Wiltshire village and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour in my early teens. My father, who left home, and mother’s serious long-term illness left me more or less ‘in charge’, by mid-teens. Later, I married and lived in London, the Peak district and Nailsea, then twenty-five years later I found myself living alone and studying in Gloucestershire. There have been many rough roads, but God never let go of me.

I worked in a variety of posts and latterly in education, which I enjoyed. I have two grown-up daughters, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild and, at retirement from paid work, in 2010 I got married again to a wonderful man. Almost at same time I was recommended and started Reader training with Gloucester Diocese and placed at St Mary’s, Stroud, followed by several years in prison - as a Chaplain. I loved being ‘out there’, while inside.

My interests? Reading! Gardening! Accompanying others in their journey. I’m doing a Master’s research at present, which was not an option when younger. Apparently we are never too old or rickety to learn more. I believe my award, in 18 months, will be ‘Contemporary Missiology (Bible and Mission)’. Missiology is sort of a combination of God’s Mission and Theology.

Although somewhat ‘reserved’ I appreciate friendship and getting to know new friends too; please come and introduce

As a Licensed Lay Minister, with ‘permission to officiate’, I hope to be of some help across Yate Parish, alongside the other ministers’ kind guidance. Teaching Christian discipleship and mission has been my ‘thing’ in recent years, although I have also been known to do other things like pastoral listening, supporting, and washing up, provided I can bring my rubber gloves.

Jean Yates, Licensed Lay Minister


Llangasty Christian Retreet House

Langorse, Breconshire

Friday to Sunday 7, 8 & 9 October 2022

Terry Carter will be hosting a Christian Retreat set in a wonderful location beside Langorse Lake in the heart of the Brecon Beacons, a setting full of peace and tranquility, where you can leave everything behind. The retreat will be led by our Diocesan Ministry Development Administrator, Revd. Dr Simon Taylor. The retreat consists of a number of addresses based around the central theme: Truthfulness and False Self - Practices for a post-truth world, together with morning and evening prayer as well as Holy Communion on Saturday and Sunday. There will be plenty of opportunity to walk or just reflect. This is a full board weekend from dinner on Friday through to lunch on Sunday. All meals are served in the lovely conservatory overlooking the lake, which abounds in wildlife. The cost of the weekend will be around £190 (tbc), and shared transport can be arranged if needed. Accommodation is in single and twin-bedded rooms, with shared bathroom facilities. The house accommodates a maximum of 22 so it quickly fills up. If you would like to join us, or need further information, please contact me on 01454 882280 or speak to me. A warm welcome awaits all!


Westerleigh Open Gardens

The weekend of 18 & 19 June brings the big event of the year for St James: Open Gardens. Get your £5 ticket in the church, where you’ll also find refreshments and a plant stall, then take your time wandering around a variety of village gardens large and small. Open from 2 till 5.30pm Saturday and Sunday. You may even spot the odd scarecrow along the way!

Both the New Inn and the Olde Inne will be open and visitors to the gardens may use their toilets.



The Pilgrim Course

Turning to Christ

Starting on Wednesday 15 June Hywel and Joanne will be leading the Pilgrim Course in St James Church.

This course is for people who want to learn more about the Christian faith:

Those who want a chance to think about the Christian faith

Those who have recently started coming to church

Those who are preparing for baptism or confirmation

Those who have been Christians for many years and want to visit the roots of their faith again.

The six-week course runs on Wednesdays from 15 June until 20 July in St James, starting at 7.30pm.


All-Age Service 10.30am First Sunday

of each month at St Mary's

At 10.30am on the first Sunday of each month we will be holding an all-age Sunday service for the whole family. We will start the morning with light refreshments followed by interactive worship and all-age inspiring Bible teaching, games and activities for all the family. All are very welcome to this fun-filled service! We hope to see you and your family very soon. If you are interested about our all-age services and want to know more please contact


Mammas Club

Join a community of women St Mary’s Church 11am every Friday.

Mammas Club is a drop in café for you and your family. Come along and enjoy the company of other women on the journey of parenthood. We will have tea, coffee and light bites!


St Mary’s Church, 10am every Saturday Are you a dad, grandad, uncle, or male guardian? Bring your kids and join us for our Who Let the Dads Out group on a Saturday morning at 10am. We will have toys and play mats for the children to hang out on, while you enjoy breakfast. This is a great opportunity to meet other dads and have some precious time to share with your little ones.


Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come this year runs from Ascension Day, Thursday 26 May, through to Pentecost, Sunday

5 June. This is a time when, in unity with Christians across the globe, we spend time praying for people to know Jesus.

There will be many opportunities for people to develop their prayer life. You are most welcome to join us.

Morning Prayer 7.30 am live on Facebook (Mon - Sat)

Midday Prayers (15 mins) 12 noon weekdays 26 May - 3 June at various venues:

Thursday 26 May St Nix

Friday 27 May St James

Monday 30 May St Mary's

Tuesday 31 May St Nix

Wednesday 1 June St James

Thursday 2 June St Mary's

Friday 3 June St Nix

Night Prayers (Compline) 9.30pm live on Facebook (weekdays)

Sunday 29 May: 6.30 Praise will have a Thy Kingdom Come theme running through the service with worship and prayer stations to assist you in your waiting for the gift the Father promised - our ecumenical service.

Prayer booklet: look for the prayer guide booklets left in our churches across the parish to help you during this time, especially if you are unable to meet up.

The Cheeky Pandas book will be distributed to all the children at Sunburst, Little Sparks and Praise and Play

Thy Kingdom Come is simple and transformational. In praying 'Thy kingdom come' not only do we invite God to have his way in his world, more crucially we invite God to have his way in us.


Services throughout the Parish Sunday 5 June Pentecost—Red Acts 2:1-21 Romans 8:14-17 John 14:8-17, (25-27) St Mary 8.15am Communion 10.30am All-Age Service 6.30pm 630Praise St Nix 10.30am Communion St James 10.30am Communion St Peter 6.30pm Evening Worship (Book of Common Prayer) Sunday 12 June Trinity Sunday—White or Gold Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 Romans 5:1-5 John 16:12-15 St Mary 8.15am Communion 10.30am Communion 6.30pm 630Praise St Nix 10.30am Morning Worship St James 10.30am Morning Worship St Peter 6.30pm Communion (Book of Common Prayer) Sunday 19 June

1st Sunday after Trinity—Green

Isaiah 65:1-9 Galatians 3:23- end Luke 8:26-39

St Mary

8.15am Communion

10.30am Morning Worship

6.30pm 630Praise

St Nix

10.30am Communion

St James

10.30am Communion

St Peter

6.30pm Evening Worship

(Book of Common Prayer)

Sunday 26 June

2nd Sunday after Trinity—Green

Acts 12: 1-11 1 Peter 2: 19-25 Matthew 6:13-19

Kingsgate Park

10.30am Praise in the Park

St Peter

6.30pm Parish Communion

(Book of Common Prayer)


Reminders Friday 3 June - Yate Heritage Centre Platinum Jubilee Event 11am-4pm Saturday 4 June - Westerleigh Village Jubilee Celebrations 1-4pm Sunday 26 June - Praise in the Park 10.30am Kingsgate Park Tesco Blue Tokens - keep voting for St Mary’s Church until 30 June Saturday 11 June 9-11am St James Summer Breakfast Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June 2-5.30pm Westerleigh Open Gardens Thursday 14 July Yate Ageing Better Festival




Morning prayer in Yate Parish

Do you find prayer a little difficult? Would you like some inspiration? Go to the Yate Parish Facebook page to join in Morning Prayer led by our ministry team. You can watch live at 7.30am Monday to Saturday, or watch at any time later in the day. Many people have found it a great start to their day.


Weekly at St Mary’s

Thursday Communion at 10.00am


Compline @8pm

Before the lockdown happened, we had recorded the saying of Compline. We ask that each evening at 8pm we light a candle in our window and pray together for our nation using the words of the Compline service - it takes just over 5 minutes.

Visit the parish website and click on the recordings to listen; you will find the words of the service there too.


DailyHope phone line

DailyHope, a free national telephone line, offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of the phone. A Church of England initiative in partnership with CONNECTIONS at Holy Trinity Claygate, and Faith in Later Life. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind; to provide comfort and spiritual nourishment to the most isolated in our society.


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