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Sunday 21st December 2014

Special Church Services for Christmas in Thornbury

Special Church Services for Christmas and New Year in Thornbury.

Everyone is very welcome to join in any of these.

9.15am All age Christmas Service, Thornbury Baptist Church
11am Carols & Nativity Service - all ages, United Reformed Church
11am Service, Thornbury Baptist Church
6pm Candlelit Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, St Mary’s
6pm Carol Singing in the community, Thornbury Baptist Church
6pm Candlelit service, Methodist Church (joint with United Reformed Church)

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Thornbury Churches Together

Contact TCT

If you would like to know more about Thornbury Churches Together please contact Kingsley Fullbrook (Chair) on 01454 412772 or by email: or Carole Howat (Secretary) on 01454 414105 or by email: .

'Raised in Thornbury' (working title only!)

General concept: This is a 15-piece art trail, based around the 14 Stations of the Cross plus the resurrection, but with the depiction of each Station centred around a place in Thornbury.

The purpose is to show that the Easter story, which is what the Stations of the Cross depict, isn't just something from 2000 years ago that happened in Jerusalem, but is something that is relevant to people here in Thornbury in 2014.

So, the Station of Jesus on the cross could be a picture of the cross in the Mundy Playing Fields. Jesus could be depicted carrying his cross up Thornbury High Street. The Last Supper with his disciples could be set in one of the pubs in Thornbury etc etc.

The 15 art pieces will be done by different artists, and then located around Thornbury as a trail.

It is very much a community-based project, and artists from churches, the community and also the schools in Thornbury are invited to apply to take part.

In order to ensure a good range of participation, we would only accept one piece per school, and so it might be that a school would like to prepare a joint piece from several students representing their Station.

We are not just looking for paintings or drawings - textiles, sculptures etc. are also invited, although we do ask that the Thornbury link is visible, as also the representation of the particular Station.

The locations of the pieces for the trail is yet to be confirmed, but will include churches, and other community buildings. There could also be opportunity for some outdoor installations if this is of interest to artists.

We do have access to some funding to help cover costs for artists. This is not a fixed fee and artists are requested to indicate what payment they would like to receive (not guaranteed) if any.

The list of Stations used will be the Scriptural Way of the Cross as approved by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007.

The list is:

  1. Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane,
  2. Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested,
  3. Jesus is condemned by the Sanhedrin,
  4. Jesus is denied by Peter,
  5. Jesus is judged by Pilate,
  6. Jesus is scourged and crowned with thorns,
  7. Jesus takes up his cross,
  8. Jesus is helped by Simon to carry his cross,
  9. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem,
  10. Jesus is crucified,
  11. Jesus promises his kingdom to the repentant thief,
  12. Jesus entrusts Mary and John to each other,
  13. Jesus dies on the cross,
  14. Jesus is laid in the tomb, PLUS
  15. Jesus risen from the dead.

Any artist interested in taking part in this project, to be on display during Holy Week and Easter Week, should contact Helen Harrison on .

Please state which Station(s) you are most interested, as well as any request for finances, and a brief description of your style of art, and how you will be incorporating Thornbury into your piece of work.

Many thanks, Helen Harrison, on behalf of Thornbury Churches Together

About Thornbury Churches Together

Thornbury Churches Together is a group of churches covenanted together since 1989, and linked to Churches Together in Gloucestershire.

It is formed from representatives of the following churches (click on their names to visit their websites):

Thornbury Churches Together

Thornbury Churches Together aims to draw the churches together in greater understanding and fellowship, to enable them to bear a harmonious witness to the community, and to give expression to their common faith and devotion.

It continues a previous "Association of Christian Churches in Thornbury", and has been pleased to welcome "ngm" as a closely associated group since their establishment in Thornbury.

We believe it is unusual, though probably not unique, that as many as seven denominations have been happy to covenant and continue to work together in one community.

Thornbury Churches Together works to enrich the lives of the whole community in the following ways:

Thornbury Churches Together

Good Friday Procession of Witness

  • Lent housegroups
  • Good Friday Procession of Witness
  • Supplying books to Year 6 local school leavers annually, and occasionally supplying other books, sometimes including Bibles
  • Leading assemblies in local schools
  • TCT Saturday Card and Fair Trade stall at the United Reformed Church
  • Christmas Carol Singing
  • Rota of Sunday evening services at Thornbury Hospital
  • Weekly "Open the book" sessions in primary schools
  • Thornbury Together Summer programme of activities
  • Dialogues exploring common issues
Thornbury Churches Together are also active in Christian Aid, Fair Trade, Justice and Drop the Debt campaigns.

Faith Action Audit

In February 2010, Thornbury Churches Together (TCT) commissioned the production of a Faith Action Audit for Thornbury. The purpose of this work was to establish the work undertaken by the Christian community for the benefit of the wider community, to celebrate successes and to identify ways of working better together both within and outside of the churches. Click here to read the document.


Forthcoming events

Sunday 21st December 2014

Wednesday 24th December 2014

Thursday 25th December 2014

Friday 26th December 2014

Sunday 28th December 2014

Wednesday 31st December 2014

Thursday 1st January 2015


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