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Regular Groups & Activities at The Good Shepherd

During Lockdown

The majority of our regular activities have had to be suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions, though our New Horizons Bereavement Group has resumed its fortnightly meetings via Zoom - please do for more details.  

We look forward to being able to meet in person again once restrictions have been lifted.  Please see below for more details.

New Horizons Bereavement Group

imageThis group offers care, friendship and support to people who have recently been bereaved.  We meet fortnightly on Thursdays at 2pm in the Conference Room at Cox Green Community Centre.

We begin with drinks and cake and time to catch up with one another, and then spend some time chatting as a group.  We are very relaxed and informal - there is no charge, although donations are welcome towards the cost of running the group.  Occasionally we go out for lunch together instead of our usual meeting.

“Can’t wait to get here.”
“I enjoy the lovely chats and the friendliness."
“If anyone is sad at times, everyone understands.”
“We give each other moral support.”

Newcomers are always welcome - please do come with a family member of friend if you wish.

For more information please do

Choir

imageOur church choir sings at regular Sunday morning services, at Festival Services, and at weddings.  We are also invited to sing at other churches from time to time.

We have informal rehearsals in the Community Centre one Sunday a month and more frequently before Christmas and other special occasions.  We sing both traditional and modern church music with equal enjoyment!

Everyone is welcome to join the choir - children from age 9 upwards and adults. No auditions are required, and you don't need to read music.

If you'd like to know more about the Choir, please contact the .

Luncheon Club

imageMeeting on Tuesday lunchtimes, 42 weeks of the year, Luncheon Club provides a hot meal for the elderly, housebound, lonely and bereaved in the Parishes of St Edmund Campion, All Saints, The Good Shepherd Cox Green, south of the Bath Road.  If you are interested in attending please and we will pass your enquiry on.

Open The Book

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The vision of Open the Book is to ‘enable every child to hear the story of the Bible in their primary years’.  This is done by teams of people going into school assemblies and using drama, mime, props and costumes to tell the Bible stories in a lively, accessible and enjoyable way with plenty of participation from the children. Reactions from both children and staff are generally very enthusiastic!

Volunteers from our church are involved in teams with people from other local churches.  We visit  Larchfield Primary School in our neighbouring parish as well as Wessex Primary School and Manor Green School in our parish.  It is lovely to be able to work together with other churches and denominations on this project, and a wonderful opportunity to share the Bible with children. 

Please pray for our Open the Book teams, and for the children and staff in the schools we visit.  If you are interested in joining one of or teams please do  or visit the Open The Book website.  All volunteers need to comply with Safeguarding requirements and so need a valid DBS check obtained through their church.

Charities Group

Our Charities Group organises events throughout the year to raise funds for the charities that we support.

In 2019, £536.45 was donated to CMS Guatemala from the Lent Appeal and the retiring collection taken when Mark and Rosalie came to visit.  £408.38 was donated to Thames Hospice from two coffee mornings.

During the year a further £700 was raised and allocated as follows:

image£200  Thames Hospice

£200  CMS Guatemala*

£75  Little Princess Trust

£75  Shelter Box

£75  Embrace the Middle East

£75  Barnabas Fund

*Mark and Rosalie Balfour are our Misson Partners. Based in Guatemala City, they work with projects that engage with street-connected children, young people at risk and their families in Central America. Their main role is to provide pastoral support for the staff of Street Kids Direct and partner projects in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Support Mark & Rosalie in their work. 

Social & Fundraising Group

imageThis group organises social events and church fundraising events.  Recent events include Cream Teas, a Beetle Drive, a Quiz Night and our annual Good Shepherd Sunday BBQ.  If you would like to join our social and fundraising group please - we'd love to hear from you!

Belle Plates

Belle plates are a modern type of hand bell which are more robust than traditional hand bells.  The Church of the Good Shepherd has sufficient for a team of 8, 9 or 10 to play at any one time. We are affectionately known as the Cox Green Clangers!

The music we play is very varied. The full repertoire includes hymns, Christmas Carols and other songs such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, John Peel, Danny Boy, The Great Pretender, The Winner Takes it All and many many more.  Our musical skills are as varied as the music we play. We all try our best but it is a fun session which makes us all concentrate!

If you are interested in learning more about the belle plates and perhaps joining a team please contact the .