Church in the Community
The Church Fête is usually held on the first or second Sunday in June and takes place around the Church and School. It is a traditional fete with a variety of stalls, children’s activities, a prize raffle and cream teas. In addition we have the hugely popular duck races in the Avening stream and a particularly fine Art Exhibition in the Church. The bell tower is opened to visitors and potential bell-ringers.
Holy Cross Day is celebrated on the Sunday nearest to September 14th, the day the church was inaugurated.
Other community and church activities taking place include a series of Lenten Suppers - a time for discussion and reflection. There are also Discussion Groups from time to time, especially for young people, who would like to discuss the Christian faith in greater depth. A coffee morning each autumn is an opportunity to meet each other socially and raises much needed funds for church maintenance.
We are very involved with the local primary school, which is next door to the church. We are regularly welcomed into the school just as the children and their teachers are welcomed into the church.
Every week there is an opportunity for the children to attend Sunday School, held in the North transept (or Brydges Aisle) during the family service.
A Christmas Party is held in the church for younger children, with Father Christmas arriving with his pony and sack full of presents.
The Avening Church of England Education Fund provides Funds to run the Village Youth Club for 7-13 year olds. It also annually invites applications from villagers for funds to help with any special educational need of village youngsters.
The Avening Youth Club for 7 – 13 year olds meets every Tuesday evening in the Village Memorial Hall, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. The cost is 60 pence per session.
Activities are varied, including cookery evenings, film nights, indoor football, quizzes, pool table, computer, parties, tuck shop and general high spirits!
The club is primarily financed by the Avening Church of England Education Fund established by the late Col. Stewart Carter and is professionally staffed by the Young Gloucestershire Organisation.
If you have any queries please contact Paul Brown on 01453 835 983.
The present team was formed soon after the bells were restored at the Millennium; only one member had rung before.
Our aim is to ensure that the Avening bells are rung for church services and weddings, and to ring in the New Year at midnight. We are always willing to train people who are interested to learn.
At present we are training a new team for Cherington Church, with the assistance of Stroud Branch Church Bell Ringers.
Our normal practice nights are Tuesday, any one interested should contact Stephen on 07807 700004 to check in advance that we are practicing.