COP27, taking place over 6-18 November 2022, is an annual conference which brings together world leaders to accelerate action to reach the goals set out by the Paris Agreement andContinue reading
Author: Kelly Owen
Every few years, clergy and lay leaders from our diocese go away for a conference, to learn, reflect, worship and reconnect. During the conference, Bishop Rachel gave a sermon callingContinue reading
Beth and Tom Baker, who go to Longhope Church in the Forest of Dean, have just completed the London Marathon, which took place on 2 October, to help raise fundsContinue reading
It was a very special privilege to gather last week with clergy and some of our lay leaders from across the diocese for our tri-annual Diocesan Clergy Conference. As the Church, we are charged in this time to share God’s love and to work for the coming of the Kingdom. So we return from the conference recommitted to sharing in this great commission with you, with the whole baptised people of God and with partners of goodwill across our communities.
For parishes and churches looking to save energy and money this autumn and winter, this advice note has been created to offer suggestions and useful tips to consider. WatchContinue reading
As political leaders around the world prepare for COP27, Edward Gildea, a Christian Aid Climate Action Organiser, invites churches across the diocese to ring out their bells and come togetherContinue reading
It’s that time of year when worshipping communities across the diocese are starting to plan their Christmas events and services. This week, the Church of England launched its 2022 ChristmasContinue reading
Next month is International Black History Month and it leaves me feeling uneasy. It’s not because I don’t agree with bringing Black history into the frame or ensuring that so many stories about people and places are made visible, or that we are challenged regarding racial justice; rather, my uneasiness is because it can look as if people only need to think about all these things for one month of every year.
Adam Klups, Senior Church Buildings Officer for the Diocese of Gloucester, together with Gloucestershire-based stone conservator Graham O’Hare remotely attended the Congress of the International Institute for Conservation of HistoricContinue reading
Messy Church Goes Wild was officially launched at the Christian Adventure Centre in Viney Hill on Saturday. It’s the latest offering from the Bible Reading Fellowship’s popular Messy Church, butContinue reading
It will be a great joy to welcome our Reader community to the Cathedral this coming Saturday for our Annual Reader Day and, in the afternoon, our Annual Service during which Bishop Rachel will be admitting three new Readers who have now completed their training.
Readers have a long and distinguished history of ministry and play a significant part in the ministry of the church today and we owe them a great debt of thanks. Of course, their ministry is significant for all they do in preaching, teaching, pastoral care and, more recently, in pioneer ministry. It is, however, equally significant for what Readers are.
On Sunday 11 September, the Revd Malc Allen led his final service at St Michael and All Angels, Bishop’s Cleeve. Over 200 members of the local worshipping community attended toContinue reading
Last Tuesday, many of us were looking at pictures of Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, receiving our new Prime Minister. Amid a time of yet more political upheaval and economic uncertainty, the Queen was there – that figure of constancy and unity. Then, just 48 hours later, everything changed, and this Tuesday we find ourselves mourning the death of a beloved Queen.