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Welcoming our new West Deaneries Youth Connector

Welcoming our new West Deaneries Youth Connector

Thursday 26 January

In January 2023 we welcomed Charlotte Butcher to our Youth Connect Team as the new West Deaneries Youth Connector. Here is Charlotte’s introduction: “Hi! I’m Charlotte and I’ve been involvedContinue reading

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Church of England appoints Julian Atkins as Net Zero Programme Director

Church of England appoints Julian Atkins as Net Zero Programme Director

Tuesday 24 January

Julian Atkins, currently the Countywide Climate Change Coordinator for the public sector partnership, Climate Leadership Gloucestershire, has been appointed Net Zero Programme Director for the Church of England. Having workedContinue reading

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Message from Bishop Robert, 24 January 2023

Message from Bishop Robert, 24 January 2023

Tuesday 24 January

I was privileged last year to lead one of the first pilgrimages to the Holy Land after Israel reopened its boarders following the global pandemic. In contrast to previous pilgrimages, the Holy Sites were generally quiet – ours was the only group present in the chapel in Bethlehem where Jesus is traditionally thought to have been born. That quiet extended to another of our visits, like the vast majority of pilgrimages, to the Holocaust Memorial, Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem.

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Funding for birdboxes – deadline end of February

Funding for birdboxes – deadline end of February

Monday 23 January

Keen birder Bill Richardson would like to put in a block funding application to provide birdboxes for churches and church partnerships in the Diocese of Gloucester. Worshipping communities can installContinue reading

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The Revd Canon Andrew Zihni announced as next Dean of Gloucester

The Revd Canon Andrew Zihni announced as next Dean of Gloucester

Thursday 19 January

Gloucester Cathedral is delighted to share that No. 10 Downing Street has announced that His Majesty the King has approved the appointment of Andrew Zihni as the 39th Dean ofContinue reading

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Bishop Rachel, statements on Living in Love and Faith

Bishop Rachel, statements on Living in Love and Faith

Wednesday 18 January

The Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Revd Rachel Treweek said, “I want to reiterate my shame and sadness regarding the way those who identify as LGBTQI+ have too often experiencedContinue reading

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A message from Bishop Rachel and Bishop Robert

A message from Bishop Rachel and Bishop Robert

Wednesday 18 January

Firstly, we want to reiterate our shame and sadness regarding the way those who identify as LGBTQI+ have too often experienced hostility and judgement within the Church rather than being cherished as members of the body of Christ with names and stories.

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Bishops propose prayers of thanksgiving, dedication and for God’s blessing for same-sex couples

Bishops propose prayers of thanksgiving, dedication and for God’s blessing for same-sex couples

Wednesday 18 January

Under historic plans outlined today, same-sex couples will be able to come to church to give thanks for their civil marriage or civil partnership and receive God’s blessing

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Message from Bishop Rachel, 17 January 2023

Message from Bishop Rachel, 17 January 2023

Tuesday 17 January

Yesterday, I had the privilege of being present at the official opening of The Nelson Trust’s Women’s Centre in Wales. Similar to the Women’s Centre in Gloucester, this provides transforming support for women who have been involved with the criminal justice system. Staff and volunteers work with women in a holistic way, listening to each person’s story and valuing them as a unique individual as they engage with the whole person, including the building and re-shaping of healthy relationships, often including a woman’s children.

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“Being an Eco Church has become a part of life” at Pip and Jim’s Leckhampton

“Being an Eco Church has become a part of life” at Pip and Jim’s Leckhampton

Tuesday 17 January

In August 2022, St Philp and St James Church Leckhampton was awarded a Bronze Eco Church Award by A Rocha and is now working towards Silver. Helen Wolfson, a memberContinue reading

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“Keeping the stories alive” – Holocaust Memorial Day 2023

“Keeping the stories alive” – Holocaust Memorial Day 2023

Monday 16 January

‘Ordinary People’ is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January 2023. This year, Bob Copeland, who has organised Holocaust Memorial Day events in the community for the pastContinue reading

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Bishop Rachel: ONE Women’s Centre is ‘good news’ for women prisoners

Bishop Rachel: ONE Women’s Centre is ‘good news’ for women prisoners

Monday 16 January

At the end of last year, the Nelson Trust opened a Women’s Centre in HMP Eastwood Park, an innovative new pilot funded by the Ministry of Justice ‘Local Leadership andContinue reading

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Pay-as-you-can café welcomes community in St Andrew’s, Churcham

Pay-as-you-can café welcomes community in St Andrew’s, Churcham

Friday 13 January

In 2019, the Revd Lara Bloom and members of St Andrew’s, Churcham got together to pray about ways to build community in the village. After a couple of trial runsContinue reading

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Sportily brings community together at Christmas event

Sportily brings community together at Christmas event

Friday 13 January

Christmas is a time for community, and this was really felt in the Forest of Dean as Sportily hosted a rustic, family-focused campfire and carols event with lots of marshmallowsContinue reading

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Message from Bishop Robert, 10 January 2023

Message from Bishop Robert, 10 January 2023

Tuesday 10 January

A number of us from across the diocese were pleased to be able to gather on Friday in the Cathedral to express our thanks to Canon Andrew Braddock for 14 years of ministry in this diocese.

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Warm spaces in the Diocese this winter

Warm spaces in the Diocese this winter

Tuesday 10 January

Many churches and community buildings are opening up during the week to offer warm spaces this winter. People looking to get out of the cold can drop in to anyContinue reading

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Statistics for Mission for 2022

Statistics for Mission for 2022

Monday 09 January

The Statistics for Mission 2022 return is now available for completion on the parish returns website. The deadline for completing this return is 31 January 2023. The Statistics for MissionContinue reading

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Caring for our communities’ mental health

Caring for our communities’ mental health

Friday 06 January

One in four people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England. And nearly 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems say thatContinue reading

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Cadet Chaplains Connect Event

Cadet Chaplains Connect Event

Thursday 05 January

An event for anyone interested in learning more about chaplaincy to uniformed organisations. Barrie Voyce, Senior Youth Connector for the Diocese of Gloucester said, “During the time of the Queen’sContinue reading

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Knife Angel monument coming to Gloucester Cathedral

Knife Angel monument coming to Gloucester Cathedral

Wednesday 04 January

Gloucester Cathedral is to host the thought-provoking ‘Knife Angel’ monument as part of the National Youth Anti-Violence Tour, highlighting the negative effects of violent and aggressive behaviour while also beingContinue reading

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Journey to net zero – what impact is your church having?

Journey to net zero – what impact is your church having?

Tuesday 03 January

Across the Diocese of Gloucester, we have committed to being net zero carbon by 2030. This is an ambitious target and one that we will need to work together toContinue reading

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Bishop Rachel: Interim Dean arrangements

Bishop Rachel: Interim Dean arrangements

Tuesday 03 January

A message from Bishop Rachel about the departure of our current Interim Dean Andrew Braddock for Norwich, and Bishop Robert’s role for the coming months.

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A New Year’s message from Bishop Rachel

A New Year’s message from Bishop Rachel

Tuesday 03 January

I know that journeying can be an overused metaphor when we talk about faith, but it seems a good one as we begin a new year and recall the visit of the Magi and the unfolding of the season of Epiphany.

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Bishop Rachel’s Christmas Day sermon 2022: Gloucester Cathedral

Bishop Rachel’s Christmas Day sermon 2022: Gloucester Cathedral

Sunday 25 December

Time is a fascinating subject and it’s something of which we are all very aware: The time it takes to cook a turkey; the countdown of days on the advent calendar; the length of time it takes for an ambulance to arrive; or perhaps the counting of years with the celebration of a significant birthday or anniversary.

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An ‘angelic’ welcome in Slimbridge this Christmas

An ‘angelic’ welcome in Slimbridge this Christmas

Monday 19 December

St John the Evangelist Church in Slimbridge has welcomed the arrival of a new art installation, especially for Christmas. Local artist Jackie Lantelli created the angel sculpture to welcome visitorsContinue reading

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New stained-glass window dedicated to Ralph Vaughan Williams

New stained-glass window dedicated to Ralph Vaughan Williams

Monday 19 December

On Sunday 11 December 2022, Bishop Rachel led the dedication service for a new stained-glass window at All Saints’ Church, Down Ampney. The colourful window had been specially commissioned toContinue reading

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Living in Love and Faith – a message from Bishop Rachel and Bishop Robert

Living in Love and Faith – a message from Bishop Rachel and Bishop Robert

Thursday 15 December

To our sisters and brothers in the Diocese of Gloucester … This week, we have spent a further three days with the Bishops of the Church of England in aContinue reading

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Bishop Rachel’s Christmas message to all

Bishop Rachel’s Christmas message to all

Thursday 15 December

There are so many messages of crisis: climate crisis, fuel crisis, cost of living, NHS, and crises across our world, including in Ukraine. And that crisis-messaging can make people anxious – even despairing … although crises are nothing new.

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A message from Bishop Rachel to the Diocese of Gloucester this Christmas

A message from Bishop Rachel to the Diocese of Gloucester this Christmas

Tuesday 13 December

This Christmas many people will come to church buildings, halls and schools to engage with the Christmas story through various services, nativity plays and events. I hope we will capture all those numbers, but then what?

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Comedians and Carols come to Minchinhampton Parish Church

Comedians and Carols come to Minchinhampton Parish Church

Tuesday 13 December

Friday 16 December will see festive cheer at Minchinhampton Parish Church in a one-off seasonal show, Comedians and Carols. This popular show is an adaptation of the traditional Nine LessonsContinue reading

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Intergenerational church community

Intergenerational church community

Tuesday 13 December

What do we mean? An intergenerational church is about the quality of faith, hope and love extended to everyone. A quality that enables contribution and participation in the whole lifeContinue reading

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Ways to help in your community this winter

Ways to help in your community this winter

Tuesday 13 December

This winter, many people will be facing difficulties with the cost of living and the energy crisis. Linking with organisations that operate across the diocese, here are some positive waysContinue reading

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LIFE Together 2022: Some highlights

LIFE Together 2022: Some highlights

Tuesday 13 December

It’s been a year since we focused the spotlight of our LIFE vision into the five areas of the LIFE Together vision. We’re seeking to live ‘life in all itsContinue reading

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Delivering light and hope to residents in Cranham

Delivering light and hope to residents in Cranham

Monday 12 December

The snow this weekend meant many worshipping communities couldn’t meet in the usual way. In Cranham, St James The Great Church‘s Christingle service was one of many affected. However, undeterredContinue reading

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Sally’s story: “God got me out of bed to paint”

Sally’s story: “God got me out of bed to paint”

Friday 09 December

Sally Snape, who worships at St Michael and All Angels in Bishop’s Cleeve, didn’t think she could paint, but God had a different opinion. Here she shares how her faithContinue reading

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Message from Bishop Robert, 6 December 2022

Message from Bishop Robert, 6 December 2022

Tuesday 06 December

A week ago, Cate Williams wrote on the deep reality of the nature crisis that is wounding the biodiversity of our world and how, as disciples of Christ, we might begin to respond. As we begin our Christmas celebrations, we are given, should we need it, another reminder of why it is so important that we respond.

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