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Christmas attendance at highest level for more than a decade

Christmas attendance at highest level for more than a decade

14 Nov

While traditional Sunday attendance edged lower in 2017 (in line with long-term trends), the numbers attending Christmas services increased by 3.4 per cent to 2.68 million nationally

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The difference a choir can make

The difference a choir can make

06 Nov

The Revd Sue Greatorex, Vicar of St Bartholomew’s, Lower Cam and Coaley talks about the transforming change that a children’s choir can have on the church family. “When I arrivedContinue reading

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Be alert: Increase in roof metal theft

Be alert: Increase in roof metal theft

05 Nov

Over the past few weeks the Churches Team has been receiving reports of another serious wave of metal theft, which has affected a great number of churches in the DioceseContinue reading

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Seeking Shapes for Living

Seeking Shapes for Living

05 Nov

Lent Course 2019 ‘Shapes for living’ is a fresh way of exploring what is sometimes called a Rule of Life. But we think the language of ‘shapes’ is warmly invitingContinue reading

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Bishop Rachel’s Presidential Address

Bishop Rachel’s Presidential Address

05 Nov

Our God is a God of fullness and completion – God of creation and re-creation.

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Letter to clergy about the Good Shepherd Project

Letter to clergy about the Good Shepherd Project

02 Nov

Dear clergy, Nine life-sized sheep models are travelling around the 118 church schools in the Diocese of Gloucester over the next academic year, as part of the Good Shepherd Project. YouContinue reading

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Bishop Rachel joins in celebration of Gloucestershire

Bishop Rachel joins in celebration of Gloucestershire

02 Nov

Well known people, places and organisations have come together to record a song to celebrate Gloucestershire as part of BBC Radio Glos’ 30th birthday celebrations. Bishop Rachel sings sweetly outsideContinue reading

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Children’s Society Good Childhood Report

Children’s Society Good Childhood Report

02 Nov

The Children’s Society has published its seventh in-depth report on children and young people’s wellbeing in the UK. The report uses data from the Millennium Cohort Survey on the livesContinue reading

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Free Gift Aid tools for charities released

Free Gift Aid tools for charities released

02 Nov

The Charity Finance Group has published a package of free online resources and graphics to help charities promote Gift Aid to their donors. CFG published the resources today to coincideContinue reading

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Explore Churches’ new website goes live

Explore Churches’ new website goes live

02 Nov

The new website has several new and exciting features. You can keep up with the new churches, themed lists, trails and events by signing up for a monthly five minuteContinue reading

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Bats in churches project secures HLF Grant

Bats in churches project secures HLF Grant

02 Nov

The Bats in Churches partnership project has been successful in its application to Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a grant of £3.8 million. Securing this funding means that the Bats in ChurchesContinue reading

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Managing major building projects in places of worship

Managing major building projects in places of worship

02 Nov

There are some useful presentations from the ‘Managing major building projects in places of worship’ training day held in Cambridge on 3 October 2018. These will be of use toContinue reading

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Clergy Day: Learning to think and pray the Gospel of John

Clergy Day: Learning to think and pray the Gospel of John

01 Nov

This week, Professor David Ford, Emeritus Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, spoke at our Clergy Day on his specialist subject; the Gospel of John. Asking theContinue reading

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Jonathan’s calling: ‘A cog in a big machine’

Jonathan’s calling: ‘A cog in a big machine’

29 Oct

Jonathan Kear is a self-employed Christian youth worker at Together for Youth, based in Newent in the Forest of Dean. Jonathan also sits on the diocesan LIFE group for youngContinue reading

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How are parishes using digital media?

How are parishes using digital media?

24 Oct

Following a research audit of the various church digital presences across the Diocese of Gloucester, we can now offer some insights into how different groups are using various platforms. OneContinue reading

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A Place to Belong: Disability and the Church

A Place to Belong: Disability and the Church

22 Oct

Watch stories of people with disabilities in the Church of England – and their perspectives on how churches can make sure everyone can participate in church life.  These short filmsContinue reading

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Gloucester Cathedral hosts GCHQ Poppyfall Cascade for WW1 Centenary

Gloucester Cathedral hosts GCHQ Poppyfall Cascade for WW1 Centenary

19 Oct

GCHQ’s giant waterfall of handmade poppies is on display at Gloucester Cathedral as part of the city’s World War One Commemoration.

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Proposal to amend the religious designation of All Saints’ Academy to a CofE school

Proposal to amend the religious designation of All Saints’ Academy to a CofE school

19 Oct

Formal Consultation A proposal to amend the religious designation of All Saints’ Academy to a Church of England School as a result of the proposed withdrawal of the Roman CatholicContinue reading

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Biker service in Gloucester

Biker service in Gloucester

19 Oct

On Sunday 21 October, at 10.30am, bikers gathered for a special service at St James’ Church in Gloucester. Scooter, trike and bike riders were invited to bring their bikes, helmetsContinue reading

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Modern Slavery: how you can help to take action

Modern Slavery: how you can help to take action

18 Oct

Thursday 18th October 2018 is Anti-Slavery Day. There are more than 40 million people around the world trapped in some form of modern slavery – it happens right here in Gloucestershire.

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Bishop Rachel leading change to women’s judicial system

Bishop Rachel leading change to women’s judicial system

17 Oct

The Bishop of Gloucester hosted an event in the House of Lords on Monday 15 October, to challenge the effectiveness of the recently launched Female Offender Strategy. Her aim isContinue reading

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Be part of a Ministry Experience Scheme and live in a small community

Be part of a Ministry Experience Scheme and live in a small community

16 Oct

A new way to try out a variety of ministries is now available. A Ministry Experience Scheme will enable you to live in a small community; exploring and sharing withContinue reading

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New Archdeacon of Gloucester and Residentiary Canon of Gloucester Cathedral

New Archdeacon of Gloucester and Residentiary Canon of Gloucester Cathedral

14 Oct

The Revd Hilary Dawson is delighted to be coming to the Diocese of Gloucester.

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Join us at the Cheltenham Festivals!

Join us at the Cheltenham Festivals!

08 Oct

With over a week still to go, there’s plenty of time to get involved with our Chatterbox Tent at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, which runs until 14 Oct. Based aroundContinue reading

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Buzzing at Stroud Sacred Music Festival!

Buzzing at Stroud Sacred Music Festival!

04 Oct

Peace breaks out in Stroud; we meet the team behind the festival and find out what it means to the community

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The Good Shepherd Project

The meaningful leading lights campaign

The meaningful leading lights campaign

01 Oct

The 2018 Meaningful Treat Pack is designed to help with mission work on, and leading up to, the eve of All Saints (Halloween). Building on the success of last year,Continue reading

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50 years in the priesthood

50 years in the priesthood

01 Oct

On Saturday 29 September, Fr Hugh Broad Associate Priest at Saint James’ Quedgeley and Kingsway celebrated 50 years in the priesthood. Hugh Broad, born in 1937 in Cheltenham, attended the localContinue reading

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Advent to Epiphany: Resource sharing event

Advent to Epiphany: Resource sharing event

27 Sep

The season from Advent to Epiphany can be demanding of both time and inspiration! This event will be a great place to share resources and experience. Come and share yourContinue reading

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A cracking Christmas campaign with some simple wins for churches!

A cracking Christmas campaign with some simple wins for churches!

27 Sep

#FollowTheStar is the Church of England’s 2018 Christmas campaign, and offers some easy ways to get involved

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Contemporary music: Worship team training

Contemporary music: Worship team training

25 Sep

The Worship Foundation is partnering with the Diocese of Gloucester and a number of local churches in the region to make Worship Team Training accessible to local churches in Gloucestershire.Continue reading

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Little deeds, big difference

Little deeds, big difference

21 Sep

Mary Hughes, volunteers at St Michael and All Angels, Bishop’s Cleeve is one of six winners.

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Gloucester Street Pastors need help

Gloucester Street Pastors need help

21 Sep

Alastair Sammon, Chairman of Gloucester Street Pastors is calling for volunteers to help keep the service going. “Gloucester Street Pastors started over eight years ago with 30 volunteers and weContinue reading

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Office Co-ordinator for Harnhill Centre

Office Co-ordinator for Harnhill Centre

20 Sep

For details about this vacancy, please visit: https://www.harnhillcentre.org.uk/69/Vacancy  

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New Canons for Gloucester Cathedral

New Canons for Gloucester Cathedral

14 Sep

Four people will be made ‘Canons’ at Gloucester Cathedral on Thursday 4 October, including one person who was brought up atheist. Being made an Honorary Canon is a recognition ofContinue reading

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Bishop Rachel calls for women’s justice system to be changed.

Bishop Rachel calls for women’s justice system to be changed.

12 Sep

The Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Revd Rachel Treweek will introduce a debate in the House of Lords today, calling for a change to the way women are sentenced. BishopContinue reading

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