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Lent 2022 resources

Lent 2022 resources

25 Jan

Lent (March 2 to April 14) offers an opportunity for individuals and worshipping communities to discover new depths to prayer and spiritual growth, as we live LIFE Together. Click hereContinue reading

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Message from Bishop Rachel, 25 January 2022

Message from Bishop Rachel, 25 January 2022

25 Jan

Bringing out the God colours in the world

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Bishop Rachel’s book, Encounters

Bishop Rachel’s book, Encounters

24 Jan

A good read through Lent 2022 ~ Bishop Rachel’s book Encounters: Jesus, connection and story: past, present and future “Bishop Rachel’s book reminds us that the tangle and connectedness ofContinue reading

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Bishop Rachel backs bid to block random sex licenses

Bishop Rachel backs bid to block random sex licenses

19 Jan

“Allowing any licensed premises to offer sexual entertainment objectifies women and exacerbates the risk of women and girls being abused”.

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An appeal from GARAS

An appeal from GARAS

18 Jan

Adele Owen, the Director of Gloucester Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS), is asking for help with donations and volunteers. She said, “At this time of Epiphany when weContinue reading

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Message from Bishop Robert, 18 January 2022

Message from Bishop Robert, 18 January 2022

18 Jan

An intrinsic part of our commitment to sharing the love of God is to ensure the wellbeing of all in our care and to keep the young and the most vulnerable safe.

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Is there hope post COP26?

Is there hope post COP26?

17 Jan

Matt Fulford, our DAC energy and sustainability advisor reflects on the outcomes of COP26.  “I had the privilege of being able to attend both the Blue and Green Zone eventsContinue reading

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Gloucestershire MU gets a new chaplain

Gloucestershire MU gets a new chaplain

17 Jan

The Revd Liz Palin is now the Chaplain for the Gloucestershire Mothers’ Union. Liz was the director of Glenfall House, the diocesan retreat house where many Mothers’ Union retreats wereContinue reading

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Living in Love and Faith: 3 easy steps

Living in Love and Faith: 3 easy steps

17 Jan

The Church of England’s Living in Love and Faith listening process closes at the end of April 2022, so now is the time to get involved if you haven’t already.   WhatContinue reading

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Thy Kingdom Come 2022

Thy Kingdom Come 2022

16 Jan

Let us pray! The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited parishes across England to join a great wave of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost 2018

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Meet Julie, Cirencester’s Eco Ambassador

Meet Julie, Cirencester’s Eco Ambassador

14 Jan

Introducing the Revd Julie Nelson, Environmental Ambassador for the Cirencester Deanery Over the coming months, we’re introducing a new network of Deanery Environmental Ambassadors who are bringing people who careContinue reading

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The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester Announced as New Bishop of Salisbury

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester Announced as New Bishop of Salisbury

13 Jan

“Somewhat to my surprise, but with confidence in God, I am being called to be the next Bishop of Salisbury.”

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The Pop Box – developed with the team at the Diocese of Gloucester.

The Pop Box – developed with the team at the Diocese of Gloucester.

13 Jan

iSingPop presents the Pop Box, developed with the team at the Diocese of Gloucester.

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Safeguarding Newsletter: January 2022

Safeguarding Newsletter: January 2022

13 Jan

From Becca Faal, Diocesan Strategic Lead for safeguarding training and learning Happy New Year everyone! There are a few safeguarding changes to be aware of in 2022 so I thoughtContinue reading

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Living in Love and Faith update

Living in Love and Faith update

13 Jan

From Margaret Sheather – see LLF main page for full information on what’s happening There is still plenty of time to get involved in the Living in Love and FaithContinue reading

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Natalie Merry working with Church Buildings Team

Natalie Merry working with Church Buildings Team

12 Jan

Over the next three months (until the end of March 2022), Natalie Merry, an experienced historic buildings consultant and former DAC Secretary at Oxford Diocese will be helping the ChurchesContinue reading

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Bishop Rachel speaks out on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

Bishop Rachel speaks out on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

11 Jan

Speaking as part of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, Bishop Rachel spoke in favour of a Women’s Justice Board, as well as on violence reduction orders. The videosContinue reading

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A New Year’s message from Bishop Rachel and Bishop Robert

A New Year’s message from Bishop Rachel and Bishop Robert

11 Jan

One of the joys for both of us in the days before Christmas was to be able to join in a number of carol services around the Diocese. In theseContinue reading

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OneDiocese blog: Social entrepreneur shares his ‘why’

OneDiocese blog: Social entrepreneur shares his ‘why’

10 Jan

In this #OneDiocese blog, Will Mansell, Pioneer Minister and Founder of the GRACE Network Social Enterprise shares his passion for creating social change through faith and action.

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Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage – Fourth and Final Round

Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage – Fourth and Final Round

06 Jan

The fourth round of the Culture Recovery Fund, entitled CRH for Heritage: Emergency Resource Support, is open for expressions of interest. It is a revenue grant fund allocating funding fromContinue reading

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Archbishop Justin’s New Years message

Archbishop Justin’s New Years message

04 Jan

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby shared an environmental message in his New Year’s Address this year.   You can watch it on BBC iPlayer here —>

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A New Year Message from Bishop Rachel

A New Year Message from Bishop Rachel

01 Jan

Looking at the Christmas crib on this first day of 2022, I am struck by the choices, whether for good or ill, made by different participants in the events of the first Christmas.

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Bishop Rachel’s Christmas Day Sermon

Bishop Rachel’s Christmas Day Sermon

25 Dec

Christmas is for the children. I wonder how often you have heard that or said that.

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Bishop Rachel speaks in the House of Lords on primary carers.

Bishop Rachel speaks in the House of Lords on primary carers.

20 Dec

The Government has accepted Bishop Rachel’s principles behind her amendments to the Policing Bill when sentencing primary carers. She says, “Losing a parent to prison can have a devastating impactContinue reading

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Advent bags to help people Flourish

Advent bags to help people Flourish

20 Dec

The Flourish Team in the Thameshead Benefice has put together Advent bags to help local families engage with the message of Advent. The bags, suggested by The London Institute forContinue reading

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Bags of joy at Christmas

Bags of joy at Christmas

20 Dec

Generous people in the Churn Valley Benefice have been donating Bags of Joy to people across the area who have been having a difficult year.

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Bishop Rachel’s Christmas Message to the Diocese

Bishop Rachel’s Christmas Message to the Diocese

20 Dec

In recent days the magic of Christmas lights, the beauty of singing and brass bands, and the nostalgic smells and tastes of Christmas, have all been a welcome antidote toContinue reading

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Bishop Rachel shares a video message for Christmas

Bishop Rachel shares a video message for Christmas

17 Dec

Bishop Rachel shares a message for Christmas: Follow us on Facebook

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Appeal to get boosted and sign up to join the NHS vaccine team

Appeal to get boosted and sign up to join the NHS vaccine team

17 Dec

The NHS is continuing to reassure residents that they will be able to access a booster vaccination before the end of the year if eligible. A booster dose of theContinue reading

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Volunteering opportunities this Christmas

Volunteering opportunities this Christmas

14 Dec

Just a few ways to serve your community this Christmas… Gloucester City Mission’s winter shelter opened on 1 December and is operational every night until 31 March 2022.  The shelterContinue reading

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Christmas resources from the CoE digital team

Christmas resources from the CoE digital team

13 Dec

Christmas resources Have you made use of all the resources for sharing the Good News of Christmas with your community? We’ve rounded up all the links here for you: Online AdventContinue reading

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Christmas message from Bishop Robert, 14 December 2021

Christmas message from Bishop Robert, 14 December 2021

13 Dec

What a mess… Just when we thought we might have seen, if not the end, at least the worst of the pandemic, we have Omicron, and it seems we takeContinue reading

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Paddleboarding to church in the dark

Paddleboarding to church in the dark

13 Dec

Paddleboarders crossed the canal in the darkness to be sure of a place at the third annual canalside carol service at Saul Junction. In total, 150 people came along toContinue reading

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Church, school and community host Christmas tea

Church, school and community host Christmas tea

13 Dec

Christchurch, Forest of Dean hosted an ‘Over 75’s Christmas Tea’, funded by the community. The food was provided by a local business. Local schools entertained the people who came along,Continue reading

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Gladiators ready… 3,2,1, sing!

Gladiators ready… 3,2,1, sing!

13 Dec

Former Gladiator Warren Furman, who was known as ‘Ace’ in the hugely popular 1990s TV show Gladiators, joined Lechlade’s town carol service in the Memorial Hall. Warren came to faithContinue reading

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Video: Hardwicke site models housing pods

Video: Hardwicke site models housing pods

10 Dec

An innovative project in Hardwicke, Gloucestershire, could help to tackle the problem of a lack of affordable accommodation in local communities.

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