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Gain experience in different ministry contexts … paid!

Gain experience in different ministry contexts … paid!

05 May

Preparing for its second year, the Gloucester Ministry Experience Scheme gives young adults the opportunity to live and work amongst different worshipping communities in the Gloucester area. The scheme willContinue reading

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Allotments, gardening and community composting

Allotments, gardening and community composting

04 May

If you’re interested in community gardening and how you and your church can care for your local green or wild places, why not join the Gloucestershire Churches Environmental Justice NetworkContinue reading

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Message from Bishop Robert

Message from Bishop Robert

04 May

Next week, many of the communities of our Diocese will be taking part in fundraising for Christian Aid. This year’s campaign which runs alongside the vaccine thankfulness appeal and theContinue reading

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Thy Kingdom Come 2021

Thy Kingdom Come 2021

04 May

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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Churches in Action: Blockley and Bourton on the Hill

Churches in Action: Blockley and Bourton on the Hill

30 Apr

Dana Delap and the communities in Blockley and Bourton on the Hill have been making a difference in their local communities. When the first lockdown hit, the parish council turnedContinue reading

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Government’s final responses on Domestic Abuse Bill Amendment

Government’s final responses on Domestic Abuse Bill Amendment

28 Apr

In a final series of statements on the imminent Domestic Abuse Bill, the Government has responded to Bishop Rachel’s proposed Amendment regarding support for migrant victims of domestic abuse. SpeakingContinue reading

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Finance Manager – Diocese of Gloucester

Finance Manager – Diocese of Gloucester

28 Apr

Finance Manager 28 hours per week Band 3 (£36,937-£43,221 FTE) Based at Church House in College Green, our busy Finance Team are currently seeking to appoint a Finance Manager withContinue reading

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Paul Williams named as one of 7 Deputy Lieutenants for Gloucestershire

Paul Williams named as one of 7 Deputy Lieutenants for Gloucestershire

27 Apr

The Revd Canon Paul Williams, Vicar of Tewkesbury, has been announced as one of seven new Deputy Lieutenants for Gloucestershire. As well as fulfilling their main role, supporting the Lord-Lieutenant,Continue reading

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70th anniversary of the Battle of the Imjin River

70th anniversary of the Battle of the Imjin River

27 Apr

A message from Bishop Rachel Last Sunday I had the privilege of leading a short service to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Imjin River in theContinue reading

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Appeal for help with child health review venues

Appeal for help with child health review venues

27 Apr

The Health Visiting service in Gloucestershire  is looking for venues to do child health and development reviews for 9-12 month and 2-year-old children. At present only children where there isContinue reading

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How many churches could you visit in a single day?

How many churches could you visit in a single day?

27 Apr

Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust has announced the annual Ride + Stride event will take place on Saturday 11 September 2021, assuming all goes to plan with the roadmap out ofContinue reading

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Bishop Rachel nominated for the National Diversity Awards

Bishop Rachel nominated for the National Diversity Awards

26 Apr

Bishop Rachel has been nominated for the National Diversity Awards, which recognise those who celebrateunity in society. She has been nominated for the Positive Role Model (Race, Faith and Religion)Continue reading

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The winner of the 2021 Sermon Slam

The winner of the 2021 Sermon Slam

26 Apr

Contestants had just three minutes to deliver an attention grabbing, exciting and inspiring sermon in the clearest and most creative way that they could. Natalie Marshall gave her prize-winning sermonContinue reading

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Lay Ministry Officer and Warden of Readers

Lay Ministry Officer and Warden of Readers

26 Apr

Lay Ministry Officer and Warden of Readers Full time, £36,937 – £43,221 per annum  With a passion for enabling the ministry of the whole people of God and excellent strategicContinue reading

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Hear from our link officer Revd Christy in Bangalore

Hear from our link officer Revd Christy in Bangalore

26 Apr

As the severe wave of Coronavirus infection sweeps through India, a plea from our friends who live there: “Kindly remember our nation, our state, and our diocese in your prayers.”

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Care home residents get bags of Easter joy

Care home residents get bags of Easter joy

23 Apr

CaBiC- Anna Chaplaincy in Cheltenham and Bishop’s Cleeve has been brightening care home residents’ days by sending out more than 1000 gift bags containing knitted crosses, Easter cards and EasterContinue reading

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Maundy Money for Mary Adlard

Maundy Money for Mary Adlard

23 Apr

Mary Adlard was one of the recipients of this year’s Maundy Money. The Queen gives purses containing special money to deserving senior citizen in a traditional Ceremony of the Royal Maundy. EachContinue reading

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Racism is evil and an affront to the purposes of God

Racism is evil and an affront to the purposes of God

22 Apr

Racism is evil and an affront to the purposes of God and what it means for us to truly be the body of Christ.

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Bishop Rachel introduces a revised amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill

Bishop Rachel introduces a revised amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill

22 Apr

Bishop Rachel challenges the Government’s suggested Domestic Abuse pilot project, as she introduces a revised amendment

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LIFE Development Fund grants

LIFE Development Fund grants

20 Apr

A message from Kathryn Warner, Secretary to the LIFE Development Fund The LIFE Development Fund continues to provide funding for new projects that are springing up across the Diocese, asContinue reading

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Cheltenham Zero Community Fund

Cheltenham Zero Community Fund

20 Apr

PCCs operating in Cheltenham Borough are eligible for funding from the Cheltenham Zero Community Fund. Up to £5,000 can be obtained to support initiatives that will result in: Carbon reductions;Continue reading

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Bishop Rachel speaks out on the Prisons (Substance Testing) Bill

Bishop Rachel speaks out on the Prisons (Substance Testing) Bill

20 Apr

Prisons should be places where the root causes of offending can begin to be addressed.

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Message from Bishop Robert

Message from Bishop Robert

20 Apr

Reflecting on the Panorama programme “Is the Church Racist?”
We need to say it clearly.  Racism is a sin. It is an affront to the very nature of God who created us, each one of us, every one of us, with no exceptions, children of one blood… called to rejoice in one another.

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Peregrines nest in #grantsforgardens churchyard

Peregrines nest in #grantsforgardens churchyard

16 Apr

A nesting pair of peregrine falcolns are living in the church tower roof at St John Baptist Churchyard in Cirencester. At the end of 2019, sightings of peregrine falcons startedContinue reading

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Church reaches out to Women’s Refuge

Church reaches out to Women’s Refuge

16 Apr

The Churn Valley Benefice (CVB) has been supporting the Stroud Women’s Refuge over lockdown by sponsoring bags of laundry and household cleaning items or single bed linen for families. TheContinue reading

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Litter picking teen raises £2,000

Litter picking teen raises £2,000

16 Apr

Teenager Heather Kent from Fairford has cleared 115 bin bags of rubbish from her local area and raised over £2,000 for the Great Western Hospital, in support of Captain TomContinue reading

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Bishop Rachel speaks on inclusivity

Bishop Rachel speaks on inclusivity

14 Apr

Bishop Rachel gave a speech in the House of Lords today, during a debate on an inclusive society. She spoke on three areas: children and young people, churches and faithContinue reading

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Prayer and thankfulness

Prayer and thankfulness

13 Apr

As we journey through this season of Easter towards Ascension Day and Pentecost, I want to encourage us to put prayer is at the heart of all we do as we plan, experiment and explore; and also to be attentive to how we fan thankfulness into flame  – Thankfulness to God and thankfulness to neighbour

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Living in Love and Faith

Living in Love and Faith

13 Apr

Living in Love and Faith – Christian teaching and learning about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage, written by Margaret Sheather. “We, the Bishops of the Church of England invite youContinue reading

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Coronavirus update: Toddler groups

Coronavirus update: Toddler groups

13 Apr

Update to national regulations for baby and toddler groups, correct at 12 April 2021. As of 12 April baby and toddler groups can reopen indoors. Groups must have no moreContinue reading

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A message from Bishop Rachel on the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

A message from Bishop Rachel on the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

09 Apr

The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

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Sports ministers getting children active in lockdown

Sports ministers getting children active in lockdown

05 Apr

  Sports ministers have been lending a hand to schools during the lockdown by providing active sports sessions. Some schools were struggling to get pupils outside and active, as demandsContinue reading

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Looking back on a life of service

Looking back on a life of service

05 Apr

Sister Pat Holland has ministered at St Michael and All Angels in Bishop’s Cleeve for the past 22 years. She’s been a faithful member of the Church Army for 53Continue reading

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“Table Talk for Change”, how do we recover?

“Table Talk for Change”, how do we recover?

05 Apr

Following any significant trauma or event, whether that’s a global pandemic or something closer to home, there’s a need to recover well. But, how do we do that? In aContinue reading

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Bishop Rachel’s Easter Day Sermon

Bishop Rachel’s Easter Day Sermon

04 Apr

No government roadmap or unexpected change can change the coming of God’s kingdom, even now here among us. And amid the pain and joy of the expected and the unexpected, we are invited to have expectant and hope-filled hearts.

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Message from Bishop Rachel: Chrism service sermon

Message from Bishop Rachel: Chrism service sermon

01 Apr

Over the past year there has been so much loss of different sorts, and amid the bereavement and the trauma I have been very struck by how many people have said that one of the things they have missed is being able to share food and drink with friends. It’s certainly one of the things I’m looking forward to.

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