About the #OneDiocese Blog

Our monthly #OneDiocese blog series, launched in July 2021, features members of our diocesan community, including volunteers, officers, teachers, clergy and all the people that support and work for the Diocese of Gloucester in various different ways. They share with us some of their personal faith story and how they live out their everyday faith through their work and role in the diocese.

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OneDiocese blog: Becca’s call to Make it Slavery Free

OneDiocese blog: Becca’s call to Make it Slavery Free

Tuesday 04 October

Anti-Slavery Day is on 18 October and we’re encouraging everyone to take the Make it Slavery Free pledge either on the day, or at a time that works for you.Continue reading

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OneDiocese blog: 14-year-old shares his views on social media and the Church

OneDiocese blog: 14-year-old shares his views on social media and the Church

Monday 08 August

For our OneDiocese blog this month, we asked 14-year-old Isaac Irvine, from Dursley Tabernacle Church, about the impact that social media has on the lives of the young people heContinue reading

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OneDiocese blog: DI Diane Blandford on flowers after genocide

OneDiocese blog: DI Diane Blandford on flowers after genocide

Friday 08 July

11 July is Srebrenica Memorial Day and Detective Inspector Diane Blandford shares her experiences of visiting the survivors of the Bosnian genocide in this month’s #OneDiocese blog.

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OneDiocese blog: Cllr Harry Ives on faith and service

OneDiocese blog: Cllr Harry Ives on faith and service

Friday 27 May

In our #OneDiocese blog this month, Cllr Harry Ives blogs about how his faith prompts him to serve his community on the District Council. “Three years ago, I took aContinue reading

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OneDiocese blog: God drew me back to Godself

OneDiocese blog: God drew me back to Godself

Friday 06 May

Canon Sandra Millar, Interim Director Mission and Ministry for the Diocese of Gloucester blogs on her life and her faith journey in our #OneDiocese blog

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One Diocese blog: “Not just death and religion”

One Diocese blog: “Not just death and religion”

Monday 04 April

The Revd John Thompson, Lead Chaplain in the Department of Spiritual Care for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust shares his views on his calling and his ministry in our #OneDiocese blog.Continue reading

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#OneDiocese blog by Claire Power-Browne, Co Leader of TIC+

#OneDiocese blog by Claire Power-Browne, Co Leader of TIC+

Friday 04 February

Claire Power-Browne of TIC+ speaks of holding hope for a young person until they feel able to hold it for themselves

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OneDiocese blog: Social entrepreneur shares his ‘why’

OneDiocese blog: Social entrepreneur shares his ‘why’

Monday 10 January

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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OneDiocese blog: A relationship with God changes everything

OneDiocese blog: A relationship with God changes everything

Thursday 25 November

In a lot of ways Isaac Davies is a typical 15 year old, but he has discovered something that changes everything. “I live in Tewkesbury with my mum, dad andContinue reading

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Hope for the generations

Hope for the generations

Monday 18 October

A #OneDiocese blog by the Revd Tim Hastie-Smith, Vicar of Bibury with Winson and Barnsley and Diocesan Missioner for New Worshipping Communities. “On Wednesday last week, my family and IContinue reading

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A road trip in a clapped-out Subaru changed my life forever

A road trip in a clapped-out Subaru changed my life forever

Friday 01 October

Oliver Smith was a typical 21-year-old student, immersing himself in all that student life had to offer. But under the surface things were not as they seemed.

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Active life and active faith #OneDiocese blog

Active life and active faith #OneDiocese blog

Friday 03 September

Rob French, Head of Sports Ministry for Sportily shares his faith story for our #OneDiocese blog. “Farrier, footballer, farmer, firefighter…. All jobs that I wanted to do when I wasContinue reading

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I knew from that moment I could not turn away from God…

I knew from that moment I could not turn away from God…

Tuesday 10 August

Andy Wilson, Lead Evangelist, Gloucester and Forest Centre of Mission shares his faith story in our #OneDiocese blog “At the age of 9, many kids will not necessarily have thoughtContinue reading

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Dreams do come true, by Mother Alycia

Dreams do come true, by Mother Alycia

Monday 05 July

Blog by the Revd Dr (Mother) Alycia Timmis: “If we only dare to dream and to trust, God is faithful and takes the hodgepodge, patchwork of our lives and weaves them for His Glory.”

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OneDiocese blog: 14-year-old shares his views on social media and the Church

OneDiocese blog: 14-year-old shares his views on social media and the Church

Monday 08 August

For our OneDiocese blog this month, we asked 14-year-old Isaac Irvine, from Dursley Tabernacle Church, about the impact that social media has on the lives of the young people heContinue reading

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OneDiocese blog: DI Diane Blandford on flowers after genocide

OneDiocese blog: DI Diane Blandford on flowers after genocide

Friday 08 July

11 July is Srebrenica Memorial Day and Detective Inspector Diane Blandford shares her experiences of visiting the survivors of the Bosnian genocide in this month’s #OneDiocese blog.

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Meeting God at Glastonbury

Meeting God at Glastonbury

Monday 23 May

Warden of Readers for the Diocese of Gloucester Lee Barnes has been involved with the church tent at Glastonbury for the past 30 years. He tells us why this iconic festival is such a vital part of his ministry.

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OneDiocese blog: God drew me back to Godself

OneDiocese blog: God drew me back to Godself

Friday 06 May

Canon Sandra Millar, Interim Director Mission and Ministry for the Diocese of Gloucester blogs on her life and her faith journey in our #OneDiocese blog

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One Diocese blog: “Not just death and religion”

One Diocese blog: “Not just death and religion”

Monday 04 April

The Revd John Thompson, Lead Chaplain in the Department of Spiritual Care for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust shares his views on his calling and his ministry in our #OneDiocese blog.Continue reading

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Creation care, gardens and churchyards

Creation care, gardens and churchyards

Friday 18 February

Blog by the Revd Cate Williams, Environmental Engagement Officer for the Diocese of Gloucester     A few things have crossed my path over the last few weeks that shareContinue reading

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OneDiocese blog: A relationship with God changes everything

OneDiocese blog: A relationship with God changes everything

Thursday 25 November

In a lot of ways Isaac Davies is a typical 15 year old, but he has discovered something that changes everything. “I live in Tewkesbury with my mum, dad andContinue reading

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How do we listen to our youngest children and those who care for them?

How do we listen to our youngest children and those who care for them?

Tuesday 02 November

Google ‘how to listen to under 5’s’ and you find endless pages about encouraging children to listen, but very little on how adults can actively listen to them. This mightContinue reading

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Hope for the generations

Hope for the generations

Monday 18 October

A #OneDiocese blog by the Revd Tim Hastie-Smith, Vicar of Bibury with Winson and Barnsley and Diocesan Missioner for New Worshipping Communities. “On Wednesday last week, my family and IContinue reading

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You can’t love like God without loving his creation, blog by Abby Button                              

You can’t love like God without loving his creation, blog by Abby Button                              

Monday 11 October

The most encouraging posts I read about living sustainably are the ones that say you don’t have to do it perfectly or change everything about your lifestyle, but to do something little is better than nothing. Thankfully we don’t have to fix this problem by ourselves, but in partnership with God, whose power is greatest in our weakness.

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Ken uses locust sandwiches and tennis to bring faith to life

Ken uses locust sandwiches and tennis to bring faith to life

Monday 04 October

40 years after he came to faith in Jesus, Ken Spensley tells us about how his calling to a life of ministry has played out, and his hunger to doContinue reading

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A road trip in a clapped-out Subaru changed my life forever

A road trip in a clapped-out Subaru changed my life forever

Friday 01 October

Oliver Smith was a typical 21-year-old student, immersing himself in all that student life had to offer. But under the surface things were not as they seemed.

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Pioneer Ministry blog: The Shift in Language

Pioneer Ministry blog: The Shift in Language

Monday 20 September

A Pioneer Ministry blog post from Andy Wilson, Lead Evangelist, Gloucester & Forest Centre of Mission How things are described can often have an impact on how people see themContinue reading

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I knew from that moment I could not turn away from God…

I knew from that moment I could not turn away from God…

Tuesday 10 August

Andy Wilson, Lead Evangelist, Gloucester and Forest Centre of Mission shares his faith story in our #OneDiocese blog “At the age of 9, many kids will not necessarily have thoughtContinue reading

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Be the change you want to see in the world

Be the change you want to see in the world

Tuesday 10 August

A blog from the Revd Dr (Mother) Alycia Timmis, Priest-in-Charge, The Northleach Benefice “Justice” is a word we use and hear quite a lot, but what does it mean? ItContinue reading

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Schools in lockdown: stories from the Diocesan Education News

Schools in lockdown: stories from the Diocesan Education News

Wednesday 14 July

We know many of our colleagues working in our family of church schools go many extra miles to ensure their community of children get as much opportunity as possible to flourish and we areContinue reading

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Dreams do come true, by Mother Alycia

Dreams do come true, by Mother Alycia

Monday 05 July

Blog by the Revd Dr (Mother) Alycia Timmis: “If we only dare to dream and to trust, God is faithful and takes the hodgepodge, patchwork of our lives and weaves them for His Glory.”

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Prayer space at Clearwater: stories from the Diocesan Education News

Prayer space at Clearwater: stories from the Diocesan Education News

Thursday 10 June

Subscribe to the Diocesan Education News here On a recent visit and tour of the new school building at Clearwater Church of England Primary Academy, our Strategic Lead for Governance, Nicki, particularlyContinue reading

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70th anniversary of the Battle of the Imjin River

70th anniversary of the Battle of the Imjin River

Tuesday 27 April

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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One Christian, making a difference with everyday faith

One Christian, making a difference with everyday faith

Monday 15 March

Hope Price in Fairford, Glos blogs about her experiences over the past year and the ways that her calling has made a difference in her life and that of otherContinue reading

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An in-spire-ing project in Newnham on Severn

An in-spire-ing project in Newnham on Severn

Monday 22 February

Jane Curtis, Churchwarden at St Peter’s Church, Newnham-on -Severn blogs about the challenges and rewards of repairing a church spire. What prompted you to begin a big project during lockdown?Continue reading

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Groundhogs

Groundhogs

Tuesday 09 February

Sam, our Digital Communications Officer, writes about work life during lockdown Every day I wake up at 6am, to the sound of the radio alarm clock playing “I got youContinue reading

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Amazing bodies: Emily Twigg blogs

Amazing bodies: Emily Twigg blogs

Tuesday 26 January

What’s the most amazing thing that you can do with your body? Emily Twigg from OneLife blogs about how we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Maybe you can lick yourContinue reading

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Crowds of encouragement, gone?

Crowds of encouragement, gone?

Tuesday 19 January

Emily Twigg of PSALMS and OneLife sports ministry blogs about our greatest supporter Some things are just better together: fish and chips, buckets and spades, Ant and Dec, stadiums andContinue reading

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Blog: You and your amazing body

Blog: You and your amazing body

Wednesday 13 January

The Revd Emily Twigg shares her blog on body image, sport and faith!

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Message from Bishop Robert

Message from Bishop Robert

Wednesday 01 July

I have been reflecting in recent days on the story of Elijah’s encounter with God on the mountain at Horeb (1 Kings 19). Elijah is afraid and hiding, and GodContinue reading

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Listen to the new Diocese of Gloucester Podcast! Episode 1

Listen to the new Diocese of Gloucester Podcast! Episode 1

Monday 04 May

Our new, ongoing fortnightly audio series kicks off with a discussion between Dean Stephen Lake and Archdeacon Hilary Dawson.

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Bishop Robert shares a message for our brilliant schools and children!

Bishop Robert shares a message for our brilliant schools and children!

Saturday 21 March

“You have been amazing this week” ~ a message from Bishop Robert: Share on Twitter

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Follow the Star – guest blog from Nick Davies

Follow the Star – guest blog from Nick Davies

Monday 11 November

Nick Davies, Team Rector in South Cheltenham writes … Last year, our church used the #FollowTheStar materials in social media, posters, Church decorations and branding to try to get messagesContinue reading

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Self-care: How to look after yourself on social media

Self-care: How to look after yourself on social media

Friday 01 November

A Church of England Digital Labs Learning Blog Have you seen the Labs Latest from the Digital Team at national Church? We’ve shared the monthly blog below. You can signContinue reading

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Caving: the final frontier

Caving: the final frontier

Tuesday 17 July

Reflection on the rescue of the football team in Thailand, by the Revd Arthur Champion, priest and caver As I am writing, news is breaking that divers in Thailand haveContinue reading

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Volunteer’s blog: What the Cathedral football tournament meant to me

Out of turmoil: Sam’s story

Out of turmoil: Sam’s story

Thursday 21 June

Trying to deal with years of addiction, turmoil and self-harm, Sam (our digital comms officer) shares his personal story. “Over a period of years I actually craved death, so itContinue reading

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Practical help for refugees: one community’s story of action

Practical help for refugees: one community’s story of action

Friday 30 March

Richard Kerr-Wilson shares how the South Cheltenham Churches realised their goal of sponsoring a family of refugees. “It all started when Bishop Rachel forwarded a letter from the Home OfficeContinue reading

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Doing Messy Church, St James’, Dursley’s experience

Doing Messy Church, St James’, Dursley’s experience

Friday 16 March

From 10.30am ‘til 12 noon on between four and six Saturday mornings throughout the year, about 40-60 children have fun making things, playing games, acting, hearing the gospel, exploring BibleContinue reading

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Baptism at the Lido

Baptism at the Lido

Monday 05 March

imagination: Encouraging new and courageous ways of worshipping, in different places, which connect with more people On 3 September 2017, over 150 people gathered at the Sandford Lido in CheltenhamContinue reading

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