The church at St John the Evangelist, Churchdown and Innsworth has been supporting prisoners at Leyhill open prison and helping reduce waste, by diverting new clothing from going to landfill.Continue reading
Month: October 2021
The account of creation in Genesis chapter 1 contains the refrain as God makes the land, sea, plants and even us, men and women, that ‘God saw that it was good’. As humankind is created ‘in the image’ and ‘likeness’ of God we are blessed and given responsibility for the stewardship of the earth. In the image of the one who creates out of love, we are to care in the same way…
The Revd Joy Ludlow, Priest-in-charge, United Benefice of Thornbury and Oldbury with Shepperdine blogs about how the pandemic has changed their approach to baptism. “Like many of our communities, inContinue reading
If you care about the future of our planet, join us at a community gathering outside Gloucester Cathedral on Saturday 6 November at 3 pm. Come as an individual orContinue reading
Exhausted primary school teacher Joanne Wykes was spending her life pushing herself to excel at work and also had tried to give everything to her previous church. But when lockdownContinue reading
Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust had a hugely successful evening celebrating their 40th anniversary at Gloucester Cathedral and was able to announce a marvellous £37,000 fundraised so far in their anniversaryContinue reading
In the aftermath of the shocking murder of Sir David Amess, I was struck by some words I heard on the radio spoken by Bishop James Jones (Bishop of Liverpool prior to his retirement). He spoke about the way we treat one another and speak of those with whom we disagree, not least those who serve and lead publicly. He spoke of a society that so often lacks mercy.
Churches are being encouraged to ring their church bells at 6 pm for half an hour on 30 October, the day before the COP26 conference begins. Churches in Stroud areContinue reading
Bishop Robert visited Christ Church, Cheltenham to bless a special remembrance area in the church garden for Baby Loss Week. People from the local community who had been affected byContinue reading
Sylvanus Lysons grant making charity are enabling secondary school students from All Saints Academy, Cheltenham to visit our partner Diocese of Western Tanganyika. Sylvanus Lysons have contributed to trips inContinue reading
Our Sylvanus Lysons grant-making charity has been supporting the employment of Rachel Laughton as the Children and Families worker in Hempsted. Rachel works across the Hempsted community to encourage childrenContinue reading
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
Everyday faith on the canal for Reader Charles Garven and his wife Pat. Pat and Charles live on a 65-foot long narrowboat, which they had purpose-built to be a homeContinue reading
St Michael and All Angels’ Church is Tirley is a grade 1 listed building that is coming under increasing pressure from climate change-related flooding. The Parochial Church Council (PCC), supportedContinue reading
Petra Crofton blogs: How God uses our incompetence, frustration and weaknesses to shape something new “I remember it vividly, even though it was some ten years ago. The volunteer children’sContinue reading
Following the recent election, the count for both Clergy and Lay elections has been conducted by Civica, and we can now announce that there are four new membersContinue reading
Being a disciple of Jesus is an adventure – it can unsettle, challenge, disturb us but always leads to life.
You will read elsewhere in today’s Bulletin of the continuing invitation to be engaged with ‘Living in Love and Faith’ the teaching document which as Bishops we have prepared about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.
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.
A Cheltenham teenager with a passion for ecology is challenging his church community to make greater efforts for the environment. A quiet time spent reflecting in the churchyard at StContinue reading
Are there people in your parishes who you can see might have a calling to self-supporting ministry? Do you have a sense that God might be calling you to serve inContinue reading