Christmas is for the children. I wonder how often you have heard that or said that.
Month: December 2021
Bishop Rachel speaks in the House of Lords on primary carers.
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
Advent bags to help people Flourish
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
Bags of joy at Christmas
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.
Appeal to get boosted and sign up to join the NHS vaccine team
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
Volunteering opportunities this Christmas
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
Christmas resources from the CoE digital team
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
Paddleboarding to church in the dark
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
Church, school and community host Christmas tea
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
Gladiators ready… 3,2,1, sing!
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
Video: Hardwicke site models housing pods
An innovative project in Hardwicke, Gloucestershire, could help to tackle the problem of a lack of affordable accommodation in local communities.
Responsibilities of Churchwardens
The Archdeacons recently held a Seminar for Churchwardens, which was arranged with our Registrar and Deputy Registrar to give Churchwardens an update on some of the legal aspects of theContinue reading
“We cannot punish children for their parents’ mistakes”
As published in The Times, Red Box on Tuesday 7 December
Safeguarding and HR update
Some reflections on the past year and lots of news and updates to ensure that everyone is aware of new national approaches to safeguarding in 2022. 2021 reflections For 2021Continue reading
Message from Bishop Rachel, 7 December 2021
Whatever our age or circumstances, there is much which occupies our hearts and minds as we live these days of Advent…
Advent calendars for care homes
Gill Ford, the Anna coordinator for CaBiC, an interdenominational charity, which has been set up to support and coordinate ministry to older people in the local area, has been busyContinue reading
New Bishop elected in our partner diocese
A new Bishop has been elected in our partner diocese of Western Tanganyika. Emmanuel Bwatta, Principal of Lake Tanganyika Theological College has been appointed Bishop-elect and will succeed Bishop SadockContinue reading
Conservation pitfalls and how to avoid them
“Conservation pitfalls and how to avoid them, en route to net-zero carbon” Recording and other resources for churches Reecording of the seminar provided by the National Church is availableContinue reading