Bishops’ charities to receive episcopal collections in 2023

Published: Monday April 3, 2023

Bishop Rachel and Bishop Robert lead the 2019Chrism Eucharist Each year, Bishop Rachel and Bishop Robert choose three local and international charities with which to share money donated in episcopal collections at services led by the Bishops.

Last year, the episcopal collections were shared between GARAS (Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers), a Bible College in Dornakal, India, and two bursaries of £1,500 which went to students of two of our partner Dioceses: Western Tanganyika in Tanzania and Dornakal.

The charities and partners benefiting from the episcopal collections in 2023 are:

Church roofs in Tanzania
Many new churches are being built in our partner Diocese of Western Tanganyika. Local congregations are enthusiastically making the bricks, but the hardest part of each construction is the roof, so there are several churches without them. Help is needed in buying the necessary materials. Once the churches have roofs, then Bishop Emmanuel will inaugurate them; thus providing communities with their own facilities in which to worship and to bring more people to Christ.

Read more about our partnership with Western Tanganyika, Tanzania

International Partnership Bursaries for Theology
The episcopal collections will again be used to offer two bursaries of £1,500 to students of the Dioceses of Western Tanganyika, in Tanzania, and Dornakal, India. These bursaries will enable students, lay or ordained, to access higher educational studies that will enrich their own mission and ministry, and that of the Diocese they serve.

The Music Works
The Music Works is a Gloucester-based charity whose mission is to transform young people’s lives through music. They are specialists in working with young people in challenging circumstances to help them reach their full potential in music, learning and life. Their programme is far-reaching and diverse, from first access through early progression to talent and career development and reaches more than 3,000 Gloucestershire children and young people. Delivering one-to-one music mentoring, small group work, accredited training, apprenticeships and internships, festivals and events, artist and career development and business incubation.

The Music Works is based in a state-of-the-art, fully inclusive music hub for young people. If you would like to visit The Hub or support their work (either through a donation or by donating a no longer needed instrument), please visit


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