Celebrating the Coronation of King Charles III in the Diocese of Gloucester

Published: Monday April 24, 2023
King Charles III and HM The Queen Consort
Image credit: Chris Jackson

Worshipping communities across the country are marking the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort in a variety of ways.

Here we share some of the events and activities happening in and around the Diocese of Gloucester.


Friday 5 May

St Mary’s, Hawkesbury, South Gloucestershire

All are welcome to a Vigil of Prayer service at 6.30pm.

St Peter’s, Stratton

Everyone is invited to drop into the church at any time between 10am and 10pm. There will be at least two people in the church for you to join, to sit quietly/reflectively/prayerfully, if you wish. Printed prayers/reflections/readings will be available for personal use in the silence. Reflective readings or prayers will be spoken from the lectern for a couple of minutes on the hour, every hour.

Saturday 6 May

St Paul’s, Cheltenham 

Partnering with other organisations and businesses in St Paul’s, the church is hosting Coronation Party beginning with a screening of the ceremony in the morning and then enjoying food and activities in the churchyard and Old School until around 2pm.

St Stephen’s, Cinderford

Watch the Coronation Service on the big screen together at the church.

Churches Together, Lydney

Share the Congregation together, watching it broadcast on the big screen at St Mary’s Church. Orders of Service will be available to pray and sing along with those in Westminster Abbey. This will be followed (or preceded, depending on timings) by a bring-and-share celebratory lunch.

All Saints’, Pittville, Cheltenham

The church will be live screening the Coronation from 10.30am, followed by a ‘BIG Lunch’. Anyone is welcome join in the fun but please bring food to share. Drinks will be available to buy and there will be fun activities for children and adults in the afternoon, including prizes for the best hats and crowns.

St Mary’s, Thornbury

The Coronation will be screened at St Mary’s Church. Doors open at 9am for people to come and get comfortable to watch the procession to Westminster Abbey and for the start of the ceremony at 11am. Also, the local band of bell ringers are set to ring St Mary’s bells starting at 10.15am and leading up to the beginning of the ceremony. All are welcome.

Sunday 7 May

St Stephen’s, Cinderford

All are invited to meet in The Triangle (Cinderford) at 10.30am  for a parade up to St Stephen’s Church for a Celebration Service at 12 noon  followed by a ‘Big Lunch’ on the lawn from 12 noon to 4pm. Either bring a picnic or buy food and drink on the day. This event is organised by Cinderford Churches and Cinderford Town Council.

All Saints’ Church, Bisley

Bisley Benefice are celebrating the Coronation at 10.30am in All Saints’ Church.

Saint James’ Quedgeley & Kingsway

A family service will be held at 10.30am. As part of the craft activity, the children will be decorating crowns. Light refreshments will follow.

Churches Together, Lydney

Bring a picnic lunch and join in with the outdoor service meeting at the bandstand in Bathurst Park at 11am. There will be music led by a brass ensemble. This service is suitable for all ages and all are welcome.

Tewkesbury Abbey

At 10.30am there will be a congregational service at the Abbey followed by a ‘bring your own’ picnic on the Abbey Lawns at the East End. The Town Band will be playing to entertain everyone. At 5pm there will be Coronation, Celebration and Thanksgiving Service.

Monday 8 May

Gloucester Cathedral

All are warmly welcome to attend a special service held in the Nave of the Cathedral at 11am. The service will focus on highlighting the positive impact of volunteering organisations across our city, county and diocese, and volunteers are particularly welcome so that their hard work can be celebrated. Register your attendance in advance: https://gloucestercathedral.org.uk/whats-on/coronation-service


Throughout May

Gloucester Cathedral will be running ‘Royal Connections Guided Tours’ throughout May. These tours will shine a light on the Cathedral’s many royal links throughout history, including being the burial place of King Edward II and the Coronation place of King Henry III in 1216.


Do you have a special Coronation event you would like added to this list? Please email ku.gr1696002742o.coi1696002742dsolg1696002742@newo1696002742k1696002742

Don’t forget to add your events to AChurchNearYou.com with the tag ‘coronation’, to help spread the word and invite people to attend.

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