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Womens World Day of Prayer

This years preparation day takes place on October 8th at Elim Christian Centre in Park End Road. The country chosen to arrange the service is Cuba. The island has recently opened to the outside world and it will be interesting to hear how that has affected church life.



On the 10th of October 2015 people around the world will mark World Homeless Day in many varied ways and change the lives of homeless people in their local community.



'Evolution's Achilles' Heels', tour with Dr Robert Carter. Saturday 19th September, 7:30pm, public meeting, Christian Eduacation Europe (hosts), Tel: 01452 595377, St Luke's, Stroud Road, Gloucester, GL1 5JR. To find out more on any Creation Ministry event contact

For lots of helpful information on Creation issues go to


Heritage Open Day Saturday September 12th. At 10:30 am there will be a programme entitled WW1 poems from the trenches and beyond presented by Ian McKay a Civic Trust tour guide. All Welcome.


Christian Aid.

Coffee Morning Saturday May 16th at 10:30.



'The Way of The Cross' 2015, is a City Centre event for Good Friday. Meet at Gloucester Cathedral at 10am. A very moving experience.


Women's World Day of Prayer

This year's service, 'Jesus said to them: 'What I have done to you', prepared by the women of the Bahamas will be held on Friday 6th March at 2:15pm at St John's Northgate.



Free official resources are now available at For a free copy of the printed book and resources DVD - simply use this link to request it online

Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe stars as Noah, in this film inspired by the biblical story of courage, sacrifice and hope. Also starring Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone and Anthony Hopkins, Noah is directed by the visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. Noah is in UK cinemas from 4th April.
Noah is a powerful film that builds on the short biblical story by drawing in concepts and insights from the rest of the biblical narrative. It was such a pleasure to create these official resources and we hope that they will be of great benefit to people as they explore questions of faith and doubt, righteousness and wickedness, judgment and mercy, and the relationship between humanity, the world and God.
Details on these resources are given on the web site. Be equipped to make the most of this opportunity to think about this important story?
Yours truly,
Nick and Carol Pollard
Co-founders of Damaris


 Film Preview





One World Week

In this section you will find everything you need to help you engage your community in One World Week and ‘Piecing Together One World’. You can download PowerPoint presentations that will assist you in bringing an inter faith element to your event, as well as advice and directions on how to become a Fairtrade place of worship, community centre, school, or town. There are also links to the Transitions Towns initiatives, and the Department for International Development’s Global Community Linking Programme.
Christian Aid.

Christian Aid Week this year was from the 11th to 17th May 2014. The grand total we collected this year was an amazing £462.41 (£335.46 in 2013). 

The church decided not to organise a house to house collection this year. Instead we had a Quiz Evening and a Coffee morning. A big thank you to everyone who organised, helped and contibuted to our grand total, especially to our friends at St Bartholomews, and other shelterd sites. 


The Westminster College Chamber Singers.

The Westminster College Chamber Singers from Salt Lake City – around 42 mixed voices – toured the UK in May. The choir stayed in Gloucester from 8-12 May 2014 and sang and took part in our Gloucester Church service on the morning of Sunday 11 May because of our Presbyterian heritage since the Director of the choir is also Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church of Salt Lake City. 

A wonderful service and an amazing choir, very moving as well. A big thank you to the choir for a very very special occasion.


Women's World Day of Prayer.

This years service 'Streams in the Desert' has been prepared by the women of Egypt and will be held in our church on Friday 7th March at 2.15pm. The speaker is Rev Judith Howard.


Gloucester TORCH Fellowship Group.

At the TORCH Christmas meeting on Friday December 13th at 7:30pm at Matson Baptist we will be priveledged to have as our guests, the Salvation Army Young Peoples Training Band and their newly formed Community Choir. TORCH is for people with sight loss and sighted friends, do come and join us. Opportunities to explore the Christian faith, meet new friends, enjoy good refreshments & have fun.

TORCH - vision for people with sight loss.


Christmas for the Homeless 

Could you give time to Volunteer this Christmas or make a donation? Please see attached poster as detailed on GEAR's web site.


Mission Shaped Ministry - Future Course.

Plans are well in hand for running two courses - in the Forest of Dean and in Barnwood, Gloucester. The course is truly ecumenical in its production and outlook using materials and speakers from across the demoninations. Contributions from participants would be valued from a variety of Christian denominations and it is hoped that as many as possible would feel able to support these and encourage members of the churches to join in. Click on MSM Course to find out about the course with dates and venues for the Gloucester course. Both courses are well advertised on the MSM web site. Paper copies are available in the office at Gloucester to be collected or email Natasha Kent on and she can send you some.

The Forest Course is being administered by Julia Stevens, contact 


Rev Pauline Godfrey

Coordinator of the Gloucester MSM Course

Department of Mission and Ministry
Diocese of Gloucester
Direct Dial: 01452 835548

Know Your Faith.

Discusions about our faith. To re-commence Tuesday 8th at 7:45pm at Gloucester. We will be using as a basis for the first meetings a Cover-to-Cover booklet entitled, 'The Covenants - God's promises and their relevance today'. This deals with the covenants of Love, Life, Faith, Law, Kingship and Grace and looks at the way God reveals himself and deals with us by means of these covenants. Should produce some stimulating discussions! Do come and let us share our views.


Harvest 2013.

Our Harvest Festival Thanksgiving service this year was led by our Minister with our harvest offerings, see photos 1 & 2, going to the Gloucester Food Bank. The offerings were weighed at the Food Bank and came to an amazing total weight of 82.2kg (63.6 Kg in 2012) composed of over 66 assorted tins; 55 packets of rice, noodles, mash; tea, coffee, cereals, sugar, soup, pasta sauce, milk, orange juice, biscuits, sweets, etc. A big thank you from the Food Bank to everyone who donated items. We were told that there hs been a 50% increase this year in people having to rely on the Food bank at times of crisis.


Social Event at Gloucester.

Wednesday 25th September at 7:30pm. Power Point Presentation - Looking at Gloucester's Street Art.


Heritage Open Day

Saturday 14th September, 10:30 - 15:30. Click here for a poster. Our church will be open for viewing with an organ recital by Sylvia Ardron at 11am, click here for programme. Church dates from 1872 and is the reputed site of George Whitefields last open air service in his home city. Coffee and tea available after the recital. FREE ADMISSION. All Welcome.


Gloucester Academy of Music

Prima Corda invite you to their end of year concert to be held at Gloucester URC on Saturday 10th August at 6:30 pm. Admission FREE, Retiring Collection, ALL WELCOME. Click here for poster and further information.


Christian Aid

Gloucester Cathedral will be hosting the Christian Aid Poverty Over exhibition between 23 March and 20 April 2013.



This year we decided to give something up for the Food Bank. Our collection included over 50 assorted tins, 9 boxes of UHT milk and fruit jiuce, 17 cereals, 11 bags of rice and pasta, including a huge 5kg bag basmati rice, 4 jars of pasta sauce, 6 boxes of tea and coffee jars, sugar, etc. A big thank you from the Food Bank. In total our contribution weighed in at 56.9kg. 'The Spirit made him go into the desert, where he stayed 40 days.' Mark 1. Lent starts every year on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday. Ash Wednesday 2013 falls on February 13, 2013, and Holy Saturday 2013 falls on March 30, 2013.

Gloucester YFC 
St Andrew's Church, Churchdown, is running its annual Youth Day, 'Revive', on Saturday 23rd February!
If you have any connections with young Christians in the area, please let them know about our day. Tickets are £5 and must be pre-booked. Please contact the Church office either by telephone on 01452 712154 or via email on from any time after January 7th. We very much hope you will join us for a day of socialising, worship, talks and ministry.
Please feel free to ask any further questions about the day or how to book tickets.
Jodie Sullivan
Gloucester YFC


Ignition Gloucestershire, in conjunction with Churches Together, is delighted to be hosting a weekend with Rev Malcolm Duncan in a couple of weeks time - January 18th & 19th - entitled "Local Church - Transforming the World". Malcolm is the Founder and Director of "Church and Community" and leads Gold Hill Baptist Church. He was previously Leader of "Faithworks" and, before that, Head of Church and Mission for the "Evangelical Alliance". Malcolm's full biography is here:

If you are new to the ministry of Malcolm Duncan do have a listen to this link of Malcolm reciting a poem he wrote a couple of years ago called "God Gazer" - you may like to play it to some of your people for a bit of a taster. There's also another clip of Malcolm speaking, using an illustration of a burger bar! Both were filmed at "Spring Harvest".

Malcolm's message is so vital for the church in the UK at this time and we are therefore keen to ensure that these meetings are made available to all Christians throughout the county. 
Many thanks
Ignition Gloucestershire

Gloucester Christian Aid Carol Singing. 

The Gloucester Christian Aid group have been able to arrange a day of Carol Singing in the entrance foyer of Tescos, St Oswalds Road on Saturday 22nd December

The City Centre Churches have been allocated an hour slot between 11 and 12. Please put the date in your diary and support this outreach as a witness to shoppers of the real meaning of Christmas,……. enthusiasm is all that is required,……. you don’t need to be a chorister. 

Last year the total collected came to £906.84.


African Childrens Choir Concert.

Following their success on Gary Barlow’s “Sing” project for the Diamond Jubilee, the African Children’s Choir return to Stroud on Saturday December 15th. Last here in November 2008, the Choir will again perform at Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stroud at 7.30pm in a concert for Christmas.

The concert is being sponsored by Ignition Gloucestershire, ‘Music for Life Academy’ and Churches Together in Stroud.

For a poster click here.

News from Phil Coysh, Director Ignition Gloucestershire,


Christmas Appeal 2012. 

It was agreed at the last church meeting that our appeal this year would again be for the homeless and needy in our city. Last year we collected enough items to fill 6 Christmas Hampers, in the form of sturdy carrier bags. A list of items is in the coffee room. We have been asked if we could please bring our contributions, for delivery to Gloucester City Mission, Southgate Street, by Saturday December 15th.  There will be a ‘Street’ Carol Service on December 19th

You continue to make a difference in many people’s lives. Mike Curtis has said that it’s only through the support of churches and individuals like you that enable GCM to carry on showing the love of God in a practical way.


Gloucester TORCH Fellowship Group.

At the TORCH Christmas meeting on Friday December 14th at 7:30pm at Matson Baptist we are priveledged to have as our guests, the Salvation Army Young Peoples Training band and Singers. TORCH is for people with sight loss and sighted friends, do come and join us. Opportunities to explore the Christian faith, meet new friends, enjoy good refreshments & have fun.


TORCH - vision for people with sight loss.



Our Harvest Festival Thanksgiving service was led by the Elders with our harvest offerings, see photos 1 & 2, going to the Gloucester Food Bank. The offerings were weighed at the Food Bank and came to a total weight of 63.6 Kg composed of over 66 assorted tins; 33 packets of rice, noodles, mash; tea, coffee, cereals, sugar, soup, pasta sauce, milk, orange juice, etc. A big thank you from the Food Bank to everyone who donated items.  


Charity Auction in aid of The Childrens Society & Gloucester Youth for Christ

On Friday 19th October 2012 Gloucester Youth for Christ and The Children's Society are jointly hosting a Charity auction at the Walls Sports and Social Club, Barnwood Rd, Gloucester to raise funds so that we can continue to delivering great work with children and young people in Gloucester city. All finance raised on the evening will be split 50/50 between Gloucester Youth for Christ and The Children's Society. Sometime during the evening Gloucester YFC will also briefly hold their A.G.M.

Please click here for a flyer about the event and click here for a list of the most up to date auction items list so far, we are expecting some additional items to be added to this list over the next couple weeks. 

Admission into the auction is free.

James Honey

Senior Youth Worker


A Special Music Concert.

A special concert for Gloucester to be given by the Australain Voices on their UK tour, click here for a poster. Concert at our church on the 10th October at 7pm. A pre-concert workshop starts at 6:00 PM and is free to all ticketholders. For further details please see the poster or go to the Australian Voices web site. 

The Australian Voices are among the world's premier Choral groups, having travelled to over 20 countries and performed, collaborated and worked alongside a long list of outstanding international musicians. If you haven't heard much about them, you can visit their website,, and peruse the various video recordings. 


Charity Concert in aid of Winstons Wish.

To be held at The Salvation Army, Eastgate Street, Gloucester on Sunday 7th October at 6:30 pm. Featuring Elizabeth Fleming (vocal), Gloucester Cathedral Junior Choir, Gloucester SA Band (Clifford Matthews), Gloucester SA Songsters (Philip Webb). Freewill donation.


MALTED LIGHT UK TOUR.  Clich here for poster.

Malted Light are cellist Marta Tobar and guitar player Elliot Coombs - rising stars​ in the classical world. 

‘Deliciously classical brilliance,’ playing Classical Favourites. ‘ What a sensational duo!​ Playing with beautiful sensitivity and exquisite harmonies, their uplifting performances transport you to another world’.

Malted Light present delicious arrangements of the best classical and popular tunes of the last 300 years from Bach to The Beatles and beyond. The sweet sounds of cello and acoustic guitar create a deliciously mellow, malted blend.​

​When: Friday 28th September

Venue: Gloucester United Reformed Church, Park Road, Gloucester, GL1 1LS

Start Time: 7:30 pm



Back from the Dead - Wednesday 26th September, 8pm The Quay (formerley Fosters), Kimberley Warehouse, Gloucester Docks.

An evening with Ian McCormack....he died, but lived to tell the tale.  Hear Ians amazing story of life after death. He was declared clinically dead after being stung by 5 deadly jellyfish. He came back to life in the morgue and was so deeply impacted by his experiences while dead, that he now travels the world sharing his story. FREE ADMISSION with collection taken during the evening. For further details please contact Andy Osmond, Mariners Gloucester on 07906 314463. Click here for small poster. Go to his web site for more information about his story.


Heritage Open Days.

Saturday 8th September, 10:30 - 15:30. Our church will be open for viewing with a talk on Gloucesters Christian Heritage by Paul Drinkworth, a Civic Trust Guide, at 11am. The talk will be about George Whitefield. This is a new event for our church. Coffee and tea available before and after the talk. FREE ADMISSION. All Welcome.


Stroud Fringe Festival - Sunday September 2nd

Ignition & Churches Together hosted a new stage for the Stroud Fringe Festival at Stratford Park Bandstand on Sunday September 2nd from 2pm to 6pm. The aim of this event was to show Christian support for one of the major annual events in our local community calendar and, in doing so, to take the opportunity provided to us to bring a Christian witness to the festival.

See for information on events.


Concert of Music - Monday 20th August 2012 at 7pm.

Shulah Oliver (violin) with Simon Marlow (piano) presented a wonderful concert of music by Bach, Paganini, Brahms & Schumann held at Gloucester URC, Park Road. ADMISSION was FREE with a retiring collection. Click here to download a poster with info about Shulah. 


The Gloucester Academy of Music

Presented a music concert on Monday July 16th at Gloucester URC, by the Prima Corda GAM Training Orchestra. Entry was FREE with a retiring collection in aid of GAM and church funds. If you weren't there you missed a real treat.  A GAM leaflet says, '...great teachers, great music, great fun...GAM has been the starting place for thousands of young musicians. If you would like information about the academys opportunties for new or experienced musicians, young or old, just visit our website'.


Christian Aid Week, 13th - 19th May 2012. We collected £344 (latest figure). 

We can stil make a difference.  Not 21 any more but a brilliant result from our small group of house-to-house collectors and individual contributors. A big thank you once again to our friends at St Bartholmews, St Philips, St Marks & St Margaret’s for their loyal support and very generous contributions to CA over a number of years. Double our Money? This year the government promised to match, £ for £,  the total raised in the UK, up to a max of £5 million. Thank you for helping to give the tools for change. 'Although you will never know the recipients personally, you know you have helped to make their lives better'.


Free Family Fun Day in Stratford Park, Stroud, on Sunday May 27th 

A number of Christian organisations in Stroud came together to deliver a Free Family Fun Day in Stratford Park, Stroud. 

Music was provided by award-winning international singer/songwriter Philippa Hanna and her band.


Gloucester Youth for Christ

On Saturday the 26th of May at 7pm Philippa Hanna performed as part of her coffee shop tour at the Pavilion, Cheltenham. 

Not content with appearing at large UK events such as Green Belt & Big Church Day out she has also taken her music out to events and festivals in Europe. Philippa started the year by touring the UK's coffee shops with popular guitarist Roo Walker. Together they deliver a world-class evening of entertainment blending songs and inspirational stories with cups of coffee. Philippa previewed new songs and stories whilst also offering her brand new DVD 'Live At The Lantern', recorded earlier in 2011.