Geographically the Deanery forms a large area from Mitcheldean in the Forest of Dean in the west to Preston in the north-west of the county, containing parishes on both sides of the Severn north of Gloucester, then incorporating a swathe of villages round the eastern side of Gloucester, with St Mary's at Great Witcombe its most south-easterly church. Most of the area comprises small rural parishes, with Churchdown, Brockworth and Newent being more urban and having greater populations and density of housing.
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LIFE is the Gloucester Diocesan Vision, running from 2017 - 2022. In our Synod meetings, we regularly share activities from across the Deanery that have lived out the Vision.
Due to Covid-19 and subsequent lockdowns, all our Benefices have greatly enhanced their online presences – usually through Zoom, You Tube and similar media – such that people can now attend their regular Sunday and midweek services, Home groups, children’s activities and other church events (including Deanery Synods) without leaving their homes. Very pleasingly, Sunday congregations in many areas have grown, with new worshippers logging in and previously-occasional faces being seen more frequently; while visits to church websites, Facebook pages etc have also increased. Anyone not already using these facilities and wishing to join in should please contact their local church (listed below) or the Secretary – you do not need any technological expertise!
It is likely that many of the “digital church” initiatives being followed will continue (and be developed further) when the pandemic finally comes to an end.
Covid-19 has of course made life more difficult for disadvantaged people – and despite problems with issues such as social distancing, many of our church communities have been doing their best to help. Collections for Food Banks have increased; hungry children have been fed outside term-time; home-made cakes have been baked for care homes and key workers; plus other worthy causes have been helped financially and otherwise. Meanwhile after a “Feeding the 5000” project, the Diocese is now working to ensure that no families go without their Christmas meal. Notwithstanding the pandemic and associated restrictions, we are all trying to ensure our hearts remain open to those in need.
Anyone wishing to help with these and other initiatives should please contact their local church.
In the Church of England, a Deanery Synod acts as an intermediary between the Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) of each parish within the Deanery and the Diocesan Synod. It is convened by an Area (Rural) Dean and comprises all the clergy licensed within the Deanery and lay members elected by the parishes of the Deanery. Deanery Synod lay members are elected by the Annual Parish Church meeting, numerically in proportion to numbers on the Electoral Roll of the parish, and serve for three years.
Deanery Synod usually meets three times a year; meetings include reports from parishes, from the Parish Share Officer and from Diocesan and General Synods, updates on Diocesan initiatives, strategy and finance, and speakers on a wide variety of issues relevant to the Church of England. There are opportunities to share good practice and advice and learn from each others strengths.
Deanery Synod can propose motions for debate at Diocesan Synod, whose members are elected by Deanery Synod, and its members should convey information and opinion between Diocese and parish and vice versa.
The following Officers and Members constitute our Pastoral Standing Committee.
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The following Advisors appointed within our Deanery can be contacted on their area of expertise. Please get in touch with us to obtain contact details.
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St. George, Brockworth
Court Road, Brockworth, Gloucester, GL3 4QU.
St. Andrew, Churchdown
Station Road, Churchdown, Glos, GL3 2JT.
St Bartholomew, Chosen Hill
Chosen Hill, Churchdown Glos, GL3 2LG.
St. John the Evangelist, Churchdown
St. John's Avenue, Churchdown, GL3 2DB.
St. Margaret, Corse
Corse, Gloucestershire, GL19 3BX.
St. Mary the Virgin, Hartpury
Hartpury, Gloucestershire, GL19 3DE.
St. James, Staunton
Gloucestershire, GL19 3QS.
St. Giles, Maisemore
Church Road, Maisemore, Gloucestershire, GL2 8EY.
St. Andrew & St. Bartholomew, Ashleworth
Gloucestershire, GL19 4JA.
St. Mary, Hasfield
Gloucestershire, GL19 4LG.
St. Michael & All Angels, Tirley
Church Road, Tirley, Gloucestershire, GL19 4HH.
St. Mary Magdalene, Boddington
Boddington Lane, Boddington, Gloucestershire, GL51 0TJ.
St. Mary & Corpus Christi, Down Hatherley
Down Hatherley Lane, Down Hatherley, Gloucestershire, GL7 9QB.
St. Catherine, The Leigh
Church Lane, The Leigh, Gloucestershire, GL19 4AF.
St. Mary, Norton
Norton, Gloucestershire, GL2 9LS.
St. Lawrence, Sandhurst
Sandhurst Lane, Sandhurst, Gloucestershire, GL2 9NP.
St. Catherine, Staverton
Church Lane, Staverton, Gloucestershire, GL51 0TR.
St. Matthew, Twigworth
Gloucestershire, GL2 9PG.
St. Michael & All Angels, Mitcheldean
High Street, Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, GL17 0HU.
St. Michael, Abenhall
Gloucestershire, GL17 0SQ.
St. Peter & St Paul, Westbury-on-Severn
with Northwood Green Mission Church and Rodley Mission Church
Gloucestershire, GL14 1PD.
St. Mary the Virgin, Flaxley
Gloucestershire, GL14 1JR.
St. Michael & All Angels, Blaisdon
Gloucestershire, GL17 0AG.
St. Peter, Minsterworth
Church Lane, Minsterworth, Gloucestershire, GL2 8JJ.
Holy Innocents, Highnam
Gloucestershire, GL2 8DF.
St. Mary the Virgin, Rudford
Gloucestershire, GL2 8DT.
Holy Trinity, Tibberton
Gloucestershire, GL19 3AF.
St. Laurence, Taynton
Gloucestershire, GL19 3AN.
St. Michael & All Angels, Bulley
Bulley Lane, Bulley, Gloucestershire, GL2 8BN.
St. Andrew, Churcham
Church Lane, Churcham, Gloucestershire, GL2 8AF.
St. John the Baptist, Huntley
Gloucestershire, GL19 3EB.
All Saints, Longhope
Church Road, Longhope, Gloucestershire, GL17 0LL.
All Saints, May Hill
Folly Lane, Mayhill, Gloucestershire, GL17 0NL.
St. Mary the Virgin, Newent
Church Street, Newent, Gloucestershire, GL18 1AA.
St. Mary, Donnington
Herefordshire, HR8 2HX.
St. Mary the Virgin, Dymock
Wintours Green, Dymock, Gloucestershire, GL18 2AQ.
St. Edward, Kempley
Gloucestershire, GL18 2BP.
St. Bartholomew, Redmarley d'Abitot
Gloucestershire, GL19 3HS.
St. Mary the Virgin, Upleadon
Gloucestershire, GL18 1EG.