A message from Bishop Rachel
‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead..’ 1 Peter 1:3
It is with great sadness that I am writing to inform you that Bishop Michael died peacefully at home on Monday evening, April 17, following a special Easter weekend with all the family.
I last saw Bishop Michael on Tuesday 11 April during Holy Week. Not only was it good to share together in the Eucharist on that occasion but also to preside at the Chrism Eucharist on Maundy Thursday knowing that the Dean would then be taking Bishop Michael bread and wine from our service in Gloucester Cathedral with the love and prayers of the Diocese.
Amidst our pain and grief I am thankful that Bishop Michael died in this season of Eastertide when we celebrate Christ’s power over death, and rejoice in the hope of resurrection and life everlasting. In his recent and final book ‘The Way of Christ-likeness’, Bishop Michael wrote “The Christian who goes with Christ into the darkest places of Holy Week can also embrace a new life beyond imagining.” This is true now for Bishop Michael who is with Jesus Christ.
I will always be grateful for Bishop Michael’s wisdom, insight and friendship which I first experienced as a member of General Synod. It is an immense privilege to have followed in Bishop Michael’s footsteps as Bishop of Gloucester and I am deeply aware of the significant impact of his ministry on the lives of individuals and worshipping communities across this diocese. Of course, his gifts and ministry have enabled and influenced so much beyond the borders of this diocese, not least in the prayers and liturgies of the Church of England. More recently Bishop Michael has also been an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the dioceses of Bath and Wells, Carlisle, Portsmouth and Salisbury.
As we give thanks for Bishop Michael we are also deeply thankful for Alison, and we pray for her and the family that they will know the everlasting arms of God beneath them and around them.
Bishop Michael’s funeral will be in Gloucester Cathedral. The date and details will be made available once they are finalised.
This comes with my thanks and prayers as ever
SERVICES FOR HOLY WEEK
Monday 10th April 7.30pm Joint service of Reflection with the Roman Catholic Congregation at St Margaret Mary Church.
Tuesday 11th April 7.30pm Eucharist at All Saint’s Church, Staunton
Wednesday 12th April 7.30pm Eucharist at St Peter’s Church, Clearwell
Thursday 13th April 7.30pm Maundy Thursday Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar at the Good Shepherd, Broadwell.
Good Friday 2pm An hour at the Cross at the Good Shepherd, Broadwell
Holy Saturday 7.30pm Evening Vigil & Eucharist @ St Saviour, Redbrook
8pm Evening Vigil & Eucharist @ St Margaret Mary, High Nash, Coleford
9.30 Eucharist at All Saint’s Church, Newland
11am Eucharist at The Good Shepherd, Broadwell
11am Eucharist at St Peter’s Church, Clearwell
There is only one service in the Parish this Sunday 9th April.
It is at All Saint’s Church, Newland, where we will be celebrating Palm Sunday. The service will also include the licensing of our new Reader and the commissioning of our Local Ministers.
Everyone is very welcome.
The Annual Parish Meeting will follow immediately after the service.
The Mid-Wyedean Parish office, ‘Church on the Street’, was officially opened last week by Bishop Rachel of Gloucester. There was a wonderful turnout to come and have a look and see what we are going to be doing in our new space!
Opening hours are Monday – Thursday 10 – 1
Telephone: 01594 368849
Service times for this week can be found on the pewsheet for this week which is on the Resources and download tab of the website.
24.5 hrs per week: £11,760 per annum
For more information including a job description/person specification and details of how to apply please visit the website page www.mid-wyedeanchurches.co.uk/resources-and-downloads/job-opportunities
Closing date for applications is 20th January 2017.
*Please note that this role carries an Occupational Requirement under the Equality Act 2010 for the post holder to have a personal commitment to the Christian faith.
Please come and join us at the Cathedral of the Forest for our Crib Festival – we have 20 displays and a variety of Craft stalls. Light refreshments will be served all weekend.
Children from St John’s Academy and Redbrook primary school will be joining us at the Crib Celebration service on Sunday to sing some Christmas songs.
We look forward to welcoming you!