Sad News about Bishop Michael

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

Easter Day                    

9.30  Eucharist at All Saint’s Church, Newland

11am Eucharist at The Good Shepherd, Broadwell

11am Eucharist at St Peter’s Church, Clearwell


Palm Sunday Parish Eucharist at All Saint’s Church, Newland @ 10.30am

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.


Church on the Street open!

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

Bishop Rachel to open new Parish Office on 25th March

Service times

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.

28th February – Pancakes and Beetles evening

Parish Co-ordinator

Mid-Wyedean Parish 

Parish Co-ordinator*

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

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.

Crib Festival this weekend 3rd & 4th December


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!

Meet the Authors – Friday 4th November 2016