Rev Ruth was part of a short conversation on the crucial but often-avoided topic of lament. As we move towards a darker season, and in a world confronted by grief, turmoil and pandemic, we share different experiences from individuals and worshipping communities, in helping each other to connect with something real. And really difficult.

Rev Heather’s ordination as priest

Rev Heather’s ordination as priest was delayed from June until September 2020 because of COVID-19. Ordination is where the Church can celebrate and affirm the calling of those due to be ordained priest in a service held at the Cathedral. We were delighted to celebrate with Heather as she enters a new season of her ministry. Thanks to the Gloucester Diocese and Graham for the photos.

See more photos of the ordination service
Watch a video of the ordination service

Beth’s animal drawings

A collection of animal pictures created by Beth

Easter 2020

Whilst we have continued to be church through our YouTube videos, phone calls, online sermons and Zoom conversations, the nature around our closed building has continued to look resplendent in the sunshine. Thank you to Kate Farminer for the photos.

If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you

– Luke 12:28

Eco Day

A group of us met to learn more about what we can do to tackle one of the greatest issues facing the world today. This included a film about the challenges we face and chance to explore what we can do as both individuals but also as a church. Our actions are never too small or large when looking after our planet.

Macmillan Coffee morning

Our contribution to this Macmillan Cancer Support coffee morning included a Bring-and-Buy and cake sale.

Visit the Macmillan website to find out more about what it is all about

Royse’s retirement

On Sunday 28 July 2019 we celebrated with Rev Dr Royse Murphy his 25 years of ministry. He preached the sermon and then in a ceremony at the end of the service lit three candles accompanied by words from the Iona community. We then joined him for cake and bubbly in the church hall. Thank you Royse for all you have done for our church and we wish you all the best in the next season of your walk with God.

You can listen to Royse’s sermon here

Welcoming our new curate, Heather

We welcomed our new curate, Rev Heather de Gruyther on 7 July 2019 at our all age service and had a shared lunch afterwards

Easter Day 2019

We celebrated Christ’s resurrection in our two morning services. Ruth lit a “new fire” outside the church, blessed it, then the Paschal candle (also known as the Easter candle) was lit with a flame from this sacred fire. Jesus, the light of life has defeated death and darkness. Hallelujah!

At baptisms throughout the year, as people receive their baptism candle, it will be lit from this Paschal candle.

Re-dedication of the WW1 memorial

The WW1 War Memorial was re-dedicated at a service on 15 April 2018.

Names of the Fallen of World War 1 of St Paul’s Parish inscribed on the external Pulpit Memorial, and internal Memorial, at St Paul and St Stephen, Gloucester

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