Our benefice is committed to build upon our current relationships and to love, serve and grow new ones in our communities, the diocese and the world. As well as our own church groups and involvement in local community groups, to help us put our faith in action we are engaged with a wide range of initiatives and organisations, including:
An inspiring example of a benefice-wide arts initiative was, in the run-up to Easter 2017, the displaying in all our churches of dramatic and thought-provoking original artwork by Jonathon Brown – stations of the Cross as from the eyes of Jesus. People made a pilgrimage from one church to another tracing the Easter story. Click here to see images and to find out more. A book was produced with short reflections by Rev Philippa Donald.
In another project Canon David Godwin, for several years an Associate Minister in the Benefice, was one of 37 people selected to have their portrait painted by Russell Haines as part of his ‘Faith’ project which was first shown at Gloucester Cathedral. Click here to see a video about the project.
We collect every year for Christian Aid Note: We are currently looking for a coordinator of our annual Christian Aid collection – please contact us if you might like to help.
Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East
We support this organisation founded by Andrew White (‘Vicar of Baghdad’). www.frrme.org
We are part of the Gloucester Diocese and are committed to support its vision for 2017-22 which dovetails very well with our own.
Gloucester Food Bank
We collect food and money for the Gloucester Food Bank from across the whole community once a fortnight.
Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
We support this vital organisation based in the City of Gloucester. www.garas.org.uk
We have had a link with communities in rural western Kenya since 1996. Details: 07774 803177
Open the Book Team
We present bible stories through drama at Norton Primary School and at some church services. Details: 01452 730150 (National website: www.openthebook.net )
Samaras Aid Appeal
We support Samaras Aid Appeal to help refugees and displaced people in Syria and Iraq. Details: 07774 803177 Click here for a summary of our 2017 appeal. Our last appeal for Samaras Aid Appeal was in January 2018. More are planned.
Send a Cow
We support the charity Send a Cow. www.sendacow.org.uk Details: 07774 803177
We have twinned our new toilet at Boddington Church with one in the Congo www.toilettwinning.org. Plus over the years we have raised sufficient funds to install several toilets in our link community schools in western Kenya.
We support Transform Burkina.