Welcome to Cinderford Churches

As you will know, during this difficult time, all churches have been asked to restrict activities, so limited services and no regular meetings or events are taking place at our churches.

Each weekend, the aim is to have a short service (around 30 minutes) at each of the churches around the Benefice. Face coverings are required to be worn in all of the churches under current government regulations. Please also follow directional signs in the building and remember social distancing.

We are doing are best to keep in touch with people, services are broadcast through our YouTube channel on a daily basis and Sunday services will be available live through Zoom and later on our YouTube channel.

If you need any assistance with anything at this time, please contact one of the church leaders and we will do our best to help or put you in touch with someone that can.

Prayers regarding Covid-19 along with intercessions regarding coronavirus are available to read through and pray at home. If you need prayer at this time, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Vicar, Mike Barnsley, or one of the other church leaders from the Contact Page


The Benefice of Cinderford with Littledean was formed in December 2010. The benefice covers Cinderford, Littledean, Ruspidge and Soudley and is part of the Forest South Deanery within Gloucester Diocese. The Benefice serves the community of Cinderford and the surrounding areas.

The benefice includes three parishes: St Ethelbert’s, Littledean; St John’s, Cinderford, Ruspidge and Soudley and St Stephen’s, Cinderford.

The three Parish churches within the benefice offer a variety of service styles according to a range of church traditions, but all are friendly and offer a warm welcome. Please look at the individual church pages for more information and service times or contact us for more information.

Previously the benefice also included St Michael and All Angels, a licensed place of worship in Soudley, and Bilson Mission, a licensed place of worship in Bilson; however, these buildings are now closed.

The Vicar of the Benefice is Mike Barnsley, who started his time here on 4 March 2011. Mike enjoys being situated at the heart of the Cinderford community at The Vicarage on Belle Vue Road. You may have seen Mike out and about around Cinderford and the Forest on his Harley. Mike would love to meet you for a chat or a prayer. Contact him on (01594) 822286 or send a message.