Welcome to Cinderford Churches


The Benefice of Cinderford with Littledean

As restrictions have been removed and more people are keen to return to services in person, the Leadership Team are regularly reviewing what services, groups and events can safely take place and how we can best serve the spiritual and pastoral needs of our community in a safe and sustainable way. Although this does not mean we are back to normal yet, we are having regular in-person services each weekend. There will also be a livestreamed service available each week for those who don’t yet feel up to joining in-person.

Each Sunday morning, at least one in-person communion service is held in one of our church buildings. These vary between St Ethelbert’s, Littledean and St John’s, Cinderford, most weeks there will be services in all churches. More details about service times can be found on the Join us in-person page.

At 11.00 am each Sunday, there will be an in-person service at St Stephen’s, Cinderford. This service will be livestreamed onto our YouTube channel as well as on our Facebook page each week. (Ocassionally this time will vary, such as for a special joint service).

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.

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 / 07903 436009 or send a message.

Fairtrade Friday!

Fairtrade Friday! This Friday (29 July) between 12 noon and 3 pm, St Stephen’s will be open for browsing of the Fairtrade goods at Fairtrade at St Stephen’s, Fairtrade tea and coffee, and a chance to chat. Colouring in sheets will be available for children. St Stephen’s (Cinderford Churches) is on Belle Vue Road in Cinderford, just further UP the hill from the library. [Image description: background photo with two hands each holding a mug with a hot drink, information […]

Eco-Vegan Fayre

Eco-Vegan Fayre, Saturday 21 May, 10 am – 1 pm, St Stephen’s Church Lawn & Marquee (Belle Vue Rd, Cinderford, GL14 2AA). Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/353158456297342 Featuring a variety of stalls selling a range of eco-friendly, vegan, upcycled, ethical, local and Fairtrade items from fabulous local small businesses. Potted trees, mini-swish and FREE upcycled crafts to have a go at on the day. A range of delicious vegan food and cakes with vegan pizzas provided by the VERY POPULAR Pepper’s […]

Worship-A-Thon, Sat 23 April

Worship-A-Thon on Saturday 23 April, 10 am – 12 noon and 2 pm – 10 pm at St Stephen’s Church (Belle Vue Rd, Cinderford, GL14 2AA). (Singing will continue during 12 noon – 2 pm, but not in church as there is another service taking place). Most of the time in church will be open for people to join in with worship, at some times there will be people performing. The Belle Vue Singers will be singing between 2 and […]

Donations for Ukraine

As a Benefice and community, we normally have some sort of appeal during Lent. Last year we supported Tent for Lent, and raised over £2,000 which bought 6 family tents for refugees. After some consideration and the changing situation in Ukraine, it has been decided that we will do all we can to support ordinary Ukrainian people affected by what is happening there.There are different ways in which we, as a community, can do this; either donating material items or […]

Spring Flowers Open Gardens

Saturday 26th February 202211am – 1pmLittledean St Ethelbert’s Church is the first building that is seen entering the village of Littledean from Gloucester, and is Grade 1 listed. It is an important building in terms of the heritage of the village, with historical and architectural significance. We believe that the ongoing maintenance of St Ethelbert’s is important to our community as a whole. We also recognize that, sadly, we are moving towards a time when the Church membership on its […]

Spring Craft Fayre – Sat 26 March

Craft Fayres at St Stephen’s brings you the first of the Craft Fayres for 2022. Spring Craft Fayre on Saturday 26 March, 10 am – 1 pm at St Stephen’s Church (Belle Vue Rd, Cinderford, GL14 2AA). There will be a wonderful variety of fabulous craft stalls from local artisans, plus Fairtrade food, toys and gifts from around the world PLUS bacon baps, cakes, hot drinks & more! FREE entry and a very warm welcome! More information in the Facebook […]

Services on Sunday 2 January 2022

Services around the Benefice tomorrow, SUNDAY 2 January 2022. (Please remember masks are required in places of worship under current regulations) 9.30 am Holy Communion at St Ethelbert’s, Littledean11.00 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s*9.00 pm Night Prayer on our YouTube Channel *services from St Stephen’s will also be livestreamed. To do our best to protect each other, please plan to wear a mask throughout your time in church, and please don’t come if you are showing any signs of […]

Christmas Craft Fayre

The Christmas Craft Fayre is now only 3 days away!!! Saturday 27 November, 10 am – 2 pm, at St Stephen’s Church (Belle Vue Rd, Cinderford, Forest of Dean, GL14 2AA). There will be a great selection of fabulous local stallholders from across the Forest of Dean at the Christmas Craft Fayre, selling everything from fused glass to hair bows, from wooden candle holders to Christmas decorations, from lanterns to original artwork, from calendars to fairly traded food and gifts […]

All Souls – Tue 2 Nov

This is the time of year when the church especially remembers those who have died, and when we seek God’s comfort and help in living after the death of those whom we have loved and lost. During a special service at St John’s Church on Tuesday 2 November at 7.00 pm, there will be an opportunity to recall the names of those who we wish to remember. There will also be an opportunity to light a candle in memory of […]

Book Campaign

Cinderford Churches are currently running a fundraiser to buy some new books for Forest High School library. This is being run in conjunction with Books for Bugs in Mitcheldean. Almost all their books are £2.50 each *AND* for every 5 books we purchase through the fundraiser they will donate another one to the school. (So a £12.50 donation buys 6 books for the High School). If you would like to make a donation, please drop it off at the 11.00 […]

Jumble Sale

St Stephen’s is hosting a Jumble Sale in the marquee on the lawn on Saturday 2 October from 10 am – 2 pm. Come along and have a browse and grab yourself a bargain! 10 am – 2 pm, Saturday 2 October, St Stephen’s Marquee and Lawn (Belle Vue Rd, Cinderford, Forest of Dean, GL14 2PU)

Family Fun Day & Craft Fayre

Family Fun Day & Craft Fayre! Saturday 4 September, 11 am – 3 pm in the Marquee and on the lawn at St Stephen’s Church (Belle Vue Rd, Cinderford, Forest of Dean, GL14 2AA). Bouncy castle, hog roast, raffle, archery, paint your own, pebble painting, cakes, ice creams, a wonderful array of stallholders in our Craft Fayre tent and MORE! FREE entry and a very warm welcome 🙂 All raising funds for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity! Forest Friendly will […]