Welcome to Cinderford Churches


The Benefice of Cinderford with Littledean

As restrictions have been relaxed, 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 two in-person services each weekend.

Each Sunday at 9.30 am, an in-person communion service is held in one of our church buildings. There is no need to book to attend these services. These are currently alternating between St Ethelbert’s, Littledean and St John’s, Cinderford. Social distancing and one way systems are in place. Everyone is asked to wear a mask while in the church building.

At 11.00 am, an in-person Morning Worship service at St Stephen’s, Cinderford. This service will be livestreamed onto our YouTube channel as well as on our Facebook page each week.

Daily Night Prayer services are also broadcast through our YouTube channel at 9.00 pm.

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.

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.