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.

Services in Church

Each week, we hold a variety of services in our church buildings. This will include a service of Holy Communion at one of the churches around the Benefice each week. (A current list of planned service through to the end of May is further down the page) For the most up to date information please see our Facebook page or send an email to hello@cinderford-churches.org.uk. The 11.00 am service each week at St Stephen’s, Cinderford will be livestreamed to our […]

Online Fairtrade Sale

Online Shop to celebrate World Fairtrade Day on Saturday 8 May from 10 am – 2 pm with posts through the event showcasing a range of fairly traded food, gifts, toys, homewares, decorations and more from around the world! Including special offers and sale items for World Fairtrade Day! All in a Facebook Event. Thinking about the WFTO challenge to “Build Back Fairer” as the world recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. The world is ailing due to the pandemic, inequality […]

A Message on the Death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Revd Rachel Treweek said, “It is with deep sadness that we hear the news of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death. This is a huge loss to the nation and one which we will all feel deeply for a long time to come. We give thanks for Prince Philip, his unwavering love and support of the […]

Holy Week and Easter Services

1 April – Maundy Thursday 9.00am Morning Prayer on our YouTube Channel. 7.00pm Maundy Thursday Service on our YouTube Channel. 9.00pm Night Prayer on our YouTube Channel. 2 April – Good Friday 9.00am Morning Prayer on our YouTube Channel. 10.00am Good Friday Service on our YouTube Channel (a joint service hosted by the Salvation Army). 2.00pm Last Hour of the Cross on our YouTube Channel (a time of reflection and meditation on Jesus’ ‘words’ from the cross, recorded at St John’s). 9.00pm Night Prayer on our YouTube Channel. 3 […]

National Day of Reflection

23 March 2021 marks the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the UK’s first Covid-19 lockdown. Over the last year, tens of thousands of lives have been lost in the UK, and millions have lost family and friends. Marie Curie are inviting us all to engage in a National Day of Reflection on 23 March 2021, The Church of England are supporting the Marie Curie initiative. This is a day when it might be good to reflect, remember, and pray. […]

Looking for the Light

Tonight (Wednesday 16 December) is the first of our Christmas services.”Looking for the Light” will be online from 6.00 pm, it’s a service with a message of hope for anyone struggling in this festive season.The service will be available over on our YouTube Channel to be watched anytime from 6.00 pm tonight. https://youtu.be/kBWFmBPB5b0

David Tinsley Photography

About Me Our first stallholder of the day is David Tinsley of David Tinsley Photography. My photograph’s showcase the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley throughout the Season’s. Also included are a selection of images from elsewhere in the UK and other parts of the world. I produce Mounted Print’s up to A3, Canvas Print’s, Greeting Cards, Calendar’s and Notebook’s, all from my Forest of Dean Landscape’s. www.davidtisnleyphotgraphy.com email: dtinsleyphoto@btinternet.com Gallery Christmas Card Packs My Forest of Dean cards are available […]

Online Craft Fayre

On Saturday 4 July, starting at 10 am, Cinderford Churches will be hosting an Online Craft Fayre. This will seek to showcase some of the amazing crafters and artists we have around Cinderford and the Forest. Most of these small businesses have been affected strongly by the recent crisis, with many of them stepping up to offer assistance and donations to the NHS and charities along with supporting local individuals. It would be wonderful to be able to show support […]

Private Prayer in Church – Sat 27 June

St John’s Church will be open for private prayer from 10.00am until 12.00noon on Saturday 27 June 2020. This is an opportunity to spend some time in quiet private prayer in one of our churches for the first time since 23 March. There will not be a service taking place and there will be no led prayers. Safety of those praying and those who will use the Church in the future is of paramount importance. Hand gel will be available […]

Online Craft Fayre

Online Craft Fayre As we cannot meet in person for the July 4 Craft Fayre, the plan is to run an online version. This would take place on a Facebook event page during the day on Saturday 4 July. Information would also be posted on our website (www.cinderford-churches.org.uk) for those who do not have a Facebook account. The general idea would be to share a photograph of you (the artisan!) and a blurb about who you are and what you […]

Thy Kingdom Come Day of Prayer

Saturday 29 May is the Annual Benefice Day of Prayer following the Thy Kingdom Come National Week of Prayer. There will be various services and prayer reflections on our YouTube Channel during the day. The day starts with Morning Prayer (at 9.00 am). Reflections will then be available from 9.30 am to follow whenever you would like during the day. There will also be other services during the day: Prayer during the Day (12 noon), Evening Prayer (6 pm) and Night Prayer (9 […]

VE Day 75 Commemoration Service

Cinderford Churches are hosting an online Commemoration service on behalf of the Royal British Legion Cinderford Branch at 10:45am on Friday 8 May to remember VE Day, 75 years ago, in 1945.   Please connect using Zoom – VE Day Commemoration service.   Please aim to join the zoom meeting by about 10:45am. The service will start at about 10:55am.