A very warm welcome to our website where you can find out about the parish of Parkend and Viney Hill in the beautiful Forest of Dean. Since 2007 we have been a Local Ministry Benefice under the Diocese of Gloucester's scheme, which encourages the use of all our gifts and talents in God's service in this local area in which we live and work. We share our faith in Jesus Christ by ministry through our worship, our fellowship and practical care to the community, also working closely with other local churches. In 2008 we became a United Parish with our two parish churches of St Paul's, Parkend and All Saints', Viney Hill. These buildings stand as witnesses to God's presence and places of prayer to encourage our Christian life. They are also special places for many people due to family or community connections and we seek to make them hospitable places of welcome. Whatever has drawn you to look for us, we hope this site will be helpful to you.

The Parish Profile was approved by the Archdeacon and the position is now being advertised. It is on the diocesan website, and is being advertised nationwide, including being advertised in the Church Times. We are very hopeful that by mid May we will have had enough responses that a short list of candidates can be drawn up with a view to interviewing them in early June. Please pray that our profile will attract a good response, and that our new Minister will be among those interviewed.

We hope you travelled and enjoyed the prayer walk for Easter, taking you through the Garden of Gethsemane, the Courtyard, Golgotha, and then into church for the Tomb. in Parkend church and churchyard during Holy Week and beyond. Hopefully you felt each station gave you the opportunity for reflection and prayers. Later, in May and June we will be setting up a Prayer walk in the churchyard as part of the Diocesan celebration ‘– FestivALL’. See the Diocesan website for more information. This will also be our contribution for the nationwide “Thy Kingdom Come!”

Dear God you have brought me to the beginning of a new day.  I ask you to renew
my heart with your strength and purpose.  Forgive my errors of yesterday and help
me to walk closer in your way today.  Shine through me so that every person I meet may feel your presence in my soul.  Take my hand for I cannot  make it by myself.
 I love you.

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