Parkend and Viney Hill Churches


WELCOME

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 one 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.

VACANCY UPDATE

NEW VICAR We are delighted to now be able to announce that the Revd Sam Norton has been appointed as the next vicar of Parkend and Viney Hill. Sam will be devoting two-thirds of his time to ministry in the parish, and the other third as Associate Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocations Advisor for the diocese. Sam is currently the rector of West Mersea with East Mersea, Peldon, Great and Little Wigborough in Essex. We look forward to welcoming him and his wife Victoria in the autumn. Sam will be instituted by The Bishop of Tewkesbury on 13th October 2018 at 3pm at All Saints, Viney Hill.

As we begin a new chapter in the life of our parish we thank all the visiting priests who have officiated for us through the Vacancy, in particular Revd Sarah Hobbs and Revd Canon  Barry Coker. Their support, cheerfuness and guidance was an inspiration to us all.
Raise the Roof!

The north and south porch roofs at St Pauls are now in a perilous state. Because of the unusual roofline over the porches, rainwater is channeled back to the church walls then exits through small hidden gullies. These block up regularly so that the rainwater overflows the gutters and comes down though the porch ceilings. These are now bulging and may soon collapse. The only way this problem can be permanently solved is to return the the roofs to their original flat configuration with open, wider outlets to the down pipes. 
After a gruelling six months of obtaining architects plans, diosecan and planning permissions etc. we now have permission to start. BUT...
so that the work can begin this autumn we URGENTLY need to raise £25,000. Can you help? We are now holding a continuing programme of fund-raising events so please give what help and support you can to them. For further details please contact Trish Ducker, Churchwarden of St Pauls, on 01594 563074. Thankyou.

Update 18/09/18
Hey Ho -One step back, hopefully two steps forward! We opened the roofs today and found ample evidence of bats roosting in both roofs.  This means that we have to keep the roofs in their present configuration and keep the present gully exits which are used by the bats, BUT the architect and builder quickly put their heads together and have come up with a new system so we can still effectively seal the roofs and have a  separate water egress system. It may even cost less! Fingers crossed.

Eco Church

St Pauls is now a Key Ecological Site within the Forest of Dean. Recent work in the church has revealed the presence of several types of bat including the Lesser Horseshoe Bat. The  outside walls and grounds are rich in rare and unusual lichens, fungi and insects; and we have large influxes of birders each spring to see our Hawfinches and Crossbills (with rumours of the lesser (or never!) spotted woodpecker). 
The church itself has made several steps to reduce its carbin footprint - low energy lamps and a very energy-efficient CH system which draws out all the heat into the chuch.
All our water comes off the roof, treated without chemicals and is absolutely pure - no chlorides, aluminates or anything!
Churchwardens Notes

The harvest season is with us once again and we will be celebrating harvest festivals in both of our churches. As usual any dried or tinned goods will be sent to the Trussell Trust, might please visit www.trussell trust.org for more information. Toiletries will be sent to the Haven Centre in Gloucester which provides a safe place to receive much-needed practical help. Please visit www.thefamilyhaven.com to out find more about what they need. Harvest Festival Viney Hill September 30th and October 7th at Parkend, both at 10.00am 

 Update on porch roofs at Parkend. The Gift Day was successful and a big thank you to those who sent money by post or came down to 
St. Paul's on the day. We do need to find a lot more money and so if you missed the Gift Day, donations can still be sent to to myself Trish Ducker, The Cottage, Parkend Road, Yorkley, GL15 4TE. If you need BACS details please contact Fred Bancroft. Work has just started!


Trish Ducker Churchwarden
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