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.
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.
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!
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