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eNews August 2020

A Space for Reflection 

Photograph of stained glass window.

Prayers for the City at Discover DeCrypt

Our regular Friday services restart this month. Prayers for the City is an opportunity to spend a little quiet time in prayer and reflection each Friday lunchtime in this historic space.  People have been worshipping here together and individually for over 800 years, in good times and in bad.  You are most welcome to join the service, or simply come in your own time to pause in the calm of this sacred space.

Looking forward to Gloucester History Festival 
It Takes One Woman

Celebrating the extraordinary story of Florence Li Tim-Oi 
Photograph of Florence Li Tim Oi and Archbishop Runcie.

In mainland China during the second world war, a young woman called Florence Li Tim Oi became the first woman ever to be ordained into the Anglican Church. It was to be another fifty years before the Church of England officially made the decision to ordain women. In the interim she followed her calling through the turmoil of church politics and the devastating years of China's Cultural Revolution.

During Gloucester History Festival in September we will be holding an exhibition telling her remarkable story and celebrating her life of faith.

Local artist Eloise Hopkins provides the images accompanying the exhibition from her book 'The God Who Gave You Birth'. Her original artworks will be on display exploring the feminine imagery used to describe God. If you would like to receive further details, please email us at
Illustration by artist Eloise Hopkins showing women in Africa.
Illustration by artist Eloise Hopkins showing a nun holding a cat.
Photograph of Florence Li Tim Oi at her ordination as Deaconess.
Bookcase displaying replica artefacts from a Tudor schoolroom.

Our Schoolroom is Open and Free to enjoy!

If you are in town during our opening hours 11.00am to 3.00pm Wednesday to Sunday, come in and spend a little time in the Schoolroom. We cannot offer tea and coffee at the moment, but you are welcome to bring your own refreshments and we do have a small selection of safely pre-packaged snacks.

There are activity packs for children with puzzles, games, art projects and heritage sheets. You can find out all about life in a Tudor school, see the artefacts and hunt for graffiti on the Tudor panelling! 

And don't forget that throughout August there will continue to be weekly Family Activity Packs to download from our website with DIY art activities and heritage sheets of fun facts, games and puzzles all about these buildings and life in Gloucester over the past centuries.  Check them out at

View of the Schoolroom showing tables and chairs and display about Tudor education.
Poppies growing amongst weeds in the churchyard.

Churchyard Gardening

Enjoy the summer weather out in the churchyard tackling some of the weeds that have grown up during lockdown. 

We will be joining our neighbours to help clean up the churchyard and continue the good work that started earlier in the year.  All are welcome to come and take part - please be sure to bring gloves and your own tools. Be aware that there may be broken glass and other hazards. There's no need to take anything away with you - garden waste and rubbish can be left in bags for the council to remove.

We hope to get people together each weekend during August, but if another time suits you better, do just go ahead. The churchyard is not locked and the weeds are always there!


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