Church Services this week


Every Wednesday

Said Eucharist Hardwicke Church 9.30am


Sunday December 24th

Advent 4 and Christmas Eve

No morning services Elmore or Longney

"Simply Worship" Eucharist
Hardwicke Church 11.00am

All Age Crib Service
Hardwicke Church 4.00pm

"Midnight Mass"
Longney Church begins 11.15pm


Monday December 25th

Christmas Day

Festival Eucharist
Elmore Church 9.30am

Family Eucharist
Hardwicke Church 11.00am

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Benefice Staff

Parish Priest & Vicar : Fr Andrew James
Associate Priests : Fr George Parfitt, Rev Marion Williams
Lay Readers : Julie James, Pat Buckland, Mike Williams
Ordinand : Heather De Gruyther

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St Nicholas, Hardwicke

Churchwardens : Neil Hollis & Andrew Plater
PCC Secretary : Julie James
PCC Treasurer : Wendy Hollis
Organist : Mark Walters

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St John the Baptist, Elmore

Churchwardens : Jenny Watts & Pat Buckland
PCC Secretary : Jill Hurran
PCC Treasurer : John Tooth
Organists : Colin Squire & Mary Hughes

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St Laurence, Longney

Churchwarden : Geoff Smith
PCC Secretary : Cathi Beloe
PCC Treasurer : Michael Farmer
Organists : Colin Squire & Mary Hughes

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St Nicholas Prayer Shawl Ministry

The idea behind this ministry began in 1998 at the Hartford Seminary in Connecticut.

Compassion and the love of knitting/crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry which reaches out to those in need of comfort and God's strength. Many blessings are prayed into every stitch.

The shawl makers begin with prayers and blessings for the recipient. Upon completion a blessing is prayed over the shawl by the whole congregation in Sunday Worship at Church before it is sent on its way.

This ministry has been greatly appreciated and we have also been blest as a Church family in receiving letters of thanks from those receiving the shawls.


Sunday School at Hardwicke Church

St Nicholas Church Sunday School meets during the 11.00am service on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, all children are welcome. On the 2nd Sunday each month children take part in our family friendly "Storyteller" Service also at Hardwicke Church at 11.00am


The "Fusion" Youth Group

"Meeting Together"

The Youth Group run by St Nicholas Church meets on a monthly basis using the facilities at Quedgeley Methodist Church Hall on the Bristol Road. We share food, activities, more food, seasonal activities and evenings out at various venues. We also plan and lead an annual service in Church!
Email us for more details (use the link below) and we will be in touch!


Does your child like Singing?

St Nicholas Church Junior Choir

The choir sing once a month at the Story Teller service and practice every Wednesday at Hardwicke School from 4.30 to 5.30 during term time. If your child is 7 and over, and would like to give it a try, please come along on a Wednesday or have a word with any of the choir leadership team at a Storyteller Service.

For more information call Mark Walters on 530630 or Heather de Gruyther on 535970.


Our Church Primary Academies at Hardwicke and Longney


Both our Schools are Academies and part of the Diocese of Gloucester Academies Trust (DGAT).
The aim of DGAT is to provide children of all faiths and none with excellent educational provision
which transforms lives within a caring and supportive Christian ethos.

There are currently nine Church of England Primary Schools from across Gloucestershire
which are part of the Trust and fulfilling its vision to build and sustain a community of learning
where staff and pupils can realise their potential and enjoy life in all its fullness..



Hardwicke Primary Academy is a large two class entry primary school with over 400 on roll. The school is set in in its own grounds with large playing fields and separate playgrounds. There is also a school environmental area with a large pond. It is currently judged "Good" by Ofsted. Click on the logo above to see more.




Longney Primary Academy is a small village school with a family atmosphere, it has over 100 on roll. The school is set in in its own grounds in a beautiful setting opposite the Parish Church, close to the River Severn.
It is currently judged "Good" by Ofsted. Click on the logo above to see more.