During this very different year we would love to welcome you to our Chaplaincy activities and spaces. On each campus we have a Sanctuary space – a comfortable, quiet place to sit. You will often find one of the Chaplains there too – a friendly face in these uncertain times!
The Sanctuary@FCH – by the Chapel. Simon Witcombe is based there.
The Sanctuary@Park – by the Medical Centre. Jo Parkin is usually based there.
The Sanctuary@Oxstalls – opposite the Refectory. Sarah Rogaly, Jo Parkin or Atique Miah are often there.
The Sanctuary@Pittville – in the Laurie Lee building. Jon Travers is our volunteer chaplain there.
Many of our activities are online for the moment. Here are some ways to get involved…
A Walk in the Park Although our full dog walking programme is not going ahead for the moment, you are welcome to get in touch with Jo Parkin on 07801 183620 to find out what may be available. You might like to arrange to meet Jo for a walk with her dogs, and you are also very welcome to contact any of the chaplains to arrange a walk and a chat, even without a dog – see our contacts below.
On Mondays at 12.00 noon you can join Jo for 20 minutes of gentle Mindfulness via our Facebook page. Practising mindfulness meditation is a great way to boost wellbeing, increase concentration and reduce anxiety & stress.
On Mondays at 5.15pm in the back room at FCH Chapel we usually gather for Cake and Chat – talking about all sorts of things and sharing all sorts of cake! We have currently moved the group online. Please let Simon know if you would like to join the group – 07715 041525 or email@example.com
Our international students are very welcome to join us for International Cafe on Wednesdays from 5.30pm, Usually we are at FCH for table tennis, pool and hot chocolate, or at Oxstalls for hot chocolate etc. At the moment we are meeting online for quizzes and other activities. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the link to join.
Every fortnight on Wednedays at 1.00pm students with different faiths and worldviews gather to talk about a whole range of things. At the moment this is online – email email@example.com to get the link.
On Wednesdays at 8.45am we stream Midweek Prayer from our Facebook page, using lovely prayers from this book by Tess Ward which explore the seasons, and the seasons of the heart.
On Thursdays from 12.30pm – 1.00pm in the lovely Chapel at FCH you can enjoy some peaceful space at Chapel Chillout. There may be gentle live piano music. Come and go as you like.
Friday Prayers for Muslim students are usually held at Oxstalls Sanctuary Space and Park Sanctuary Space at 1.30pm, numbers permitting. Sadly at the moment they are not able to take place, but they will resume! Please text or email Atique Miah, our Muslim Chaplain to know more: firstname.lastname@example.org 07801 676977
You can find the latest info and our livestreamed events on our Facebook page (like it to stay in touch): www.facebook.com/UniversityofGloucestershireChaplaincy
We are also always happy to support our university students and staff, or just to have a chat – we’re good listeners! Why not arrange a walk and chat with one of us? You can email us at email@example.com or contact one of us directly:
Simon Witcombe firstname.lastname@example.org 07715 041525
Jo Parkin email@example.com 07801 183620
Sarah Rogaly firstname.lastname@example.org 07795 302687 (Tues – Thurs )
Atique Miah email@example.com 07801 676977 (Weds 11 – 7 Fri 9 – 5)