What’s on


We’ve got some great activities on offer this term. On Sunday 19th Sept we welcome our new students to the Sanctuary at Pittville, Park, FCH and Oxstalls from 2-4pm for Cake and Chat. And all through Welcome Week you can come in and decorate a mug – we’ll provide the mug & the pens, and even bake it for you!

Here’s a sample of our regular activities:

A Walk in the Park Join the chaplains and their dogs for a walk to a local park . A great way to destress, meet others and get some dog time! We set off at 12.30pm for about 45 mins: Mondays – from FCH Chapel and Pittville (Laurie Lee), Tuesdays – from the Sanctuary at Park campus and from outside the Business School at Oxstalls. We’re beginning on Sept 27th/28th – check the Facebook page for up to date info and bad weather changes.

Would you like to help us create our new Peace Garden at Oxstalls? It’s a magical setting, and we’re gathering a gardening group on Wednesdays at 1.30pm there from October 6th. No skill required! Being outside is great for us. More info from Sarah Rogaly srogaly@glos.ac.uk

We’re very excited to start a new lunchtime singing group at FCH Chapel. Everybody Sing! will be on Wednesdays from 12.30pm – 1.15pm from October 13th. No music, no auditions, absolutely everyone is welcome. Join us for 45 mins of fun singing to brighten your day! More info from Simon Witcombe switcombe@glos.ac.uk

Our Global Cafe is a great way for international students to get together – and for UK students to meet them too. We meet on Wednesdays from 6pm – 8pm, for games, chat and hot chocolate. We’ll be moving round the campuses, starting in FCH Chapel on September 29th. More info from Jo Parkin: jparkin@glos.ac.uk

Headspace – 30 minutes of mindfulness meditation, part of a 6 week course in mindfulness to support wellbeing begins on Friday Oct 8th at 2.30pm in the Sanctuary at Park (repeated later at Oxstalls & FCH) – info from Jo Parkin.

There are lots of other activities to look out for… Cake and Chat continues on Mondays at FCH at 5.30pm, on Thursdays at Oxtalls at 4pm, and on Fridays at 4pm at Park (after Friday Bake off at 2.30pm). If you’re at Pittville, look out for Craft in the Sanctuary on Wednesdays at 3pm, and Jon sharing his vinyl collection on Fridays at 12.30pm.

We have opportunities for prayer and worship too: at Park Sanctuary the week begins with Prayer Breakfast at 8.30am on Mondays and ends with Breathe at 5.00pm on Fridays. There’s a short, reflective Communion service in FCH Chapel on Thursdays at 12.30pm. At Oxstalls Sanctuary there’s Midday Prayer from the Christian tradition on Wednesdays at 12.30pm. Contact Simon if you would like to join our online Morning Prayer on Tuesday and Thursdays at 8.30am or if you want be put in touch with our Christian Union.

Friday Prayers for Muslim students and staff is led by Atique Miah at Oxstalls Sanctuary at 1.30pm. Contact Atique to find out about provisions for prayer in all our Sanctuaries, and about our Islamic Society: amiah3@glos.ac.uk

We love getting together to talk about our different faiths and beliefs, whatever they are. Sanctuary Soul Talk on Wednesdays from 1.00pm at Park is a great chance to share our stories and share food together. Everyone is welcome.

You can find the latest info about all our activities on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/UniversityofGloucestershireChaplaincy as well as on the leaflets in our Sanctuaries….

Our Sanctuaries are lovely spaces with comfy sofas for chatting, quiet corners and free tea and coffee. Here’s where you can find them (and us!):

The Sanctuary@FCH – by the Chapel.    Simon Witcombe is based there.  

(aslo at FCH – The Small Sanctuary – next to Reception).

The Sanctuary@Park – by the Medical Centre. Jo Parkin is usually based there.

The Sanctuary@Oxstalls – opposite the Refectory. Sarah Rogaly and Atique Miah are often there.

The Sanctuary@Pittville – in the Laurie Lee building. Jon Travers is our volunteer chaplain there.

We are always up for a chat – we’re good listeners! Email us at chaplaincy@glos.ac.uk or contact one of us directly:

Simon Witcombe  switcombe@glos.ac.uk  07715 041525 

Jo Parkin  jparkin@glos.ac.uk  07801 183620  

Sarah Rogaly  srogaly@glos.ac.uk  07795 302687  (Tues – Thurs )

Atique Miah  amiah3@glos.ac.uk  07801 676977  (Mon / Weds/ Fri)