What’s on


The new year has brought new changes for all of us. However our Sanctuary spaces are still open for you to find some quiet, comfortable space. Sometimes one of the chaplains will be there, although we are also working from home some of the time at the moment. Here is some info about the Sanctuary spaces, and about our activities. You’ll also find our contact details – we would love to hear from you and we’re always up for a chat on the phone or via email – do get in touch…

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 switcombe@glos.ac.uk

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 jparkin@glos.ac.uk to get the link to join.

On Wednesdays at 8.45am we stream Midweek Prayer from our Facebook page, using lovely prayers by Tess Ward which explore the seasons, and the seasons of the heart. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8.45am we share in Morning Prayer on Teams – please email switcombe@glos.ac.uk if you would like to be invited.

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! Our prayer rooms are still available for private prayer. You can find the sermon for each Friday from Atique Miah, our Muslim Chaplain, on this blog. Feel free to contact him for more info: amiah3@glos.ac.uk  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 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  (Weds 11 – 7 Fri 9 – 5)