A few weeks ago, Loving the Cotswolds put out a plea to readers to tell us whether they thought the Church in the Cotswolds was "alive, dead, or just irrelevant". We've received five written responses from people living in various towns and villages in the Cotswolds, all of which indicated in different ways that there is plenty for the Church to be optimistic about for the future, despite the general decline in church attendance over the past few decades.
Here are the responses in full:
Tony Jarrett won many medals during his career, including the 4x100m relay silver medal in the 1993 World Championships with fellow athletes Linford Christie, John Regis and Colin Jackson and a gold medal in the 110m hurdles at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.
Cellist Guy Fishman is the Principal Cellist of the Handel & Haydn Society of Boston, the oldest US orchestra.
A former Hell's Angel who spent time in maximum security jails is visiting a Cotswold church to tell his remarkable story of how his life was transformed and he ended up becoming a Christian minister.
Being kept busy doing numerous odd jobs in and around people's homes, it's often difficult to balance a work/family life. Self-employment is hard and you often have times of feast or famine so you don't want to turn work down.
Hagah Ministries (www.hagahministries.net) is being spearheaded by John Barton from Broadway, who believes he himself is 'a walking miracle' after he recovered from Motor Neurone Disease.
Long Hanborough Methodist Church has been approved the award from West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet.
Ian McDowall is part of the Tough Talk Team, a registered charity dedicated to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in an informal way.
By Revd Josie GoodwinThe media have gone into overdrive. No, I’m not talking about the good news of the arrival of a princess – a baby girl for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – I’m talking about the soundbite-popping photo-opping frenzy that brings us into the week we elect (or should I say try to elect?) a new government.
Chipping Campden Baptist Church (CCBC) has come a long way since the late 1970s when the 'congregation' at one service consisted of three elderly members sitting around a stove in the chilly back room praying for new people to come in to the church.
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