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The Anglican Parish of Tidenham is one of the furthest corners of the Diocese of Gloucester and part of the South Forest Deanery. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is on the edge of the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley and serves as a suburb of Chepstow. Its unique position gives it all the advantages of a beautiful rural location and village community together with the amenities of a medium sized market town and good road and rail links to London, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff and Gloucester.

Community

The parish is made up of a number of converging villages surrounded by a few hamlets and farmsteads and covers a large geographical area (approx 30km2) stretching from Beachley Point in the South to Tidenham Chase in the North. The population of the Parish is approx. 5,300, most of whom live in the Tutshill/Sedbury/Woodcroft area.

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Churches

We have three church buildings with which to serve the community. With these resources, as well as other halls and venues in the parish, we are able to offer a eclectic mix of services and activities for all who wish to be involved in our church life. 

St Mary & St Peter

tid ch smThis is the main Parish church, a large and impressive building situated in the small village of Tidenham. Although a good size, it has little parking or other facilities which limit it’s use apart from Sunday services. However, with the recent formation of 'The Friends of Tidenham Church' these issues are now being addressed. The regular Sunday morning Holy Communion attracts a congregation of about twenty to thirty people, mostly aged over fifty. There is an active group of bell ringers and a strong choir who lead worship twice a month. Fellowship is encouraged with the provision of  hot drinks after a service once a month.

St Luke's

slc medThis Victorian daughter church serves the main population area around Tutshill, Sedbury and Woodcroft. It benefits from a modern extension consisting of a meeting room, small kitchen and toilet facilities which greatly enhances it’s use. With the additional use of the school building next door, St Luke’s is able to provide plenty of activities for children and young people. The regular Sunday congregation averages about eighty, and includes members aged from 0 to 80+  who enjoy refreshments together each week after a service. The majority of mid week parish activities, for old and young, take place here and we are currently considering developing the building further by creating a flexible space within the main body of the church to allow more scope for worship and to better serve the community.

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St Michael & All Angels

chaseAnother Victorian daughter church at Tidenham Chase, this is the smallest and arguably the most picturesque of our three church buildings and is the only one with a graveyard open for new burials. It is situated a long way from the centres of population but is on the main Offa’s Dyke footpath, making it an natural place for pilgrimage and is often frequented by tourists. The regular evening congregation of about twenty are mostly over fifty and are a close-knit but welcoming community.

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Other churches

There are three other church communities and an independent Christian conference centre in the parish as well as a very active Churches Together organisation in Chepstow with whom we have good links. We are developing a closer partnership with Sedbury Evangelical and Catholic churches in particular through Pioneer Ministry. The parish is also joined with the neighbouring parishes of Hewelsfield and St Briavels in the North to form a benefice.

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