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Noah Way Padre Richard Smith’s first column for the imjin Greetings from your new padre, it’s a pleasure to join you in Innsworth – and I look forward to meeting you all over the course of the next few months. Moving to a new position is always a challenge and one many of you will know very well, I’m sure it is even more demanding when you are moving countries and trying to find your way in a different culture. Early in my time here I had the occasion to visit the Chaplain General in the Army HQ at Andover. He is the senior chaplain in our Army and I was seeking his advice on guidance about how to best support you. As I booked in at the gate and received my car pass I was delighted to see that the clerk misunderstood where I’d come from and I’d been labelled chaplain to the ‘ARK’ (as opposed to the ‘ARRC’ as it should be). Noah would have been so pleased. So perhaps that is how we should consider ourselves, as voyagers on the ARK. Gathered from far and wide and travelling together to stay safe. It is a voyage of discovery and although I’m sure the Commander has a plan we are also at the mercy of factors not yet known. Like with Noah we can be assured that while we travel God watches over us, guides our path and leads us to a destination prepared in advance. As we travel along, if I can help you in any way, then please let me know. Every blessing, Padre Richard Places of Worship around Gloucester CHRISTIANITY Church of England St Johns (Reverend Jacqui Hyde) Sunday 10am Traditional style, with children’s work alongside St Johns Avenue, Churchdown (at crossroads with Hare and Hounds) www.stjohnschurchdown.co.uk St Andrews (Reverend Jonathan Perkin) Sunday 10.30am Modern style, with children’s work alongside Station Road, Churchdown new.standrewschurchdown.org.uk Sunday 10.30am Mass, with children’s work alongside 66 Cheltenham Road East, Churchdown www.ourladyschurchdown.org.uk Sunday 10.30am Rotation of Holy Communion, Chapel Hay Lane, Churchdown, GL3 2ET All age worship, and normal www.churchdownmethodistchurch.org.uk Sunday Worship Sunday 10.30am All age service, with children’s work alongside Roman Catholic Our Ladys (Father Paul Brandon) Methodist Churchdown Methodist (Reverend Graham Miles) Baptist Kendal Road Baptist (Pastor – Steve Ayers) Kendal Road, Longlevens, GL2 0NB krbc.org.uk JEWISH Gloucester Liberal Jewish Community (Rabbi Anna Gerrard) www.gljc.org.uk MUSLIM Masjid e Noor 44-46 Ryecroft Street, Gloucester, GL1 4LY www.majidenoor.org.uk Khoja Shi’s Muslim Community Wainsbridge, 69 Bristol Road, Quedgely, GL2 4NE HINDUISM Gloucester Pillaiyar Temple 7 days a week 9am - midday, 6 - 9 pm Babminton Road, Matson, GL4 6AY www.gloucesterpillaiyartemple.org As required Imjin Barracks GURKHA Temple ARRC Padre the imjin SUMMER 2019 29