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Church of England's most senior woman bishop says Easter is "message of hope"

The Venerable Rachel Treweek is due to become the new Bishop of Gloucester Credit: ITV News

The Church of England's most senior woman bishop has given her Easter message.

The Venerable Rachel Treweek is due to become the new Bishop of Gloucester.

She takes over the role from The Right Reverend Michael Perham, who retired in November.

She says celebrating the resurrection of Christ is a time for reflection and hope.

"That is at the core of the Christian message which is that Jesus died for all of us out of love, but Jesus rose again, and therefore the Christian message is one of enormous hope - so that's the key message of Easter Day and one I hope we'll be sharing across the diocese all year round."

– The Venerable Rachel Treweek

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First female Diocesan Bishop chosen for Gloucester

The first female diocesan bishop has been appointed by the Church of England.

Archdeacon Treweek gives a press conference as the announcement is made Credit: ITV News

The new Bishop of Gloucester will be Rachel Treweek, who is currently the Archdeacon of Hackney in the London Diocese.

She takes on the role after The Right Reverend Michael Perham retired in November.

Rachel Treweek is the Church of England's third female bishop Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

Archdeacon Treweek becomes the third female bishop. The 52-year-old has been given a more senior position than the junior, or suffragan, posts two women have so far been given. Her role means she is the first female bishop to sit in the House of Lords.

Archdeacon Treweek gives a press conference as the announcement is made Credit: ITV News

After the announcement Archdeacon Treweek said:

It is an immense joy and privilege to be appointed as the Bishop of Gloucester. I am surprised and, I have to admit, even a little daunted by the prospect, but my overwhelming feeling is one of excitement to be coming to join with others in sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the people of this diocese.

I am looking forward to encouraging Christians to speak out with confidence about their faith and the good news that the Gospel brings. It will be my privilege to work with churches as we connect with people, wherever they are and whatever their concerns.

My calling to the role of bishop has been shaped by human encounter. I believe profoundly that relationship is at the heart of who God is. I have been with people through the joys and pains of their lives and it is these experiences that I will reflect upon as I take up this new role.

– Rachel Treweek

The Church of England's first woman bishop is the Rt Rev Libby Lane, who was consecrated as the eighth Bishop of Stockport at York Minster in January.

Rachel Treweek will be the new Bishop of Gloucester Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

What does Christmas mean to you?

You have told us that Christmas means more than presents Credit: PA

Many of you have been getting in touch to share what Christmas means to you.

For some the religious significance is the important thing, while for others it's the food, the family or the day off work. Many of you are reflecting on what's important to you.

Here is a selection of your thoughts.

This year is about me thanking a special person for donating their liver, and to their family who must miss her very much, I'm so grateful.

– Tracy Naughton, Yeovil, Somerset

When we lived In Bristol it was all about Santa for the kids and dinner with the family. Now we're in NZ it's more about holidays and food and missing family.

– Anna Marie Healey, former Bristol resident

Christmas is when Jesus was born and spending special time with friends and family.

– Ann-marie Down, Bristol

It's a nice break from getting up and coming home from work in the dark! A chance to get together with friends and loved ones when otherwise you might not find the time.

But religious... no thanks!

– Ian Lovell, Filton, South Gloucestershire

Sadly as a business owner it costs me a fortune.

Business shuts from the 23rd till 5th January. Wages, rent, rates still have to be paid with no income.

Start the new year £8,000 to £10,000 down. The joys of being a business owner I guess.

– Vince Hueston, Bristol

A time to make new memories with loved ones, and reminisce about Christmases gone by, remembering loved ones who are no longer with us.

– Maxïnê Sïån Jonês, Chippenham, Wiltshire
For many of you, Christmas is a time for family while others say it hits their business Credit: PA

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View from the top: repairman climbs tallest cathedral

HIs heart was in his mouth and the adrenalin was pumping.

Those are the words of the church worker who had to climb to the top of the country's tallest cathedral spire in Salisbury to repair a weather meter.

Gary Price says the worst moment was when he had to step outside a small window near the base of the spire for the final climb to the summit.

Penny Silvester's report includes pictures from Salisbury Cathedral.

Mary and Joseph get on their bikes in Bristol

Mary and Joseph make their way through the Cycling City Credit: ITV News

Bristol has hosted a nativity play with a difference. Members of a local theatre group and the Bible Society travelled through the city on bikes, performing the story, before the final scene in front of a large crowd on the harbourside.

Bible Society's research has found that 9 out 10 people don't regularly engage with the Bible. So we thought, 'Well, let's bring the Bible to Bristol

– Rachel Rounds, Bible Society

Jane Solomons went to see what all the fuss was about.

Bath Abbey buskers prompt social media backlash

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