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PGS: One-off gifts, one year on

Published: 18th January 2024

In December 2022 the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) introduced the option for donors to give a one-off gift to a parish and have so far raised over £1.6 million, with the average gift being nearly £200!

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New reflection and prayer space at Hartlebury Primary School

Published: 18th January 2024

Bishop John visited Hartlebury CE Primary School this week to bless their new reflection and prayer space which has been created by the pupils themselves.

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First churches in Greater Dudley deanery awarded funds to aid Renewal plans

Published: 17th January 2024

Kingswinford with Wall Heath and St John in Halesowen are the first churches to have national funding released.

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New Community Hub at St John’s Church, Dudley

Published: 17th January 2024

Bishop Martin joined the congregation of St John’s Church in Kates Hill, Dudley last Sunday to bless their new community space.

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Climate justice prayer vigil

Published: 16th January 2024

People up and down the country are giving some of their time during Lent for a 10-day climate justice prayer vigil outside the Houses of Parliament.

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Living Gently on the Earth

Published: 12th January 2024

The latest Living Gently on the Earth programme from the Cathedral.

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Heritage Lottery Funding for St John's Church in Bromsgrove

Published: 11th January 2024

St John’s Church in Bromsgrove has been awarded a grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to repair the top of the spire and further engage visitors in the building’s heritage.

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New rural mission area for Teme Valley

Published: 9th January 2024

Three Priests in the Teme Valley who have recently joined together to work across a new wider mission area share the many advantages to grouping together in this new way

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Communicating with God

Published: 4th January 2024

An article for February editions of parish magazines, from the Archdeacon of Worcester, Mark Badger.

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Encouraging generosity in 2024

Published: 4th January 2024

Now we are in January and the busy-ness of Christmas has come to an end, many churches begin planning for the year ahead. Making sure that generosity and stewardship are a part of that plan can be very important in helping your church and community to go forward with confidence this year, improving health and sustainability.  

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Parish Council discretionary grants for churches

Published: 4th January 2024

A change to the law which came into effect on 26 December should make it easier for PCCs to apply to parish councils for funding for items such as churchyard maintenance and clock maintenance.

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Appointing a new Dean of Worcester

Published: 3rd January 2024

The process of appointing a new Dean of Worcester continues to move forward with confirmation of the names of those who will sit on the panel.

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Julie James to be licensed to Longdon, Castlemorton, Bushley & Queenhill

Published: 2nd January 2024

Bishop Martin will be pleased to license the Revd Julie James as Assistant Curate in the Benefice of Longdon, Castlemorton, Bushley and Queenhill with Holdfast on Sunday 28 January.

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Act on poverty this Lent

Published: 2nd January 2024

As the UK gears up for a much-anticipated General Election, Christian Aid has formed a new partnership with churches and other organisations to launch a new 6-week course called 'Act on Poverty'.

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Epiphany: Blessing of the Chalk

Published: 2nd January 2024

There is a tradition of blessing chalk at Epiphany to mark the threshold of our homes with a new year blessing.

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Messages from our bishops for the new year

Published: 30th December 2023

As we start 2024, Bishop John and Bishop Martin have written messages for the new year.

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Christmas messages from our bishops

Published: 21st December 2023

Read Christmas messages from Bishop John and Bishop Martin.

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New Area Deans appointed

Published: 20th December 2023

Bishop John has appointed Andrew Sillis to be the new Area Dean of Greater Dudley Deanery and Gary Crellin to be the new Area Dean of Malvern and Upton Deanery.

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Solar panels planned for Rous Lench church

Published: 20th December 2023

St Peter’s Church in Rous Lench, just outside Evesham, has been given permission to install solar panels on the roof of their Grade 1 listed church. The panels will be part of a major project to reimagine the church as a multi-purpose community space, with the parish ensuring the project is as environmentally friendly as possible.

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Christmas initiatives in Kidderminster

Published: 20th December 2023

A group chaired by Heather Prangley in the Kidderminster West Team Ministry has developed two new initiatives for residents across Kidderminster. The aims were to get people talking, hopefully make people smile and engage within their local community.

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Latest News

Worcester Passion Play 2024

19th February 2024

Last Easter, more than a thousand people came to watch a live open-air performance of the Passion Play in Cathedral Square on Good Friday. This year's play will take place on 29 March....

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