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Introducing Helen Laird C&YP Worker for three Worcester churches

Published: 20th February 2024

In Autumn 2023 three churches in Worcester joined together to recruit a full-time Children and Young People Worker following a successful application to the Healthier Churches Fund. Helen Laird was appointed.

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Worcester Passion Play 2024

Published: 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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Canon Paul Tongue receives Wulfstan Cross

Published: 17th February 2024

Bishop John recently presented Canon Paul Tongue with the Cross of St Wulfstan in recognition of his exceptional service to the Diocese of Worcester over many years. The award was presented to Paul while he was in hospital ahead of his sad death on Tuesday 30 January.

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Bishop John's Lent appeal for 2024

Published: 14th February 2024

Bishop John’s Lent Appeal this year will be for the Friends of the Holy Land.

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Thinking about church finances during Lent

Published: 14th February 2024

This article from the diocesan stewardship team looks at some practical ways to think about money in our churches during Lent.

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Marking Racial Justice Sunday in Bewdley

Published: 14th February 2024

St Anne’s Church in Bewdley marked Racial Justice Sunday on 11 February. The recommended theme this year was migration, and the congregation prayed for the 100 million people displaced from their homes across the globe, roughly half of whom are children.

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Redditch Mission Area helped provide Christmas presents to over 600 children

Published: 13th February 2024

The 12 Anglican churches which make up the new Redditch Mission Area came together for the Make Christmas Special Toy Appeal 2023 providing Christmas gifts to 605 children.

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'House of Bones' under Bishop John's home featured in a documentary

Published: 9th February 2024

An award-winning film based on a book written by Bishop John's late wife Denise will get a special screening at Worcester Cathedral to commemorate the 10th anniversary of her death.

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Surprises in Lent

Published: 9th February 2024

An article for March editions of parish magazines from Stephen Edwards, Interim Dean of Worcester.

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St James Norton Hosts Exhibition of Local Children’s Artwork

Published: 7th February 2024

On Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd February St James church in Norton Worcester hosted an exhibition of local school children’s artwork.

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Using social media to boost Christmas attendance

Published: 7th February 2024

St Thomas’ Church in Stourbridge saw a significant increase in attendance at its Christmas services this year, which the vicar, Andrew Sillis, is crediting in part to a campaign on social media.

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Pilgrimage of Prayer with Archbishop Justin

Published: 4th February 2024

We had a fantastic day on Saturday as Archbishop Justin visited the Diocese for a day of focussed prayer for our parishes, schools and communities as well as the many issues facing our world at the moment.

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Praying for Climate Justice this Lent

Published: 1st February 2024

The diocesan Eco Church Group is inviting all of us to pray and work for a change of heart and mind in caring for our planet and responding to the climate emergency.

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How your accounts can help your church

Published: 1st February 2024

As we begin a new year, our fantastic treasurers will be busy preparing the annual accounts for our churches. As with all charities, including PCCs, these are required by law, however, using your accounts well can be of real benefit to your church and give the PCC confidence in the decisions they are making.


A focus on New Worshipping Communities

Published: 1st February 2024

Last weekend saw the first meeting of a new learning community for leaders of new worshipping communities and their teams in parishes across the Diocese.

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Thursday family club in Malvern

Published: 29th January 2024

Malvern Link with Cowleigh has started an after-school club for local families in the hall at the Church of the Ascension. Parents with primary school age children can come along to the club, to do craft and games together and then have a hot meal.

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Working with children, young people and families in Norton and Wollaston

Published: 26th January 2024

Keri Robinson is the Children and Families worker at both St James’ Church in Wollaston and St Michael’s Church in Norton, on the edge of Stourbridge. 

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Christ Church Quarry Bank launch Toddler group thanks to funding

Published: 24th January 2024

Christ Church Quarry Bank have this week launched a much-needed Toddler group at the church, made possible thanks to a grant from the Kingdom People Fund.

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Hidden history being uncovered at Great Malvern Priory

Published: 23rd January 2024

At Great Malvern Priory, the nave floor is currently being levelled so that people will no longer trip up and fall off the pew plinths that were left there when the Victorians restored the church. As part of the work, the Priory had a visit from Victoria Bryant, the diocesan Archaeological Advisor.

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New joint appointment for the dioceses of Worcester and Hereford

Published: 22nd January 2024

A new cross-diocesan appointment will see Gemma Martin become the next Diocesan Director of Education for Hereford Diocese and our Diocesan Director of Education, Tim Reid supporting Gemma as Executive Director of Education across both dioceses.

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Latest News

St Clement's, Worcester achieves the MU's RISE UP award

13th June 2024

On 9 June, St Clement’s Church in Worcester were delighted to welcome Sue Coleman, CEO of West Mercia Women’s Aid and Judith Grubb, President of Worcester Diocese Mothers’ Union....

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