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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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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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Latest News

Celebrating 30 years of women priests

21st June 2024

People from across the Diocese including lots of our female clergy, gathered in Pershore Abbey yesterday evening to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ordination of the first women as priests....

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