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Suckley church shortlisted for National Churches Trust Award

Published: 13th October 2023

Suckley Church has been shortlisted for a National Churches Trust award in the Church & Community Volunteers category – run with the Marsh Charitable Trust.

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Nancy Murray-Peters - RIP

Published: 13th October 2023

The Revd Nancy Murray-Peters died on 30 September, peacefully at St Richard’s Hospice.

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Celebrating 900 years of St Clement's Church

Published: 13th October 2023

St Clement's Church in Worcester will shortly celebrate it's 900th birthday, telling the story of the church over the years, including its journey from East to West. 

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Grill a Vicar at a local pub!

Published: 12th October 2023

Shaun Armstrong, Curate in the Kidderminster Ismere team was given a roasting earlier in the week when he offered himself up to answer questions at a ‘Grill a Vicar’ night in his local pub.

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A reflection for Baby Loss Awareness Week

Published: 10th October 2023

This week marks Baby Loss Awareness Week, and Mel Beynon takes a moment to reflect upon the profound emotions parents experience during childbirth - both the moments of joy and sometimes the heartbreak. Prior to becoming ordained, Mel dedicated 20 years of her life to midwifery, including serving as a bereavement midwife.

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Partnership enables Worcester churches to appoint Children and Youth Worker

Published: 10th October 2023

Three churches in Worcester have worked together to apply to the Healthier Churches Fund and appoint a full-time Children and Youth Worker, who will build on previous work in each of the parishes to engage children and young people.

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Bishop John leads pilgrimage to Canterbury

Published: 7th October 2023

This weekend, Bishop John and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, Bernard Longley are leading an ecumenical pilgrimage to Canterbury with a group from the two dioceses.  

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The month of remembering

Published: 6th October 2023

An article for November editions of parish magazines from the Bishop of Worcester.

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Bredon wins churchyard award

Published: 5th October 2023

St Giles Church in Bredon has won the Worcestershire CPRE best kept churchyard competition in the category for churchyards over one acre.

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St Helen's on the High Street opens again!

Published: 4th October 2023

After being closed for almost a year to allow a major re-ordering project to take place, St Helen’s on the High Street in Worcester was formally re-opened on Tuesday 3 October by Bishop John.

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On being a churchwarden

Published: 2nd October 2023

Former churchwardens of Hagley and Clent tell us what they enjoyed about taking on the role.

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Black History Month 2023

Published: 2nd October 2023

During October we celebrate Black History Month, recognising and celebrating the invaluable contributions of black people to British society.

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New organ at Pershore Abbey

Published: 2nd October 2023

Bishop John has blessed and dedicated the new organ at Pershore Abbey. The service of dedication came at the end of the parish’s ‘organ festival’ – a weekend full of concerts and activities to celebrate the new Ruffatti organ.

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Free training on running a legacy campaign this Autumn

Published: 27th September 2023

The Stewardship and Resources team at the diocesan office, along with Eleanor Stead from the National Church, are running a training course for PCCs who might want to run a campaign to encourage legacies this autumn.  

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Retirement of Archdeacon Robert

Published: 27th September 2023

The Archdeacon of Worcester, Robert Jones will retire on 30 November. There will be a chance to say goodbye and thank you to Robert at Evensong in the Cathedral at 4pm on 19 November.

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10 new Deacons ordained

Published: 24th September 2023

Ten candidates were ordained as Deacons on Sunday to serve in parishes across the Diocese. The candidates have been part of a new training pathway aimed at those who see their vocation as being non-stipendiary (voluntary) ministers to churches in their local area.

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Clergy Conference - 'Faithful Improvisation'

Published: 22nd September 2023

From Monday to Thursday, our clergy will gather together at a Christian conference centre in Hertfordshire. Mel Beynon, Curate in the Halas Team will be blogging throughout the week on this page.

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Reflection on the diocesan trip to Morogoro, Tanzania

Published: 21st September 2023

Chair of the Morogoro Partnership Group, John Green offers a reflection on the recent diocesan trip to our partner diocese in Tanzania.

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Children's Society's Good Childhood Report

Published: 20th September 2023

The Children’s Society has now launched its 12th annual Good Childhood Report. The report shows the latest trends in children’s wellbeing.

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Thriving Kingdom Arts in Worcester attracts attendees from Birmingham

Published: 19th September 2023

Kingdom Arts, sometimes called 'Messy Church for adults' is a new worshipping community that has been running eight years at St Georges’ Church in Worcester.

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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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