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Schools join the Five Alive Carol service

Published: 19th December 2023

Children from Cropthorne with Charlton C of E First School and Fladbury C of E First School sang with the Five Alive Parish Choir at the Candlelit Carol Service on Sunday at Fladbury.

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ALMs share their testimonies

Published: 18th December 2023

A number of ALMs offered their testimonies at All Saints Church in Evesham on All Saints Sunday, with a bit of background on why they became ALMs and what they enjoy about their roles.

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New Curate in Charge of Webheath and Tardebigge with Lower Bentley.

Published: 18th December 2023

Bishop John has announced that the Revd Sarah Jayne Hewitt will take on this role.

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Pilot project to recruit more children & youth work volunteers

Published: 13th December 2023

Worcester is one of five dioceses to pilot a new national volunteer recruitment toolkit next Summer. Find out how your parish could get involved!


New Chair of the diocesan Climate Crisis Task Group

Published: 12th December 2023

David Hewlett has become the new Chair of the diocesan Climate Crisis Task Group. He takes over from Bishop Martin, who has been Interim Chair since the retirement of Hugh Burton at the start of the year.

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The Parish Giving Scheme continues to help our churches

Published: 11th December 2023

Through your generous donations, the Parish Giving Scheme has processed nearly £1.5 million of donations and Gift Aid for our churches in 2023.  

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New co-Deans of Self-Supporting Ordained Ministers

Published: 8th December 2023

Rosie Moss and Kim Topham have been appointed as co-Deans of Self-Supporting Ordained Ministers (SSMs) for the Diocese. They are taking over from previous Dean of SSMs, Alex Vaccaro.

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Changes to Worcester Deanery Leadership Team

Published: 7th December 2023

There’s a new look to the Worcester Deanery Leadership Team with Sue Roulstone from Christ Church, Lower Broadheath becoming their new Lay Chair and Rob Pearce moving to be Treasurer. The team have been working with the deanery synod to develop a vision for the deanery.

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Knitted bells given out in Worcester

Published: 7th December 2023

For the fourth consecutive year, members of St Nicholas Warndon Craft Group, plus friends and families, have been busily knitting Christmas decorations to give out to their local community. 

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Archbishop Justin to visit the Diocese

Published: 7th December 2023

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will visit our Diocese on Saturday 3 February to bring us together in prayer.

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Introducing Beoley New Worshipping Community: Church at 4

Published: 6th December 2023

Church @ 4 is a cafe style New Worshipping Community run by St Leonard’s Church in Beoley to the north-east of Redditch. It has been running since May and takes place monthly, at the YMCA Willow Trees Community Centre in Church Hill, Redditch. 


Intergenerational concerts with iSingPop and Church Primary schools

Published: 4th December 2023

Norton Juxta Kempsey and Whittington Church of England Primary Schools have been working with iSingPop to host two intergenerational workshops where parents, grandparents, and members of the local community have come into school to learn Christmas songs and dances alongside the children.

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Published: 4th December 2023

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity runs from 18 - 25 January in 2024 and is an international Christian ecumenical observance.

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Another new year – how did it come around so quickly?

Published: 4th December 2023

An article for January editions of parish magazines from the Archdeacon of Dudley, Nikki Groarke. 

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1st Sunday of Advent – New Worshipping Communities

Published: 3rd December 2023

We have produced a series of videos for each week in Advent and Christmas Day featuring the lighting of candles on an Advent wreath while praying for growth in our diocese.

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Cathedral Confirmations

Published: 1st December 2023

To celebrate the feast of Christ the King, confirmations were held at the Cathedral last Sunday with people from parishes across the diocese being confirmed by Bishop John.

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Pray for COP28

Published: 1st December 2023

COP28 is the United Nations Climate Change conference happening in the United Arab Emirates, from 30 November to 12 December 2023. Find out how you can get involved.

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New plaque commemorates one of the co-creators of Shakespeare's First Folio

Published: 29th November 2023

John Heminge, one of the co-creators of Shakespeare's First Folio was baptised at St Peter's Church in Droitwich & a new plaque has been unveiled in his honour.

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The Souls of our Shoes – 16 days of activism against gender-based violence

Published: 27th November 2023

The Mothers’ Union has joined forces with the Cathedral and Worcester Community Trust for a powerful exhibition to raise awareness of domestic abuse and gender-based violence.

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Stanford on Teme Christmas Tree festival

Published: 27th November 2023

Once again, on the first weekend in December, St Mary’s Church at Stanford will be filled with a wonderful array of 25 Christmas trees as they hold their annual festival. 

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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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