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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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£1million received through the Parish Giving Scheme so far this year!

Published: 18th September 2023

Thanks to your generosity, churches across the Diocese have already received over a million pounds in regular giving though the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) this year!

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Makers' Fayre at Hallow Church

Published: 14th September 2023

On Saturday 2 September, St Philip and St James’ Church, Hallow, was host to a Makers’ Fayre with 20 local crafters and makers exhibiting their wares both inside and outside the church.

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RAAC Guidance

Published: 14th September 2023

Was your church, church hall, or other parochial building built between 1950 and 1990? If so, you might need to check if it was built with Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC).


New Lay Ministers Authorised

Published: 14th September 2023

28 people received a certificate from Bishop John last Sunday to mark the completion of their courses to become Authorised Lay Ministers (ALMs). The special service at Worcester Cathedral was a celebration of this form of lay ministry.

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Five new lay ministers licensed

Published: 11th September 2023

Five people from parishes across the Diocese were admitted to the office of Reader on Saturday in Worcester Cathedral. Bishop John conducted the service, licensing the individuals to minister in the parishes they have been called to serve.

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New Lay Ministers to be licensed

Published: 7th September 2023

On Saturday 9 September, Bishop Martin will license new Licensed Lay Ministers (also known as Readers) for parishes in Worcestershire and Dudley.

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A new role for Hazel Charlton

Published: 4th September 2023

Bishop Martin joined with the Halas Team at St John's Church in Halesowen on Sunday to bless and pray for the Revd Hazel Charlton, as she took up a new role as the Vicar for St John’s along with the exciting position of Renewal Project Lead.

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Visit a church during heritage open days

Published: 31st August 2023

​​​​​​​Churches across Worcestershire and Dudley are opening their doors for this year’s Heritage Open Days with a range of activities for all ages and a chance to discover the story behind our historic churches and the communities they serve.

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New Church Children and Youth Worker Appointed 

Published: 30th August 2023

Sian Morgan has become the latest person to join our network of Children and Youth Workers, as we seek to double the number of children and young people worshipping in our churches by 2030.

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Prisons' Week 2023

Published: 29th August 2023

Prisons Sunday is on 8 October this year and marks the beginning of Prisons Week, which continues until the following Saturday. The diocesan Criminal Justice Affairs Group (CJAG) aims to offer a Christian perspective and advise on criminal justice matters.

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Running the race set before us

Published: 29th August 2023

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

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The Dean of Worcester retires after 16 years

Published: 25th August 2023

The Dean of Worcester, the Very Reverend Peter Atkinson, will officially retire on Friday 25 August, after more than 16 years in the post, and 43 years as a priest in the Church of England.

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New holiday club for Greater Dudley Church of Ascension

Published: 23rd August 2023

The Church of Ascension in Wall Heath in Greater Dudley deanery ran a new holiday club for primary school aged children this summer.

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Latest News

Her Majesty the Queen to distribute Royal Maundy gifts in Worcester

4th March 2024

The annual Royal Maundy Service will be coming to Worcester on Thursday 28 March when Her Majesty The Queen will be distributing the Royal Maundy gifts on behalf of His Majesty The King at the Cathedral....

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