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Grants to help with church repairs

Published: 29th February 2024

Parishes will now be able to apply for grants of up to £10,000 to make repairs to their church buildings thanks to a new funding stream from the national church.

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New Vicar of Claines & St George's Church, Worcester

Published: 23rd February 2024

Bishop John has announced the appointment of The Revd Sarah Carwardine as Priest in Charge of the Benefice of Claines St John the Baptist and the Benefice of Worcester St George with St Mary Magdalene.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Julie James to be licensed to Longdon, Castlemorton, Bushley & Queenhill

Published: 2nd January 2024

Bishop Martin will be pleased to license the Revd Julie James as Assistant Curate in the Benefice of Longdon, Castlemorton, Bushley and Queenhill with Holdfast on Sunday 28 January.

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Epiphany: Blessing of the Chalk

Published: 2nd January 2024

There is a tradition of blessing chalk at Epiphany to mark the threshold of our homes with a new year blessing.

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New Area Deans appointed

Published: 20th December 2023

Bishop John has appointed Andrew Sillis to be the new Area Dean of Greater Dudley Deanery and Gary Crellin to be the new Area Dean of Malvern and Upton Deanery.

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Solar panels planned for Rous Lench church

Published: 20th December 2023

St Peter’s Church in Rous Lench, just outside Evesham, has been given permission to install solar panels on the roof of their Grade 1 listed church. The panels will be part of a major project to reimagine the church as a multi-purpose community space, with the parish ensuring the project is as environmentally friendly as possible.

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Christmas initiatives in Kidderminster

Published: 20th December 2023

A group chaired by Heather Prangley in the Kidderminster West Team Ministry has developed two new initiatives for residents across Kidderminster. The aims were to get people talking, hopefully make people smile and engage within their local community.

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New ALM Worship Leaders across Dudley

12th April 2024

11 people from parishes across the Greater Dudley Deanery have been presented with certificates to mark the completion of their course to become Authorised Lay Ministers (ALMs) as Worship Leaders....

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