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Bishop John's New Year message

Published: 29th December 2019

The Queen began her Christmas message by referring to the 50thanniversary of humanitys memorable first steps on the moon. Of Neil Armstrongtaking a small step for man and a giant leap for mankind - and, indeed, forwomankind. She observed that it is a


Bishop John's Christmas message

Published: 19th December 2019

Glory to God inthe highest and peace to his people on earthThats themessage of the angels; thats the message of Christmas.There doesntseem to be a great deal of peace around at the moment. The world is full ofconflict and after the General Election w


St James the Great, Norton Juxta Kempsey, receive funding for urgent repairs to enable mission

Published: 18th December 2019

Grade II listed St James the GreatChurch in Norton Juxta Kempsey will undergo essential repairs and modernisationfollowing grants totalling 32,250 provided by the All Churches Trust, the GarfieldWeston Foundation and the National Churches Trust.Grant


The Revd Geoffrey Shilvock, RIP

Published: 18th December 2019

The Revd Geoffrey Shilvock has died.


A Christmas blog from the Dean

Published: 18th December 2019

Oneof the many school carol services taking place in the Cathedral this week hassome very short prayers for the children to say. These are the prayers:'Josephand Mary travelled to Bethlehem where Jesus was born. Be with all youngchildren and those wh


Top Church opens as a Place of Welcome

Published: 16th December 2019

Top Church has opened a new Place of Welcome after itsrecent refurbishment. Every Monday from midday until 2.30pm, the church will beopen with free drinks and biscuits, giving a space for people to gather, talkwith others and be signposted to other s


Alastair Findlay to retire as DBF Chair

Published: 9th December 2019

Alastair Findlay will stand down as Chair of the DiocesanBoard of Finance at the end of 2019 after 20 years in the role. He tells usabout his time in post.I became Chair of the DBF on 1 January 2000 after beinginvited to take on the role by Bishop Pe


Holy Innocents', Kidderminster celebrates St Nicholas' day

Published: 8th December 2019

On the eve of St. Nicholas Feast Day (6 December) many children across Central Europe put out their shoes to be filledwith fruit, nuts, chocolate and biscuits. On the actual day, St. Nicholas,dressed as a bishop, may arrive on a white horse in v


Candidates confirmed at the Cathedral

Published: 5th December 2019

At the end of November, on the feast of Christ the King, 15 candidates were confirmed at the Cathedral from parishes throughout the Diocese. Richard Smith was one of those confirmed from St Thomas' Church in Stourbridge. He said: "I have been go


Praying for the city of Worcester

Published: 3rd December 2019

Each Saturday between 10pm and midnight, a small ecumenical group meets at the Salvation Army Hall in Worcester to pray for the city and especially the Street Pastors who are out around the town.


The Parish Giving Scheme - one year on

Published: 3rd December 2019

January is a difficult time of year for many people, who suffer from financial hardship following the Christmas season. We pray that people are met in their need, and for the resolution of hope in the New Year. It's also a time when parishes mig


10 years of the Authorised Lay Ministry course

Published: 3rd December 2019

Since the launch of the Authorised Lay Ministry (ALM) scheme in the Diocese in 2010, hundreds of people have trained as Worship Leaders, Pastoral Workers, Children and Youth Workers, Evangelists, Administrators, Community Workers and Music Ministers.


An unusual kindness

Published: 2nd December 2019

This month sees theweek of prayer for Christian Unity, taking place from 18 to 25 January, an annual initiative in which churches throughout the world are askedto pray for one another as a way of growing closer. Each year takes a differentt


Advent Sunday blog from Bishop John

Published: 1st December 2019

Today isAdvent Sunday when the Church begins to look forward to Christmas. I know mostof the rest of the world has been doing so for a while but we try not to be toopremature about it!Advent istraditionally a time for taking stock as we prepare for t


An evening with Lord Williams at Holland House

Published: 1st December 2019

Last Monday saw the final of a series ofconversations conducted at Holland House, our retreat centre in Cropthorne, betweenBishop Robert Paterson, former Bishop of Sodor and Man now living in Evesham,and some of his episcopal colleagues. The last 'in


Crowle CE First School is a good school

Published: 28th November 2019

Crowle Church of England First school has been judged to bea good school in its recent Ofsted inspection.


Worcestershire Interfaith Forum pledge to care for our earth

Published: 27th November 2019

On 11 November, the Worcester Interfaith Forum met at Holland House Retreat Centre tolisten to Dr Martin Hodson (Operations Director for the John Ray Initiative)and Ms Katy Boom (Director of Sustainability at Worcester University) speak onthe subject


Christmas tree inspiration in Redditch

Published: 26th November 2019

If you are in need of inspiration then head along to St Stephens Churchon Church Green in Redditch Town Centre.


Doug Chaplin licensed as Discipleship and Lay Training Officer

Published: 22nd November 2019

Doug Chaplin was licensed to his new lay training role at yesterday's diocesan synod.


The Cathedral Chamber Choir concert is a family affair

Published: 17th November 2019

Sarah Kings role in a forth coming city concert is not only a celebration of the patron saint of music - it'll be a family affair.


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