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The diocesan office is moving

Published: 10th February 2021

In this week's video reflection, Diocesan Secretary, John Preston, talks about when and why the diocesan office is moving. 

As you’re probably aware, for many years the Diocesan Office has been located in the Old Palace. It’s a wonderful building, and it’s been a real privilege to work in such a beautiful place. However, it’s also been expensive to operate, and it’s really important that we support mission and ministry around the diocese as cost-effectively as we can.

In 2019, Diocesan Synod agreed that we should look to move if it would generate very substantial savings and we couldn’t work out a way to share the Old Palace with our landlords, the Dean and Chapter. Sadly, sharing the office wasn’t feasible and we came to the conclusion that moving was the right thing to do. It will save around £200,000 a year – enough to cover the costs of three full-time clergy posts around the diocese.

So where are we going?  We’ve not found the right long term home, but for the next three to five years, I can reveal that we are staying in central Worcester, but moving to Lowesmoor Wharf. We’re taking out a lease on this building here – formerly occupied by the Heart of Worcestershire College.

The pandemic makes it difficult to be certain about timings, but we’re working to a May date for the move.  The new office will have less of a need for caretaking, reception and cleaning, and sadly it’s quite possible that some roles will become redundant. We have started a process of consultation with those affected – please do pray for them and for this process.

Wherever we are located, as a diocesan support hub, our core purpose remains – to serve you, the wider diocese, as best we can, to enable your mission and ministry to be as fruitful as possible.

 

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