to the Diocese of Worcester where we believe that the church exists to serve those who are not - or not yet - its members.
The Diocese of Worcester is a wonderful part of the world and the best thing about it is without doubt its people. A few years ago I served as a parish priest in the heart of inner city Tyneside, an area famed for the warmth of its people: the people here are just as friendly.
The diocese covers an area of 671 square miles and includes the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell - so we are not short on variety. From the urban north, with its impressive history and cultural mix, to the agricultural south where the rich colours of rural life flavour many people's day to day experience, the Diocese has much to offer to visitor, resident and worshipper alike.
As a Diocese we are committed to mission in every aspect, seeking to bring the good news of God's love in Jesus to all who live in the cities, towns and villages, and to make the gospel relevant to their everyday lives. In putting mission first we are focusing on three priorities:-
- The deepening of our prayer
- The renewal of our public worship
- The equipping of people to share their faith
By so doing, we hope and pray that our churches will display the hallmarks of healthy churches which we have identified as:
- Worshipping God
- Working to rid the world of poverty
- Sharing the gospel
- Building inclusive communities
- Helping people to faith
- Caring for the earth
When they are healthy our churches will be enabled by God's grace to fully play their part in enabling all the people whom they seek to serve to flourish. This is what we believe God yearns to see as he carries forward his great plan to reconcile the whole creation to himself in Christ.
I commend the Diocese of Worcester to you, with its magnificent Cathedral in Worcester and beautiful, varied and vibrant parish churches. I hope that you will pay us a visit to share in God's creation at its most beautiful and diverse.
May God bless you richly.
The Bishop's Lent Message can be viewed at:
Bishop's Office tel: 01905 731599
- Bishop's Chaplain
- the Bishop's PA
- the Bishop's Assistant secretary