Free mince pies are going out to most of the traders and shop staff in central Pershore, a gift from the local churches.

"We are all part of the same local community and want to say thank you for all their help and service over the year" says Jacqui John from the Baptist Church. 

The team from Churches Together in Pershore will tour the town next week (18 & 19 December) with seasonal greetings. 

"We are not asking for a single penny" explained Christine Dodd from Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, "but offering to remember people in prayer if that is what they would like". 

Next January sees a special Week of Prayer for Christian Unity organised by the Abbey, Baptist Church, Holy Redeemer and Community Church. 

The Revd Claire Lording, Vicar of Pershore and Pinvin, commented "We’re inviting business owners and staff to write down prayer requests, either for themselves or for the business. The prayers we gather now will be presented at the January united service."