Bishop John Forthcoming Appointments for June
Sunday 13 June - Dedicating a window at St. Peter's Church, Ipsley
A new modern stained glass window has been installed at St. Peter's Church and will be dedicated by the Bishop in a special service, which will also be a thanksgiving service for the church's refurbishment and renovation. The window was designed and made by Tom Denny and is on the theme of the Holy Spirit, depicting a number of bible passages that highlight the Spirit's work. The service will start at 3pm.
Tuesday 15 June - opening and dedicating a new building at St. James' Primary School, Malvern
As a result of a successful LCVAP bid St. James was awarded £600,000 to build a new extension and the school added £100,000 of Devolved Formula Capital to this. This will provide two new KS1 classrooms, with access to a covered outdoor play area and their own toilets as well as a secure entrance to the school along with two new office areas. This has released a classroom which is due for refurbishment as a hall in the near future. As the school was exceedingly short of play area and is located on the western slopes of the Malvern Hills the design incorporated a roof top playground, giving an all year round play area for all the children. The Bishop will arrive at 2.30pm to be met by children who will lead him onto the new playground and sing a couple of songs. He will then declare the building officially open and lead a prayer to dedicate it to God's work. For more information, please contact the Headteacher, Karen Surrall on 01684 561207.
Saturday 26 June - commissioning a team of people to work with the Peru partnership
A mission team of 16 people from across the Diocese of Worcester will be commissioned by Bishop John at the Evensong Service in the Cathedral. The team will go on a three week mission to our link Diocese of Peru on 6 August. While in Peru they will work along side Peruvian Christians in their ministry in the diocesan schools, feeding programmes for the children in the shanty towns and the women's income generating craft programmes in Lima. They will also visit the diocesan church and missions in Arequipa and the mission centre in Cabanaconde in the Colga Canyon.
Sunday 27 June - leading Stourport deanery's pilgrimage to Much Wenlock
The Stourport deanery pilgrimage is an annual visit to the grounds & ruins of the Old Priory at Much Wenlock. Churches from across the area come together to celebrate an outdoor Eucharist at what was the lavabo area for the monks. The Eucharistic assistants and other lay ministries are affirmed and blessed during the service and a picnic lunch is shared afterwards. Bishop John will be the preacher and celebrant. For more information, please contact the Revd Louise Grace on 01584 881331.
Sunday 27 June - preaching at a Songs of Praise service at St. John's, Hagley.
The Hagley Flower festival will take place over the weekend of St. John's patronal weekend. There will be 18 different floral arrangements in church on the theme of favourite hymns, both traditional and modern. Many of these hymns will then be sung either at the morning family communion service or during the Songs of Praise service at 4pm, which will be attended by Bishop John. For more information, please contact the Revd Richard Newton on 01562 882442.
Tuesday 29 June - attending St. Peter's First School's patronal festival in Droitwich
Bishop John will visit for the school's St. Peter's Day celebration. Bishop John will lead collective worship for the whole school including parents and Governors. The rest of the day will involve classes taking part in quizzes, activities and art work related to St. Peter. Each class will also create a piece for a fabric hanging and take part in a treasure hunt in the grounds of St. Peter's Church. Parents will join their children for a picnic on the school field to join us for the celebrations. For more information, please contact Rachel Rean on 01905 772138.
The Diocese of Worcester is one of 44 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell.
From: Samantha Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester
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