Bishop John's forthcoming appointments
Sunday 10 October - Holy Trinity, Malvern
Bishop John will preach and preside at a service of thanksgiving for the successful restoration of chancel roof and tower of Holy Trinity Church. The repairs have been completed thanks to a grant from English Heritage and VAT relief as well as £75,000 raised by the Church through events and grants and through people sponsoring slates on the roof. For more information, contact the Revd David Nichol on 01684 561126.
Monday 11 October - the Garden Project in Charford
At 2.30pm Bishop John will visit the community gardens which have been established on a piece of unused land at the back of St. Andrew's Church in Charford. He will meet many of those involved in the project and understand the impact it is having in the local area. A separate press release will be issued on this event.
Saturday 16 October - Service of celebration of churches in Worcestershire
Bishop John will take part in a service to include the signing of the revised covenant between the Churches in Worcestershire.
Saturday 16 October - launch of Street Pastors in Worcester
Bishop John will commission the first street pastors for Worcester at a special service at 7.30pm in Worcester Cathedral. Following the service the pastors and congregation will move to the Guild Hall from where the pastors will leave to do their first night's work. A separate press release will be available on this.
Thursday 21 October - Visit to Magdeburg
From 21 to 23 October, Bishop John is paying his first official visit to the diocese's partner church in Magdeburg, Germany. He will be taking part in an ecumenical service to celebrate the reinterrment of Edith, a tenth century English princess who married Otto, the German king. This is a state occasion, and the UK Government will be represented by the UK ambassador to Germany. On this visit the Bishop will meet the new bishop of Magdeburg, Ilse Junkermann, for the first time, who is one of the few women bishops in the German Protestant Church.
Monday 1 November - Blessing of Mucknell Abbey
Bishop John will welcome a Benedictine Community of Monks and Nuns to their new home in Mucknell Abbey, near Stoulton and bless the new Abbey in a very simple informal service attended by members of the Community.
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: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester
Tel: 01905 20537 Mobile: 07852 302516 Fax: 01905 612302