Around 50 people in groups from Bewdley, Brierley Hill, Droitwich, Evesham and across the Black Country have received a special certificate from Bishop John marking the completion of a course designed to help them relate their Christian faith to their own life and locality.

Bewdley Bishops certificate groupThe groups took the Bishop’s Certificate course over 12 months with the support of local tutors. It covered subjects such as Christian faith and the Creeds, the Old and New Testaments, Pentecost and the Holy Spirit, discipleship and living as Christians with people of other faiths. They were presented with their certificate by Assistant Bishop, the Rt Revd Michael Hooper.

Bishop Michael addressed the candidates before presenting them with their certificates. He offered warm congratulations to all those receiving certificates and said: 

“It’s great to see people learning and understanding more about our faith and having confidence in the scriptures. The bible is about people travelling with God and that’s what we’re all doing.”

Black country bishops certificate groupThe group drawn from parishes across the Black Country was led by Lay Minister in Stourbridge, Kath Davis, who said:

“We always get such lovely feedback from the Bishop’s Certificate course – it gives people confidence to do things they might not have considered before and read the bible with greater insight. The course gives people a really good grounding in the Christian faith, enabling them to connect the New Testament with the often lesser known Old Testament and apply it to their everyday life.”

bishops certificate evesham groupAnne McCormbie from St. Peter’s in Badsey said:

“I really enjoyed the course and am sad that it’s over. I’ve only relatively recently started exploring my faith and the course has helped me to grow in confidence. I’ve also realised that God doesn’t always let you choose your roles, but has plans for you!”

Peter Clarke from the parish of Mamble with Bayton said: 

“I found the course fascinating and in fact much better than I’d imagined! It wasn’t too academic and I enjoyed the discussion which helped set scripture in the context of everyday life.”

Bishops Certificate Droitwich groupChris Palmer from Droitwich parish said: 

“It was good to be able to study the Old Testament in more depth. I also enjoyed sharing other people’s experiences – there was a great sense of fellowship in our group over the year.”

Bishops certificate brierley hill groupJulie Lawton is a member of Holy Trinity, Wordsley, but joined with a group at St. Mark’s, Pensnett to complete the Bishop’s Certificate.

“It was a wonderful choice to join with the group – I have met so many lovely people and we have stayed in touch since the course finished. It really helped me to explore my faith more deeply and answer some of the questions that I’d had for many years.”

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The Diocese of Worcester is one of 42 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.

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