Members of churches in Halesowen, Kidderminster, Evesham, Upton, Pershore and Malvern will be hitting the streets on Ash Wednesday, 1 March and offering to say a prayer for the people they meet.

The Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge and the Bishop of Dudley, Graham Usher, will be among those collecting prayers during the day, as will the Archdeacon of Dudley, Nikki Groarke and the Diocesan Secretary, Robert Higham. Along with other clergy and lay people, they will be approaching members of the public to ask them for their prayer requests, which will be written on prayer cards to be prayed later at Ash Wednesday services.

Prayers will be being collected at the following times and locations:

  • Evesham town centre (including the Bishop of Worcester): 11am – 12.30pm
  • Halesowen town centre (including the Bishop of Dudley): midday – 1pm
  • Kidderminster town centre (including the Archdeacon of Dudley): 11.30 – 1pm
  • Upton town centre (including the Diocesan Secretary): 11am – midday
  • Malvern town centre: 12.30 – 1.30pm
  • Pershore town centre: 11am – midday

Bishop John will be joining the team in Evesham. He said: 

“Each Ash Wednesday we head out onto the streets of the Diocese offering to pray for individuals. We have always found that people really appreciate somebody taking the time and interest to pray for them and any problems or concerns that they’re currently experiencing. The start of Lent is a good time to focus on the difference that prayer can make.”

Bishop Graham is joining the team in Halesowen. He said: 

“Ash Wednesday begins the Christian season of Lent, a time of prayer and preparation for Holy Week and Easter when we remember Jesus’ death and resurrection. I’m looking forward to being in Halesowen alongside other Christians this Ash Wednesday, inviting passers-by if I can pray for anything in their lives, or for those they are concerned about. I’ll be praying throughout Lent for the people I meet.”

Ash Wednesday is a date in the Christian calendar when the focus of attention is on being sorry for the wrong things we have done. It's a day to cleanse the soul as the Lent fast begins. Many churches have Ash Wednesday services at which worshippers are marked with ashes as a symbol of death and sorrow for sin.



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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