A grant of over £5 million has been awarded to the Diocese of Worcester to enable two ‘resourcing churches’ to be established in Worcester and Dudley. All Saints’ Church in Worcester and St Thomas & St Luke in Dudley ‘Top Church’ will each receive funding to develop their church buildings and employ additional team members to enable them to grow and become a resource for all churches across the Diocese.

All Saints in Worcester will be looking to further develop St Helen’s on the High Street as well as All Saints’ itself. In 2002, All Saints was relaunched to provide an Anglican evangelical ministry which was missing in the City of Worcester and has since grown to nearly 400 members. The funding from the Church Commissioners will enable All Saints’ to develop and expand further, growing leaders and supporting other churches in Worcester and beyond.

The new resourcing church in Dudley is an opportunity to establish a congregation in Dudley which will be very different from the other Church of England congregations currently in the town. Top Church will be redeveloped and improved and a new team there will work with the existing community there to bring new life to this iconic church to enable it to best serve the needs of the local area.

The Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge said: “We’re absolutely delighted that the Church Commissioners are supporting this new project. Research has shown how bringing resources into an area to fund intentional mission can have an impact much wider than the individual churches. Resourcing Churches have been very successful across the Church of England in bringing more people to faithand All Saints and Top Church are both an important part of the mix as to how we can better serve and reach those who are not currently part of any Christian community.”

The Revd Rich Johnson, Vicar of All Saints, said: “All Saints is excited about becoming one of the resourcing churches in the diocese, which will allow us to further develop our commitment to both caring for the most vulnerable in our city and to offer a place where people of all backgrounds can explore faith.We look forward to being able to partner strategically with the Bishop and other churches to see renewal and growth across the region.”

The Revd James Treasure will lead the new Resourcing Church in Dudley. He said: “This is really wonderful news for the Church of England in Dudley! We are very excited about all the opportunities this creates for the people of the borough to experience 'life, in all its fullness' as Jesus promised.”

The two resourcing churches will further develop links with the local community and other local churches to ensure each is well known in its area and effectively serving the local needs. Outreach in response to these needs will be a key element of the churches. They will both have a primarily contemporary style of worship, which has been proven to attract new people to faith. Once established, Resourcing Churches will be able to offer help and advice to other local churches to develop particular areas of their own mission and ministry.

All Saints will be launched as a resourcing church in the Autumn while it is anticipated that the official launch of the Top Church resourcing church will take place in September 2019.

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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.

Tel: 01905 20537 Mobile: 07852 302516
Email: ssetchell@cofe-worcester.org.uk