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Successful Church Buildings conference

Published: 27th October 2023

The fourth ‘Fit for Function’ Church Buildings Conference took place earlier this month with over 40 people attending from parishes across the Midlands (and even as far away from The Wirral)!

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Praying for Growth using the Advent wreath

Published: 26th October 2023

We have put together a series of prayers for churches to use each week when lighting your Advent candles. The prayers use traditional themes but also enable us to continue to pray for our diocese throughout Advent.

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Second Silver Global Neighbours Award for Overbury C Of E First School

Published: 25th October 2023

Overbury C of E First school has been awarded a silver Global Neighbours award for the second time.

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Kingdom People Fund enables contactless giving machine

Published: 24th October 2023

Elmley Castle, Bricklehampton and The Combertons PCC has successfully applied to the Kingdom People Fund for a grant to purchase a contactless giving machine.

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How to access a free will from The Church of England

Published: 20th October 2023

The Church of England has partnered with Farewill to enable people to write their will for free.

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St Barnabas CE Primary Harvest Festival

Published: 20th October 2023

St Barnabas CE Primary in Worcester held a whole school harvest festival at St Barnabas Church this week. The service included the presentation of certificates to the winners of a harvest poetry and art competition which was run by the Church for children at the school.

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Prayer resources from Christian Aid & Embrace the Middle East

Published: 20th October 2023

As we witness the violence escalating in Israel and Gaza, it is difficult to know how to pray. Christian Aid and Embrace the Middle East have come together to offer churches a resource for prayer.

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Safeguarding Sunday 2023

Published: 16th October 2023

Safeguarding Sunday takes place on Sunday 19 November this year. You can now register your church to take part and receive a free digital resource pack.

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Suckley church shortlisted for National Churches Trust Award

Published: 13th October 2023

Suckley Church has been shortlisted for a National Churches Trust award in the Church & Community Volunteers category – run with the Marsh Charitable Trust.

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Nancy Murray-Peters - RIP

Published: 13th October 2023

The Revd Nancy Murray-Peters died on 30 September, peacefully at St Richard’s Hospice.

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Celebrating 900 years of St Clement's Church

Published: 13th October 2023

St Clement's Church in Worcester will shortly celebrate it's 900th birthday, telling the story of the church over the years, including its journey from East to West. 

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Grill a Vicar at a local pub!

Published: 12th October 2023

Shaun Armstrong, Curate in the Kidderminster Ismere team was given a roasting earlier in the week when he offered himself up to answer questions at a ‘Grill a Vicar’ night in his local pub.

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A reflection for Baby Loss Awareness Week

Published: 10th October 2023

This week marks Baby Loss Awareness Week, and Mel Beynon takes a moment to reflect upon the profound emotions parents experience during childbirth - both the moments of joy and sometimes the heartbreak. Prior to becoming ordained, Mel dedicated 20 years of her life to midwifery, including serving as a bereavement midwife.

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Partnership enables Worcester churches to appoint Children and Youth Worker

Published: 10th October 2023

Three churches in Worcester have worked together to apply to the Healthier Churches Fund and appoint a full-time Children and Youth Worker, who will build on previous work in each of the parishes to engage children and young people.

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Bishop John leads pilgrimage to Canterbury

Published: 7th October 2023

This weekend, Bishop John and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, Bernard Longley are leading an ecumenical pilgrimage to Canterbury with a group from the two dioceses.  

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The month of remembering

Published: 6th October 2023

An article for November editions of parish magazines from the Bishop of Worcester.

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Bredon wins churchyard award

Published: 5th October 2023

St Giles Church in Bredon has won the Worcestershire CPRE best kept churchyard competition in the category for churchyards over one acre.

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St Helen's on the High Street opens again!

Published: 4th October 2023

After being closed for almost a year to allow a major re-ordering project to take place, St Helen’s on the High Street in Worcester was formally re-opened on Tuesday 3 October by Bishop John.

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On being a churchwarden

Published: 2nd October 2023

Former churchwardens of Hagley and Clent tell us what they enjoyed about taking on the role.

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Black History Month 2023

Published: 2nd October 2023

During October we celebrate Black History Month, recognising and celebrating the invaluable contributions of black people to British society.

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NWC learning pathway meets for second time

18th July 2024

Last Friday night saw the second meeting of the Myriad learning community for leaders of New Worshipping Communities in the Diocese and their teams....

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