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Vocation Sunday - 21 April

Published: 7th March 2024

Vocations Sunday takes place on 21 April in 2024.

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Hanley Castle Beer and Ethics Lent series now in 10th year

Published: 6th March 2024

The parish of Hanley Castle run a very successful Beer and Ethics Lent series, led by Sue Adeney, which is now in its tenth year. The principal is that people from the community that have interesting jobs, interests or circumstances are interviewed about their work but from an ethical point of view.

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Her Majesty the Queen to distribute Royal Maundy gifts in Worcester

Published: 4th March 2024

The annual Royal Maundy Service will be coming to Worcester on Thursday 28 March when Her Majesty The Queen will be distributing the Royal Maundy gifts on behalf of His Majesty The King at the Cathedral.

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New Rector of Ribbesford w Bewdley & Dowles & Wribbenhall

Published: 1st March 2024

Bishop John has announced the appointment of the Revd Melissa Beynon as Rector of the benefice of Ribbesford w Bewdley & Dowles & Wribbenhall.

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A leap day wedding!

Published: 29th February 2024

St Mary’s Church in Madresfield was the setting for a leap day wedding on 29 February. The happy couple, Sophie and Steven Mason had waited for this date and worked with the church to have their wedding in Lent.

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Grants to help with church repairs

Published: 29th February 2024

Parishes will now be able to apply for grants of up to £10,000 to make repairs to their church buildings thanks to a new funding stream from the national church.

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Introducing our Mission and Ministry Team

Published: 26th February 2024

The diocesan Mission and Ministry Team helps to equip and enable people to follow God’s call in their lives and better serve their communities. The team offers learning and training opportunities for people throughout the Diocese, wherever they are in their discipleship journey.

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New Vicar of Claines & St George's Church, Worcester

Published: 23rd February 2024

Bishop John has announced the appointment of The Revd Sarah Carwardine as Priest in Charge of the Benefice of Claines St John the Baptist and the Benefice of Worcester St George with St Mary Magdalene.

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Introducing Helen Laird C&YP Worker for three Worcester churches

Published: 20th February 2024

In Autumn 2023 three churches in Worcester joined together to recruit a full-time Children and Young People Worker following a successful application to the Healthier Churches Fund. Helen Laird was appointed.

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Worcester Passion Play 2024

Published: 19th February 2024

Last Easter, more than a thousand people came to watch a live open-air performance of the Passion Play in Cathedral Square on Good Friday. This year's play will take place on 29 March.

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Canon Paul Tongue receives Wulfstan Cross

Published: 17th February 2024

Bishop John recently presented Canon Paul Tongue with the Cross of St Wulfstan in recognition of his exceptional service to the Diocese of Worcester over many years. The award was presented to Paul while he was in hospital ahead of his sad death on Tuesday 30 January.

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Bishop John's Lent appeal for 2024

Published: 14th February 2024

Bishop John’s Lent Appeal this year will be for the Friends of the Holy Land.

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Thinking about church finances during Lent

Published: 14th February 2024

This article from the diocesan stewardship team looks at some practical ways to think about money in our churches during Lent.

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Marking Racial Justice Sunday in Bewdley

Published: 14th February 2024

St Anne’s Church in Bewdley marked Racial Justice Sunday on 11 February. The recommended theme this year was migration, and the congregation prayed for the 100 million people displaced from their homes across the globe, roughly half of whom are children.

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Redditch Mission Area helped provide Christmas presents to over 600 children

Published: 13th February 2024

The 12 Anglican churches which make up the new Redditch Mission Area came together for the Make Christmas Special Toy Appeal 2023 providing Christmas gifts to 605 children.

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'House of Bones' under Bishop John's home featured in a documentary

Published: 9th February 2024

An award-winning film based on a book written by Bishop John's late wife Denise will get a special screening at Worcester Cathedral to commemorate the 10th anniversary of her death.

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Surprises in Lent

Published: 9th February 2024

An article for March editions of parish magazines from Stephen Edwards, Interim Dean of Worcester.

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St James Norton Hosts Exhibition of Local Children’s Artwork

Published: 7th February 2024

On Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd February St James church in Norton Worcester hosted an exhibition of local school children’s artwork.

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Using social media to boost Christmas attendance

Published: 7th February 2024

St Thomas’ Church in Stourbridge saw a significant increase in attendance at its Christmas services this year, which the vicar, Andrew Sillis, is crediting in part to a campaign on social media.

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Pilgrimage of Prayer with Archbishop Justin

Published: 4th February 2024

We had a fantastic day on Saturday as Archbishop Justin visited the Diocese for a day of focussed prayer for our parishes, schools and communities as well as the many issues facing our world at the moment.

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Latest News

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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