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Children's Society's Good Childhood Report

Published: 20th September 2023

The Children’s Society has now launched its 12th annual Good Childhood Report. The report shows the latest trends in children’s wellbeing.

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Thriving Kingdom Arts in Worcester attracts attendees from Birmingham

Published: 19th September 2023

Kingdom Arts, sometimes called 'Messy Church for adults' is a new worshipping community that has been running eight years at St Georges’ Church in Worcester.


£1million received through the Parish Giving Scheme so far this year!

Published: 18th September 2023

Thanks to your generosity, churches across the Diocese have already received over a million pounds in regular giving though the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) this year!

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Makers' Fayre at Hallow Church

Published: 14th September 2023

On Saturday 2 September, St Philip and St James’ Church, Hallow, was host to a Makers’ Fayre with 20 local crafters and makers exhibiting their wares both inside and outside the church.

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RAAC Guidance

Published: 14th September 2023

Was your church, church hall, or other parochial building built between 1950 and 1990? If so, you might need to check if it was built with Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC).

New Lay Ministers Authorised

Published: 14th September 2023

28 people received a certificate from Bishop John last Sunday to mark the completion of their courses to become Authorised Lay Ministers (ALMs). The special service at Worcester Cathedral was a celebration of this form of lay ministry.

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Five new lay ministers licensed

Published: 11th September 2023

Five people from parishes across the Diocese were admitted to the office of Reader on Saturday in Worcester Cathedral. Bishop John conducted the service, licensing the individuals to minister in the parishes they have been called to serve.

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New Lay Ministers to be licensed

Published: 7th September 2023

On Saturday 9 September, Bishop Martin will license new Licensed Lay Ministers (also known as Readers) for parishes in Worcestershire and Dudley.

Lay Ministers (Readers) being licensed by Bishop John

A new role for Hazel Charlton

Published: 4th September 2023

Bishop Martin joined with the Halas Team at St John's Church in Halesowen on Sunday to bless and pray for the Revd Hazel Charlton, as she took up a new role as the Vicar for St John’s along with the exciting position of Renewal Project Lead.

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Visit a church during heritage open days

Published: 31st August 2023

​​​​​​​Churches across Worcestershire and Dudley are opening their doors for this year’s Heritage Open Days with a range of activities for all ages and a chance to discover the story behind our historic churches and the communities they serve.

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New Church Children and Youth Worker Appointed 

Published: 30th August 2023

Sian Morgan has become the latest person to join our network of Children and Youth Workers, as we seek to double the number of children and young people worshipping in our churches by 2030.

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Prisons' Week 2023

Published: 29th August 2023

Prisons Sunday is on 8 October this year and marks the beginning of Prisons Week, which continues until the following Saturday. The diocesan Criminal Justice Affairs Group (CJAG) aims to offer a Christian perspective and advise on criminal justice matters.

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Running the race set before us

Published: 29th August 2023

An article for the October editions of parish magazines from the Archdeacon of Dudley, Nikki Groarke.

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The Dean of Worcester retires after 16 years

Published: 25th August 2023

The Dean of Worcester, the Very Reverend Peter Atkinson, will officially retire on Friday 25 August, after more than 16 years in the post, and 43 years as a priest in the Church of England.

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New holiday club for Greater Dudley Church of Ascension

Published: 23rd August 2023

The Church of Ascension in Wall Heath in Greater Dudley deanery ran a new holiday club for primary school aged children this summer.

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The Dean's Farewell

Published: 17th August 2023

On Sunday 10 September, we shall say farewell to Peter Atkinson.

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Deepening our Faith

Published: 17th August 2023

The Bishop’s Certificate course, exploring the bible and theology, will start again this autumn in both Dudley and Worcester areas of the diocese.

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Soul Food

Published: 13th August 2023

A course for anyone who wants to grow in responsiveness to God running this autumn as a collaboration with Lichfield Diocese. The course is open to all including beginners in prayer as well as those with long experience.

Incorporating ‘Praying for Growth’ resources into morning worship

Published: 11th August 2023

Rector of the Brierley Hill Team and Area Dean of Greater Dudley, David Hoskin, has adapted the liturgy used at the launch of ‘Praying for Growth’, turning it into a short service of the word which he has used at Christ Church, Quarry Bank.

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New benches for Wild Church

Published: 11th August 2023

The West Worcester Beacon Team (Hallow, Grimley, Holt & Lower Broadheath) started their new worshipping community, ‘Wild Church’ at Holt Church last Spring. Each month, people gather to worship God outside, whatever the weather, and they have worked with a local charity, Wildgoose, who have created a number of benches for people to use.

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Latest News

Introducing our Mission and Ministry Team

27th 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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