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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Published: 4th December 2023

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity runs from 18 - 25 January in 2024 and is an international Christian ecumenical observance.

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Another new year – how did it come around so quickly?

Published: 4th December 2023

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

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1st Sunday of Advent – New Worshipping Communities

Published: 3rd December 2023

We have produced a series of videos for each week in Advent and Christmas Day featuring the lighting of candles on an Advent wreath while praying for growth in our diocese.

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Cathedral Confirmations

Published: 1st December 2023

To celebrate the feast of Christ the King, confirmations were held at the Cathedral last Sunday with people from parishes across the diocese being confirmed by Bishop John.

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Pray for COP28

Published: 1st December 2023

COP28 is the United Nations Climate Change conference happening in the United Arab Emirates, from 30 November to 12 December 2023. Find out how you can get involved.

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New plaque commemorates one of the co-creators of Shakespeare's First Folio

Published: 29th November 2023

John Heminge, one of the co-creators of Shakespeare's First Folio was baptised at St Peter's Church in Droitwich & a new plaque has been unveiled in his honour.

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The Souls of our Shoes – 16 days of activism against gender-based violence

Published: 27th November 2023

The Mothers’ Union has joined forces with the Cathedral and Worcester Community Trust for a powerful exhibition to raise awareness of domestic abuse and gender-based violence.

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Stanford on Teme Christmas Tree festival

Published: 27th November 2023

Once again, on the first weekend in December, St Mary’s Church at Stanford will be filled with a wonderful array of 25 Christmas trees as they hold their annual festival. 

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Nativity travels around Clifton, the Shelsleys and Harpley

Published: 27th November 2023

Clifton-upon-Teme Primary School helped to launch this year’s travelling nativity which will be visiting locations around Clifton, the Shelsleys and Harpley (villages in the countryside to the West of Worcester).

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Richard Sandland to be Rector of the Bowbrook Group

Published: 24th November 2023

Bishop John is pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Richard Sandland as Rector of the Bowbrook Group.

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Not too late to join New Worshipping Community Learning Pathway launching Jan

Published: 23rd November 2023

In January a New Worshipping Community Learning Pathway pilot will be starting. It’s not too late to sign-up if you are interested in joining a supportive community with other church teams developing New Worshipping Communities. 

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New Worshipping Community ‘Create’ meets in Kempsey

Published: 23rd November 2023

‘Create’ is an arts ministry facilitated by experienced artist, teacher and now LLM Kay Mason. ‘Create’ NWC meets at St Mary's Church in Kempsey, Worcester.

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Exploring the Christian Faith

Published: 23rd November 2023

People from across the Diocese have received a certificate from Bishop Martin, marking the completion of a course designed to help them relate their Christian faith to their own life and locality.

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An eco friendly Advent wreath

Published: 22nd November 2023

Kate Hurst from the Sustainable Church Flowers group shows us how to make an eco-friendly Advent wreath.

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Resources for preaching generosity

Published: 22nd November 2023

One of the main reasons that people do not give to their church is simply that they are not asked. This ask needs to come in many forms, individual and personal, but also within a church’s general preaching and teaching. Here are some resources from the Stewardship Team to help with this.

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Madresfield Walk of Wonder

Published: 22nd November 2023

The whole village gets involved in the Madresfield Walk of Wonder, a free event being held over the weekend of 9 & 10 December.

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Kashmir Garton becomes Interim Chair of the National Safeguarding Panel

Published: 20th November 2023

Kashmir Garton has become the Interim Chair of the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Panel until such time as the Church’s future independent safeguarding arrangements are finalised. 

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Evensong to the mark the retirement of Archdeacon Robert

Published: 20th November 2023

Hundreds gathered in the Cathedral yesterday evening to say farewell and thank you to Archdeacon Robert Jones at a special Evensong to mark his retirement.

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Bishop John addresses General Synod

Published: 18th November 2023

During the General Synod debate on Living in Love and Faith, Bishop John was asked to say a few words setting out his position. Here is the text of his speech.

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Engaging with care homes in Lapal

Published: 16th November 2023

St Peter’s Church in Lapal, Halesowen has been reaching out to local care homes with two new worshipping communities. 

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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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