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In celebration of Mission Accompaniers: Chris Bright supporting Rev Nick Gowers

Published: 18th June 2024

Mission Accompaniers are available to come alongside parishes to offer tailored support. Nick Gowers had been vicar nine years, when in 2022, Chris Bright became his Mission Accompanier.

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St Andrew’s Malvern children and families work thriving with 100 children

Published: 7th May 2024

Children, youth and family work is thriving at St Andrew’s church in Malvern with over 100 children and young people on their books and over 50 attending most Sundays.


New ALM Worship Leaders across Dudley

Published: 12th April 2024

11 people from parishes across the Greater Dudley Deanery have been presented with certificates to mark the completion of their course to become Authorised Lay Ministers (ALMs) as Worship Leaders.

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Being a Distinctive Deacon

Published: 13th March 2024

Chris Sheehan is a Pioneer Minister in Evesham having been ordained six years ago. With a ministry focussed on working in the community, he decided to stay as a distinctive deacon rather than being ordained as a priest at the end of the first year of his curacy.

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New rural mission area for Teme Valley

Published: 9th January 2024

Three Priests in the Teme Valley who have recently joined together to work across a new wider mission area share the many advantages to grouping together in this new way

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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 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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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

Reader weekend at Holland House

Published: 17th May 2023

Around 30 Licensed Lay Ministers (Readers) gathered at Holland House over the weekend for fellowship, prayer, and to study the bible together.

An alternative route to ordination

Published: 16th February 2023

15 people from parishes across the Diocese have started a new training course with the hope that many of them will be able to be ordained over the next couple of years. 

Ordinations 2022

Published: 8th June 2022

Fourteen candidates will be ordained over the first weekend in July to serve in parishes across the Diocese.

Church members complete Bishop's Certificate course

Published: 11th November 2021

Over 40 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.

New priest for Alvechurch and Beoley in Redditch

Published: 27th September 2021

Bishop John has announced the appointment of Gail Rogers as Priest in Charge of Alvechurch and Vicar of Beoley in the Holy Trinity Redditch Team.

Reflections on having a stammer

Published: 24th September 2021

Calum Burke, Curate at Top Church in Dudley has recently taken part in a 'Stammer Stories' podcast series, sharing his experiences of stammering & ordained ministry. In this blog he talks about his stammer & the impact on his faith journey.

Five new Lay Ministers licensed

Published: 20th September 2021

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

A celebration of Authorised Lay Ministry

Published: 20th September 2021

19 people have received a certificate from Bishop John to mark the completion of their courses to become ALMs. The special service at the Cathedral was a celebration of this form of lay ministry.

A pilgrimage to start Reader Ministry

Published: 10th September 2021

The five people who will be licensed as Lay Ministers (Readers) in the Cathedral on 18 September, are taking part in a two-day pilgrimage from Birmingham to Worcester.

Filling Chaddesley Corbett Church with butterflies

Published: 16th July 2021

St Cassian’s Church in Chaddesley Corbett will be filled with butterflies on 29 July as the parish comes together as a first step in properly reconnecting after the pandemic.

"Gradually I realised I'd been wrong all my life about God!"

Published: 6th July 2021

Before training for ordination, Richard Sandland worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon and watching a play completely changed the course of his life.

Fourteen people to be ordained this weekend

Published: 1st July 2021

14 candidates will be ordained as deacons and priests over the weekend to serve in parishes across the Diocese. Watch the live stream of the services.

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West Worcester Beacon Benefice’s Three New Worshipping Communities

18th June 2024

One of our four new priorities is to create 100 New Worshipping Communities by 2030. West Worcester Beacon have three New Worshipping Communities: Breakfast Church, Wild church and All Together....

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