The PCC of the Parish of Ribbesford with Bewdley and Dowles is inviting tenders for the supply of architectural design services.
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Bishop John has announced the appointment of the Revd Melissa Beynon as Rector of the benefice of Ribbesford w Bewdley & Dowles & Wribbenhall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An article for March editions of parish magazines from Stephen Edwards, Interim Dean of Worcester.
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.
As we begin a new year, our fantastic treasurers will be busy preparing the annual accounts for our churches. As with all charities, including PCCs, these are required by law, however, using your accounts well can be of real benefit to your church and give the PCC confidence in the decisions they are making.
Last weekend saw the first meeting of a new learning community for leaders of new worshipping communities and their teams in parishes across the Diocese.
Malvern Link with Cowleigh has started an after-school club for local families in the hall at the Church of the Ascension. Parents with primary school age children can come along to the club, to do craft and games together and then have a hot meal.
At Great Malvern Priory, the nave floor is currently being levelled so that people will no longer trip up and fall off the pew plinths that were left there when the Victorians restored the church. As part of the work, the Priory had a visit from Victoria Bryant, the diocesan Archaeological Advisor.
In December 2022 the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) introduced the option for donors to give a one-off gift to a parish and have so far raised over £1.6 million, with the average gift being nearly £200!
Bishop John visited Hartlebury CE Primary School this week to bless their new reflection and prayer space which has been created by the pupils themselves.
Bishop Martin joined the congregation of St John’s Church in Kates Hill, Dudley last Sunday to bless their new community space.
St John’s Church in Bromsgrove has been awarded a grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to repair the top of the spire and further engage visitors in the building’s heritage.
An article for February editions of parish magazines, from the Archdeacon of Worcester, Mark Badger.
A change to the law which came into effect on 26 December should make it easier for PCCs to apply to parish councils for funding for items such as churchyard maintenance and clock maintenance.
Bishop Martin will be pleased to license the Revd Julie James as Assistant Curate in the Benefice of Longdon, Castlemorton, Bushley and Queenhill with Holdfast on Sunday 28 January.
There is a tradition of blessing chalk at Epiphany to mark the threshold of our homes with a new year blessing.