From the moment we are born our lives are defined by numbers. The first information given to a new parent is the sex of their child swiftly followed by the weight and length. From that moment on we have a date of birth, a house number, a telephone number, pin numbers, NHS numbers ! We are surrounded by numbers- how heavy we are, what size clothes we wear, what shoe size we are, what our bank balance is, our salaries…its endless ! We judge ourselves and are judged by others by numbers; who we are, what we are, what we have!Church is no different. Every Sunday we write down how many people attended the service, we count the collection, we are asked to work out the average attendance throughout the year. We calculate the parish share using average salaries. The bible is full of numbers. Certain numbers appear regularly. For example, the number 40 is used 146 times throughout the testaments. Some examples include the story of Noah where it rained for 40 days and 40 nights. Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights in the wilderness and Moses was 40 days on Mount Sinai receiving God’s laws.Do numbers really matter? Some really do and others really do not. It is important to remember house numbers and phone numbers because this is how we connect with one another. It is how we remember one another and show people that we care. A phone call, a text or a letter can make a huge difference and let someone know that they are being thought of and that they are loved. It doesn’t matter what you earn, what size you are or what your shoe size is. You are you and all of those things make you and you are loved for it.It often seems that size matters! The number of people attending a church seems to be the measure of how successful a church is. Well that simply isn’t true. Jesus told us that ”When two or three are gathered in my name, there I am with them”. Church is a building but the church is the congregation who not only attend on a Sunday but who go out into the community and share God’s love through the things that they do and what they say. Being kind, offering a helping hand and praying- you cannot measure the impact of these things in numbers.One last thought …at the time of writing this there are 86 days until Christmas. We will buy advent calendars and presents and start the countdown to a very special date of birth. Mary would not have known how heavy Jesus was and certainly had more important things on her mind.Take time to make that call you have been meaning to make, text someone you care about and check in on your neighbours.Clare
St. Mary, Roman Catholic
Mass Times Sunday : 8:30 / 10:30Holyday: 8:30 / 19:00Weekday Masses : Mon, Tues, Wed, - 08:30 - Thur, Fri : 11:30Sat : 10:00Services Times : Confession - Wednesday till Saturday after Mass or by appointment Baptisms & Marriages - By appointment
At Bromsgrove we offer worship in a variety of styles, mostly informal, always including readings from the Bible which will be explained and applied to today, songs and hymns some from the days of the Wesleys and many written in the last few years. Currently the majority of Sunday mornings singing is led by an organ but at least once a month by a worship band of different instruments and vocalists. During the week there are opportunities to join smaller groups to read, discuss and pray for each other. We offer God’s love in word and actions on site (see weekly diary); in homes (through for example Crosslinks Befriending) and in the community often in partnership with other Christian churches – for example Street Pastors. If you come to a Sunday Service or week day activity we hope you will feel welcome. The church is committed to a Safeguarding Policy for children and vulnerable adults, has access for wheel chair users, T loop for audibly impaired people and large print word version of all that is needed in worship. (most of what we sing and say is projected on to screens).Oaks Community ChurchThe Oaks Community Church meets at ‘The Oaks’ Community Centre at Harvington (on the main A 450, close to Mustow Green traffic island).The church meets every Sunday morning at 10:30am and every Friday evening at 7:30pm. Refreshments are also available after the services.
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Priest: Rt. Rev. Mgr. Canon John Moran<Link>Harvington Hall Lane, Kidderminster DY10 4LRPhone: 01562 77731919 Stratford Road, Bromsgrove B60 1ASPhone: 01527 835843The Oaks Community HallWorcester Road,Harvington.DY10 4NSPlease contact John Davis on 07958 489994 or email email@example.com