Spiritual Life

St. Cassian, Church of England

May is such a hope-filled month. It is usually warmer and the blossom and Spring flowers are blooming and the darkness of winter has been forgotten. With the cautious easing of Covid restrictions we are all beginning to feel excited about the future, about seeing people from whom we have been separated and visiting places we have longed to see. It’s not wrong to use the word ‘traumatic’ when describing the Pandemic. Such a thing affects us all, young or old, in various ways, leading to a feeling of helplessness and desperation. There are three stages of recovery from a trauma: it is vital to establish a feeling of safety it is important to be given a voice to tell your story - and to be listened to to reconnect with our faily and friends, our church community, and to God. As a church we will be providing opportunities for people to share their experiences. When it is safe to do so, there will be tea/coffee catch-ups to come and talk to others, knowing you will be listened to. We hope to capture some of these stories in writing and on camera to create a record of this time for future generations. We will start ‘Care-and-Share’ as soon as it is safe to meet. One of the worst things has been being frightened of meeting our friends; frightened of eating and drinking with them; having to reply on phone calls e.mails and e.messages and Zoom; standing at a distance; and not seeing their faces. This loss of communication has been hard to bear. It is vital to bring people back together and to enable reconnection with one another. Acceptance is the final stage of recovery, having had the opportunity to grieve,to give thanks and to rejoice in the many blessing we have. With much love, Clare and Susie - your church wardens. This parish letter first appeared in the May 2021 issue of the Parish magazine _______________________________________________________

St. Mary, Roman Catholic

Mass Times Sunday : 8:30 / 10:30 Holyday: 8:30 / 19:00 Weekday Masses : Mon, Tues, Wed, - 08:30 - Thur, Fri : 11:30 Sat : 10:00 Services Times : Confession - Wednesday till Saturday after Mass or by appointment Baptisms & Marriages - By appointment

Methodist Circuit

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 Church The 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.

Churches

St. Cassian. C. of E. Welcome to Revd. David Hildred d.hildred@kidderminstereast.org.uk
Chaddesley Corbett
Priest: Rt. Rev. Mgr. Canon John Moran <Link> Harvington Hall Lane, Kidderminster DY10 4LR Phone: 01562 777319 19 Stratford Road, Bromsgrove B60 1AS Phone: 01527 835843 The Oaks Community Hall Worcester Road, Harvington. DY10 4NS Please contact John Davis on 07958 489994 or email john@timefortruth.co.uk Website