It seems amazing to Alison and myself that we have been in the Kidderminster area for 23 years, arriving with our four young children and departing without them!It has been quite a journey, with always a mixture of joys and blessings, sadness's and frustrations. I came into a team of three Kidderminster churches, being responsible for St Chad's and St Cecilia's – which previously had each had their own Team Vicar. I then moved in 2008 to be Team Rector, with chief responsibility for St George's.For the uninitiated, 'Rector' and 'Vicar' generally mean the same thing in the Church of England, it's mainly a quirk of history. The distinction was reintroduced for Team Ministries, where Team Rector designates oversight of the whole Parish, and Team Vicar(s) those who work alongside the TR, often with specific responsibility for a church/churches or area of ministry.There had also been a long-term plan for the Kidderminster district (Deanery) agreed locally by the Deanery - for reducing clergy numbers when a vacancy occurred. When John Cox retired, the plan for our part of the Deanery came to fruition. Chaddesley Corbett and Stone Parishes were brought together with the St George's Kidderminster Parish. We collectively decided to call ourselves Kidderminster East Parish.There are pros and cons to working in a wider team. It sometimes brings new energy, mutual support, fresh ideas, awareness of the wider church, economies of scale. On the other hand there are no doubt times we look back to 'the good old days' of smaller units, fewer frustrating waits for business to go through more procedures, energies focussed solely on 'our' church.We live through rapidly changing times. The church is often slow to adapt its life and respond to the changes. We are called to be faithful to the Gospel, yetneed to be willing to explore new ways of 'being' church that relate to every new generation.I've been reading through bits of Old Testament history. What is striking is theway God delivers his own chosen people and then how quickly they all forget!They seem to remember the things they should leave behind, but neglect to stay faithful to God. Well I suspect there's something of that tendency in all ofus. Easier to hold on to inherited patterns, harder to relinquish them when they no longer serve their purpose.We have to be ready to examine what patterns are viable and sustainable, both for clergy and lay-people working together. As Alison and I move on to Dudley, we go with a great sense of loss for all we are leaving behind, but excitement too at what God may have for us in the future. We wish you every blessing, first, through a period of vacancy, with Robert Acting Team Rector, and then as the reps and all involved prepare the ground for advertising for and appointing a new Team Rector.With many blessings Hugh and Alison
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 firstname.lastname@example.org