Spiritual Life

St. Cassian, Church of England

Farewell As you may have heard, directly or on the grapevine, I shall be moving on in March   to   a   new   post.   With   January   being   a   chance   to   think   about   new beginnings,   and   as   a   number   of   you   have   asked   me   and   Alison   about   our move, I   thought   it   might   be   good   to   share   a   bit   of   the   picture   with   you   –   with apologies to those who may have seen some of these thoughts elsewhere. I   applied   for   the   post   of   Team   Rector   of   Dudley,   was   offered   the   post   and   I have   accepted.   I   will   be   licensed   there   on   April   7th,   so   will   still   be   around   in the parish through January and February. It   is   not   long   since   we   said   farewell   to   our   Curate   Rach   -   also   on   her   way   to Dudley!   The   journey   for   me   began   with   a   somewhat   light-hearted   exchange between    Rach    and    me,    when    I    noticed    the    Team    Rector    post    being advertised,   and   realised   it   was   connected   with   the   post   she   was   about   to enter. Surely a Curate would want to escape from her Training Incumbent! A   number   of   you   have   asked   me,   with   Rach's   departure,   were   we   getting   a new   Curate.   It   had   been   a   difficult   question,   as   the   complete   answer   was that,   having   been   offered   the   possibility   of   another   Curate,   I   didn't   feel   it   was right   for   me   to   say   yes   and   commit   to   another   two   or   so   years   here   in Kidderminster   as   Training   Incumbent.   It   wasn't   that   I   was   in   a   great   hurry   to move from here. However,   there   were   several   things   which   seemed   to   have   reached   a   certain stage,   or   have   been   completed   here,   and   I   began   to   think   it   might   be   a positive   step   for   me   to   have   a   fresh   challenge   for   what,   God   willing,   would   be a   final   5   years   or   so   of   full-time   ministry   –   and   also   for   the   parish   to   have   a fresh eye and fresh hand on the ministry here. As   I   began   to   look   seriously   at   the   profile   of   the   Dudley   parish   and   the   sort   of person   they   were   looking   for,   it   felt   more   and   more   as   though   they   could   have been describing me. Could it possibly be God prompting me to explore this? Rachel    was    also    very    encouraging,    and    I    decided    to    apply.    People    are      sometimes   surprised   –   but   yes,   as   with   other   jobs,   an   application   has   to   be filled in, and then an interview takes place. The   Dudley   Team   Ministry   is   at   a   very   interesting   point,   with   Top   Church starting up as a 'Resourcing Church' to create a new and vibrant congregation there, and the need for someone with experience of Team Ministry to hold the rest    together    and    help    the    other    churches    make    the    most    of    the    new initiative. It   will   be   a   challenging   post,   with   many   aspects   yet   to   be   worked   out,   and flexibility   and   grace   required   all   round.   Rach's   post   is   half-time   with   the   new Resourcing church, and half-time with the rest. It   is   a   big   change   for   us   to   contemplate   –   both   all   that   we   will   be   leaving behind   here,   and   also   will   be   taking   on   in   Dudley.   Please   keep   us   in   your prayers,   and   also   for   God   to   be   raising   up   the   right   person   to   come   into ministry here. Hugh and Alison Burton

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. For service times and to contact Canon Hugh Burton .. <Link>
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.e.davis@hotmail.co.uk