FarewellAs you may have heard, directly or on the grapevine, I shall be moving on inMarch 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 congregationthere, and the need for someone with experience of Team Ministry to hold therest 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 / 10:30Holyday: 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