Spiritual Life

St. Cassian, Church of England

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 / 10:30 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