Spiritual Life

St. Cassian, Church of England

The Repair Shop If   you   have   only   enough   time   in   your   busy   lives   to   watch   one   programme on   television   these   days   it   MUST   be   “The   Repair   Shop!”   The   format   of the   programme   is   simplicity   itself,   people   bring   artefacts   and   items   of sentimental   value   that   are   very   badly   damaged   and   look   beyond   repair, usually   accompanied   by   the   most   poignant   story   as   to   why   the   particular item    is    so    important.    These    owners    leave    their    possessions    with    the experts   at   the   Repair   Shop   who   restore   them   to   full   quality   and   give them back to the owners. Now   as   I   watch   this   programme,   from   time   to   time   I   look   at   an   item   in   its pre-repair    state    and    I    think    to    myself    “No    way!    It's    just    too    badly damaged   to   ever   be   repaired.   The   person   who   owns   it   might   as   well   put   it in   the   bin   and   give   the   expert   some   time   to   repair   something   else   that actually   has   a   chance   of   being   fixed!”   And   guess   what,   I’m   wrong   every time!   No   matter   how   damaged   the   item   is,   with   loving   care   and   time   the expert makes the broken piece look like new once again. I   remember   once   hearing   the   story   of   a   woman   whose   daughter   asked   the sort   of   wonderful   question   that   little   children   often   ask   their   parents; “Mother   what   does   God   do   all   day?”   The   girl’s   mother   considered   the question    for    a    few    moments    and    then    replied,    “God    spends    his    day repairing broken things.” I   guess   most   of   us   go   through   periods   of   time   where   we   feel   that   we   are broken   by   the   experiences,   dents   and   hurts   that   life   throws   our   way   and we    find    ourselves    wondering    if    there    is    any    hope    for    healing.    The Christian   message   is   that   in   Christ's   love   we   can   experience   the   healing restoring   loving   power   of   God   for   ourselves.   I   often   notice   how   when people   go   to   the   Repair   Shop,   they   do   with   a   great   sense   of   confidence and   expectation.   We   too   can   come   confidently   in   prayer   as   we   ask   God   to repair   us   and   to   remake   us   into   the   kind   of   people   He   has   always   wanted us to be. Robert

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