Spiritual Life

St. Cassian, Church of England

Jesus became Local When   I   was   about   six   years   old   and   living   in   Northern   Ireland,   the   local Churches   staged   a   Christmas   pageant   through   my   home   town   complete   with shepherds,   wise   men,   donkeys,   sheep,   Mary,   Joseph,   baby   Jesus,   Angels, flute bands, Union Jacks, burger vans and all. This event obviously had a very profound   effect   on   my   childhood   imagination   as   it   left   me   with   a   subsequent conviction   that   Jesus   had   been   born,   not   in   Bethlehem   of   Judea,   but   in   Larne County   Antrim!   In   my   mind   the   Shepherds   had   been   out   in   the   hills   high above   the   town   tending   their   sheep   when   the   angels   sang   out   their   message of   good   news,   Mary   and   Joseph   had   travelled   along   the   road   between   Belfast and Larne. King   Herod   just   had   to   be   my   old   headmaster,   and   of   course   Jesus   was   born in   our   Town   Hall   with   a   cast   of   hundreds   looking   on   in   adoration   singing “Once in Royal David's City” by torchlight. Now   I   suppose   you   could   be   forgiven   for   dismissing   all   of   this   as   merely   the vivid workings of a child’s fertile imagination, however before you do so, let us reflect upon my thinking whereby I saw Jesus’ birth as being a local event. Is   this   idea   so   very   far   removed   from   the   biblical   account   whereby   Jesus   set aside    all    the    glory    of    heaven    and    came    to    earth    to    live    among    us?    At Christmas   we   celebrate   Jesus   the   Son   of   God   becoming   "   local”   for   us,   or   to use   the   fancy   theological   term,   we   celebrate   the   Incarnation.   I   believe   that   in the   Incarnation   there   is   both   freedom   and   challenge;   freedom   in   that   Jesus coming   to   us   removes   the   need   for   us   to   reach   up   to   God   by   our   own (ultimately   futile)   efforts.   The   challenge   of   course   is   that   Christ   being   local   in this   way   also   means   that   we   find   it   hard   to   avoid   Him   when   He   wants   to change   our   lives   and   begin   the   sometimes   painful   process   of   making   us   more like   Him;   something   that   many   of   us   (myself   included)   sometimes   find   difficult to accept! Christianity   teaches   us   that   Jesus   has   been   born   right   here   among   us   and wants   to   live   in   the   everyday   life,   work,   and   witness   of   His   people   by   the power   of   the   Holy   Spirit   not   just   at   Christmas   but   every   day   and   in   every place and circumstance. Happy Christmas everyone! Robert Robert Legge Team Vicar, Parish of Kidderminster East

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