Spiritual Life

St. Cassian, Church of England

Not being fully conversant with the customs and traditions of this area (as yet) I wonder if you are busy “casting your clouts” ? .. that famous phrase from Yorkshire “Ne’re cast a clout till May be out !” Particularly heartfelt this past month - with it’s hailstones ! I realise that ‘May’ is the subject of discussion as to whether it is the month of May - or the ‘may blossom’ of the Hawthorn - and equally whether ‘out’ os the start or finish of the month, but wither way it highlights the unusual times that continue for us. As you realise from what Clare and Susie wrote last month, we are seeking to play our part in helping people make their way through what some people are calling “The Recovery Phase” of the pandemic. There’s no blueprint for this for providing for our needs but a general acknowledgement that we should avoid thinking that we can close the diary pages of the last months, ignore what we’ve been through, and expect the future to be wholesome. One of the ways of recovery we will be offering is to look back at the past months with a focus on two particular things - remembering who or what we have lost realising what we have gained. In the Bible there are two particular moods which we can draw out which relate to those two - one is ‘lament’ the other is ‘thanksgiving’. There are Psalms in the Bible which have the phrase “How long, O Lord ?” as the psalmist laments the troubles he is facing. There are also Psalms which resound with thanksgiving and praise for God. Both moods are welcome in the repertoire of God’s people. As we make these links, we look to see how these past months mesh with God’s story of the same period. We test the negative experiences of the past, that they will become the building-blocks of the future. We pray that this coming month will bring increasing amounts of God’s hope and light and joy, as we begin to emerge from the pandemic. Yours, in Christ, David. This parish letter first appeared in the June 2021 issue of the Parish magazine _______________________________________________________

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. Welcome to Revd. David Hildred d.hildred@kidderminstereast.org.uk
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@timefortruth.co.uk Website