Spiritual Life

St. Cassian, Church of England

Moving   into   October,   the   long   hot   summer   may   seem   a   dim   and   distant memory.   We   may   recall   the   beautiful   sunny   days   and   plentiful   opportunity   for outdoor activities uninterrupted by rain. We   might   also   spare   a   thought   –   at   this   harvest-time   –   for   farmers.   It   has been   a   mixed   picture   for   them,   with   volatile   grain   prices,   some   produce   doing better,   some   much   worse   through   the   dry   period.   Animal   feed   is   going   to   be more   scarce   and   costly   going   into   the   winter,   and   as   I   write,   much   more   rain is needed to replenish the soil and water reserves. There   is   also   another   more   disturbing   thought   –   that   these   extremes   may   just be   getting   more   frequent,   more   extreme,   and   be   linked   with   global   warming and climate change, not least caused by human activity. But   that's   a   more   difficult   thought   to   focus   on,   and   given   our   selective memories,   more   likely   to   be   forgotten.   It   involves   a   radical   challenge   to   our cherished   lifestyles   –   to   shift   away   from   our   oil-driven,   fossil-fuel-dependent, polluting   way   of   life,   towards   a   more   sustainable,   lighter   way   of   living   on   the planet. I   guess   we   really   all   know   this.   We   know   it   will   affect   our   children   and   grand- children   more   than   ourselves   (though   it's   already   impacting   on   some   other countries   more   than   ourselves).   We   know   we   can   find   a   hundred   and   one reasons   why   we   can't   change,   why   we   need   to   make   that   flight,   go   on   that cruise, use the car instead of other transport. And   yet,   things   are   changing   –   even   if   not   fast   enough.   Awareness   of   the issues   is   growing,   as   with   our   over-use   of   plastics,   to   take   just   one   example. We   can   be   part   of   that   move   to   take   much   better   care   of   God's   wonderful world. For harvest this year, lets do some or all of the following: give thanks for food, farmers, producers give   a   portion   to   those   who   miss   out   on   the   harvest   –   through   a charity, the Food Bank or wherever take an eco-conscious step to reduce our carbon footprint campaign for politicians to act decisively on climate change

Hugh Burton

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