Spiritual Life

St. Cassian, Church of England

Ok! Here’s your starter for 10. Three questions, no conferring! 1.   How   long   did   it   take   the   children   of   Israel   to   reach   the   Promised   Land   in the Old Testament? 2.   How   long   should   it   have   taken   the   children   of   Israel   to   reach   the   Promised Land in the Old Testament? 3. Why the difference? The answers to questions 1 and 2 are fairly straightforward;   40 years and 28-30 days respectively. The   Israelites   travelled   approximately   240   miles   through   the   wilderness   in   40 years;   an   average   of   only   6   miles   per   year,   which   by   any   standard   is   slow going, even for people on foot. So then, back to our third question; Why the delay? Mathematicians   often   tell   us   that   the   shortest   distance   between   two   given points   is   a   straight   line   and   everyone   who   is   in   the   know   tends   to   accept   this wisdom   without   any   serious   question;   everyone   that   is,   except   God.   Why   did God   deal   with   His   people   in   the   way   that   He   did?   Why   did   He   let   them   spend over   half   a   lifetime   wandering   in   the   wilderness?   Furthermore,   why   is   this   a strategy that God still uses with many of us today? I   wonder   if   part   of   the   answer   lies   in   the   observation   that   we   tend   to   be   fairly preoccupied    with    our    ultimate    destination,    continually    asking    God    (if    we believe   in   Him!)   to   show   us   where   we   will   eventually   arrive;   (our   “Promised Land”   if   you   like.)   By   comparison,   God   seems   to   be   just   as   interested   (maybe more   so)   in   the   wandering   itself   and   in   seeing   us   through   that   journey   from beginning   to   end.   Indeed   it   could   be   argued   that   the   term   “wandering”   has   a rather   unfortunate   connotation   as   it   suggests   a   sense   of   idleness,   aimlessness and a total lack of direction or plan. This   was   never   the   case   with   God’s   people!   Yes   they   “wandered,”   but   they   did so    within    God’s    plan    and    purpose!    The    people    thought    that    they    were wandering; God knew that they were being led. And   so   perhaps   there   is   a   challenge   for   us   all   to   resist   the   idea   that   we   have arrived   at   where   God   wants   each   of   us   to   be,   whether   we   are   young   people trying   to   make   sense   of   the   bewildering   array   of   educational   options   open   to us,   or   older   people   looking   forward   to   retirement   and   beginning   to   think   that God   has   no   more   active   use   for   us.   We   are   called   to   rejoice   in   the   fact   that our   journey   will   be   ongoing,   that   it   will   be   according   to   God’s   timing   as opposed   to   ours   and   that   God   may   still   have   things   planned   for   us   that   we never thought possible. 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