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
St. Mary, Roman Catholic
Mass Times Sunday : 8:30 / 10:30Holyday: 8:30 / 19:00Weekday Masses : Mon, Tues, Wed, - 08:30 - Thur, Fri : 11:30Sat : 10:00Services Times : Confession - Wednesday till Saturday after Mass or by appointment Baptisms & Marriages - By appointment
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 ChurchThe 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.
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Priest: Rt. Rev. Mgr. Canon John Moran<Link>Harvington Hall Lane, Kidderminster DY10 4LRPhone: 01562 77731919 Stratford Road, Bromsgrove B60 1ASPhone: 01527 835843The Oaks Community HallWorcester Road,Harvington.DY10 4NSPlease contact John Davis on 07958 489994 or email firstname.lastname@example.org