Notbeingfullyconversantwiththecustomsandtraditionsofthisarea (asyet)Iwonderifyouarebusy“castingyourclouts”?..thatfamous phrase from Yorkshire “Ne’re cast a clout till May be out !”Particularly heartfelt this past month - with it’s hailstones !Irealisethat‘May’isthesubjectofdiscussionastowhetheritisthe monthofMay-orthe‘mayblossom’oftheHawthorn-andequally whether‘out’osthestartorfinishofthemonth,butwitherwayit highlights the unusual times that continue for us.AsyourealisefromwhatClareandSusiewrotelastmonth,weare seekingtoplayourpartinhelpingpeoplemaketheirwaythroughwhat somepeoplearecalling“TheRecoveryPhase”ofthepandemic.There’sno blueprintforthisforprovidingforourneedsbutageneral acknowledgementthatweshouldavoidthinkingthatwecanclosethe diarypagesofthelastmonths,ignorewhatwe’vebeenthrough,and expect the future to be wholesome.Oneofthewaysofrecoverywewillbeofferingistolookbackatthe past months with a focus on two particular things -•remembering who or what we have lost•realising what we have gained.IntheBibletherearetwoparticularmoodswhichwecandrawoutwhich relate to those two -•one is ‘lament’•the other is ‘thanksgiving’.TherearePsalmsintheBiblewhichhavethephrase“Howlong,OLord?” asthepsalmistlamentsthetroublesheisfacing.TherearealsoPsalms whichresoundwiththanksgivingandpraiseforGod.Bothmoodsare welcome in the repertoire of God’s people.Aswemaketheselinks,welooktoseehowthesepastmonthsmeshwith God’sstoryofthesameperiod.Wetestthenegativeexperiencesofthe past, that they will become the building-blocks of the future.WepraythatthiscomingmonthwillbringincreasingamountsofGod’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 / 10:30Holyday: 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.
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.orgWebsite