Spiritual Life

St. Cassian, Church of England

It    seems    amazing    to    Alison    and    myself    that    we    have    been    in    the Kidderminster   area   for   23   years,   arriving   with   our   four   young   children   and departing without them! It   has   been   quite   a   journey,   with   always   a   mixture   of   joys   and   blessings, sadness's    and    frustrations.    I    came    into    a    team    of    three    Kidderminster churches,   being   responsible   for   St   Chad's   and   St   Cecilia's   –   which   previously had   each   had   their   own   Team   Vicar.   I   then   moved   in   2008   to   be   Team   Rector, with chief responsibility for St George's. For   the   uninitiated,   'Rector'   and   'Vicar'   generally   mean   the   same   thing   in   the Church    of    England,    it's    mainly    a    quirk    of    history.    The    distinction    was reintroduced   for   Team   Ministries,   where   Team   Rector   designates   oversight   of the   whole   Parish,   and   Team   Vicar(s)   those   who   work   alongside   the   TR,   often with specific responsibility for a church/churches or area of ministry. There   had   also   been   a   long-term   plan   for   the   Kidderminster   district   (Deanery) agreed   locally   by   the   Deanery   -   for   reducing   clergy   numbers   when   a   vacancy occurred.   When   John   Cox   retired,   the   plan   for   our   part   of   the   Deanery   came to   fruition.   Chaddesley   Corbett   and   Stone   Parishes   were   brought   together with   the   St   George's   Kidderminster   Parish.   We   collectively   decided   to   call ourselves Kidderminster East Parish. There   are   pros   and   cons   to   working   in   a   wider   team.   It   sometimes   brings   new energy,    mutual    support,    fresh    ideas,    awareness    of    the    wider    church, economies   of   scale.   On   the   other   hand   there   are   no   doubt   times   we   look   back to   'the   good   old   days'   of   smaller   units,   fewer   frustrating   waits   for   business   to go through more procedures, energies focussed solely on 'our' church. We   live   through   rapidly   changing   times.   The   church   is   often   slow   to   adapt   its life and respond to the changes. We are called to be faithful to the Gospel, yet need   to   be   willing   to   explore   new   ways   of   'being'   church   that   relate   to   every new generation. I've been reading through bits of Old Testament history. What is striking is the way God delivers his own chosen people and then how quickly they all forget! They   seem   to   remember   the   things   they   should   leave   behind,   but   neglect   to stay faithful to God. Well I suspect there's something of that tendency in all of us.   Easier   to   hold   on   to   inherited   patterns,   harder   to   relinquish   them   when they no longer serve their purpose. We   have   to   be   ready   to   examine   what   patterns   are   viable   and   sustainable, both   for   clergy   and   lay-people   working   together.   As   Alison   and   I   move   on   to Dudley,   we   go   with   a   great   sense   of   loss   for   all   we   are   leaving   behind,   but excitement   too   at   what   God   may   have   for   us   in   the   future.   We   wish   you   every blessing,   first,   through   a   period   of   vacancy,   with   Robert   Acting   Team   Rector, and   then   as   the   reps   and   all   involved   prepare   the   ground   for   advertising   for and appointing a new Team Rector. With many blessings Hugh and Alison

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