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Diocesan News

July-August 2010


Messy Church!

July is Messy Month! It's a chance to thank God for all he's doing through `Messy Church' all over the world and in particular for what he's doing through our own Messy Churches. It's a chance to celebrate, to feel part of the adventure and to encourage others to support both local and national Messy Church through prayer, practical offers of help in the different gifts they could use at Messy Church, and financial giving. Messy Church is one church's attempt to be church for families who might want to meet Jesus, belong to their local church and bring up their children as Christians, but want something other than the traditional Sunday morning church services. It's a once-a-month time of creativity, worship and eating together. The first Messy Church began in 2004 when a group at St Wilfrid's in Cowplain near Portsmouth were frustrated because, as a church, they were hardly reaching any children with God's story. Messy church can happen after school, on a Saturday or whenever suits your church. Messy church has four main areas and can look like this: 3.30 welcome 4.00 crafts 5.00 celebration 5.15 meal Emma Pettifer has recently become the Messy Churches Champion for the Diocese of Worcester. We have several Messy Churches in our diocese - All Saints Worcester, St Mary's Kingswinford, St Chad's Coseley, Trinity Church with St Mary's, Kidderminster, Perry Wood School, Ronkswood and one about to start St Laurence's Alvechurch; all run once a month. She'd love to know about any not listed here. She says `churches are finding it a great way to get the whole family into the church; it is a great option if you don't have children's church and can't find volunteers for a regular children's activity. It's going down really well ­ I am helping churches set them up if they want to and the Messy churches in the diocese will soon be networking and working together too. There will be more Messy churches happening in the diocese. With my help I would like to see every church that has a school or just families around them, to try at least one messy church to see how it goes down ­ it is a great way to bring the whole family together'. She goes on, `I love Messy Church because it gives everyone an opportunity to get closer to God in a less formal way which really suits families. It's wonderful to see churches filled with families having some fun together.' If you would like to know more about Messy Church contact Emma on 01905 732825 or email; [email protected] or visit:


Volunteer opportunities

Church Action Within Society would welcome enquiries from people willing to volunteer to help with one or more of these tasks:1. Administrative support for the Diocesan Environmental Challenge and Oversight Group. 2. Act as CAWS Meeting Secretary ­ to administer three meetings p.a. 3. Maintain the CAWS web pages on the diocesan website. For more details please look at the diocesan website or contact John Paxton 01905 732817 or [email protected]

The Worcester Spirit Mark a tool to celebrate good practice with children and youth and to help parishes to identify ways in which they could improve how they reach out to children and young people and the ways they are welcomed into and included within worship and day to day activities of the church. Three more churches (St Peters, Inkberrow, St Marks, Cherry Orchard and St Georges, Barbourne) have now been awarded the Bronze Spirit Mark award. The Mark is there to help churches think about children and young people in their church and what they as a congregation or church are doing to help and encourage them. If you would like your church to start thinking about children and young people in a positive way why not use the bronze award as that first challenge and see what you can do in your church for children and young people. Contact Emma Pettifer 01905 732825 or e: [email protected]

Goodbye to....

Revd Canon John Everest from the Halas Team who retired, in this diocese, at the end of May, the Bishop has conferred on him, the title Canon Emeritus. Canon Everest has been rural dean of Dudley and Worcester East as well as an Honorary Canon of Worcester Cathedral. Since 1984 he has spent time as an Industrial Chaplain and as an Incumbent in Worcester City and Halesowen.

Congratulations to...

The Revd Garth Nathaniel, formerly Rural Dean of Kingswinford, and Team Vicar of Brierley Hill, who has been appointed Rector in the Ipsley Team Ministry. The Revd Dave George, formerly vicar of St John's Dudley, has been appointed Team Vicar in the Kidderminster West Team Ministry.


The Promised Land?

In May I was privileged to lead the Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. It was a very affecting experience for all sixty-eight of us who went, bringing much joy and not a little sadness. Joy to be able to walk in the places that Jesus walked and find the scriptures brought alive in new and unexpected ways; sadness to see at first hand the intractability of the conflict that divides Palestinians and Muslims. Sadness to see the plight of today's Christians in the Holy Land; joy to learn of the inspiring witness of some of them. One inspiring witness whom we were privileged to meet is Archbishop Elias Chacour. He's a Palestinian Christian and in 1948, like thousands of others, his family was expelled by Jewish settlers from the village in Galilee where they had lived for centuries. Since then he has witnessed his people being continually humiliated. However, unlike extremists on both sides, about whom he feels very sad, he speaks peace, the peace which Jesus come to bring. The Palestinian Christian community in the Holy Land is tiny and diminishing. It is trusted neither by most of the Jewish population nor Muslim Palestinians. But, in people like Elias Chacour, it has the answer they all desperately need. He points out that Jews and Palestinians ­ whether Christians or Muslims - are blood


brothers: they are all Semitic descendents of Abraham. He urges them to share the land and work for reconciliation. He has been called the Desmond Tutu of the Holy Land. I strongly recommend his moving book entitled Blood Brothers. On returning to Worcester with his inspiring witness ringing in my ears I was struck by how fortunate we are as Christians in the United Kingdom. It's helpful to see the difficulties under which some of God's children have to labour in order to get the problems we face here into perspective. God has been immensely generous to us in all the blessings he has showered upon us. If we could learn to count those blessings we should be set free to be generous in our turn with our time, our talent and our energy, giving them all to God's glory so that he might be able to achieve something beautiful through our witness. Just as he is achieving something beautiful through the witness of Elias Chacour in much more demanding circumstances. Bishop John

A Good Church Wedding

Marriage is a very ancient idea. The Bible suggests it goes right back to Adam and Eve, who were 'made for each other' (Gen 2). Jesus' teaching on marriage, as exclusive, unbreakable and forging a new family unit, drew on this original blueprint. And Jesus loved a good wedding: he turned water into wine at a wedding reception (John 2), his first recorded miracle. Even today, marriage exists in practically every country and culture on earth. So marriage has always been part of God's good plan for us. And no wonder! A good marriage is healthy, freeing and life-giving. Christians believe that marriage is a gift from God. There is something in a public commitment of this magnitude that has a spiritual element to it and which can transform a relationship to a new and deeper level. The Church of England has a fabulous website which is designed to help couples who are thinking of getting married in church but don't know where to start. It could help couples thinking of a church wedding to find their local church and takes them through the whole process step by step. The site offers some very good reasons for choosing church: A church wedding will add a spiritual dimension to marriage. The ceremony includes God and looks to him for help and guidance. God's blessing is the main attraction for many couples, whatever their beliefs. Couples make amazing vows, or promises, in a church. You can only make vows this big in a church.


These vows, made in public, will help couples to stay together and grow together. God and the church are there for people to help them keep their vows. The Vicar has a very particular role to play in a wedding. Vicars can blend ancient tradition and modern experience to reflect each couple's story. Because of the relationship with the Vicar, a wedding can be made personal, memorable, meaningful and beautiful. Church buildings offer outstanding beauty. Old or new, intimate or grand, 16,000 churches nationally are some of the nation's most stunning wedding venues, with two-thirds being listed buildings. Church buildings offer centuries of history. Imagine all the couples who have married in your local church, some of whom may well be your family. Couples can be involved in making choices about their ceremony. They can even use our online ceremony planner to get you started. For some people, a church simply seems like the proper place to get married. Churches can be described as 'peaceful', 'serene', or having an atmosphere that makes marrying there a particularly special experience. If you know of people who are thinking of getting married, encourage them to contact their local Vicar who will be delighted to help create the perfect day. Resources can be found at: or

See 60 Sporting Heroes in the Cathedral this summer.....August 7th ­ 30th

Following the success of the very popular `Starstruck in the Cathedral' a film costume exhibition held in the summer of 2009, Worcester Cathedral has now decided to offer us an exhibition to whet appetites for the Olympics. British Sporting Heroes will feature the costumes and memorabilia of up to 60 legendary sports personalities, male & female, from 100 years ago to the present day across 10 major sports ­ athletics, cricket, football, golf, motor racing, national hunt, rowing, rugby, sailing & tennis ­ citing their personal stories and comparing equipment and design. Each sport will have its own dedicated area in the Nave, and each personality will be supported by a graphic display and fantastic exhibits loaned from 6 national sports museums and 3 private collectors. These include original Cheltenham gold cups, the replica Ashes, British Lions tour memorabilia, personal cricket pads, gloves & helmets from WG Grace to Freddie Trueman, tennis medals, golf clubs, club blazers, football shirts, boots (including David Beckham's!), the replica claret jug (Open Golf Championship prize) and hopefully, Dublin permitting, the replica World Cup. To set the scene, Cheltenham Racecourse is loaning a complete winners enclosure, (picket fencing, fake grass, jockey weighing-in scales and all), while Worcester Rowing Club will be dragging 3 racing sculls up from the river.... There'll be up to 4 racing cars and a full Astroturf cricket wicket from the cricket club.... so the Cathedral will look amazing. The Cathedral has the full endorsement of 10 major clubs/organisations in the region all of whom will be given the opportunity to showcase what they `do' in our exhibition space and exhibition catalogue. It is hoped that an archive resource will be created which will show Worcestershire's own great sporting moments and memories, its own homegrown sports heroes and a community that loves its sport. The Dean of Worcester said: `We are very excited at the prospect of another summer exhibition in Worcester Cathedral. This is partly a fund-raising event for the Cathedral. More importantly, it is a celebration of Sport, which is so important to so many people. Sport, at its best, is a force for good in the world, and deserves to be celebrated as God-given. We look forward to welcoming a wide cross-section of the community into the nave of the Cathedral during the weeks of the exhibition. At the same time, the Quire, Crypt and Lady Chapel will be open, free of charge as usual, to general visitors, and our Sunday and daily services will all be held without interruption.' Where else can you find in the UK a single venue that highlights the achievements of sportsmen across multiple sports? Make a visit to Worcester Cathedral a must this summer. For details of the sports personalities on view or to buy tickets, please visit or call 01905 732900.


Worcester Cathedral

Services Daily 7.30am Matins, 8am Holy Communion, 5.30pm Evensong (except Thursday when Evening Prayer is said). Monday: 1.05pm Prayers for Healing Wednesday: 1.05pm Holy Communion, Friday: 11.30am Holy Communion Sunday Services 7.30am Matins, 8.00am Holy Communion, 10.30am the Cathedral Eucharist 4.00pm Evensong, 6.30pm Evening Service (normally term time only)

Details of all events and services can be found at or telephone: 01905 732900.

Friday 9 July - 1.30pm Worcestershire Youth Music Musicians and singers from schools in Worcestershire. Admission free: retiring collection 10-29 July Exhibition ­ Rebecca Newell Dean's Chapel Sunday 18 July - 6.30pm Concert by Chapter 8 - College Hall 20 - 29 July Exhibition ­ Santiago Holy Year South Quire Aisle Saturday 31 July - 6.30pm Organ Recital by Andrew Lumsden, Winchester Cathedral Tickets £10 available on the door 7 - 30 August Summer Exhibition ­ Sporting Heroes Past and Present www.sporting See page 5. Saturday 4 September--6.30pm Organ Recital by Adrian Partington, Gloucester Cathedral Tickets £10 available on the door Saturday 11 September 10am ­ 4.00pm Heritage Open Day The theme this year is `The Normans'

Dean's book voted Children's Book of the Year Christian Resources Together (formerly the Christian Booksellers' Convention) have voted Peter Atkinson's book `The Lion Encyclopedia of the Bible' as Children's Book of the Year. The award was announced at the International Christian Resources Exhibition at Sandown Park in May. `The Lion Encyclopedia of the Bible', published by LionHudson in 2009, has been published in German, Dutch, Czech, and Chinese, and other foreign editions are due out later this year.

The Hooper Trust The Hooper Trust was established to give financial aid to young people at school, college or university who are under 25, are members of the Church of England, attend/have attended the Royal Grammar School, Worcester and the Alice Ottley or King's School, Worcester. The trustees normally consider applications for financial aid in September every year. Application forms from Judith Nex at the Old Palace, 01905 732801 to be returned by 1 September. Registered charity no 527575.



29 June to 16 July the Mothers' Union is hosting a visit by seven of our sister members from the Dioceses of N. Ankole, Ankole, Kigezi and N. Kigezi Uganda. 7 July: 7pm, St James' Church Wollaston, Stourbridge. Bishop John will be celebrating the Eucharist. For other services, events or opportunities to hear them please contact - Jean Swift 01562 883466 The RSCM Annual Chorister Awards will take place in November. Tests for the award will take place in October and the closing date will be 18 September 2010. Further details from Roger Gay: 01905 770539. Saturday 3 July 2-4pm; Summer Fete at St Mary's Church, Kempsey to be opened by Cecil Duckworth. Come and enjoy tea and home made cakes, Bennets ice cream and a B.B.Q. Stalls. Entry 50p, children under 12 free of charge. Please come and help raise much needed funds for Kempsey church. Saturday 3 July - Pershore Abbey; 7.30pm: Silurian Choir A Gala Evening of Music ­ Sea Pictures, Land of Hope & Glory, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem, etc. Conductors: John Wilderspin & Neil Fortin: Saturday 10 July: 10am-10pm: Pershore Midsummer Brass - 24 Bands, over 40 performances in four venues Pershore Abbey, the Angel Inn, the Baptist Church and Chapman Court. More information: Tony Braddock: 01386 554577. All Day tickets (on the day) £10 for all venues. Thursday 26 - Monday 30 August: 10am-5pm: Abbey Ablaze - a five-day display of flowers and embroideries, filling the Abbey with colour. £3 at the door. Monday 30 August: 10am-5pm: Pershore Plum Fayre. At the Abbey: Teddy Bear World with parachute jumps and zip-wire runs; tower tours; craft sale; 200 classic & vintage cars. More information: 01386 552918 St Kenelm's Church, Romsley Patronal Flower Festival and Art Exhibition 16-19 July, Theme - "Women In History". Friday 16 July at 7.45pmConcert by The Chapter Eight Choir from Worcester in Church. More information: 01562 710 407 or 01562 710 395. Saturday 17 July 10.30am7.30pm, Sunday 18 July 12.30-7pm. Followed by Compline (11.15am Festival Eucharist) Romsley Art Exhibition - Friday 16 July 12-9pm, Saturday 17 July 10-6pm In the Scout Centre, Recreation Ground, St Kenelm's Rd, Romsley Saturday 1 September - Annual Sponsored Cycle Ride in aid of the Historic Churches Trust ­ The trust hopes that every church and chapel in the Diocese will be open to welcome cyclists and walkers to raise money for their nominated places of worship. Try obtaining sponsorship to stay in your church, to offer a greeting and perhaps a drink to those who are travelling around. Further information including sponsor forms should be with Churchwardens. Saturday 18 July: Car Tour, starting from Rushock at 2.30pm. Calling at Elmley Lovett, Elmbridge and Hampton Lovett for tea. More information: 01905 772359. 19-23 July St Giles Church, Bredon is holding an exhibition for professional and amateur artists who live around Bredon Hill. Open daily from 10-4pm. Thurs and Fri 7-9pm. More information: 01684 773203. Model Railway Exhibition at St Laurence Church, Alvechurch. B48 7SB (1/2 mile from Alvechurch Station) Sat 10 July 10.30am4pm Adults £2, children £1. All proceeds to Church Funds, and Bell Restoration Fund. More information: David Richmond 0121-445-3569 Celebrating God's Gift of Creativity, St Augustine's Church, Droitwich Spa, Friday 30 & Saturday 31 July 10am-4pm. An exhibition of work by members of the Church including lace making, creative writing, art, photography and much more. On Saturday there will be a number of craft demonstrations. More information call 01905 773911. New Community Shop - St Augustine's Parish Church, Hallchurch Road, Holly Hall, Dudley, DY2 0TG - The shop sells good quality, nearly new clothing. Every Saturday between 10am and 2pm. Donations of good quality items to sell would be gratefully received. We regret that we cannot take any electrical items. Money raised from the charity shop will go towards church funds. Free Organ Concerts at St Augustine's Church, Hallchurch Road, Holly Hall, nr Dudley, DY2 0TG. Every 3rd Sunday of the month except December. Free admission - retiring collection in aid of Organ Restoration Fund. Refreshments served. Performer shown on a big screen for the audience. Sunday 18 July - James Luxton - Organ Scholar at Birmingham Town and Symphony Halls. Sunday 15 August - Richard Dawson - Organist at Emmauel Parish Church, Bentley. More info or Flower Festival at St Francis Church, Laurel Road, Dudley - ....30, 31 July & 1 August, Theme - ''Magic of the Movies'. Concert on Friday 30 July at 7.30pm with John Sparry and the Jazz Trio. Tickets available on the door £3.50. Church opens 10am - 6pm throughout the weekend with light lunches and cream teas being served. Sunday Festival Eucharist 9.45am led by our new parish priest Revd Judith Oliver. Pilgrimage to Istanbul and the Seven Churches of Asia - Claines Parish will be going on Pilgrimage to the places which were central to the mission of St Paul and St John in the First Century expansion of the Church. If you are interested in joining us as we explore these ancient sites and locations from April 7th ­ 17th 2011 contact Revd Stephen Agnew 01905 754772 E; [email protected] Africa Celebration Evening in the Cathedral September 23, 4 to 8.30pm.



JULY 3 Summer Fete at St Mary's Church, Kempsey (see page 7) Silurian Choir at Pershore Abbey (see page 7) Organ Recital at St Mary's Church, Longdon at 7.30pm. Daniel Phillips (formerly of Worcester Cathedral) in recital plus choral items with St Mary's Choir including `Hear my Prayer'. £15 to include wine and canapés. (percentage of profits to go to World Vision Ethiopia). More information: 01684 833152; [email protected] `American Independence Day' - Sunday Afternoon Organ Music - Monthly Series with Paul Carr. 3pm. Great Witley Concert Series - 'Marchenbilder' by Schumann and 'Sonata for Viola and Piano' by Arnold Bax. 21 Worcester Diocesan Assembly Forward In Faith: 7.30pm Mass at St Chad's Coseley followed by informal meeting. 30-31 Celebrating God's Gift of Creativity at St Augustine's Church, Droitwich Spa (see page 7)

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AUGUST 1 Abseil 141 ft down the Abberley Hall Clock Tower. More information: [email protected]


15 Towpath Walk in aid of St Richards Hospice. More information: [email protected] or 01905 763963. 15 Free Organ Concerts at St Augustine's Church, Hallchurch Road, Holly Hall, nr Dudley, DY2 0TG ­ Richard Dawson (see page 7) 30 Pershore Plum Fayre (see page 7) 30 Great Malvern Priory Organ Recital by Andrew Millington (Exeter Cathedral). 12 noon. Retiring collection. Large video screen. 30, 31- 1 August Flower Festival at St Francis Church, Laurel Road, Dudley


9, 10, 11 Flower Festival at St Marys Church, Kingswinford in aid of the restoration fund. The theme is "The Magic of the Movies". Admission £1 to include programme. In addition on Saturday evening July 10 there is a Gala Concert at 7.30pm with Phoenix (West Midlands) Brass Band and singer/songwriter Chris Eaton. Tickets £6. More information: 01384 270806. 15-18 Thomas Jones Flower Festival at All Saints' Church, Wilden 16 Romsley Art Exhibition (see page 7) 16-19 Patronal Flower Festival at St Kenelm's Church, Romsley (see page 7) 17 80th Birthday Concert for Graham Moseley well known organist and musician. At St.Stephen's Church, Redditch. B97 4DY. 7.30pm. Tickets £6.00, £5.00 concessions. More information: 01527 544068 or [email protected] 18 Worcester and Dudley Historic Churches Trust Car Tour, starting from Rushock at 2.30pm. Calling at Elmley Lovett, Elmbridge and Hampton Lovett for tea. More information: 01905 772359. 18 Concert by Chapter 8, College Hall (see page 6) 18 Free Organ Concerts at St Augustine's Church, Hallchurch Road, Holly Hall, nr Dudley, DY2 0TG ­ James Luxton (see page 7) 19-23 Exhibition at St Giles Church, Bredon ­ see page 7

Worcester Diocesan News

Editor: Rachel Edwards. Contact: Jacci Hunt at The Old Palace, Deansway, Worcester WR1 2JE. Fax: 01905 612302 or Email: [email protected] Deadline for copy: 22 July for September edition 19 August for October edition Printed by: Offset 55 Tel: 0121 707 9441. The text of this publication is also available in large print on request to Rachel Edwards 01905 20537 or email [email protected]




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