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Diocesan Registry


From Monday 25 July, the Diocesan Registry will be based at Anthony Collins Solicitors. 

Kirsty Duxbury is our new Registrar with Lisa Moncur as Deputy Registrar. Registry Clark, Liz Matthews (employed by the DBF) is now working from the diocesan office.  Find out more including contact details.

Former Registrar, Stuart Ness has offered thanks to those he worked with - read more.

Bishops of Peru & Morogoro in Worcester


Bishop Jorge Luis Aguilar of Peru and Bishop Godfrey Sehaba of Morogoro were both welcomed to the Diocese at yesterday morning's service in Worcester Cathedral.

The bishops of our partnership link dioceses are in the Diocese ahead of attending the Lambeth Conference later this week. They will attend the diocesan Mothers' Union Festival this afternoon.  Read more

Lunchtime learning


This autumn we’re introducing a new monthly programme of events under the umbrella title “Lunchtime Learning”. It’s intended to share some of the wealth of resources we have within the Diocese.

Anyone who is interested in a particular month’s topic is welcome to attend – each session will run on Zoom from 12.30 – 1.30pm in the middle of the week.

Find out more / Download flyer
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Safeguarding


A national survey to understand how victims and survivors would like to be involved in the development and implementation of a Church of England survivor engagement framework, has been launched. The anonymous survey will run for two months and is open to any victim or survivor who would like to engage with the Church to inform its work. Find out more

There are new Leadership training dates available to book via this link.

News from around the diocese

Church Tent at Astwood Bank carnival

The Redditch Christ the King Benefice were asked to provide a church tent at the Astwood Bank carnival amidst scorching temperatures, and the village flocked to the fields to enjoy fun and fellowship together. There were prayer stones and space to reflect as well as enough cake to feed the entire village! Read more

Catshill Connect

Every second and fourth Tuesday in the month, a group comes together at Christ Church in Catshill, just outside of Bromsgrove to share a cup of tea and a chat together from 2 – 3.30pm. “The pandemic was hard, particularly not being able to meet in church. The people here are wonderful and it’s good to meet together – we’re always laughing!” Read more

  • The Faith Through Cartoons resource for July is based on Thomas and Friends and has the theme of Pride. Thomas is proud of the work he does, and thinks he works the hardest of all the engines. However, Gordon decides to teach Thomas a lesson. The resource links to the story of King Nebuchadnezzar and is aimed at age 4-8. Download it here and pass it on to families.
  • Victoria Barlow has been appointed as Team Vicar in the Halas Team Ministry. Read more
  • Jon Evans has been appointed as Curate in Charge in the Benefice of Norton and Wollaston with responsibility for St Michael, Norton in Stourbridge. Read more
  • Dignitaries gathered in Worcester last Friday to commemorate the city’s medieval Jewish community.  Bishop John attended the event, apologising for his predecessor’s actions in helping to drive the Jewish Community from the city in around 1275. Read more
  • Congratulations to Harvington CE First School for achieving a silver Global Neighbours award. Harvington is the first school in the country to have moved from bronze to silver!
  • Diocesan Synod met at the end of June. Read a summary of the meeting on the diocesan website.
  • Robin Lunn has written a report on the latest General Synod meeting. Read it here.
  • A pop-up day, garden volunteer day and afternoon teas on the latest newsletter from diocesan retreat house, Holland House.
Read more news

Fit 4 Function - the Church Buildings Team needs your help!


Fit 4 Function is the West Midlands Dioceses regional training on the care, use and funding of church buildings. Being an ecumenical, regional event it has been able to get good speakers and representation from major funders. Events have been held since 2016 both in person and (during Covid) online. The most recent event planned for this year was to be in person in Kidderminster, but had to be cancelled due to poor numbers. We have put together a questionnaire to ask how we can go forward with this event and meet the needs of parishes in the West Midlands. Please complete it by 31 July. Find it here.

Events and Training


View all events and training on the diocesan website and submit your own events to the calendar.

Events


The choir of Queen's College, Cambridge will be singing Compline at St Clement's Church in Worcester on Monday 8 August. 

Playtime, Care for the Family's national conference for toddler group leaders will be taking place in Cardiff on Saturday 24 September. Find out more

Celebration of ALMs in Greater Dudley, 4 October, 7.30pm at Holy Trinity, Wordsley. An opportunity for ALMs to get together, to celebrate those receiving their certificates from Bishop Martin, to worship together followed by refreshments. Download flyer

The Revd Dr Mark Oakley will be speaking at the meeting of Worcester Theological Society on Thursday 20 October, 2pm on “Poetry – The Native Language of Faith”  All will be welcome. Contact the society's secretary, Richard Heading for further details.
 

Training


Browse the training and events programme.

Developing Emotional Wellbeing: tools for the journey - a confidential group for clergy running once a month for 6 months from October and led by Dr David Mair, Bishop’s Adviser on Pastoral Care and Counselling. More details

How to use social media in your church - 8 November, 10.30am via Zoom. Some tips to help you optimise your social media, help with MailChimp newsletters and a chance to ask questions. Find out more.

Exploring Matthew's Gospel, 9 November - in person: 10am, on zoom: 7.30pm. This workshop is open to all who preach, clergy as well as Readers. In Advent 2022, the Church again starts the lectionary three-year cycle with Year A – the year of Matthew. In person booking/ Zoom booking.
 

Vacancies


Click here to see the latest parish, diocesan and volunteering opportunities.
Please pray for those parishes who are currently in vacancy.
 
  • The National Giving Team are undertaking some research into income generation activities within the Church of England. Please fill in this short survey to help them understand the challenges and opportunities that income generation creates in your church environment.
  • Support teams begin arriving at the University of Kent in Canterbury this week to prepare for the 15th Lambeth Conference, which gets underway next week. Please pray for the bishops and their spouses, ecumenical guests, speakers, staff, contractors and volunteers as they travel for the first-such event since 2008. More info on the conference.

Other news in brief

  • Kim Tolnai from Age Concern Worcestershire would love the opportunity to visit church coffee mornings or OAP Luncheon/social clubs. She promotes and signposts elderly/dementia services, and loves to just sit and chat to those who may be lonely or struggling or who have family with dementia Contact her to find out  more: Tolnai@ageukwmh.org / 07985 274167.  
  • Worcester Council are looking for volunteers for the Worcester Show, both to help with set up and the show itself. Contact Anjali Fowler if you are interested.
  • Regents Theological College are looking for a Conference Centre Manager at their campus in West Malvern. More details
  • The Salvation Army donation centre in Worcester is looking for more volunteers (age 14+). If interested, please email john.bullock@salvationarmy.org.uk.
  • Gladstone's library in Flintshire has a number of special offers over the summer and clergy can claim 40% back on your accommodation via Reception. Find out more
  • Read the Quiet Garden Movement's latest newsletter.
  • Springs Dance Company is inviting churches to host a performance of Journey of the Magi during Advent 2022. Find out more
  • Envoy is a free online evangelism coaching course offered by Church Army. There is an online taster session on 3 August. More information.
  • The Church Army is also offering an Online Discovery Evening on Thursday 8 September, 7pm for anyone interested in finding out about Church Army and also an in-person day on Saturday 1 October 10am – 3pm in Sheffield. Visit the website.
  • Read the latest newsletter from the Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer.
  • Read the latest newsletter from iKnow Church.
  • CPAS is hosting a PCC Tonight training on 28 September and a Leadership webinar on 27 September & 15 November. Find out more: PCC Tonight/ Leadership webinar
  • By supporting Ripple Effect (the new name for Send a Cow) this Harvest, your church could help provide training and resources for Light Mothers to shine a light on child hunger in rural Burundi so they can help families break the cycle of extreme poverty. Download free resources.

Climate Action

Called to Action - Holiday travel


These tips from the Diocesan Environmental Group can help us to minimise the environmental impact on our holiday. Holiday travel accounts for about 4% of global carbon emissions

Find out more.
  • The latest CoE Environmental Bulletin focuses on the publication of the Routemap to Net Zero Carbon endorsed by General Synod. Read it here
  • Some net zero carbon and environmental case studies are on the Church of England's website. Including one about our Eco vicarages! Watch them here.
Share your Eco News on the diocesan Facebook group set up specifically for sharing eco related news from around the Diocese. There will also be useful advice and tips to live more sustainably at home, at work and at church.

Video Reflection


Each week we produce a short video reflection. These cover a range of topics and themes and are published on the website and social media channels.
It's nearly the end of term! If you're looking for a little boost of motivation, this week's video reflection is by Director of Education, Tim Reid. He reminds us that the holidays are a time to refill the tank so that we can be recharged and look forward to the next academic year full of hope and promise. Watch it here

Prayer Diary


The Aug - Nov edition of the prayer diary will be available to collect from the end of this week. You can also download it here.
 

Sermon Podcasts


Each week a sermon podcast is available to listen to and download

This week - Trinity 7 - Alison Maddocks, Dean of Smaller Churches
Please continue to support your local church as your first priority. However, if in addition to this, you are able to give to the ‘Diocese of Worcester Ministry Fund’, your donation will be used to help pay for our clergy now and in the coming months.
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