New Ministries

It’s been an exciting summer in the Benefice, in which we have seen lots of people take on new roles and ministries.

 At the beginning of the summer our curate, Timothy, was ordained priest in Worcester Cathedral, supported by many from the Benefice. This was celebrated in the parishes the next day, with lunch (and cake!) after Timothy presided at the Eucharist for first time. Over the summer, he also had the joy of officiating at his first weddings.

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This Sunday, seven people from across the churches took part in a service at Worcester Cathedral to mark the end of their year’s training to become Authorised Lay Ministers:

Diana was authorised as a pastoral worker;

Penny and Stan became authorised children’s and youth workers;

Rob, Rod, Sue and Theresa are now authorised worship leaders.

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 It’s a wonderful sign of growth in the parishes, and we are really looking forward to seeing the extra dimension that these new roles add to all of our worship and life as people of God in this place.

 As we look ahead to new and exciting times, perhaps you feel God might be calling you to something different, or new. Please visit the website link below for some resources to help examine this - or please get in touch with any of the ministry team, who would be more than happy to explore this with you.

www.churchofengland.org/life-events/vocations/your-calling

Easter Experience Roadshow

A group of volunteers from across the Benefice have donned costumes and gathered props to tell the Easter story to the children of our First Schools from the perspective of by-standers to the story. Starting with the woman who saw Peter in the courtyard of the High Priest’s house and ending with the Gardener who witnesses the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday, we take the children through a series of scenes with ‘living statues’ who come to life and tell their story.

This has been a great opportunity for members of different churches in the Benefice to come together and create something a bit different, with lots of people volunteering to make costumes, create props and scenery and write scripts. And then we have our fantastic actors, bringing the story to life. Well done everyone!

See more photos of the event here

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60 Years of Service

Bishop Graham presenting Mike with his letter of thanks

Bishop Graham presenting Mike with his letter of thanks

The Rt. Rev’d Graham Usher, Bishop of Dudley, presents our organist Mike Selby with a letter from the Bishop of Worcester congratulating Mike on his retirement after 60 years of playing the organ at Cleeve Prior and the Littletons.

Mike began as organist on his 16th birthday in January 1959, and has played at worship on almost every Sunday since. He has also served as Bell Ringing Master, Tower Captain and Church Warden. Along with his wife, Julia - who is also a bell ringer - and their children, the Selby family have made a huge contribution to the life of our church, and we mark this occasion with deep gratitude. Well done, Mike!