• December News From the Clergy

    December News From the Clergy

    24 Nov 2021 • From the Clergy

    To ask “What is at the heart of Christmas?” may seem a very obvious question – but is it really? Answer honestly; if Christmas was cancelled – and I mean really cancelled, not just scaled down like last year – what would you miss the most? Would it be the family gatherings? The excessive quantities of food and drink consumed?

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  • Discover History talk - Guy Fawkes

    Discover History talk - Guy Fawkes

    8 Nov 2021 • St John's Parish News

    Yet another fantastically interesting and humorous talk from Paul Harding.

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  • November News From The Clergy

    November News From The Clergy

    20 Oct 2021 • From the Clergy

    November is traditionally a time for remembering: All Saints and All Souls, along with Remembrance Sunday, are key parts of the opening half of the month in the church calendar. The last of these in particular is one which has a resonance for many people who still have memories of the Second World War or more recent conflicts, or who have themselves been in the forces.

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  • Flower Arrangements 2021

    Flower Arrangements 2021

    13 Oct 2021 • St John's Parish News

    The Flower Arrangers have done the church proud this year with their wonderful arrangements.

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  • Bishop Martin Pilgrimage

    Bishop Martin Pilgrimage

    30 Sep 2021 • St John's Parish News

    Bishop Martin, Bishop of Dudley, Pilgrimage of Prayer and Hope

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  • October News From the Clergy

    October News From the Clergy

    22 Sep 2021 • From the Clergy

    Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
    Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;

    Conspiring with him how to load and bless

    With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;

    To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,

    And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;

    To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells

    With a sweet kernel; ….

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  • From the Clergy for September

    From the Clergy for September

    18 Aug 2021 • From the Clergy

    Coventry Cathedral is a striking building in many ways, but one of its most memorable features is the large, bronze sculpture of Michael defeating the devil on its east wall. The work of Jacob Epstein in 1958, it is a vivid reminder of the cathedral’s dedication to St Michael, but it is a popular theme around the Christian world. A stone’s throw from the Anglican Cathedral in Miraflores, Lima, Michael presides over a roundabout from atop a column.

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  • July-August News From The Clergy

    July-August News From The Clergy

    23 Jun 2021 • From the Clergy

    I love the Lake District, Cumbria and, in particular, St Bees. Unless you’re very new to the area, or have been living under a particularly dense rock for the last seven years, you’re probably thinking: “Yes, Sarah, we know! Tell us something new!” There is, however, a reason for me repeating this well-known fact. Whenever I am in that area, I cannot help but realise afresh, what a truly beautiful, “green and pleasant land” we live in. Much of the greenness may be due to the often-bemoaned high level of rain we experience, but even this is a blessing many people in other countries would love to share.

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  • Churchyard Featured in Video

    Churchyard Featured in Video

    12 Jun 2021 • St John's Parish News

    Our churchyard recently featured in a video created by Rev Doug Chaplin

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  • June News From the Clergy

    June News From the Clergy

    14 May 2021 • From the Clergy

    The clergy chanted in the choir, children screamed in the nave; the cries of screaming babies and the grieving of their mothers gave the response to those singing the office.

    This evocative image, of the monks carrying on with the daily office in the choir while the nave was a scene of chaos, the transcendent song from one mingling with the piteous lament from the other, is a description by a local chronicler of Worcester Cathedral in early November 1139. Civil War between King Stephen and his cousin Empress Matilda had just begun in earnest, and men from Gloucester, loyal to the empress’ half-brother Robert but also seeking to attack their commercial rivals, were marching on Worcester. Forewarned, desperate citizens sought sanctuary in the cathedral with their most prized possessions, turning the church into what a modern historian describes as a ‘giant warehouse and refugee camp’.

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