Alcester Minster Churches
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Alcester Minster Churches
Home groups are a very important part of the life of Alcester Minster. They are a great place to get to know others, share our experiences of being Christians, and encourage one another by reading and discussing Bible passages and topics together. They provide fellowship, friendship, support and fun!
Most of the groups meet fortnightly and take a break over the summer.
There are currently five homegroups meeting at different times in the Minster:
Monday evenings in Great Alne
Tuesday evenings in Sambourne and Alcester
Wednesday evenings in Alcester
Thursday mornings in Alcester
If you are interested in being part of a group, please contact Adrian Guthrie, the Rector on 01789 764 261 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to develop more groups so if you would like to be in a group, but are not available to attend when the current groups are meeting, please contact Adrian to register your interest.
The Mothers’ Union is a worldwide organisation
Mothers’ Union is a Christian organisation with more than 3.6 million members in 78 countries worldwide and our commitment is to support marriage and family life to help others, whether by running local projects, supporting international campaigns, or fundraising. Mothers’ Union is a Christian mission organisation working with people of all faiths and none. The spiritual life of our members is an important concern and members are united worldwide in prayer and worship.
Mothers’ Union in Alcester Minster
There are two Mothers’ Union branches within the Alcester Minster:
• Alcester and Arrow
• Kinwarton with Great Alne and Haselor
Read on for more information about the individual branches.
Alcester and Arrow
Members gather on the 1st Thursday evening of each month at Malt Mill Lane Community Room at 7.30 pm. In this time we offer worship, and listen to a speaker to be encouraged in our reaching out in love and service.
In the Minster the Mothers’ Union has been part of parish life for many decades. Some of our members received their certificates for 50 years' faithful membership three years ago.
Kinwarton with Great Alne and Haselor
Our small branch of the Mothers’ Union meets on the 4th Thursday of the month. Meetings are held in member’s homes, with a variety of speakers including members of the Clergy, Lay Readers, Diocesan speakers and other agencies.
During the year members regularly attend Deanery and Diocesan festivals and events and on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 2.00 pm a prayer group meets at the home of Angela Watson and everyone is most welcome to join us.
Several of our members help at Hewell Grange Open Prison on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon serving refreshments for the visitors.
Our branch also presents a card and religious gift to the newly baptised in our three churches.
Several members join Alcester and Arrow Mothers’ Union for some of their meetings held on the 1st Thursday of the month.
When and Where
Alcester and Arrow
Members gather on the 1st Thursday evening of each month at Malt Mill Lane Community Room at 7.30 pm. In this time we offer worship, listen to a speaker to be encouraged in our reaching out in love and service.
This is supported by those who meet each month for Knit and Natter in Church House on a 3rd Thursday at 2.00 pm.
Kinwarton with Great Alne and Haselor
Our small branch of the Mothers’ Union meets on the 4th Thursday of the month. Meetings are held in member’s homes.
On the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 2.00 pm a prayer group meets at the home of Angela Watson and everyone is most welcome to join us.
In 2016 the Mothers' Union celebrates 140 years of Christian care for families. The Theme for 2016 is "Celebration of Faith".
Our members are not all mothers, or even all women. They are single, married, parents, grandparents, or young adults just beginning to express their social conscience. New members are always welcome.
If you are interested please contact:
|Name||Telephone Number||E-mail Address|
|Alcester and Arrow|
|Hilary Malin||01789 email@example.com|
|Kinwarton with Great Alne and Haselor|
|Pauline Vining||01789 firstname.lastname@example.org|
Minster Men is an informal gathering of men from all the parishes which comprise the Alcester Minster. It was formed so that men from around the parishes, whether worshippers or not, could meet in an informal and sociable setting. Minster Men meetings provide an opportunity to forge new friendships, meet old friends and invite other friends to an enjoyable and interesting evening event.
Previous meetings have included Soup Suppers with talks on a variety of subjects; a “Walk and Talk” which started and finished at a local pub where we enjoyed fish and chips; a private, guided tour of Coventry Cathedral (some of the Minster Men are pictured here in the ruins of the old Cathedral) and a skittles evening with supper.
There are no age limits, no membership qualifications or subscriptions and no membership list. Instead, any men interested can join the emailing list for news of an upcoming event.
Where and when
A modest charge is made to cover any costs and we try to organise a meeting each quarter. The meetings are held in the evening to allow as many as possible to come along.
For more information or to join the mailing list contact:
Andrew Deeks on 01789 763723
St Nicholas - Alcester
St Nicholas is open to all and we try to give visitors and those worshipping with us for the first time a special welcome.
Apart from a part-time administrator, our stipendiary and non-stipendiary ministers have no paid staff to undertake the many things which keep the church functioning smoothly. Fund-raising, gardening, cleaning, bell-ringing, singing in the choir, praying, helping with maintenance, making coffee and staffing the bookshop are all areas where either regular support or help given, as and when possible, are warmly appreciated.
St Peter - Coughton
We always welcome anyone to join us for worship. If you feel you would like to be more involved and would be keen to arrange flowers, ring bells, sing in the choir then come along or contact the Churchwarden, Pat Newbold on 01527 458852.
Mission Church - Sambourne
If you would like to join us for services or help with cleaning, arranging flowers, socials, manning a stall at the fête, music for services or being part of the joint choir with St Peter’s then come along or contact the Churchwarden, Pat Newbold on 01527 458852.
We will be most pleased to meet you.
St Mary and All Saints - Haselor
We are always grateful for any help in running and maintaining the church, both practically and financially. Without the generous support and assistance already provided by the community at large it would be difficult to keep the churchbuilding and grounds going. If you feel that you could help in any way please get in touch. (Ring 01789 762522- Chris Corbett.)
St Mary the Virgin - Kinwarton
Come and join our friendly congregation!
We also welcome help with flowers, cleaning and the annual churchyard “autumn tidy”.
If you are interested in getting involved please contact S Kinnerlsey on 01789 762554.
Holy Trinity - Arrow
If you wish to get involved in the life of the church, contact Bill Baldwin on 01789 762638 or Kath Lapsley on 01789 766598.
St Mary Magadalen - Great Alne
We encourage participation of church members whether this is in taking a leading part in services or in helping to care for our beautiful church or churchyard.
If you are interested in getting involved please contact Gareth Roberts-Davies on 01789 488079 or e-mail email@example.com
St James - Weethley
A warm welcome awaits you at St James, whether you are an occasional visitor or a regular worshipper or someone returning after a time away, we would love to see you there. There are a number of ways in which you might like to be more involved in church life and we encourage everyone in exploring their gifts: it might be reading, praying, cleaning, gardening, flower arranging, visiting, making coffee, listening and most importantly just being. We value your presence above all else, so do come along…
Alcester Minster Churches - 07840 284 294 (Administrator) 01789 764 261 (Rector)