Pew Points

An Announcement from the Bishop

The Bishop of Worcester is pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Stephen Winter as Rector of the Benefice of Elmley Lovett with Hampton Lovett, Elmbridge with Rushock, Hartlebury and Ombersley with Doverdale. A date for the licensing will be confirmed shortly.
Please remember Stephen and Laura in your prayers at this time.
If you would like to find out more about Stephen find him on

Thank you from Sheila Banyard

This is to say a big thank you to all the Worcestershire Severn parishes for such a lovely farewell at the Benefice service on 30th September, my last occasion before retiring as Interim Rector and Rural Dean. I was touched by the warmth expressed and by everyone's kind words. I am also very grateful for the generous gifts from the parishes and from the deanery which will help Andy and me make some excellent additions to our new house and garden. During September there was a constant stream of cards and flowers from congregations and individuals, as well as at the deanery celebration of ministry service, and we appreciated them all, along with a number of farewell meals! It's been a privilege and a pleasure to serve in the Benefice and across the deanery and I have been blessed with wonderful colleagues in every parish and in every aspect of ministry, for which I am extremely grateful. It's been great to get to know so many people and places - I am full of admiration for all that's done to enrich the life of local churches and communities, and so glad I've had the opportunity to contribute in some small way. Thank you for your support, kindness and encouragement and I wish you every blessing for the future.

Morning Prayer on Wednesdays September

You are warmly invited to join us for Morning Prayer on Wednesdays at 9.15am, a simple service lasting about half an hour. We pray especially for the host parish, as well as for the benefice as a whole. If you would like us to pray for any particular people or situations please let me know and feel free to come along if this would be a helpful time to have a word about anything after the service. Sheila
7th November Ombersley
14th November Hartlebury
21st November Doverdale
28th November none

5th December Elmley Lovett
12th December Elmbridge
19th December Rushock
26th December none

2nd January Ombersley
9th January Hartlebury
16th January Doverdale
23rd January none
30th January none

Pastoral care in the Worcestershire Severn Parishes

Over the past 18 months we have been liaising as a family of churches in the seven parishes to co-ordinate more of our pastoral care across the Benefice. This is both a way of helping each other and ensuring that, collectively, we offer the best care we can. We have been looking at three things in particular: supporting those who visit and look out for friends and neighbours on behalf of their local church; ensuring that we can more readily provide Holy Communion at home to people who may not be able to get to services because of illness or frailty; and sharing our resources and ideas to help welcome and prepare families who bring children to be christened. It is our privilege to be able to offer all this support on behalf of the Church.
In addition to familiar lines of communication in the local churches, you are welcome to contact the people below for information about pastoral care anywhere in the seven parishes, especially until the new Rector is in post. Churchwardens are also happy to receive enquiries, as is the Benefice administrator. Their contact details are below.

Pastoral Visiting

Enquiries about supporting anyone in need or with requests for prayer.
James Homer 01299 851637

Home Communion

Enquiries about receiving Holy Communion at home for any reason
. Carolyn Gumbley 07716 397900
Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you would like to ask for help or information of any kind.

Praying the Parish

If you have a particular need or things to be grateful for, please let either of us know:
Jenny Batelen 01905 621294
Angie Randle 01905 620753
or James Homer 01299 851637 [lay reader with pastoral responsibility for 7 Parishes]

Areas prayed for specifically in November:
Sunday 4th November - Racks Lane, Chapel Lane and Longheadland Sunday 11th November - Uphampton, Northampton, Lineholt, Malvern View and Abberley View
Sunday 18th November - Doverdale, St Mary's Church, Sytchampton, and Sytchampton School

If you would like a place of quiet to pray, or think, or just rest, the church is always open during the day - using the side door. There are booklets and cards of prayers available in the basket near the door which you may find helpful.