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Licensing of Nigel Taylor as Rector of Ismere Team

At a very moving Advent themed Service led by Arch Deacon Nikki, Nigel was Licensed as Rector of the Ismere Team. St Mary's Church was filled with family, friends, members of Kidderminster churches and Civic Dignatries to support Nigel in this important start of a new Ministry. Friends within the Ismere Team welcomed Nigel and offered him their encouragement and prayers for the years ahead.
Service of Licensing

2019 at St Mary and All Saints Church was a time of celebration as the Ismere Team welcomed Revd. Simon Archer as Team Vicar. The seven churches of the Team, church leaders from local churches and denominations, the Local Echumenical Council, representatives of our Civil Authority (including a representative from the Horsefair), St Mary's Primary School, the Deanery, Faith at Work and our Team Rector all shared with Simon words of welcome.
The Bishop of Dudley, Rt. Revd. Graham Usher led the Service, and in his sermon shared with those present, the experience of the lavish gifts of Grace given by God to His people. He explained how this overflowing goodness could not be kept to ourselves but as an inheritance it needed to be shared with others within our churches and outside in the world.
The Bishop, the Archdeacon and our Rural Dean enabled those present to feel very much a part of this commissioning and showed us the need to allow God to work in our Team, so that we can show others His lavish, overflowing goodness.
American Bellringers visit St Mary's

In June a party of American bellringers were joined by bell ringers from the surrounding area led by Dave Struckett, our Bell Master at St Mary's. Our American visitors had been touring the U.K. bell ringing in churches and cathedrals. Among them were ringers from Holy Trinity, New York - particularly anxious to ring at St Mary's because their bells are a sister to St Mary's. Holy Trinity also have a peal of twelve bells, cast shortly after St Mary's by Taylor's of Loughborough and are almost the same weight. After some strenuous bell ringing the visitors were treated to refreshments and were very appreciative. It was a joy to hear the bells ringing and to listen to the stories of how our visitors began their journey in campanology
Remembrance Sunday
Kidderminster's Remembrance Parade started from New Road Car Park and made it's way through the town centre up to St Mary's Church.  Here a short service and a minute's silence was held at the memorial at the front of the church. This was followed by a Civic Service inside St Mary's attended by Civic dignitaries, local groups, War Veterans and emergency services.
St Mary's Christmas Tree Festival
A spectacular happening at St Mary's!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this amazing event.
We are now preparing for next year!

Ismere @ Prayer
The Ismere@Prayer group will not meet until after Easter. We will be joining the 4.00pm Lent Services each Sunday afternoon.
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