News and Announcements

Bishop Martin pilgrimage:  visit to our parishes on Sunday

Bishop Martin, the bishop of Dudley is currently on a pilgrimage of prayer around the diocese.  He will be visiting on Sunday 17th October and will be in Mamble at 11.20 am, then walking to Bayton for 12.10 pm, then he will be at Far Forest at 2.00 pm. He will spend around 10 minutes in a church, saying a simple prayer of blessing over the font and in some churches morning, midday or evening prayer. There will also be a slightly longer prayer service for the deanery on Sunday at 6.00 pm at St Mary’s, Kidderminster.

New Services starting in October

As the country has begun to open up after the lock downs for Covid,  we are going add some more services into the monthly schedule.  You will see in the rota:

Morning Prayer at Rock on the second Sunday of the month
Tea and Praise at Mamble also on the second Sunday
Family Service at Far Forest on the fourth Sunday

New Curate to be Licensed,  Wed 1st September

At 10am on Wed 1st Sept at Rock church Rev Julia Quinn will be licensed by the Bishop of Dudley to work with Rev Sallie throughout Wyre Forest West.  Here is a copy of the introduction that she has written.

Our CurateHello, I’m Rev Julia Quinn, and I’m looking forward to continuing my curacy with all of you in Wyre Forest West. It’s always slightly scary staring at a blank page considering how best to introduce myself. I wonder what you would like to know about me?
I can tell you that I’m originally from Lymm in Cheshire but moved to Areley Kings in 2005 when my husband Andrew began work at the University of Birmingham. Our household consist of Andrew, me and our two cats, Dotty and Essie. Formerly a Reader at St. Bartholomew’s, Areley Kings, I trained at the Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham and was ordained Deacon in 2018 and priested in 2019. You may have already heard that I am a part-time, non-stipendiary minister and in my time with you, I hope to learn a great deal and continue to grow in my role as priest. My background is in science and I have taught biology, worked as a research assistant at Cranfield and Birmingham Universities and have been an IT trainer. For me, science brings wonder and I thank God for what it reveals; I like to walk and rejoice in the natural world. Singing and craft, especially beading, help me relax.

That’s the basics of the CV.
Let me start again. I’m Julia. When I was 6 years old two important things happened. I sang a solo for the first time in church – it was a school nativity play; yes, I was an angel and it was the first verse of “Away in a manger”. At that point, my love of singing became inextricably linked with worshipping God and I still find praising God through music deeply profound. I was also invited to the children’s holiday club in the tiny chapel across the road by Frances (who lived next door). I was already familiar with Bible stories and saying prayers every night, but there I heard an idea that has stuck with me for the rest of my life.
“Listen for God’s voice, deep inside you.”
My life had been a journey of listening for that voice, speaking to me through scripture, through the Spirit and most of all through the people I have met along the way. Sometimes I have listened well, but not always! Many times, I have needed the encouragement of others to walk the path. Through twists and turns God has led me to do much more than I ever thought I could, up to and including the call to serve as a priest.  I feel excited and greatly privileged to serve and learn amongst you.
As a result of my own experience, I am passionate about telling the story of God’s love not just through words and sacrament, but through music, art, craft, play and technology and in ways that resonate with all ages, especially children.
That’s a little of my story; I look forward to learning your stories and sharing in and encouraging your journeys.

We are all looking forward to welcoming Julia at our churches over the coming weeks.

Plant sale,  Sunday 4th July

On Sunday 4th July from 12 noon till 4pm there will be a Plant Sale at Coppice Gate Farm, Lye Head, Bewdley, DY12 2UY to help raise funds for the Friends of Rock Church Fabric Fund. There will be tea, coffee and cake served along with a raffle, tombola, cake stall and various other stalls. Free entrance and no tickets required. If you are able to donate a cake or raffle prizes then please contact the vicar. Click here for a poster in pdf format.

Celebration of Pets service Sunday 27th June

On Sunday 27th June we will be holding a ‘Celebration of Pets’ service outdoors at St Giles Church, Heightington.

Throughout the lockdown many people have been greatly comforted and cheered by their pets. Why not bring your pet along to this service where we will celebrate and give thanks for all they mean to us. We will be joined by Bishop Robert Paterson (and hopefully his dog Dhugal) and the service will be followed by tea and cake.

Coffee Morning, Bayton Saturday 12th June

There is a drop in Coffee Morning at Bayton Church on Saturday 12th June from 10.00 - 12.00 in aid of the Fabric Fund. There will be refreshments and a cake and plant stall and a chance to take part in a wild flower survey of the churchyard. Come and enjoy the lovely views from the church tower over to Clee Hill.


To contact our vicar Rev Sallie Butcher e-mail or call her on 01299 896837