Welcome

  • Welcome to the Gornal and Sedgley Team Ministry website. 

    Our parish includes All Saints' Church in Sedgley, St Andrew's in The Straits and St Peter's in Upper Gornal.

    We've been a team ministry since 2005: team working allows us to provide spiritual and pastoral care to a wide area including  Upper Gornal, the Straits and Sedgley.

    We look forward to meeting you at one of the churches in our parish soon.

    Revd Guy Hewlett (Team Rector, Gornal and Sedgley Team Ministry)

    Revd Catherine Mitchell   (Team Vicar, Gornal and Sedgley Team Ministry)

    Canon Jan Humphries (Licensed Lay Minister, Gornal and Sedgley Team Ministry

    Gornal and Sedgley Team Ministry

    Safeguarding

    The Parish of Gornal and Sedgley takes the issue of safeguarding very seriously.  

    Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life.

    If you or someone you know feels unsafe the following information may be helpful to you:

    In the Parish:

    Barbara Baker, Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator. Tel 01902 882847

    safeguarding@allsaintssedgley.co.uk

    Revd Guy Hewlett, Team Rector: 

    Phone: 01902 295164

    email: rectorgornalandsedgley@allsaints.co.uk

    In the Diocese:

    Hilary Higton Safeguarding Adviser 
    07495 060869  
    hhigton@cofe-worcester.org.uk

    In emergency situation:

    Dudley Social Services: 01384 813200

    If there is an immediate risk or danger contact the Police by dialling 101.

    Other helplines:

    Childline  0800 1111

    Samaritans 116123

    NSPCC  0808 800 5000

    Domestic Violence 0808 2000 247

    Action on Elder Abuse 020 8835 9280

    Use this link for the Diocese of Worcester Safeguarding Team contact details:

    Diocesan Safeguarding Team

    CHURCH OF ENGLAND SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT

    BAPTISM AND WEDDING BOOKINGS

    For baptism and wedding bookings, please click here. 

     

    SERVICES AND EVENTS AT ALL SAINTS'

    Click here for a list of services and events at All Saints'

    Please notify us of any services or events that are missing from the listings. 

    NEWS FROM THE PEWS

    Services, news and events from the latest notice sheet:

    Sunday 20th October 2019

    October 2019 magazine

     

     

    Our Facebook site

    Our Facebook site provides an added facility for communicating with other members of our church community and with our Team Ministry. 

    Link to Facebook site

     

    OCTOBER 2019 SERVICES

     

    THE  PILGRIM'S PROGRESS - SANTIAGO IN SIGHT!

    Revd Canon Stephen Buckley is on the last leg of his 170-mile walk to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. 

    He will arrive in Santiago de Compostela, reputed burial place of the Apostle St James, on Saturday (19/10/19) with his walking companions. 

    They spend Sunday and Monday sightseeing in Santiago, and then fly back to Manchester on Tuesday. 

    The Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela.

    Stephen, leaving Worcester 30/9/19.

    There should be a sponsorship/pledge form at the back of All Saints' this Sunday. 

    Please give generously to Stephen's charity Embrace the Middle East in recognition of Stephen's immense achievement!

    We have heard from Stephen from time to time on his trip - here's the link to his 'Camino' page on this website:

    Revd Canon Stephen Buckley's Camino Portugues 2019

    ID OUR TREES!!

    While putting together Friday's Tree ID quiz in Gospel End Street Graveyard, we came across one of the (living) residents!

    Friday's Tree Quiz was very enjoyable - and educational! Friday Coffee Morning regular Robert McLeod proved to be extremely knowledgeable, identifying 99% of the tree species in the graveyard.

    We're now intending to do a similar quiz for the plants and trees in the churchyard around All Saints', and the former graveyard in Vicar Street which is now public gardens. 

    Tree species in Gospel End Street Graveyard

    Friday's Reminiscence Cafe

    Former Egginton's employees Maureen Davies (nee Jones) and Pat Jones (nee Westwood) at our Reminiscence Cafe 4/10/19.

    Maureen married Steve Davies who was the leader of Steve Brett and the Mavericks, which included a young Noddy Holder, who went on to form Slade. 

    Also at Friday's Coffee Morning, Pat Jones and her friend Maureen Davies came along - and Martin interviewed them about their time working for Egginton's in the Bull Ring from 1954-58. 

    Maureen was married to Steve, who led the rock and roll group Steve Brett and the Mavericks in the early to mid-1960s. 

    In 1964-5 the group toured Germany and released a number of singles - it included 20-year-old Noddy Holder, who went on to form Slade

    Open The Book

    Liz Williams writes:

    The 'Open The Book' Team welcomed children from Woodsetton and Cotwall End schools to two special mornings in church, during September, to celebrate 20 years of 'Open the Book' nationwide. (Gornal & Sedgley have had a Team for 8 years.)

    The children were involved in the story of Josiah. Some were builders, worshippers and soldiers, and all the others helped the story along with various actions.

    Following the story, the children had refreshments and coloured an 'Open The Book' bookmark, as well as looking around the church.

    The children and our team had a great time!

     

    All Together as Kingdom People - September 28th 

    Kathryn Apperley writes:

    A good day was had by our small but willing group as we joined our fellow Christians across the diocese ‘to be inspired, encouraged and equipped to grow as Kingdom People’. 

    Bishop John opened the proceedings with our morning service, which included an excellent address by Jonathan Kimber. He used the parable of the prodigal son and two postures – arms open and arms crossed. We were encouraged not to be people with arms folded, unprepared to give or receive; but to be people with arms open accepting the love of God, sharing love and passing it on to others.

    The day included a choice of over twenty workshops and though we wondered if this would be a time of hectic scurrying from one place to another, we were pleasantly surprised by the smoothness of the operation and the gentle pace at which the day proceeded. 

    Here are some quotes from the day:

                    ‘I thought the workshop on Evangelism with Bishop Paul Bayes was brilliant. He made us feel at ease and you knew you couldn’t say anything wrong’.

                    ‘The length of the workshops was just right. The Talking Faith workshop made us feel comfortable to talk, with no sense of embarrassment.’

                    ‘There were some good ideas on how to arrange agendas at meetings.’

                    ‘I left feeling uplifted and encouraged.’

    We got the chance to meet up with old friends, including Rev. Stephen and Christine. Stephen will soon be setting off again on the Camino route and used the meet up to break in his new walking boots! 

    I do believe there was a bit of competition between Bishop John and Bishop Paul as they tackled the climbing wall, set up especially for the day, outside the cathedral. 

    It was up to Bishop Paul to make the address in the closing worship. Referring to the last supper where it says ‘So He got up from the table…’ Bishop Paul reminded us that Jesus knelt to wash the feet of his disciples – the King became the servant, just as we as Kingdom people should seek to serve others. 

    Thank you for all those at Worcester Cathedral who made it such an inspiring and enjoyable day!

     

    CONGRATULATIONS CLAIRE AND JACKIE!

    Claire Cox and Jackie Hewlett were endorsed as ALMs at the Team Service at All Saints' on 29/9/19. 

    Claire is invested as an ALM Worship Leader at Worcester Cathedral.

    Jackie is invested as an ALM Pastoral Leader at Worcester Cathedral.

    ALMs from around the Diocese attended the Evensong service at Worcester Cathedral on 15/9/19.

    Claire Cox and Jackie Hewlett have been studying to be ALMs (Authorised Lay Ministers) for the Gornal and Sedgley Parish for the past year - and at Evensong on Sunday 15th September 2019 along with others from around the Diocese they were invested with their new status at Worcester Cathedral by the Bishop of Worcester, Rt Revd Dr John Inge

    Claire is a Worship Leader, which means she can lead certain parish services; Jackie will coordinate the pastoral work of the parish including home and hospital visiting. 

    On Sunday 29th September 2019, Claire and Jackie were endorsed in their new roles by our Parish at the morning Team Service and Communion at All Saints'. 

    Very many congratulations to them for their hard work and application over the past year - they will be a huge asset to the work of the Parish!

    Read the full story on the Diocese of Worcester website

     

    THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED THE MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT 'WORLD'S GREATEST COFFEE MORNING'. 

    Our great staff who serrved coffee and cakes at the event. 

    Despite some appalling downpours on the day, there was another great attendance at the Macmillan Cancer Support 'World's Greatest Coffee Morning' on Friday 27th September 2019 at All Saints'. 

    The amount raised for Macmillan Cancer Support was a fantastic four hundred pounds!!

    Well done everyone - and special thanks to the wonderful people who prepare, staff and clear up at the event!

     

     

    THE OLD CHURCH HALL -  PRE-1954

    This is the top of Dean Street, pre-1954. The building on the corner is the former church hall - all of these buildings are now long gone - Iceland car park is in the location where they stood.

    Interestingly a big cross can be seen at the entrance to All Saints' - where the church sign now stands. This may have been a temporary intallation at Easter - or possibly a more permanent fixture. 

    VESTRY HOUR 

    The next Vestry Hour will be on 6th October 2019.

    FLOWER QUIZ AT ALL SAINTS' FRIDAY COFFEE MORNING 6/9/19 

    David and Elaine Melhuish were very knowledgeable garden-people!

    Thanks to everyone who took part in our Flower Quiz at the Friday Coffee Morning at All Saints' on Friday 6th September - organised by Sedgley Friendship Group.

    This time the flowers featured were from Whitlenge Gardens near Hartlebury, Worcestershire. 

    It seems the 50/50 format - contestants choose from one right answer and one random wrong answer - worked well as it gives you a 50% chance ever if you don't know the answer! 

    We were astonished at the high level of knowledge among our contestants!

    For those of you who missed it here's a link to the quiz. We'll be doing another - so see you in person then!

    Whitlenge Gardens - Sedgley Friendship Group Flower ID Quiz 6/9/19

    LISTING OUR CHURCH GROUPS AND ACTIVITIES THAT ARE OPEN TO NON-CHURCH MEMBERS

    I've been asked by the new Sedgley Friendship Group to post any regular church or other non-commercial groups in the Gornal and Sedgley Parish that are open to non-church members in the new Dudley Community Information Directory. I've put our Friday Coffee Morning at All Saints' on - as it's the most obvious one. Should I put Singing Angels onto it? Are there any other groups that could be listed? I will add groups like the Art Group who meet in the Church Hall, as it's non-commercial.

    Let me know if you'd like to include your group on the directory, provided it's open to non-church members: 

    mmjones29@blueyonder.co.uk

     

    CHURCH HALL ASDA GRANT  

    "I am pleased to be able to report that the ASDA Foundation has awarded a grant of £15,000 which, when added to the £12,000 raised locally, will enable: replacement of the flat roof, a new kitchen (with a dishwasher!) and provision of a food servery in the Community Room. This is excellent news and would have not been possible without the local donations for which I offer my grateful thanks." 

    John Anderson.

     

    REMINISCENCE CAFES

    Attendees at the Reminiscence Cafe held 30/8/19 on 'Streetscapes and Roads' in Sedgley. 

    Here's the autumn programme for the Sedgley Friendship Group's Reminiscence Cafe slide shows and talks, to be held at All Saints' Church's Friday Coffee Mornings at 11am; (please note that the planned talk on Governance and Politics on Friday 18th October has now been postponed and will take place later in the autumn):

    Friday 25th October - Maps and Documents - a look at various maps of central Sedgley from the 18th century onwards.

     

    Friday 1st November - The Magnificent Cox Families - how four separate families named Cox played an important role in the church and village.

     

    Friday 8th November - Uniformed Organisations: in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday, we see the variety of uniformed organisations from the police to St John Ambulance and the role they have played - and continue to play - in our community.

     

    If you have any photos that may be of interest on these topics, please send them to mmjones29@blueyonder.co.uk

     

    Are you searching for the grave of a relative?

    If you're searching for a relative who was buried in one of All Saints' three graveyards, please let us know if you are intending to visit.  We may be able to do some preparatory work that can help you in locating the grave. 

    Alas, there is little we can do to help when people arrive unexpectedly. 

    There is usually a Friday Coffee Morning from 10.30am - 12 noon, when All Saints' Church is open to all (ring us 01902 540289 to confirm one is definitely on), and you can come and talk to us then. 

    To contact us in advance, please email the Parish Office: 

    admin@allsaintssedgley.co.uk

    Parish contact details 

    PARISH OFFICE

    Address: 

    All Saints' Parish Office

     

    Ladies Walk

     

    Dudley

     

    DY3  3UA

    Phone number: 01902 540289

    Our Administration Assistant is Gail Griffiths. 

    admin@allsaintssedgley.co.uk

    TEAM RECTOR

    Revd Guy Hewlett

    Gornal and Sedgley Team Ministry

    All Saints', Sedgley

    St Peter's, Upper Gornal

    St Andrew's, The Straits

    Phone and email contact details:

    Phone: 01902 295164

    email: guyhewlett18@gmail.com

    TEAM VICAR

    The Revd Catherine Mitchell

    Team Vicar

    Gornal and Sedgley Team Ministry

    All Saints', Sedgley

    St Peter's, Upper Gornal

    St Andrew's, The Straits

    Tel 01902 677897

    revcatherinemitchell13@gmail.com

    LICENSED LAY MINISTER

    Canon Jan Humphries: 01902 661275

    janhumphries@hotmail.co.uk

     

    Other email addresses:

    Keith Tomlinson, Churchwarden: 

    churchwardenkeith@allsaintssedgley.co.uk 

    John Anderson, Treasurer and Churchwarden:

    treasurer@allsaintssedgley.co.uk

    Jenny Lavender, Assistant Treasurer: 

    asstreasurer@allsaintssedgley.co.uk

    The parish office is open 10am-12noon, Monday to Friday. 

    Information should be sent to Gail by Wednesday for inclusion in Sunday's pewsheet.

      

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