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.
Once the present crisis is over, we look forward to meeting you at one of the churches in our parish.
The current crisis with the Covid-19 pandemic has unfortunately led to all our churches being closed.
We are doing our best to keep in touch with everyone in difficult circumstances, and are currently experimenting using Zoom, an application that allows congregations to meet online.
If you should need to talk to someone, and/or request them to pray for you, here is our team - please call or email them:
Revd Guy Hewlett, Team Rector
Phone: 01902 295164
Revd Catherine Mitchell - Team Vicar
Tel 01902 677897
Canon Jan Humphries, Licensed Lay Minister
Tel: 01902 661275
Mobile: 07954 314102
THE FUNERAL OF OUR DEAR FRIEND SHEILA OLIVER
Arrangements for our dear friend Sheila Oliver's funeral have now been announced.
It will take place at 10.30am on Wednesday 12th August 2020, at All Saints'.
Given the limited numbers allowed inside the church, it is a private funeral to which only family and close friends have been invited.
However, those who knew Sheila are welcome to assemble (observing strict social distancing) lining the path outside, to mark their respect as the coffin arrives in church.
After the service at All Saints', there will be a further service at Gornal Wood Crematorium, and this is again limited to invited family and close friends.
In the past few years, Sheila contributed some wonderful reminiscences of All Saints' Youth Club (1958-1962) and about the old Ladies Walk Clinic where she worked from 1976.
As a tribute to her, we are putting these into a presentation - along with the memories of those who knew her, to help us recall her outstanding lifetime contribution to church and village.
This is what we have so far:
Recently received from Jenny Cresswell:
"My name is Jenny Cresswell and I have known Sheila for many years. She was the nicest, kindest person you could ever wish to meet and with a great sense of humour. We met when we both joined the choir at All Saints church. We both loved to sing and this gave us that opportunity. Thursday night choir practice was such fun, we sang and laughed in equal measure. While remaining in the church choir we went on to join the Handel Consort, later renamed Cantica and sang together for several years until I moved away from Sedgley.
Sheila and I bumped into each other occasionally and enjoyed a "catch up". She never changed, always so interested in other people and concerned for their welfare. I will miss her."
This will be added to the tribute shortly along wiyth other memories -
so if there is anyone with memories of Sheila that they would like included in the tribute, they are welcome to send them via email to:
Our thoughts are with Michael, Robert and Jayne, and all of Sheila's family at this time.
Sadly, we have also been informed of the death of Vic Cleaver, the husband of Mary Cleaver. Mary and Vic were regulars at Evensong on Sunday evenings in recent years.
Brenda Baker's wedding to Geoff at All Saints' in 1962.
Members of All Saints' will remember Brenda Baker (nee Sherratt), who sadly died on 2nd July 2020, aged 94.
A tribute page has been compiled with memories of Brenda and her contributions to the church community at All Saints':
Please let us know if you have any memories of Brenda you would like to add:
Service sheet for Brenda Baker's funeral.
Brenda's funeral was held on Monday 27th July 2020 at Gornal Wood Crematorium, conducted by Canon Jan Humphries.
During the service, Jan delivered a eulogy which gave a wonderful picture of Brenda's lifetime devotion to the church and village.
AN EXCELLENT ARTICLE ON THE FUTURE OF OUR CHURCHES BY OUR ARCHDEACON IN THE JULY/AUGUST MAGAZINE
The current July/August issue of our church magazine contains a thought-provoking article about the future of our church buildings.
The pandemic has brought many of the issues that already existed around the viability and future existence of our buildings to the fore.
Our Archdeacon Nikki Groarke has written an uncompromising challenge to all congregations in the Diocese, to reexamine where and how we worship in the future.
PRAYING AND MEETING TOGETHER DURING THE CRISIS - USING ZOOM
During the Covid crisis we are using 'Zoom' to 'meet virtually', via the internet.
Although we have begun short services at our churches, we continue with our programme of online services and meetings on Sundays and during the week, using Zoom:
Sunday 9:30am Holy Communion – this is ‘live’ on Zoom and then posted on Facebook and our website - it lasts about 30 minutes.
10:30am prayer/worship (this is not on Zoom) - praying through the Sunday liturgy individually but hopefully at the same time! – This is available through the email News Groups and includes links to hymns and a printed sermon and is usually emailed out on the Saturday before.
11:30am Zoom coffee fellowship – bring your own coffee to your computer and see and hear some of your church friends; for about 40 minutes.
6:30pm Compline on Zoom, about 20 minutes. A quiet and reflective service.
Tuesday 2:30pm Prayer meeting on Zoom – about 30 minutes following the Prayer in Isolation leaflet.
Thursday 8.00pm Fellowship Group on Zoom and open to all. We spend some time with each other and reflect on a scripture reading.
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 9:15am Parish Prayer on Zoom – an informal time of prayer as when we’re meeting in our buildings, where we share the Gospel reading for the day and pray quietly for about 15 minutes.
BACKDROPS FOR THE NEXT ALL SAINTS' 'WHO'S WHO' - WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVOURITE?
The beautiful summer days have provided some wonderful displays of flowers at National Trust properties.
When the current conditions abate, we hope to produce a new Who's Who board for All Saints'... for the past 10 years we have used scenes of natural beauty as a backdrop.
Click the link below to view a selection of images from Hidcote Manor Gardens near Stratford upon Avon - which one is your favourite?
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 a list of people who can help is available on this link:
THE BEACON PARISH 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.
All Saints' Parish Office
Phone number: 01902 540289
Our Administration Assistant is Gail Griffiths.
Other contact email addresses:
Keith Tomlinson, Churchwarden:
John Anderson, Treasurer and Churchwarden:
Jenny Lavender, Assistant Treasurer:
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