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.
If you 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
Guy’s Retirement in 2022
Guy sent this message to the Parish 21/7/21:
'After more than 25 years of ordained ministry and after a period of prayer and discernment I have decided, with Jackie, that next year is the right time to retire from stipendiary ministry.
I have discussed this with the Archdeacon and the Bishop and my last Sunday in the Parish of Gornal and Sedgley as Team Rector will be the 27th of February 2022.
I know that this is nearly 9 months away but as we begin to look to next year in our parish planning it felt right to let you, as the Parochial Church Council, know now.
With my love in Christ,
We will be very sad to see Guy and Jackie leave, but we wish them all the very best in the future, and thank them for their wonderful contribution to the life of the parish.
On Tuesday (6/7/21) the funeral of Maureen Wassell took place at All Saints'.
It was led by Canon Jan Humphries, who also delivered the eulogy.
Liz Williams carried the Mothers' Union banner which was laid on the altar for the service - Maureen was an active member.
It was a beautiful service - Maureen will be sadly missed by all of us. Rest in Peace, and Rise in Glory.
LEN MILLARD IS 99!
Wonderful news - Our former Head Server for many years, Len Millard celebrated his 99th birthday on 23/6/21.
We wish him the warmest good wishes and hearty congratulations.
Also our gratitude for a lifetime spent in service to our church!
THE CLOSURE OF ST PETER'S CHURCH BUILDING
Sadly, arrangements are currently being made between the Church Commissioners and the Diocese of Worcester to close the St Peter's Church building officially, on a permanent basis. Please note that it is only the church building, and not the church hall that will close under this arrangement.
Please note that the deadline for any objections (28/6/21) has now closed.
We are having to re-arrange those weddings and baptisms disrupted by the current situation so, regretfully, cannot consider any enquiries for baptisms until further notice.
NEW DEANERY FOR GORNAL AND SEDGLEY
As part of the Diocesan restructuring, at the end of February, our parish will become part of a newly formed Deanery called ‘The Greater Dudley Deanery’ which is a bringing together of Kingswinford, Stourbridge and Dudley.
It is hoped that this will enable us to work more closely with a wider group of parishes. Please pray for the new relationships which will form and please pray for the new Area Dean, who is the Reverend Canon David Hoskin.
Two people have been appointed as Sub-Deans, and they are the Reverend Rachel Newell and the Reverend Andrew Silas - please keep David, Andrew and Rachel in your prayers as they settle into their new roles.
THE BEACON MAGAZINE
An independent service supporting survivors of church-related abuse.
Launched in September 2020, this service offers support to survivors of church-related abuse, whether or not a report has been made.
This independent service is run by the charity Victim Support and funded by the Church of England, the Catholic Church in England and the Church of Wales.
It is free to access via telephone, email or web-chat
Tel: 0300 303 1056 (answerphone is available)
Web-chat is available via the Safe Spaces website: https://www.safespacesenglandandwales.org.uk/s
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:
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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