Sunday, 26th February 2012, was a red letter day in the life of our L.E.P. As well as being our Patronal Sunday and the service being led jointly by the Bishop of Worcester, Rev Dr John Inge, and Rev Mary Austin, our local Methodist Superintendent Minister, it was one of joint Confirmation (our first!) into the Methodist Church and the Church of England for Sarah Weston. Here we see Sarah being congratulated after the service by Bishop John, Rev Mary (second from left) and also Rev Rose Lawley (left).
Alex Vaccaro joined our team as a newly ordained Curate after she was ordained in July 2010. She was ordained Priest in July 2011. This is what she has to say:
"Having lived in Kidderminster for 15 years and in Worcestershire all my life, it's
fair to say that I'm no stranger to the Parish! However, church has been St. Michael's
in Stourport since I was married there to Fil in 1994. I was Churchwarden there for
9 years, and then began to explore a vocation to ministry, which has led to three
years of training at Queen's Foundation in Birmingham. This has been a wonderful
experience, particularly because this ecumenical college takes students from all
over the world, giving an amazing opportunity to learn with those of other traditions
and from other countries. Now I am coming to end of my college training and -
Study has been taking a lot of commitment recently, but I still find time for favourite hobbies of cooking, gardening, walking and reading, and we also enjoy visiting National Trust and English Heritage sites and spending time with friends.
31st August 2008 was a very special day in the life of our church. On this day we celebrated 100 years of a site in Broadwaters dedicated to St Oswald. We were encouraged to dress in Edwardian costume for the occasion and even circumstances conspired to add to the atmosphere because we had a power cut part way through the service!
Sunday, 14th January 2007, was an extremely important day in the lives of St Oswald's C of E and Broadwaters Methodist. This was the day when we formally signed a Covenant creating a Local Ecumenical Partnership between our two Churches.
The Service was in two parts, the first being at the Methodist Chapel. This picture shows Rev Mary Austin saying some words of welcome. Also in the picture, from left to right, Canon Owain Bell (Team Rector), Rev John Howard (Chair, Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District of the Methodist Church) and Rt Rev Peter Selby, the Bishop of Worcester.