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Vacancy Announcement – 31st May 2020

We are pleased to publish the announcement below issued by the Ven Simon Heathfield on behalf of the Bishop of Birmingham –

ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW VICAR FOR THE PARISH OF CURDWORTH, MIDDLETON & WISHAW
• TO BE READ AT ANY ONLINE SERVICES IN THE PARISH OF CURDWORTH, MIDDLETON & WISHAW AND THE
PARISH OF WYKEN, ST MARY MAGDALEN & THE RISEN CHRIST, DIOCESE OF COVENTRY AT SAME TIME.
FROM NOON ON 31ST May TO BE PUBLISHED ON RELEVANT PARISH WEBSITES AND SOCIAL MEDIA, &
RELEASED TO THE DEANERY OF ASTON & SUTTON COLDFIELD & CofE BIRMINGHAM & RELEVANT
DEANERY/DIOCESAN NETWORKS IN COVENTRY DIOCESE.
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The Bishop of Birmingham is delighted to announce that Revd Dr Noel Phillips has been appointed as the next
incumbent of the parish of Curdworth, Middleton & Wishaw, in the deanery of Aston & Sutton Coldfield.
Noel is currently curate at Wyken in the diocese of Coventry serving in the parish of St Mary Magdalen & the
Risen Christ. During his curacy Noel has had a wealth of training including leading the parish during a vacancy and
working in multi-church benefices. With roots in Birmingham as well as Coventry, before ordination Noel was a
teacher, most recently in Senior Roles and as a Chemistry teacher at Henry VIII School in Coventry.
Bishop David says, ‘I am delighted Noel has heard a clear calling and vocation to serve some of our beloved rural
communities in CofE Birmingham. Noel already has knowledge of the area and brings significant experience in
multi-church parishes as well as that of teaching prior to ordination, both of which will serve him well in this new
role. I am sure Curdworth, Middleton and Wishaw will be greatly blessed by his ministry, as I know Noel and the
family will be by them, I offer prayers of thanksgiving and joy for them all.’
Noel comments, I am very excited to be heading back to Birmingham diocese and in particular I am very much
looking forward to serving the Parish of Curdworth, Middleton and Wishaw and working with the experienced
team that they have in place to discern what God is calling us all to as we seek to further the Kingdom.
Noel is married to Jenny and they have two children Ellie (6) and Thomas (5).
Arrangements for Noel’s institution and start date are in discussion but he and the family are very much looking
forward to moving to Curdworth as soon as current circumstances permit. Please join us all in praying for Noel
and the family in this transition. Also remember Wyken as they bid farewell to their curate as well as Curdworth,
Middleton and Wishaw as they prepare to welcome their new priest.
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FURTHER INFORMATION
Enquiries to: The Archdeacon of Aston, The Venerable Simon Heathfield, c/o Jenny Harris,
jennyh@cofebirmingham.com.

We look forward to welcoming Revd Dr Noel Phillips and his family to the Parish of Curdworth, Middleton and Wishaw and wish them all happiness and success

Sunday Services Online

To watch the online Service for Sunday 31st May 2020, Pentecost or Whit Sunday when we celebrate the birth of the Christian Church, follow the link below :-

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aGdKITRuaDgz_fy76nx217fL1tcKcNdp/view?usp=sharing

Be sure to watch to the end for an important announcement from the Bishop of Birmingham

Answers to the Chocolate Quiz are now shown.

Give our latest Dingbats quiz a try – answers next week
We’d love to know how you get on. Please let us know

If you would like to send any photos taken in the Parish for us to use in the next service, we would be pleased to receive them. Maybe you have some photos you have taken on a walk recently during lockdown.

Send to – Margaret Allen margaret_allen69@yahoo.co.uk

Vacancy News 23rd Feb 2020

Statement from Ven Simon Heathfield,        Archdeacon of Aston

“Thank you to everyone who helped organise the discernment process last week as we continue our search for the next vicar. The Patronage Board and the Bishop are continuing to work through the process with the candidate who came for interview. This involves various checks and issues before a formal announcement can be made. Please continue to pray for that work and listen out for further news.”

Thank you to everyone who attended the evening event on Thursday and for the feedback which we received.  Thank you to Isabel and    Vicki for leading on the catering arrangements for Thursday and Friday, all of which ran very smoothly, and to the people who supported by providing food and also helping on Thursday throughout the day.

They were tough days for the candidate and his wife—and us! We now have to wait for  the  ‘checks and issues’ to be resolved, after which we will be able to make a ‘formal announcement’.

Eric and Margaret—Parish Reps

Interregnum and Contacts

The three churches of Curdworth, Wishaw and Middleton are currently in Interregnum, which means that we are temporarily without a resident Vicar.

However, regular services continue to run with minimal disruption and we are still able to offer facilities for all your family events, such as Baptisms and Weddings.

Regular services are shown under each church. Other contacts below:-

Baptisms – Rev Roy Allen 01675 470629 or 07778 458789 email roy_v_allen@hotmail.com

Weddings – Mrs Isabel Potter 07858 481743 email auntydizzyspell@aol.com

Funerals – Rev Roy Allen 01675 470629 or 07778 458789 email roy_v_allen@hotmail.com