We will be continuing to develop this page as times goes on to capture some of the different moments of our community life together that are not shown elsewhere on this site. For pictures of the different groups and activities do also explore the rest of the site.
Of course many moments, in particular the many school visits to our churches and work that takes place in schools, have not been captured on camera, however we hope that you will enjoy the snapshots below....
New Year Walk
The year began with a group gathering for a New Year walk, which finished with warm drinks and lunch at a nearby pub.
SPAB Winter Maintenance Working Parties
We are privileged to have four beautiful church buildings across Droitwich and it is important to us to do all we can to look after them. We regularly meet for 'Working Parties' to do routine maintenance. We also enjoy a coffee and often a bacon sandwich as a mid-work break.
This picture is taken at the top of St Peter's Church tower.
Holy Week & Easter
We started the week with an incredible production of 'Jesus My Boy' by Worcester Rep Theatre Company.
We gathered for a Passover Meal guided through by CMJ, who helped us to think about the Jewish Passover and it's significance.
On Maundy Thursday we gathered together for a service which included foot washing, communion and chance for us to reflect together on the events that unfolded on that first Holy Week.
After the service the church was stripped and left silently before Good Friday.
On Good Friday we gathered with Churches Together in Droitwich for a Walk of Witness through the town before gathering in Victoria Square for a service together.
We then continued through the day with a series of services to help us to reflect together.
Our Easter Day celebrations begin each year with people from across the churches in Droitwich meeting up at St Augustine's for a Sonrise Service.
We then continued through the day with services across the Parish.
St Richard's Festival
Droitwich has lots of different festivals throughout the year. The St Richard's Festival takes place each year and includes a re-enactment of St. Richard blessing the town well. Here are a few photos (with our own Team Rector Nigel Byard playing the part of St. Richard). You can see more photos and find more about the festival and this part of Droitwich's story here.
Christian Aid Week
Each year we begin Christian Aid week with our Christian Aid Quiz Night. It always raises lots of money and is good fun with some healthy competitiveness too!
During the week the Christian Aid collection takes place along with the other Churches in Droitwich. A great way to support a great charity.
Thy Kingdom Come
We joined in with the Global Wave of Prayer taking place between Ascension Day and Pentecost.
We began with our traditional Ascension Day service, followed by bonfire and BBQ up at St Augustine's Church.
Many members of our congregations, as well as many members of the public visited our Prayer Space in the chapel in St Andrews Church. A variety of times of prayer, prayer walks and other activities took place over the 10 days.
General Election Hustings
Churches Together in Droitwich organised and hosted a hustings evening at Droitwich Methodist Church for members of the local community to ask their questions to our local candidates.
Our own Jeremy Paxman a.k.a. Nigel Byard chaired the evening and brilliantly fielded the questions and kept things moving.
It was a good opportunity for difficult issues to be discussed and for us to hear from the candidates who attended.
Summer Working Parties
As we continue to work to maintain our four buildings, we had another round of working parties. As well as getting lots of essential work done, we once again enjoyed a great time of fellowship together along the way.
Salt King 200 Celebrations
On 25th June, Droitwich celebrated 200 years since the birth of John Corbett, known as the 'Salt King.' Celebrations began with a Joint Parishes Service at St Augustines and then we joined in the town celebrations at Chateau Impney.
Some members of the Corbett family were present at the Community Picnic as many gathered together to enjoy this event.
Droitwich Mayor, Shaun Best, joined us at our morning service and attended the Community Picnic wearing the mayor's chain, which was bought and gifted to the town by John Corbett himself. It is only worn on very special occasions.
Mayor's Summer Charity ConcertThe Mayor's Summer Charity Concert was held at St Andrew's Church raising money for St. Richard's Hospice and Droitwich Challenges Gateway Club. The Hussingtree Chorale, St. Richard's Hospice Choir, The Time Enough Quartet and members of the Droitwich Folk Club performed. It was a brilliant evening.
MadCap Theatre Company - As You Like It - St Andrew's Garden
For the third year running we welcomed the wonderful MadCap Theatre Company to St. Andrew's Church Garden for another brilliant production. This year they performed 'As You Like It' to a sell out crowd.
New Wine United Summer Gathering
Each year a group from the Parish head down to Shepton Mallet to join thousands of others for a week of worship, teaching and plenty of community time together.
Working Party at St Mary's Churchyard
The first of our round of Autumn/Winter working parties took place at St Mary's Churchyard. A hidden but beautiful spot in Droitwich (behind the Castle pub!).
The weather wasn't great but those who came along made a huge difference helping to clear some of the brambles.
*Photos coming soon*
Joint Parishes Service led by Bishop Graham, Bishop of Dudley - October 2017
At the beginning of October both parishes gathered at St Andrew's for a Joint Parishes Communion Service. We were delighted to be joined by Bishop Graham, who led the service and presided at communion. It was an uplifting and encouraging occasion.
All Souls Service
A really special moment each year is when we gather for our annual All Souls' Service. The service is open to all, but with a special invite extended to those who have lost a loved on over the past year. It is always a moving moment when candles are lit in memory of those that we have loved and lost
Winter Working Parties at each of our Churches
Town Lights Switch on, Beginning of the Christmas Tree Festival and Performance by the Community Choir
On 25th November, Droitwich gathered for the switching on of the town lights. As usual the Parish Centre and Church were open to welcome people for a warm drink! After the lights switch on we gathered to start the annual Christmas tree festival at St Andrews, by switching the lights on and enjoying a festive performance by the Droitwich Community Choir.