The Alcester Minster was formally established in 2006. It is a group of 5 parishes working together under one Rector assisted by many committed and loyal Christians. The Minster includes the town parish of Alcester, the village churches of Arrow with Weethley to the West, Kinwarton with Great Alne to the East, Haselor to the East, and Coughton with Sambourne to the North.
In achieving the aims of the diocesan mission purpose which is to worship God, make new disciples and transform our communities, our vision for the future is to work together in worship and service with the whole of the community for the growth of Godís Kingdom on earth. Alcester Minster Churches take seriously their commitment to giving, by supporting communities and are up to date with contributions to the diocese.
There is a Ministry Leadership Team (MLT) working alongside the Rector, consisting of an associate minister (house for duty), retired clergy and readers. The team works with the Rector to sustain the spiritual life of all of the churches. This team is supported by people who lead worship in most of the churches, and the able gifts of our Minster administrator ensure all services are covered. This leadership team is supported by an active Minster Council with representatives of the 5 PCCs . The council meets at least every two months with the aim of drawing together the ongoing life of the Minster. Each of the parishes has its own PCC and these remain the principal decision making bodies.
The last seven years have seen the churches drawn together in worship, training and fellowship and there has been considerable progress in its identification as a unified body. Each church has its own long established traditions, which together represent the full tapestry of Anglican worship from Book of Common Prayer to informal prayer and praise services. United services drawing people in from all over the Minster take place regularly in the different churches. In particular Minster Praise an informal service of worship songs, witness and teaching which takes place between April and November.
In addition to taking communion to the sick and aged in their own homes, members of the MLT also lead worship in 2 sheltered accommodations and 2 nursing homes each month.
The Minster takes an active part in the ecumenical activities of the town under the umbrella of Alcester Churches Together. A group made up of representatives from each parish meets regularly to underpin the work of the Minster with prayer.