We lay great stress on working with other Christians in our community. Churches Together in Kinver and Enville (CTIKE) is an umbrella body for this cooperation and has been established for a number of years. It brings together the representatives of St Peter’s and St Mary’s Enville with those of the Methodist Church in Enville Road, Kinver. CTIKE meets regularly to plan and review joint activities such as the Good Friday procession of witness. This starts at the Methodist church and winds its way through the village with stops for prayer and praise, calling at St Peter’s for refreshments on the way to the summit of Kinver Edge. Here, the Cross is planted above the village for all to see.
There is a weekly ecumenical communion service on Wednesdays in the Methodist parlour. The ministers and senior leaders of all three churches also meet together regularly to plan and strengthen the pastoral care of our community.
All our work with young people outside the regular services is done on an ecumenical basis with our Methodist partners. This includes after school clubs during term time for infant and junior school pupils. The work with high school-aged young people is led by our ecumenical Youth Pastor who is employed by a separate charity, ad33, which operates under the authority of CTIKE.
Our Youth Pastor and his team of volunteers has successfully established a Friday-night contemporary-music based service of prayer and praise. This is called Church on the Edge and meets fortnightly in St Peter’s during the summer months and in the Methodist church during winter. CotE has been a great success with a growing congregation of all ages, including families and young people. It draws in people from many church backgrounds and none, including those who live outside Kinver.
It is our privilege to provide services to mark major events in the community calendar. The annual Service of Remembrance is organised with the Kinver and Enville Branch of the Royal British Legion. It alternates between St Peter’s and St Mary’s Enville and is followed by a parade to the appropriate village war memorial with the laying of wreaths. We also host services for our parish, district and county councillors and provide prayers at the opening of parish council meetings.
The Kinver Branch of the world-wide Mothers’ Union holds regular meetings throughout the year on a wide variety of topics. Membership is open to all who want to work for the growth of Christian-based family life. M.U. members contribute in many ways to our services, including leading intercessions and providing flowers for distribution on Mothering Sunday.
Annual Church Meeting
Every April in the church hall, we hold a supper and our formal Annual Meeting. This meeting receives reports on the past year’s activities and elects our Church Wardens and other officers for the coming year. Reports from all our groups are drawn together in the Annual Report and this serves illustrate just how alive and active the church community is.
Annual Church Meeting reports and minutes are posted here.