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Vicar returns to a full role at Worcester church
3:02pm Thursday 16th January 2014 in News
A vicar who had not been taking services at her church is playing a full role there once again.
We reported how vicar Clare Griffiths and curate Nick Daw were not taking routine services at St Mark's in Cherry Orchard following disagreements among parishioners.
The unrest at the Bath Road church first came to light after Rev Griffiths wrote to parishioners last September to say St Mark's parochial church council and the Archdeacon had met to begin a programme of bridge building.
However, it is understood that the differences of opinions began well before Rev Griffiths's tenure and dated back at least ten years.
Rev Griffiths had been asked not to take routine services while mediation with a Christian organisation called Bridge Builders took place.
However the organisation, which offers mediation and training courses, was ultimately not called in.
A Diocese of Worcester spokeswoman said: "They decided not to use Bridge Builders in the end, but through working together, relationships have been restored.
Rev Griffiths had continued to take funerals throughout the dispute but returned to her full role in November.
The church is also reaching out to the local community with activities such as Friday Chat and Cuppa Club running from 2.30pm to 4pm on Fridays.
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