VISITORS will be able to learn more about the history of their local church as part of the first Festival of Churches.

Wyre Forest churches will be holding events and exhibitions during the festival, which is being held throughout Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire, on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15.

The Bishop of Worcester John Inge said: “The Festival of Churches is an opportunity to share these wonderful buildings with the wider community.

“In the diocese of Worcester we are committed to making our buildings fit for purpose as a spiritual and community resource.”

St Barnabas Church in Franche will be holding a one day event on Saturday, September 14 where an amateur radio station is being set up within the church.

The aim of the event is to make radio contact with other churches throughout the UK to promote friendship and fellowship.

St Bartholomew’s in Bayton will be open from 10am to 5pm on both days for people to view a display of documents, photos and other materials illustrating important features of the church and telling stories of some of the people it has served over the centuries.

Stewards will be on hand at St Michael and All Angels in Great Witley from 11am to 5pm on the Saturday and 2pm to 5pm on the Sunday to point out features and the history of the Baroque church.

Visitors will also be able to view the crypt where a permanent display is planned for 2014.

St James’ in Hartlebury will be holding a coffee morning from 10.15am to 1pm on the Saturday selling refreshments, fresh produce, jewellery, cards, books, cakes, jams, pickles and luxury gifts.

There will also be a display, workshop, raffle and treasure trail and quiz for children.

St George’s Church in Kidderminster will be combining the festival with Wyre Forest District Council’s heritage open days and will be open for visitors from 11am to 4pm both days.

There will be an exhibition of handmade quilts and blankets, a churchyard nature and history trail and organ music.

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