St Michael's Church in Pelsall have won a Bronze Award in an annual nationwide competition for church magazines.
The award and Certificate of Excellence was announced by the Association of Church Magazine Editors (ACE), causing joy and jubilation among the proud congregation.
The ACE organisers and judges described the Pelsall publication as: "A small magazine which packs in a lot of interesting material...with good coverage of the Christian message without jargon, fulfilling its aims to spread the Christian message in creative ways to the people of Pelsall village. Professionally laid out, it has a circulation of 400 with four issues a year."
The Revd Alison Morris, Interim Minister at St Michael's, said; "Members of the magazine committee are shocked and amazed but highly delighted. They feel that it is a real achievement particularly as this is their first entry into this prestigious competition
"We never thought that we would actually get this award…how good is that?! The small magazine group have worked tremendously hard so credit to them all."
The church is very appreciative of the generous time and expertise donated by Bluflame Design of Lichfield.
"Vicki Maye, Director of Bluflame, who is also a member of our church community, ensures the magazine design is engaging and attractive," said Alison. "Together with her Senior Designer Geoff Taylor, who we are indebted to, they always guarantee a first rate product. Quite simply it means that our Christian message has impact across and within our Pelsall community. From start to finish St Michael’s has an ace team!"
Presentations of the trophies and certificates will take place at Westminster Central Hall, London, during the autumn.