Whitbourne itself is just one of a group
of six former parishes which make up the Parish of Greater
Whitbourne. There are four churches still in use and
lovingly cared for, but the one at Wolferlow has now been
The parish is situated in beautiful countryside in the
North East of the County of Herefordshire. Bounded on
the East by the River Teme and on the South by Bringsty
Common, the western part consists of sparsely
populated farmland, while Whitbourne itself is a large
village, many of whose inhabitants are connected with
farming, and some of whom work in Worcester or
The living is currently "Suspended" - that is, the
search for a new incumbent is not being actively pursued
- but we are very fortunate to have Rev'd Dawn Hyett
(pictured here) as our Interim Minister from 6th
November 2016, ably assisted of course by Assistant
Priest Rev'd Doiran Williams. [Rev'd Clive Evans, Rural
Dean, has legal responsibility for the Greater Parish
during the Interregnum.]
This is a church-sponsored website, and below you can
- This week's prayer focus
- A table of church services
- Notices about what's on around the greater parish
On the left are links to our other pages, and on the
right a link to the parish magazine and a list of the
readings we are using at our services. The webmaster
(John Bland) hopes you find it useful. Please let him
know of any problems - details at the bottom.
Collect for 11th February, Sunday
Next before Lent
whose Son was revealed in majesty
before he suffered death upon the cross:
give us grace to perceive his glory,
that we may be strengthened to suffer with him
and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Daily Prayer provided by the official Church of
site, © The Archbishops' Council of the Church
of England, 2002-2004.
|11am HC with
Imposition of Ashes followed by Lent Lunch at noon
|Sunday 4th March
Third of Lent
|Sunday 18th March
Fifth of Lent
|11am HC "Daffodils"
|Palm Sunday 25th
|9.30am HC with
Procession of Palms
HC = Holy Communion; EP = Evening Prayer; AAW =
All-Age Worship, MP = Morning Praise, SE = Sung
Notices for week beginning 11th
- November 2018:
Bishop Richard Frith's Holy Land visit. Cost is £1,859
per head, shared room. Full details HERE.
- First Saturday each month from 11am. FREE Coffee &
Chat at Upper Sapey church in Olly's Friendship Room,
Upper Sapey Church.
- Every Third Thursday at 7pm: Astronomy Club in Olly's
Friendship Room, Upper Sapey Church. ALL WELCOME. £2
donation per head welcome.
- Every Third Friday at 7pm: FILM NIGHT in Olly's
Friendship Room, Upper Sapey Church. Always a
family-appropriate film, with refreshments and chat to
follow for those who wish. £2 per head donation welcome
towards the cost of the room and the film license.
- Every Second Thursday at 8pm - Upper Sapey Village
Hall Whist Drives.
Parish Survey 2018
Click HERE for
a down-loadable editable pdf version that you can complete
on your computer and then save and e-mail to
If you have any problems with this on-line version of the
Survey, you may contact John Bland for help on 01886
853661 or e-mail email@example.com
Lent to Easter in Greater Whitbourne
The Readings Sheet on 11th February had a full list of
the services, Lent Lunches, and Lent Study Course printed
on the back. Click HERE
to view it if you missed it!
Temporary re-ordering in Whitbourne Church
In order to continue services while the East WIndow is
receiving attention, the rotten flooring in the sanctuary
dealt with, and french drains installed inside and out, a
nave altar is being used near the pulpit, with Holy
Communion being received standing from the priest, with
the bread, and two chalice bearers. This is a temporary
arrangement; there is no need to feel rushed when
Changes to regular service times
In order to ease the pressure on the leadership team, the
First Sunday each month service times are changed as
- Whitbourne Morning Praise now at 9.30am, the same time as the
other Sundays at Whitbourne.
- Upper Sapey Holy Communion now at 11am - the same time
as the other Sunday service at Upper Sapey.
No other service times are affected by this change. These
changes started on Sunday 4th February.
These are scheduled as follows:
- 14 Feb: Upper Sapey 12 noon following Ashing HC at
11am. Contact David & Heather Roberts 01886 853665
- 21 Feb: Saltmarshe & District Hall at 12.30pm.
Contact Kathleen Harris on 01885 483681
- 28 Feb: Whitbourne Village Hall at 12.30pm. Contact
Maureen Williams on 01886 821189
- 7 March: Huntlands at 12.30pm. Contact Steve or Lucy
on 01886 8212955
- 14 March: Kennetts at 12.30pm. Contact Gillie
Stormonth-Darling on 01886 821918
- 23 March (Friday): Contact Helen Read on 01885 483666
This coming Lent Revd Doiran Williams is holding six
weekly study groups at Howberry in Whitbourne. They won’t
last more than ninety minutes. We’ll share with each other
the final journey of Jesus to Jerusalem, and hope to learn
how he comes with us on our journey, wherever it takes us.
Don’t worry if you miss a session. Each one is
self-contained, and we’ll quickly summarise how far we’ve
got. If you would like to come or to find out more, please
give Doiran a ring on 821189.
These are the dates, all at 2.30pm:
Thursday, 22 February (one
week latere than planned)
Thursday, 1 March
Thursday, 8 March
Thursday, 15 March
Thursday, 22 March
Thursday, 29 March (Maundy Thurssday)
Church Electoral Officer - STILL a vacancy!
John Bland has stepped down from being the Church E R
Officer. Basic computer spread-sheet skills a help.
Contact John for more details, or speak to Dawn. THIS IS URGENT!
February 2018 Parish Magazine...
NOW OUT and available from the back of our churches.
Mobile Post Office at Whitbourne
The Monday-afternoon visits of the mobile PO is just a
6-month trial. More use needs to be made of this facility
if it is to be retained. USE IT
OR LOSE IT!
Please send comments, suggestions, contributions
etc. to John
Bland Tel: 01886 853 661
Together we can make this an increasingly useful
and valuable resource. IF YOU THINK UPDATES HAVE BEEN FORGOTTEN,
TELL THE WEBMASTER
The Parish Magazine
Non-locals may click the link above
to see the current issue of the magazine. However,
locals are please asked to purchase a copy,
their sale being an important revenue stream for the
church. Copies are available
from any of our 4 churches, and from Whitbourne Village
Click here to see back issues where
for subscription details, advertising rates etc.
Contributors and Advertisers - copy deadline is
10th of the month. Please follow this link for
all the information you will need!
Bible readings at Church
To assist lesson readers' preparation, listed here are
the up-coming readings that might be used. We are now
using the Year B readings from the Revised Common
Lectionary, "Related" track where appropriate. (The NRSV
version of the Bible is usually used.) The Gospel
readings are given in [brackets] as these are read by
You can use this
link to find the text on-line.
Readings for February
Sunday 4th February, 2 before Lent
Proverbs 8.1, 22-31; Psalm 104.25-37; Colossians
1.15-20; [John 1.1-14]
Sunday 11th February, Next before Lent
2 Kings 2.1-12; Psalm 50.1-6; 2 Corinthians 4.3-6; [Mark
Sunday 18th February, Lent 1
Genesis 9.8-17; Psalm 25.1-10; 1 Peter 3.18-22; [Mark
Sunday 25th February, Lent 2
Genesis 17.1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22.22-30; Romans 4.13-25;
Readings for March
Sunday 4th March, Lent 3
Exodus 20.1-7; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1.18-25; [John
Sunday 11th March, Mothering Sunday
Exodus 2.1-10 OR 1 Samuel 1.20-28; Psalm 34.11-20 OR
Psalm 27.1-4; 2 Corinthians 1.3-7 OR Colossians 3.12-17;
[Luke 2.33-35 OR John 19.25b-27]
Sunday 18th MArch, Lent 5
Jeremiah 31.31-34; Psalm 51.1-12 OR Psalm 119.9-16;
Hebrews 5.5-10; [John 12.20-33]
Sunday 25th March, Palm Sunday
Liturgy of the Palms, Liturgy of the Passion.