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Rev'd Dawn HyettWhitbourne 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 made redundant.

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 Birmingham.

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 find:

  • 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 24th September, Fifthteenth Sunday after Trinity

God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit
      upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:
grant that your people may be fervent
in the fellowship of the gospel
that, always abiding in you,
they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Morning Prayer. Evening Prayer Night Prayer
Daily Prayer provided by the official Church of England web site, The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2002-2004.

Upcoming Services

Whitbourne Upper Sapey Tedstone Delamere Edvin Loach
Sunday 24th September
Trinity 15
9.30am HC

Sunday 1st October
Trinity 16; St Michael & All Angels

9.30am Patronal Festival HC

Sunday 8th October
Trinity 17
9.30am HC
11am Matins or Morning Praise

Sunday 15th October
Trinity 18
9.30am HC

11am Harvest HC
3pm Harvest HC
Sunday 22nd October
Trinity 19
9.30am Harvest HC with Baptism

Sunday 29th October
Bible Sunday
10am Public Baptism
11am Harvest HC - bring a friend and plate of finger-food for Bring & Share lunch

HC = Holy Communion; EP = Evening Prayer; AAW = All-Age Worship.

Notices for week beginning 24th September

Some up-coming local events (click here for more)

  • Thursday 5th October, from 7pm-ish: Astronomy Club in Olly's Friendship Room, Upper Sapey Church. Hear about Don & Dawn's experiences of the recent Solar Eclipse in the USA. It is also a good moon-watching night - clouds permitting!
  • Friday 6th October, 7-10pm: BBC Songs of Praise recording session at Hereford Cathedral. Arrive in good time - doors closed when recording!
  • Saturday 7th October7:30pm: Whitbourne Harvest Supper at the Village Hall. Click HERE for the poster. Tickets 12 (6 children) from Myrtle Kneen or the Village Shop. Donations of raffle prizes welcome.
  • Saturday 21st October: Greater Whitbourne Bingo at the Public Hall, Bromyard. Donation requested of "Line Prizes". Details from Helen Read at Edvin Loach church.
  • Sunday 29th October 11am: "Bring-a-Friend" Harvest Festival Service of All Age Worship with Holy Communion at Upper Sapey, followed by a Bring and Share Lunch in Olly's Friendship Room at the back of church.
  • Saturday 11th November, in the morning: Safeguarding Training for ALL in Olly's Friendship Room, Upper Sapey Church. See below for more details.
  • Thursday 16th November 7-9pm: Heart Start defibrillator training at Whitbourne Village Hall.
  • 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 our new "Olly's Friendship Room".
  • Fridays from 5pm: Table-Tennis Club at Olly's Friendship Room, Upper Sapey Church. All welcome!
  • Every Second Thursday at 8pm - Upper Sapey Village Hall Whist Drives.

Memorial Test at Edvin Loach

Please read this Notice from the churchwardens at Edvin Loach.

Safeguarding Training

Given that all of us Christians are "ministers", we would all benefit form a better recognition and understanding of the many vulnerable people - both youngsters and adults - that we meet in our lives. This free training session - on Saturday 11th November, in Olly's Friendship Room, Upper Sapey Church - is therefore suitable for ALL of us. Please let Sylvia Bland, or Brenda Allan, or Dawn Hyett know if you are able and willing to attend this session, which will last from 2 to 2-1/2 hours.

New 1st Sunday Service Pattern from June

To allow more fellowship time after the 10am All Age Worship at Whitbourne, there will no longer be a said celebration of Holy Communion at 11am. Rather, there will be a 9.30am celebration of Holy Communion at Upper Sapey, to which all are of course welcome!

Church Electoral Officer - a vacancy!

John Bland is stepping down from being the Church E R Officer. Basic computer spread-sheet skills a help. Contact John for more details, or speak to Dawn.

September 2017 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!

Website updates

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 or Deputy Webmaster!

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 Shop.

Click here to see back issues where available!

Click here 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 A 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 the priest.

You can use this link to find the text on-line.

Readings for October

Sunday 1st October, Trinity 16; St Michael & All Angels
Patronal Festival readings: Genesis 28.10-17; Psalm 103.19-22; Revelation 12.7-12; [John 1.47-51]

Sunday 8th October, Trinity 17
Isaiah 5.1-7; Psalm 80.7-14; Philippians 3.4b-14; [Matthew 21.33-46]

Sunday 15th October, Trinity 18
Isaiah 25.1-9; Psalm 23; Philippians 4.1-9; [Matthew 22.1-14]

Sunday 22nd October, Trinity 19
Harvest readings OR Isaiah 45.1-7; Psalm 96.1-13; 1 Thessalonians 1.1-10; [Matthew 22.15-22]

Sunday 29th October, Bible Sunday
Nehemiah 8.1-6, 8-12; Psalm 119.9-16; Colossians 3.12-17; [Matthew 24.30-35]


  This page last updated on 24th September 2017 by John Bland

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