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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 25th June, Second Sunday after Trinity

Lord, you have taught us
that all our doings without love are nothing worth:
send your Holy Spirit
and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love,
the true bond of peace and of all virtues,
without which whoever lives is counted dead before you.
Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ's sake,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Collect for St John the Baptist

Almighty God,
by whose providence your servant John the Baptist
was wonderfully born,
and sent to prepare the way of your Son our Saviour
by the preaching of repentance:
lead us to repent according to his preaching
and, after his example,
constantly to speak the truth, boldly to rebuke vice,
and patiently to suffer for the truth’s sake;
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 25th June
Trinity 2; Birth of John the Baptist
9.30am Patronal HC

Sunday 2nd July
Trinity 3
10am AAW "Relationships"
NB: No 11am HC
9.30am HC

Sunday 9th July
Trinity 4
11am Baptism with HC NOTE TIME! 11am HC

Sunday 16th July
Trinity 5
9.30am HC
5pm Evensong 3pm EP
Sunday 23rd July
Trinity 6; St James

9.30am Patronal HC NOTE TIME!
Sunday 30th July
Trinity 7

11am AAW with HC

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

Notices for week beginning 25th June

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

  • Sunday 2nd July at 10am: All-Age Worship - with breakfast - at Whitbourne, with the theme "Relationships". ALL WELCOME.
  • Saturday 8th July, from 1 to 5pm at Whitbourne Village Hall and around: Summer Fête, needing folk to volunteer to help SET UP from 7.30am, for others to help CLEAR UP from 5pm. Please contact Kate Lack if you can help.
  • Sunday 9th July at 11am: Holy Communion with Baptism at Whitbourne. NOTE THE TIME!
  • Monday 10th July at 7pm: DCC Meeting at Whitbourne Church.
  • Sunday 23rd July at 7pm: Oddsocks in "Romeo and Juliet" at Whitbourne Hall. Earlybird Adults  (until the 15th July): £13 (Children £7)16th July onwards: £15 Adults, Children £10.Call 07747031701 or online bookings at: b  Click HERE for poster.
  • Friday 18th August at ??: A Tanzanian Evening, in Olly's Friendship Room, Upper Sapey Church. Hear about the recent trip to Tanga, and enjoy wine and samosas. All welcome.
  • Sunday 29th October 11am: "Bring-a-Friend" Harvest Festival Service of All Age Worship with Holy Commmunion at Upper Sapey, followed by a Bring and Share Lunch in Olly's Friendship Room at the back of church.
  • First Saturday each month from 11am. FREE Coffee & Chat at Upper Sapey church in our new "Olly's Friendship Room".
  • Tuesdays from 2.30pm: Table-Tennis Club at Olly's Friendship Room, Upper Sapey Church. All welcome!
  • 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.

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!

Outdoor service in August!

The All Age Worship on 6th August will be outside (or inside if it's raining) at the Village Green near Whitbourne Village Hall. We urge all regular worshippers to come and show the folk at Whitbourne that we love fun and Leisure - the theme of the service. Please bring a garden chair if you can, and friends and family too. Jerry Cummins will be barbecuing  sausages for all - NO CHARGE - and after lunch there will be fun and games for all to play - or just watch. PLEASE COME!

Whitbourne Fête on Saturday 9th July - please support these stalls:

  • Preserves: There is a green box at the back of Whitbourne Church for donations of preserves for the stall.
  • Tombola: Suitable items to Naomi Brookes please.
  • Plants: Please bring ON THE DAY - labelled if possible.
  • Books: Please give to Brenda Allan in advance, or bring on the day.

Draw Tickets for sale

Draw to be held at the Fête. Jerry Cummins has tickets.

Christian Aid Week

The church collection has "gone", so any further donations should be sent directly to Christian Aid. The details are on the envelopes.

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.

June 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!

Diocesan newspaper "Reflecions" Spring 2017 issue 77 now out

Do take and read a copy from the back of church.

Bromyard Food Bank

They need no more donations for the time being. What a good result - they have plenty of supplies in reserve.

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 July

Sunday 2nd July, Trinity 3
Jeremiah 28.5-9; Psalm 89.1-4, 15-19; Romans 6.12-end; [Matthew 10.40-end]

Sunday 9th July, Trinity 4
Zecheriah 9.9-12; Psalm 145.8-15; Romans 7.15-25a; [Matthew 11.16-19, 25-end]

Sunday 16th July, Trinity 5
Isaiah 55.10-13; Psalm 65; Romans 8.1-11; [Matthew 13.1-9, 18-23]

Sunday 23rd July, Trinity 6, St James
Acts 11.27-12.2; Psalm 126; 2 Corinthians 4.7-15; [Matthew 20.20-28]

Sunday 30th July, Trinity 7
1 Kings 3.5-12; Psalm 119.129-136; Romans 8.26-end; [Matthew 13.31-33, 44-52]


  This page last updated on 27th June 2017 by John Bland

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