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Rev'd Dawn HyettWhitbourne itself is just one of a group of six 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 21st May, Sixth Sunday of Easter

God our redeemer,
you have delivered us from the power of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:
grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life,
so by his continual presence in us he may raise us
   to eternal joy;
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 21st May
Easter 6
9.30am HC

11am Holy Baptism with HC
3pm EP
Sunday 28th May
Easter 7
9.30am HC

Sunday 4th June
10am AAW
God's Power-ranger
NB: No 11am HC
9.30am HC

Sunday 11th June
Trinity Sunday
9.30am HC
11am HC

Sunday 18th June
Trinity 1
9.30am HC

11am HC
3pm HC
Sunday 25th June
Trinity 2; Birth of John the Baptist
9.30am Patronal HC

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

Notices for week beginning 21st May

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

  • Saturday 9th July, at Whitbourne Hall and around: Summer Fête, needing some church folk to run and supply the Produce stall. Offers of help to Dawn or Myrtle. Non-perishables may be left at the back of Whitbourne Church any time now.
  • Most Saturdays from 11am. FREE Coffee & Chat at Upper Sapey church in our new "Olly's Friendship Room". Donations in welcome in support of the church repair and Friendship Room project - almost complete but still needing funds!
  • 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!


Please bring filled envelopes back to Whitbourne church on Sundays, or to John Bland at Upper Sapey. They may also be "posted" in the wall safe at Whitbourne (by the main door) if only foldable money in included!

Rogation Walk & Concert - a great success!

Eight walkers left Upper Sapey at 10:15am after a very short Holy Communion service (no hymns, readings, or sermon!!). We couldn't believe what a super waking day it was. The weather was superb.

The taxi-man (John Bland) took some pictures at the stopping points, except Tedstone, and the concert;

At Upper Sapey Leaving Upper Sapey Coffee at Wolferlow Ct At Wolferlow Church At Edvin Loach church View from Edvin Loach Rogation-day Concert

The Tea-Concert by the Bromyard Choral Society, led by our very own Kate Cheetham, was very well received. Our "novice" church choir even joined in for one item. A super tea was provided by the Coral Society, and a goodly sum raised for Whitbourne church funds. Well done the walkers, five of whom made it all the way - about 11miles, apparently.

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.

May 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 May

Sunday 7th May, 4th of Easter
Acts 2.42-end; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2.19-end; [John 10.1-10]

Sunday 14th May, 5th of Easter
Acts 7.55-end; Psalm 31.1-5, 15-16; 1 Peter 2.2-10; [John 14.1-14]

Sunday 21st May, 6th of Easter
Acts 17.22-31; Psalm 66.7-end; 1 Peter 3.13-end; [John 14.15-21]

Sunday 28th May, 7th of Easter
Acts 1.6-14; Psalm 68.1-10, 32-end; 1 Peter 4.12-14, 5.6-11; [John 17.1-11]

Readings for June

Sunday 4th June, Pentecost
*Acts 2.1-21 or Numers 11.24-30; Psalm 104.26-36, 37b or 26-end; 1 Corinthians 12.3b-13 or Acts*; [John 20.19-23 7.37-39]

Sunday 11th June, Trinity Sunday
Isaiah 40.12-17, 27-end; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13.11-end; [Matthew 28.16-end]

Sunday 18th June, Trinity 1
Exodus 19.2-8a; Psalm 100; Romans 5.1-8; [Matthew 9.35 - 10.8, (9-23)]

Sunday 25th June, Trinity 2
Whitbourne Patronal Festival - Birth of John the Baptist


  This page last updated on 21st May 2017 by John Bland

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