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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 10th December, Second Sunday of Advent

O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power
and come among us,
and with great might succour us;
that whereas, through our sins and wickedness
we are grievously hindered
in running the race that is set before us,
your bountiful grace and mercy
may speedily help and deliver us;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honour and glory, 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 10th December
Advent 2
9.30am HC

11am Lessons & Carols, with baptisms

Sunday 17th December
Advent 3
9.30 HC
3pm Nativity at Longlands Farm

11am HC

Sunday 24th December
Christmas Eve
9.30am Crib Service with Lessons & Carols, and Posada arrival
11.30pm Midnight Mass

6pm Lessons & Carols with Posada arrival
7.30pm Lessons & Carols with HC, Posada,and Cake!
Monday 25th December
Christmas Day

9.30am HC with Posada arrival
11am HC

Sunday 31st December
Christmas 1
9.30am HC

Sunday 7th January
10am MP, Posada 3 wise men into crib
9.30am Holy Communion, Posada 3 wise men into crib

Sunday 14th January
Epiphany 2
9.30am HC
11am Plough Sunday(?) HC

Sunday 21st January
Epiphany 3
9.30am HC

11am HC
3pm Plough Sunday EP?
Sunday 28th January
9.30am HC or SE

HC = Holy Communion; EP = Evening Prayer; AAW = All-Age Worship, MP = Morning Praise, SE = Sung Eucharist.

Notices for week beginning 3rd December

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

  • Thursday 14th December, 7pm: Astronomy Club in Olly's Friendship Room, Upper Sapey Church.
  • Friday 15th December, 7pm: Film Night in Olly's Friendship Room, Upper Sapey Church. The film is 'A Street Cat Named Bob'. Wikipedia says "A Street Cat Named Bob is a 2016 British biographical drama film directed by Roger Spottiswoode and written by Tim John and Maria Nation. It is based on the book of same name and The World According to Bob by James Bowen. The film won Best British Film at the U.K. National Film Awards on 29 March 2017."
  • 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.

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.

December 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 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 the priest.

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

Readings for December

Sunday 3rd December, Advent Sunday
Isaiah 64.1-9; Psalm 80.1-7, 16-18; 1 Corinthians 1.3-9; [Mark 13.24-37]

Sunday 10th December, Advent 1
Isaiah 40.1-11; Psalm 85.1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3.8-15a; [Mark 1.1-8]

Sunday 17th December, Advent 2
Isaiah 61.1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126 OR Luke 1.46b-55; 1 Thessalonians 5.16-24; [John 1.6-8; 19-28]

Sunday 24th December, Christmas Eve
2 Samuel 7.1-11, 16; Luke 1.46b-55 OR Psalm 89.1-4, 19-26; Romans 16.25-27; [Luke 1.26-38]

Monday 25th December, Christmas Day
Isaiah 52.7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1.1-4; [5-12]; [John 1.1-14]

Sunday 31st December, Christmas 1
Isaiah 61.10-62.3; Psalm 148; Galatians 4.4-7; [Luke 2.15-21]

Readings for January

Sunday 7th January, Epiphany 1
Isaiah 60.1-6; Psalm 72.1-15; Ephesians 3.1-12; [Matthew 2.1-12]

Sunday 14th January, Epiphany 2
1 Samuel 3.1-20; Psalm 139.1-5, 12-18 (or 1-9); Revelation 5.1-10; [John 1.18-22]

Sunday 21st January, Epiphany 3
Genesis 14.17-20; Psalm 128; Revelation 19.6-10; [John 2.1-11]

Sunday 28th January, Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)
Malachi 3.1-5; Psalm 24; Hebrews 2.14-end; [Luke 2.22-40]


  This page last updated on 11th December 2017 by John Bland

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