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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 14th January, Second Sunday of Epiphany

Almighty God,
in Christ you make all things new:
transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace,
and in the renewal of our lives
make known your heavenly glory;
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 January
Epiphany 3
9.30am HC

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

Sunday 4th February
2 before Lent

Sunday 11th February
Next before Lent
9.30am HC
11am Holy Baptism

Wednesday 14th February
Ash Wednesday

11am HC with Imposition of Ashes followed by Lent Lunch at noon

Sunday 18th February
Lent 1
9.30am HC

11am HC
3pm HC
Sunday 25th February
Lent 2
9.30am SE

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

Notices for week beginning 14th January

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

  • 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 6pm: Table-Tennis Club at Olly's Friendship Room, Upper Sapey Church. All welcome!
  • Every Third Thursday at 7pm: Astronomy Club in Olly's Friendship Room, Upper Sapey Church. ALL WELCOME. 1 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.

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 follows:

  • 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 start on Sunday 4th February.

Lent Lunches

These are scheduled as follows:

  • 14 Feb: Upper Sapey 12 noon following Ashing HC at 11am
  • 21 Feb: Saltmarshe & District Hall at 12.30pm
  • 28 Feb: Whitbourne Village Hall at 12.30pm
  • 7 March: Huntlands at 12.30pm
  • 14 March: ?? at 12.30pm
  • 23 March (Friday): Saltmarshe & District Hall, for Edvin Loach, at 12.30pm

Memorial Test at Edvin Loach

Please read this Notice from the churchwardens at Edvin Loach.

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!

January 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!

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 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]

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 9.2-9]

Sunday 18th February, Lent 1
Genesis 9.8-17; Psalm 25.1-10; 1 Peter 3.18-22; [Mark 1.9-15]

Sunday 25th February, Lent 2
Genesis 17.1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22.22-30; Romans 4.13-25; [Mark 8.31-38]


  This page last updated on 16th January 2018 by John Bland

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