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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 15th October, Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

Almighty and everlasting God,
increase in us your gift of faith
that, forsaking what lies behind
and reaching out to that which is before,
we may run the way of your commandments
and win the crown of everlasting 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 22nd October
Trinity 19
9.30am Harvest HC with Baptism

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

Sunday 5th November
All Saints/All Souls
10am All Age Worship "Remembering"
9.30am All Saints Holy Communion

Sunday 12th November
Remembrance Sunday
9.30am HC followed by
11am Act of Remembrance at the village war memorial
10.45am Remembrance Service

Sunday 19th November
2nd before Advent
9.30am HC

11am HC
3pm AAW with Christmas Cake stirring!
Sunday 26th November
Christ the King
9.30 HC

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

Notices for week beginning 15th October

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

  • 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 22nd October, 11am-2pm: Apple Pressing Event at Whitbourne Village Shop. Bring your own bottles and apples, and turn press your own juice! Organised by Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project.
  • 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.

October 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]

Readings for November

Sunday 5th November, All Saints
Revelation 7.9-end; Psalm 34.1-10; 1 John 3.1-3 [Matthew 5.1012]

Sunday 12th November, Remembrance Sunday
Wisdom 6.12-16 OR Amos 5.18-24; Psalm 70; 1 Thessalonians4.13-18; [Matthew 25.1-13]

Sunday 19th November, 2 before Advent
Zephaniah 1.7, 12-18; Psalm 90.1-12; 1 Thessalonians 5.1-11; [Matthew 25.14-30]

Sunday 26th November, Christ the King
Ezekiel 34.11-16, 20-24; Psalm 100 or Psalm 95.1-7; Ephesians 1.15-23; [Matthew 25.31-46]


  This page last updated on 15th October 2017 by John Bland

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