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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.

Although the living is currently "vacant", 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 19th February, Second Sunday before Lent

Almighty God,
you have created the heavens and the earth
and made us in your own image:
teach us to discern your hand in all your works
and your likeness in all your children;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things,
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
19th February
2 before Lent
9:30 HC
11am HC 3pm HC
26th February
Next before Lent
9:30 HC

Wednesday 1st Marsh
Ash Wednesday
11am said HC with Imposition of Ashes
followed by Lent Lunch at noon. See below.

5th March
Lent 1
10am All Age Worship - Pancakes
11am said HC
6pm Compline

12th March
Lent 2
9.30am HC
6pm Compline
11am HC

19th March
Lent 3
9.30m HC
6pm Compline

11am HC 3pm HC
26th March
Lent 4; Mothering Sunday
9.30am HC
6pm Compline

BCP = Book of Common Prayer. HC = Holy Communion. HCE = Holy Communion by Extension; EP = Evening Prayer.

Notices for week beginning 19th February

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

  • 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.

Christingle Service "Thank you"

The sum of 38 was raised at the Christingle Family Service at Whitbourne Church on 5th February. Click HERE to see The Children's Society's thank-you email.

Whitbourne Church Organist and new choir

We are please to welcome Kate Cheetham as our new organist for the 3rd and 4th Sundays of each month at St John the Baptist Church. Kate hopes has formed a new choir to sing at these Sundays. Choir Practice is on the Thursday before the 3rd and 4th Sundays each month, in church at 6pm.

All Age Worship - Music Group

We hope to have a live music group at the All Age Worship services on the first Sunday of each month at Whitbourne. If you can play ANYTHING musical, why not contact Dawn or one of the Lay Team and get involved? You'd be most welcome.

Lent Lunches

Please let the contact person know at least 24hrs before the event if you plan to attend.

The schedule is:

1st March: 12 noon in Whitbourne Church. Contact Maureen Williams 01886 821 189
8th March: 12.30pm in Upper Sapey Church - Olly's Friendship Room. Contact David Roberts, 01886 853 665
15th March: 12.30pm at Whitbourne Hall. Contact Heather Colley 01886 821165
22nd March: 12.30pm Brookside, Bringsty Common. Contact Sheila Dodd 01886 8321 835
29th March: 12.30pm at the Kennetts, Whitbourne. Contact Gillie Stormonth-Darling on 01886 821 918
5th April: 12.30pm at Forge Cottage, Tedstone Delamere. Contact Kathleen Harris on 01885 483 681

Upper Sapey Church is OPEN!

The official Opening Ceremony service & reception was on Saturday 18th February, and a fine time was had by all. about 60 of us gathered for a short service led by Rev'd David Howell, and afterwards in Olly's Friendship Room for refreshments, a special cake (on what would have been Olly's 37th birthday), and much socialising. Look out for a full report in the April Magazine.

The Upper Sapey team will soon be working out the practicalities of how the Friendship Room might be used, booked, and paid for etc.. For now, you may enquire of the churchwardens Ian & Carol Evans-Fisher on 853 441 or David Roberts on 853 665.

February 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" Winter 2016 issue 76 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.

Public Worship with Communion by Extension (HCE in the services chart)

This service will be used during the interregnum in place of Holy Communion when a priest is not available. It will be led by a trained and authorised Lay Team Worship Group member and use bread and wine consecrated earlier in the parish the same day. This is NOT the same as a short Home Communion service as used by the house-bound, but a proper authorised service with hymns, readings, prayers and sermon.

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.) 

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

Readings for February

Sunday 5th February, 4 before Lent
Isaiah 58.1-9a [9b-12]; Psalm 112.1-9 [10]; 1 Corinthians 2.1-12 [13-16]; [Matthew 5.13-20]

Sunday 12th February, 3 before Lent
Deuteronomy 30.15-end or Ecclesiasticus 15.15-end; Psalm 119.1-8; 1 Corinthians 3.1-9; [Matthew 5.21-37]

Sunday 19th February, 2 before Lent
Genesis 1.1-2.3; Psalm 136 all vv or 1-9, 23-end; Romans 8.18-25; [Matthew 6.25-end]

Sunday 26th February, Next before Lent
Exodus 24.12-end; Psalm 2 or Psalm 99; 2 Peter 1.16-end; [Matthew 17.1-9]

Readings for March

Sunday 5th March, 1st of Lent
Genesis 2.15-17, 3.1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5.12-19; [Matthew 4.1-11]

Sunday 12th March, 2nd of Lent
Genesis 12.1-4a; Psalm 121; Romans 4.1-5, 13-17; [John 3.1-17]

Sunday 19th March, 3rd of Lent
Exodus 17.1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 4.13-18; [John 4.5-42]

Sunday 26th March, 4th of Lent, Mothering Sunday
Samuel 1.20-end; Psalm 127.1-4; Colossians 3.12-17; [John 19.25b-27]


  This page last updated on 19th February 2017 by John Bland

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