Whitbourne 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
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:
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
|Whitbourne||Upper Sapey||Tedstone Delamere||Edvin Loach|
2 before Lent
|9:30 HC||11am HC||3pm HC|
Next before Lent
|Wednesday 1st Marsh
|11am said HC with Imposition of Ashes
followed by Lent Lunch at noon. See below.
|10am All Age Worship - Pancakes
11am said HC
|11am HC||3pm HC|
Lent 4; Mothering Sunday
BCP = Book of Common Prayer. HC = Holy Communion. HCE = Holy Communion by Extension; EP = Evening Prayer.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
NOW OUT and available from the back of our churches.
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!
Do take and read a copy from the back of church.
They need no more donations for the time being. What a good result - they have plenty of supplies in reserve.
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.
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
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!
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.
Sunday 5th February, 4 before Lent
Isaiah 58.1-9a [9b-12]; Psalm 112.1-9 ; 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]
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