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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 30th July, Seventh Sunday after Trinity

Lord of all power and might,
the author and giver of all good things:
graft in our hearts the love of your name,
increase in us true religion,
nourish us with all goodness,
and of your great mercy keep us in the same;
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 30th July
Trinity 7

11am AAW with HC

Sunday 6th August
10am AAW on the Village Green "Leisure" then Hot Dogs and games!
9.30am HC

Sunday 13th August
Trinity 9
9.30am HC
11am HC

Sunday 20th August
Trinity 10
9.30 Morning Praise

11am Baptism with HC
3pm Baptism with HC
Sunday 27th August
Trinity 11
9.30 HC

Sunday 3rd September
Trinity 12
10am AAW with Baptism
9.30am HC

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

Notices for week beginning 30th July

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

  • Saturday 5th August, 2:30-5pm: Garden Party at 1 Old Gaines Bungalow WR6 5RD in aid of Dave & Chris Townsend's Romanian Building Fund. Click HERE for the poster/flyer.
  • Saturday 12th August, 10:30am - noon: Coffee Morning in aid of Tanga in Touch at Howberry, Top Lane, Whitbourne.
    We need to raise £500 for 93 pairs of shoes so that ‘our’ orphans can go to school in comfort.
    RAFFLE ….      BOOKS……. BRING & BUY........
  • Friday 18th August at 7.30pm: A Tanzanian Evening, in Olly's Friendship Room, Upper Sapey Church. Hear about the recent trip to Tanga, and enjoy wine and samosas. All welcome, but space limited!
  • Monday 21st August at Steeples Farm, Edvin Loach, 7pm: Ploughman's Supper fund-raiser for Edvin Loach church at £10 per head. For £10 you get as ploughman's style supper and 3 games of mini bingo. There will also be a raffle and bar. Lis Morris and Helen Read have tickets to sell.
  • Sunday 27th August at 3pm: Annual Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for the life of Old St Bartholomew's Church, Lower Sapey, and to the (bring your own) picnic that follows. Letter with full details and invitation HERE.
  • Saturday 2nd September, 1-3pm: Summer Fête for Upper Sapey Church around the church. STALLS, GAMES, RAFFLES, COMPETITIONS, BBQ. Click HERE for a poster!
  • 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.
  • 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.

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!

Outdoor service in August!

The All Age Worship on 6th August will be outside (or inside if it's raining) at the Village Green near Whitbourne Village Hall. We urge all regular worshippers to come and show the folk at Whitbourne that we love fun and Leisure - the theme of the service. Please bring a garden chair if you can, and friends and family too. Jerry Cummins will be barbecuing  sausages for all - NO CHARGE - and after lunch there will be fun and games for all to play - or just watch. PLEASE COME!

Whitbourne Fête on Saturday 9th July - results!

  • Preserves: £151.15 was raised on the Preserves & Cakes stall.

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.

August 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" Spring 2017 issue 77 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.

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 August

Sunday 6th August, Transfiguration
Isaiah 55.1-5; Psalm 145.8-9, 15-end; Romans 9.1-5; [Matthew 14.13-31

Sunday 13th August, Trinity 9
1 Kings 19.9-18; Psalm 85.8-13; Romans 10.5-15; [Matthew 14.22-33]

Sunday 20th August, Trinity 10
Isaiah 56.1, 6-8; Psalm 67; Romans 11.1-2a, 29-32; [Matthew 15.10-28]

Sunday 27th August, Trinity 11
Isaiah 51.1-6; Psalm 138; Romans 12.1-8; [Matthew 16.13-20]


  This page last updated on 30th July 2017 by John Bland

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