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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.

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 18th June, First Sunday after Trinity

O God,
the strength of all those who put their trust in you,
mercifully accept our prayers
and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature
we can do no good thing without you,
grant us the help of your grace,
that in the keeping of your commandments
we may please you both in will and deed;
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 18th June
Trinity 1
9.30am HC

11am HC
3pm HC
Sunday 25th June
Trinity 2; Birth of John the Baptist
9.30am Patronal HC

Sunday 2nd July
Trinity 3
10am AAW "Relationships"
NB: No 11am HC
9.30am HC

Sunday 9th July
Trinity 4
11am Baptism with HC NOTE TIME! 11am HC

Sunday 16th July
Trinity 5
9.30am HC
5pm Evensong 3pm EP
Sunday 23rd July
Trinity 6; St James

9.30am Patronal HC NOTE TIME!
Sunday 30th July
Trinity 7

11am AAW with HC

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

Notices for week beginning 18th June

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

  • Thursday 22nd June at 7.30pm: PCC meeting at Saltmarshe Village Hall.
  • Saturday 9th July, from 1 to 5pm at Whitbourne Hall and around: Summer Fête, needing folk to volunteer to help SET UP from 7.30am, for others to help CLEAR UP from 5pm. Please contact Kate Lack if you can help.
  • Sunday 23rd July at 7pm: Oddsocks in "Romeo and Juliet" at Whitbourne Hall. Earlybird Adults  (until the 15th July): £13 (Children £7)16th July onwards: £15 Adults, Children £10.Call 07747031701 or online bookings at: b  Click HERE for poster.
  • Sunday 29th October 11am: "Bring-a-Friend" Harvest Festival Service of All Age Worship with Holy Commmunion at Upper Sapey, followed by a Bring and Share Lunch in Olly's Friendship Room at the back of church.
  • First Saturday each month from 11am. FREE Coffee & Chat at Upper Sapey church in our new "Olly's Friendship Room".
  • Tuesdays from 2.30pm: Table-Tennis Club at Olly's Friendship Room, Upper Sapey Church. All welcome!
  • 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.

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!

Preserves requested!

There is a green box at the back of Whitbourne Church for donations of preserves for the stall at the Summer Fête on 9th July.

Tombola Items requested!

Please give small items to Naomi Brookes, for the Tombola Stall at the Whitbourne Summer Fête on 9th July.

Draw Tickets for sale

Draw to be held at the Fête. Jerry Cummins has tickets.

Christian Aid Week

The church collection has "gone", so any further donations should be sent directly to Christian Aid. The details are on the envelopes.

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.

June 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 June

Sunday 4th June, Pentecost
*Acts 2.1-21 or Numbers 11.24-30; Psalm 104.26-36, 37b or 26-end; 1 Corinthians 12.3b-13 or Acts*; [John 20.19-23 7.37-39]

Sunday 11th June, Trinity Sunday
Isaiah 40.12-17, 27-end; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13.11-end; [Matthew 28.16-end]

Sunday 18th June, Trinity 1
Exodus 19.2-8a; Psalm 100; Romans 5.1-8; [Matthew 9.35 - 10.8, (9-23)]

Sunday 25th June, Trinity 2
Whitbourne Patronal Festival - Birth of John the Baptist
Isaiah 40.1-11; Psalm 85.7-end; Galatians 3.23-end; [Luke 1.57-66, 80]

Readings for July

Sunday 2nd July, Trinity 3
Jeremiah 28.5-9; Psalm 89.1-4, 15-19; Romans 6.12-end; [Matthew 10.40-end]

Sunday 9th July, Trinity 4
Zecheriah 9.9-12; Psalm 145.8-15; Romans 7.15-25a; [Matthew 11.16-19, 25-end]

Sunday 16th July, Trinity 5
Isaiah 55.10-13; Psalm 65; Romans 8.1-11; [Matthew 13.1-9, 18-23]

Sunday 23rd July, Trinity 6, St James
Acts 11.27-12.2; Psalm 126; 2 Corinthians 4.7-15; [Matthew 20.20-28]

Sunday 30th July, Trinity 7
1 Kings 3.5-12; Psalm 119.129-136; Romans 8.26-end; [Matthew 13.31-33, 44-52]


  This page last updated on 18th June 2017 by John Bland

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