St Margaret's Ratlinghope in a valley of the upper east Onny and below the Long Mynd, a stunning setting for this delightful church. It is a member of the Shropshire Churches Tourism Group so is ready to welcome visitors. The daffodils are lovely at this time of year too.
Congratulations on 90 Glorious Years
Picture: Hereford Cathedral, Diamond Jubilee Visit
Queen Elizabeth II - 90 Glorious Years
9.30am-4pm Saturday, 7th May 2016
GOOD GRIEF - The Loneliness of Bereavement
A National Conference to identify what communities can do to support those who are bereaved.
Daffodils a plenty at St David's, Little Dewchurch Spring flowers are some of the best features of our churchyards at this time of year. Take time to pop into the building as well. You will find some of the best of our heritage churches at www.visitherefordshirechurches.co.uk
Just one churches magnificent display of primroses at St Peter's Lyde. Many churchyards are beautiful at this time of year as the Spring flowers poke their way through the surface More church display us can be found HERE
Mothering Sunday 6th March this year. The day has long been associated with mothers, and family. For centuries it was custom for people to return home to their 'mother' church on Laetare Sunday - the middle of Lent. Those who did so were said to have gone 'a-mothering'.The day often turned into a family reunion and a chance for children working away from home - often domestic servants - to spend time with their mothers. Many used to pick flowers from the verges along the way to leave in the church or hand to their mothers when they got home.
Feast of St Chad 2nd March No dafodils but a picture of the icon used tat Lichfield Cathedral where Chad was the first Bishop.
The hardest thing about prayer is beginning
So just start.
Wanting to pray is the beginning of a relationship with God that can grow and grow.
Find the way of praying that is right for you.
Explore different ways of praying.
Listen as well as speak.
Give thanks as well as ask for help.
Don't just look for results. Don't give up when it gets hard. Trying to pray is praying. Remember, God is present even in the darkness
Commuters and travellers passing through Hereford Railway station from 11 Feb 2016 will be greeted by images from a banned cinema advert on new hoardings. Still pictures from the banned Lord's Prayer film will greet train users travelling between Wales, the north west and the Midlands this Lent to promote the Church of England's www.justpray.uk/. The ad - which promotes the Church of England's new digital prayer hub, justpray.uk - went viral with over 4m prayers prayed on the site and more than 1.5m people seeing the film across the world. Read more HERE
Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. What are you going to do for Lent - that's the next 6 weeks until Easter Day. You can give something up BUT you can take something on - readd a lent book each day, choose a book of the bible St Luke this year and read a chapter each day, set aside time for special pray, learn more about an issue you care about, what can you do for refugees, put aside a tin a day for your local foodbank.....
Today is Shrove Tuesday which means enjoy your pancake now as it's sackcloth and ashes from tomorrow! What are you going to do for Lent - that's the next 6 weeks until Easter Day. You can give something up BUT you can take something on - readd a lent book each day, choose a book of the bible St Luke this year and read a chapter each day, set aside time for special pray, learn more about an issue you care about, what can you do for refugees, put aside a tin a day for your local foodbank.....
The Mappa Mundi as never seen it before
Visitors to Hereford Cathedral can now get closer to its unique world map than at any other time in its 700-year-old history. The results of a two-year project informed by visitor feedback and funded by the Hereford Mappa Mundi Trust mean that viewers can get within a few centimetres of the map's intriguing uneven vellum surface, which is teeming with more than a thousand inscriptions and almost as many images. The exhibition reopens on Monday 1 February and is open daily Monday - Saturday 10am - 4 pm. All welcome. Exhibition charges apply More HERE
66%cuts just announced for the service which supports young people who are/at risk of homelessness in Herefordshire. These young people are some of our most vulnerable in our communities, often with difficult background or mental health difficulties, it seems a poor reflection of our society if we are prepared to cut a service which some young people have described as 'literally lifesaving'. Share this as widely as you can and sign the petition below
The petition link is: Support SHYPP to stop council from cutting 66% of homelessness services to young people http://chn.ge/1OKR5Nd
Bishop Richard's letter to parishioners at the start of 2016 can be found HERE
Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,14
"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!"
4-year-old Grace Kinsey from Brynhafren School, a rural primary school on the Powys/Shropshire border, has designed a Christmas card which will be sent to 2000 homes in the surrounding villages. More HERE
Mother Mary. This Nigerian mother - Mary Patrick - is at the centre of this year's Christian Aid Christmas appeal to raise money to buy, durable, insecticide-treated mosquito nets for families in Nigeria, where thousands of children are at risk. Mary, who is pictured with daughter Kosi and her two-month old grand-daughter, lost a son and daughter to the disease. The full story is on Page 7 of the Winter edition of Reflections which should be available in your local church and also available online HERE
Archbishop Justin Welby's speech in today's Lords debate on UK military intervention in Syria. The text can be found here
Bishop Richard met Imam Sohayb from the Craven Arms Mosque at the Palace.
They met to discuss the aftermath of the Paris attacks and issued a jointstatement following their meeting. Press Release
Imam Sohayb meeting with Bishop Richard
Photograph: James Maggs
All our General Synod Reps, old and new, arrived safely in Church House London and are now hard at work on our behalf. Wendy Coombey is hoping to speak in the Church Buildings debate at 2.30pm (ish) this afternoon. You can listen to a live feed from Synod HERE
Revd Richard Jones
'Sharing a vision of future finance'
Look out for this article in the Winter edition of Reflections due out on 24th November (in churches for Sunday 27th) and on the same page you will an find article from Stephen Herbert, the Diocesan Director of Finance, explaining the thinking behind the 2016 Diocesan budget.
A Prayer of Remembrance
O God of truth and justice, we hold before you those men and women who have died in active service: in Iraq, in Afghanistan and elsewhere. As we honour their courage and cherish their memory, may we put our faith in your future; for you are the source of life and hope, now and for ever. Amen.
Autumn is coming slowly but surely to the Palace Garden behind the Diocesan Office. The colours are beautiful
Cornwall's Three Saints
Trelissick - waiting to catch the boat to Truro.
John Rhodes, Richard Mutter & Louise Magowan
after their ordination to the priesthood
FOLLOW! 'Pop up Café'
The Community College, Bishop's Castle
Photo: James Maggs
FOLLOW! event. Messy church at Pontesbury Primary School followed by afternoon tea with the Bishops. This week ... 'Pop up Cafés'
6.45pm Prayer & Activities; 7.15-9pm Cafes Open
(Bishop's Castle 7pm)
Mon 21 Sept: Ludlow CE Secondary School; Tues 22 Sept: St Michael's Church, Madeley; Wed 23 Sept: Allensmore Village Hall; Thurs 24 Sept: The Community College, Bishop's Castle (7pm)
Photo: James Maggs
Three of those who attended the Follow! event at Hereford Cathedral. They are pictured at one of the 8 creative prayer stations which gave the opportunity to pray in different and unusual ways. Look out for more of these events.
Photo: James Maggs
Refugees being rescued at sea. Churches are rallying round to help. See prayer left of this picture and what the Archbishop has to say on the right
15 year project will end at Hereford Cathedral
An artist's project to draw every Anglican Church in the Diocese of Hereford will come to an end this month after fifteen years of steady work. "What started as a refresher exercise in 'line drawing' at my then local church of Ford, near Shrewsbury, became a project to complete all the parish churches in Hereford Diocese," said Reg. "I only have the Cathedral left to do."
Mr Portman will be drawing the Cathedral sometime this week, weather permitting!
Bishop Richard and Bishop Alistair invite YOU to explore with them what it means for us to be followers of Jesus today as Christians, as churches, as a diocese...Find out more HERE
Wide range of different events across the Diocese from Pints of view! Pop up café's tea for all the family to evening meetings for quiet prayer. Chat, think, pray together at all. Check what's available, choose what you want to go too and book via email to email@example.com
Les Berriauds Dancers
A troupe who perform nineteenth century folk dance with period costumes and instruments from Hereford's twin town of Vierzon in France. They have been in the city for the 3 Choirs Festival. They also danced in the Palce Gardens for the Garden Party.
Hereford is gearing up to the live BBC broadcast of Choral Evensong from the Cathedral...seated by 3.15 although if there are seats empty then it will be surprising
Hereford 2015 - 25 July to 1 August
THREE CHOIRS FESTIVAL
So much going on in Herefordshire for the
300th Three Choirs Festivaluntil 1st August!
St Mary Magdalene, Leintwardine
One of over 400 Churches in this diocese, the majority of which are open for visitors and are Graded. Churches you might like to visit.
Events in and around our churches.
A happy crowd outside the cathedral, following ordinations. From l to r - Archdeacon of Hereford, Paddy Benson; Deacon of the Rite, Richard Mutter; Leader of the Ordinands Retreat, Bishop Clive Young; David Moss; Kirsty Clarke; Director of Ordinands, Mary-Lou Toop; The Bishop of Hereford, Richard Frith; Anna Branston; Max Lambourne; Paul Roberts; The Dean of Hereford Cathedral, Michael Tavinor.
Each year our retired clergy are invited to afternoon tea at The Palace for tea with the Bishop and his wife. This year the weather is being kind to all of us and tea is being taken in the garden. Our picture shows them enjoying the afternoon...not quite Buckingham Palace but a Palace garden party nonetheless!
Lewis visiting Great Grandma in Lyde popped into St Peter's and got a fishy surprise when he looked in the font! A telescope-eye oranda and a white oranda have made their home in the font for the church's FISH in CHURCH Festival which carries on until Sunday 28th June. Finale is a Songs of Praise service at 6pm followed by, for the first time ever in the village, Fish and Chips to takeaway from a van that church members have organised to be there. Salt and vinegar available in church or take them home. Big day Saturday with lots of fishy fun!
'Reflections' is out this week and should be in our churches this weekend. Lots of great articles and pictures. Make sure you get your copy and enjoy.
DISCOVER SHROPSHIRE CHURCHES. New brochure now available. This is Ratlinghope church. Small, attractive church in a peaceful valley, nestling between the Long Mynd and Ratlinghope Hill. Established in 1209 as a priory church linked to the Augustinian abbey at Wigmore. Restoration works in 1905, when Arts and Crafts windows by James Powell & Sons were installed. In the churchyard, you will find the grave of the last known Sin-Eater in the region.
This week we mark the death of Bishop Herbert Croft in 1691 and because we have a tradition of a portrait of all our Bishops we have a picture of Bishop Herbert, one of the ones that hangs in the Great Hall. This particular man was also Dean of Hereford Cathedral before becoming Bishop, so devoted most of his lfe to this Diocese. He was known as a man with a generous heart for friendship. So our 'latest picture' is of a man who died 324 years ago! Long may the protrait tradition continue.
Laura Johnson, Young Vocations Champion, & Rev Neil Patterson look at the applications from young people keen to explore a possible vocation to Christian ministry. For the first time ever Hereford Diocese is offering 4 year long internships, based in Hereford, but in local parishes. 4 have been selected and a waiting list has been set up. www.discoverherefordministry.org.uk
DISCOVER is part of the Church of England Ministry Experience Scheme [CEMES]