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Christmas pudding cartoonStir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Stir-up Sunday is an informal term in Anglican churches for the last Sunday before the season of Advent Traditionally, families gather together in the kitchen to mix and steam Christmas pudding on Stir-up Sunday. Everyone takes a turn to stir the mix and to make a special wish for the year ahead.

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Synod reps web
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 Palace garden
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!


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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

french dancers
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.

BBC van
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

So much going on in Herefordshire for the
300th Three Choirs Festival
until 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.

Ordination 2015 July
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.

ret clergy tea at palace
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 and the fish in the font
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.


Ratlinhope churchDISCOVER 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.

Bishop Herbert CroftThis 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.

DISCOVER is part of the Church of England Ministry Experience Scheme [CEMES]

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