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A Prayer for peace following recent attacks

Compassionate God and Father of all,
we are horrified at violence in so many parts of the world.
It seems that none are safe, and some are terrified.
Hold back the hands that kill and maim; turn around the hearts that hate.
Grant instead your strong Spirit of Peace - peace that passes our understanding but changes lives,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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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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